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Week of Monday, August 17, 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 JULY 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 >


Saturday, August 15th: Fire Located in 1 main location


Sunday August 16th: Fire beginning to die down. However 'Spot Fires' also flaring up.

WALKER FIRE INFO
As of Thursday August 19 at 10am: The fire is 3715 acres, and is 45% contained / HWY120 NOW OPEN WITHOUT ESCORT HOWEVER NO STOPPING IS PERMITTED from 395 to Yosemite gate / CODE RED EMERGENCY ELERT NOTICE HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR LEE VINING AND LUNE LAKE LOOP NORTH OF DOUBLE EAGLE (Silver Lake, Grant Lake and all surrounding campgrounds) / The campgrounds in Lower Lee Vining Canyon remain closed through the weekend, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds / The Upper Lee Vining Campgrounds are re-opening. These include Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake, Junction, Sawmill, and Saddlebag Campgrounds. Tioga Pass Resort and the Saddlebag Lake Resorts are open and the evacuation advisory is lifted / The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed / Lee Vining is the staging areas for fire crews, vehicles, helicopters, etc. and should be avoided please.
CLICK TO READ INFO FROM YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS RELEASED THURSDAY AUG 19 >
CLICK TO READ LIVE INFO FROM INCIWEB >
DRONES SPOTTED FLYING NEAR WALKER FIRE. IF DRONES FLY, WATER RESOURCES CAN'T. DON'T FLY DRONES NEAR ACTIVE WILDFIRES!!! >

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 >
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 >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Bridgeport Fire Grows to 125 Acres
August 15, 2015, Mammoth Times
A lightning-caused fire near Bridgeport along Buckeye Road is now at 160 acres and is being aggressively fought, according to fire officials. [It is 0% contained]. The fire started yesterday, Aug. 12, at about 12:17 and quickly grew to about 75 acres. Crews worked through the night to try to bring the fire under control before a Red Flag Warning goes into effect this afternoon, with high winds and low humidity associated with the warning.
Click here to learn more about the fire >

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


WALKER WILDFIRE INFO (JUNE LAKE LOOP)
August 15, 7PM, 2015, Updated Several Times Daily, InciWeb— Incident Information System
The Walker Fire, located north of Walker Lake, started the evening of August 14.
Approximately 20 structures are threatened and have been evacuated near Walker Lake.
Walker Lake is a popular recreation area for fishing and hiking.
It is located west of June Lake, on the north end of the June Lake Loop, and is accessed by a dirt road 1N17. This road is closed at this time for fire response and public safety. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is also closed at this time for public safety.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


150-Acre Fire North of June Lake Loop Closes Walker Lake Trailhead
August 15, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Walker Fire, located north of Walker Lake near June Lake and near the location of the Mono Pass trailhead to the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River,, started Friday evening, Aug. 14, and is estimated to be 150 acres. This is not the Mono Pass trailhead in the Rock Creek drainage that starts at Mosquito Flat, but the trail to another Mono Pass, located north of June Lake. That trailhead remains open.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


CABIN WILDFIRE INFO (SEQUIOA)
August 15, 7PM, 2015, Updated Several Times Daily, InciWeb— Incident Information System
The Cabin Fire, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest, has spread to 6,672 acres. Fire will likely spread further into the burn scar of the 2011 Lion Fire, but should slow down as it reaches areas of sparse vegetation and rocky outcroppings.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Forecasters ‘unanimously’ expect strong El Niño, giving hope to parched California
August 13, 2015, Phillip Reese & Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
A historic El Niño is almost certainly coming, government forecasters said Thursday, raising hopes that California could see a wet winter.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Sacramento water conservation hit 37 percent in July
August 13, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento-area residents cut their water usage by 37 percent in July, continuing the trend toward water conservation as ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Crews begin work on drought fix at Folsom Lake
August 13, 2015, Ryan Sabalow & Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee
As water regulators continue to rapidly drain Folsom Lake to bolster supplies downstream, crews have begun construction of a floating barge that could keep water flowing to the city of Folsom this fall.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Gallery: Tulare County residents without water due to California drought
August 14, 2015, Sacramento Bee
IMAGE GALLERY
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Plague found in child camping in Yosemite National Park
August 6, 2015, Jenna Lyons, SF Gate
A child has contracted the plague after a camping trip to Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, prompting state health officials to launch an emergency investigation and perform an environmental evaluation to determine if the bacterial disease has spread.
It is the first case of plague reported in California since 2006.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Yosemite National Park Closes Campgrounds After Plague Case
August 14, 2015, NBC News
California's Yosemite National Park has reopened one campground but is closing another to spray for fleas after a Los Angeles girl caught plague there.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


