NEWS

Congratulations to Desert Group Search and Rescue!

Congratulations to the Kern County Sheriff's Desert Group Search and Rescue Volunteers (DGSRV, Inc.) on receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of their volunteer service. In addition, 5 of the volunteers will be receiving the Call to Service Award, a lifetime achievement award that's part of the President's Volunteer Service Award program.

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Thank You, Google!

We would like to thank Google for awarding a nonprofit grant to Friends of Jawbone for the free use of their new Google Maps Engine, a donation worth $15,000. This remarkable online GIS mapping product will help us to manage our work on ground and to proof upcoming trail maps with local agencies. Google Maps Engine is available to members of the public for free in a Lite Version if you are interested in creating your own online maps.

Congratulations Kern County Sheriff's OHV Division!

Friends of Jawbone wants to wish a hearty congratulations to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office’s OHV division in their recent acquisition of a 4-seat Polaris Razor. The new Razor was purchased with California State Parks and Recreation grant money. The sheriff’s office will also be purchasing four 2013 Yamaha ATVs, which will replace some of the older ATVs in their fleet, allowing them to continue the hard work of keeping riders safe and on legal trails.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has a response area of 8,000 square miles. Within this area are many large off-highway vehicle areas open to OHV recreation. Deputies assigned to the Off-highway Vehicle Team are responsible for patrolling in both mountain and desert terrain, often on challenging, sandy, rutted or rocky roads which normal patrol vehicles cannot gain access to.