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McDonald’s Supports Local Law Enforcement

Coffee is more than just your favorite morning beverage; it’s a connector, a culture, and a community-builder. McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine plan to use coffee to help connect the community and law enforcement. On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, McDonald’s locations in the Owen’s Valley will host “Coffee with a Cop” events in conjunction with local law enforcement. This event is an extension to the “National Coffee with a Cop” day. The local event brings Bishop Police Department officers; Inyo County Sheriff’s Office deputies; California Highway Patrol officers and the community members they serve – together over coffee – to discuss community issues, learn more about each other and build relationships in an informal, relaxed environment. All “Coffee with a Cop” attendees will receive a free small cup of McCafe® coffee, courtesy of your local McDonald’s.

As McDonald’s Owner/Operators, being involved in the community is the cornerstone of our business. And supporting our local law enforcement and first responders, who put their lives on the line to protect and serve our citizens, is a priority for our organization”, said Kevin and Lis Mazzu, local McDonald’s owner-operators. The first local “Coffee with a Cop” event was held back in January, in conjunction with ‘National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ and proved to be an excellent opportunity to connect with Inyo County residents, answer questions, hear concerns, and provide an opportunity for citizens to meet their local law enforcement.

Area residents are invited to attend the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events on

Wednesday, October 3rd, at both McDonald’s locations in the Owens Valley:

Bishop – McDonald’s at 562 N. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol

Lone Pine – McDonald’s at 601 S. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol
  • KIBS / KBOV radio will be doing a live remote broadcast from this location

McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine will continue to work with local law enforcement throughout the year to host additional ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events with the goal of improving relationships between law enforcement and community members – one cup of coffee at a time.

Boot Fire Update

The Boot Fire is currently 6,873 acres and 3% contained. The Boot Fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain approximately 9 miles southwest of Walker and 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California. There are currently 400 personnel on the fire. The incident command post is set up at Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Station, 1166 Larson Lane, Coleville CA.

Evacuations: A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for residents and structures in the area of Fales Hot Springs, Devil’s Gate Pass and Swauger Creek, and for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Road Closures: 395 remains closed from Eastside Lane south of Walker, California to the north end of Bridgeport, California. Both towns of Bridgeport and Walker are accessible to travelers, with through traffic detoured into Smith Valley at Holbrook Junction, Nevada State Route 208 in Nevada, approximately 4 miles north of the California/Nevada state line, to assist travelers that are looking to detour around the closure. Sonora Pass (CA SR 108) is closed at the Mono Tuolumne county line to US 395. Please continue to follow Caltrans for updates http://www.dot.ca.gov/d9/index.html.

Recreation Sites Closed: Bootleg, Chris Flat, Sonora Bridge, and Leavitt Meadows Campground/Trailhead, and Leavitt Meadows Pack Station. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between CA SR 108 at Sonora Pass and Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass.

Values at Risk: Structures and residences along Highway 395 in area of Fales Hot Springs, Devils Gate, Swauger Creek, US Military Training Center, transportation corridor on Hwy 395 and State Route 108 (Sonora Pass), campgrounds and historical site, grazing allotments, sagegrouse habitat, watershed, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

Interagency Marijuana Grow Eradication

On September 5, 2018, Inyo National Forest, in partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies, eradicated 8,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally on forest land. In addition, 100 pounds of processed plants were also seized. The grow site was in a remote area of the Inyo Mountains.

US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, and California Fish and Wildlife were involved in ensuring the grow site was safe to enter, securing the marijuana, and eradicating it in coordination with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

All agencies assisting in the eradication operation want to remind residents and visitors of the dangers that are inherent on illegal marijuana cultivation. If you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, leave immediately and do not attempt to engage with the growers. Once in a safe location, report as many details about the location to law enforcement.

Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems. As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation.  The use of banned herbicides and pesticides is also common practice. Additionally, marijuana cultivation sites often contain large amounts of trash and create fire hazards in wildland areas.

Law enforcement officers continue to investigate the grow site. No arrests have been made at this time.

MAMMOTH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ADOPTS TIPNOW™ — A SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SAFETY REPORTING SYSTEM

Mammoth Lakes, CA – August 21, 2018 – Mammoth Lakes Unified School District (MUSD), in partnership with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD), has signed an agreement with TipNow™, the flag-ship campus safety product from Resiligence, Inc., based in Silicon Valley. TipNow™ is an anonymous reporting system that allows tips to be submitted through a variety of channels for officials to review and follow up as needed. This new system is an important step in MUSD and MLPD’s “See Something? Hear Something? Say Something!” campaign focused on improving campus and community safety.
 
