Jul 7, 2012
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
On July 6, 2012 at about 1130 a.m. the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a missing commercial truck driver, who reportedly vanished after stopping his big-rig on US-97 in vicinity of Mt. Hebron summit, a rural location south of Macdoel, CA. It was reported by the truck driver’s girlfriend that Mr. Andy B. Parkerson, 44, of Rimrock, Arizona, allegedly disappeared from his parked big-rig on July 5, 2012, at about 8:30 p.m. An extensive search and rescue (SAR) effort was initiated by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office SAR team, SCSO patrol units, and members of the SCSO Detective Unit. The SCSO’s SAR team was assisted by several agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish & Game, United States Forest Service, Klamath and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), and other emergency responder volunteers from the Sheriffs’ offices participating, such as the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Posse, SAR team member volunteers, search canines from Klamath and Jackson Counties, and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Chaplain. A bi-state alliance, CORSAR, which stands for California-Oregon Search and Rescue routinely results in interstate cooperative search and rescue resource and operational assistance during SAR missions. Most of these services pursuant to CORSAR agreements are at no cost to the user agency. Later, the CHP provided H-20, a helicopter from Northern Division in Redding to conduct an aerial search for Mr. Parkerson. The search was conducted on Friday, July 6th until late into the night with negative results.
Early morning on Saturday, July 7th, another extensive search effort was launched which resulted in search team members locating Mr. Parkerson in a remote location about one mile northeast of the Search Base and original site of the disappearance just prior to 12-noon.
Mr. Parkerson was not injured but had suffered effects from prolonged exposure to the rugged terrain and weather without food and water. He was transported to a local hospital for further medical examination and treatment as a precautionary measure. According to a company official, Mr. Parkerson was on his way to a delivery site in Tacoma, WA when he contacted them and reported becoming ill during his trip. According to his girlfriend, who accompanied him on the journey, Mr. Parkerson stopped on US-97 near Mount Hebron to rest. He allegedly left the truck to check his load straps and never returned. Later, the SCSO investigation of the incident revealed that the couple had a verbal domestic dispute prior to Mr. Parkerson disappearing from the location.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a highly successful multi-agency search and rescue operation which led to the successful rescue of Mr. Parkerson. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated team of professional law enforcement and volunteer personnel who are willing to risk their own personal safety and be away from their families for prolonged periods of time to search for lost persons such as Mr. Parkerson. I am relieved that he is safe and will soon be returned to his family. We are also appreciative of the many agencies and volunteer organizations, both local and from out-of-state, which helped us orchestrate this successful rescue operation. While I am relieved that Mr. Parkerson is alive and well, the investigation into the couple’s domestic dispute and the details surrounding Mr. Parkerson’s disappearance is still under investigation by our Detective Unit.”
Jul 7, 2012
PNP comment: What are hounds to do now? This is IN-humane to hounds. And bears and bobcats definitely need to be “managed” through hunting. Hounds need to hunt. The intolerance of all these liberals is amazingly over the edge. — Editor Liz Bowen
SB 1221 moves to Appropriations Committee
By John Bowman
Posted Jul 06, 2012 @ 12:25 PM
Last update Jul 06, 2012 @ 12:55 PM
Sacramento, Calif. —
The bill to ban hunting bear and bobcat with hounds in California passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on July 2, much to the disappointment of hounding enthusiasts across the state.
The bill was first considered by the committee on June 26 and failed to garner enough votes to be moved on to the Appropriations Committee. However, Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Chair Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) brought the bill back for a revote on July 2 and it passed by a vote of eight to four.
The bill will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in August.
The bill was already passed by the California Senate in May by a vote of 22 to 15, leaving only passage by the Assembly standing in the way of it becoming law.
The Humane Society of the United States, a major supporter of the bill, released statements applauding the committee’s passage of the bill, but hounding advocates have vowed to increase their lobbying efforts to pressure legislators to vote against the bill when in it is next considered.
Some hounding advocates are accusing Huffman of unfair tactics in the hearing process.
“It is very discouraging that anti-hunting legislators keep changing the rules to make sure sportsmen lose their rights,” U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services Evan Heusinkveld said on the alliances daily news website. “The antis had their shot and failed. Allowing extra time to twist arms, and holding a revote during a special hearing demonstrates how much the committee vote was rigged from the start. We will not give up, however.”
Huffman told the Daily News on June 28 that a revote is a standard courtesy afforded to the authors of most bills and was not unusual.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) did not vote on June 26, but voted in favor of the bill on the revote. Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who was not present for the first vote, also voted in favor of the bill on July 2.