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 Military.com 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.

 

Palisade Glacier SAR

On Saturday June 28, 2014, at about 7:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker on Palisade Glacier (above Big Pine in the Sierra Mountain range). According to the reporting party, Jay Underwood a 32-year old man from Palo Alto, California, had sustained a blow to his knee by a boulder and could not walk due to severe pain. The reporting party further explained that he and Underwood had been camping at Sam Mack Meadows; the morning of the 28th they left camp to climb the Palisade Glacier via the U-Notch route. After successfully climbing to the top of U-Notch, they began their descent. Not long into the descent they heard the sound of boulders falling – Underwood looked up and saw a “watermelon” sized boulder heading in his direction.  Underwood attempted to move out of the way but was struck on his left knee by the boulder.  The pain was too intense for Underwood to walk back to camp. Underwood’s hiking partner contacted the Sheriff’s Office via cellular phone, and advised that he would bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag to Underwood’s location until search teams could assist the next morning.

On Sunday June 29th at about 6:45AM, 8 Inyo County SAR members started up the North Fork Trail to provide assistance to Underwood until air support arrived. By 9:30AM Underwood was loaded into US Forest Service helicopter 525 and transported to the Bishop Airport where he was met by Symons Ambulance Service to further transport him to Northern Inyo Hospital for treatment. A big “thank you” goes out to Inyo County SAR and US Forest Service 525 for your help and quick response!

 

 

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Bear Aware

Yesterday evening at about 11PM, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a bear sighting in Big Pine. Sheriff’s deputies, along with Big Pine Tribal Police and CA Fish and Wildlife responded and located the bear in a field north of Poplar Street. The Fish and Wildlife team was able to successfully relocate the bear. This bear sighting along with the recent bear report in Bishop on June 1st underscore the importance of being “Bear Aware”. 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 Wildlife’s “Keep me Wild” webpage at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html.

Unified Command

This morning First Responders and Command Staff gathered from Inyo County, City of Bishop, fire and law enforcement, local allied agencies, Red Cross, hospitals, local tribes, and state and federal agencies for our quarterly Unified Command meeting.  Unified Command brings these stakeholders together each quarter to discuss disaster management, and to share essential status updates within the respective organization/agency.  Some of the presentations today included earthquake preparedness by USGS, firework safety proved by the Bishop Fire Chief, a fire season update provided by CalFIRE, and the Inyo/Mono Health Officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, provided a briefing. 

 

USGS has a super informative publication called “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country”. The link for their webpage to download this pamphlet is: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roots/index.html.  This link also has a Spanish-language earthquake handbook available and a guide for business owners. 

 

An overarching message that was shared both from the Fire Chief as well as CalFIRE is that fire season is a massive concern, with the drought exacerbating the already dry conditions.  Everyone plays a role in fire safety.  A great public resource, offered by California Wildfire Coordination Group (CWCG), is the new fire prevention website complete with an online campfire permit section.  Remember, “One less spark is one less fire.” Check it out at: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/

 

With the 4th of July approaching, please stay tuned for more information on fireworks safety – but in the meantime remember that “Safe and Sane” fireworks are the only fireworks that are legal in the State of California – and may only be used on your own private property, or with the permission of the private property owner. 

 

Stay safe and stay informed!