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Week of Monday, November 23, 2015


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEWSLETTER

Please click on the link below, to read the Agendas for last week's Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting.
You can also read upcoming Agends as well by clicking on the BOTTOM link.
CLICK HERE TO READ LAST WEEK'S AGENDA >
CLICK HERE TO READ FUTURE MEETING AGENDAS >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY PAGE & AGENDAS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY PAGE >
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE >
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FUTURE AGENDAS AND DOWNLOAD PAST MEETING NOTES >

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 >
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 >



ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Second life for Cottonwood Plaza
November 20, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet News
A couple of years ago, people would get excited to see workers at Bishop’s Cottonwood Plaza clearing out the weeds or putting on a coat of paint, hopeful the once hopping retail and restaurant spot would find some tenants. But the weeds would grow back after the workers left, the ‘For Lease’ signs would eventually fade and tear, and the place would remain empty except to stir rumors that an In-N-Out Burger or Trader Joes was coming to town. No one is going to believe the place is open for business until they see businesses open.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Council amends Quality of Life Ordinance
November 20, 2015, Rea, The Sheet News
Town Council voted 4-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to remove language in the new Quality of Life Ordinance that requires nightly rental condominiums to post exterior signage, and to work with the Lodging Association to address concerns.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Attempted murder suspect caught in Bishop
November 20, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet News
A suspect in a gang-related assault in Santa Rosa was apprehended Monday, Nov. 16 in Bishop following a six-month search.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Page 2: Tim’s in, Tim’s out
November 20, 2015, Jack Lunch, The Sheet News
Political posers have been clogging the airways for more than six months with another year to go before the 2016 Presidential Election. Mono County Supervisors don’t want to be left out and are announcing their bids. Supervisor Tim Alpers, representing District 3, publicly announced he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his term in 2016. District 4 Supervisor Tim Fesko announced he would be seeking re-election.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


State of the mountain
November 20, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet News
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Chief Executive Officer Rusty Gregory has emerged from his summer hibernation and come down to the lowlands to present the second annual State of the Mountain address on Tuesday at Gomez’s Restaurant with Jack Lunch moderating. The public Q and A is a rare opportunity to hear what is happening inside the local cash cow, as well as MMSA’s visions for the future.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Winter parking restrictions in effect in Mammoth Lakes
November 19, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mammoth Lakes – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reminding citizens that there are winter parking restrictions currently in effect. Per Mammoth Lakes Town Ordinance (MLTO) 10.12.100, there is no street parking from November 1 through April 30. This parking restriction is in effect and enforced, even if there is no snow. Vehicles must also be parked in a way as to not obstruct snow removal (MLTO 10.12.106).
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Bishop solar construction under way
November 18, 2015, Sierra Wave
Construction of the City of Bishop’s solar project started last week and will continue next week at 3 sites around the city.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Embezzlement case preliminary hearing for Marsh on Thursday
November 18, 2015, Sierra Wave
A preliminary hearing in the embezzlement case of Delores Marsh will be heard this Thursday at 10 a.m. in Independence.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Robert Creasy joins MCWD board
November 18, 2015, Sierra Wave
At a special board meeting on October 15, the Mammoth Community Water District’s Board of Directors appointed Robert Creasy to fill the vacant board position following the passing of Director Gordon Alper.  Mr. Creasy is an architect and has in lived in Mammoth the past 14 years.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

More on mitigation measures for Kingston Subdivision
November 16, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The City of Bishop’s 215-page Revised Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Kingston Subdivision outlines additional mitigation measures, compared to the 24-page Initial Draft, and incorporates additional water and soil studies in the hopes of assuaging concerns of neighbors to the 15-home development on Home Street.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Massive El Niño gains strength, likely to drench key California drought zone
November 20, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II & Rosanna Xia, LA Times
One of the most powerful El Niños on record continues gathering strength and is looking increasingly likely to bring heavy rains to key Northern California areas that provide water for the rest of the state, according to a new forecast.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


As huge El Niño brews, California fights to keep drought mentality
November 16, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II & Shelby Grad, LA Times
As experts continue to predict a wet winter because of El Niño, California officials continue to take a cautious approach when it comes to easing water conservation measures amid the state's four-year drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

El Niño 'is here, and it is huge,' as officials race to prep for winter
November 20, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II & Rosanna Xia, LA Times
El Niño continues to gain strength in the Pacific Ocean, climate experts said, with unusually wet conditions expected to hit California between January and March -- and perhaps into May.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

El Niño could be the most powerful on record, scientists say
November 17, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II & Shelby Grad, LA Times
Kkey location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Niño.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

'Everything is blinding white': Sierra storms pay off for resorts and add hope for drought
November 11, 2015, Joseph Serna & Bettina Boxall, LA Times
Alex Hoon was driving north from Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday, looking in awe at the decidedly winter landscape.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mammoth sees 20 inches of snow as storm wallops Sierra
November 11, 2015, Veronica Rocha, Matt Hamilton & Shelby Grad, LA Times
Series of storms continues to bring snow to the Sierra, with one part in the Mammoth Lakes area accumulating 20 inches.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Record number of stranded seal pups in Northern California
November 21, 2015, Sacramento Bee
Marine mammal experts say another species of marine wildlife has begun turning up, emaciated and weak, in record numbers on the California coast in what has been a series of alarming signs of oceanic distress.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Environmentalists sue over Sacramento River water, fish perils
November 11, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
Escalating the fight over California’s diminished water supply, a coalition of environmental groups sued Central Valley farmers and the federal government over the possible extinction facing an endangered run of salmon.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Drought drives bears into California town in search of food
November 11, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
Three Rivers California — Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance of spotting one in this tiny town at the park's entrance.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Human-Bear Incidents At Record Low In Yosemite
November 19, 2015, Gina Clugston, Sacramento Bee
Yosemite National Park has recorded the lowest number of human-bear incidents since 1975, when the park initiated its first human-bear management program, say park officials.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

