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Recovery at Jigsaw Pass

Inyo County Search and Rescue recovers fall victim

information from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department

Jigsaw Pass recovery

On August 5th at about 5:20pm, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified through CalOES of a SPOT device activation near Jigsaw Pass. The activation was followed by a message asking for a helicopter for an immediate evacuation due to an injury. A short time later another message was sent saying, “fatality.” Two Inyo County SAR members responded to the coordinates of the SPOT activation.

On August 6th at about 7:00am, CHP H-80 arrived and with the assistance of the Inyo County SAR team, H-80 was able to recover the body of Stephanie Subak (58 years old from Seattle, WA) and transport her to the Sheriff’s Posse Hut near the Bishop airport, where she was then driven to Brune Mortuary.

Interviews conducted with her hiking friends who were with her at the time of the accident indicated that Subak was descending down Jigsaw Pass when a rock that she grabbed onto gave way, causing her to tumble about 40 feet down a chute. Once Subak’s partners got to her, she was unconscious but breathing; she passed away about an hour later. According to the coroner Subak sustained multiple traumatic injuries that caused her death.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office extends our sincere condolences to Subak’s family and friends during this very difficult time. We also would like to thank the Inyo County SAR team and H-80 for their response efforts

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Fall Courses at Cerro Coso College

Art, Golf, and Spanish being offered

Fall Classes at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes begin August 24, 2015. the college has openings in two dimensional design and golf 1 and 2 being offered in bishop and Spanish 101 offered at the mammoth lakes campus.

Art 111 – two dimension design will meet with Lori Michelon on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15 to 12:25 p.m. in room 126 on the bishop campus. a combined lecture and studio approach provides students with the opportunity to develop a visual vocabulary for creative expression.

Phed c109 & c110 – golf 1 & 2 will meet with instructor Richard Frey on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:10 to 9:20 p.m. at the bishop golf course. these courses provide golf instruction and practice in the fundamentals of grip, stance, alignment, backswing, and downswing. topics also include principles of warm-up, golf club selection and use, player guidelines, scoring, game etiquette, and safety procedures. the course includes extensive practice and play at the local golf course.

Darcie Khanukayev will be instructing span c101 elementary Spanish 1 on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:10 to 8:40 p.m. in room 209. this introductory course teaches students the basic grammar and vocabulary for speaking, reading, and writing at the beginning level as well as the culture and civilization of the Spanish – speaking world.

Complete registration and course information is available on the web at or contact the bishop campus at 760-872-1565 or the mammoth campus at 760-934-2875.

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Anthony Barlow

Anthony John Barlow

Anthony John Barlow, resident of the Bishop Paiute Reservation, Bishop, CA passed away on August 1, 2015 at Northern Inyo Hospital. Anthony graduated from Palomar College where he played football. He also enjoyed playing softball and enjoyed the position of catcher. Many of his friends knew him as “The Beast”. Survivors include his mother, Catherine Barlow; children, Micah Barlow, Sonoee Barlow and Bonnie Barlow; Brothers, Alroy Barlow, Cleveland Barlow, Steve Barlow Jr., and Bonnie Barlow; grandson, Wyatt Mullins. A Cry Dance will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at his Bishop residence, 97 Winuba Lane. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Barlow Lane Gymnasium with Pastor Ron Sargent of The River Church officiating. Interment will be at the Sunland Cemetery with lunch to follow at the Barlow Lane Gym.

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Unlucky Day at Shamrock Lake

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team aids an ill hiker at Shamrock Lake

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Office

On Monday, August 3, 2015, at approximately 10:20am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding an ill hiker at Shamrock Lake.

A female hiker, age 52, of Ventura, California, and her family came to the Eastern Sierra for vacation. The family hiked to Shamrock Lake for an overnight camping trip when the female hiker began experiencing severe altitude sickness symptoms. The altitude sickness prevented her from hiking out of the Shamrock Lake area. Family members hiked out and called 911 along Hwy 120W when they obtained cell phone service.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to aid the ill hiker. Seven SAR Team members staged at the Saddlebag Lake Resort. The ground team, along with Mono County Paramedics, was transported across Saddlebag Lake via water taxi. The ground team was then able to continue the hike up to Shamrock Lake where they met the ill hiker at her campsite. The ill hiker was transported via wheeled litter back to the Saddlebag Lake Resort where she was met by Mono County Paramedics for evaluation and then transported to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team thanks the staff of the Saddlebag Lake Resort for their assistance in this operation.

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Forest begins Thinning Projects

Thinning Projects Planned in Mammoth Lakes, June Lakes

The Inyo National Forest announces plans to complete numerous mechanical thinning projects for community protection and forest health through the summer and fall.

