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Week of Monday, June 15, 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 1, 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

Fatal accident closes U.S. 395 Tuesday morning
June 12, 2015, Mammoth Times
U.S. highway 395 was closed for nearly two hours Tuesday morning, June 9 following a three-vehicle collision just north of Bridgeport at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. One person died in the accident, a 26 year old man from Monterey Park. Two other people were seriously injured. The collision is under investigation, but according to the California Highway Patrol, it appears Wesley Chen, 26, of Monterey Park, who was driving a 2014 Nissan Versa, crossed the center-line of the highway, colliding with a Freightliner box truck driven by Ronnie Varela, 46, of Carson City.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Fish and Game Commission meets today
June 11, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Fish and Game Commission will be meeting in Mammoth Lakes from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Thursday June 11 to discuss terrestrial issues. The commission met yesterday, Wednesday, June 10, to discuss marine issues. The meeting will be held at the Mountainside Conference Center at the Main Lodge, 1 Minaret Road.
For more information, go to the Fish and Game Commission website and click on “meetings”: www.fgc.ca.gov
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Fatal single vehicle rollover on Laurel Mountain Road June 7
June 8, 2015, Mammoth Times
A man and his dog are dead following a single car rollover on June 7 on the 4WD road that goes from Sherwin Creek Road to Laurel Lakes, according to law enforcement authorities.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Potential Wilderness Parcels up for First Look, June 9
June 5, 2015, Wendilynn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
The Inyo National Forest will be hosting an open house to share the results of the wilderness evaluation process as part of the completion of forest plan revision on Tuesday, June 9.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mountain yellow-legged frog takes the spotlight at second SNARL talk, June 9
June 5, 2015, Mammoth Times
Ever want to know more about those beautiful high country lakes or wonder about the population of the Mountain Yellow-legged frogs in our Sierra Nevada lakes?
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Forest Service reveals ‘Wilderness’ areas
June 10, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The public got a sneak peak at six areas in the White and Sierra Nevada mountains that may be recommended as Wilderness areas Tuesday evening at the Inyo National Forest offices in Bishop.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Inyo County solar energy news
June 10, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
By the end of last Wednesday’s discussion of the on-going Owens Valley Solar Energy Study in Lone Pine, it became apparent residents could easily eliminate any consideration of commercial solar energy development in the valley, thanks in large part to the 14,000-foot peaks that define the area.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

City of Bishop: Water usage, Warren St. ribbon cutting
June 9, 2015, Sierra Wave
Helped along by cool wet weather in May, City of Bishop water customers used 31% less water in May 2015 compared to May 2013..
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mammoth Fire urges safety, defensible space
June 8, 2015, Sierra Wave
Now that winter seems to have faded, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District (MLFD) wants to remind residents of your responsibility to keep your property fire safe. Long term residents are aware of the wildland fire incidence that can occur around town and especially after dry winters and with windy, hot, dry summers. From just about anywhere in town one can see the results of previous fire activity and the scars that have been left behind.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Update on Shepherd Pass recovery mission
June 8, 2015, Sierra Wave
The deceased hiker that was located off the Shepherd Pass trail has been identified as 37-year old man, Kenneth Pledger, from Colorado City, AZ. At this time cause of death has not been determined.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Standing Committee meeting report and LADWP response
June 6, 2015, Sierra Wave
Valley agriculture got its second reprieve Thursday. Irrigation water will continue to flow through July when the Los Angeles/Inyo County Standing Committee will reconvene, July 24, to evaluate how much more water can be allocated to farmers and ranchers.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

A world without MYLF?
June 12, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
Like many frog populations around the world, Eastern Sierra Mountain yellow-legged frogs are currently on a trajectory toward extinction. The primary culprit here might once have been non-native trout, which prey upon tadpoles and adult frogs, but since recovery efforts in the 1990’s, another threat has brought struggling frog populations back to the brink.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Nurses Union cries foul
June 12, 2015, The Sheet
Northern Inyo Hospital nurses represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have filed unfair practice charges with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), demanding that the Hospital District bargain in good faith over grievance and progressive discipline.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Caught in a trap
June 12, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
Fish and Game Commission considers bobcat trapping ban.
The California Fish and Game Commission convened in Mammoth on Thursday, June 11 to discuss AB 1213, the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, and what its implementation would mean for bobcat trapping in California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

