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Week of Monday, December 28, 2015


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS INFO

Please click on the link below, to read the Agenda for Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, December 15.
CLICK HERE TO READ MEETING NOTES >

2016 Meeting Agendas have not yet been posted. Please click below to see upcoming meeting agendas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FUTURE MEETING AGENDAS >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY PAGE & AGENDAS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY PAGE >
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FUTURE AGENDAS AND DOWNLOAD PAST MEETING NOTES >


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 >
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

SIHD update: Special Inyo supervisors’ meeting Tuesday
December 28, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Southern Inyo Healthcare District was left without an administration or a board of directors following the decision to bring in the state’s public health department at its final meeting on December 17. But, at least three new potential board members have stepped up and are on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors’ special meeting agenda Tuesday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Five SIHD board members resign
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
On Dec. 10, Lee Barron resigned as CEO, CFO and CCO of Southern Inyo Healthcare District. The board immediately began a concerted effort to lead the District forward. On Thursday, Dec. 17, the Board learned their choice for the Interim CEO could not accept the position because the level of uncertainty about the past and current status of the District created potential risk for her if she did.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Southern Mono Healthcare District claims court victory
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
In furtherance of the lawsuit filed by Northern Inyo Hospital District and Inyo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) against Southern Mono Healthcare District and Mammoth Hospital, they failed to obtain a temporary restraining order and were denied a request for a hearing for the court to issue a preliminary injunction that would have immediately closed operations and disrupted ongoing orthopedic and physical therapy care for hundreds of Inyo County residents and residents of the Swall Meadows and Paradise communities who have chosen to obtain their care at the Bishop location of Mammoth Orthopedic Institute and S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


SIH asks state to step in
December 11, 2015, Sierra Wave
Following an awkward meeting of unanswered questions last Thursday, two members of the Southern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors went into a special ad hoc committee meeting with Kevin Flanigan, chief executive officer for Northern Hospital, County Counsel and Donna McAuley, SIH’s nurse practitioner and, briefly, the new CEO at the struggling hospital.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


BLM proposing fee increases at campgrounds
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office is seeking public comment on proposed fee increases at campgrounds in the eastern Sierra.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Arkansas man missing in Owens Valley
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Grant Massey, a 40-year old man from Blytheville, Arkansas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Research: Graded ski runs lack recovery over time
December 28, 2015, API
Abandoned ski areas with cleared runs are recovering faster than those that were graded.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


2,000 pack Reno Ballroom to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders
December 27, 2015, Channelle Bessette, Reno Gazette Journal
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Reno on Sunday to spread his populist message as the campaign increases its presence in Nevada.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought report could map Nevada water policy
December 26, 2015, Michelle Rindels, API
A panel of water experts that spent almost a year analyzing Nevada’s persistent drought has issued recommendations that could shape Gov. Brian Sandoval’s policy agenda in the coming year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

UPDATE: Winds wreak truck havoc in Washoe Valley
December 21, 2015, Channelle Bessette, Reno Gazette Journal
According to police scanner announcements, the Nevada Highway Patrol has closed Interstate 580 to trucks through Washoe Valley due to high winds.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


New California laws 2016: What to expect in the new year
December 26, 2015, Jeremy White, Sacramento Bee
Like bubbles ascending a champagne flute, a bevy of recently passed California policies will float to the surface and take effect this Jan. 1. Here’s a review of some of the major items.:
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Gas prices rising in Sacramento, throughout California
December 28, 2015, Mark Glover, Sacramento Bee
California motorists have been on the receiving end of an unwelcome holiday surprise: rising gas prices that are running counter to a continuing price decrease nationwide.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Video: Sites reservoir, the pros and cons
December 27, 2015, Erika D. Smith, Sacramento Bee
Residents and experts discuss the ramifications of flooding the Antelope Valley with 1.8 million acre-feet of water. Gone will be the land that many families have owned for generations. Longtime resident Mary Wells paints a picture of the future.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Damage from sinking land costing California billions
December 27, 2015, Scott Smith, Sacramento Bee
DOS PALOS, CALIF. —A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration. On farms, well casings pop up like mushrooms as the ground around them drops.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra snowpack rises as holiday travel warnings pile up
December 23, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
Heavy snow could make driving treacherous on Christmas Eve but will bring encouraging news to drought-weary Californians: The all-important Sierra Nevada snowpack is getting healthier.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Biologists trap wayward salmon near Woodland
December 23, 2015, Ryan Sabalow, Sacramento Bee
WOODLAND–State biologist Mike Eikan got a workout on Wednesday as he hauled bags filled with water and flopping salmon 100 yards up a muddy hill.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California regulators propose relaxing water conservation
December 21, 2015, Scott Smith, Sacramento Bee
FRESNO, CALIF. —California regulators on Monday proposed relaxing water conservation targets that have required communities statewide to cut use by 25 percent during historic drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California snowpack exceeds average for first time in years
December 22, 2015, Bettina Boxall, Frank Shyong & Joseph Serna
A series of powerful snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in a small milestone in drought-stricken California: The snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Study: 58 million dry California trees threatened by drought
December 28, 2015, Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Gate
Beneath the canopy of snow that recently blanketed California’s mountainsides are vast swaths of forest struggling to survive the drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Rain-driven salmon run in Marin brings hope, but coho still hurting
December 28, 2015, Peter Flmrite, San Francisco Gate
The celebrated coho salmon of West Marin are leaping up waterfalls and wriggling around the rain-animated rapids of Lagunitas Creek this week in numbers that might make people think the end is no longer near.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >





NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
JOB BOARD LINKS >
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 >
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 >

ESTA (EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT AUTHORITY)
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE TO SEE ALL OF THEIR ROUTES >
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 >

LA TIMES DROUGHT REPORT CARD
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 22 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 15 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 1 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 23 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 16 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 6 >
CLICK HERE TO READ ' CAPTURING EL NINOS RAINS' >

FROM SENATOR TOM BERRYHILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' OCTOBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT WATCH >
CLICK HERE TO READ SENATE REPUBLICANS OFFER $8.7M WATER BOND PROPOSAL >
MAMMOTH HIGH SUPERSTAR HONORED AT THE STATE CAPITOL. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
CLICK TO READ CURRENT INFO FROM SENATOR BERRYHILL'S OFFICE >

EPA
MAMMOTH LAKES MEETS AIR QUALITY STANDARDS >

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 >
COMMISSION ISSUES STATEMENT ON VALLEY & BUTTE FIRES >

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
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE NEXT POWER OUTAGE? >
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 DECEMBER 18 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER 11 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 18, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 11, 2015 >
RCRC APPLAUD BOXER & FEINSTEIN FOR PILT SUPPORT >
OMNIBUS SPENDING PACKAGE INCLUDES FUNDING FOR FED PILT >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING AIR RESOURCES BOARD INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING UNDERFUNDED WATER NEEDS >
GOV ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BOLSTER STATES DROUGHT RESPONSE >
THE FUTURE OF CA MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS >
CA COUNTIES PREPARING FOR CANNA BUSINESS OVERHAUL >
WATER FACT SHEET >
CLICK TO READ RURAL LEADER TESTIFY TO EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ON CA H20 QUALITY>
CLICK TO READ RURAL LEADER TESTIFY TO EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION >
CLICK TO READ RURAL CA LEADERS RAISE 25K FOR SIERRA COUNTY CHARITIES>
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 DECEMBER 11, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR NOVEMBER 16, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR OCTOBER 19, 2015 >
CLIMATE ADAPTAION, PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK >
CLICK HERE TO READ BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MATTERS >
CLICK HERE TO READ CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT GROWN TO REPEAL 'CADILLAC TAX' >
CLICK HERE TO READ 7 SUPREME COURT RULINGS TO EFFECT COUNTIES >
CLICK HERE TO READ US COURT OF APPEALS DELAYS WOTUS RULING NATIONWIDE >
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)
VISIT THE USFS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR LOCAL UP-TO-DATE POSTINGS >
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
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT >
JOIN US AT OUR WINTER MEETING! >
SHELTON JOHNSONS RECOGNITION >
KEEP BEARS WILD >
EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
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 >
LOOKING FOR DROUGHT SOLUTIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET >
LADWP LOOKING FOR WATER SOLUTIONS >

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 DECEMBER 4_ENGLISH >
NEXT MEETING HELD DECEMBER 4_ENGLISH >