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Eastern Sierra Public Health Team Addresses Ebola Situation

EASTERN SIERRA PUBLIC HEALTH

MEDIA BRIEF

Richard O. Johnson, M.D., MPH 

Public Health Officer: Alpine, Inyo, and Mono County

October 16, 2014

Ebola Perspectives and Local Response

We are all saddened, and overwhelmed with all of the information available to us, regarding the Ebola situation. I will attempt to share what we know and don’t know, and close with what we are doing locally. Included will be specific guidance for you as you seek to apply all of this information to your own household. This situation, and guidance is rapidly changing, and we will keep you informed of any significant details that affect you personally.

Africa

A terrible tragedy is unfolding. Although there are officially over 8,000 cases, over 4,000 deaths, and about 300 healthcare workers who have died, the actual numbers are much greater. It is estimated that there may be up to 10,000 new cases per week soon, with estimates of up to 1.4 million cases by January. The much publicized efforts to provide treatment are futile unless there is an accompanying mass effort to prevent new cases from developing. The affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The Democratic Republic of Congo has a separate outbreak, and Nigeria and Senegal have successfully managed to snuff out small outbreaks. So, we are currently talking about only 3 countries.

The Virus

Ebola virus disease outbreaks have occurred in other locations in Africa since the 1970’s, but this is the first time in the West African region. This is also the largest outbreak, and the first to migrate into crowded urban areas. The virus exists in the forests of Africa, carried by non-human primates such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and dukars. Bats are also probably involved. The spread to humans comes from contact with this “bushmeat”, as hunting these animals and eating the meat is an essential source of protein for people living in these areas.

The Illness

Infected humans then spread the disease to each other through direct contact with virtually any bodily fluid. Bodies being prepared for burial through complicated cultural rituals are also extremely contagious for at least a few days. A very important fact is that a person is NOT contagious until they actually begin to show symptoms. The incubation period (time from exposure to becoming ill) is 2-21 days, usually 8-10 days. Initially, persons develop fever, headaches, muscle aches and weakness, and sore throat. After about 5 days, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea begin. This is followed by a rash, and then overwhelming multi-organ system failure, accompanied by bleeding, and death. Fatality rates are estimated to be about 70%, with the young and old being most seriously affected.

The United States

4 individuals infected with the Ebola virus have been brought to the US for treatment in one of the special bio-containment units set-up after 9/11 specifically to deal with this kind of infection. All have under treatment or have recovered, and no staff or other contacts have become sick.

In addition, a resident of Liberia flew to Dallas after being exposed to the virus. He eventually got sick and died. Of special note is the fact that non of  Mr. Duncan’s family and friends, nor the medics or healthcare workers who took care of him during his first hospital visit, ambulance transport, or ED visit – none of whom were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) have become sick. We are past the 21 days of risk for all of them.

Now 2 very dedicated and courageous critical care nurses who cared for him in his final days have also become ill. Although they are highly qualified and trained, the procedures and equipment they used were inadequate to prevent them from being exposed to infectious body fluids.

From this experience we can conclude that individuals are not contagious until they are symptomatic, and that the infection is not easily spread until later in the illness when both the increased presence of body fluids (vomit, diarrhea, sweat, etc.) and invasive procedures (breathing tubes, dialysis) puts medical staff at great risk.

California

There have only been 2 suspect cases with a high enough risk to be tested in the state, and both tests were negative. Social media reported a case of Ebola in “Riverside County, California”; however, the truth is that a suspect patient was being tested at the “Riverside Regional Medical Center,” which is actually in Newport News, Virginia. The test results were negative.

The Eastern Sierra

We have been in almost constant communication with federal, state, and regional partners for the last few weeks. Our priorities are to:

-       Ensure the safety of our first responder and healthcare worker community

-       Ensure the safety of our community in the Eastern Sierra

-       Provide high quality compassionate patient care if we have a suspect or proven case

The likelihood of a person presenting to our 911 system, clinics, or hospitals is very small; however, the Dallas experience shows that it can happen anywhere, and we need to be prepared to respond. We have been, and will continue to meet with all of our responder and healthcare community. We are providing training, guidance, and developing protocols for handling any situation that may arise. We have procedures in place for obtaining Ebola testing on a suspect patient. The expectation is that a suspect patient would need to stay in an Emergency Department for 1-3 days until a test result came back, and if positive, arrangements would be made to transfer the individual to a referral facility willing to accept a transfer.

