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Week of Monday, August 31, 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 >


WALKER FIRE INFO
As of Friday, August 28 at 2:30pm: The fire is 3676 acres, and is 98% contained, was of human origin and is under investigation. Anyone who was in the Walker Lake area on August 14, 2015, is asked to call (760) 920-7149 with any information that may pertain to the fire. / The Sierra Front Type 3 Incident Management Team transfered command back to the Inyo National Forest on Wednesday Aug. 26 at 0600. / HWY120 IS NOW OPEN WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS from 395 to Yosemite gate / CODE RED EMERGENCY ALERT NOTICE HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR LEE VINING & LUNE LAKE LOOP (Including Silver Lake, Grant Lake and all surrounding campgrounds) / The campgrounds in Lower Lee Vining Canyon are open including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, and Big Bend Campgrounds. Aspen Grove will remain closed throughout the weekend as it is the Command Center until the fire is completely out. / The Upper Lee Vining Campgrounds are re-opened. These include Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake, Junction, Sawmill, and Saddlebag Campgrounds. Tioga Pass Resort and the Saddlebag Lake Resorts are open as well / Parker Lake Rd. (1S25) has re-opened. However, The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) remain 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 remains the staging areas for fire crews, vehicles, helicopters, etc. and should still be avoided please.
CLICK TO READ INFO FROM YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS RELEASED FRIDAY AUG 28 >
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!!! >

VISIT THE YGP (YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS) NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE INFO


