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Remains of Missing Man located in Death Valley

The Body of Graig Legatt found Monday in Death Valley

The Inyo County Sheriffs department is reporting the discovery of the remains of Graig Legatt.  A statement for the Inyo County Sheriffs department:

Graig Legatt’s remains were located on February 16, 2015 in Death Valley National Park approximately one mile up a ravine from where his vehicle was discovered by National Park Services rangers abandoned.
The vehicle was reported to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on February 10th; since then both ground and aerial searches have been conducted in attempt to locate Legatt.
The Inyo County Coroner has notified Legatt’s family; the cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Although this search had a tragic ending, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their assistance: CHP, National Park Services, New Richmond WI Police Department, as well as the outpouring of support and assistance received by the public. Our thoughts are with the Legatt family as they begin to heal.

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photo courtesy of the Inyo county sheriffs department

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Bishop Tribe Defends Officer

BISHOP PAIUTE TRIBE SUPPORTS TRIBAL POLICE OFFICER

The Bishop Paiute Tribe issued the following statement:

“The Bishop Paiute Tribe would like to take this opportunity to state its support of Tribal Police Officer Daniel Johnson. The Bishop Tribe has maintained a police department since 2009 and its mission is to ensure public safety to the reservation residents and visitors. The incident leading to Officer Johnson’s arrest occurred on December 24, 2014, after he responded to a tribal member’s call for protection in a disturbance by a non-Indian individual who is ordered by both the tribal and state courts to have no contact with the tribal member. Officer Johnson was acting under tribal authority and was carrying out his duties as a Tribal Police Officer for the Bishop Paiute Tribe at the time of the incident.
The Tribe wishes to thank Officer Johnson for his past and continued service to the Tribe and recognize his commitment to the safety and well-being of the Bishop Paiute Reservation and all of its residents. The Tribe and the Tribal Police Department have worked earnestly in the past with the Sheriff’s Department to ensure the public safety on the Bishop Reservation. It is unfortunate and regrettable that the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney has taken the unprecedented actions against Officer Johnson and fails to recognize the inherent Tribal sovereignty of the Bishop Paiute Tribe (including the authority bestowed to our Tribal Police Department). The Bishop Paiute Tribal Police Department continues its commitment to public safety and the protection of all citizens and residents of the Reservation and surrounding communities.”

Johnson,  arrested on January 6th, is facing charges of battery,  false imprisonment, and acting under the color of authority.

RESPONSE FROM DISTRICT ATTORNEY TOM HARDY

Response to Bishop Paiute Tribe Press Release of February 17, 2015
On or about January 5, 2015, the District Attorney filed a criminal complaint alleging three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Mr. Daniel Johnson. Specifically, he is charged with
violating Penal Code section 244.5(b), assault with a stun gun; Penal Code section 236, false imprisonment; Penal Code section146a(b), falsely representing himself to be a public officer; and Penal Code section 242, simple battery. The charges are based on allegations that Mr. Johnson used unlawful force on the person of another, and was the result of an investigation conducted by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
The District Attorney’s office reviewed the investigation reports with the same degree of scrutiny that it would apply to any case submitted to it, and determined that sufficient legal cause existed to file the case and to proceed in court. Mr. Johnson is, of course, presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Pursuant to an Act of Congress, State law enforcement authorities in the State of California are obligated to investigate and prosecute crimes alleged to have been committed on reservation lands in
the state, including the Bishop Paiute Reservation. The Inyo County District Attorney takes its obligation to provide criminal justice services to all citizens of Inyo County, including all tribal
members and reservation residents, very seriously.
As we all know from recent events around our nation, no one, including peace officers employed by federal, state, and local agencies, are immune from investigation and prosecution of alleged criminal acts. The charges against Mr. Johnson will proceed in court and he will receive all of the protections accorded to anyone charged with a crime. Because of Congress’s grant of criminal jurisdiction to California state authorities, this case has nothing to do with tribal sovereignty. The District Attorney absolutely respects the sovereignty of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, and all of the federally-recognized tribes in our County. The office will continue to work with all stake-holders to ensure equal access to justice for everyone in Inyo County.

