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Week of Monday, February 16, 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 FEBRUARY 16, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >

ROUND FIRE ASSISTANCE INFO

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 >
ROUND FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES >
DISASTER RELEIF AID >
DIGITAL 395 PRESS RELEASE >
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ASSEMBLED FOR ROUND FIRE >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST


Round Fire: ‘It wasn’t fire; it was a firestorm’

February 9, 2015, Wendilyn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
Some fires are like a rodeo,” said Long Valley Firefighter and Mono County Supervisor Fred Stump Feb. 9 while still on duty during the attermath of last weekend’s Round Fire.The fire, which Mono County Ingrid Braun said was caused by sparks from a downed power line, burned 39 homes and charred 7,000 acres in a matter of hours.
The fire left about a quarter of Swall Meadows residents, many of them long-time and well-known locals, without a home, although no human lives were lost and all residents have been accounted for, county authorities said.
Stump, who is the former chief of the Long Valley Fire Department and who was in charge of structure protection for the Round Fire, said he feels “horrible” for everyone who lost their homes but, he said, the events that came together to create the Round Fire were something he has never seen in decades of fighting fire.
“This wasn’t a fire, it was a firestorm,” he said. “The winds were almost cyclonic, moving up to 100 mph, changing directions. We deployed, the area became unsafe, and we withdrew.
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Swall Meadows residents will have to wait a while longer to return
February 8, 2015, Wendilyn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
Swall Meadows residents are probably going to have to wait at least a few more days to get back to their homes and property to assess the damage and take care of their property and possibly, pets left behind, due to a fire that is still burning and due to venting propane lines and other hazards, according to Mono County emergency shelter workers stationed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.
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Digital 395 plays key safety role in Round Fire
February 11, 2015, Sierra Wave
In less than a year following its completion, the Digital 395 network continues to quietly demonstrate its extraordinary value to California’s Eastern Sierra Region.
In the midst of the recent fires in Mono County, California Broadband Cooperative’s (CBC) fiber optic network worked uninterrupted to provide critical communications to First Responders and other local officials struggling to contain the fires and bring order back to the area.
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Mammoth Times has links to fire-related resources
February 3, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Mammoth Times is using its Facebook page to keep ongoing and current updates on all the fires, power outages and cell outages, as well as to connect people to resources and data.
Please go to THIS LINK to view the updates.
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Round Fire resource guide
February 9, 2015, Inyo Register
The following page is a short-list of contacts and information on the Round Fire ...
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Round Fire Update
February 8, 2015, Inyo Register
As of Sunday morning, CalFire reported that the Round Fire was 65 percent contained and had destroyed 40 homes in the Swall Meadows and Paradise area, and damaged five others. The report also states that the fire is currently at 7,000 acres.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Donations for fire victims being accepted at Tri-County Fairgrounds
February 7, 2015, Inyo Register
The Eastern Sierra Tri-County fairgrounds is accepting donations to help residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise who lost their homes to the Round Fire Friday night.
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Round valley fire - Donations Update- Feb 10th- 2015
February 11, 2015, Inyo Register
Video
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40 homes, structures destroyed by Round fire in Eastern Sierra
February 11, 2015, Ruben Vives, LATimes
More than three dozen homes and buildings were destroyed Saturday by a wildfire in the Eastern Sierra that has forced the evacuations of two towns and burned more than 7,000 acres.
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Donations for fire victims being accepted at Tri-County Fairgrounds
February 7, 2015, Inyo Register
The Eastern Sierra Tri-County fairgrounds is accepting donations to help residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise who lost their homes to the Round Fire Friday night.
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Inyo National Forest plans for rehabilitation of Round Fire
February 12, 2015, Mammoth Times
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team for the Round Fire has been formed. The team is working to complete its assessment and recommendations to lessen immediate hazards to public resources and downstream private land from effects of the fire.
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Firefighters gain on Mono County blaze
February 9, 2015, SFGate.com
SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County — More than 200 residents of two communities ravaged by a wildfire along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada were allowed to return home Monday, authorities said.
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Wildfire prompts evacuations of Paradise
February 6, 2015, Inyo Register
An afternoon fire in the Paradise and Swall Meadows areas has prompted mandatory evacuations in the community of Paradise. As of 3:45 p.m. Friday, the wind-driven fire was between five and 10 acres and was also threatening the Swall Meadows community. Officials expected that community to be evacuated next.
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Evacuations remain after wildfire chars California towns

