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Week of Monday, November 30, 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 NOV 17TH MEETING NOTES >
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

ESCA hires new avalanche forecasters
November 27, 2015, Rea, The Sheet
With winter rolling in and the area’s first avalanche fatality of the season already on record, the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) has announced the hiring of two forecasters for its first season after splitting with the U.S. Forest Service. (USFS) CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Lewis Monte Williams, 1931-2015
November 27, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
Lewis Monte Williams, owner of Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market in Bishop and Lone Pine, passed away on November 8, 2015 at the age of 84 at the Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA surrounded by his family.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Sick day on the job
November 27, 2015, Rea, The Sheet
Local food workers talk about the challenges of taking time off … especially during holidays.
In an industry where the health of workers can have far-reaching consequences, a survey released in October reveals that 51 percent of food workers “always” or “frequently” attend work while sick, and an additional 38 percent “sometimes” go to work ill.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Open mouth, insert boot
November 27, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
Manzanar Committee responds to Roanoke mayor’s remarks regarding Syrian refugees.
Earlier this month, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia compared current Syrian refugees to Japanese Americans during World War II, arguing that neither can be trusted and it’s probably best not to welcome the potentially dangerous outsiders.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mountain lion sighting
November 27, 2015, The Sheet
On Tuesday, November 17, a mountain lion attacked a dog near Mountain View Drive, [In Swall Meadonws]. The dog was badly mauled but survived the attack. On Saturday, November 21, a mountain lion attacked and killed a llama near Willowbrook Road. We do not know if both attacks were by the same mountain lion.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mountain lion(s) present in Crowley Lake area
November 26, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mono County Sheriff’s Office press release
On Tuesday, November 17, a mountain lion attacked a dog near Mountain View Drive. The dog was badly mauled but survived the attack. On Saturday, November 21, a mountain lion attacked and killed a llama near Willowbrook Road. We do not know if both attacks were by the same mountain lion.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Eastern California Museum 2016 calendar a trip through history
November 22, 2015, Sierra Wave
What do a dapper group of Bishop youths urging onlookers to “Vote the County Dry” and a shotgun-wielding governor of California have in common? Both are featured in the Eastern California Museum’s 2016 Calendar, which celebrates parties, parades and picnics.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Southern Inyo Hospital continues to work on financial issues
November 22, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The stress of financial issues at Southern Inyo Hospital was evident at Thursday afternoon’s board meeting, from administrators to staff to community and board members. The hospital is taking steps to resolve a government reimbursement schedule that lags dangerously behind costs and program requirements, including forming a Limited Liability Corporation with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

MLPD warns of more extortion phone calls
November 22, 2015, Sierra Wave
Mammoth Lakes – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department seeks to warn the public regarding the rise in kidnapping extortion phone calls. MLPD has received multiple reports that involves contact via telephone and demanding payment for the return of a “kidnapped” family member.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Missing UCLA Student’s Body Found Buried Under Avalanche in John Muir Wilderness
November 23, 2015, Tracy Bloom, KTLA News
An Inyo County’s coroner’s office official confirmed Monday that the body of a missing UCLA graduate student was found in the Sierra Nevada mountains over the weekend, and authorities and his mother said he was discovered in an avalanche area.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Beer, breakfast and behavioral health
November 27, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
“This is significant,” said mall co-owner Drew Hild. “Here are three entrepreneurs investing their own capitol to start something from scratch. I haven’t seen anyone do this in a long time. It’s a really good indication that things are starting to pick up.”
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


New state tree survey offers grim projections
November 27, 2015, Katie Vane The Sheet
“Your side’s the better side for sure,” Carnegie Institute of Science ecologist Greg Asner told The Sheet in an interview last month. He was speaking of the drought’s affect on California’s forests, which is pronounced on the west side of the Sierra; somewhat less so on the east side.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Cargill acquisition means a large and growing presence in salmon feed
November 27, 2015, Mike Hughlett, Sacrament Bee
Cargill Inc. is big in aquaculture feed, and salmon makes up one of the world's biggest aquaculture markets. But the fish feeder and the pink-fleshed fish haven't been in the same boat - until now.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Lake Amador hosts annual trout derby
November 24, 2015, Mike Hughlett, Sacrament Bee
Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of Nov. 23, 2015.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Genetically engineered salmon is OK to eat, FDA says
November 19, 2015, Mike Hughlett, Sacrament Bee
A handout photo shows a genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon, rear, and non-modified sibling of the same age. Federal regulators on Nov. 19, 2015, approved the salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the way for the first genetically altered animal to reach American supermarkets and dinner tables.
Federal regulators on Thursday approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the last major obstacle for the first genetically altered animal to reach U.S. supermarkets and dinner tables.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Costco joins retailers who say they won't sell genetically modified salmon
November 20, 2015, Sacrament Bee
SEATTLE - Costco has joined the list of retailers who say they will not sell genetically modified salmon after the Food and Drug Administration approved on Thursday the sale of such fish.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

The Latest: Canada official calls pact with Alaska important
November 25, 2015, Sacrament Bee
The latest on the signing of a cooperative agreement by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark (all times local): 2:50 p.m.
British Columbia's minister of energy and mines is hailing as significant the signing of a cooperative agreement between his province and the state of Alaska.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

More California farmland could vanish as water shortages loom beyond drought
November 26, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacrament Bee
FIREBAUGH—His almond trees have turned a ghostly gray, and his grapevines are shriveling.
After two years without water, Garrett Rajkovich’s farm in western Fresno County is dying. It might never be farmed again. Approximately 1,200 acres face the prospect of permanent retirement.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Salmon
November 25, 2015, Virginia Pelley, Men’s Journal
Foods containing GMOs likely make up a good portion of your diet already, considering more than 90 percent of our corn, soybeans, and sugar beets are genetically modified, according to the Center for Food Safety. But last week, the FDA approved the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption — a salmon that critics are calling "frankenfish," citing health and environmental concerns.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

New survey finds 43 percent of salmon is mislabeled
October 28, 2015, Tara Duggan, SF Gate
The ocean conservation nonprofit Oceana made headlines in 2012 when it uncovered widespread fraud in seafood labeling in the United States. The organization sent infiltrators into sushi bars, grocery stores and seafood restaurants to bring home samples and then tested their DNA. The results showed that one-third of the seafood nationwide is mislabeled — called red snapper, cod or tuna when it was actually a less-valuable fish, for example. In Northern California restaurants, the rate of mislabeling was even higher.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California freeze: Minus-11 degrees in Sierra amid snow and ice
November 28, 2015, Shelby Gras, LA Times
A deep freeze in California's Sierra is continuing, with one spot east of Redding recording minus -11 degrees.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

4 arrested in vandalism of Bay Area dam that caused loss of 50 million gallons of water
November 24, 2015, Matt Hamilton, LA Times
Under the cover of darkness, a group of vandals this spring slashed an inflatable dam in the Bay Area, sending millions of gallons of water into San Francisco Bay.
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 23 >
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 >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING UNDERFUNDED WATER NEEDS >
GOV ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BOLSTER STATES DROUGHT RESPONSE >
THE FUTURE OF CA MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS >
CA COUNTIES PREPARING FOR CANNA BUSINESS OVERHAUL >
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
WINTER NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTIONS BEING ACCEPTED. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! >
WILDERNESS STEWARDSHIP >
KEEP BEARS WILD >
INYO NATIONAL FOREST ROAD CLOSURES >
FALL NEWSLETTER >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY) >

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 >