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Week of Monday, January 4, 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 5, 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 >


ROUND FIRE INFO

ROUND FIRE DESIGNATED A DISASTER AREA. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE LOANS AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
LEARN HOW TO RE-SEED NATIVES ON YOUR PROPERTY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ROUND FIRE BAER ASSESMENT REPORT. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE 18 PAGE REPORT >
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 INFO >
ROUND FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES >
DISASTER RELEIF AID >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST

New SIHD board members sworn in
December 30, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Inyo County Board of Supervisor Chair Matt Kingsley started Tuesday’s special meeting expressing his pride and appreciation for the people who volunteered to take the helm of the embattled Southern Inyo Healthcare District. “This is not an easy appointment,” he said. “The district is struggling on many levels.”
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Snowmobiling Spots Abundant in Eastern Sierra
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
California’s Eastern Sierra is home to a bounty of outdoor winter recreation, but for those that want to venture beyond the ski slopes, snowmobiling offers an exciting way to explore the beauty of the Eastern Sierra in the wintertime.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mary Mae Kilpatrick named to NIHD board
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
West Bishop resident Mary Mae Kilpatrick was named to the Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIHD) Board of Directors during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening. She will be formally sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 19.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


New data on 2 Bay Area faults cause worry about next big quake
January, 2, 2016, David Perlman, San Francisco Gate
The Hayward Fault, which ruptured in a devastating Bay Area earthquake nearly 150 years ago, could be linked to the quieter Rodgers Creek Fault deep beneath San Pablo Bay, and that would pose the threat of a far more powerful quake in the future, a new seismic study has found.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Magnitude-4.5 earthquake strikes off California coast
January, 2, 2016, Peter Hockaday, San Francisco Gate
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck off the California coast on Friday evening [Due West of Reno], according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Photos show Yosemite's beautiful snowy days
January, 2, 2016, San Francisco Gate
Did you see some snow during the holidays? If not, you might want to check out some of these photos from the National Park Service showing the gorgeous blankets of snow at Yosemite in recent weeks. Because there's no winter wonderland like Yosemite's winter wonderland...
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Arkansas man missing in Owens Valley
December 21, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Grant Massey, a 40-year old man from Blytheville, Arkansas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Former top exec, conservationist Doug Walker found dead on Granite Mountain
January, 2, 2016, Scott Sunde, SeattlePI.com
A former top executive of several local companies including REI and a leader of several national outdoor groups was found dead Friday on Granite Mountain.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Health warning lifted for Dungeness crab from areas of state
December, 31, 2015, Jenna Lyons, San Francisco Gate
A health advisory on the Dungeness and rock crab has been lifted along parts of the California coast in time for the new year, allowing some residents to feast on the crustaceans without fear of poisoning, state Public Health Department officials said Thursday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

First snow survey shows water content at 105 percent of average
December, 30, 2015, Peter Flmrite, San Francisco Gate
It was almost shocking to see, but there, blanketing the ground off Highway 50 in the Sierra, was that elusive substance known as snow.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Report: Giant squid spotted in Japan's Toyama Bay
December, 28, 2015, John–Henry Perera, San Francisco Gate
People atop a pier in Japan's Toyoma Bay spotted a giant squid lurking close to the surface on Christmas Eve, CNN reports.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Gas prices rising in Sacramento, throughout California
December 28, 2015, Mark Glover, Sacramento Bee
California motorists have been on the receiving end of an unwelcome holiday surprise: rising gas prices that are running counter to a continuing price decrease nationwide.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Is the drought over? No – but December snow survey is good news for California
December 30, 2015, Dale Kasler & Ryan Sabalow, Sacamento Bee
This time there was snow. A good deal of it, actually.
As California closed out its fourth year of drought, employees from the state Department of Water Resources conducted the season’s first manual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack Wednesday. They pronounced the results encouraging.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

