Inyo officials take the ALS ice challenge


icebucketInyo Supervisors Ice Bucket Challenge a Success

By Charles James

Last week, Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley issued a challenge to his fellow supervisors at the end of the meeting to join him in the very successful, viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge before this week’s regular board meeting. All of them accepted without hesitation.

The Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of ALS and encourage donations to research. This year the challenge went viral on social media in July and August 2014. Many celebrities and just average, regular people have now participated in the challenge.

Kingsley, choked with emotions, spoke to those gathered on the lawn in front of the Independence Courthouse as he recounted his experience with his oldest brother, Phillip, who is 71 years old and was recently diagnosed with the debilitating illness. “Phillip,” says Kingsley, “has always been active. He has been farming for the last 9 years after retiring as a professor of Psychology at Bluffton College in Ohio. It is hard to watch and to know what is ahead for him.”

“I understand that there are many causes and situations that need attention,” said Kingsley, “but for me, the opportunity to highlight the ALS cause and the fact that my brother is suffering from ALS led me to challenge the Board of Supervisors. My motivation is really about my brother Phil.”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to death as the motor neurons die and the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. Voluntary muscle action is progressively affected and patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Joining First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius, Second District Supervisor Jeff Griffiths, Third District Supervisor Rick Pucci, Fourth District Supervisor Mark Tillemans, and Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley in the challenge were other county officials: Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio, County Counsel Margaret Kemp-Williams, Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner, Public Works Director Clint Quilter, Sheriff Bill Lutze, Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, Auditor-Controller Amy Shepard, Treasurer-Tax Collector Alicia McMurtrie and Child Services Director Suzanne Rizo.

Kinglsey reported that as of noon Thursday, there has been $3,330 raised as a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge.


11 Responses to Inyo officials take the ALS ice challenge

  1. Trouble September 6, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Save water drink beer! Relive self on DWP porch!

  2. Ken Warner September 6, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Here’s some real information about ALS and the ALS Association:

    Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association, said the nonprofit group is “absolutely committed to transparency” and will “invest these dollars wisely in areas that will have maximum impact on the fight against this devastating disease.” The group has the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator , a nonprofit watchdog group. In 2013, the ALS Association used 79 percent of donated funds on research grants, education efforts, and patient services, according to the association’s website. The rest of the funds went toward fund-raising efforts and administrative costs.

    ALS, short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, strikes 1 in 1,000 Americans and destroys motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord causing progressive paralysis and death, typically within two to five years. How the Ice Bucket Challenge got started remains a matter of debate, but 29-year-old ALS patient Peter Frates , a former captain of the Boston College baseball team, was instrumental in helping the fund-raising effort go viral through a social media campaign he initiated in mid-July.

    • Philip Anaya September 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      Great information KW and thanks for the link

  3. Logathaine September 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    It looks like this was, as the DWP is fond of saying “water neutral” Here is a quote from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page: “Mitigating water waste is an essential component in planning the #IceBucketChallenge in Inyo County. The Historic Courthouse lawn will have the automatic sprinklers turned off one evening next week in preparation to compensate for the water that will be used in the challenge. The ALS Foundation encourages the recycling of water as much as possible, and Inyo County will be re-using the water from the ice buckets to water the lawn, the Historic Courthouse roses, and other shrubbery.”

  4. sierra_slugger September 5, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Tom O, If you look at the picture you can see everyone on the front lawn of the court house. I really doubt there was not more than 1-2 gallons of water in each bucket,which would weigh 16.68 lbs.So I’m doing the math. If the buckets were full each would weigh 41.70 lbs.

    A US liquid gallon of water weighs about 8.34 pounds or 3.78 kilograms at 62 °F (17 °C), making it about 16.6% lighter than the imperial gallon. There are four quarts in a gallon, two pints in a quart and 16 fluid ounces in a US pint, which makes a US gallon equal to 128 fl. oz.
    So at the most they used 24 gallons of water. I really don’t see any waste here.

    We should use go back to the old saying, “If it’s yellow let it mellow, If it’s brown flush it down”.. Something that the the DWP should adopt for all of their customers.

    • Tom O September 6, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      Ok 24 gallons.Thanks Dr Slugger. Now lets multiply 24 gallons times all of the millions and millions of fools around the state/country that have dumped water on their heads.Lets just say it was 2 million people[even though it is much more than that]. 2x 2,000,000= that is 4,000,000 millions gallons wasted. And most of the people doing it could care less about ALS….they care more about posting a video on Youtube. But you can stick to your symbolic jestures while Ill write a check.Yet these are the ones who are telling me not to wash my car ect…..what part of that dont you understand?

      • John E September 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

        Tom, I wish I could find a survivor of ALS who could explain to you the importance of this fund raising effort to support research for a treatment or cure, but I couldn’t find one. Unfortunately, there are none. ALS patients will die usually in 2-5 years. There is no definitive cause for the disease, it can happen to anyone at most any age. Hopefully it won’t happen to you. After watching my father die from ALS, I wouldn’t wish this illness on anyone.

        The ice bucket challenge has raised an unimaginable amount of money for ALS research. I believe just about everyone supports water conservation, especially in this time of drought. I have yet to see anyone using a fire hose to take the challenge. If doing something silly like dumping cold water on your head can do so much good for so many, I’m all for it. I challenge you to take the plunge to support ALS research by sending a check as you suggested. You may use a Dixie cup if you wish.

  5. Tom O September 5, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    We are in a severe drought. I see 60 gallons of water wasted in this picture. Multiply this by the millions of foosl around the country and that is a lot of wasted water….remember, these are the same people that are telling you to stop watering your lawn, and washing your car……You do the math…..Skip the bucket and write a check. Amazing

    • The Aggressive Progressive September 5, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      True that!
      In Gaza they have the rubble bucket challenge, since they have a abundance of rubble and no water to waste or ability to freeze it..

      check it out;

    • philip anaya September 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

      Take a breath . The H2O went into the lawn maybe the aquifer. This also might be considered appropriate water banking especially intended to serve a dual purpose to educate us about ALS. Thanks Matt for the challenge and the answer of you and fellow Board Members . Hope your Bro loved your dose . Challenges to our local issues and this awareness is what you and your fellow Board members address daily and there are many here in the Inyo who appreciate the efforts of you all .

  6. Really??? September 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    How about a “Balance the Budget” Challenge for Inyo County officials!


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