TipNow™ is a tip collection and management system for anonymous tips originating from the mobile-app, text/sms and voice. TipNow™ facilitates automated notification to MUSD campus security personnel and MLPD personnel regarding non-emergency suspicious activity. Emergencies should always be reported by calling 911.
 
The new reporting system can help identify issues like:
 
Bullying
Depression
Potential Active shooter
Stalking
Drug dealing
Theft
Harassment
Unsafe conditions
Suicide
Hazing
Illegal substance consumption
 
The unique aspect of TipNow™ is its ability to keep the identity of the reporting user anonymous. TipNow™ enables the school administration or the MLPD to anonymously interact with the reporter.
 
“We are pleased that MLPD and MUSD could partner with a program that will improve both school and community safety. This new program is available now and easily accessible to download from the App Store. We encourage our students and parents to become familiar with TipNow™ and to use it whenever they are aware of an issue,” stated Lois Klein, Mammoth Unified School District Superintendent.
 
TipNow™ is also available to the Mammoth Lakes community to use to report suspicious activity around town. The system receives the information, encrypts the reporting phone number or email address, and then sends the information to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.
 
TipNow™ can help to identify issues like:
 
Active Shooter
Gang Activity
Drug Dealing
Theft
IP theft
Domestic Violence
Probation Violation
Child Abuse
Weapons Possession
Missing Persons
 
“Thanks to the MUSD partnership, TipNow™ can be used by anyone in the Mammoth Lakes community to anonymously report suspicious activities at any time.” states Chief Al Davis, “These reports will be sent directly to MLPD for follow up. We strongly encourage our community to use this new system so we can work together to keep our community safe.”
 
Report suspicious activities by using the mobile TipNow™app available on iOS and Android or by using the school specific number:
 
o Mammoth Elementary (760)-965-3070
 
o Mammoth Middle School (760)-965-3121
 
o Mammoth High School (760)-965-3177
 
o Sierra High School (760)-965-3186
 
For non-school related reports for community tips, please use (760) 647-8002
 
For more information on this program, please contact Lois Klein, MUSD Superintendent at (760) 934-6802 or Heather Johnston, MLPD Public Information Officer, at (760) 965-3702.

WOUNDED WARRIOR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

On September 15th, the Wounded Warrior Annual Golf Tournament will once again be held at the Bishop Country Club.  This four-person scramble starts at 9am with a shotgun start. No handicap is required.

Entry fees, which include dinner, are $50 for members and $75 for guests.  Tournament Chairman Bob Waggoner reminds everyone that it sells out quick so early sign-ups are encouraged. Register at the Bishop Country Club or by call the Club at 760-873-5828.

Bishop and Mammoth Lakes individuals and businesses come forward to donate some amazing prizes. LEADING WITH PERRY MOTORS GENEROUSLY DONATING HOLE IN ONE PRIZES, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A NEW HONDA. There will be many other great prizes which will be announced later.

For more information call Col. Bob Waggoner at 760-920-6628.

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Center visit their website at http://www.woundedwarriorsmammoth.org/

 

SAR Recovery on Middle Palisades Glacier/Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

August 20, 2018 2:25pm
 
On Saturday, August 18, 2018 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Interagency Dispatch Center in Bishop of a deceased male subject on the northeast face of Middle Palisades Peak. The third hand reporting party described the area as the “Red Rock Route” at approximately 12,900”.
On Sunday, August 19 two Inyo County Search and Rescue volunteers began walking to the area from the Palisades Glacier Trail Head. Helicopter H80 from CHP – Inland Division Air Operations was also requested.
 
As resources were responding, a caller from Indiana contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch to report her husband as overdue from a hike to the Middle Palisades Glacier area; the 61-year-old male started his hike on Friday, August 17 to Middle Palisades Glacier. In the late afternoon of the 18th, he texted his wife in Indiana saying he was behind and may need to camp on the trail. He also advised his wife that he should be fine to complete the hike on Saturday and not to call for assistance until very late Saturday if it was needed.
At approximately 7:15am on Sunday, a second report was received by Sheriff’s Dispatch from another hiking party advising of a deceased male subject in the area.
 
Shortly after 1:00pm H80 arrived in the area and was able to locate the victim. H80 met with the Inyo SAR members on the hiking trail and hoisted one of them to the victim. The second SAR member was able to access the scene on their own. The male victim was packaged and hoisted from the scene and flown to Bishop Airport. The victim was turned over to the Inyo County Coroner’s Office for further investigation. The identity of the victim and cause of death is pending from the Coroner’s Office.
 
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department wishes to thank the Inyo County Search and Rescue members and the crew of H80 for their assistance in this mission.

Bronco Football Teams Victorious in Home Opener

Both the Bronco Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams hosted their first home games of the 2018 football season on Friday against Ontario Christian.