SNARL’s Page Center opens
June 5, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
The Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory’s new Page Center, an innovative, net-zero energy classroom and lecture hall, celebrated its opening on May 30. In attendance were donors Paul and Kate Page, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA) CEO and Valentine Reserve Fund Chairman Rusty Gregory, and numerous other donors, researchers, and SNARL enthusiasts.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Climate officials convene at first Nevada Drought Forum
June 11, 2015, Riley Snyder, Reno Gazette Journal
Nevada climate experts say recent storms will do little to stem the tide of Nevada's long-term extreme drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Reno water use cut 19 percent in May
June 10, 2015, Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazette Journal
Water use in the Reno area dropped 19 percent in May compared to the same month in 2013, the result of spring rains and successful efforts to conserve water during a time of drought, officials with the area's primary water provider said Wednesday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Photos of Washoe Lake now
June 12, 2015, Reno Gazette Journal
Visit the photo gallery:
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTOS >

A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent
June 9, 2015, SanFran Examiner
More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders
June 12, 2015, Bettina Boxall, LA Times
For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the Central Valley.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Rain, though welcome, brings fire hazards in drought
June 12, 2015, Joseph Serna, LA Times
Conventional wisdom holds that in drought-ravaged California, any hint of rain is considered good news.
But when it comes to forest fires, that sprinkling can cause big problems.
In Northern California's forests and along the Eastern Sierra, summer thunderstorms bring rain, but they also bring lightning, which can ignite major fires.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

DWP worker misappropriated over $4 million, district attorney alleges
June 11, 2015, Jack Dolan, LA Times
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power audio-visual technician was charged Thursday with misappropriating more than $4 million in public funds, creating another financial scandal for a city-owned utility that is about to request permission to raise rates.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Hot Creek Hatchery Tests Positive for Whirling Disease, Trout Stocking to Continue in Area Waters
June 9, 2015, CDFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently learned Hot Creek Hatchery near Mammoth Lakes has tested positive for the parasite that causes whirling disease. Whirling disease was detected in wild trout populations in Inyo and Mono Counties more than 30 years ago. Therefore, continued fish stocking in these and other waters already known to have the whirling disease parasite should have little or no effect on those trout populations. Hot Creek, Lake Crowley and the Owens River provide blue ribbon trout fishing despite the presence of whirling disease in these waters.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW Reminds the Public to be Rattlesnake Safe When Outdoors
June 11, 2015, CDFW News
As the warm weather returns, humans are not the only species coming out to enjoy the sun. Snakes, too, can be found basking in the sun’s rays. Although most snakes in the state are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public to steer clear of the venomous rattlesnake and know what to do if one strikes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
May 21, 2015, CDFW News
At its May 21 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.8 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 19 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public with access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, land owners and the local community. The funds for all these projects come from initiatives approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Volunteer Opportunities and New Citizen Science Project Kick Off California Invasive Species Action Week
June 5, 2015, CDFW News
California’s second annual Invasive Species Action Week will run from Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, June 14. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Invasive Species Action Week is a statewide event that provides the public with opportunities to learn about non-native plants and animals that wreak havoc on our environment and the beneficial native species that live here.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >





NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
MAY IS EASTERN SIERRA BIKE MONTH >
HWY395 HIGHLIGHTED IN GERMAN TRAVEL MAGAZINE AMERICA >
GET YOUR PET A RABIES VACCINE FOR A LOW FEE. CLICK TO SEE WHERE & DATES >
OFFICERS OF THE YEAR CEREMONY MAY 21 IN BRIDGEPORT >
JIM LEDDY MOVING ON >
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 >
COMMUNITY EVENT MARKETING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EVENT >

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' MAY 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 >

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 JUNE 12 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE JUNE 5 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 >
BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING TO BE HELD JUNE 17, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JUNE 12, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER JUNE 5, 2015 >
GSFA PRESS RELEASE REGARDING NAME CHANGE >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 27, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 13, 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 >
OAK CREEK FIELD TRIP & WORKSHOP MAY 17 >
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 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 >
SPRING TRANSPORTAION PROJECTS UNDER WAY >
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) >
SPRING PRESCRIBED BURN INFO >
PARK SELECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS >

SIERRA WELLNESS CENTER MAY 2015 CALENDAR

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CALENDAR >

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 >