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Week of Monday, January 18, 2016


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS INFO

Please click on the link below, to read the Agenda for the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting to be held, January 19, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO READ MEETING AGENDA >

2016 Meeting Agendas have 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 >




ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Bob Kingston: Committed to nursery, quality development
January 13, 2016, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Bob Kingston met with area media Tuesday to address some of the concerns expressed by neighbors to his proposed 15-home subdivision on Home Street as well as his commitment to keep Bishop Nursery a part of the community.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Area tribes talk consultation policy with Inyo supervisors
January 13, 2016, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The process of starting a serious dialogue can’t be rushed. That’s one lesson area Tribes are teaching the Inyo County Board of Supervisors. As for the tribes, they’re learning those odd Anglo settlers have managed to tie themselves into policy and procedural knots.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Bishop City Council report: New Chief, new homes
January 13, 2016, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Bishop’s City Council delivered one surprise out of three potentially explosive topics Monday night. The two non-surprises: Interim Chief Ted Stec was appointed permanent chief of the Bishop Police Department and the Council accepted the Revised Initial Negative Declaration on the proposed 15-home Kingston subdivision. The surprise: the members pulled away from a medical marijuana grow ordinance and opted to let the State determine policy.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Ted Stec appointed Bishop Police Chief
January 12, 2016, Sierra Wave
LADWP press release
BISHOP – Community concern surrounding the proposed testing of two recently modified wells in the Five Bridges area north of Bishop, have prompted the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to re-evaluate and treat wells W385 and W386 (now numbered as 385R and 386R) as “new wells” as defined by the Inyo/LA Water Agreement and described in the Green Book.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Dr. Carol Blanchette named new director of Valentine Reserve
January 12, 2016, Sierra Wave
The University of California, Santa Barbara and the UCSB Natural Reserve system are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Carol Blanchette as the new Director of the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve, effective April 18, 2016, following a nationwide search.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Bob Gardner announces candidacy for Mono supervisor seat
January 12, 2016, Sierra Wave
June Lake resident Bob Gardner announced Monday he is running for the Third District seat on the Mono County Board of Supervisors in the June 7, 2016 election. Current Supervisor Tim Alpers announced in November he would not seek re-election to the seat, which represents the June Lake and Mono Basin areas, and the northwest section of the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


It’s a bird … 12,310 of them in Bishop Christmas Bird Count
January 11, 2016, Sierra Wave
The 34th annual Bishop Christmas Bird Count was held December 19, 2015, a nearly windless though chilly day, clear in the morning and overcast in the afternoon with temperatures ranging from 11°F to 45°F.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Bishop City Council drops marijuana grow ordinance
January 15, 2016, Charles James, The Sheet
After several long discussions by Bishop City Council members and a very long discussion by the Planning and Zoning Commission session last December which lasted four hours on proposed limits to growing medical marijuana within Bishop City limits, the Council decided on Monday night not to go forward with the Medical Marijuana Grow Ordinance.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Almost fully charged
January 15, 2016, Rea, The Sheet
The Tesla charging station in Mammoth Lakes is about two weeks away from being completed, said Nolan Bobroff, the planner in charge of the project.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Building trust in the MUF
January 15, 2016, Rea, The Sheet
Mammoth Recreation Commission lectured by Douglas County representative.
The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Multi Use Facility (MUF), which mostly centered upon Douglas County Community Services Director Scott Morgan telling the Commission how crucial building community trust was to the success of the project.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Sierra Meadows Ranch changes hands
January 15, 2016, Rea, The Sheet
The U.S. Forest Service special use permit for Sierra Meadows Ranch, at 1 Sherwin Creek Road, has been sold to Robert Lopata, President of Southern California property management firm LBPM, who says that keeping a focus on equestrian activities is a primary goal.
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Page 2: Starry starry night(mare)?
January 15, 2016, Jack Lunch, The Sheet
In regard to MMSA CEO Rusty Gregory threatening closure of Sierra Star Golf Course rumors …
The Sheet contacted Gregory for comment this week. What appears below is the statement he issued. He chose not to elaborate or follow up on any of it despite repeated prodding.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra snow conditions create rare avalanche problem
January 15, 2016, Ben Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal
Expert: Type of widespread weak layer only seen three times in 12 years has happened four times this season
Unusual snowpack conditions in the Sierra Nevada are contributing to a type of avalanche problem that in the past decade has rarely been widespread in the region.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Kazmierski: 3 challenges that could curtail the region's economic growth
January 15, 2016, Mike Kazmierrski, Reno Gazette Journal
2015 was a great year for economic development. It started out with the Switch announcement and ended with more than 30 companies, new and expanding, getting recognized by the community for adding more than 3,000 new jobs. So how do we follow this in 2016? We expect to see continued economic success in 2016, but in the years ahead we need to take on several very real challenges, that — if left unchecked — will derail the incredible economic growth that is reshaping our economy.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought rules could be eased for Sacramento region, other inland areas
January 15, 2016, Dale Kasler & Ryan Sabalow, Sacramento Bee
Acknowledging the challenges posed by the hot, dry climate endemic to much of inland California, state drought regulators Friday proposed easing the water-conservation rules for Sacramento and other communities where it takes extra water to keep trees from dying.
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Public outcry and pressing questions follow Yosemite name changes
January 15, 2016, Michael Doyle, Sacramento Bee
WASHINGTON—The National Park Service’s announcement this week that it would change the names of some iconic Yosemite National Park places left many stunned. The decision was driven by a trademark dispute with the company that will run concessions at the park until a new company takes over in March. But the disagreement is likely to continue. Here are some questions and answers to help you understand what is taking place.
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Search under way at Sugar Bowl for missing ski instructor
January 15, 2016, Cathy Locke, Sacramento Bee
A search is under way for a missing ski instructor at the Sugar Bowl ski resort.
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Clashes on California water resume in DC with introduction of drainage bill
January 12, 2016, Michael Doyle, Sacramento Bee
Washington—U.S. lawmakers from California have more political turbulence ahead of them with the introduction Tuesday of a bill to settle a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

In Yosemite, name changes blasted as ‘absurd’ and ‘obscene’
January 16, 2016, Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Gate
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The spectacular view of snow-capped El Capitan and Half Dome glimmering from behind a shroud of mist elicited gasps, but not even mind-altering beauty was enough to lift the wounded spirits in Yosemite Valley.
“It’s obscene!” cried George Lloyd, 67, of Placerville (El Dorado County), as he stood Friday at the Tunnel View lookout, a panorama of magnificence rising behind him.
Lloyd wasn’t lamenting the sight, but the decision by Yosemite National Park to change the names of some of the world’s most beloved destinations — including the regal Ahwahnee Hotel, the tent-city of Curry Village and the Badger Pass ski area — in the face of a complex trademark lawsuit filed by the park’s ousted concessionaire.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

No longer the Ahwahnee: new names for Yosemite landmark sites
January 15, 2016, Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Gate
The names of some of Yosemite National Park’s most cherished and recognizable sites are changing, from the regal Ahwahnee Hotel to the tent-city Curry Village — the result of a trademark battle that could lead to a multimillion-dollar payout to the park’s ousted concessionaire.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Yosemite a winter recreation wonderland after El Niño snowfall
January 15, 2016, Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Gate
When morning light illuminated Yosemite Valley this week, the upper tier of Yosemite Falls was a thin stream of silver, its edges cast in ice, and the first drop fell 1,400 feet to a jumble of boulders glazed in Arctic white.
CLICK HERE TO READ SEE THE VIDEO >

Yosemite in wintertime: What to do, where to go
January 15, 2016, Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Gate
Yosemite is a wintertime recreation paradise right now. Here are the details on what to do and where to go:
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Astrophysicist: Alien megastructure could still be answer for what's dimming star KIC 8462852
January 15, 2016, Jake Ellison, San Francisco Gate & Seattle EPI.com
It's almost certainly not an alien megastructure dimming the light of the distant star KIC8462852, known also as Tabby's Star and the Megastructure Sun, but the top natural-cause theory for the dimming isn't adding up.
And new data suggest the question is still an open one and that means the very distant (ahem!) possibility that an alien-built, sun-energy-sucking megastructure circling the star is still in the running.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Two feet of snow expected across northern Sierra Nevada this week
January 12, 2016, Joseph Serna, LA Times
A series of storms passing over Northern California are expected to drench residents in rain and dump up to 2 feet of snow on the northern Sierra Nevada, a precious water resource the state relies on in the spring, the National Weather Service said.
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Fears rise that plunging U.S. stocks could pose risk to economy if volatility continues
January 15, 2016, Jim Puzzanghera & Don Lee, LA Times
The financial market turmoil plaguing the new year intensified Friday as major U.S. stock indexes plummeted, raising concerns that the nation's still-recovering economy might falter if the tumble continues.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Water regulators propose further relaxation of conservation requirements
January 15, 2016, Jim Puzzanghera & Don Lee, LA Times
Water providers that have struggled in recent months to meet  conservation targets could soon get some relief under the modified drought rules unveiled Friday by state regulators.
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State regulators approve electric vehicle charging station pilot program
January 14, 2016, Ivan Penn, LA Times
Southern California Edison won approval from state regulators Thursday to develop a $22-million pilot program that will increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations by as many as 1,500.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW Awards $31.4 Million to Fund Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration Projects
January 13, 2016, CS DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 24 projects that will receive funding from its Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Restoration Grant Programs.
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 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' 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: 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 JAN 15 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE JAN 8 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 JANUARY 15, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JANUARY 8, 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 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 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 >
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 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 >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
WINTER NEWSLETTER >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
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 HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
NEXT MEETING HELD DECEMBER 4_ENGLISH >
NEXT MEETING HELD DECEMBER 4_ENGLISH >