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Week of Monday, July 6, 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 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL FOR MARCH 23 THRU MARCH 25 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 26 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 27 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 28 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 30 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 31 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 2 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 16 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 24 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 28 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 30 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MAY 5 >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Missing teen update
June 30, 2015 Mammoth Times
Missing teen Amber Woolwine, 16, has been found near Amarillo, Texas. Woolwine had been missing since June 11. She was with Max Kozak the man deputies believed she left with. Kozak is being detained and Woolwine has been taken into custody by Child Protective Services.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Update on endangered species listings
June 29, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Staff from U.S. Fish and Wildlife regional offices were on hand at the Inyo County Board of Supervisors June 16 meeting, providing an update on future and current endangered species listings. The entourage came in response to the Supervisors request to open a dialogue on proposed critical habitat for the yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, an invitation issued in early 2014.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

MCWD embraces ‘Brown is the New Green’
July 1, Sierra Wave
The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) implemented Level 3 Water Shortage Conditions this year in early April when the runoff year started with just 2 percent of normal conditions.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Inyo Water Commission looks at proposed new LADWP wells
July 1, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) implemented Level 3 Water Shortage Conditions this year in early April when the runoff year started with just 2 percent of normal conditions.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mono court upholds approval by GBAPCD
July 1, 2015, Sierra Wave
Tuesday, the Mono County Superior Court released its decision for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) to uphold its conditional approval for a new geothermal project by Ormat located in the Casa Diablo area of the Inyo National Forest.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


What's happening to Sierra glaciers?
June 29, 2015, Inyo Register
The spectacular scenery of the Sierra Nevada owes its existence to glaciers, and a few small glaciers still cling to the highest peaks. These iconic ice bodies have been studied for more than a century, by the likes of John Muir, Israel Russell and Francois Matthes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Jerry Brown signs $115.4 billion general fund budget
June 24, 2015, David Siders, SacBee
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed the $115.4 billion general fund budget that he and lawmakers agreed to last week, issuing only a handful of line-item vetoes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought changing insect behavior
July 1, 2015, Nathan Reade, Inyo-Mono Ag Commissioner, and Dustin Blakey, Inyo-Mono Farm , Inyo Register
What are these black bugs showing up on houses, fences and even indoors this year? The western boxelder bug, or Boisea rubrolineata, is a native insect that is rarely noticed during normal climate conditions. The half-inch-long bug is mostly black but does have three thick red lines running down its back, sometimes accompanied by several thinner red lines on its wings.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Markleeville fire containment over 50 percent; 17,000 acres burned
June 30, 2015, Bill Lindelof, SacBee
The big forest fire near the mountain town of Markleeville in Alpine County has been mostly contained.
The U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday that the lightning-caused Washington fire, which broke out June 19, is 56 percent contained. A total of 17,787 acres have burned.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

UPDATE: Public lands reopen near Washington Fire, 56% contained
June 30, 2015, RGJ
10:51 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 update:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has lifted an emergency fire closure order of public lands located in Alpine County, according to a report from BLM.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Markleevile Fire Info: InciWeb
July, 6, 2015, 12:30pm, InciWeb
Road, Campground, and Area Closures
Holiday travelers are reminded to use caution while traveling through the fire area over the weekend. State Highway 4 and State Highway 89 remain open but fire crews continue to work along the... more
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE INFO >

Crash South of Gardnerville Kills NorCal Man
June 29, 2015, Ronald Brotherton, KOLO
GARDNERVILLE, NV - A man from northern California has been identified as the man killed in a head-on crash south of Gardnerville Sunday, June 28, 2015.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California's new vaccine law: Questions and answers
June 30, 2015, Jessica Calefati & Tracy Seipel, Mercury News
Here are some questions and answers about the controversial vaccine law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday:
Q What will the new law do?
A Senate Bill 277 requires almost all California children who attend private or public schools to be fully vaccinated regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs. Unvaccinated children can attend schools only if they obtain a medical exemption from a doctor….
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Fisheries panel to hold Sacramento hearing on water use by pot farms
June 29, 2015, Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat
State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, the committee chairman, said the environmental impact of rogue marijuana gardens on the North Coast is “getting statewide attention” nearly 20 years after California voters were the first in the nation to approve of medical marijuana.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Quakefinder hones in on better earthquake predictions
July 3, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
Although it’s been a while since California experienced a major earthquake, the team behind QuakeFinder hopes they’ll see the next big one before it comes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Affordable housing, ping pong and the “escalade effect”
July 3, 2015, Paul Oster, The Sheet
Q: Does Mammoth really need any more affordable housing?
A:This really is a good question, one worthy of some discussion. On face value, there are real estate development interests whowould say no. Mammoth Lakes Housing proponents would say “yes, we’re still very short.” And those local residents who would like to own an affordable home say “of course.” But let’s delve a little deeper. It can be a somewhat confusing, complicated and contentious subject.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

