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Week of Monday, June 8, 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

Bishop Chamber welcomes new board members
June 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently conducted an election to select new members to serve on its Board of Directors.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Sidewalk, bike lane proposed for Bishop ATP funding
June 4, 2015, Sierra Wave
This month the City of Bishop will propose a sidewalk and bike lane project in the back of the City Park for state Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Notes from Inyo County, City of Bishop
June 2, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Inyo County will be adding to the trout population in local waters starting in early June.
The Board of Supervisors approved up to $16,000 for plants of 1-3-lb. trout scheduled to for creeks and lakes adjacent to County campgrounds. The Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center will add $500 to the trout pot. With a per pound price of $5.75, comparable to a good steak, the allocation will buy Inyo approximately 1,400 fish.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Inyo students get drought education
May 30, 2015, Sierra Wave
Inyo County Schools on the Forefront of Drought Education with New Water Awareness Campaign
When Governor Jerry Brown issued California’s first-ever, statewide, mandatory restriction on water use on April 1, 2015 calling for a 25% reduction in potable water use, Inyo Schools realized that they needed to help educate their 2500 students with a drought education program for all students Pre-kindergarten thru high school.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Make a pledge for kids
June 1, 2015, Kristina Blüm, Inyo Register
The Bishop City Council proclaimed June 7 as Ronald McDonald House Fundraising Walk for Kids Day, in honor of the upcoming Walk for Kids.
On June 7, the Ellis family of Bishop will be celebrating their son Bodie’s 4th birthday by hosting the Walk for Kids, with all proceeds going to the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House. “We’re raising awareness for the benefit that the Ronald McDonald Houses have afforded to the children of the Eastern Sierra,” Kevin Mazzu, owner and operator of the Eastern Sierra’s McDonald’s restaurants, said.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Water system users urged to attend meetings
June 3, 2015, Inyo Register
Emergency water regulations put in place this year by the State Water Resources Control Board and extended and expanded on May 5 are impacting Inyo County.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Discover Inyo County- Eagle Release-Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care
April 14, 2015, Inyo Register
Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rehabilitation of injured, ill and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles and by furthering public knowledge and appreciation of wildlife through education. Most animals are rescued from roadsides or backyards by compassionate individuals. In some cases, ESWC may send a rescue team
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Fun Fundraising
June 1, 2015, Inyo Register
Monroe Prange and Kevin Mazzu serve[d] drinks at Saturday's 11th Annual Evening Under the Stars dinner at Arcularius Ranch. The event [was] a fundraiser for Round Valley School.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Single car rollover fatality accident near Monitor Pass
June 4, 2015, Mammoth Times
A 45-year-old man from Carmel, Indiana is dead after a single car rollover accident near Monitor Pass. The man's name was not available at press time. According to the California Highway Patrol, a hiker who was walking along Monitor Pass road first saw the man's vehicle on June 2 located "a significant distance down a hillside."
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Upon closer look, a global warming hiatus is ruled out, U.S. scientists say
June 4, 2015, Monte Morin, LATimes
A fresh look at the way sea temperatures are measured has led government scientists to make a surprising claim: The puzzling apparent hiatus in global surface warming never really happened.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Owner of ruptured oil pipeline has history of big spills, fines
June 5, 2015, Jack Dolan and Julie Cart, LATimes
Nearly two decades ago, Plains All American Pipeline embarked on a buying spree across the United States and Canada, acquiring thousands of miles of aging pipeline.
The purchases turned Plains into one of North America's biggest energy pipeline companies. But it also left the firm with a patchwork of pipes, some in need of crucial maintenance.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Los Angeles City Council approves landmark minimum wage increase
June 3, 2015, David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes, LATimes
A landmark ordinance boosting the minimum wage in Los Angeles won approval Wednesday from the City Council despite a variety of unresolved issues about how the law would work.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

'Reverse' spring good for trivia but doesn't improve dry conditions
June 4, 2015 Veronica Rocha, LATimes
It was a kind of spring that Los Angeles last experienced almost 100 years ago.
For the first time in nearly a century, March was the warmest month in downtown L.A. and May was the coolest. Weather scientists have a name for it: a “reverse” meteorological spring.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Farmer David 'Mas' Masumoto's drought insight: Less water yields more flavorful peaches
June 4, 2015, Geoffrey Mohan, LATimes
David "Mas" Masumoto settles on a patio chair on a cool San Joaquin Valley evening, perhaps the last one before summer converts the valley into a kiln. The author and organic farmer has just sold the last box of his "organic, ugly, fabulous" Gold Dust peaches and Rose Diamond nectarines, varieties that ripened early and came in small in this drought year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Nevada ranchers defy drought closures, graze cattle on federal land
June 3, 2015, William Yardley, LATimes
The big rains that have soaked parts of Nevada, Utah and Colorado in the last month have provided a brief and perhaps misleading sense of relief from the drought that is parching the West. The region’s long-term water supply depends on snowpack, which has been historically low in places.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Ask the RGJ: How is drought's end determined?
June 5, 2015, Mark Robinson, Reno Gazette Journal
Short answer: A state's drought status is generally found by looking at the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map. This is based on numerous water-related statistics and a determination by the Drought Monitor author. If the color white is applied to all parts of the state map, then it is not in a drought. Nevada has not been all white on the drought map since August 2011.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California lawmakers advance aggressive climate change plans
June 3, 2015, SanFran Examiner
California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Californians reduced water use by 13.5 percent in April
June 2, 2015, SanFran Examiner
Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday. California residents reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013, water officials said. That's the second-best conservation achievement since state officials started closely tracking water use more than a year ago, but it fell short of the 25 percent cut that Gov. Jerry Brown made mandatory for cities and towns as of June 1.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Pool industry touts water savings in California drought
June 1, 2015, SanFran Examiner
The big rains that have soaked parts of Nevada, Leigh McDonough stood in her backyard on a hot spring day and listened to the steady shush-shush-shush of two garden hoses filling her new pool and hot tub with water. Her family installed the 21,000-gallon pool despite a state mandate to cut overall water consumption by 25 percent amid a crushing, four-year drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought 
May 28, 2015, SanFran Examiner
A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought with homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought
May 25, 2015, SanFran Examiner
California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
May 22, 2015, SanFran Examiner
Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California water cuts move to those with century-old rights
May 21, 2015, SanFran Examiner
California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California decision on farmer water cuts to apply broadly
May 20, 2015, SanFran Examiner
A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
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 5 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 29 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 5, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER MAY 29, 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 >