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Week of Monday, April 6, 2015


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEWSLETTER
Please click on the link below, to read the entire Newsletter from the Mono County Board of Supervisors.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE APRIL 6, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >

GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING DROUGHT, MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER >

ROUND FIRE INFO

ROUND FIRE DESIGNATED A DISASTER AREA. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE LOANS AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
INFO FROM MARCH 10TH MEETING. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ROUND FIRE DEBRIS CLEAN-UP INFO. CLICK TO READ INFO FROM MONO COUNTY >
LEARN HOW TO RE-SEED NATIVES ON YOUR PROPERTY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ROUND FIRE BAER ASSESMENT REPORT. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE 18 PAGE REPORT >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO AND TO ASSIST THOSE EFFECTED BY THE ROUND FIRE >
WHAT TO DO IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING >

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT INFO >
ROUND FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES >
DISASTER RELEIF AID >
DIGITAL 395 PRESS RELEASE >
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ASSEMBLED FOR ROUND FIRE >
CLICK TO READ INFO REGARDING DEBRIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING APRIL 29TH >
APPLICATION FORM FOR DEBRIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING APRIL 29TH >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL FOR MARCH 23 THRU MARCH 25 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 26 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 27 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 28 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 30 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 31 >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST


Water restrictions tighten

April 2, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) Board voted on April 1 to increase its Water Restriction Level from II to III. Level III Restrictions will go into effect on April 10.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Gov. Brown mandates state water reductions
April 2, 2015, Sierra Wave
SACRAMENTO – Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Wednesday announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Governor Brown issues executive order requiring 25 percent cut in water use
April 1, 2015, Mammoth Times
A dismal snowpack, measured at one inch of precipitation on Mammoth Pass on March 30 instead of the average for that date of about 42 inches of water, and equally low in the rest of the Sierra, triggered Governor Jerry Brown today, April 1, to issue an executive order requiring all water districts to cut back on water use by 25 percent.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Water district considers more water use restrictions, April 1
April 1, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Mammoth Community Water District board of directors will consider increasing water use restrictions tonight, April 1 at a special water district meeting. The meeting is at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the district facility located one mile east of Old Mammoth Road on Meridian Boulevard, just off Highway 203. The meeting is open to the public. For more information on what the proposed Level Three water restrictions will mean, go to http://www.mcwd.dst.ca.us/ and look under "Conservation" then go to the link to the "Water Conservation Ordinance" item.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mammoth's water district in court today
April 1, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Mammoth Community Water District and representatives from the local air pollution control district, as well as other entities involved in an ongoing legal dispute over a proposed geothermal plant, will be in court today before Judge Stan Eller to argue their case regarding a proposed, new, 33-megawatt geothermal power plant. The project is proposed by Ormat Technologies for a site near the existing power plant. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. today, April 1 at the Mono County Superior Court. The water district has long argued that Ormat and the assorted state and federal agencies that have approved and/or certified the environmental analysis of the project have not provided an adequate analysis, and, have not provided an adequate monitoring/mitigation plan, should the new plant, if built, begin to impact Mammoth's water supply.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Water restrictions for City of Bishop
March 31, 2015, Sierra Wave
Starting again Wednesday, April 1st , outdoor irrigation in the City of Bishop will only be allowed between the hours of 5 pm and 9 am. This state-mandated restriction had been relaxed during the cold winter weather because of safety concerns related to freezing.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Feels like summer out there
March 27, 2015, Mammoth Time
Weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Reno say record high temperatures are possible for Friday, at the same time, they said weak low pressure may move into northern California on Saturday for slight cooling, and a low chance of showers and thunderstorms.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Chamber launches iMain Street
April 1, 2015, Mike Gervais, Inyo Register
Bishop’s highly anticipated iMain Street project is now up and running, giving residents and visitors easy – and free – access to high-speed Internet along downtown Main Street. iMain is a system that provides free Wi-Fi access to people passing along Main Street and visiting the Bishop City Park.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


