Category Archives: Local News

chp

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With holiday celebrations upon us, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing for this heavily-traveled time of year by educating the motoring public about safety on our roadways. As part of its upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) the CHP is reminding travelers to buckle up, adhere to the posted speed limit, avoid distractions behind the wheel, and always designate a sober driver.
The CHP’s Christmas MEP enforcement effort begins Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, December 28, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. During this period, all available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts and assisting motorists wherever needed.
“Our intent with the enhanced enforcement efforts during the holiday season is simply to save lives,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We want everyone to have a happy holiday season this year and ensure nobody is forced to deal with the loss of a loved one.”
An anti-DUI effort is aimed at eliminating drunk-driving by educating Californians about the dangers of driving after consuming alcoholic beverages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people are killed annually in America by drunk drivers. In December 2012 alone, 830 people died as a result of a collision caused by an impaired driver. This year, the CHP hopes to eliminate the added danger of intoxicated drivers on our roadways.
During the 30 hours of last year’s Christmas holiday MEP, five people were killed in traffic collisions. Among those killed were two pedestrians, one motorcyclist, and two vehicle occupants who were not wearing seat belts. The CHP made 221 arrests for driving under the influence during the same 30-hour timeframe.
“Have a safe, fun, and enjoyable holiday celebration this year,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Just do it responsibly by making the right and responsible decision before you get behind the wheel and always designate a sober driver.”

chp, maximum enforcement period, dui, joe farrow
inyo

Adventure Trails Hearing Re-Scheduled

The Inyo Adventure Trails Public Hearing has been set

The Public Hearing for the Adventure Trails project currently scheduled for December 30, 2014, in Independence has been rescheduled to January 22, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Independence. Due to threats of litigation surrounding the project, the postponement is necessary to provide more time for the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to provide the County with guidance about the ability of all five members of the Board of Supervisors to participate in the decision making process.
Originally scheduled for December 2nd, the Public Hearing was cancelled and re-scheduled for December 30th when a recent Fair Political Practices  Commission (FPPC) regulation governing conflict of interest determinations for elected officials created uncertainty about the ability of members of the Board of Supervisors to vote on the Adventure Trails project. Out of an abundance of caution, the County cancelled the meeting and rescheduled the Hearing to allow time for the FPPC to provide a legal opinion.
Last Friday, Inyo County Counsel Marge Kemp-Williams was  contacted by an FPPC representative who indicated that FPPC’s due date for providing the County with a ruling is January 12, 2015.
Based on this information, Ms. Kemp-Williams advised that it would be prudent to wait for FPPC guidance. Ms. Kemp-Williams explained that, without a ruling from the FPPC, each member of the Board of Supervisors will need to make an individual decision about their ability to participate in the vote.  If more than two Supervisors declare a conflict and recuse themselves from the decision making
process, in order to ensure a quorum of the Board exists to make the legally required decision, those Supervisors declaring a conflict would have to draw straws to determine which of the disqualified
Supervisors will be selected to create a quorum to participate in the decision despite their declared conflict. The same process will be employed if the FPPC opines that three or more Supervisors cannot vote in the process. As a matter of law, if only three members of the Board of Supervisors – a quorum – are available to vote on a decision, then the decision must be approved by all three
Supervisors.
“If it turns out only three members of the Board of Supervisors are able to vote on the Adventure trails project, it will require a unanimous vote, instead of a majority vote,” said County
Administrator Kevin Carunchio. “There is an overriding need to use every opportunity to ensure that each member of Board of Supervisors has the best possible information on which to determine their ability to participate in the decision making process and maintain the integrity of the Adventure Trails project.”
Carunchio acknowledged that nobody was pleased with the need to cancel the December 2nd meeting, and some people did not agree with the decision to schedule the hearing on December 30th.
He also recognizes that there may be others who may not be happy with the need to reschedule the meeting.

adventure trails, inyo county, kevin carunchio, fppc, marge kemp-williams
reds meadow

Prescribed Burning

Prescribed Pile Burning

DATE 12/18/2014
Crews are targeting 11 acres of piles for treatment today.  Smoke may be visible from the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Mt ski area.

