Automated CCW Permitting Process

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office has made applying for a concealed weapons permit, and renewing existing concealed weapons permits a more streamlined process through automation. Now anyone interested in applying or renewing will simply need to go to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office webpage at and click on the CCW Application menu item located on the left.

Once there, interested residents follow the guided online submission process. Application payments that were traditionally only accepted at the Sheriff’s Office can now be made online as part of the application process; or if applicants would rather make their payments in person that will remain an option as well. After the online application has successfully been submitted, a standard interview will be scheduled.

If you do not have a computer, or access to one, you may still make an appointment by calling 760-878-0336.

VSO has a new Service Representative!

We are pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Allmon to the Veterans Service Representative position.

Jessica Allmon was raised in Bishop, CA and graduated BUHS in 1996. She served in the US Army from April 2000 through November 2009 in various states and countries throughout the world as a Communications Specialist and Respiratory Therapist.  Upon honorable completion of her time in service she returned to Bishop with her husband James Allmon, who also served in the US Army, and their three children.  She is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness.

The Veterans Service Office will resume regular business hours immediately. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00AM to 5:00PM.  Appointments can be made by calling Jessica at (760) 873-7850.  Jessica is scheduled to attend the Veterans Representative Academy starting this month and completing in January.

Veteran’s Day Discounts

Check out the list of Veterans Day Discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2014. Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., Veterans Service Organization/County ID.

Make sure to visit the Discounts Center for more discounts and articles. And sign up for the Military Deals and Discounts Newsletter to get even more discounts and information in your inbox on how Military Families can save big.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.


Bear in Bishop

On Sunday June 1st, 2014, at about 10:00pm the Inyo County Sheriff’ Office was notified of a bear in the roadway on West Line Street across from the DMV. Shortly after deputies arrived the bear disappeared into thick brush. By 11:00pm the bear reappeared, only this time reports were indicating that the bear was rummaging through trash in the Snow Circle area of Bishop. Sheriff’s Deputies and Tribal Police located the bear in the middle of a residential driveway eating trash. Once spotted the bear ran off into a field east of Longview Street.

According to California Department of Fish and Game bears may be a common occurrence in residential areas this summer due to a lack of food and water in the mountains. It is important to remember that feeding wildlife is detrimental to the animal – once conditioned to human sources of food bears will seek them out creating increased safety concerns for people. For information on bear-proofing your residence please visit Department of Fish and Game’s “Keep me Wild” webpage at


SAR Rope-Work Training

On May 15th through the 21st, 11 members of the Inyo County volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) team participated in 7-day technical rope-work training provided by Rigging for Rescue, of Ouray, CO. The training was a combination of classroom learning, and field exercises. Some of the classroom topics included sessions on the forces involved with rescue loads, methods for calculating forces in a system, and observing videos and examining results of drop tests performed on different materials and equipment, and various rescue techniques. Curriculum for the field sessions included personal on-rope skills, litter lowering and raising techniques, pulley systems, belay systems, and guide/highline systems. The purpose of the training was to train current volunteers in the most advanced techniques used in high angle rescues activities. Individuals at the rope-work seminar will lead trainings in the techniques for the remainder of the SAR group.