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Inyo County Correctional Officers Graduate Academy

Inyo County Correctional Officers Graduation

The Sheriff’s Office wants to congratulate Seneca Willis and Angilberto Castaneda (both Correctional Officers at the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office) for recently graduating from Basic Correctional/Deputy Academy (Class 73), in Riverside at the Ben Clark Training Facility on July 10, 2014.
The graduating Basic Correctional/Deputy Academy Class #73 consisted of 33 men and women. Trainees undergo ten weeks of training in: hostage management, interview and interrogation, baton techniques, carotid restraints, chemical agents, less lethal munitions, first aid/CPR, officer liability, drill and ceremony, staff sexual misconduct with inmates, grammar skills, gangs, defensive tactics, and emergency response training. In addition, after graduation Willis and Castaneda attended a 24 course-hour fire arms training.
Seneca Willis was born and raised in Bishop, California and graduated Bishop Union High School in 2002. Angilberto Castaneda graduated from Lone Pine High School in 2001, and was a member of the US Marine Corp from 2001-2005. Castaneda joined the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. The Sheriff’s Office wants to recognize Angilberto Castaneda for receiving the top award in “Report Writing”, scoring a 96.5%!

Congratulations Seneca and Angilberto!

* Picture (from left to right): Lieutenant Eric Pritchard, Seneca Willis, Sheriff “Bill” Lutze, Angilberto Castaneda

Graduation, July 2014
Graduation, July 2014

Defensible Space Inspections Begin In Mono County

Defensible Space Inspections Begin
In Mono County

Mono County – CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. The defensible space inspections will begin on August 8 – 15, 2014, in State Responsibility
Areas in Mono County. Cal Fire is working with your local fire department during the inspection process. Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Areas to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be
educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee
resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:
– Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
– Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
– Trim branches six feet from the ground.
– Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
– Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
– Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
– Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
– Use fire ignition resistant building material.

Drought Affects Bishop Water Supply

377 West Line Street – Bishop, California 93514
Post Office Box 1236 – Bishop, California 93515
Public Works News Release 24 July 2014 

Drought Affects Bishop Water Supply

The drought is measurably affecting the wells that supply water to City of Bishop and the city continues to encourage its customers to conserve water. The City of Bishop monitors the water level in the two wells that are the source of water provided to city water customers. The water levels in these two wells is measurably
lower than usual due to the drought. Even though ground water is lower that usual, so far it is not a critical risk to the city water supply.

The wells are both about 400 feet deep and the water level is still close the surface but now 5 to 15 feet lower than usual. Seeing the affect of the drought on the Bishop water supply makes this a good time to remember what can be done to conserve this precious resource, and save money too.

Most people in California are affected by mandatory 20% reductions in water use. Although these mandates do not affect City of Bishop water customers due to the small size of the city, water conservation is still strongly encouraged.

Water use in the City of Bishop is always high, especially during the warm parts of the year. In fact, water use in Bishop is several times the national average. Water use in Bishop is high even when compared to other communities that have a hot arid summer
climate. Reducing the amount of water used protects ground water levels in the Bishop area and reduces the amount of electricity needed to pump the water out of the ground.

Reducing electricity use to pump the water saves money so water rates can be lower.

Here are some water saving tips:

Irrigation: Irrigation of lawns and landscaping uses the most water in Bishop by far. A huge amount of water is wasted by over-watering lawns and plants in the yard. Just water what your lawn and plants need, no more. Public Works News Release 24 July 2014 Page 2 of 2

Gutter Water: A clear indicator of over-watering is irrigation water running into the street gutter. Water running down the street is a distressingly familiar sight this time of
year and is prohibited.

Water Mornings: In most cases watering in early morning is best to get the water to your plants and lawn. Whenever you choose to water, avoid watering in the heat of the day.

Adjust Sprinklers: Well adjusted sprinkler heads and properly timed automatic sprinkler controls waste less water. Check your sprinkler heads to make sure water is going just where it should and check your automatic controls to make sure the time and duration your sprinklers operate is right. Consider a “smart timer” for your automatic sprinkler control that adjusts for the weather.

Thirsty Plants: Landscaping with native plants and other plants that aren’t so thirsty is becoming more popular. Swapping your thirsty plants with ones that are less thirsty (and still look great) will save a lot of water.

Indoors: Most Bishop water is used outside but saving water inside can add up too. Don’t leave water running if you don’t need it and replace fixtures with water saving types.

Incentives: The City of Bishop offers water conservation incentives to its customers in the forms of giveaways and rebates. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, and is the right thing to do.

Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.


Softball Standings 2014

Men’s Standings

McMurry’s Sports Bar/ West Bishop                            8-1

Sweetwater                                                                     6-1

Ridden The Pine                                                             6-2

Reagan’s/ Rez Stop                                                       3-6

Mad Batters                                                                    2-7

West Coast Barns & Sheds- Hit and Run                     0-8


2014 A League Standings

Dondero Construction & Taxidermy                                  11-0

Cleats and Cleavage                                                               5-6

Native Mixed                                                                             3-8

Just NDN’s                                                                                 3-8


2014 C League Standings

The One Hit Wonders                                                                       9-1

Palace Jokers                                                                                    7-3

BS’ers                                                                                                  7-3

Sierra Reader                                                                                     7-3

Bad Company                                                                                    6-4

Double D Electric/ Bishop Ford/ KIBS                                           6-4

