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Week of Monday, February 9, 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 9, 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 RIRE >


ARTICLES OF INTEREST


Round Fire update: 40 structures destroyed

February 7, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Round Fire has destroyed 40 structures and outbuildings, [mostly homes], burning 7,000 acres and was 50 percent contained as of 5 p.m., CAL FIRE is reporting.
A community meeting was set for 6 o’clock tonight at the Crowley Lake Community Center.
The Fire Information Line is (909) 881-6949.
The cause of the fire, which began just after 2 p.m. Friday, is under investigation.
Paradise and Swall Meadows are still under mandatory evacuation.
CAL FIRE is reporting 200 personnel, 47 engines, 29 fire crews and two bulldozers were on scene. One injury to a firefighter due to smoke inhalation was reported.
Significant rain stopped the forward rate of the fire around 2am. Downed power lines and venting propane tanks make re-entry for residents dangerous.
Cooperating agencies are the USFS, Paradise Fire Dept., Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, CHP, LADWP, BSHOP Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Edison and CDCR. [Pray for our community, our neighbors and friends in this time of loss and need as many have lost everything in this devistating fire]
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Tri-County Fairgrounds taking donations for fire victims
February 7, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Tri-County Fairgrounds is accepting donations for fire victims in the Patio Building starting at 10:00 this morning. We could use a couple more volunteers, and of course donations of clothing, toiletries and everyday necessities.
UPDATE: 9:30 AM, 2.7.2015
The Round Fire:
Acres: 7,000 – 30 percent contained
20 structures and outbuildings destroyed (preliminary county)
200 personnel; 47 engines; 29 fire crews, two bulldozers
One injury to firefighter due to smoke inhalation
Significant rain stopped the forward rate of the fire around 2am. Downed power lines and venting propane tanks make re-entry for residents dangerous
Calfire: We are looking at possible escorted re-entry tomorrow afternoon or evening.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Van Dyke Fire update: 450 acres, 75 percent contained
February 7, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Van Dyke Fire (initially referred to as the Point Ranch Fire) is now estimated to be 450 acres and is 75% contained.
The fire is in grass and sage fuels and received measurable moisture today. Fire crews used these conditions to advance the containment efforts today. If favorable conditions continue, crews should fully contain the fire by tomorrow evening.
Initial attack response was by the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest and local fire departments. Bridgeport and Lee Vining Fire Departments were instrumental during initial attack and helped prevent structure loss.
Highway 395 has re-opened and all evacuations have been lifted. However, cell phone service and power continue to be down at this time. The SCE power sub-station received damage from both fire and wind yesterday. Crews are completing repair work on the station and hope to restore power by tomorrow morning around 11:00 a.m.
Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, Mono County, CHP, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Former Mammoth Hospital CEO Gary Boyd has died
February 3, 2015, Sierra Wave
I am saddened to share the news from his wife, Barbara, that Gary Boyd passed away at 6:30 PM last evening in Lodi, CA following a lengthy illness.
Gary served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mammoth Hospital from 2008 through 2012. Gary had been involved in health care for over three decades and began his career as a Radiologic Technologist before moving into healthcare administration over 15 years ago.
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Former Mammoth Hospital CEO Gary Boyd has died
February 3, 2015, Sierra Wave
I am saddened to share the news from his wife, Barbara, that Gary Boyd passed away at 6:30 PM last evening in Lodi, CA following a lengthy illness.
Gary served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mammoth Hospital from 2008 through 2012. Gary had been involved in health care for over three decades and began his career as a Radiologic Technologist before moving into healthcare administration over 15 years ago.
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MCWD urges increased conservation awareness
February 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mammoth Lakes, CA –Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) announced the need for increased conservation awareness in 2015 as California’s drought persists into its fourth year. MCWD depends on the region’s snowpack to feed the District’s surface water supply and replenish groundwater aquifers.
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LADWP reports water use down in December
February 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Tuesday reported its latest water conservation metrics showing that its customers used 20.9% less water in December than they did in the previous year; residential water use was down to 61.5 gallons per day in December compared to 77.1 gallons in November.
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‘Let Mammoth Decide’ ballot initiative filed
February 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
On February 2, long-time Mammoth Lakes residents, Kathy Cage, Michael Agnitch, and Tom Gaunt filed a ballot initiative regarding nightly home rentals in residential neighborhoods.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
February 4, 2015, Inyo Register
Inyo County will be hosting a public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Lone Pine High School Auditorium, 538 S. Main St. in Lone Pine, to receive input on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The Inyo County Planning Department said it would like to hear how residents feel about the plan before submitting its own comments to the state.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Hills still on tap for Scenic Area designation
February 3, 2015, Inyo Register
“New and improved” legislation that will designate the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine as a National Scenic area has been introduced to fellow lawmakers by Congressman Paul Cook.
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Update on Adventure Trails Pilot Project
February 5, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The City of Los Angeles has a lot at stake, even with the reduced scale of the Adventure Trails pilot project. Four of the seven approved dual-use routes lead to trailheads on land owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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Woodstove replacement still available
February 5, 2015, Sierra Wave
Limited funding is still available through the Town’s Woodstove Replacement Program for heating system upgrades throughout Mammoth Lakes! Property owners who would like to replace open fireplaces, woodstoves, or wood-burning inserts can still benefit from subsidies provided by the Town’s program.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

News from the Tri-County Fair
February 5, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Board of Directors at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair met recently and got the ball rolling for the 2015 edition of their flagship event, the Tri-County Fair. The winning slogan was submitted by Joshua Hinson and is “The Tri-County Fair, where Culture and Heritage come together.” Fair CEO Sally Symons commented, “There were over 50 entries this year, and it was a tough decision. Once again our community showed great support for this wonderful tradition.”
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Union forming at NIH

February 2, 2015, Inyo Register
A group of nurses at Northern Inyo Hospital filed a petition today to start a union and have a voice in decisions being made about staffing.
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No surprise; Yosemite hikes entrance, camping fees

February 2, 2015, Mammoth Times
As expected, Yosemite National Park announced last week that entrance fees and campground fees will increase beginning March 1.
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Local smoke possible from prescribed burns
February 2, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest are planning to continue several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction. Fire crews are taking advantage of recent precipitation that has provided safe and favorable burning conditions.
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Moriarty takes oath as Mono undersheriff
January 27, 2015, Mammoth Times
Michael Moriarty was sworn-in as the new Mono County undersheriff after taking an official oath of office performed by Sheriff Ingrid Braun.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Longtime Mammoth resident Shirley Blumberg dies
February 5, 2015, Sierra Wave
Shirley Blumberg, the first chairperson of the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission, died on January 30 at age 91. She and her husband, Myron Blumberg, began visiting Mammoth in the early 1960s, when there were three chair lifts, two T-Bars and some rope tows.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Manzanar Committee renews opposition to solar locations
February 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
LOS ANGELES — On February 3, the Manzanar Committee reiterated its opposition to any large-scale, industrial renewable energy development in the Owens Valley, especially that which would intrude upon the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site. Further, the Committee renewed their call on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to protect Manzanar and the Owens Valley from such development in perpetuity in their final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the County’s Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA).
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Police-Community Hispanic meeting, March 19
February 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee
TOWN HALL MEETING, Thursday March 19 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Lodge
The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee (MLPCHAC) has scheduled its 9th Town Hall meeting for Thursday, March 19 at 5 pm in the Emerald Room at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail. Refreshments, childcare, and interpreters will be provided.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CalPERS Reacts to Anthem Security Breach
February 6, 2015, John Seiler, PublicCEO.com
The hacker attack on health insurance provider Anthem Blue Cross announced last night in particular affects hundreds of thousands of members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. But a security expert told CalWatchdog.com the breach is not critical — provided those affected take precautions.
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The Importance of Broadband
February 5, 2015, Tammy Cronin, PublicCEO.com
Across California, counties are increasingly understanding the importance of leveraging broadband (or high-speed Internet) to attract new businesses, create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities.
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How Nevada County Has Made the CSAC Institute a Priority
January 30, 2015, David Liebler, PublicCEO.com
When Nevada County Executive Officer Rick Haffey first heard that CSAC was developing a continuing education program, he was unsure what potential value it would have for his senior staff or Supervisors.
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Benett Kessler: An appreciation
February 3, 2015, Andrea Tetrick, Sierra Wave
Today, February 3rd, is Benett Kessler’s birthday. She would have turned 66 years old.
I had the privilege of working for Benett for a time, beginning in 2004 when Sierra Wave was known as K-DAY. She was extremely generous with her knowledge and encouraged me to report on any topic I chose, which is not always the case in a hectic newsroom setting. We remained friends and engaged in an active email and phone exchange over the years.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >




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 OFFICE OF EDUCATION_SPECIAL PROJECT DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION >
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 JANUARY 30TH BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE JANUARY 23TH 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 6, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JANUARY 30, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS JAN 21, 2015 >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'STATE OF THE UNION' PRIORITIES >

ESAA (EASTERN SIERRA AREA AGENCY ON AGING)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING PACKET JAN 28 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ADVISORY COUNCIL AGENDA JAN 28 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SENIOR LEGISLATURE FILING PACKET >

USDA (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SAGE GROUSE >

USFS
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 >
BISHOP FIELD OFFICE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE FEB 12 REGARDING OHV GRANT FUNDING. CLICK TO READ MORE >
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 >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING FREE ADMISSION OVER PRESIDENTS WEEKEND >
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
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BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER >

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE RECENT MEETING MINUTES >

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 >