 What actions should you be taking?

  1. Stay informed, but turn off the TV at some point!
  2. Stay connected with family, friends, and neighbors.
  3. I do not see any reason, or anticipate any reason, to change any upcoming travel plans you may have for the holidays or otherwise, unless you are going to West Africa!
  4. If you need medical care for any reason, e.g., have or need an appointment at a clinic, are scheduled to have surgery, need to go or be brought to the Emergency Department, there is no reason to consider changing your plans because of Ebola concerns. Given the current situation, your risk of exposure under those circumstances is ZERO!
  5. Create or update your personal preparedness kit – after all, we live in earthquake and wildfire country!
  6. Get your flu shot – we know the flu is coming to the Eastern Sierra. We do not believe Ebola will be coming, but we have a plan if it does!
  7. Wash your hands – frequently.
  8. Take a deep breathe, enjoy the fall color, get ready for winter, and stay well!

 

For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/ebola

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Three Inyo County Men Face Drug-Related Charges, Held on Bail

Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team Makes Arrest in Bishop

For Immediate Release

On Monday, October 6th at approximately noon Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) contacted Felis Luis Landa Jr. (age 26) of Bishop, Kevin Douglas Elliott (age 24) of Big Pine, and Alberto Verdugo Flores (age 30) of San Diego in the parking lot of the Bishop McDonald’s due to possible criminal activity.

During the contact, Alberto Flores took off running and ignored the Agent’s commands to “stop”.  Flores ran through traffic across Main Street as INET Agents and Officers from the Bishop Police Department pursued on foot.  As Flores was running, Officers noticed he had a plastic bag(s) in his hand.

Landa,Flores,Elliott arrest

Flores was apprehended by Bishop Police Officers in front of a residence on Hammond Street.  Agents and Officers then searched the area where Flores was taken into custody and found three plastic bags containing methamphetamine inside a trash can.  Agents estimated the total amount of methamphetamine to be about two ounces.

Flores, Landa, and Elliott were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Transportation of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, and Conspiracy.  Flores was additionally charged for Resisting and Delaying an Officer.  All three were transported to the Inyo County Jail; bail has been set at $25,000 each.

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Flores, Alberto
Flores, Alberto
Elliott, Kevin
Elliott, Kevin
Landa, Felis
Landa, Felis

Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team Makes Arrest in Bishop

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Thank You, Wild Iris

Wild Iris Spreads Domestic Violence Awareness in Bishop, CA

Domestic Violence 101

Wild Iris will be hosting a “Domestic Violence 101” Seminar in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month coming up in October. The seminar is designed to be an introduction to the dynamics of domestic violence, and will cover a number of topics including the Cycle of Violence, Common Myths about  Domestic Violence, the Effect of Domestic Violence on Children, Red Flags of an Abusive Relationship, a discussion on the common question, “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?,” a review of national and local statistics and much more.

Classes are free of charge, and will be held on Tuesday October 7, in Mammoth Lakes from 3-5pm, and Thursday October 9 in Bishop, from 2:30 pm-4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Read More or Register, HERE.

Hashtag Empowerment

#Empowerment
#Empowerment

The release of video footage from February of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious this week has thrown the media for a loop. Social media, in particular, has exploded with opinions about domestic violence, the Rice’s particular situation, and the NFL’s response to the whole ordeal (“Oh, you mean that kind of knocking your fiancée unconscious!”)

Since the incident, Janay Palmer has since married Ray Rice, and many people have asked why she would stay in a relationship that is obviously abusive. However, asking a question like that is what we like to call “victim blaming” behavior.

By asking a victim, “Why didn’t you just leave?” you essentially say to her, “What is happening to you is your fault,” as opposed to holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. So when the #WhyIStayed hashtag popped up on twitter, I got excited. Domestic violence is an issue that is pervasive in our culture, but that no one wants to talk about. When we shove a problem into the corner and cover it in darkness, shame, and embarrassment, the abuser gets to continue abusing with no consequences. #WhyIStayed is not only giving a voice to those who have had their voice taken away, but giving a sense of solidarity that abuse victims may have never experienced before. Just knowing you are not alone is so very powerful.

More than 100,000 survivors of domestic violence have used this hashtag to share their own personal reasons for staying in an abusive relationship. That’s the kicker- even though there are often similar themes-being isolated, financially dependent, feeling like the abuse was deserved, or believing him when he said it was the last time- each and every reason is personal. Each woman or man in a violent situation should be applauded for their ability to survive and not made to feel guilty about their decisions. I promise you they know their own situation better than we do.