DATE: 12/17/2014
Fire crews are burning piles in the Reds Meadow area today, taking advantage of the recent storms to safely achieve needed fuels reduction. Expect smoke visible from Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, and Devils Postpile National Monument. This is part of a dedicated effort to reduce fuels after the tree blow down event of 2011.

DATE: 12/16/2014
The Inyo National Forest is conducting pile burning today east of Devils Postpile National Monument and West of Satcher Lake in the Red’s Meadow Area.  41 Acres  of piles are targeted for treatment today.   Smoke may be visible from the Mammoth Lakes area.

inyo national forest, reds meadow, devils postpile, mammoth lakes
kay wilson

Support Local Art

Inyo Council for the Arts Gallery Event

Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 – 3:00
Inyo Council for the Arts will be sponsoring an opportunity for everyone to shop locally and support local artists. This Saturday December 20 the gallery will be open from 10-3 for your holiday shopping pleasure. Come by and check out the artists displaying their paintings, prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, handmade goat soaps and lotions, woolen items made from naturally died wools and other uniquely designed and created items. Refreshments will be served.

Image, Kay Wilson watercolor

inyo council for the arts, holiday shopping, paintings, prints, cards
left to right, Captain Rich Watt, US Forest Service; Lieutenant Bill Dailey, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Chief Dan Watson, Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Chief Chris Carter, Bishop Police Department; Santa Claus; Sergeant Rick Moberly, Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Undersheriff Keith Hardcastle, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, Mono County Sheriff’s Office; and Captain Tim Noyes, Bishop CHP

Shop With a Cop

Fourth Annual Eastern Sierra Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 13, approximately 50 families from the Eastern Sierra had an early Christmas thanks to Shop-with-a-Cop. Children from the families were identified by local law enforcement and picked up by their partner for the day in a police vehicle and taken to breakfast at the Bishop Country Club. After a hearty breakfast, the law enforcement personnel and children slowly drove Code 3 from the golf course to the Bishop Country Club where each child had $220 to shop for Christmas gifts for family members. After the officers and their young partner finished shopping, volunteers wrapped the gifts, photos were taken with Santa, and they returned to their homes for an early family Christmas.

Many of these families would not have had much of a Christmas if it wasn’t for Shop-with-a-Cop. The idea for the program was introduced to the Eastern Sierra by MLPD Sergeant Rick Moberly four years ago. Other Eastern Sierra law enforcement agencies quickly jumped on board, and the program has gotten bigger each year. The participating agencies in 2014 were:

Mammoth Lakes Police Department
Mono County Sheriff’s Office
Bishop Police Department
Inyo County Sheriff’s Office
Mono County Probation Department
Inyo County Probation Department
Bishop Paiute Tribal Police
California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Office
California Highway Patrol, Bishop Office
United States Forest Service Law Enforcement
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Shop-with-a-Cop would not happen without the generous support of the community and the K-Mart in Bishop. Approximately $14,000 was raised through donations, mostly from individuals who heard about the program. More money than was needed was raised and the extra funds will be used for a new program, Shop-with-a-Cop–Back to School which will be held in August.

Special recognition must go to K-Mart and its manager, Oscar Saucedo. Each year they have gone above and beyond to support this cause. They provide an additional $20 gift card to each child, donate all the wrapping paper and bows, and provide space for the wrappers.
Shop-with-a-Cop organizer, Sergeant Rick Moberly, said, “I got the idea of Shop-with-a-Cop from San Diego PD, the second largest city in California. They hosted 320 kids this year. Our little agencies were able to take care of 50 families. I think that shows how much support we get from the people in the Eastern Sierra.”

MLPD Chief Dan Watson said, “I look forward to this each year. I asked one of our young Reserve Officers, while waiting for the gifts to be wrapped, what he thought of the program. His responded that this was about the best think he’d ever done. I believe the officers, deputies, and volunteers get as much enjoyment out of Shop-with-a-Cop as the kids and their families.”

shop with a cop, mammoth police, bishop police, k-mart, bishop country club
image004(1)

Caltrans winter weather tips

Winter weather is not predictable – Be Prepared

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter. The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your car – Check your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition. Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed. Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623).

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time – Slow down.

Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel. If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure. If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal. Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

Black Ice –Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces. Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees. Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots.

