July 17th, 2012
In response to citizen concerns, the 2011-12 Inyo County Grand Jury took a closer look at the process for appointing or electing citizen representation to the more than 30 Special Districts in Inyo County.
In its Final Report, the jury offered tips to County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote on how to improve the election and appointment process in regards to Special Districts. Foote, in her response, said she was only partially responsible for some of the recommendations the Grand Jury made and has already implemented some of their suggestions.
CalFire San Bernardino Unit Owens Valley Conservation Camp has a veteran firefighter taking the reigns as division chief.
Replacing Chief Bart Chambers, Paul Melendrez began his new position as the head of the local CalFire division last week.
Melendrez steps into the top post from his position as a battalion chief for the CalFire San Bernardino-Inyo-Mono Unitâs Owens Valley Division.
As division chief, Melendrez oversees more than 200 inmate firefighters at the Owens Valley and Fenner Canyon Conservation camps and dozens of state firefighters.
Inyo Countyâs Court Appointed Special Advocate program is in need of a few good men and women.
CASA of the Eastern Sierra, a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Inyo and Mono County Superior Courts, is seeking dedicated volunteers to advocate on behalf of foster children trying to navigate the often confusing and frightening dependency court system.
According to program leaders, âCASA volunteers are the bridge between the reality of a foster care or placement existence and a brighter future.â
Irene M. Molloy
According to the Inyo County Grand Jury Report for 2011-12, local corrections facilities are running smoothly and a consolidated office space for county departments is a good idea.
A sweep removing illegally placed signs in Caltrans rights-of-way has started a movement to amend state law and, hopefully, boost the struggling economy.
The Bishop Listing Service, a coalition of local Realtors, recently experienced a mass disappearance of âFor Saleâ and âOpen Houseâ signs from state highway rights-of-way.
In a universal era of belt tightening, the Bishop Unified School District will be working with a budget that reflects an $820,647 difference between income and expenses, and not to the good.
The money picture was not entirely without some good news. Due to the focus of recent money-raising efforts, instructional aides for grades K-5 will be reinstated, at least for this school year.
Donal Avon Williams
When Inyo County Art Docent Program volunteers arrive in elementary school classrooms, the students expect to have fun, but they also receive a supplemental fine arts education through what program organizer Liz McAteer called a âmuseum experience in the classroom.â
Even if children are shy or academically-challenged, it makes no difference during art docent visits, said McAteer, also the school arts coordinator with Inyo Council for the Arts. âArt is the great equalizer,â she said.
Local authorities are looking for residents who are interested in serving their community by donning a badge and working part-time enforcing local and state laws.
According to Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter, a number of law enforcement agencies in Inyo and Mono counties are looking for reserve peace officers to work side-by-side with full-time officers in helping to police the streets.