Read some of the tweets for yourself:

#WhyIStayed I thought it was all my fault and I wasn’t a victim.

Because when I tried to leave he locked the door & strangled me. #WhyIStayed

Because he would threaten to commit suicide if I didn’t. #WhyIStayed

#WhyIStayed His tears had me thinking he was really sorry.

I was 1000 miles away from family and friends with no car. #WhyIStayed.

#WhyIStayed My children deserved a family, a home, financial support

Eat Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf for a Good Cause?

We don’t know about you, but we think this dinner fundraiser to benefit Wild Iris, St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Eastern Sierra) sounds pretty great! Buy your tickets today!

• Date:              October 25, 2014

• Time:              5pm to 8pm

• Location:       Tri County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building

• Caterer:         Pickled Pellet Heads-Award winning “Smokers”

• Tickets:          $25 each- You can purchase HERE or by calling the office.

• Menu:   Smoked meatloaf wrapped in bacon or by calling the office.
Smoked chicken
Smoked beef brisket
Smoked new potatoes
Smoked seasonal vegetables

Wild Iris Has Been…

Wild Iris

Wild Iris staff worked with high-risk, low-income children this summer in collaboration with the Inyo County Behavioral Health’s Children’s Program. We loved spending time with the kids hiking, swimming, camping, and learning about everything from friendship to coping skills.

Plus, more. Click HERE.

Domestic Violence 101

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Inyo County Accepting Grants for Community Projects

INYO COUNTY ACCEPTING COMMUNITY PROJECT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM GRANTS

Inyo County is accepting grant applications from non-profit groups and organizations in the county seeking funding for programs, projects or events taking place from the time the grants are awarded later this year to June 30, 2015.

There is $95,000 worth of grant funding available in this cycle of Inyo County Community Project Sponsorship Program grants. The Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the $95,000 in CPSP grant funding when it recently approved the fiscal year 2014-15 county budget.

Crowd at the Blake Jones Trout Derby, an event that has received Grant Funding
Crowd at the Blake Jones Trout Derby, an event that has received Grant Funding

Over the past seven years, Inyo County CPSP grants have provided funds to county based non-profits to help sponsor events ranging from marathons to fishing derbies, contributed to projects as diverse as web page redesign and printing of promotional brochures, and paid for advertising that promotes local and regional events and programs.

The CPSP program is focused on helping local organizations promote activities and programs that bring visitors to the area, and also supports events and programs that enhance the cultural and recreational quality of life of the county’s residents.

The Program Guidelines and Grant Application forms are available online at the Inyo County website, under Community Project Sponsorship Program, at www.inyocounty.us/Comm_Proj_Spon/CPSP.htm.

The deadline for applying for the Community Project Sponsorship Fall Grant Cycle is Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

To be considered, three copies of the completed grant application, each with an original signature, must be received by the Office of the County Administrator by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

No postmarks or facsimile copies will be accepted. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to jklusmire@inyocounty.us or lpiper@inyocounty.us.

Organizations or groups with questions about the grant guidelines, the application process or the program in general can call Jon Klusmire at 760-878-0258 for more information.

Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA, (760) 878-0292.

Grant applications deemed complete and eligible will be forwarded to a Review Panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards toward the beginning of November.

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INYO COUNTY ACCEPTING COMMUNITY PROJECT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM GRANTS

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ICARE Pet Show 2014, Lots of Fun

ICARE Pet Show 2014 Results…

Josi and Candy at the Tri-County Fairgrounds
Josi and Candy at the Tri-County Fairgrounds
Check out the Photo Album here!

“Thanks to everyone who came out to participate or just watch. It’s our annual just-for-fun event and we love seeing people who cherish their pets.”