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Conversation about Water

Conversation 90 of 100 Conversations about Water

Permaculture Design for Water Scarcity: Drought to Resilience

The Metabolic Studio is hosting Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the Owens River LA Aqueduct. Conversation Number 90, entitled Permaculture Design for Water Scarcity: Drought to Resilience, will feature ancient water harvesting techniques that support community resilience in the face of climate change. This one hour workshop, led by Carmen Gonzales, an Environmental Specialist with the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission and Certified Permaculture Designer, will qualify for one hour Continuing Education Credit for local Master Gardeners.

Permaculture Design for Water Scarcity: Drought to Resilience
Rainwater is the cleanest source of free renewable water that is available to us. Because we often structure our buildings and land to drain water away, however, we lose this precious water resource as it runs away from our home. There are many ways to catch and use this blessing from the sky. Carmen will share water harvesting techniques inspired by permaculture that draw upon ancient knowledge about how to work with water. Design strategies that are built on holistic-systems-thinking protect water quality, soil biology, and ecosystem diversity while providing abundance for communities and resilience in the face of climate change.
Water harvesting techniques that will be discussed will include proven technologies used by Permaculture Designers around the world to honor water and heal watersheds. You will learn how to turn your landscape from a drain to a sponge to soak up the precious water that falls from your sky. Becoming a wise steward of our precious rainwaters is an important step we can take to create resilience in the face of climate change and the current drought cycle.
Techniques learned from great permaculture teachers such as Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, and Brad Lancaster, will be presented. Permaculture techniques such as swales, terraces, and keyline design, and rain gardens can be effective strategies for hydrating parched soils, harvesting water, improving water quality, regenerating springs, and creating the conditions beneficial for a healthy ecosystem to grow. The true power of Permaculture is that the solutions for many of our water problems already exist— and that knowledge can be used to take a hands-on approach with projects that are cost-effective.
About Permaculture Design
Permaculture is an ecological design science that focuses on creating healthy relationships. Improving the way we relate to the water, land, and each other is a vital component of helping to restore watershed function. Drawing from the inspiration of personal healing through working on water protection projects, Carmen has been able to connect deeply with water to better understand how to work passively with it. A Permaculture Designer uses innovative ideas and tools to allow for living systems to flourish naturally. When we learn to listen to the language of nature, we can create the space for water to be honored as a sacred life giving force while supporting the cycles of life that help to keep water clean.
Carmen Gonzales is an Environmental Specialist and Permaculture Designer with the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission (OVIWC). She began working in the environmental field in 2000 and has been dedicated to working to helping Tribes protect water, land, and people over the past 14 years. She began managing the CWA 106 Program for the OVIWC after working for the past 7 years for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. She is excited to bring her passion for healing the relationship between water and the people to the Owens Valley. Always an “edge walker,” Carmen has been working to find the balance between good science, traditional knowledge, personal healing, and cultural evolution. As a water quality scientist, she has been working to shift the community consciousness about the critical importance of watershed protection in these critical times. As a Permaculture Designer, Carmen focuses on raising awareness about the power of working in collaboration with the cycles of nature, rather than against them. Carmen is driven by the vision of supporting the work of revitalization of Native communities through building relationships that nourish land and life. Carmen received her certificate in Permaculture Design in September of 2010 from the Regenerative Design Institute in a course taught by Penny Livingston-Stark and Brock Dolman.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10 am at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Main St. @ Willow in Lone Pine.

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Drug Arrest In Bishop

63 year old Bishop man arrested on Drug charges

Statement from the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team:

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street in the City of Bishop.  At the residence, Agents seized just over an ounce of methamphetamine, scales, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.
The primary suspect of the investigation was not present during the service of the search warrant but was notified by Agents via cellphone of the findings. The primary suspect, Russell Kent Graves (age 63) of Bishop, turned himself in to agents later in the day. He was placed under arrest without further incident.
Graves was booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.

Russell Graves.  Photo courtesy of INET
Russell Graves. Photo courtesy of INET
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MHS hosting Dinner for Round Fire Victims

Mammoth High School hosting Free Dinner for Swall Meadows

SWALL MEADOWS FIRE RESIDENTS DINNER
Hosted by: Mammoth High School Culinary Arts
On March 6, 2015, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Mammoth High School will be hosting a free chili dinner, with a vegetarian option, for residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire.   MHS is inviting all residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire to a Chili Dinner hosted by their Culinary Arts classes.  It would be their pleasure to have folks join them for some good food and fellowship with neighbors. The dinner will be held in the Mammoth High School MPR on March 6 from 5:30-7:30.  Staff and students will be serving and staff will be providing tasty, homemade desserts. Please join them at whatever time is convenient for you and your family.   They can also arrange for take home plates if you prefer.
For specific dietary restrictions or requests, please contact Trish Qualls at (760)934-8541 ext. 298 or email at tqualls@mammothusd.org.

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Winning Lotto Ticket Sold in Lee Vining

Winning Ticket Sold at Mono Market

The winner has not yet be identified.

UPDATED: Powerball® Draw Results for California

  SACRAMENTO – We have updated information regarding last night’s thrilling Powerball drawing, which includes news of multiple winners in our state. We were playing for an (revised) estimated $564.1 million. While no California ticket hit the jackpot, three tickets sold in our state did match five numbers, missing only the Powerball number. That has resulted in three new millionaires in California! That’s because each of these 2nd place tickets won an impressive $1.4 million apiece.

 These winning tickets matched the numbers 11-13-25-39-54, missing only the Powerball number 19. The winning tickets were sold at the following locations:

 ·         Pop Top Market & Liquor, which is located at 14817 East 14th Street in San Leandro (Alameda County);

·         Mono Market, which is located at 51303 Highway 395 in Lee Vining (Mono County); and

·         The 7-Eleven located at 4502 East Lincoln Avenue in Cypress (Orange County).

They aren’t the only winners.  Listen to this: A total of 677,042 tickets sold in California alone won prizes of varying amounts in this drawing. The retailers who sold the three lucky tickets listed above are winners too. Each of these retailers will receive a $7,000 selling bonus! There is even more good news for them. This retailer selling bonus is separate and is NOT pulled from the winner’s prize amount. Therefore, these businesses will receive that bonus without having to wait for the winners to claim their tickets. These retailers have also earned a spot on the California Lottery’s list of Lucky Retailers.

 In California, a Powerball jackpot winner would have one year from the date of the draw to claim. All other winners must claim within 180 days of the drawing. We strongly encourage any Lottery winners to immediately SIGN THE BACK OF THEIR TICKETS IN INK and claim them at the nearest California Lottery District Office location.

 A total of three lucky tickets did hit the jackpot in this multi-state drawing last night. Those tickets were sold in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico. They will split what is now the 5th largest jackpot won in U.S. history. There is more winning to be had. The Powerball jackpot has now reset to its starting point of $40 million for Saturday’s drawing.  

 Powerball is a multistate game played in California (as well as 43 other states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Powerball site for more information on how to play.

 The excitement triggered by this lengthy jackpot roll also resulted in strong sales, which translates to even more money generated for California public schools. Powerball is just one element in the Lottery’s vast portfolio of games which helps us continue our legacy of providing much-needed dollars to classrooms across the state. Fiscal Year 2013-14 marks the 14th consecutive year the Lottery has provided more than $1 billion in supplemental funds to California schools. This is an impressive, yet modest amount, because we must always remember that this larger figure is then divided between every public school district across the state. This link will allow you to See Where The Money Goes in your area.

An Australian and a Canadian walk into a bar…

Duo Arrested in Mammoth Tuesday Night

So if a good friend will bail you out of jail, and a great friend will be with you in jail, what do you call a person who “urinates on you while in the back of the police car”?

