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Week of Monday, July 13, 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 JUNE 26, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >

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 >
INFO FROM MARCH 10TH MEETING. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ROUND FIRE DEBRIS CLEAN-UP INFO. CLICK TO READ INFO FROM MONO COUNTY >
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 >
DIGITAL 395 PRESS RELEASE >
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ASSEMBLED FOR ROUND FIRE >
CLICK TO READ INFO REGARDING DEBRIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING APRIL 29TH >
APPLICATION FORM FOR DEBRIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING APRIL 29TH >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Mission Viejo man arrested for assault in June Lake
July 7, 2015, Sierra Wave
On the morning of Sunday, July 5, 2015, at approximately 8:35am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding a possible assault with a firearm that occurred the previous night in the June Lake area.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Inyo County Animal Shelter Grand Opening this Saturday
July 8, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Grand Opening of the Inyo County Animal Shelter in Big Pine will take place this Saturday, July 11th.
Last November, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the $800,000 building. The successful fundraising effort was led by ICARE of the Eastern Sierra with the help of the community, the County, and many local civic and service groups.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Be on lookout for possible suspect
July 7, 2015, Sierra Wave
Type of Incident: Attempted Homicide/Carjacking Suspect Sought
Date/Time of Incident: Sunday July 5, 2015
Suspect: ALAN KIERKEGAARD aka: ALAN SORENSEN aka: ALAN CURTIS SORENSEN KIERKEGAARD
The vehicle is described as a 2013 Honda Accord, Gray, with California license plate 6ZHX462
Do not approach the suspect or the stolen vehicle. Call 911.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Progress between MCWD, Ormat; negotiations continue
July 6, 2015, Sierra Wave
After several months of steady negotiations, the Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) today reported solid progress has been made in settlement discussions with Ormat Technologies, Inc. (Ormat) regarding the company’s proposed geothermal expansion project, Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Project (Casa Diablo IV).
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


LADWP proposes 5-year water and power rate ‘action’
July 9, 2015, Sierra Wave
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has proposed a 5-year water and power rate action that provides funding to accelerate the replacement of aging infrastructure, better protect against drought conditions, and meet water and power supply mandates while improving customer service. The proposed rates are also designed to further incentivize conservation while keeping LADWP’s rates low in comparison with nearby utilities.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Major-injury traffic collision near Bridgeport
July 8, 2015, Inyo Register
On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at approximately 8:35 A. M., Richard Alent, 40, of Reno, was driving a 2013 Ford pickup truck southbound on US-395, approximately 2.5 miles south of East Side Lane. At the same time, Henry Trammell, 73, of Bakersfield, was driving a 2015 Ford pickup northbound on US-395. Mr. Alent allowed the Ford pickup he was driving to cross over the painted solid double yellow lines into the northbound lane directly into the path of Mr. Trammell's vehicle. The preliminary investigation indicates neither driver was able to take evasive action, and the vehicles collided head on. The vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes of US-395. As a result, US-395 was closed for approximately two hours to allow for the removal of occupants, vehicles and the cleanup of the roadway.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Local Officials Deal With Drone Questions
July 10, 2015, Mammoth Times
Local Forest Service and BLM officials are fielding more and more questions regarding the use of recreational drones on public lands. Since the vast majority of the Eastern Sierra is public land, almost anywhere you go, you are surrounded by federal land. Here's what you need to know if you are using a drone, or see one:…
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

The kids in the hall
July 10, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
Mono County began a series of town hall-style meetings on the upcoming 2015-2016 budget and how the new strategic plan ideas will be incorporated. The first of six meetings took place at the Crowley Lake Community Center, attended by about a dozen County employees, one reporter and one citizen. The intent of the meeting is to inform the public about the budget and to listen to citizen input and ideas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Reprieve for J.L. Reservations
July 10, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
The Mono County Board of Supervisors has given Lynda Thompson and June Lake Reservations, LLC more time to pay back unpaid Transient Occupancy Tax. The amount of TOT Thompson owed as of July 1 was $48,163.19, but the Board said it would work with her and waive the penalties from June, lowering the amount owed to $46,278.11.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Schade responds to court decision
July 10, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
Former Air Pollution Control Officer takes victory lap. As The Sheet reported last week, Mono County Judge Stan Eller came to a decision regarding Mammoth Community Water District’s (MCWD) lawsuit against Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) over Great Basin’s certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for Ormat’s Casa Diablo IV project.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Officials keep close watch on Owens, Mono Lake
July 10, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
There’s little water to go around, but there seems to be enough to keep the dust down an Owens Dry Lake and keep Mono Lake from drying up. Water allocated to both lakes is the result of court orders that force the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to mitigate the effects of diverting water to Los Angeles.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE INFO >

Rare infection kills Bishop woman, 21
July 10, 2015, The Sheet
Family and friends are mourning the tragic death of a 21 year old Bishop resident who died recently from an extremely rare infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

McCoy receives honorary Degree from Cerro Coso
July 10, 2015, Angela Jackson, The Sheet
Here are some questions and answers about the controversial vaccine law that Gov. Mammoth Lakes – Dave McCoy, 99, received an honorary Associates Arts degree from Cerro Coso Community College officials on Saturday, June 27 during the Mammoth Food & Wine Experience Grand Tasting event.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Thrills in Independence
July 10, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
Are those loud booms just thunder from summer storms, or sonic booms from our local flyboys from China Lake? NAWS China Lake announced that on July 7 and 8 they would be sending flight tests twice a day in the vicinity of Independence, although they promised no supersonic flight … and apparently there are no intentions of weapon releases.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California Drought: Warmest June Ever For California
July 9, 2015, Ed Joyce, Capital Public Radio
A dry June has caused the drought to worsen in the western United States. And NOAA says California, along with Nevada, Oregon and Washington, had a record warm January to June.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

