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Ida Lee (Cox) Williams

Ida Williams 1922-2015

Ida Lee (Cox) Williams passed away on March 23, 2015 in Bishop, CA .  Ida was born in Plano, Texas  on November 18, 1922, to Laban Ruban Cox and Ither Lee (Wilson)Cox.  Whe she was at the age of two, her parents moved to Imboden, Arkansas due to her father’s health.  When she was  six years old, a baby brother was added to the family.  When Ida was eleven, her father died from pneumonia.  At eighteen years of age,  Ida made a trip to Texas and met the loveof her life, John W. Williams, Jr  aka “Cotton”.  One year later they were married in 1942.  He went  TO World War II and Ida and the family moved to Bakersfield California.  When the war ended they began their family.  Katherine Loretta was the first born, and John Walter was the second.  Ida was preceded in death by her  husband and both children
She is survived by a large family, including seven grandchildren, Ron Williams, Don William and his wife Iris, Chancie Young and husband Brian, Ted Ohama and wife Tracy, Kathy’s children.   John Williams, Jeff Williams and wife Tami, and Jared  Williams from her son John.  She leaves many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She passed away with her family by her side.  Her family came from all over the country to be with her.  She is going to be greatly missed.  She was so beautiful inside and out.  She loved and cherished all of her family and  she loved all her foster kids and friends.  She was a dedicated Christian and loved her church.  She is now home with the Lord, her husband, daughter and son.
Services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 at the Crossroads Church 315 South Street in Bishop with Pastor Jake Evangelist officiating.  A reception  at the church will follow the interment at the West Line Street Cemetery.


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Eldan Thomas Miller

Eldan Thomas Miller 1983-2015

Eldan Thomas Miller, 32 was born March 5, 1983 to Philaine and William Miller. He passed away on March 25, 2015 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

Eldan had the biggest heart. He was always happy, and he was very giving and always willing to help. He enjoyed wood splitting, pine nut picking, drawing and being outdoors. He was the type of person to give the shirt of his back if asked. He was a great big brother and son. He will be forever missed.

Eldan is survived by his Brothers Soloman Michael Miller and Samuel Ira Miller; Sister Billie Georgina Miller; Grandpa Chester Kinney; Grandmother Hazel Miller, Uncles James Miller, Lloyd Miller, David Miller, Alvin Miller, Bryan Miller, Wilfred Miller, and Clinton George Barlow; Aunts Helen Spratt, Evelyn Miller, Marion Miller, Judith Kinney, Berdina Renfro, and Rebecca Jeff; and numerous cousins and friends.

Eldan was preceded in death by his parents Philaine and William Miller; Grandfathers Ira Miller and George Barlow Sr.; Grandmothers Phyllis Kinney and Dorothy Barlow; and Aunt Adrienne Barlow.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Sunland Indian Cemetery on S. Barlow Lane in Bishop. Pastor Linda Spratt will officiate. A Cry Dance will follow.

A potluck will be held at the Head Start/Bishop Indian Community Center at 405 N. Barlow Lane, following services.


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Kelsey Collins

Kelsey Collins

A celebration of life is pending for the resident of Sisters, Oregon.  Collins was a long-time resident of Mammoth Lakes.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, our friend, sister, confidant and all around angel, Kelsey Collins, chose to end her life here on Earth.
Kelsey Collins was an acclaimed author, elder advocate, healer, and vivacious speaker acknowledged by her peers for her expertise in elder care and her life’s work towards redefining the caregiver-caregivee experience.
Kelsey’s daily, moment by moment practice was to keep her heart wide open, no matter what. She assisted and inspired others to do the same, by reminding us that we don’t die any differently than we live. Her book, “Exit Strategy,” reminded us that we have control over how we think about death, and possibly even the way it will look when we transition from this world to the next.
“We are all going to exit at some point, and perhaps our own exit strategies will help to live each day we have here more fully, genuinely and lovingly.” ~ Kelsey Collins
That was Kelsey through and through. She was preceded in death by her son Chase, and the love of her life, Bruce Capitan, who crossed over in October of 2009.
There will be a Celebration of Kelsey’s life this coming summer on the backside of Horseshoe Lake, one of her favorite places to meditate in the Mammoth Lakes area. Date and time TBA.


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Traffic Delays On 395 at Mono Lake

Big Rig Accident Clean up causing delays

Traffic Delays were experienced Wednesday on highway 395 just north of Lee Vining at Mono Lake.   A accident Wednesday morning just after 5 am resulted in a big rig trailer overturning.  There were no injuries reported.  CHP, and cal-trans were on scene working to clean up an overturned big rig trailer.   The accident scene is 1 mile north of the community of Lee Vining near picnic grounds road.  That portion of highway 395 is only 2 lanes.  The trailer was blocking the northbound lane and a portion of the the southbound lane. Traffic is being escorted around the trailer, however full closures and delays should be anticipated. There were no injuries in the collision.