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department handled the call this past Tuesday Night.  According to the Mammoth Police department at approximately  10:20pm, MLPD officers responded to a call for service at the Rafter’s bar. The called reported a disturbance that was becoming physical. Officers were met outside by security personnel employed by the bar. Security told the officers that two subjects had been inside the bar causing a disturbance with other bar patrons. One of the subjects allegedly exposed himself to several female patrons in the bar. When security asked them to leave, they began to physically resist. Once outside the subjects were seen allegedly urinating on a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon officers’ arrival, they observed the subject running from the scene. MLPD officers chased the subjects on foot and eventually caught them, taking them into custody without further incident. Allan William Holt, 25, an Australian national and Carter Stephan Campbell, 25, from Alberta, Canada were charged with public intoxication and urinating in public and Holt was also charged with indecent exposure.  According to the Mammoth Police Department Campbell’s blood alcohol level was .27 and Holt’s was .26. Both were driven to the Mono County jail.  The arrest report indicating that while en-route to jail, Holt managed to again expose himself, and urinated on his associate while in the back of the police car.

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Marsh Arrested

“Lola” Marsh arrested for alleged embezzlement

MARSH, Dolores Kay. 53 years old, Bishop Resident.

Bishop Police Department statement:

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 after an almost 2 year investigation, the Bishop Police Department arrested Dolores Kay Marsh for a
felony warrant. The Bishop Police Department investigated back in April of 2013, a complaint from Inyo Mono Body shop, where
suspected funds had been stolen from the business. The investigation was handled within the police department and then turned over to the Office of the Attorney General-State of California for further investigation into the missing funds.

As a result of the completed investigation, the Office of the Attorney General determined; Dolores Kay Marsh should be charged with
stealing in excess of $300,000.00 from Inyo Mono Body Shop. An arrest warrant was issued by the Office of the Attorney General
and Bishop Police Officers acted on the warrant and arrested Marsh early Thursday morning.

Marsh was transported to the Bishop Police Department, where the bail was set at $50,000.00 for the felony warrant. The listed
charges within the warrant are: 5 counts of 487 PC-Grand Theft and 5 counts of 471 PC-Forgery: Altering entries in books and
records. Marsh posted bail and was released with a court date.

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Round Fire Wednesday Update

Round Fire is 98% contained

 

Acres: 7,000
Containment: 98%
Structures Destroyed: 40 (39 in swall meadows, 1 in Paradise)
Structures Damaged: 5
Structures Threatened: No Immediate Threat
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel Assigned: 100+

Current situation: Smoking debris may be seen on the western edge of the fire. This debris does not pose a threat to residents.

Re-population of the Paradise and Swall Meadows communities began at 4:00pm on Monday. Residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows will need a valid form of identification to receive their access pass. Access passes can be obtained by the Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel at the Command Post located at Pine Creek Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Passes are necessary for all entry into the area. At this time, only residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows can gain entry into these communities.

Officials are asking that residents use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weaken chimneys pose a risk for injury. Remember to use gloves and a dust mask when working around fire debris.

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is available in two locations to assist victims in their recovery process. A mobile unit is staged at the Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows. The Red Cross is also housed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.

Utilities: SCE is still in the communities working extremely hard to restore and maintain power for all residents. If for some reason you remain without power, please be patient with SCE as they work to ensure complete power is restored. They have been working literally around the clock to repair all damage in the fire areas.

Donations and resources: There are several donation centers in and around Mono and Inyo Counties. Please visit https://gis.mono.ca.gov/roundfire for complete information and a list of available locations. Officials sincerely THANK EVERYONE for the generosity during this very devastating fire.

Cooperative agencies that remain on scene to ensure safety of all the residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise: Cal Fire, Inyo National Forest (USFS), BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CalTrans, Cal OES.

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Banff Film Fest Returns to Bishop

Banff Mt Film Fest World Tour hits Bishop in March

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Bishop, California on March 27 & 28, 2015.

Good things come to those who wait. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Bishop! This year’s World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments.

The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival is the one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities and 40 countries across the globe.

The 2014/2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world, with films highlighting exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports. From 372 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Join Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Bishop, at the Tri-County Fairgrounds on March 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for each night and available at Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop and the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes.

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