April 14th, 2014
A recent study by the U.S. Forest Service, Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy suggests that the state can save millions by investing in local forests.
More specifically, the study indicates this investing is best done via pre-emptive forest fires and otherwise clearing away debris that could later on fuel catastrophic wild fires.
Inyo County is exploring ways to keep litter bugs from trashing local landscapes and may be seeking the publicâs help.
As local leaders consider ways to close a $400,000 budget gap in the Inyo County Solid Waste Department, which may include increased fees at local landfills, county staff is considering the idea of surveillance at known illegal dumping sites. Also proposed are increased fines and fees for those caught littering and the implementation of a tip line to help catch illegal dumpers.
This weekend, community members of all ages are invited to gather at their local parks from Bishop to Lone Pine to engage in some eggsellent family fun time.
Traditional Easter egg hunts are planned for Saturday and Sunday, and hosted by a number of local organizations.
Following is a look at those made known to the Register by Monday afternoon.
Saturday, April 19
The Salvation Army, Inyo County Probation Community Work Service and City of Bishop are presenting the 13th Annual Bishop Easter Egg Hunt at Brownâs Town.
Bluegrass music, free food and cake, a âPack With Legsâ fun walk, vintage camping and climbing exhibits, and guest speakers will all be part of the first annual Norman Clyde Birthday Bash, scheduled for Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to whenever the band stops playing, at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.
The Lower Owens River Project was an action item on yesterdayâs Technical Group meeting agenda as well as the subject of a recent study session called by the Owens Valley Committee.
With agreement from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County Water Department and the LORP consultants, Ecosystem Sciences, the Tech Group agreed Friday there would be no seasonal flow down the river channel this year.
As California utility companies work to achieve the state-mandated 33 percent renewable energy goal, Inyo County is struggling with the implications.
County leaders began exploring Inyo Countyâs solar potential and the impacts those developments could have on local landscapes, wildlife and people four years ago. Ultimately, the board adopted Title 21 in 2010 in an attempt to allow the county to maintain some control over the expected renewable energy boom.
The public is invited to "An Evening with Andy Lipkis: Could L.A. Really Use 30 Percent Less Water a Year?" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Mountain Light Gallery, 106 S. Main St., Bishop. Donations are welcome at the door to cover expenses.
Lipkis has spearheaded an approach using trees and forest-inspired technologies to make cities sustainable while mitigating floods, drought, pollution and global warming. Called âFunctioning Community Forests,â it is being demonstrated in L.A. as a model for cities everywhere.
Mary Vasquez, longtime resident of Big Pine, passed away March 26, 2014. She was 68 years old.Â Mary worked at JC Pennyâs for several years.Â
She is survived by her father, Pete Hernandez; her sister, Gloria Brown; nephew, Matthew Brown; niece, Vanessa Brown; several cousins and countless friends.
Services will be held at Big Pine Cemetery Saturday, April 5 with a memorial service following at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâs Witnesses at 11 a.m. at 2935 N. Sierra Hwy., Bishop.
Robert Joseph Toth
Robert Joseph Toth, 81, resident of Bishop for 51 years, born in Bridgeport, Conn. on Sept. 5, 1932, passed away on March 28, 2014 at his residence in Bishop.
Bob began his 32-year professional career with the Department of Fish and Game in 1960 as an associate fish pathologist and moved to Bishop shortly thereafter. He enjoyed all aspects of the Owens Valley and was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, trapper, bird watcher and golfer. He was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Betty Louise Tatum
Betty Louise Tatum, age 91 and a resident of Bishop her whole life, passed away on March 29, 2014 at the Bishop Care Center.
Betty was a true Bishop native and always joked that she was born on Grove Street and would die on Elm Street. Her biggest joy in life was raising her three sons and later in life enjoyed following the accomplishments of her eight grandchildren, especially at their sporting events.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Don Tatum.