Inspection Day at the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department held their annual ceremonial dress uniform inspection today.  The purpose of the inspection is to make sure that all uniformed members have the mandated uniform and equipment, and it also marked the introduction of the Sheriff’s awards recognition program. For the first time in the Department’s history the Sheriff now has a proprietary officer awards and recognition program.  The program consists of medals for heroic or exemplary performance; and range from the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor (the highest award), to the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Service medal.   Deputies and officers can also earn ribbons, much like what is worn in the military. These ribbons tell a story about each deputy or correctional officer’s career and accomplishments.  Ribbons range from assignments, to longevity and recognition. Group photos were taken in front of the historic Inyo County Courthouse.

Winter Travel and Safety Tips

It looks like a wintery weekend awaits residents and visitors of the Owens Valley.  With that said, I want to make sure that everyone is prepared! Roads and sidewalks can be very icy so please slow down and be careful when you exit your vehicle or go for a walk. Check your stoves and furnace for issues and make sure there are no blockages that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. DO NOT use heating items or barbeques that are not approved for inside use.  Always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle (which includes blankets, food and water, first aid kit, flashlight, emergency flares and necessary medications).   For more tips, check out FEMA’s guide to winter storms and extreme cold at

Stay safe and warm!

Bill Lutze, Sheriff

Donations for Animal Shelter

ICARE (Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources and Education) has partnered with Inyo County to construct a new Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Big Pine. The existing shelter was constructed as a milk barn in the 1920s and was never intended to house companion animals. Our homeless pets deserve better.

ICARE and Inyo County have raised about $500,000 out of the $800,000 needed to construct the new shelter. In order to start work on the project, ICARE is asking animal lovers near and far to help raise the final $300,000. Although donations in any amount are welcome and needed, donations of at least $500 will be acknowledged on a Donor Recognition Wall in a prominent location at the new Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

“Paw” recognition levels are as follows:

PLATINUM – $5,000 or more is enough for one dog kennel or two cat kennels.

GOLD – $2,500 is enough for one cat kennel

SILVER – $1,000

BRONZE – $500

Your gifts may be mailed to: ICARE – New Animal Shelter, Box 76, Bishop, CA  93515 or donations may be made via Paypal on-line at  Please call ICARE at 760-872-3802 with any questions.

Thank you!