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 >
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 >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Shot of the Week
August 26, 2015, Mammoth Times
Former basketball star and current Mono County Supervisor Tim Alpers has been working to get a new maplewood gym floor for Mammoth High for nearly four decades so it was only fitting that the one-eyed supervisor (one eye has lost its vision) and right-handed supervisor made the first perfect shot into the basket— using his left hand, following a recent shoulder injury to his right shoulder.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Rough Fire Grows to 55,000 Acres But Is Also 21 Percent Contained
August 26, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Rough Fire continues to grow but firefighters are beginning to get some control over the fire, with the fire now at about 21 percent contained.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Marijuana eradication in Mono, Inyo counties
August 26, 2015, Sierra Wave
On June 1, 2015 the Mono County DA’s Office conducted flight operations in accordance with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s marijuana eradication program.  The purpose of the program is to locate large scale outdoor marijuana grows on public lands within Mono County.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Inyo National Forest: Increase in plague activity
August 26, 2015, Sierra Wave
Based upon recent incidents of rodents with plague and a handful of cases where plague was contracted by people visiting nearby federal lands, the Inyo National Forest would like to advise recreationalists and residents to take the following steps as a matter of caution while visiting the Inyo National Forest.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Notes from Bishop City Council meeting
August 26, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Several items were discussed, and are Bullet Pointed. Please visit the link below to read the items listed.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Red Cross seeking volunteers; training offered
August 26, 2015, Sierra Wave
The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers that could assist with shelter operations in the event of an emergency in Inyo or Mono Counties.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Inyo County grants $25,000 to community projects
August 25, 2015, Sierra Wave
Inyo County has awarded grants totaling $25,000 to local non-profit organizations to help fund programs, projects or events taking place from mid-August to the end of this year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mammoth begins road rehabilitation
August 23, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Town of Mammoth Lakes with the Contractor, SPIESS Construction will be conducting road rehabilitation along Old Mammoth Road and Sherwin Creek Road.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Bishop’s downtown parking focus of open house
August 23, 2015, Sierra Wave
The City of Bishop will hold an open house from 3 to 7 pm on 27 August to discuss how to improve parking in downtown.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Californians cut water use 31.3% in July, crushing governor’s target
August 27, 2015, Curtis Alexander, SF Gate
Californians answered the call for conservation in July, slashing water use by 31.3 percent and exceeding state targets for the second straight month that communities face potential fines for falling short.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Drought-plagued California readies for El Niño storms
August 26, 2015, SF Gate
While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Niño event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Californians cut water without state imposing fines
August 27, 2015, Scott Smith, Sacramento Bee
For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Judge denies attempt to block extra water for Klamath salmon
August 27, 2015, Jeff Barnard, Sacramento Bee
A federal judge has denied a request by agricultural water providers in California's Central Valley to block emergency water releases to protect Klamath River salmon from the drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Water Files: Key factors help understanding of California’s historic drought
August 26, 2015, Sacramento Bee
California's water crisis has been years in the making, the consequence of shifting weather patterns, economic forces and lifestyle choices. Five primers from the independent digital media project Water Deeply, along with an interactive timeline with key benchmarks from the drought’s genesis until now, provide basic, important information about many facets of the drought and how we are dealing with it. Those stories have been posted individually, and links to all of them are included here. Collection of stories, timeline from Water Deeply:
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Water Files – Demand: More people, agricultural trends aggravate drought
August 26, 2015, Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee
California’s water crisis has been years in the making, the consequence of shifting weather patterns, economic forces and lifestyle choices. This story is one of five published as a primer by independent digital media project Water Deeply, a Sacramento Bee multimedia partner, on how we got to this point.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Partnership to test whether forest thinning can grow groundwater, snowpack
August 26, 2015, Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee
The purchase of 10,000 acres of watershed land west of Lake Tahoe is slated to launch a living laboratory testing whether the answer to drought lies in fewer trees.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Boy accused of starting Willow fire placed on house arrest pending psychological evaluation
August 27, 2015, Rory Appleton, Fresno Bee
The boy accused of starting the Willow fire that scorched nearly 6,000 acres and prompted evacuations near North Fork was placed on electronic monitoring Wednesday and released to his mother’s custody, the Madera County District Attorney’s office reported.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Fresno State study says drought causes $3.3 billion in farm losses
August 27, 2015, Robert Rodriguez, Fresno Bee
The state’s historic drought has hit the San Joaquin Valley hard, with farm losses estimated at $3.3 billion, an increase in health issues and a decline in income, according to a Fresno State study released Thursday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Group sues over bottling plant in parched California
August 27, 2015, Fresno Bee
A group of neighbors and activists has sued bottled water company Crystal Geyser and Siskiyou County over plans to build a bottling plant near Mount Shasta in parched Northern California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, Sept. 5
August 28, 2015, DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to celebrate the end of summer by going fishing. Sept. 5 is the second of two Free Fishing Days in 2015, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days are also a great opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Reporting Resources Violations Faster, Easier Using Technology
August 28, 2015, DFW News
Several hunting seasons are approaching and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking the public to use technology — rather than social media — to report wildlife and pollution crimes across the state.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Inyo briefs
August 28, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
Fox News takes on LADWP
Fox News featured a news story critical of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) recent publicity event featuring the use of black shade balls to cover L.A. drinking reservoirs, ostensibly to “curb evaporation losses.”
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Skype for jails?
August 28, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
In July, a representative of non-profit, Massachusetts-based Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) contacted Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun with a letter addressing a troubling new trend in California jails and prisons: video visitation.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Verizon pleads poverty
August 28, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
Oh, so that’s why they can’t hook up Digital 395.
One of the nation’s leading telecommunications companies, Verizon told a judge on Aug. 21 in Mammoth that it did not hook up to the area’s broadband service network, Digital 395 (D395), because it was too expensive.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Laf-ter not the best medicine
August 28, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
Dueling hospital districts head to court.
Inyo County has filed suit against Mammoth Hospital and the Southern Mono Healthcare District over Mammoth’s orthopedic clinic in Bishop.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Inyo, Mono score high on amenities index
August 28, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
There are 3,111 counties in the contiguous United States, according to Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post. He recently wrote that Ventura County, Calif., is the absolute most desirable place to live in America, at least according to the “natural amenities index” developed by the federal government in the late-1999s.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
August 28, 2015, DFW News
Various events taking place around California throughout the month of September. Click below to view.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >






NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
JOB BOARD LINKS >
IRS OFFERS EMLOYER HEALTH ARE SERIES >
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES >
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' AUGUST 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 28 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE AUGUST 14 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 28, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER AUGUST 21, 2015 >
WATER FACT SHEET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE UC DAVIS FINAL DROUGHT REPORT : AUGUST 18, 2015 >
CLICK TO READ PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CA 'WHAT IF THE DROUGHT CONTINUES?' ARTICLE >
CLICK TO READ UC DAVIS ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF 2015 DROUGHT >
2015-2016 STATE BUDGET UPDATE >
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 >
CLICK TO READ ABOUT: Drought related actions to preserve and protect the state’s fish and wildlife resources >

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 28 : READ INFO REGARDING CURRENT WALKER FIRE INFO >
AUG 22 : READ INFO REGARDING CURRENT WILDFIRE INFO >
ROUGH FIRE UPDATE SEPT 3RD >
READ INFO REGARDING RECENT BEAR ATTACK >
CELEBRATE FOUNDERS DAY ON AUG 25 >
PLAGUE UPDATE: CAMPSITE REOPENS >
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER >
YOSEMITE CREATES $535,379 IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY) >

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
NEXT MEETING HELD OCTOBER 17_ENGLISH >