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White Mt Visitor Center Closing for renovation

White Mountain Visitor Center Temporarily Closing for Re-Design

 The White Mountain Visitor Center, located in Bishop, California, is temporarily closing for a re-design. The visitor center will close after business hours on April 3, 2015.

The redesign is expected to take three weeks to complete. The visitor center should re-open by April 27th, 2015. In the interim, visitor center staff will be partnering with the Bishop Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center to continue to provide information services, issue permits, etc.

The re-design is much needed.  A new visitor services desk, shelving, flooring and paint are part of the effort to more efficiently use space in this small, but busy, visitor center to provide better services to our visitors.  Many of the furnishings and flooring date back to the late 1970s.

The Inyo National Forest would like to thank the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) for donating part of the funds for the re-design and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce for sharing their space to ensure visitors to the Eastern Sierra continue to receive the range of information and services while the work is completed.

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Bennie Arebalo

Bennie Arebalo  1930-2015

Bennie Arebalo, age 85, resident of Bishop for 36 years passed away on March 27, 2015 at his home in Bishop.

Bennie was a loving father of 3 children. He left this world to join his wife, mother, father and brother. He was a very kind and giving man, those that knew him always talked about his laugh and loved to tell jokes to make people laugh with him.

Bennie is survived by his daughters Liz Arebalo of Atascadero, Carrie Davila of Atascadero and Mary McCorkle of Sacramento along with grandchildren Brandy of Victorville, Timothy of Colorado, Paul, Gary, Nichole, Carrie of Sacramento, Cherie of Orcutt, CA, Anissa of Sacramento and Siahna of Colorado. We will miss him with all our hearts.

A family service will be held for Bennie in his home town at a later date.


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Tonopah Arrest

Man Wanted for distribution of Child Pornography Arrested Monday

Submitted by the Nye County Sheriffs Department

In May of 2014, NCSO deputies were made aware of a vehicle parked in the Hot Creek ranch area. The report was that the vehicle had been parked there for several days with no activity. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle. It appeared that the vehicle had been parked as the occupant was out camping. There was a note found inside the vehicle that said “Out camping, will be back soon.” The vehicle was registered to David Erdman out of Florida.
Nye County Search and Rescue, along with NCSO Deputies, conducted an exhaustive search of the area.  Approximately 14 days of searching the surrounding area was completed with no results for the individual.  As part of the process of searching for the occupant of the vehicle, NCSO Deputies contacted authorities in Florida. It was discovered that David Erdman was the subject of a federal investigation for the possession and distribution of child pornography.  Federal agents explained that there would be a warrant of arrest completed within the next couple of weeks for Erdman.
After several weeks of searching with no results, the search for Erdman was called off in the Hot Creek Ranch area.  His vehicle was towed to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office where it was processed further, with no pertinent information located.  NCSO deputies concluded that Erdman was either lost in the area, or he had staged the scene to effect his disappearance.
Federal Agents did confirm an extraditable warrant was issued for the arrest of David Erdman in June of 2014.
This past Sunday, March 29th, a confidential informant contacted Sgt. Puckett with information on David Erdman. The informant explained that David Erdman was actually living at the Economy Inn in Tonopah and working as a maintenance person. The informant explained that Erdman was not at the motel at the time, but would be returning on Monday, March 30th to report for work at approximately 8:45 am. The NCSO then set up a surveillance sting for the capture of Erdman.
On Monday, March 30th at approximately 8:50 am, David Erdman was located in the parking lot of the Economy Inn motel. NCSO Deputies made contact and arrested of David Erdman without incident. He is currently being held at the Tonopah Detention Facility awaiting extradition to Florida.  Erdman is being held on a felony arrest warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography.


Suspect David Erdman, booking photo by Nye County

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Bighorn Sheep back in Yosemite

Endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Restored to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks

The Recently Completed Cooperative Effort Included California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A multi-agency operation was recently concluded that returned two herds of endangered bighorn sheep to locations in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked together on the complex operation in the Sierra Nevada.
Between March 26 and March 29, 2015, nine ewes (females) and three rams (males) were moved from the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park to the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park. In addition, seven ewes were moved to the Laurel Creek area of Sequoia National Park; the CDFW will attempt to move an additional three rams to that area on March 30.

The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is the only federally endangered mammal in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon.  This animal was listed in 2000 after the population plunged to a low of about 100 individuals.  The population has since increased to over 600, which marks an important milestone towards their recovery.  Prior to the arrival of western settlers, which brought unregulated hunting and diseases in their livestock, bighorn sheep populations likely numbered in the thousands.

This latest chapter in the multi-year recovery effort involved the capture of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in wilderness areas on these federally managed lands.  CDFW staff and volunteers, as well as veterinarians, biologists, and staff from other agencies, assessed the health and safety of the animals throughout the entire process.  Each animal was fitted with a radio collar and a Global Positioning System (GPS) collar in order to track its movements over the next several years.

The newly released bighorn sheep are expected to thrive in their new homes because both of these historically occupied areas have superb summer habitat with adequate forage, are close enough to other Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep to provide the potential for connectivity among herds, and are far enough from most domestic sheep grazing areas to provide a buffer from potential disease transmission.

“This is a legacy event for Yosemite National Park and the bighorn sheep,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent.  “Additionally, this is one of the Signature Centennial projects for the National Park Service and we are ecstatic to see bighorn sheep in the Cathedral Range for the first time in more than 100 years.”  “This project would not have been possible without the leadership of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and strong interagency cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Woody Smeck, Superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
“With this week’s reintroductions, we now have bighorn distributed throughout all geographic areas identified as critical habitat in the Recovery Plan,” said Tom Stephenson, leader of the Recovery Program with CDFW.
Yosemite Conservancy funded equipment and experts to bring the new herd into Yosemite National Park, as well as the GPS collars to track the animals’ movement and location.  Over the past 20 years, Yosemite Conservancy has funded nearly $630,000 to help protect bighorn sheep by supporting research, translocation efforts, radio and GPS collars.  The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation and the Wild Sheep Foundation funded the translocation into Sequoia National Park.
“Bighorn sheep are a true symbol of wilderness and represent the need to protect wild lands,” said Frank Dean, Yosemite Conservancy President.  “With the reintroduction, visitors will experience a wilderness similar to that found in the days of John Muir, when large alpine wildlife was abundant.”
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are well known for their large size, strength, and ability to negotiate precipitous terrain.  Adult males, called rams, stand over three feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 220 pounds; females, called ewes, weigh up to 155 pounds.  Both rams and ewes have permanent horns; rams’ horns are massive and coiled, whereas ewes’ horns are shorter with less curvature.  Bighorn sheep display a range of body coloration, from dark brown to almost white, and have a large white rump patch and a short, dark tail.  Rams live to be 10 to 12 years old, and ewes live to be 12 to 17 years old.  During breeding season (rut), bighorn rams compete for their right to mate with ewes.  Dominance behavior includes kicking, butting, neck wrestling, and dramatic horn clashes that sound like thunder.  Breeding generally takes place in November.  Starting at two years old, ewes give birth to one lamb between late April and mid-June.  Mothers typically wean their lambs by five months of age.  The lambs become independent of their mothers when they are about one year old.

Yosemite Conservancy/Steve Bumgardner.
Yosemite Conservancy/Steve Bumgardner.

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all photos by Yosemite Conservancy/Steve Bumgardner.

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Tonopah Murder

1 Dead, 1 in custody in Tonopah

The Nye County Sheriffs department is reporting a fatal encounter Friday at a Tonopah Motel.  The incident left Penny Sue Silas dead and suspect Maureen Kinnamon arrested and charged with 1st degree murder.  According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, on Friday, March 27th,  at approximately 10:25 pm, NCSO deputies were dispatched to the National 9 Motel in Tonopah on a report of a female having been stabbed.

NCSO Deputies arrived and located Penny Sue Silas unresponsive laying on the 2nd story balcony of the motel, with Maureen Kinnamon sitting over her crying for help.   According to the Nye County Sheriffs department report, “As deputies were attempting to assist the victim, Maureen Kinnamon was making statements that she didn’t mean to hurt her like this.”

NCSO Deputies were able to get Penny Sue Silas loaded into the ambulance, and then began the process of securing the crime scene. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, “Maureen Kinnamon was taken into custody when she made statements that she had done this to Silas.”

Nye Regional Medical Center advised deputies that Penny Silas succumbed to her injuries at 11:05 pm.

NCSO Detective Perry then began processing the crime scene. Through the course of the night and morning, multiple items of evidence were located in and around the motel room that was shared by Maureen Kinnamon and Penny Silas, to include the weapon used kill Penny Silas.

Kinnamon was booked into the Nye County Detention Center on a charge of 1st degree murder.

Maureen R. Kinnamon
Maureen R. Kinnamon
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Glacier Point opening, no word on Tioga

Glacier Point Road opening Saturday

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 a.m.  All visitor services at Glacier Point will be fully operational.  The Bridalveil Creek Campground will open within the next several weeks.

Visitors are urged to drive slowly and with caution, as wildlife may be present on or near the roadway.

The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of Yosemite, remains closed at this time.  Currently, there is no anticipated opening date for the Tioga Road.

For up to date, 24 hour road and weather information, please call 209-372-0200.

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