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July 17th, 2012
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 Unit‚Äôs 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 County‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúCASA volunteers are the bridge between the reality of a foster care or placement existence and a brighter future.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄúFor Sale‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúOpen House‚ÄĚ 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.
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 ‚Äúmuseum experience in the classroom.‚ÄĚ
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. ‚ÄúArt is the great equalizer,‚ÄĚ 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.
In an effort to save money on overtime pay, the Bishop Police Department has asked the Chamber of Commerce to consider a new route for the traditional Bishop Christmas Parade.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said there are pros and cons to the suggested change and community input will be a determining factor in the decision-making process.
Local authorities are warning citizens that a product being billed as a safe, legal alternative to marijuana is neither safe nor legal.
In a press release issued by the Bishop Police Department last week, officers said synthetic marijuana, also known as ‚ÄúSpice‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúK2‚ÄĚ which can be purchased locally, has been known to have dangerous side effects, including seizures, paranoia, vomiting and loss of consciousness.
‚ÄúBishop is not immune to this product,‚ÄĚ the press release from the PD states. ‚ÄúWe have had reports of juveniles purchasing synthetic marijuana and becoming very ill.‚ÄĚ
More than 1,000 acres were scorched just south of Big Pine Saturday afternoon, putting residents on alert for the second weekend in a row.
The Fish Fire was approximately 90 percent contained by Monday morning with full containment expected by evening.
Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department and CalFire were alerted at 1:59 p.m., Saturday. Firefighters from as far as Olancha and Mono County responded through the afternoon.
Ten fire engines, eight crews and five water tenders and 190 personnel were on the fire lines at the height of the blaze.