September 20th, 2014
SEPT. 20, 2014 --- With less than two weeks remaining in the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season, this yearâ€™s playoff race is shaping up to be one of the best in recent history. Some of the teams have started to pull away from the pack, but three division races look as though theyâ€™ll go down to the wire. Also, three out of the four wild-card spots are being heavily contested and may end up going down to the last game of the season.
SEPT. 20, 2014 --- It really is amazing that a league with so much off-the-field criminal garbage activity can continue to cultivate some of the best pure sport you could hope to watch. All week long, every highlight reel and sports report is prefaced by a new police blotter update that canâ€™t be ignored. And then, almost bizarrely, every Sunday the games themselves produce a new set of canâ€™t-miss feats of athleticism, endurance and yes, teamwork and heart.
SEPT. 13, 2014 --- When we think about spring, some of the first things that come to mind are melting snows, birds singing, flowers blooming, green leaves growing on bare branches and deer roaming in the valleys. But, for some of us sports fans the most anticipated event is Opening Day in Major League Baseball. Every team starts the season undefeated with the prospects and aspirations of claiming the ultimate prize, a World Series Championship.
SEPT. 13, 2014 --- The plan for NFL opening Sunday was: watch the 11-point favorite Eagles blow out the Jaguars in the first quarter and then be free to watch other games. The Jags are the runts of the league, and Eagles QB Nick Foles would surely come out of the gate with a bang. Not quite. Foles lost two fumbles, Jags QB Chad Henne led the team to 2 touchdowns and a 14-0 lead just eight minutes into the game.But watching the Birdsâ€™ comeback attempt would have to wait. The Pittsburgh fans screaming at the next TV were impossible to ignore.
With smoke pouring into the Owens Valley Friday morning and prompting an air quality warning, officials managing the June Fire reported that the blaze had grown to 65 acres and was 65 percent contained.
Investigators have determined that the June Fire was human-caused. An employee of June Mountain was operating heavy equipment on June Mountain Ski Area when the fire ignited.
With orders in hand, company commanders with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment briefed their Marines on specific objectives and began planning during the final field training portion of Mountain Exercise 2014 in Bridgeport on Sept. 7.
This culminating event would test the Marines on skills they have learned at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center over the past month.
(Following is the first of three articles profiling local schoolsâ€™ new administrators. â€“Ed.)
While new students filed into classrooms in the Owens Valley last month, administrators were also filing into new offices.
The retirement of Joel Hampton, Owens Valley Unified School District superintendent, and the resignation of Lone Pine Unified School District Superintendent Victor Hopper to take over a superintendentâ€™s position in the Central Valley, initiated a shift of administrators from points north in the Eastern Sierra, south.
Longtime director of Caltrans District 9 Tom Hallenbeck has accepted a promotion and will begin work as the Caltrans Chief of Traffic and Operations in Sacramento Oct. 1.
Hallenbeck said he got word of the promotion earlier this week.
Over his 17-year career as District 9 Director, Hallenbeck has overseen a number of high-profile highway improvement projects, including the Blackrock and Manzanar four-lane projects and restorations of every rest area in the massive district, which runs from Mojave to Lee Vining.
Andrea J. Garrison-Erickson
Andrea J. Garrison- Erickson, 62, of Coleville, passed away on Sept. 10, 2014 at her home on the Garrison Ranch in Antelope Valley, Coleville. Andrea was born Jan. 7, 1952 in Schurz, Nev. to Andrew â€śAndyâ€ť Garrison and Gertrude Tom-Garrison of Coleville.
From a very early age Andrea was the picture of strength and determination. After recovering from childhood arthritis, she went on to lead the typical life of a child growing up on a ranch; horseback riding, playing in the fields and keeping her siblings in line.
The 23rd Annual Millpond Music Festival comes to Bishop Friday evening, kicking off a weekend that promises an incredible line-up of Grammy-nominated musicians, up-close time with the performers in the Workshop Tent, great food and handcrafted art from local skilled artisans â€“ all in the magical, Eastern Sierra venue known as Millpond.
Over the past weeks, Millpond performers have been highlighted, giving local readers a brief glimpse of what to expect, music-wise, this year at Millpond. Here are three more talented performers taking the stage this weekend: