KIBS/KBOV Announcements

CERRO COSO RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

CERRO COSO RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

Congratulations are in order for Cerro Coso Community College as it is one of five colleges to receive the title of being a “Leader College” designation by “Achieving the Dream” (ATD), a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success, such as Math and English.

Leader Colleges are eligible to compete for all grant-funded learning initiatives and are encouraged to provide leadership and support to other colleges in the ATD Network. Cerro Coso, along with the other four nationally recognized colleges, will retain their “Leader” status for three years.

Achieving The Dream, Inc. is a national non-profit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

 

SAR RECOVERY

SAR RECOVERY

According to Carma Roper, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted the evening of September 18th regarding a deceased fall victim near Bear Creek Spire. The reporting party, and climbing partner, indicated that the two-person team had camped at Dade Lake and set out the morning of the 18th to ascend Bear Creek Spire. As the pair was traversing the route the victim, a 26 year old woman from the San Francisco Bay Area, lost her footing and fell between 800-1000 feet. The reporting party descended down the steep chute but discovered the victim to be deceased. With the assistance of two hikers, the reporting party was guided back to the Mosquito Flat trailhead where a 911 call was able to be placed.
Inyo County Sheriff’s Office requested CHP helicopter H-70 out of Paso Robles to assist in the recovery operation on September 19th. H-70 attempted to locate the victim, but the high winds required aerial support to postpone the recovery until the following morning.
The morning of September 20th, the victim’s body was located and transported to the Bishop airport where they were met by the Inyo County Coroner.
Assisting in this recovery operation were Inyo Search and Rescue, Inyo Sheriff, H-70 out of Paso Robles, and CHP flight members from H-80 out of Apple Valley.

BISHOP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS GETTING A NEW PRESIDENT

BISHOP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS GETTING A NEW PRESIDENT

 

The Bishop Chamber is getting a new president. The Bishop Chamber of Commerce held an installation dinner last night to honor outgoing members and welcome in the new ones. Julie Faber and outgoing Chamber President Cheryl Underhill were honored with plaques and sincere parting gifts for their diligent service to the Chamber. Kamal Bhakta, Sam Patel, and Debi Yerkes will also be leaving their board member positions. With the departure of Cheryl Underhill, the board welcomes new Chamber President Corinna Korpi. President Korpi has served on various community boards in and around Inyo and Mono County since she arrived in Bishop back in 2008. Korpi has been  with Alta One Federal Credit Union since her arrival in Bishop. She currently holds the position of Member Center Manager for the local Credit Union. Community service is one of Korpi’s passions and she is excited to be working with the Bishop Chamber Board and its staff members.

YOSEMITE’S ANNUAL FACELIFT IS HERE

 

Yosemite will be getting a little nip tuck this month. Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in this years annual Yosemite facelift, an event held to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season.

Volunteers will be working throughout Yosemite National Park, including along roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping and lodging areas. The event starts on Wednesday, September 21st, and will continue through Sunday, September 25th.

Last year, over 1,400 Yosemite Facelift volunteer’s cleaned up 14,762 pounds of trash and debris found throughout Yosemite National Park. Volunteers worked nearly 10,000 hours throughout the event and throughout the park to help clean up heavily visited areas.

Interested volunteers can sign up at the booth in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and in front of the Tuolumne Meadows Store. Registration in Yosemite Valley will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21st, through Sunday September 25th, which will only be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m on Sunday. In Tuolumne Meadows, registration is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Crew leaders will be at the booths to organize work groups and hand out equipment. On Saturday, September 24, the park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In order to help celebrate this special day and Facelift events, the park will waive entrance fees for Saturday, September 24. The fee waiver includes entrance fees on Saturday only. All camping and other amenity fees will be in effect.

POSSIBLE HOMICIDE NEAR MANZANAR

POSSIBLE HOMICIDE NEAR MANZANAR

 

According to a release from Carma Roper at Inyo County Sheriffs Office, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of a fire (visible from 395) south of Manzanar Reward Mine. The responding agencies discovered a vehicle on an unpaved and remote road, later determined to be a late model convertible Ford Mustang, fully engulfed in flames. As the fire was being extinguished, severely charred remains of a body were seen in the passenger side of the vehicle.

Based on the preliminary investigation, this case is being handled as a possible homicide. Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is working with Eastern Sierra Arson Taskforce and the Inyo county District Attorney’s Office.

Due to the severity of the fire there is no positive identification of the remains or the vehicle at this time. The remains are in the process of being transported to Orange County Coroner’s Office. Inyo Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public assistance. If anyone has any information that could assist in this investigation, please call 760-878-0383. More updates will be released as they become available.

CalFIRE, Forest Service, Independence Volunteer Fire Department, Inyo Sheriff, and CHP all responded at approximately 8pm on Friday night.

YNP LAUNCHES 2ND YEAR OF EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM

YNP LAUNCHES 2ND YEAR OF EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM

 

Yosemite National Park has launched it’s second year of Every Kid in a Park Pass. Yosemite National Park encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as a part of the Every Kid in a Park program (EKIP). The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and obtain more information.