Pet Most Like Owner

1st Place: Jesi Ferrell and her silky bantam, Twinkle Toes
2nd Place: Josi Ferrell and her Yorkshire Terrier, Candy
3rd Place: Walt Sharer and his West Highland Terrier, Louie

Most Talented Pet


1st Place: Lucas Brazier and his Australian Shepherd, Moose
2nd Place: Tammy Warner and her Cocker Spaniel, Gidget
3rd Place: Alyssa Roberts and her Border Collie, Abby

Biggest Pet

1st Place: Ana Cummings and her Chocolate Lab, Sage

2nd Place: Scott Harmon and his Catahoula mix, Callie

3rd Place: Rose Bracken and her Shepherd mix, Rex

Smallest Pet

1st Place: Josi Ferrell and her Yorkshire Terrier, Candy
2nd Place: Mallory Barlow and her Chihuahua, Sweetie
3rd Place: Aime Banta and her Chihuahua, Chee Chee

Cutest Pet

1st Place: Pam Vaughan and her Maltese mix, Bobbie
2nd Place: Alicia Ramirez and her Lab mix, Trace
3rd Place: Donna Gadea and her Chihuahua, Chico

Best Dressed Pet

1st Place: Tammy Warner and her Cocker Spaniel, Gidget
2nd Place: Josi Ferrell and her Yorkshire Terrier, Candy
3rd Place: Jesi Ferrell and her silky bantam, Twinkle Toes

 

Outstanding Adopted Pet

(from Inyo or Mono Animal Shelter)
1st Place: Ana Cummings and her Chihuahua, Cobie

2nd Place: Rose Bracken and her Shepherd mix, Rex
3rd Place: Pam Vaughan and her Maltese mix, Bobbie
ICARE of the Eastern Sierra
Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources & Education
Post Office Box 76, Bishop, CA 93515
www.ICAREforPets.org

ICARE Pet Show 2014 Results…

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Bishop Airport Layout Plan Public Meetings

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

Three public forums to discuss Bishop Airport Layout Plan:

On August 25 and 26, Inyo County Public Works (ICPW) will be participating in a series of public meetings to present the details of the Bishop Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to interested community members.

The Bishop ALP builds upon the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan, prioritizing several key infrastructure improvements and upgrades discussed in the Master Plan.

Earlier in July, Clint Quilter, ICPW Director, discussed the potential availability of federal and state funding to develop and implement the ALP at both the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Recently, ICPW has been presenting details of the ALP to elected officials, community service providers, and other local leaders, and is now excited to offer a multimedia presentation with details of the ALP and host question and answer and open comment sessions at three public forums.

On Monday evening at the Bishop City Hall starting at 7 pm; on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence at 11:30 am; and on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm at the Sierra Life Flight Hangar at the Bishop Airport, ICPW and Wadell Engineering Corporation, the expert airport consultant in charge of developing the ALP, will make a 20 minute presentation with slides and photos.

Afterwards, the public is welcome to ask questions, express support, and/or raise potential concerns.

“We’re are aware that people have busy schedules and wanted to give community members a few different options, in terms of time and place, to weigh in on the ALP,” said Quilter. “So far the reaction we’ve received has been very positive and we’ve received several letters of support for the project. At these public meetings we’re hoping to hear from all interested parties.”

The Bishop Airport is a vital part of the community that receives daily flights, both public and private.

Originally constructed in 1929, the airport currently has flights delivering express goods and mail, flights for emergency medical situations, firefighting flights, and private flights for pleasure, business travelers and airplane aficionados.

Today, 10 years after the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Bishop Airport Master Plan, the Bishop Airport is in need of critical, safety-related infrastructure improvements. In April of 2011, years of hard work between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came to fruition with the County obtaining an easement in perpetuity for all airport related use at the Bishop Airport from the City of Los Angeles.

The easement gave Inyo County property rights and permission to handle all improvements and upgrades at the airport and, in turn, paved the way for the County to apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding to implement the strategies laid out in the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan.

“We’re really focused on obtaining federal and state funding for the pressing, safety-related needs at the airport,” said Quilter. “However, we’re also keeping our eye on the bigger picture as we plan these improvements. We want to keep our options open to potentially provide expanded capabilities and improved services at the airport.”

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

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In Our Community: Alta One Federal Credit Union in Bishop and Lone Pine

Black Friday Visa Campaign

Who is the AltaOne Federal Credit Union in Your Community?

Branch Managers, Corinna of Bishop and Marian of Lone Pine are key players in each of their communities.

Congratulations to Corinna (Boston Red Sox Superfan) for becoming the newly-elected Treasurer of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. Corinna is here below accepting the AltaOne Federal Credit Union CEO’s Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

And, Marian (with her sons) painted the water tower in Lone Pine…

Lone Pine AltaOne FCU Branch Manager, Marian-- and her sons, helped paint the Gateway to the Eastern Sierra Water Tower
Lone Pine AltaOne FCU Branch Manager, Marian– and her sons, helped paint the Gateway to the Eastern Sierra Water Tower

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They record their own commercials…

AltaOne Branch Managers in Bishop and Lone Pine work together to record their new commercial with KIBS KBOV Radio
AltaOne FCU Branch Managers, Corinna of Bishop and Marian of Lone Pine, work together to record their new commercial with KIBS KBOV Radio. Click for the Imagine Sweepstakes through Oct. 15th.