A global economic confluence?
July 2, 2015, Barry Casselman, The Sheet
A dictionary definition of “confluence” is “the flowing together of two or more streams.”
There are, of course, many kinds of stream, including the literal kind, rivers. Over the earth many rivers, large  and small, converge and flow into each other. These are obvious confluences.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Rare infection kills Bishop woman, 21
July, 3 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 >

LADWP wants new wells
July 3, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
At the Inyo County Water Commission monthly meeting held in Bishop on Monday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s plan to put in three new production wells and replace an 87-year old well in Laws was not well-received, especially during a time when “record-breaking drought” is the operative word throughout the state of California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Council votes to slash housing, DIF feesJuly 3, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
July 3, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
The Town of Mammoth Lakes signaled its desire to become “developer ready” by greatly reducing both its housing mitigation and Development Impact Fees (DIF) on Wednesday, July 1.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mono County Court rules on MCWD Casa Diablo IV suit
July 3, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
This week Mono County Superior Court announced that it had reached a decision regarding the Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) lawsuit against Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) over Great Basin’s approval of the Ormat Casa Diablo IV project.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

What price for geothermal?
July 3, 2015, Submission—Sally Gessford, The Sheet
Dear Editor:
Hidden in a beautiful forest east of Shady Rest Park is a geothermal well operation. We came upon it when I was leading a  Thursday afternoon Sierra Club hike.  It was immediately evident that this land had been cleared for commercial purposes because of the noise pollution and scarred terrain. It took only a phone call to be informed about Ormat Geothermal.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

The “wild” effect?
July 3, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
PCT hiker traffic way up.
Whether because of the popular book and movie “Wild,” or because of an early snowmelt and hiking season, more hikers than ever before have taken to the Pacific Crest Trail this year — and many are passing through Mammoth.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Embarrassed officials try to explain surge in water use
July 6, 2016, Monte Morin & Taylor Goldenstein, LA Times
They stuck out like skunks at a drought-resistant garden party.
While residential water consumers and suppliers throughout California won praise for slashing water consumption 29% recently, a handful of small water agencies caused bewilderment when they reported a surge in water use in May.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Lake Mead hits a new low, but the drought has a silver lining - tourism
July 6, 2015, John M. Glionna, LA Times
Bruce Nelson was just a baby when Lake Mead was at its mightiest.
That was 1983 — ancient history to the 32-year-old whose family has run marinas here for three generations — when the lake gushed over Hoover Dam like a desert Niagara Falls.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought puts California pool repairman who works underwater in high demand
JJuly, 5, 2015, Mat Maio, LA Times
In water-starved California, pool repairman Kevin Wallace might be viewed as a hero in a scuba suit.
The best part? No draining of the pool is required.
That's music to the ears of Wallace's clients, who include homeowners, big businesses and public agencies like school districts. All are grappling with a state mandate that requires steep reductions in water usage.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

An Interactive district-by-district look at the proposed drought restrictions
June 24, 2015, LA Times
Gov. Jerry Brown's conservation order will require that water districts and cities use less water. Under a proposal finalized in June, benchmarks will be set on the basis of three months -- July, August and September -- of 2014. Areas that use more water will have to make larger cuts. Areas that use more water will have to make larger cuts.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Infographic: 183 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become
June 25, 2015, Kyle Kim, Thomas Suh Lauder, LA Times
It doesn't take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best. It's so bad, Governor Jerry Brown imposed mandatory water restrictions throughout the state.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Cities' food supplies are eating into groundwater reserves, study finds
July 3, 2015, Sasha Harris–Lovett, LA Times
Dwindling groundwater used to grow 18.5% of the nation's cereal grains.
Researchers found 12.7% of water in three depleted aquifers grows food for Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Groundwater in America's major aquifers is being used up way faster than it's being replenished. But where does all that water go?
A lot of it is used in producing food for the nation’s city dwellers, a new study calculates.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >




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 >

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 >

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 >

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 2 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 2, 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 >