2 teens killed in Yosemite when tree branch falls on tent
August 15, 2015, Lizzie Johnson, Kurtis Alexander and Nanette Asimov, SF Gate
Two teenage boys died early Friday at a Yosemite campground when a large tree limb fell and crushed their tent.
Several campers in the Upper Pines Campground said they were awakened at 4:15 by a loud crack followed by a scream that pierced the predawn air.
A branch from a forked oak had broken off and fallen from far above onto the tent where the boys slept.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Cool for cats
August 14, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission decided by a 3-2 vote on August 5 to end bobcat trapping in the state, with the exception of depredation permits.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Johnston can’t make interception
August 14, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
Mono Supes spend big bucks on police vehicles.
The consent item on the Mono County Board of Supervisors agenda concerning new vehicles for the Sheriff’s department was pulled for discussion by Supervisor Larry Johnston, even though the cars have already been ordered and currently being painted with Mono County insignia.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Page 2: Fernie makes his case
August 14, 2015, Jack Lunch, The Sheet
It appears that the No on Z folks have begun to take their argument to the voters.
Measure Z is the ballot measure, set for an Oct. 6 special election, which will ask voters whether or not they wish to freeze certain zoning in place as it relates to the ban on nightly rentals of single family homes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mono County offers smorgasbord of diseases
August 14, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
“The only good varmint is a dead varmint” – Carl Spackler, assistant greens-keeper Bushwood Country Club.
Mono County is infested not with rodents but with mice, squirrels, chipmunks, ticks and fleas carrying deadly diseases and germs. Mono County Public Health Officer Richard Johnson has released an update on locals that have become sick from little critters.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

No fan of 65
August 14, 2015, Submitted by Ginny Hanna, The Sheet
I’m not a resident of Mammoth but I am a frequent visitor and as a visitor I’m concerned about the proposed height of the building along Laurel Mountain Road.  Sixty five feet, really?  ….
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra Nevada parcel will test ways to reduce mega fires and increase snowpack
August 14, 2015, Louis Sahagun, LA Times
Forest ecologists finally got their wish: an entire private landscape on which to test methods of tree thinning and controlled burns to reduce risk of mega fires and minimize the effects of drought on California’s frozen reservoirs -- mountain snowpacks.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

With 'Godzilla El Niño' expected, focus shifts to Pasadena dam that could overflow
August 14, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II & Abby Sewell, LA Times
With forecasters saying that this winter's El Niño could be among the most powerful on record, officials preparing for the expected downpours are focusing their attention on vulnerabilities in Southern California's flood-control system.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

A huge El Niño could devastate Southern California
August 14, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II & Abby Sewell, LA Times
It started in October 1997 in Mexico, when a hurricane fueled by El Niño slammed into Acapulco, causing massive flooding and hundreds of deaths.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Don’t pray for rain – pray for snow
August 14, 2015, Diana Marcum, LA Times
We looked up at the green road sign for Tamarack, population 9.
It felt like paying homage to the snow gods. Tamarack holds the U.S. record for the deepest snow (454 inches in 1911) and the most Sierra snow in one season (884 inches in the winter of 1906-07).
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought Prompts Fish Evacuation at San Joaquin Hatchery
August 13, 2015, DFW News
With a fourth year of extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is moving fish out of the San Joaquin Hatchery near Fresno for the first time.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Black Bear Attacks Man in Mariposa County
August 13, 2015, DFW News
Wildlife officials are investigating a bear attack that resulted in serious injuries early this morning in Mariposa County.
The attack occurred in the town of Midpines, when the man stepped out of his house in the dark. A large black bear struck the man from behind, knocking the victim to the ground. The man fought the bear, and in the struggle sustained multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to his head, legs, arms, abdomen, hands and feet. Although injured, the man was able to get away from the animal and drive himself to the hospital, where he was treated and released later in the day.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >





NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
SMOKE & LIGHTNING TO BE BOTHERSOME THIS WEEK. HERE IS HOW TO COPE >;
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETS CAN GET LOCAL HEALTH CARE >
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETERANS OFFICE HOURS >
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 >
MONO COUNTY WINTER FISHING HIGHLIGHTED IN MAGAZINE. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
PENSION POACHING SCAM OF SENIORS. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >

CALTRANS
395 IN LEE VINING CONTRUCTION BEGINS. ROAD CLOSURES UP TO 1 HR 6-7AM >

ESTA (EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT AUTHORITY)
REIMBURSMENTS BEING OFFERED FOR DISABLED TRANSPORTATION. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
DRIVER APPLICATION >
DRIVER RELEASE FORM >
REIMBURSEMENT 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 TOM BERRYHILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' JULY NEWSLETTER >
MAMMOTH HIGH SUPERSTAR HONORED AT THE STATE CAPITOL. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
CLICK TO READ CURRENT INFO FROM SENATOR BERRYHILL'S OFFICE >

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

STATE OF CALIFORNIA – BUSINESS, CONSUMER SERVICES & HOUSING AGENCY,
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT

CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ SURVEY INFO REGARDING PAYDAY LENDERS >
CLICK HERE TO THE INFO REGARDING UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SEMINAR >
38TH ANNUAL OFFICER & DIRECTOR COMPENSATION SURVEY>

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 ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS >
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FEMA NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY WEBSITE >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING PEDIATRIC DISASTER RESPONSE & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS >
NEW PSA FOCUSED ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >

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 >
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 AUGUST 14 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE AUGUST 7 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 2015 REVISION OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA)
ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR'S REVISED BUDGET & OTHER BUDGETARY ISSUES >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER AUGUST 14, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER AUGUST 7, 2015 >
2015-2016 STATE BUDGET UPDATE >
WATER FACT SHEET >
CLICK TO SEE THE RCRC MEETING & EVENT SCHEDULE >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR AUGUST 3, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR JULY 13, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO VIEW CA DROUGHT NUMBERS & STATS SHEET >

CDFW (CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND WATCH A VIDEO OF 'QUESTION THE LEADERS' PANEL DISCUSSION
THAT TIM ALPERS ATTENDED AND PARTICIPATED IN THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE RECENT FRED HALL SHOW >

CLICK HERE TO READ DFW NEWS >

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

USFS (UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE)
REVISIONS EFFECTING LOCAL LAND ACCESS, OFF-ROAD VEHICLES, ETC. STILL BEING WORKED ON >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE TRAIL ACCESS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING REVISED FOREST PLANS OF INYO, SEQUOIA AND SIERRA FORESTS >
SOUTH LAKE PARKING LOT AND BOAT LANDING CLOSURE SEPT 8 THRU OCT30 >
FIREWOOD SEASON OPENED MAY 1 >
WHITE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
AUG 11 : READ INFO REGARDING CURRENT WILDFIRE INFO >
READ INFO REGARDING RECENT BEAR ATTACK >
CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTIONS. CLICK TO READ INFO >
YOSEMITE GATEWAY SUMMER SUMMIT MEETING WAS HELD JULY 9TH. CLICK TO READ INFO >
YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR ON ITS BOARD >
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER >
YOSEMITE CREATES $535,379 IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >
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) >
BARK BEETLE INFO FROM SUMMER MEETING >

MONO COUNTY PROBATION INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER >

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

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 >