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Big Pine woman arrested following Sunday Crash

CHP arrests Big Pine resident after Sunday Crash south of Bishop

By Arnie Palu
March 14, 2016

A 41 year old Big Pine woman, Sara Vance, was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence following a Sunday traffic collision.  According to the California Highway Patrols Collision report, Big Pine resident Sara Vance was behind the wheel of a northbound 2013 Toyota when it collided with a traffic sign on Highway 395 at Collins Road.  The collision occurred at 12:30 Sunday afternoon.  Vance sustained what were described as minor injuries including cuts to her right arm.  The California Highway Patrols report indicates, “Upon arrival on scene the driver was evaluated, found to have minor injuries, and subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.  The collision is still under investigation.”

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Summer Time Reading Fun

Summer Reading at the Inyo County Free Library

Excitement and fun await those who journey to their local Inyo County Free Library and participate in the 2015 summer reading program: Read to the Rhythm! In addition to reading great books, library patrons can participate in exciting programs designed to introduce youngsters to the world of music, instruments, dance, rhythm, and movement.

Bishop Library
The Bishop Library will be hosting StoryTime every other Friday from 10:30-11:30.The next meeting will be on Friday, June 19th and will feature a performance by the High Sierra Chorus, who will be teaching our young patrons all about a capella singing. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free event!

For school-age patrons, join us at the Bishop Library every Friday this summer from 3:30-4:30 for our Elementary Reading Group. During the month of June we will be reading Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner. It’s about Rescue, a time-traveling search-and-rescue dog who is transported to the year 1850 where he meets a family migrating west on the Oregon Trail. The journey to California is long and dangerous, and it is Rescue’s duty to keep his new friends safe!

Big Pine Library
The Big Pine Library welcomes children in preschool through 6th grade to read all summer long and earn Book Bucks. Young readers can purchase prizes, and even ice cream cones, with Book Bucks! The program goes through August 8th, and ends with a big party. Parents, sign your kids up with Lydia the Librarian at the Big Pine Library – 760-938-2420.

Independence and Lone Pine Libraries
Summer reading starts in Independence on June 25th with weekly story time from 3:30 – 4:30 PM, through July 30. Meet at the Eastern California Museum located 3 blocks west of the Courthouse.
In Lone Pine, children should gather at the Lone Pine Library at the corner of Bush and Washington Streets beginning Wednesday, June 24th from 10:30 – 11:30 AM, and going through July 29th.

In both towns, the program is geared to children grades 2-5, but all are welcome to attend. There will be prizes and lots of fun centered around reading and rhythm.
Lone Pine and Independence adults who hanker to read more this summer can also participate. For every book read, a ticket will be entered in a weekly drawing for fabulous prizes!

And if reading great books isn’t rewarding enough on its own, several local businesses generously donated prizes for kids participating in this year’s summer reading program. The Library is incredibly grateful for the strong community support to promote reading and literacy.

If you are interested in participating in the summer reading program, the Library is looking for Story Time volunteer readers, further donations for prizes, and musicians who would be willing to do demonstrations for the kids. Please contact Heather Todd at the Bishop Library (760-873-5115) or Lone Pine/Independence Coordinator Esther Hampton, at 760-876-5035 if you would like to get involved.

cover photo, “Make Tracks to the Library” The New Warren St. improvements at the Bishop Library

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Big Pine Softball splits with Immanuel

Big Pine splits double header with Immanuel Christian

Warriors and Crusaders will now square off in a winner take all Hi-Lo league championship game Friday.

submitted by Big Pine Coach Bob Church.

Big Pine’s Gena Lewis tossed a nifty 4 hitter, while striking out 6 and walking only 1 in the 5 inning first game.  After Melissa Barlow’s lead-off triple over the centerfielder’s head in the bottom of the first, Lewis followed followed with a hard single. Paaku’u Dewey reached 1st on a strikeout and passed ball on the Immanuel
catcher, Sienna Gutierrez had a 2 run double. Kaylee Simpson singled putting Big Pine up  4-0. That was all Lewis would need, as she faced only 9 batters the first 3 innings.

Game 1
Immanuel Chr.  1
Big Pine                7
Big Pine  Batting
Sienna Gutierrez——3 for 3, with a 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBI.
Jamie Robinson——-2 for 3, with a Run, 1 RBI.
Gena Lewis————-1 for 2, with a BB, 1 Run, 1 RBI.
Kaylee Simpson——1 for 2, with a Stolen Base, and 1 RBI.
Melissa Barlow——–1 for 3, with a 3B, 1 Run.
Paaku’u Dewey——–2 Runs.

Game 2
Immanuel Chr.   10
Big Pine                   2
BP Batting
Sienna Gutierrez——1 for 2 with a walk.
Jamie Robinson, Lauren Simpson, and Kaylee Simpson all 1 for 3. Melissa Barlow, Gena Lewis, and Paaku’u Dewey were all 1 for 4. Barlow picked up an RBI.
AnahKee Mason had the other RBI on a Fielder’s Choice.

