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Week of Monday, October 12, 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 JULY 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 >
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

LA Times lists Eastern Sierra & Mono County as a place to beat the heat and see fall colors
October 9, 2015, Mary Forgione, LA Times
5 places in the Sierra to beat the heat and see fall colors this weekend
With Los Angeles temperatures forecast in the high 90s this weekend, a trip to the Eastern Sierra and points north offers a double bonus: cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CDFW Receives Prestigious Award for Endangered Species Conservation
October 8, 2015, DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and partners from government, education and private industry are being recognized for outstanding efforts in wildlife conservation. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) presented the SFI Conservation Leadership Award for conservation work to CDFW, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina State University and Sierra Pacific Industries at its annual conference in Squaw Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Opening Soon — Drought Conditions May Limit Opportunities
October 8, 2015, DFW News
As California’s 2015-2016 waterfowl hunting season approaches, hunters may find that wildlife areas may have limited space, particularly early in the season.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Applications for Upcoming Game Bird Apprentice Hunts Due in October
October 8, 2015, DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a number of special hunt opportunities for young hunters, women, families and mobility-impaired hunters this fall and winter. All hunt opportunities are now listed on CDFW’s website.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Shasta County Hatchery Closed for Environmental Renovations, Expected to Re-open in Late Fall
October 7, 2015, DFW News
The Crystal Lake Hatchery in eastern Shasta County is currently closed to the public while a major environmental restoration is underway in nearby Rock Creek.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


2015 Youth Essay Contest to Focus on Mentoring Junior Hunters
October 6, 2015, DFW News
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and California Wildlife Officer Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. This year’s contest invites entrants to share their thoughts about their mentors as they learn to master the tradition of hunting.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Couple Seriously Injured After Deer Collides With Motorcycle
October 9, 2015, Mammoth Times
A Croatia couple was seriously injured near the Crestview area of U.S. 395 after a deer jumped out in front of them and collided with the motorcycle the couple was riding.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mammoth voters give “Yes” to Measure Z
October 7, 2015, Sierra Wave
Measure Z “Yes” votes far outnumbered no votes during the special ballot election Tuesday in Mammoth Lakes.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Measure Z Approved
October 6, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Mono County Elections Department reported shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday that voters approved Measure Z. Of 1,228 voters, 858 (69.87 percent) voted in favor of the ballot measure and 370 (30.13) were opposed.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

The Airbnb effect
July 12, 2015, Carol Said, SF Gate
At least 350 entire homes listed on Airbnb appear to be full-time vacation rentals, bolstering claims by activists that the service removes scarce housing from the city’s limited inventory.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Firm hired for investigation into Bishop Police Department
October 6, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
The Yorba Linda firm of Norman A. Traub Associates has been hired by the City of Bishop to investigate allegations made by seven members of the Bishop Police Department against retired Chief Chris Carter, City Administrative Officer Jim Tatum and Councilmember Joe Pecsi.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Mammoth man pleads not guilty to archeological violations
October 5, 2015, Sierra Wave
Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, of Mammoth Lakes, was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe after a federal grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against him, charging him with violations of the Archeological Resources Protection Act, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Manzanar High School celebrates 70th reunion
October 9, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
World War II is fast becoming a faded memory for many of those who lived through that time in our nation’s history. However, for 175 invited guests from the Class of 1945 attending the 70th Manzanar High School Reunion recently held in Las Vegas at the California Hotel and Casino, the memories of that time are still very real.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

LADWP responds
October 9, 2015, Submitted: James G. Yannotta, Manager of Aqueduct LADWP, The Sheet
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is providing clarification to information listed on the Owens Valley Committee’s website titled, “No new DWP Wells!” and to the September 29, 2015, Inyo Register article titled, “Inyo Water Commission, OVC: ‘no new wells,’” both of which include errors that misrepresent LADWP operations in the Owens Valley…
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Put it somewhere else
October 9, 2015, Submitted: Damon Frank, The Sheet
I would like to voice my concerns in regards to the relocation of the Ice Hockey Rink to Mammoth Creek Park West (MCPW)…
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

What Exxon Knew about the earth’s melting Arctic
October 9, 2015, Sara Jerving, Katie Jennings, Masako Melissa Hirsch & Susan Rust, LA Times
Back in 1990, as the debate over climate change was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, one of the world’s largest oil companies, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants and facilities.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

L.A. approves nation's toughest earthquake safety rules
October 9, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia & Doug Smith, LA Times
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday signed the nation's strongest earthquake safety laws, requiring that the owners of an estimated 15,000 buildings most at risk of collapse during a major quake make the structures stronger.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