February 8, 2015, BonnerCountyDailyBee.com
SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.
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Van Dyke Fire estimated at 450 acres

February 8, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Van Dyke Fire has been mapped at 450 acres and is 75% contained.
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The Van Dyke Fire has been mapped at 450 acres and is 75% contained.
February 9, 2015, CaliforniaCountyNews.org
The worst drought in California’s recorded history means, among other things, that fire season is never over. Residents of the Mono county town of Swall Meadows learned that the hard way this weekend. A wind-driven fire along the eastern slops of the Sierra Navada ravaged communities in its wake and led to the evacuation of about 250 residents. Authorities still don’t know when those residents may be able to return home.
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Extreme drought in Northern California just got 10% better
February 12, 2015, Veronica Rocha, LATimes
In rare good news on the California drought, extremely dry conditions in northern parts of the state improved by 10% after a series of strong storms.
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California Drought: Storms Help Reservoir Storage But Not Snowpack
February 12, 2015, Ed Joyce, CApRadio.org
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday reports the recent Pacific storms have lessened the "extreme" category of drought in some parts of California.
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‘Megadroughts’ are coming to the Southwest, scientists say
February 4, 2015, Seth Borenstein, AP, DailyNews.com
As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades.
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NIH special meeting: ‘It’s about having a voice in patient care’
February 11, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Tuesday’s special meeting of the Northern Inyo Hospital board meeting started calmly enough, with a brief statement from the nurse’s union organizing committee spokesman and supportive comments from members of the medical staff.
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Bishop City Council adopts ‘In God We Trust’
February 11, 2015, Sierra Wave
The “In God We Trust” resolution was approved, 4-1, by the Bishop City Council Monday evening.
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Mono Supervisors face death ... and taxes
February 6, 2015, George Shirk, Mammoth Times
BRIDGEPORT—Death and taxes, two staple items in the American comedy pantry, last week turned political in the chambers of the Mono County Board of Supervisors.
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Winter storm tips, chain control info
February 6, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Mono County Sheriff's office has sent out some handy tips and information you might need during the incoming storm forecast for the next few days.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Don Franklin: 1946-2015
February 10, 2015, Sierra Wave
Don Franklin passed away on February 6th, 2015 at his home in Chalfant, CA after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.
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Harnessing the Potential of the Gigabit City
February 110, 2015, Denise Linn, PublicCEO.com
It’s been an eventful month for the Internet in America. President Obama traveled to Cedar Falls, IA, and publicly supported a city’s right to build its own high-speed Internet infrastructure. Meanwhile, a coalition of local leaders from across the country gathered in Kansas City, MO, for the 2015 Gigabit City Summit. Representatives from dozens of cities as well as from partners like Code for America, Cox and Mozilla came together to discuss key questions: What can an American city do with Internet speeds of 1 gigabit, 100 times faster than today’s average? How can a city make sure all citizens, businesses and schools benefit from these advancements? How can gigabit connectivity drive regional economic development?
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Mono County fire evacuees still waiting for OK to return home
February 8, 2015, SFGate.com
SWALL MEADOWS, Mono County — Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years ago was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Evacuations Remain After Wildfire Chars California Towns
February 8, 2015, Michelle Rindels, ABCNwes.com
Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Wildfire Destroys 40 Homes Between Two Northern California Towns
February 8, 2015, Scott Andes, GuardianLV.com
Large 50 to 75 mph wind gusts helped destroy 40 homes near the Eastern base of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, officials reported Saturday afternoon. The fire forced the evacuation of over 150 people between two small California towns on Friday. The wildfire that destroyed 40 homes between the two Northern California towns is being called “the round fire.”
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California wildfire destroys 40 homes, forces 150 to evacuate