No more free grocery bags in Sacramento
January 1, 2016, Hudson Sangree & Sammy Caiola, Sacamento Bee
Free shopping bags at Sacramento grocery stores officially became a thing of the past on New Year’s Day, as retailers began implementing a new city ordinance that forbids free take-out plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores and larger pharmacies.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

New California laws 2016: What to expect in the new year
January 1, 2016, Jeremy B. White, Sacramento Bee
Like bubbles ascending a champagne flute, a bevy of recently passed California policies will float to the surface and take effect this Jan. 1. Here’s a review of some of the major items.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Video: Gun safety tips you need to know
January 1, 2016, Joyce Marshall, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
LTC instructor Cassie Shockey talks about gun safety in time for the new Texas open carry law that goes into effect January 1, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting
January 2, 2016, San Francisco Examiner, API
TRENTON, N.J. — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.
Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in North Carolina.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Obama explores unilateral steps on guns
January 1, 2016, San Francisco Examiner, API
President Barack Obama is looking for ways to keep guns out of the hands of “a dangerous few” without depending on Congress to pass a law on the fraught subject of gun control.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California condor that helped save species returns to wild
January 1, 2016, San Francisco Examiner, API
Banking into the wind and then gliding out of sight, a male California condor flew back into the wild after a captive breeding program that helped save North America’s largest species of land bird.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California's new laws for 2016: See how you are affected
December 31, 2015, Patrick McGreevy, Christine Mai-Duc, Jon Schleuss, LA Times
Californians face new restrictions on carrying guns, new regulations on medical marijuana, and higher pay if they earn minimum wage under laws that take effect in 2016.Parents, students, healthcare providers and anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car will see changes — some immediately, some over the course of the year.
Many of the 807 bills signed into law touch on broad aspects of California residents’ everyday lives or address major issues like voter participation, and life and death.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

New maps show spread and impact of drought on California forests
December 31, 2015, Sean Greene, LA Times
California’s forests have already lost millions of trees in recent years due to rising temperatures, the drought and a plague of bark beetle infestations.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Twelve amazing science stories we can't wait to follow in 2016
December 31, 2015, Melissa Healy, Deborah Netburn & Amina Khan, LA Times
When it comes to incredible science, 2015 will be hard to top. Among a number of notable events, we got our first, thrilling look at Pluto, found evidence that liquid water still flows on Mars and began facing the reality that human gene editing is closer than ever thanks to the CRISPR system.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab and Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open in Southern Portion of the State
December 31, 2015, CA DFW News
On Dec. 31, 2015, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness and rock crab caught on the mainland coast south of  35° 40′ N Latitude (near Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and that the fisheries should be opened in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations. This determination was based on extensive sampling conducted by CDPH in close coordination with CDFW and fisheries representatives.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

January 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
December 28, 2015, CA DFW News
DATE & EVENT for January 2016:
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 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 >
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 DECEMBER 18 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER 11 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 DECEMBER 30, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 18, 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 TO READ RURAL CA LEADERS RAISE 25K FOR SIERRA COUNTY CHARITIES>
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 >
2015-2016 STATE BUDGET UPDATE >
CLICK TO SEE THE RCRC MEETING & EVENT SCHEDULE >

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 >
CLIMATE ADAPTAION, PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK >
CLICK HERE TO READ BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MATTERS >
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 >
SOUTH LAKE PARKING LOT AND BOAT LANDING CLOSURE SEPT 8 THRU OCT30 >
FIREWOOD SEASON OPENED MAY 1 >
WHITE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT >
JOIN US AT OUR WINTER MEETING! >
SHELTON JOHNSONS RECOGNITION >
KEEP BEARS WILD >
EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY!!) >

MONO COUNTY PROBATION INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD
WATER BOND PROCESS BACKGROUND >
LOOKING FOR DROUGHT SOLUTIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET >
LADWP LOOKING FOR WATER SOLUTIONS >

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 >