These projects are designed to reduce fuels within Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Thinning reduces wildfire spread and intensity by removing surface and ladder fuels. Additionally, treatments will promote openness of crown fuels to reduce the likelihood of a sustained crown fire, thus decreasing the risk of stand-replacing wildfire. This also creates an environment where firefighters can more safely respond to fire events.

Thinning also promotes forest health by increasing resiliency to insects and disease by reducing competition for water, nutrients, and sunlight.  This is especially important during California’s extended drought where numerous trees are dying from insect infestations or water stress.  Where applicable, restoration work will be completed to enhance aspen habitat.

The Forest Service will construct shaded fuel breaks (thinning and piling fuels to be safely burned in the winter months) on approximately 270 acres within the Mammoth Lakes area. Locations include Sherwin Lakes Trailhead, Old Shady Rest Campground, Mammoth Knolls, the Minarets Road/ Scenic Loop Road, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), north of chair 7. The MMSA  project will be conducted after Labor Day to reduce impacts to recreational users. There will be delays or full closures on uptown/down town bike trails, shotgun bike trail, and the warming wall sport climbing area.

Approximately 240 acres of shaded fuel breaks are planned in the June Lake area near Silver Lake Tract, Clark Tract, Oh Ridge, and Gull Lake.

Six additional units totaling 700 acres are planned in other areas throughout the forest.  The forest will create public firewood for 2016 in units not adjacent to town limits or recreational resident tracts.

For specific questions about the projects, please call Andrew Weinhart at 760-924-5550.

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Back To School Night at Bishop Elementary

Bishop Elementary School’s Back to School Night

It’s Back to School time at Bishop Elementary.  School staff and administration are welcoming back parents with a big night Monday, August 17th.

The Kindergarten welcome will kick off the night at 4pm.  This is for both Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten.  The Kinder-Welcome will take place in the Bishop Elementary school quad with presentations by Mrs. Carr, Principal and Dr. Skrotzki, Vice Principal.  Following the welcome, teachers will make presentations in their respective rooms.  Parents will also meet with the nurse, food services, and transportation department in the BAC. If your child’s last name begins with the letters A-M, you will visit the classroom after the welcome presentation. If your child’s last name begins with N-Z, you will start in the BAC filling out pertinent forms. At roughly 4:30, the two groups will switch.

For Parents of youngsters Grades 1-5 classroom visits will begin at 5pm.  1st grade will begin at 5pm, 2nd and 3rd grade at 5:30, and 4th and 5th grades at 6pm. Classroom presentations will begin promptly at the start time listed. School officials indicate that you will have time to meet and greet with the teacher after the presentation. Stop by the BAC either before or after the classroom presentation to complete your student’s enrollment process.

The Elementary school PTO will be serving hot dogs.

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Back to School Time!

Back to School Preparation

by Dr. Richard Johnson, Inyo and Mono County public health officer

Ready for School – preschool through college?
Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health, especially when they are in a setting like a school or a child care center where disease outbreaks can occur. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccine records.
When parents are preparing to send their child off to day care, school or college, it’s the perfect time to check if he or she is up to date on recommended vaccines.
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children can easily transmit illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, uncovered coughs, dense populations and other factors. When children aren’t vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their classrooms and communities. This includes babies too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. Now is the time for parents to check with their child’s doctor, school or the local health department to learn about the requirements.
Follow the immunization schedule to provide your child with the best protection, and keep your child’s vaccine records current.
Between the time your child is born and when they go off to college, they’ll get vaccines to protect against a number of serious diseases.

Make sure that you provide your child care facility with updated vaccine records each time you visit the doctor to get another important dose of a vaccine.

Some children at your child care center may be too young for certain vaccines, and are therefore vulnerable to diseases. By keeping your children up to date on vaccines, you’ll be protecting their younger classmates as well. You will also be helping to protect people in your community with weakened immune systems, such as some people with cancer and transplant recipients, who are also at higher risk of disease.

Preteens and teens are at risk for diseases like meningitis and HPV cancers and need the protection of vaccines to keep them healthy and in school.

Vaccines are recommended for preteens and teens because:
Some of the childhood vaccines wear off over time, so adolescents need shots to stay protected from serious diseases like tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

As children get older, they are at greater risk of getting certain diseases like meningitis, septicemia, and HPV-related cancers. Specific vaccines, like HPV, should be given during the preteen (11 to 12) years because they work better at that age.
Vaccines not only protect your preteens and teens from serious diseases. They also protect siblings, friends and the people who care for them, like parents or grandparents.

Even healthy college students can get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases. Protection from vaccines received during childhood can wear off with time, and college students may also be at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases like meningitis.
Many vaccine-preventable diseases can easily spread in child care and school settings.