Be observant – Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle. Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

Chains – All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order. Chains must be installed on drive wheels. Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive. Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced. Chain installers may be available to help install your chains. They are not Caltrans employees. They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains. If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number. Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains. When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.” Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.

Chain Control Information
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.
R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.
R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire. With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”. If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked. Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions. You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire.

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions. To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve. During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway. Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures. Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

caltrans, chp, winter driving, tire chains, black ice

Bishop Mathletes at Kern Valley

BUHS Mathletes finish 2nd at rival Kern Valley

The Bishop Varsity Mathletes had another strong finish at their December 3rd meet in Kern Valley.  Taking home second place with a total score of 26 points, the Broncos were just two points behind first place winner, Tehachapi.  The students compete by individually answering challenging math problems in a timed setting to earn points for their team, and there were nine teams with 61 students.  Juniors David Chavez and Jamie Shultz were the high point scorers for the Broncos with seven points each, and also the high point scorers in the overall meet.  Colton Riesen was close behind with a score of six points and a second place in the overall meet.  Also contributing points for the Broncos were Olivia Grah, Robby Moore, William Moore, Hannah Murray, Carson Reid, and Logan Stephensen.

Coach DeeDee Buchholz describes this team as very hard working and is proud of how they represent BUHS by always showing great respect for the other schools and players.  The next Varsity meet is January 28th in Silver Valley.

bishop high school, mathletes, rival kern valley, david chavez, jamie shultz

Wild Iris offering Transitional Housing

WILD IRIS TO PROVIDE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IN EASTERN SIERRA

INYO AND MONO COUNTIES, CA. – Wild Iris will be able to provide a safe space for survivors of domestic violence and their children to grow and gain independent living skills through a new transitional housing program. This is a long awaited program and Wild Iris is so grateful to the many community partners that have made this possible. The Gimme Shelter Carnival, planned by Mammoth Lakes resident Donna Richards, provided the funds needed to get the process started. Wild Iris has since applied for and received a grant from the Berger North Foundation that will continue to fund the fledgling program for the next three years.

Wild Iris will be working to provide program participants with basic necessities such as food, housing, and toiletries, but also services such as counseling, support groups, and case management. During their time in the program, clients will have the opportunity to work, volunteer, or go to school, receive education on topics such as parenting skills, computer literacy, financial management, credit-repair, and basic life skills.

Housing will be provided in individual housing sites scattered throughout Inyo and Mono Counties to allow clients and their children to continue to work and attend school in a safe environment. In order to furnish these individual housing units, Wild Iris is seeking donations of household items. We are in need of everything from food pantry items and small appliances to bedding, furniture, and monetary donations. Our hope is that at the end of their stay, clients will leave the transitional housing program as self-sufficient individuals who have the ability to successfully meet their own goals.
For more information, please visit www.wild-iris.org.

wild iris, domestic violence, transitional housing, inyo mono county
mono sheriff

Graffiti in Chalfant

Vandalism reported in Chalfant

On Monday, December 8th, 2014, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received calls from citizens of Chalfant regarding several buildings throughout the community that had been vandalized.

Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to several locations throughout the Chalfant community to find walls, buildings and equipment vandalized by graffiti. Graffiti was found: on the Chalfant Community Center on the largest wall facing Valley Road; on the men’s room door at the community park; at the Chalfant Fire Department on vehicles used for training; and on a large box trailer parked on Hunter Ave.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance to identify the individual (s) responsible for the graffiti. If you have any information, please contact the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7.

chalfant, vandalism, mono county sheriffs department, chalfant fire department
Doing The Most Good

Coats for Kids at Suddenlink

11th Annual Coats for Kids Drive

Join the KIBS/KBOV team this Friday, December 12th at Suddenlink for a live broadcast.  The not to be missed event will run from 10am to 12 noon this Friday.  Stop by and drop off a new or gently used coat.  All coats will be distributed to those in need.  The Salvation Army is once again handling the coat distribution.   When you make a donation you will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire, courtesy of Suddenlink (no purchase necessary).  The Chevy will be broadcasting live from 10am to noon at Suddenlink located at 201 east line street in Bishop.

suddenlink, salvation army bishop, kindle fire, the chevy, live broadcast