Plus, they create partnerships.

Together– Waylon and Willie of KIBS and AltaOne Federal Credit Union’s favorite leaders & characters of the community… give to you, the Ass-Cot.

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KIBS burros and AltaOne FCU working together… #peoplehelpingpeople

 

 

 

 

People helping people,

#teamKIBS & your local AltaOne FCU

HIGH TECH PRODUCTS OF THE NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE

Google Glass Augmented Reality
Google Glass Augmented Reality

AltaOne members can now access some of the most cutting-edge technological tools to help manage their finances – MSC Online, mobile apps, BudgetPro, BillPayer, Popmoney, etc. Outside the AltaOne world, technology continues to explode. Products such as Google Glass — the amazing eyewear that conducts Google searches, snaps photos and videos and tracks trending news — are already here. 

Let us take a gander at what other items are on the horizon that are destined to “wow” the world.

The “Eye-Witness”

The Eye-Witness
The Eye-Witness

A portable retina scanner may soon be available to help fight identity theft and protect your personal security. The tiny device is only 5″ long x 3.5″ wide. The scanners can be used by financial institutions to identity members conducting transactions in an efficient and unassuming manner. Look for these devices to really take off when the technology is incorporated into a smartphone.

The Six-Million-Dollar … Finger?

Bionic Fingers Could Help Humans Get a Grip
Bionic Fingers Could Help Humans Get a Grip

How annoyed do you get when you realize the beer bottle is not a twist-off and you cannot find a bottle opener? Introducing “bionic fingers.”

These robotic devices, which are still just prototypes, simplify such tasks as peeling a banana and unscrewing bottle caps. Developed by MIT researchers, users wear the “supernumerary robotic fingers” on the wrist. The device is equipped with two “fingers” that move in-sync with the real fingers.

 Too Much Scale?

 Too Much Scale

As if stepping on a scale is not difficult enough for some folks. Now there is a scale that not only displays your weight — it also discloses your body mass index, heart rate and fat mass.

The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is quite the know-it-all. The $150 device also knows the indoor air quality and room temperature.

We will be far more impressed if the scale can tactfully recommend the right diet for users, as well.

Holographic Telepresence

Holographic Telepresence
Holographic Telepresence – Well, that’s a little creepy.

Just when we learned how to use video conferencing tools, the next incarnation has already arrived — holographic video conferencing.

“Holographic telepresence” transmits a 3-D moving image to each destination – giving the appearance that you are actually in the room with your associates.

The technology already exists for other purposes. For example, it has recreated deceased rapper Tupac Shakur’s image for a music festival.

The Polish company Leia (named after the Star Wars’ Princess Leia), has produced the Leia Display XL, which projects images onto a cloud of water vapor. This technology is destined to achieve widespread popularity. Expect to see it marketed within about a year.

We live in such intriguing times.

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Bishop Resident Rebecca Bragdon Pleads Guilty

Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

August 21, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s office announced today that Bishop-area resident Rebecca Bragdon has entered pleas of “guilty” to misappropriation of public funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

The pleas arose from charges that she embezzled funds from the Fairgrounds when she was employed as an office manager from July 2012 through July 2013. The matter was originally investigated by the Inland Division of the California Highway Patrol.

Ms. Bragdon plead guilty to violating Penal Code section 424, commonly known as misappropriation of public funds, and Penal Code section 470, commonly known as forgery. Both charges are felonies.

Restitution was also set in the case at $25,979.82. Sentencing has been set for October 22, 2014.

Under the terms of an agreed disposition, Ms. Bragdon may be ordered to serve up to one year in the Inyo County Jail and will be placed on five years of formal probation. Probation terms will include requirements that she pay restitution and be subject to search for stolen property, as well as any other terms as may be deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

By entering the pleas, she will also be barred from holding any public office. The term of incarceration will be determined by the court at the time of sentencing.

Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to District Attorney Tom Hardy at 760.878.0282 or 760.873.6657.

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Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

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Obituary: Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Kyle Canfield
1946-2014

Patrick Kyle Canfield
Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Canfield was born Oct. 20, 1946 and was raised in Santa Barbara.