ARkStorms and The Godzilla El Niño
November 18, 2015, Gina Clugston, Sacramento Bee
Though not every El Niño brings torrential rain and the resulting disasters, analysts believe with 95 percent certainty that this winter’s event will do just that, says John Kirk of the California Department of Water Resources.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW’s Advanced Hunter Education Program Releases 2016 Clinic Schedule
November 20, 2015, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released its schedule of Advanced Hunter Education classes for 2016.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
November 16, 2015, CA DFW News
At its Nov. 19 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $11.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 12 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, landowners and the local community.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Statewide Ban on Bobcat Trapping to Take Effect Friday
November 16, 2015, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds bobcat trappers that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, recreational and commercial bobcat trapping will no longer be allowed in California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW to Host Public Meetings Regarding Groundfish Management for 2017-2018
November 16, 2015, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold five public workshops to discuss groundfish management in California. Attendees will hear an overview of recent groundfish management and science developments and then participate in focused stakeholder discussions on potential changes to recreational and commercial fishery management measures for 2017 and 2018. Several new groundfish stock assessments conducted in 2015 show some previously overfished stocks have been restored, possibly allowing for increased fishing opportunities.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW Seeks Public Comment on Supplemental Wildlife Plans
November 16, 2015, CA DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) seeks public comment on its nine draft companion plans, which will supplement the recently revised 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The public review period will run from Nov. 16, 2015, through Jan. 15, 2016. In addition, CDFW will hold a public meeting to present the plans and answer questions on Nov. 30, 2015, from 1-3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >





NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
FALL COLORS BROCHURE >
JOB BOARD LINKS >
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES >
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 >
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 ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >

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 >

LA TIMES DROUGHT REPORT CARD
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 16 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DROUGHT REPORT CARD FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 6 >
CLICK HERE TO READ ' CAPTURING EL NINOS RAINS' >

FROM SENATOR TOM BERRYHILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' OCTOBER NEWSLETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ SENATE REPUBLICANS OFFER $8.7M WATER BOND PROPOSAL >
MAMMOTH HIGH SUPERSTAR HONORED AT THE STATE CAPITOL. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
CLICK TO READ CURRENT INFO FROM SENATOR BERRYHILL'S OFFICE >

EASTERN SIERRA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM INFO >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA – BUSINESS, CONSUMER SERVICES & HOUSING AGENCY,
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT

CLICK HERE TO READ THE MONTHLY BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ SURVEY INFO REGARDING PAYDAY LENDERS >
COMMISSION ISSUES STATEMENT ON VALLEY & BUTTE FIRES >

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
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE NEXT POWER OUTAGE? >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS >
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FEMA NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY WEBSITE >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING PEDIATRIC DISASTER RESPONSE & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS >
NEW PSA FOCUSED ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >

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 NOVEMBER 20 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NOVEMBER 13 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 20, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 13, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING AIR RESOURCES BOARD INFO >
ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR'S REVISED BUDGET & OTHER BUDGETARY ISSUES >
CA RURAL COUNTIES UNITE IN URGING CONGRESS TO FUND PILT >
WATER FACT SHEET >
CLICK TO READ RURAL LEADER TESTIFY TO EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ON CA H20 QUALITY>
CLICK TO READ RURAL CA LEADERS RAISE 25K FOR SIERR COUNTY CHARITIES>
CLICK TO READ RURAL LEADER TESTIFY TO EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE UC DAVIS FINAL DROUGHT REPORT : AUGUST 18, 2015 >
CLICK TO READ PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CA 'WHAT IF THE DROUGHT CONTINUES?' ARTICLE >
CLICK TO READ UC DAVIS ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF 2015 DROUGHT >
2015-2016 STATE BUDGET UPDATE >
CLICK TO SEE THE RCRC MEETING & EVENT SCHEDULE >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR NOVEMBER 16, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR OCTOBER 19, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MATTERS >
CLICK HERE TO READ CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT GROWN TO REPEAL 'CADILLAC TAX' >
CLICK HERE TO READ 7 SUPREME COURT RULINGS TO EFFECT COUNTIES >
CLICK HERE TO READ US COURT OF APPEALS DELAYS WOTUS RULING NATIONWIDE >
CLICK HERE TO VIEW CA DROUGHT NUMBERS & STATS SHEET >

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 >

CLICK HERE TO READ DFW NEWS >
CLICK TO READ ABOUT: Drought related actions to preserve and protect the state’s fish and wildlife resources >

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

USFS (UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE)
VISIT THE USFS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR LOCAL UP-TO-DATE POSTINGS >
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 >
SOUTH LAKE PARKING LOT AND BOAT LANDING CLOSURE SEPT 8 THRU OCT30 >
FIREWOOD SEASON OPENED MAY 1 >
WHITE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
KEEP BEARS WILD >
INYO NATIONAL FOREST ROAD CLOSURES >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
READ INFO REGARDING RECENT BEAR ATTACK >
BLM LIFTS FIRE RESTRICTIONS >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY) >
YOSEMITE LIFTS FIRE RESTRICTIONS >

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 >
LOOKING FOR DROUGHT SOLUTIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET >
LADWP LOOKING FOR WATER SOLUTIONS >

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
NEXT MEETING HELD OCTOBER 17_ENGLISH >