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Week of Monday, March 9, 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 9, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >

ROUND FIRE ASSISTANCE INFO

ROUND FIRE DESIGNATED A DISASTER AREA. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK >
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 >
ROUND FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES >
DISASTER RELEIF AID >
DIGITAL 395 PRESS RELEASE >
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ASSEMBLED FOR ROUND FIRE >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST


Round Fire meeting with county supervisors Tuesday, March 3

March 2, 2015, George Shirk, Mammoth Times
With the disastrous Round Fire receding in the rear-view mirror, the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening, March 3, will run head-on into issues still facing victims of the Swall Meadows catastrophe.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Governor declares emergency over Round fire
March 5, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
CalRecycle to perform fire debris cleanup.
A crowd of some sixty Swall Meadows and Paradise residents assembled at the Crowley Lake Community Center on Tuesday night, March 3, to hear updates on the Round Fire relief effort.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Governor declares state of disaster in Mono
February 27, 2015, George Shirk, Mammoth Times/Inyo Register
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday formally declared Mono County a disaster area, opening state emergency funding for victims of the Round Fire in Swall Meadows.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Brown declares Mono a ‘Disaster Area.’ Opens state funds for Round Fire cleanup, other services
February 27, 2015, Mammoth Times
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday formally declared Mono County a disaster area, opening state emergency funding for victims of the Round Fire in Swall Meadows.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

T Mac fires back
February 26, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
Inyo Schools Superintendent takes on critics.
In January Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer was accused of making an alleged racist remark during a staff meeting with 25 Bishop High School faculty members. The allegation was reported in an article by The Inyo Registe. It’s a charge he strongly denies.
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 >

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 >


Rattling Cages
March 5, 2015, Katie Vane, 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 >

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.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

El Nino finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late
March 6, 2015, Seth Borenstein, SFGate.com
In this Feb. 24, 1998 file photo, a woman waits for a tow truck on the hood of her brother's pickup after a wall of mud plowed down Laguna Beach Canyon Road in Orange County, Calif. forcing her to evacuate her home, in background. A long anticipated El Nino weather warping is finally here. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service Thursday proclaimed the somewhat infamous weather phenomenon El Nino is now in place. It’s a warming of a certain patch of the central Pacific that changes weather patterns worldwide, associated with flooding in some places, droughts elsewhere, a generally warmer globe, and fewer Atlantic hurricanes. El Ninos are usually so important that economists even track it because of how it affects commodities. This year's El Nino that has arrived isn’t big and is late so it’s unlikely to do much to alleviate the current California drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Inyo County reactions to ATV lawsuit
March 4, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
In February 2013, two environmental groups filed suit against Inyo County and the Adventure Trails project. That suit was resolved when the County agreed to go ahead with a California Environmental Quality Act review of the impacts of combined-use on county roads and the impact of increased Off Highway Vehicle use on public lands.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Local Inyo forest asks for OHV grant applications, March 12
February 26, 2015, Mammoth Times
The public is invited to an informal open house on March 12 to review Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant applications for the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Caltrans hires new District 9 director
March 5, 2015, The Sheet
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Brent Green to the position of District 9 Director, effective March 2.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

David Woodruff named GM of OV Growers Cooperative

March 3, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Owens Valley Growers Cooperative (OVGC) is pleased to announce that David Woodruff will be joining the OVGC in the position of General Manager for the new Food Coop/local foods café, bakery and community gathering place planned for opening in the former Mairs’ Market building in downtown Independence this summer.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Excellence: Northern Inyo Hospital’s NEST program

March 2, 2015, Sierra Wave
Note: This event happened late last month – please see the Sierra Wave Media video at the end of the story.
Northern Inyo Hospital’s NEST program received a state level award of excellence for supporting exclusive breastfeeding among new mothers.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Audit report information from Northern Inyo Hospital
March 3, 2015, Sierra Wave
How would you feel if you found out your bottom line was $1.3 million less than you’d anticipated?
That was the crux of the auditor’s report to the Northern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors at last Wednesday’s meeting. The board took it pretty well, having been forewarned by Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander-Lane.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Page 2: Getting Barry’d
February 26, 2015, The Sheet
So I receive this letter last week from the Mono County Assessor’s Office telling me that my property is getting reassessed because, well, there is no longer a residential structure on the property.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >




NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
STRATEGIC PLANNING: UPDATE >
STRATEGIC PLANNING: MISSION >
ANIMAL CONTROL: WINTERIZING YOUR PET >
CPR FIRST AID CLASS MARCH 9TH. CLICK TO READ INFO >
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 >

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 >

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY
THE CONSERVANCY IS TURNING 10 & HAVING AN EVENT. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

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 >

COVERED CALIFORNIA
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFORMATION >

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 TO SIGN UP FOR ADULT FIRST AID CPR CLASSES MARCH 9TH_MAMMOTH >
LEARN HOW TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR A NATURAL DISASTER MARCH 6_WALKER >
LEARN HOW TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR A NATURAL DISASTER MARCH 6_BRIDGEPORT >
CLICK HERE TO JOIN US FOR MAMMOTH LAKES VOLUNTEER BOOT CAMP MARCH 7>
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 6 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FEBRUARY 27TH 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 6, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 27, 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 FEB 23, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'STATE OF THE UNION' PRIORITIES >

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
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 >

HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES. FLYER IN SPANISH >
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES. FLYER IN ENGLISH >