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Week of Monday, February 15, 2016


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING INFO
UPCOMING MEETING AGENDAS
Please click on the link below, to read the Agenda for the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting to be held, February 16, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO READ MEETING AGENDA >

PAST MEETING MINUTES
Please click on the link below, to read the Minutes for the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting that was held on, February 2, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO READ MEETING MINUTES >

2016 Meeting Agendas and Minutes have been posted. Please click below to read past Meeting Minutes and upcoming Agendas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FUTURE MEETING AGENDAS AND PAST MEETING MINUTES >

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 MINUTES >


GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING DROUGHT, MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER >




ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Inyo County Superior Court Employees have contract disagreement
February 11, 2016, Sierra Wave
Inyo County Superior Court Employees began leafleting jurors outside the Courts on Monday to make them aware of a protracted contract disagreement with Courts Administration.
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Little action at Standing Committee meeting
February 9, 2016, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
With a little wordsmithing, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s request for an okay on the development of a plan to reduce water allocations for irrigation and mitigation projects in the event of a fifth consecutive year of drought came before Monday’s Standing Committee meeting in Independence.
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Operational update from Southern Inyo Hospital
February 9, 2016, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Southern Inyo Healthcare District isn’t claiming a win, but it has recorded a series of first downs since the state Department of Public Health suspended the hospital’s license January 13.
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New Tribal Officers elected at Fort Independence
February 9, 2016, Sierra Wave
On January 6, 2016, a set of candidates campaigning on a platform of open communication and government transparency was voted into office at the Fort Independence Paiute Tribe. Longtime Owens Valley community member and former Tribal Vice Chairperson Norm Wilder was elected Chairperson, tribal member and medical professional Karma Henry was elected Vice-Chairperson and long time tribal activist Stephanie Arman was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer.
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Big crowds expected for Nevada solar vote
February 12, 2016, API & Reno Gazette Journal
LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of people are expected to show up to a Nevada Public Utilities Commission meeting where regulators are deciding how to phase in higher rates for existing solar customers.
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Science says Reno-Tahoe may get real winter
February 12, 2016, Reno Gazette Journal
Video
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Return of snow brings reminders of avalanche dangers in Tahoe region
February 12, 2016, Brad Branan, Sacramento Bee
Christian Michael Mares posted a warning on his Facebook page last month about avalanche risks in the Tahoe region, telling his friends to “be safe out there and have a blast.” The following day, he allegedly triggered an avalanche by snowboarding in a restricted section of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
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Squaw Valley named nation’s best ski resort in USA Today poll
February 12, 2016, Brad Branan, Sacramento Bee
Squaw Valley Ski Resort was named the best ski resort in North America in a USA Today poll.
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Feds sharply increase flows from Folsom Lake
February 5, 2016, Philip Reese, Sacramento Bee
Just two months after Folsom Lake hit historically low depths, federal officials have increased water releases from the lake for flood control.
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California’s drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs
February 9, 2016, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
It’s one of the lesser-known costs of California’s drought: the drying-up of the state’s normally abundant cheap hydroelectric power.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein tries yet again with California water bill
February 10, 2016, Michael Doyle, Sacramento Bee
WASHINGTON—Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday relaunched a big California water bill, in what might be cast as the triumph of hope over experience. Unveiling her third proposal in the past two years for ways to divide California’s water supply among many competing interests, Feinstein packaged her latest 184-page measure as a reasonable compromise that draws the best from past Capitol Hill efforts.
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Utilities commission favors water, wastewater rate increase
February 10, 2016, Ellen Garrison, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento’s Utilities Rate Advisory Commission on Wednesday night passed a water and wastewater rate increase proposal along to the City Council for consideration.
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Even in death, Einstein continues to be right
February 12, 2016, Saswato R. Das, LA Times
The results of a big physics experiment have delivered a long-sought, hard-won and resounding victory to Albert Einstein, confirming yet again that the revolutionary theory of gravitation he put forward a century ago is the real deal. The findings cement Einstein's near-mythical stature as one of the greatest scientists of all time.
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'We can hear the universe': Scientists detect gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein
February 12, 2016, Amina Khan, LA Times
More than a billion years ago, in a galaxy far away, two black holes surrendered to one another’s inexorable attraction and collided with such force that it disturbed the very fabric of the universe.
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How scientists detected gravitational waves for the first time
February 11, 2016, Deborah Netburn, LA Times
Scientists have announced the first detection of gravitational waves, a finding that will give astronomers an entirely new window to the universe. But how are these waves observed and why have we never seen them before?
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Why scientists are so excited over first detection of gravitational waves
February 11, 2016, Deborah Netburn, LA Times