He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1964 where he played varsity basketball. Pat did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He played basketball for Stanford until he broke his elbow skateboarding. He studied abroad on Stanford’s Florence, Italy campus in 1966. Upon graduation from Stanford in 1968, Pat attended the University of California, Hasting School of Law in San Francisco and graduated with a Juris Doctrate in 1971. After a brief private practice in Santa Barbara he joined the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office at a Deputy District Attorney and was the resident Deputy DA in Coalinga for part of that tenure.

In 1974, Pat was hired by then Inyo County District Attorney, Frank Fowles and served as a Deputy District Attorney and Deputy County Counsel under the newly elected L.H. “Buck” Gibbons.

At 35-years-old, Pat was appointed as Judge for Inyo County. Pat was well respected in Inyo County, Mono County and throughout the state. He was re-elected without opposition several times until his formal retirement at the end of 2002. Pat then continued to serve on assignment locally and though out the state on a part time basis until his full retirement in 2010.

Pat had a love of the outdoors and became acquainted with the Eastern Sierra as he grew up. He spent two of his summers as a backcountry wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service during his college years.  In his younger years Pat was a skilled rugby player and participated in the Monterey National Rugby Tournament among other prestigious events. It was following one of these rugby games in Santa Barbara that he met his wife Dori.
Pat enjoyed traveling, whether it was touring the U.S. after high school with a close friend in a VW Bug, or later in life traveling the world with his wife Dori, often with his Stanford friends and their wives.

Pat enjoyed community service as a member of the Rotary Club of Bishop, as an AYSO coach and referee and lately as a Trustee of the Donald M. Slager – Sunset Foundation.  Pat was involved in the men’s Bible Study group of the local Methodist Church.
Most of all Pat loved being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dori; Taylor and Angie Canfield and their children Malava, Vivian and Eliana; Cassie and John Mason and their children, Kyle and Neila; Kelly and Jonathan Willy and their son, Benjamin; and beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.

 

Obituary: Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield – Bishop, CA

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Bishop Airport Layout Plan to be Detailed in Public Meetings

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

Three public forums to discuss Bishop Airport Layout Plan:

On August 25 and 26, Inyo County Public Works (ICPW) will be participating in a series of public meetings to present the details of the Bishop Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to interested community members.

The Bishop ALP builds upon the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan, prioritizing several key infrastructure improvements and upgrades discussed in the Master Plan.

Earlier in July, Clint Quilter, ICPW Director, discussed the potential availability of federal and state funding to develop and implement the ALP at both the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Recently, ICPW has been presenting details of the ALP to elected officials, community service providers, and other local leaders, and is now excited to offer a multimedia presentation with details of the ALP and host question and answer and open comment sessions at three public forums.

On Monday evening at the Bishop City Hall starting at 7 pm; on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence at 11:30 am; and on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm at the Sierra Life Flight Hangar at the Bishop Airport, ICPW and Wadell Engineering Corporation, the expert airport consultant in charge of developing the ALP, will make a 20 minute presentation with slides and photos.

Afterwards, the public is welcome to ask questions, express support, and/or raise potential concerns.

“We’re are aware that people have busy schedules and wanted to give community members a few different options, in terms of time and place, to weigh in on the ALP,” said Quilter. “So far the reaction we’ve received has been very positive and we’ve received several letters of support for the project. At these public meetings we’re hoping to hear from all interested parties.”

The Bishop Airport is a vital part of the community that receives daily flights, both public and private.

Originally constructed in 1929, the airport currently has flights delivering express goods and mail, flights for emergency medical situations, firefighting flights, and private flights for pleasure, business travelers and airplane aficionados.

Today, 10 years after the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Bishop Airport Master Plan, the Bishop Airport is in need of critical, safety-related infrastructure improvements. In April of 2011, years of hard work between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came to fruition with the County obtaining an easement in perpetuity for all airport related use at the Bishop Airport from the City of Los Angeles.

The easement gave Inyo County property rights and permission to handle all improvements and upgrades at the airport and, in turn, paved the way for the County to apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding to implement the strategies laid out in the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan.

“We’re really focused on obtaining federal and state funding for the pressing, safety-related needs at the airport,” said Quilter. “However, we’re also keeping our eye on the bigger picture as we plan these improvements. We want to keep our options open to potentially provide expanded capabilities and improved services at the airport.”

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