The four timeshare necessities for Mammoth
April 2, 2015, Paul Oster, The Sheet
We hear all the rumors about new potential hotels and timeshares coming to Mammoth but we know timeshares have not been successful in Mammoth in the past. So what do you think a developer needs to do to make them successful? ...
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Treasuring the Alabama Hills
April 1, 2015, Inyo Register
On Saturday, April 11, residents and visitors will be able to celebrate the Fourth Annual Alabama Hills Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lone Pine. The purpose of the event is to celebrate this scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups that access and interact with the Alabamas and the various activities and events that take place there. Co-sponsored again this year by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and the Bureau of Land Management, the event showcases the rich history and unique landscape of this area just outside of Lone Pine.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Forest seeks comments on Long Valley grouse habitat work
March 27, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Inyo National Forest is seeking comments for a sage-grouse habitat enhancement project, according to forest authorities. The forest is proposing to implement sage-grouse habitat enhancement at various locations in Long Valley. The project would entail removing trees from seven sites within the Long Valley Caldera. The small diameter young trees would be felled and limbed using chainsaws and allowed to naturally decompose on site. For more information regarding this project or if you wish to comment on this proposal, please call Richard Perloff at 760-924-5508 or contact him via e-mail at rperloff@fs.fed.us. Comments on this proposal would be most useful if received by April 30, 2015.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Northern Inyo, Mammoth hospitals face off
April 3, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The 6,000-square foot orthopedic/physical therapy clinic slated to open in late spring on South Main Street in Bishop is a bone of contention between area hospitals.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Believe it or not, I’m walking on air
April 3, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
Mammoth still aiming to become Greatest American (Aviation) Heroes.
At a special meeting of the Mono County Airport Land Use Commission on March 30, Town of Mammoth Lakes staff presented a $30 million expansion proposal for Mammoth Yosemite Airport, as described in the Airport Layout Plan (ALP). Mammoth’s Planning and Economic Development Commission approved the project in January.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Restored to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks

April 2, 2015, Sierra Wave
Recently Completed Cooperative Effort Included California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A multiagency operation was recently concluded that returned two herds of endangered bighorn sheep to locations in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked together on the complex operation in the Sierra Nevada.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Coming back from the brink
April 1, 2015, Inyo Register
Between March 26 and March 29, nine ewes and three rams were moved from the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park to the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park. In addition, seven ewes were moved to the Laurel Creek area of Sequoia National Park; the CDFW had plans to move an additional three rams to that area on Monday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

At long last, a new police station?

April 2, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
The Mammoth Lakes Police station is, to put it delicately, outdated. The Town currently leases the building, which was not built to house the Police Department, and lacks basic infrastructure such as a sally port and holding cell.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Staggering development
April 3, 2015, The Sheet
The abandoned White Stag and Ullr motels on the corner of Main Street and Minaret Road are slated for demolition at long last. iStar Financial, the owner of the buildings, has hired general contractor Tim Flynn to complete the demolition.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Everybody Love Raymond. Don’t mistake GBUAPCD for Raymond
March 27, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
Air Pollution Control District attacked from all sides in court this week.
Judge Stan Eller heard arguments this week in three separate but related cases against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) due to its approval of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Ormat Casa Diablo IV (CDIV) geothermal plant project near Mammoth Lakes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Engaging Residents Helps Build Vibrant Communities
March 27, 2015, Melissa Kuehne, PublicCEO.com
Everybody wants a healthy, vibrant community to call home. Inclusive land-use planning may help counties achieve this goal and address common annoyances such as long commutes, traffic congestion and poor air quality.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California agriculture, largely spared in new water restrictions, wields huge clout
April 3, 2015, David Siders & Jeremy White, SacBee.com
When Gov. Jerry Brown issued the first statewide water use reduction order in California history on Wednesday, he put his emphasis squarely on cities and towns.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >



NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
MONO COUNTY EMPLOYEES AWARDED GOLDED ROTOR FOR SERVICE >
STRATEGIC PLANNING: UPDATE >
STRATEGIC PLANNING: MISSION >
ANIMAL CONTROL: WINTERIZING YOUR PET >
MONO COUNTY : STRENGTHEN FAMILIES WORKSHOP APRIL 30TH>
FLYER REGARDING FLU SEASON >
MONO COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO CLOSE ADDITIONAL DAYS FOR FURLOUGH >
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETS CAN GET LOCAL HEALTH CARE >
TOURISM & FILM COMMISSION COMMUNITY EVENT MARKETING FUND >
MONO COUNTY CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CLICK HERE FOR INFO >
MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT EBOLA REDINESS MEMO >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE ONLINE PASSWORD HELP >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO FROM CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO PUT YOUR BABY TO SLEEP SAFELY >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >
CLICK HERE TAKE FREE WORKFORCE SKILLS WORKSHOPS >
CLICK HERE TO TAKE A FREE WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING FAMILIES >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON FISHERIES COMMISSION AGENDA FOR MEETING APRIL 1 >
MONO COUNTY WINTER FISHING HIGHLIGHTED IN MAGAZINE. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
PENSION POACHING SCAM OF SENIORS. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
INVENTORS BOOTCAMP FOR KIDS. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
INVENTORS BOOTCAMP REGISTRATION FORM >

