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Week of Monday, February 23, 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 23, 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


'What happened?': Meterologist explains windstorm that fueled fires, county-wide damage

February 13, 2015, Wendilyn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
That was the question even longtime locals used to extreme weather are asking in the aftermath of a Feb. 6 storm that left communities without power or cell for days, burned almost a quarter of one community to the ground, and came close to burning another.
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Above Normal Temperatures Melts 'Dismal' Sierra Nevada Snowpack
February 19, 2015, Ed Joyce, Mammoth Times
The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that the highest level of drought, "exceptional drought," expanded in parts of California and Nevada, after another week without precipitation.
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Round Fire resources
February 13, 2015, Wendilyn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
Here is a list of Round Fire related-resources as of Feb.12. We will try to keep this as updated as possible over the next few weeks and months. The county website, below, will also be updated continuously.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mono Behavioral Health offers support, advice
February 18, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mono County Behavioral Health [is] Offering help to those affected by the Round Fire: 760.924.1740
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Fire-related information
February 12, 2015, The Sheet
Bishop Fairgrounds
Donation Center: Patio Building
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Operated by Salvation Army
P: 760.872.2124
Those affected by the fire are encouraged to take whatever they need, including clothing, household items, toiletries, pet supplies, gift cards for local stores and restaurants, etc.
Donations of gift cards are still being accepted.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


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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Fire remnants
February 12, 2015, The Sheet
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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Nature - and other calls - for MLPD
February 11, 2015, Sierra Wave
At about 6:00pm, a 911 call was made reporting domestic violence in progress. The female who called for help reported that her boyfriend attacked her, bit her face and then pulled her out of the vehicle on an unknown dirt road.
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Main Lodge land exchange: Speak now or forever hold your peace
February 12, 2015, Paul Oster, The Sheet
The Main Lodge land exchange is proceeding. The federal environmental process (NEPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comment period was scheduled to be opened on Feb. 1. So far there have been no public notices, but this is prime time for the public to comment. The EIS can cover a broad range of topics, and specifically when a volume of public comment focuses on it. I’m in favor of the exchange but I have concerns, so here’s some discussion as well as my formal public comment letter. Like I said the “official” comment period hasn’t been noticed, but that shouldn’t hold anybody back from making comments.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Searching for a home for fire debris
February 12, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
The Mammoth Lakes Contractors Association (MLCA) hosted a packed meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Suite Z. The purpose: to disseminate information about waste disposal, insurance, and building inspections, after the Round Fire swept through Paradise and Swall Meadows on Feb. 6, destroying 40 residences and outbuildings, and scorching properties and open lots.
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Volunteer firefighters rise to the occasion
February 12, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
Local volunteer firefighters from around Mono County responded to the Round Fire on Friday Feb. 6. As many of their own homes were endangered, volunteers worked throughout the night and over the weekend, as the fire moved north of Round Valley, around Paradise and into Swall Meadows, burning 40 structures.
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Van Dyke fire damages SCE substation
February 12, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
Shortly after fire was reported in Round Valley on Feb. 6, strong winds started a fire just south of Bridgeport. According to an Inyo National Forest press release, the Van Dyke Fire began around 3 p.m., west of Route 395 and north of Point Ranch. It quickly crossed Route 395 and took off in the dry grass and sage, shutting down Route 395 to thru traffic.
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Miracle saves Paradise; no miracle for Swall
February 12, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
On Friday, February 6 at 2:07 p.m., fire broke out on a ranch on Lower Rock Creek Road, south of Paradise. Little did anyone imagine that fire would grow within the span of hours to devastating proportions, claiming 40 residences and outbuildings in the communities of Paradise and Swall Meadows.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mammoth High dinner, other help for Round Fire victims

February 18, 2015, Sierra Wave
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA, February 13, 2015– On March 6, 2015, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Mammoth High School will be hosting a free chili dinner, with a vegetarian option, for residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California records highest gas price average

February 13, 2015, Isaac Brambila, TahoeDailyTribune.com
An ongoing drop in gasoline prices reached a halt and prices are beginning to climb around the state and the country, with California recording the highest state average.
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Xochimitl pleads guilty; victim says 'rot in prison'
February 18, 2015, Sierra Wave
On January 6, 2014, an Investigator from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, assisted by the Sacramento branch of the FBI traveled to Mexico City to transport a fugitive back to Mono County to face charges for repeatedly and forcibly raping a child while she was between the ages of five and twelve.
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Inyo Sheriff: ‘This is not a sovereignty issue’
February 19, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Press releases issued by the Bishop Paiute Tribe and the Inyo County District Attorney’s office regarding the arrest of a tribal law enforcement officer may have raised more questions than they answered.
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Bishop Tribe supports officer; Inyo County has response
February 17, 2015, Sierra Wave
BISHOP, CA- February 12, 2015 – The Bishop Paiute Tribe would like to take this opportunity to state its support of Tribal Police Officer Daniel Johnson.
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Am I next on the list?
February 15, 2015, Letter To The Editor, The Sheet
Dear Editor:
I want to thank Angela Evans for having the courage to report on the recent issue concerning a Mono Basin RPAC member ...
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I know Bellomo
February 15, 2015, Letter To The Editor, The Sheet
Dear Editor:
I was both angry and saddened when I read Angela Evans’ article: “Bellomo-no basin RPAC” in the Jan. 8 issue of The Sheet...
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Far from threatening
February 15, 2015, Letter To The Editor, The Sheet
Dear Editor:
The Boulaalam case, which has been reported in your publication, is only one of many examples concerning unlawful Mono County Sheriff’s Department misconduct...
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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 >

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 >

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY
THE CONSERVANCY IS TURNING 10 & HAVING AN EVENT. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
READ HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY FOR AND GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN >

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 20TH BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FEBRUARY 13TH 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 20, 2015 >
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 >