Since humans first gazed at the heavens, they have observed the universe primarily through the window of the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible light waves, radio waves, and X-rays.
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What Are Those Booms Everyone Is Hearing?
February 9, 2016, Gina Clugston, Sierra News Online
MOUNTAIN AREA — For the past few days, we have been receiving calls, messages and emails about the big booms people are hearing across the Central Sierra, so we have tracked down some information and it turns out there are two different activities ocuring at once.
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Invasive Mudsnails Detected in Lower Feather River; Anglers and Boaters Urged to Help Prevent Spread
February 12, 2016, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails in the low-flow section of the Feather River in Butte County, and is asking recreational users of the river to “clean, drain and dry” fishing and recreational gear and watercraft in order to help prevent the spread of these invasive snails.
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Bird Watching Opportunities Offered in Merced, Santa Barbara and Yolo Counties
February 12, 2016, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering special bird watching opportunities through its Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program. A total of 22 SHARE access permits will be awarded through a random drawing for 19 bird watching periods on properties in Merced, Santa Barbara and Yolo counties.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Remember Endangered Species at Tax Time
February 12, 2016, CA DFW News
Saving endangered species from extinction takes a lot of work, but you don’t have to do much to help. Simply making a voluntary contribution on your state income tax return helps the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) do the heavy lifting.
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Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes
February 11, 2016, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness crab caught on the mainland coast south of  38° 00′ N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and recommends the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in these areas in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations. The commercial and recreational rock crab fishery will remain closed north of 35° 40′ N Latitude (Piedras Blancas Light Station) and in state waters around Santa Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands. This determination was based on extensive sampling conducted by CDPH in close coordination with CDFW and fisheries representatives.
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CDFW Cites Major Accomplishments, Important Activities for 2015
February 11, 2016, CA DFW News
A new wolf pack, a massive oil spill, wildlife encounters, restoration projects, nonlead ammunition and more were among the top issues that kept staff on their toes at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in 2015.
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Spring Turkey Hunts Offered in Central Coast, Northern California Counties
February 9, 2016, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for several turkey hunt opportunities in Santa Barbara and Yolo counties this spring. The two-day hunts will be offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, which offers incentives to private landowners who allow wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their property.
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State Seeks Federal Disaster Declarations for Commercial Crab Fishing
February 9, 2016, CA DFW News
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested federal declarations of a fishery disaster and a commercial fishery failure in response to the continued presence of unsafe levels of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin, in Dungeness and rock crab fisheries across California and the corresponding closures of those fisheries.
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NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
JOB BOARD LINKS >
MONO COUNTY & STATE OF CA INFLUENZA FORCAST MAP >
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 FEB 15 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF FEB 8 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF FEB 1 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF JAN 25 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF JAN 18 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF JAN 11 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF DEC 29 >
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' JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' OCTOBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ: 'FIRE FEE' COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST >
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: FEB2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN: JAN2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN: DEC2015 >
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 FEB 12 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FEB 5 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 FEB 12, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER FEB 5, 2016 >
RCRC WELCOMES SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY TO MEMBERSHIP >
RCRC INSTALLS NEW 2016 OFFICERS >
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 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 >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR FEB 12, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS NOW FOR JAN 27, 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR FEB 2016 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR DECEMBER 11, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR OCTOBER 19, 2015 >
COUNTY ECONOMIES: OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES >
CLIMATE ADAPTAION, PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK >
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 & PROTECT THE STATE'S FISH & 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 >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
TREE MORTALITY FUNDING FAIR >
YGP RECEIVES FUNDING FOR MARIPOSA GROVE >
WINTER NEWSLETTER >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
CAL FIRE AWARDS FIRE PREVENTION GRANT IN HIGH TREE MORTALITY AREAS >
YNP ANNOUNCES YOSEMITE CENTENNIAL AMBASSADORS >
SHELTON JOHNSONS RECOGNITION >
KEEP BEARS WILD >
EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY!!) >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE >

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
CRIME ALERT: SEC PHOME SCAM >
SAFE TRADE INITIATIVE FOR SAFER ONLINE SHOPPING >

MAMMOTH LAKES Hispanic Advisory Committee
LAST MEETING WAS HELD DECEMBER 4_ENGLISH >

FRIENDS OF THE INYO
UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS >