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Week of Monday, March 16, 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 MARCH 16, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >

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 >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST


In case you missed it…

February 28, 2015, Mammoth Times
Mono Supervisors to hold Round Fire meeting in Crowley March 3 With the Round Fire almost a month in the past, much of the real work is still to be done. The Mono County Supervisors will meet in Crowley Lake this coming Tuesday, March 3, to go over Round Fire issues; everyone is invited.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Snowpack 70 percent below normal, new water restrictions go into effect March 9
February 27, 2015, Mammoth Times
On February 19, the MCWD board unanimously approved moving from Level 1 to Level 2 water shortage restrictions. The board’s decision was based on the water content of the Mammoth Pass snowpack, about 70 percent below normal, and MCWD staff estimates of water supply availability. The goal of the Level 2 restrictions are to achieve a 20 percent reduction of customer water demand. Customers of the MCWD have been under Level 1 restrictions since the drought began in 2012. The MCWD board will continue to reassess snowpack conditions and the status of the groundwater production wells water supply conditions through the coming months.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra in peril due to drought, fire; watershed meeting March 4
February 27, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Sierra Nevada Region is the source of more than 60 percent of the state’s water supply. It provides drinking water for 23 million people and irrigation water to the nation’s most fertile agricultural land. Climate change, catastrophic forest fires, and ongoing drought are placing this important region at risk. The impacts to our forests, habitat, agriculture, public health, energy, and safety are far reaching.
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For CA's Original 27 Counties, 165 Years and Counting!
March 11, 2015, David Liebler, PublicCEO.com
Vallejo is a name well known in Northern California. We have the City of Vallejo in Solano County which unfortunately hit the news for a lot of wrong reasons a few years back. We have Vallejo’s Mexican Restaurant, a favorite lunch spot for the Capitol Crowd here in Sacramento. And we have General Mariano Vallejo, who chaired California’s first constitutional convention in 1849-50.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Brandon Castellanos, 23, dies March 1
March 12, 2015, Mammoth Times
Mammoth lost someone many of us will know from visits to the local Rite Aid and from Mammoth High School and the Mammoth schools, 23-year-old Brandon Castellanos. Brandon died on March 1 of a brain hemorrhage. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help support his family during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to Brandon's many friends and family members.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee Town Hall Meeting, March 19
March 12, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee (MLPCHAC) has scheduled its ninth Town Hall meeting for Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Emerald Room at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

ICOE board outraged over Grand Jury breach
March 5, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
In Independence on Monday, the Inyo County Office of Education Board met in a special public meeting to consider a letter to Inyo County Superior Court Judges Brian Lamb and Dean Stout protesting the confidentiality breach of a current Inyo County Grand Jury member, Foreman Larry Clark, in an article to The Inyo Register in which he claimed Superintendent Dr. Terry McAteer was under investigation for a series of allegations that the newspaper had previously published. The Board says the allegations are unfounded and slanderous.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


MLT Open House on Thursday; website discussion
March 9, 2015, Mammoth Times
Save the date for Thursday, March 12 for an open house to discuss the new VisitMammoth.com website.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Wildfire training coming up; evening exercises March 19, 26
March 9, 2015, Mammoth Times
Over the next couple of weeks, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department will be conducting some wildland firefighting training with its members in several neighborhoods in town.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Owens Lake Bird Festival, April 24 and 25
March 6, 2015, Mammoth Times
Registration is now open for the Owens Lake Bird Festival April 24 and 25. Sign up now and reserve your lodging in Lone Pine for an exceptional weekend of birding and discovery at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

New home for Inyo County Wellness Center
March 12, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
Inyo County’s Wellness Center will have a new, permanent home by late spring, a single-story home on Central Avenue in Bishop.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

MLBOR makes connections
March 12, 2015, The Sheet
MLBOR (Mammoth Lakes Board of Realtors) has reached out to homeowners within our communities asking for anyone who had an interest in offering their home for short or long-term lease to the families affected by the Round Fire. Thus far, MLBOR has helped to connect 3 families.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Marijuana dispensary burglarized
March 12, 2015, The Sheet
At about 4:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were advised of a burglary that had just occurred at the Mammoth Lakes Wellness Marijuana Dispensary. Prior to officers’ arrival, a female employee drove to the business to turn off the alarm. Upon arrival, she noticed broken glass at the front entrance and called the owner. As the employee stood near the front entrance, a suspect exited from the business through a hole in the glass. The employee turned and ran toward her car, with the suspect giving chase. The employee made it into her car and shut the door. The suspect began punching her car window while yelling verbal threats at her. The employee was able to drive away and was unhurt. She last saw the suspect running southbound toward Center Street and the Shady Rest forest.
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AB 1220 = T.O.T. threat

March 12, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
On February 27, California Assemblyman Matt Harper introduced AB 1220 to the California Assembly—a bill proposing the prohibition of local governments from collecting Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) for short-term residential rentals. The bill defines these rentals as any single-family residence, apartment, residential condominium unit, or other residential real estate unit that is rented for 90 days or less.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

MLR + MLTPA = Insufficient

March 12, 2015, The Sheet
An Open Letter to Town Council:
At the February 23 MLR (Mammoth Lakes Recreation) meeting, an upcoming item for your March 18 agenda was discussed in detail...
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Early trout opener draws happy anglers
March 3, 2015, Sierra Wave
Last Saturday’s Early Trout Opener Fishing Derby at Diaz Lake, sponsored by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, made for a lot of happy anglers … and happy campers. There was great weather, but what really put smiles on everyone’s faces were the large-sized trout that were planted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife this year. The DFW planted a large number of brood stock, many weighing 3-4 pounds in the lake and in the surrounding creeks. The fishing this year was very good and many anglers caught their limit.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Rattling Cages
March 5, 2015, The Sheet
Kathy Cage urges Council to let voters decide home rental issue.
Single-family rental (SFR) ballot initiative proponent Kathy Cage had plenty to say at Wednesday night’s Town Council meeting in Suite Z. She began by informing Council that the official notice for the SFR initiative will run in papers this week (see p. 19), and that volunteers will begin gathering signatures at Vons on Saturday, March 7.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Thanks from Swall Meadows
March 5, 2015, The Sheet
Dearest Eastern Sierra community and beyond:
Words can’t describe how grateful we are to be part of such an amazing community...
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Feeling the squeeze
March 12, 2015, The Sheet
Locals feeling the impact of housing cost increases.
One of Mammoth’s affordable housing options might be growing less affordable, according to a presentation by Sierra Holiday Mobile Home resident Steven Osterman at the March 4 Town Council meeting. Osterman, who purchased a mobile home in 1998, said his space rent began at $450 per month, and has since increased nine times to the current $760 per month.
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NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
STRATEGIC PLANNING: UPDATE >
STRATEGIC PLANNING: MISSION >
ANIMAL CONTROL: WINTERIZING YOUR PET >
MONO COUNTY : STRENGTHEN FAMILIES WORKSHOP APRIL 30TH>
HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING MARCH 18 >
FLYER REGARDING FLU SEASON >
MONO COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO CLOSE ADDITIONAL DAYS FOR FURLOUGH >
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETS CAN GET LOCAL HEALTH CARE >
TOURISM & FILM COMMISSION COMMUNITY EVENT MARKETING FUND >
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 HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO PUT YOUR BABY TO SLEEP SAFELY >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO FROM THE FISHERIES COMMISSION >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO BE A FOSTER PARENT_SPANISH >
CLICK HERE TAKE FREE WORKFORCE SKILLS WORKSHOPS >

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' JANUARY 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 >

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 MARCH 13 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MARCH 6 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA) INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER MARCH 13, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER MARCH 6, 2015 >
GSFA PRESS RELEASE REGARDING NAME CHANGE >
CLICK HERE TO READ BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS JAN 21, 2015 >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 13, 2015 >

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

USFS
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 >
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 >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK VERSION 2 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE TRAIL ACCESS >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTION DEADLINE MARCH 18 >
SPRING 2015 MEETING APRIL 19 >
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) >
CLICK TO READ INFO REGARDING SPRING APRIL 9, 2015 MEETING >
CLICK HERE TO READ BERCHTENGADEN AND YOSEMITE SIGN FORMAL SISTER PARK ARRANGEMENT >
SPRING PRESCRIBED BURN INFO >
PARK SELECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS >
PARK RECEIVES A DONATED SUBARU >

SIERRA WELLNESS CENTER MARCH 2015 CALENDAR

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CALENDAR >

CROWLEY LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER WINTER CLASSES

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF CLASSES BEING OFFERED >

MONO COUNTY PROBATION INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD
WATER BOND PROCESS BACKGROUND >
WATER BOND DRAFT PROP 1 CALENDAR >

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING UPCOMING MEETING MARCH 19 >

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 IMPORVEMENT >

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING STREET LIGHT OUTAGES >
CLICK HERE TO READ ENERGY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME AND OFFICE >

HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MEETING BEING HELD MARCH 19_ENGLISH >

MAMMOTH LAKES LIBRARY
CLICK TO READ THE MARCH 2015 CALENDAR >