Jackson Tree Service/Timbisha Shoshone Tribe                     6-4

Head First                                                                                            5-5

Lunkers Reagan’s                                                                                      3-7

Chuckawallee/ Bill Eddy Traditional Archery/ Timbisha Shoshone Tribe                                                                                                   2-8

Jump It-Chili Poppers                                                                       1-9


2014 D League Standings

Red’s                                                                                          9-0

S. O. P.                                                                                        5-2-1

Half Grassed                                                                                       5-3

Redtails                                                                                      5-5

Gillespie Distributing Beers Dawgs                                              4-5

Bishop Heating and Air                                                          4-5

High Voltage                                                                              2-5-1

Extra Innnings                                                                          2-4-1

Timberline Wolf Pack                                                              1-6-1


2014 Woman’s Standings

Free Agents                                                                4-0

Native Mixed                                                               3-1

Just NDN’S                                                                 1-3

Reagan’s’ Sporting Goods                                        0-4


Collision, DUI Arrest of Mammoth Lakes Resident

R. D. COHAN, Lieutenant
CHP, Bridgeport Area

Collision, DUI Arrest of Mammoth Lakes Resident

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at approximately 4:08 P.M., two California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers assigned to the Mammoth Lakes Resident Post were completing a traffic enforcement stop when they were flagged down by a concerned citizen who was reporting a possible traffic collision.
The CHP officers responded to Crowley Lake Place, just east of US Hwy 395 and located a vehicle in a culvert off of the roadway.  The officers contacted witnesses at the scene and based upon witness statements the officers responded to an address on Crowley Lake Drive.
There officers located Ms. Ashley Mull.  While speaking with Ms. Mull one officer detected the odor of alcoholic beverages emitting form Ms. Mull’s breath and person.
Based on physical evidence and witness statements, the officers determined Ms. Mull had been operating the involved vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The involved vehicle was locked and left at the scene of the incident.
Ms. Mull was arrested and transported to Mammoth Lakes Hospital to complete a chemical blood test. After completion of the chemical test Ms. Mull was transported to the Mono County Jail and booked for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Officers form the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department assisted the California Highway Patrol with this incident.

California Highway Patrol Reports Collision, Bridgeport

July 22, 2014
R. D. COHAN, Lieutenant
CHP, Bridgeport Area
California Highway Patrol Reports Collision, Bridgeport
On July 22, 2014, at approximately 2:50 PM, Mr. Andrew Hickey was driving a 2001, Dodge, Durango, northbound on US highway 395, south of Swauger Canyon Road at 55 miles per hour.
A shoe box size rock began to roll from the southbound dirt/rock embankment and across the highway.  The rock rolled into the northbound lane causing Mr. Hickey to take evasive action and steer the vehicle to the left.  This action caused the right rear tire to strike the rock causing Mr. Hickey to lose control of the vehicle.
Mr. Hickey steered the vehicle to the right, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest on its left side.  Mr. Hickey and Mr. Bradley Naughton, who was the right front passenger,  were not injured.
California Highway Patrol officers were assisted at the scene by Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue, Medic 7 (Bridgeport), Bridgeport Fire Department, and the Mono County Sheriff Department.

Bodie Fire 100 % Contained

Media Contact:
Deb Schweizer
Date:  July 23, 2014
 Bodie Fire 100% Contained
The Bodie Fire has been declared 100% contained.  The fire was accurately mapped at 93 acres.
The fire was located on public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and started the evening of Friday, July 18. An investigation determined that the Bodie Fire was a lightning-caused fire.
The fire was approximately four miles to the southwest of the Bodie State Historic Park and was between the state park and Mono Lake.
Approximately 200 firefighters responded to the suppression response.  Crews represented Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and Cal Fire.
Deb Schweizer
Public Affairs Specialist
Inyo National Forest

Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Injured Backcountry Pack Riders

To:                  All Media Partners

 From:             Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

 Date:               July 22, 2014

 RE:                 Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to injured backcountry pack riders

SAR Operation - Agnew Meadows Pack Trip
SAR Operation – Agnew Meadows Pack Trip

On the afternoon of Friday, July 18, 2014, at approximately 3:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding two injured backcountry pack trip participants.

A multi-day guided pack trip was returning from their trip, when approximately 1.5 miles from the Agnew Meadows pack stations, two mules became spooked and the riders were thrown from the mules. The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team responded to aid the two injured riders. One rider suffered a bruised leg. The other rider sustained serious injuries. Eight SAR members hiked in and stabilized the seriously injured rider for evacuation to the trailhead via a wheeled litter. Mono County Paramedics met with SAR team members and the victim and transported them by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

Written and prepared by Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer



Storms Washout Roads in the White and Inyo Mountains

News Release
For Immediate Release
July 22, 2014
Media Contact: Deb Schweizer
(760) 873-2427
Storms Washout Roads in the White and Inyo Mountains
The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains.
Summer thunderstorms brought heavy rains to some areas of the White and Inyo Mountains, where road washouts have occurred. Roads in the Crooked Creek drainage, including the Crooked Creek Road (Road 05S01), the Cottonwood Road (Road 35E315) and the Wyman Canyon Road, require skilled travel on dirt mountain roads.  The Forest Service is completing repairs on forest service roads.
Visitors should take precautions when travelling on dirt roads and report any road damage to a US Forest Service office.
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