New forecast says El Niño could help Northern California, ease drought
October 8, 2015, Dale Kasler & Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee
El Niño might put a dent in the drought after all.
In a revised forecast Thursday, the National Weather Service said Northern California stands a decent chance of getting significant precipitation from this winter’s El Niño weather pattern, a development that could help ease the state’s four-year drought.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Massive El Niño is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says
October 9, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II, LA Times
An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Will El Niño ‘solve’ drought? Not if the rain falls in Southern California
October 4, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
In recent weeks, conditions have gelled for what forecasters say could be one of the strongest El Niño weather patterns in recorded history. Will it substantially ease California’s historic drought? If the storms center on Southern California, the answer is probably not.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

This year’s El Niño still looks like a whopper
October 8, 2015, Kurtis Alexander, SF Gate
Federal forecasters on Thursday reinforced expectations of a strong El Niño this winter, saying there’s a 95 percent chance the burly weather phenomenon, often linked to rain in California, sticks around until spring.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Forecast: El Niño holding strong through winter
October 9, 2015, Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazette-Journal
El Niño is holding strong and hopes are mounting it will help bring a big winter to drought-hammered Nevada and the Sierra.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Editorial North to Alaska for L.A.'s water?
October 9, 2015, LA Times
There's a company that owns much of the fresh water in the distant Pacific island nation of Fiji, another with rights to melting glaciers in Iceland, others that tap into lakes and streams in similarly exotic locales. They ship their liquid freight across the oceans aboard carbon-spewing tankers so Californians can drink it from snappy square-bottomed plastic bottles while they flush their toilets with melted snowflakes from crystal clear Sierra streams and shower in water that fell a season or two ago in the Rockies.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Newsletter: Water and Power: What the last drought taught California
October 9, 2015, Alice Walton, LA Times
It has never been a great idea to count Cadiz entirely out of the race to sell its costly water deal to the public, considering its long history of lining up powerful political friends. Yet it hasn't been a great idea to bet on the company either, since its stock, after spending a few quarters around the turn of the century in the $200+ stratosphere, more recently has been snuggled down in the single-digit cellar.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Get ready for the new normal: dry and drier
August 16, 2015, William deBuys, LA Times
California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and "dude," wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large dark bruise spreading across the state on the U.S. Drought Monitor map is a preview of a bone-dry world to come.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California’s federal reservoirs even lower than last year
October 6, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
In the latest indicator of the severity of the drought, the federal government’s main reservoirs serving California have begun the new “water year” at just a quarter full and in worse shape than last year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Senators drill into California water bill
October 8, 2015, Michael Doyle, Sacramento Bee
Ever hopeful lawmakers on Thursday conjured the vision of a compromise California water bill that succeeds instead of fails.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

‘Saving Capitalism,’ by Robert B. Reich
October 9, 2015, Joel Whitney, SF Gate
What would spur the nation’s richest and most powerful to broaden their meaning of economic growth to include that of all Americans? This is the question at the heart of Robert Reich’s latest meditation on that most American of problems: rampant inequality. Spanning some 279 concise and wise pages, Reich’s answer in his new book, “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” is an attempt to cut through the fog of class war.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Photos: Truckee River then and now
October 9, 2015, Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazette-Journal
A Photojournalistic view of the Truckee River
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Tesla now working on gigafactory interior plus data center, permits show
October 6, 2015, Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette-Journal
For the past year, the exterior facade of Tesla Motors' Gigafactory 1 received most of the attention online, garnering plenty of images and video as it steadily rose amid the high desert just east of Reno.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Tahoe parking woes melt skiers' spirit
October 2, 2015, Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal
Skiers, boarders and snowshoers are hopeful a looming El Nino could give the Sierra Nevada its biggest winter snowpack in years.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >





NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
FALL COLORS BROCHURE >
JOB BOARD LINKS >
IRS OFFERS EMLOYER HEALTH CARE SERIES >
FREE WORKFORCE EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM >
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 >
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 ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >
MONO COUNTY WINTER FISHING HIGHLIGHTED IN MAGAZINE. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
PENSION POACHING SCAM OF SENIORS. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >

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 TOM BERRYHILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ A NOTE FROM THE SENATOR REGARDING SEPTEMBER 11TH — 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET' >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRYHILL BULLETIN' SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER >
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 OCTOBER 9 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE OCTOBER 2 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)
ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR'S REVISED BUDGET & OTHER BUDGETARY ISSUES >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 9, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2, 2015 >
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 OCTOBER 5, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ 7 SUPREME COURT RULINGS TO EFFECT COUNTIES >
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
FALL NEWSLETTER >
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR FALL MEETING >
125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION >
ROUGH FIRE UPDATE OCT 2ND >
READ INFO REGARDING RECENT BEAR ATTACK >
PLAGUE UPDATE: CAMPSITE REOPENS >
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY) >
VOLUNTEER AWARDS GIVEN >

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
NEXT MEETING HELD OCTOBER 17_ENGLISH >