In the Junior Varsity game it was all Bishop as the Broncos would dominate the game and shutting out Ontario Christian Knights 26-0.

The Bishop JV’s were led on the ground by Freshman Luis Cruz who would carry the ball 5 times for a total of 79 yards and one touchdown, one fumble return for a touchdown and one punt return for a touchdown. Sophomore Jordan Cooper carried 15 time for 53 yards and one touchdown.

The Varsity game was a hard fought defensive battle. The Broncos switched Junior Luke McClean and Sophomore Clay Omohundro at quarterback throughout the game keeping the Ontario Christian Knights on their heels. Omohundro was 4 for 9 for 27 yards and McClean was 2 for 2 for 2 yards.

McClean led the Broncos on the ground with 17 carries for 129 yards, followed by Steven Paco carries 5 time for 24 yards.

Both teams had opportunities, early in the game, to score but defenses were able to hold. Ontario Christian would go for a field goal attempt in the first half, but, the Broncos blocked the attempt.

The only score of the game came with 9:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Luke McClean would run the ball in from 11 yards out on a quarterback keeper.

The point after attempt was no good.

The Broncos will now host the Yerington Lions this Friday evening. Junior Varsity game is at 4 with the Varsity Game at 7. Pre-game air time on 1230 AM KBOV will be at 6:50.

Lone Pine Shooting Incident-Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

On Monday August 13th, just prior to midnight, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call reporting screaming/yelling and crying children near Muir and Lakeview Street in Lone Pine.

While Deputies were responding they were diverted to Southern Inyo Hospital, for a gunshot victim in the emergency room.  When Deputies arrived, they were advised that a 9 year old female had been shot one time.  The bullet struck the side of the victim’s neck near the top of her shoulder.  The victim was later discharged with non-life threating injuries.

Investigators from the Major Investigation and Narcotics Taskforce (MINT) interviewed the shooting victim and her parents, and a positive identification was made of the suspect.   The suspect was determined to be 34 year old Lone Pine resident Jeremiah Joseph.

Joseph was arrested without incident this morning and booked into the Inyo County Jail this afternoon for 5 counts of Attempted Murder, Shooting at an occupied vehicle, and Battery causing great bodily injury.

(Photo Credit: Inyo County Sheriff’s Office)

Yosemite Valley to Reopen to Visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m.

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Yosemite Valley will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m. Yosemite Valley has been closed to visitors since Wednesday, July 25th, due to impacts from the Ferguson Fire.  Visitors can access Yosemite Valley from the El Portal Road (Highway 140),  the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120), or the Tioga Road (Highway 120).

The Wawona Road (Highway 41) will remain closed from Wawona to Yosemite Valley for at least another week due to ongoing fire activity and firefighter operations. Park visitors should be aware that there is still active fire and smoke on the roads and people should drive with extreme caution. Delays on the roads are possible due to fire activity and ongoing firefighter operations. There will be limited hours and limited visitor services at park facilities as the park returns to normal operations.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public on Monday, August 13th, at 9:00 a.m. Visitors can access the Mariposa Grove via the South Entrance (Highway 41) and park in the newly constructed parking area. The free shuttle buses to the Mariposa Grove will begin at 9:00 am. and take visitors to the newly restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove reopened to visitors on June 14th, after a 3 year restoration project conducted in partnership with Yosemite Conservancy. Visitors will be able to travel to the Wawona area via the South Entrance (Highway 41). However, there is no access to Yosemite Valley via HIghway 41.

The Glacier Point Road remains closed and is expected to open when the Wawona Road (Highway 41) reopens. The Hetch Hetchy Area remains closed due to smoke impacts but is expected to reopen soon.

“We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to the firefighters and, Incident command teams for their great efforts in suppressing the Ferguson Fire. We’d also like to express our gratitude and thanks to our gateway communities who tirelessly helped visitors to the area while they were being impacted by the fire”, stated Michael Reynolds, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “This is truly a historic and unprecedented event in park history, and we are thrilled to welcome back visitors to Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove.”

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose and on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page.

 

STATE ROUTE 158 (JUNE LAKE LOOP) ROAD CLOSED DUE TO MUD SLIDE AND DEBRIS

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to inform the traveling public that State Route 158 (June Lake Loop) is closed between Silver Lake and Grant Lake. The official location is 7.3 miles south of the north junction of SR 158 & US Hwy 395.  A large mud slide is covering a large portion of the highway. Caltrans crews and CHP are on site directing traffic.  The highway remained closed overnight and the situation will be reassessed this morning.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes, keep a close eye on the weather, and proceed cautiously when driving through mountainous areas. The safety of Caltrans and other agency’s crews, and that of other responders, is very important.  Inattentiveness on the road can have tragic consequences.