Schools are a prime venue for transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases, and school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they come in contact. For example, they can spread disease to vulnerable newborns too young to have received the maximum protection from the recommended doses of vaccines, or people with weakened immune systems, such as some people with cancer and transplant recipients who are also at higher risk of disease.

From January 1 to June 26, 2015, 178 people in the United States have been reported to have measles. Measles is very contagious. It can spread through the air when people with measles cough or sneeze. It is so contagious that if one person has it, nine out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he or she has measles – up to four days before the telltale measles rash appears.

Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. Protecting your children from preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school.

When a child comes down with a disease such as whooping cough, chickenpox or the flu, he or she may miss a lot of school while recovering – and somebody will need to stay home to provide care and make trips to the doctor.

If you haven’t already, check your child’s immunization record and schedule a visit to their physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last minute rush and will help make sure there are no surprises on the first day of school.

Schools require children to be up to date on vaccinations before enrolling or starting school in order to protect the health of all students. If you are unsure of the immunization requirements, check with your child’s doctor, school, child care provider, college health center, or local health department.

Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives. Young adults need vaccines too, especially when they are college bound.

The need for vaccination does not end in childhood. Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation, travel locations, medical conditions, and previous vaccination history.

Even healthy young adults can get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases. Protection from vaccines you received during childhood can wear off with time, and you may also be at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases.

You can send your kids off to college protected from serious diseases by making sure they’ve received all the vaccines recommended for them. Far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines, leaving themselves and their loved ones unnecessarily vulnerable to serious diseases.

Talk to your child’s healthcare provider or the health department to make sure your children get the vaccinations they need when they need them.

Take advantage of any visit to the doctor – checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college – to ask the doctor about what vaccinations your child needs.

Families who need help paying for childhood vaccines should ask their health care provider or the health department about the Vaccines for Children program or other low cost programs, which provide vaccines at little or no cost to eligible children who do not otherwise have access to immunizations.

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Mike Hawley

Mike Hawley, 1941-2015

Mike Hawley, age 74, a resident of Bishop for 19 years, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2015, at home surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with prostate cancer and several other illnesses. Mike fought each challenge that arose and stayed strong and positive for his family. His courage and strength were inspiring to all who came to know him during this difficult time.
Mike was born on April 19, 1941, in Bell, California, to Marie and George Hawley. He worked 35 years for Southern California Edison with eight years of his career in the Bishop office as the Budget and Service Manager before accepting a promotion and moving to Yucaipa. After Mike retired from SCE he continued to pursue his favorite pastime of golfing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family spending vacation time in Escondido and Park City, Utah.
Mike is survived by his wife Pat of 51 years, his daughters Suzi Johnson and her husband Jamie and Debbi Barbieri and her husband Nik and his four grandchildren Jon and Kaitlynn Barbieri, James Hawley and Danika Johnson, and brother Ralph (Bud) Hawley, and his wife Becky, niece Shannon Omessi, and her family Ari and Taylor. Danika would like everyone to know how loved he was and what a great “Papa” he was. Mike was preceded in death by his parents George and Marie Hawley, and brother Pete.

As per Mike’s wishes no formal services will be held, but instead a celebration of life, or as he wished a “party”, will be held September 9th at 5:00 at Highlands Senior Clubhouse. Please come join his family and friends in a party to honor the husband, dad, papa and friend that he was.

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Bear in Crowley

There’s a new “resident” in the Crowley Lake area

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer, Mono County Sheriffs Department

There is a new local “resident” in the community of Crowley Lake. This is the mountains and bears do share our space.  Due to the current drought conditions, it is anticipated that bears may be forced to seek out food other than their native diet.

Please remember some simple tips to lessen the likelihood of a bear encounter: to avoid vehicle break-ins, do not leave food, wrappers, gum, mints, ice chests, lunch boxes, or anything that smells like food, etc. in your vehicle; do not leave outdoor trash cans open, unattended and unsecured; use proper bear proof food storage containers; do not leave out any type of food including pet food and bird seed; make sure all BBQ’s and outdoor cooking areas are kept clean to prevent problems with bears; and, if you accidentally come “face to face” with a bear, slowly step back and make as much noise as possible to alert the bear of your presence. Also, slow down when driving on local streets and roadways to avoid any potential accidents with wildlife crossing the road. These simple tips are for your safety and the safety of our local bears.

 If these simple tips do not work, and your safety is still at risk, or you simply see the new local “resident” wandering in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to call the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7 for non-emergencies, or 911 for emergencies, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife locally at (760) 873-1171 or via their dispatch at (951) 443-2969. Please do not take matters into your own hands. Please be safe and cognizant of wildlife in all communities throughout Mono County!

cover photo by Crowley resident Julie Estridge

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