25 million people had data stolen in hack of federal files, officials say
July 9, 2015, Richard A. Serrano & Christi Parsons, LA Times
The sensitive personal information of 25 million people was stolen in two related hacks into government personnel files in recent months, officials said Thursday, a far larger total than previously acknowledged.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California fails at giving patients actual medical prices, report shows
July 9, 2015, Whip Villarreal, LA Times
California received a failing grade once again in an annual report that shows how much access consumers have to actual prices for medical care.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Did 'Magnum P.I.' star Tom Selleck steal truckloads of hydrant water? A real P.I. was on case
July 8, 2015, Amanda Covarrubias, Matt Hamilton, Sarah Parvini, LA Times
The vehicle that officials say was used to pilfer water from a Ventura County water district’s fire hydrant was a white water tender truck, not a red Ferrari driven by a mustachioed man in a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and a Hawaiian shirt. But in a complaint filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District, the utility points the finger at “Magnum, P.I.” star Tom Selleck — and they say they hired a real P.I. to prove it.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California lawmaker drops bill to regulate e-cigarettes
July 8, 2015, Julia Horowitz, The Union Democrat
A California lawmaker was forced to forsake his own tobacco bill Wednesday after a legislative panel gutted its key provision calling for electronic cigarettes to be regulated as a tobacco product.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Coyote Incidents in Southern California Prompt Precautionary Reminders
July 8, 2015, DFG News
Due to a recent increase in the number of human/coyote incidents in Southern California, residents should be particularly vigilant in watching their children and pets when outdoors.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW Offers Tips to Prevent Backyard Wildlife Conflicts
July 3, 2015, DFG News
Have you ever woken to the sound of a scampering animal in the ceiling above your bed or been startled by a strange scratching noise in your walls? If so, you understand the frustration of having wildlife take up residence in your home. Skunks, squirrels and raccoons are among the common culprits that end up inside people’s homes and businesses. These unwanted visitors can cause extensive property damage and transmit diseases to people and pets.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

El Niño likely in place for winter
July 9, 2015, Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazzette-Journal
El Niño was a bad boy.
Last year, hopes were high the weather phenomenon dubbed "little boy" in Spanish might produce a strong winter for the West, maybe helping to pull the Reno-Tahoe area out of protracted drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

RGJ Investigates: We're using more water today than in 2011
July 9, 2015, Jason Bean, Jeff DeLong, Special Report: Reno Gazette-Journal
Not enough rain. Too little snow. Going on four years now, drought has sapped moisture from the waterways that make life possible in this high desert.
Lake Tahoe is too low to pour its waters into the Truckee River, which feeds Reno and Sparks' homes and businesses. Reservoirs holding emergency supplies show rings like a drained bathtub as waters recede. And in a community where half the residential water used goes on lawns and gardens, this question persists: Are we saving enough to stay viable until the rain and snow return?
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Snow [fell] at Tioga Pass [last] Thursday
July 2, 2015, Reno Gazette-Journal
The mountain peaks in Mono County got some snow recently. A few inches fell in high alpine areas Wednesday night and into Thursday. This video was shot by Mono County Tourism staff on Tioga Pass Road. Mono County Tourism.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO >




NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
HWY395 HIGHLIGHTED IN GERMAN TRAVEL MAGAZINE AMERICA >
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 >
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 FOR INFO ON EARLY CHILDHOOD PARENTING WORKSHOP >
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 >
CLICK HERE TAKE FREE WORKFORCE SKILLS WORKSHOPS >
MONO COUNTY WINTER FISHING HIGHLIGHTED IN MAGAZINE. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
PENSION POACHING SCAM OF SENIORS. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >

CALTRANS
395 IN LEE VINING CONTRUCTION BEGINS. ROAD CLOSURES UP TO 1 HR 6-7AM >

CA DEPT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT
38TH ANNUAL OFFICER & DIRECTOR COMPENSATION SURVEY>

ESTA (EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT AUTHORITY)
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 >

FROM SENATOR BERRY HILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRY HILL BULLETIN' JUNE NEWSLETTER >
MAMMOTH HIGH SUPERSTAR HONORED AT THE STATE CAPITOL. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
CLICK TO READ CURRENT INFO FROM SENATOR HILL'S OFFICE >

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 SURVEY INFO REGARDING PAYDAY LENDERS >

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 >

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 JULY 10 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE JUNE 26 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 2015 REVISION OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA)
ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR'S REVISED BUDGET & OTHER BUDGETARY ISSUES >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JULY 10, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JUNE 26, 2015 >
2015-2016 STATE BUDGET UPDATE >
WATER FACT SHEET >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR JUNE 15, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 27, 2015 >

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 >

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

USFS (UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE)
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 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING NEW OVER-SNOW VEHICLES RULES >
SOUTH LAKE PARKING LOT AND BOAT LANDING CLOSURE SEPT 8 THRU OCT30 >
FIREWOOD SEASON OPENED MAY 1 >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK VERSION 2 >
SHADY REST THINNING PROJECT INFO >
WHITE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
TRAVEL ANALYSIS PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING INFO >
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 >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
YOSEMITE GATEWAY SUMMER SUMMIT MEETING BEING HELD JULY 9TH. CLICK TO READ INFO & TO SIGN UP >
YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR ON ITS BOARD >
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER >
YOSEMITE CREATES $535,379 IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >
ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY REHAB PROJECT COMPLETED >
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) >
PARK SELECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS >

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 >
WATER BOND DRAFT PROP 1 CALENDAR >

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
MEETING HELD MARCH 19_ENGLISH >