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.
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 http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html.
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.
On Monday, May 12th, 2014 we were visited by the Wounded Warriors from the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. The Warriors belong to a special group called, “Project Healing Waters, Fly Fishing, Inc.,” which is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
The Warriors were welcomed with a dinner at the VFW building in Bishop, CA catered by Olga Rojas and her famous pork burritos. Dessert was a patriotic flag cake, shown below, by Christian Ray.
The Warriors spent the next three days fly fishing and recreating in the Eastern Sierra before returning home. A big “THANK YOU” to Project Healing Waters, Olga Rojas, Christian Ray and everyone else who helped out!
Just a quick heads up: The Veteran Service MONO Outreach Program will be observed Thursday, MAY 22, 2014; please schedule your appointment by Wednesday, May 21st. The Veteran Service S. INYO Outreach Program will be observed Thursday, MAY 29, 2014 at Department of Social Services (behind Southern Inyo Hospital); please schedule your appointment by Wednesday, May 28th. All appointments can be made by calling 760-873-7850. Also, there is a newly formed PTSD support group in Bishop. Check out the flyer for more information: ptsd group
Inyo County Narcotic Enforcement Team members participate in short-haul helicopter training in the San Louis Obispo area May 1st and 2nd. Participants also included local agencies within California as well as federal agencies. The short-haul method is the safest and fastest way for law enforcement to enter and exit rural mountainous terrain during marijuana eradication and reclamation missions. For more photos – check out our Facebook page!
With the increase of inmates serving longer sentences due to state realignment, the Inyo County Jail (ICJ) is offering many more services for inmates so that time spent incarcerated is time spent working toward a new work skill or toward personal development. Some of the services offered include: GED and Job Skill Training, Kid and Parent University, Moral Recognition Therapy Class, Toiyabe Indian Health Project Services, Alcoholics Anonymous, Mental Health Services, as well as faith-based services. The staff at ICJ and the volunteers who assist in the programs really work hard to support the inmates with opportunities for self-improvement. The programs are a result of the collaborative effort of the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP).