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Week of Monday, January 19, 2015

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY FROM TIM & THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS!


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 JANUARY 19, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST


Permanent Flows Ordered to Restore Owens River Gorge

January 10, 2015, IVN, ImperialValleyNews.com
Los Angeles, California - After decades of court proceedings, the Owens River Gorge has begun to receive additional water to help restore historic fish populations and increase fishing opportunities.
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An exercise in wishful thinking
January, 15, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
Mono County hosts “State of the County” workshop.
In an attempt to boost morale by discussing economic and tourism trends in California and throughout the nation, Mono County hosted its first ever “State of the County” workshop on Thursday morning at the Sierra Center Mall in Mammoth.
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FPPC decision clears way for Inyo board to vote on Adventure Trails project
January 15, 2015, Sierra Wave
Independence – Inyo County’s County Counsel, Marge Kemp Williams, hereby announces she received an Advice Opinion from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) an Advice Opinion in which Commission staff concluded the Board of Supervisors’ decisions required to be made as part of the Board’s consideration of the Adventure Trails project “will not have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect on any of the supervisors’ interests.”
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Changes could come to LORP
January 15, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
A light at the end of the Lower Owens River canal began to shine after 4-1/2 hours of presentations and discussions Wednesday in Independence.
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Mono County shifts to new ground
January 8, 2015, George Shirk, Mammoth Times
BRIDGEPORT—It was more crowded than a gangster’s funeral.
At 9 a.m. sharp on Tuesday, newly elected and re-elected officials took the oath of office in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.
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New Chief in town
January 15, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
AI Davis takes over the MLPD Chief.
After living his entire life in Ventura, California, new Mammoth Lakes Police (MLPD) Chief Al Davis won’t miss the beach. “The only thing I’ll miss are the sunsets over the ocean,” he said from his office at the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. “But I turn around and look at the sunsets over the mountains here, or the sunrises, and they’re just incredible.”
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Mountain Town News
January, 15, 2015, Deb Murphy, The Sheet
The Bishop Bronco basketball team scored a brilliant win over the Liberty Hawks of Madera last Friday night on home court, hanging close to a talented team and grounding them[…]
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Jim Ellis appointed to Bishop City Council
January 13, 2015, Charles James, Sierra Wave
Last night, four members of the Bishop City Council unanimously voted to appoint former City Councilman and Mayor Jim Ellis to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Councilman Dave Stottlemyre at the end of December. Stottlemyre resigned to become the new Inyo County Assessor on January 5th.
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Mammoth Lakes Housing to help middle income?
January 15, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
While the struggles of low-income workers to afford housing in California are well documented, the similar struggle of middle-income workers is just beginning to make the news. Appropriately, Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH) Executive Director Jennifer Halferty highlighted MLH’s future focus on middle-income households in her annual presentation to Town Council on Jan. 7.
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Consolidating offices will cost Inyo County
January 15, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
Supes support project in spite of $3 million price increase. The seemingly inevitable march towards the proposed Consolidated County Office Building in Bishop continued at the Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. From the remarks by the Supervisors, apparently not enough good things can be said about the benefits of the project. This despite the unsettling news that there has already been a 26 percent increase from the original cost estimate of $11.2 million given to the Board in November of 2013. The new estimate is now $14 million; a $3 million dollar increase in just over 14 months.
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Who’s who of Inyo off to Death Valley

January 14, 2015, Darcy Ellis, Inyo Register
Inyo County heavyweights are headed to Death Valley this weekend for an annual gathering that brings decision-makers and movers and shakers together over a not-inexpensive three-day period.
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Sonora Pass truck limits lands on Supes' desk

January 8, 2015, George Shirk, Mammoth Times
BRIDGEPORT—Trucks get stuck on Sonora Pass.
Cars crash there, too, as drivers attempt to negotiate the asphalt switchbacks that make the pass a thrilling—sometimes chilling— drop into the Eastern Sierra near Bridgeport.
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Human Services Programs Throughout CA Counties
January 15, 2015, PublicCEO.com
Over the years CSAC has spotlighted numerous innovative and cost-effective programs developed by California Counties through our annual Challenge Awards program. Here’s a look back at a few of the programs we recognized in the past.
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Fourth year of drought for Sierra?
January 14, 2015, Mike Gervais, Inyo Register
The Eastern Sierra is in the midst of the worst drought it has seen since the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began keeping records in the 1930s.
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Mono County praises Gorge ruling
January 12, 2015, Mike Gervais, Inyo Register
Mono County District Attorney Tim Kendall is applauding this month’s court decision that requires the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to provide enough water in the Owens River Gorge to sustain local fisheries.
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There’s a new undersheriff in town
January 5, 2015, Mike Gervais, Inyo Register
Longtime Inyo County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Hollowell has been promoted to Inyo County Undersheiff.
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Child sex abuser located in Mexico after 11 years on the run, extradited Jan. 6
January 12, 2015, Mammoth Times
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, according to the Mono County District Attorney's office.
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Accused rapist caught after 11 years on the run
January 15, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
The Mono County District Attorney’s Office announced this week that Jacinto Flores Xochimitl had successfully been arrested and booked in the Mono County Jail after 11 years on the run as an international fugitive.
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Hansen addresses Board regarding Bellomo
January 15, 2015, The Sheet
Former Mono County Supervisor and current Mono Basin RPAC member, Tim Hansen, addressed the current Board during its regular meeting on Tuesday. The following is a transcript of his comments.
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Disneyland Linked to Measles Outbreak
January 11, 2015, CaliforniaCountyNews.com
It may be known as the happiest place on Earth, but Disneyland is also being linked to more than 20 new cases of measles, according to health officials.
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San Diego County has 10 measles patients; 9 weren't vaccinated
January 15, 2015, Tony Perry, LATimes.Com
San Diego County now has 10 confirmed cases of measles, all with ties to Disneyland, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced late Thursday. Nine were persons who had not been vaccinated.
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Health information on measles outbreak
January 14, 2015, Sierra Wave
Who woulda thunk it! During one of the busiest weeks of the year at Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks – kids were exposed to and came down with MEASLES!
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Bridgeport woman dies in vehicle accident
January 12, 2015, Sierra Wave
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at approximately 5:27 P.M., Mrs. Stephanie Migliore, age 51 of Bridgeport, California, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Savannah, westbound on Twin Lakes Road at an unknown speed.
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California Wolverine Appears to be Thriving
January 11, 2015, CaliforniaCountyNews.com
Before state wildlife officials discovered a wolverine in the Sierras, there had been no confirmed sightings of the animal in the Golden State since 1922.
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Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies
January 1, 2015, Jeffrey S. Ballinger and Jeffry F. Ferre, PublicCEO.com
Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from massage businesses to broadening infrastructure financing. Below is breakdown of what public agencies need to know as they begin 2015, with links to more extensive information.
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New PUC chief Michael Picker vows openness, focus on safety
January 11, 2015, Marc Lifscher, LATimes.com
Taking over amid scandal, the new president of the state's powerful Public Utilities Commission vowed Thursday to forge a more open and safety-conscious era at the agency.
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NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
EASTERN SIERRA NEWSLETTER: CLICK TO READ THE MOST RECENT NEWSLETTER >
JOIN EXPERTS JAN 15TH REGARDING REGIONAL ECONOMY AND TOURISM TRENDS >
FISHERIES COMMISSION JAN 7 AGENDA MEETING >
ANIMAL CONTROL: WINTERIZING YOUR PET >
LINDA ARCULARIUS IS RETIRING! SHE IS ALSO HAVING A RETIREMENT PARTY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES_FLYER IN SPANISH >
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES_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 >
CLICK TO READ MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VA OUTREACH DATES >
MONO COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO CLOSE ADDITIONAL DAYS FOR FURLOUGHT >
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 MINUTES FROM A NEW MONO COUNTY FOOD BANK MEETING JULY 2014 >

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 >
GRAP GRAZING WATERBOARD MEETING IN BISHOP ON JANUARY 18. CLICK TO READ INFO >

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 16TH BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA) INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JANUARY 16, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ PROPOSED BUDGET>

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE JANUARY 12, 2015 COUNTY NEWS ALERT >

USFS
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING REVISED FOREST PLANS OF INYO, SEQUOIA AND SIERRA FORESTS >
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 SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURES>
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING THE WINTER MEETING ON JANUARY 8TH >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FALL NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ BERCHTENGADEN AND YOSEMITE SIGN FORMAL SISTER PARK ARRANGEMENT >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING $1.4 MILLIONS FOR 13 YOUTH PROGRAMS >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING THE OSTRANDER SKI HUT LOTTERY >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING YOSEMITE BEARS BEING TRACKED IN "REAL-TIME" >

SIERRA WELLNESS CALENDAR DECEMBER 2014

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CALENDAR >

WALKER WELLNESS CENTER CALENDAR DECEMBER 2014

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 >

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 >

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