February 14, 2015, WireUpdate.com
A massive 7,000 acre wildfire in California on the east side of the Sierra Nevada destroyed at least 40 homes and forced some 150 people out of their homes, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said on Sunday as firefighters continued to battle the wind-driven fire.
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County jail populations across California dip after Prop 47
February 2, 2015, Don Thompson, SCPR.COM
Inmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
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PROP. 47: Crowds ease at county jails across California
February 2, 2015, PE.com
Inmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided on Nov. 4 that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies, an Associated Press survey found.
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Evacuations remain after wildfire chars California towns
February 8, 2015, Michelle Rindels, Yahoo.com
SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — Ira Hanson milled around an evacuation center near tiny Swall Meadows on Sunday afternoon, not quite sure what to do after learning that the dream home he and his late wife had built 30 years earlier was damaged in a wildfire that consumed 40 homes and buildings.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Brown Administration Addresses Redevelopment in New Budget Language
February 11, 2015, CaliforniaCountyNews.org
The Dept. of Finance has released language indicating how Gov. Jerry Brown wants to deal with the wake of redevelopment agencies, which he abolished in 2011.
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POWERBALL: San Leandro Store Owner Calls Lotto Winner 'Regular Customer' [ALSO WINNER IN MONO COUNTY–LEE VINING!]
February 12, 2015, KRON4.com
SAN MATEO (KRON) — A San Leandro store owner is celebrating Thursday after one of his regular customers turned up with one of California’s three winning tickets in last night’s Powerball drawing.
Pop Top Market and Liquor owner Aman says he knows the winner but doesn’t know his name. The man’s ticket matched five numbers but missed winning a share of the jackpot by one ball, the Powerball.
On Thursday afternoon, Aman was taking pictures with the winner’s check and posting banners that read, “Millionaire Made Here.”
Aman’s store sold one of the three 2nd place tickets sold in California. The other two were sold in MONO COUNTY and Orange County.
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NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
STRATEGIC PLANNING: UPDATE >
STRATEGIC PLANNING: MISSION >
ANIMAL CONTROL: WINTERIZING YOUR PET >
CPR FIRST AID CLASS MARCH 9TH. CLICK TO READ INFO >
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES UNTIL FEB 11TH_FLYER IN SPANISH >
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES UNTIL FEB 11TH_FLYER IN ENGLISH >
MONO COUNTY : STRENGTHEN FAMILIES WORKSHOP APRIL 30TH>
SAGE GROUSE MEETING FEB 25 & 26, MINDEN, NV>
HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING MARCH 18 >
FLYER REGARDING FLU SEASON >
TOML OFFERING 5SKATE PASS DISCOUNT TO MONO COUNTY EMPLOYEES >
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 FROM THE FISHERIES COMMISSION >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO BE A FOSTER PARENT_SPANISH >

COVERED CALIFORNIA
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFORMATION >

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

RED CROSS
CLICK HERE TO LEAR HOW TO BE READY FOR A NATURAL DISASTER >
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR RED CROSS EMERGENCY CARD >
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 FEBRUARY 13TH BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE JANUARY 30TH BULLETIN >
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 THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 13, 2015 >
GSFA PRESS RELEASE REGARDING NAME CHANGE >
CLICK HERE TO READ BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS JAN 21, 2015 >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR FEB 9, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'STATE OF THE UNION' PRIORITIES >

USDA (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SAGE GROUSE >
SAGE GROUSE MEETING FEB 25 & 26, MINDEN, NV>

USFS
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
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 >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING THE OSTRANDER SKI HUT LOTTERY >

SIERRA WELLNESS CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2015

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
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER >

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

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING UPCOMING MEETING MARCH 19 >

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 IMPORVEMENT >

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING STREET LIGHT OUTAGES >

HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES. FLYER IN SPANISH >
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES. FLYER IN ENGLISH >