The Warriors will travel to Ridgecrest to play Immanuel Christian one more time, with a chance to take the championship if they come home with the win.  Game time is Friday evening at 6:00 PM. The Warriors have also guaranteed themselves a CIF-SS Softball Playoff spot, clinching at least 2nd Place. Southern Section brackets will be released on Monday.


Game 1
Immanuel Chr 17
Big Pine     8

Game 2
Immanuel Chr.  17
Big Pine   3

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Big Pine Grad Honored

Former Big Pine Warrior honored

Korina Kemp-Riggin started playing volleyball for Big Pine in junior high school. In high school she was named All-League and All-CIF as a Lady Warrior and then went on to compete at the national level with a scholarship to Cal State University at Los Angeles.  Last Tuesday, the 1990 Big Pine High graduate was inducted into the CSULA’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Riggin, the daughter of Jim Kemp and the late Linda Kemp of Big Pine, was cited as a major reason for CSULA’s Golden Warriors volleyball program’s improved successes. The Golden Eagles had only one winning season prior to Kemp’s 1992 sophomore season. That year CSULA was 25-10 and advanced to the national semi-finals. Riggin holds the number two spot at CSULA with 169 career aces and fifth in kills with 1,271.
The following year, Riggin and the Eagles went on to the regional championship match. In Riggin’s senior year, the Eagles started the season with 18 consecutive wins and held the number two spot in the national rankings during the season.
Individual honors for the former Warrior included American Volleyball Coaches Association 2nd team All-American in 1993, 1st team All-American in 1994 and All-Region in 1993 and 1994, All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first team in 1993 and 1994.
Riggin graduated from CSULA in 1995 with a major in communications and lives with her husband Mitch in Cave Creek, Arizona. She is a freelance TV camera operator covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League games and the Olympics, both summer and winter.

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Cleo Miles

Cleo Miles, 1910-2015

Long-time Big Pine resident, Cleo Ava Miles, age 104, born in Floyd, Iowa on September 20, 1910, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on January 20, 2015. At the age of 18, Cleo moved from Iowa to Southern California to attend the UCLA School of Business where she met her first husband, William Vance. They were married, started their family, and moved to Big Pine in 1950 where they owned the Big Pine Store, Big Pine General Store and several other properties in the town of Big Pine for many years. After the passing of her husband in 1959, Cleo continued to operate the store retiring and selling the business in 1963, and marrying her second husband, Dr. Carson Miles in 1966.
Cleo was a caring and giving person, who not only enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but very much enjoyed volunteering her time and efforts to many organizations and groups including the Big Pine Care Center, Bishop Care Center, Salvation Army, Hospice Thrift Shop, and Wild Iris to name a few. She was a dedicated member of the Big Pine Methodist Church and the Big Pine Methodist Women’s group. Throughout her lifetime, Cleo was the recipient of many recognition awards for her selfless and charitable service to these agencies. Anyone who knew Cleo also knew of her passion for reading as well as her love for baking and sewing as was known for her delicious baked goodies and hand-sewn/knitted items.
Cleo is survived by her brother, Robert Winner of Arkansas, son, Bob Vance and wife, Patricia of Big Pine; Grandsons, Patrick Vance and wife Lenna, Jeremy Vance and wife Lynda, Mike Neil and wife Becky, Ron Neil and wife Dana, and Billy Neil; Granddaughters, Paula Thomson and husband Jason, Shari Harris and husband Joe, Sara Vance and husband Jason Barlow, Cathy Hill and late husband Billy Hill, Debbie Dyer and husband Larry, Karen Belden and husband Rick, Linda Schaaf and husband Gary, and Cheryl Brown. Cleo is also survived and remembered by 23 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and the extended Miles family. Cleo was preceded in death by husbands William Vance, and Dr. Carson Miles, sister Dorothy Blakely, brothers Art and John Winner, daughter Marilyn Vance, son William Vance, Jr., grandson Robbie Vance, and great-granddaughter Jenny Neil.
Services for Cleo Ava Miles will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Big Pine Methodist Church with Reverend Karen Moore officiating with burial to follow at the Big Pine Cemetery and reception at the Big Pine Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, it was Cleo’s wish for donations to be made to the Big Pine Methodist Church or the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department.

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Carl John Lawrence

Carl John Lawrence

Carl John Lawrence, Age 72 of Big Pine, CA for 30 years born on March 25, 1942 in Palo Alto, CA. passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015 in Reno, NV. Carl is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary Lawrence, his son Carlos Meza, his sister Margie Amaral, and brother Art Lawrence.

Carl’s survivors include his wife Maria Lawrence of Big Pine, CA, his son Carly Lawrence (Kimberly) of Jamestown, IN, his daughter Lori Taylor of Oregon, his son Fernando (Catherine) Meza of Mt. Pleasant, SC and daughter Veronica Meza of Albuquerque, NM,12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Dan (Jeanne) of Chowchilla, CA, Bill Lawrence of Bishop, CA. and many nieces and nephews that he loved like his children.

Carl loved his family and spending time with them. He also loved the Lord and his Catholic faith. He was a very hard working man until he retired and he loved his Gold Mining.

Visitation and Rosary will be Friday January 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Brune Mortuary in Bishop, CA and Funeral will be  Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop. Burial will follow in Big Pine, CA.



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