Fourth graders and their families are encouraged to come and experience Yosemite. Yosemite National Park offers a wide range of activities for families, including hiking, Ranger-led programs, backpacking, camping, and iconic views of natural features including El Capitan and Half Dome. Last year, Yosemite National Park issued over 7000 EKIP passes to fourth grade students visiting the park.

Yosemite National Park was selected to receive a 2016 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of Americas national park’s, to support the Every Kid in a Park program. The grant is part of the Foundation’s OpenOutDoors for Kids Program.

The Every Kid in a Park pass – which features a new design for this year’s students – is valid for a full calendar year starting September 1st. The pass grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) to most federally managed lands an waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.

 

ALGAE AT DIAZ LAKE AND MILLPOND

ALGAE AT DIAZ LAKE AND MILLPOND

 

According to a press release from Assistant County Administrator Rick Benson, over the past few weeks blue-green algae has developed along the shoreline of Diaz Lake and, to a lesser extent, at Millpond. Several factors contribute to the development of the algae, all of which are beyond the County’s control. Primarily, the algae are a result of the presence of nutrients. various weather conditions are also a factor. Blue-green algae typically develop in self-contained bodies of water.

Blue-green algae may contain toxins, but not always. Therefore, as a precaution, the Inyo County Parks and Recreation Department is advising visitors to refrain from swimming or wading in the water while algae is present. The algae is expected to naturally dissipate soon.

 

INYO COUNTY’S 2016-17 RECOMMENDED BUDGET

INYO COUNTY’S 2016-17 RECOMMENDED BUDGET

 

Inyo County’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget is ready for approval. According to the Board of Supervisors the entire Fiscal Year 2016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget document is now available online at the County’s webpage, offering the public an opportunity to review the proposed $96 million dollar spending plan coming up for possible adoption next week. Publication of the budget comes as the result of many weeks of analysis, calculation, research, meetings, planning, writing, and review by staff countywide.

The Recommended Budget details the revenue and expenditures being proposed for each of the County’s 19 departments, and 136 budget units, for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year, which runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

The recommended budget is over 500 pages long, for those looking for a lighter reading, also available on the County’s webpage is the Introduction & Summary of the Fiscal year 22016-2017 CAO Recommended Budget. The Introduction & Summary, or Budget Message, looks at the “big-picture” fiscal challenges and opportunities faced by the County this fiscal year.

According to County Administrator Kevin Carunchio, it is there where taxpayers will find discussion of the why’s and how’s of requested expenditures, and whether department requests have made it to the CAO’s Recommended Budget unchanged, with modifications, or not at all; the differences between the Department Requested Budget and the CAO Recommended Budget are highlighted in detail. The Introduction & Summary also highlights for the Board and County departments which funding sources are stable, which can be relied on less and less given current trends and future projections, and which State and Federal funding sources are rapidly dwindling to the point that their intended purposes are close to becoming unfunded mandates. It includes concise information about the county’s income (from taxes, fees, and other sources) and a breakdown of expenses by function (i.e. Public Safety, Roads, Public Assistance, Public Health, General Services, etc.) For those new to the Budget Process, the Introduction & Summary offers this information in easy-to-understand language.

In the document, Carunchio also offers his thanks and praise to every County Department but in particular to Budget Analyst Denelle Carrington and Auditor-Controller Amy Sheperd, who he said put in many long hours providing information, input, and expertise to help ensure the county has a balanced and forward-thinking spending plan.

EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT NITE RIDER

According to Eastern Sierra Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder, Eastern Sierra Transit will be providing Nite Rider Dial-A-Ride service in Bishop Labor Day Weekend. The Nite Rider will be running Friday through Sunday night until 2:00a.m. Rides are $4.20 per passenger. Call 760-873-7173 for pick-up. Eastern Sierra Transit Dial-A-Ride will not be offering service on Monday in observance of Labor day, except in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

UPDATED – DEPUTY FORCED TO SHOOT LOCAL BISHOP RESIDENT

DEPUTY FORCED TO SHOOT LOCAL BISHOP RESIDENT

Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy Rueben Bradley could be back on duty in the near future. Bradley, the deputy involved in the August 26th shooting of local resident Raymond Bencoma III, has been placed on Administrative leave pending an investigation regarding the incident. As in any officer involved shooting case, there are 3 investigations going on simultaneously. First, the Inyo County Sheriff’s office must investigate the underlying crimes that lead to Deputy Bradley being involved, in this case a domestic violence charge and a possible assault on a peace officer charge will be filed against Mr. Bencoma. Second, the Inyo County Sheriffs Office will conduct a confidential internal affairs investigation to determine if departmental policies in regard to the shooting were followed. Thirdly, the District Attorney, Tom Hardy’s office, will independently conduct an investigation which is currently on going too determine if any criminal charges should be sought against Deputy Bradley.

It is assumed that these investigations will take several weeks, however early investigating indicates that Deputy Bradley acted lawfully in using force.

The determination regarding Mr. Bencoma’s ability to proceed in court is basically in the hands of his physicians at this point. He has been arrested and is in custody, and when he is medically able, he will be arraigned on the charges. Comments on his medical condition are not being made at this time, but as of now, his physicians did not believe that he could safely be taken to court.

 

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