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
GET YOUR CHILD DENTAL CLEANINGS YEARLY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO IN ENGLISH >
GET YOUR CHILD DENTAL CLEANINGS YEARLY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO IN SPANISH >

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
READ HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY FOR AND GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN >
MONO COUNTY CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CLICK HERE FOR INFO >

FROM SENATOR BERRY HILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRY HILL BULLETIN' MARCH NEWSLETTER >

EASTERN SIERRA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM INFO >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE OF CA OFFERING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ALL IMMIGRANTS_FLYER IN ENGLISH >
STATE OF CA OFFERING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ALL IMMIGRANTS_FLYER IN SPANISH >

FEMA
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING PEDIATRIC DISASTER RESPONSE & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS >

OSHA (OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION) & NSC (NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL)
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTS >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES_ENGLISH >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES_SPANISH >

RED CROSS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A 21 WEEK CHECKLIST TO BE PREPARED FOR A NATURAL DISASTER >

KEEP KIDS LEAD-FREE PROGRAM
CLICK HERE TO READ THE GOVERNORS LETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER IN SPANISH >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER IN ENGLISH >

CSAC (CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE APRIL 3 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MARCH 27 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
READ THE GOVERNOR'S WATER REDUCTION EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA) INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS HELD MARCH 18, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER APRIL 3, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER MARCH 27, 2015 >
GSFA PRESS RELEASE REGARDING NAME CHANGE >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 27, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 13, 2015 >

USDA (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SAGE GROUSE >

USFS
SHADY REST THINNING PROJECT INFO >
WHITE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
TRAVEL ANALYSIS PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING INFO >
LAKES BASIN BIKE PATH CONSTRUCTION INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PRESCRIBED BURNS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING REVISED FOREST PLANS OF INYO, SEQUOIA AND SIERRA FORESTS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING NEW OVER-SNOW VEHICLES RULES >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK VERSION 2 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE TRAIL ACCESS >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TOOK PLACE ON MARCH 24TH >
YGP JOINS NATIONAL FIND YOUR PARK MOVEMENT >
SPRING 2015 MEETING APRIL 19 >
SPRING TRANSPORTAION PROJECTS UNDER WAY >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING ENTRANCE FEE RATE HIKE FOR 2015 >
BIG OAK FLAT TUNNEL REPAIRS>
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY) >
CLICK TO READ INFO REGARDING SPRING APRIL 9, 2015 MEETING >
CLICK HERE TO READ BERCHTENGADEN AND YOSEMITE SIGN FORMAL SISTER PARK ARRANGEMENT >
SPRING PRESCRIBED BURN INFO >
PARK SELECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS >

SIERRA WELLNESSCENTER APRIL 2015 CALENDAR

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CALENDAR >

CROWLEY LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER WINTER CLASSES

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF CLASSES BEING OFFERED >

MONO COUNTY PROBATION INFO
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BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE OPEN HOUSE INFO >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD
WATER BOND PROCESS BACKGROUND >
WATER BOND DRAFT PROP 1 CALENDAR >

Asociation of california water agencies
DROUGHT BRIEFING FLYER FOR APRIL 9>

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS >

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING WATERSHED IMPOROVEMENT >

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING STREET LIGHT OUTAGES >
CLICK HERE TO READ ENERGY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME AND OFFICE >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING VEGETATION MANAGEMENT >

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MEETING HELD MARCH 19_ENGLISH >

MAMMOTH LAKES LIBRARY
CLICK TO READ THE MARCH 2015 CALENDAR >