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Week of Monday, September 7, 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 >


ROUGH FIRE INFO
ROUGH FIRE UPDATE SEPT 9TH >

WALKER FIRE INFO
As of Friday, September 4, 2015, The fire is 3676 acres, and is 100% contained. The fire was of human origin and is under investigation. Anyone who was in the Walker Lake area on August 14, 2015, is asked to call (760) 920-7149 with any information that may pertain to the fire. All fire evacuations have been cancelled/lifted and all roads and campgrounds are reopened. There has been significant burn and scarring damage to the Walker Lake region. Please use caution when visiting these burn areas.
CLICK TO READ INFO FROM YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS RELEASED FRIDAY AUG 28 >
VISIT THE YGP (YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS) NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL WILDFIRE INFO


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

Air Pollution Control District Issues Stage 1 Health Advisory
September 4, 2015, Mammoth Times
Based on air pollution levels at 5 a.m on Sept. 4, a Stage 1 Air Pollution Health Advisory has been issued for Mono County communities by the local air pollution control district.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Stage 1 Health Advisory
September 4, 2015, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District
Based on air pollution levels at 5:00 AM on September 4, 2015 a Stage 1 Air Pollution Health Advisory has been issued for Mono County communities. Due to elevated particulate pollution levels, children, the elderly, people with heart or lung problems, or people with current illnesses such as the flu, are advised to stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activities in the impacted areas.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


BLUE SKY DAILY RUNS
September 4, 2015, CANSAC
LIVE Map showing smoke from fires. Updated Hourly.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Walker Fire Closures Lifted
September 3, 2015, Mammoth Times
The Walker Fire is now 100 percent contained and all recreation sites and roads that were closed due to fire are open again. This includes the Aspen Grove Campground, which has re-opened after the Walker Fire. It had been used fire operations for the Walker Fire.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


MCWD weighs options
September 4, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
“For that much money they could have put in a new well and brought more water to Mammoth rather than paying a PR firm in Los Angeles,” said Ted Schade, former Air Pollution Control Officer of Great Basin Air Pollution Control District.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Tonopah closes hospital
September 4, 2015, Mike Bodine, The Sheet
The only hospital serving residents within a 100-mile radius in rural Nevada has closed its doors.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Town passes new C&D ordinance
September 4, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
The Town of Mammoth Lakes took a step closer to fulfilling its State-mandated recycling diversion requirement by approving a new construction and demolition (C&D) waste management ordinance at Wednesday’s Council meeting.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Z?
September 4, 2015, Submitted by Tom Gaunt
What are the anti-Z’s afraid of? If you read The Sheet, you know that the hysteria and misinformation from the anti-Z group has reached a new and fevered pitch.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


LADWP continues water supply through irrigation season
September 1, 2015, Sierra Wave
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is committing to continue irrigating city-owned lands through the duration of irrigation season thanks to water reductions on Owens Lake obtained through the granting of a variance by Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin).
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

‘Rock Creek Wildflowers’ highlights abundance, diversity
August 27, 2015, Sierra Wave
A spectacular high Sierra Nevada valley is the subject of a new wildflower guide called Rock Creek Wildflowers, published by the California Native Plant Society.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Newsletter: Water and Power: A new sign of El Niño's power
September 1, 2015, Alice Walton, LA Times
Various Stories & Links regarding the Drought in CA.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California fines oil companies for failing to report water use data
September 3, 2015, Julie Cart, LA Times
The state fined 30 oil companies on Thursday for failing to meet a deadline to report information about the source, volume and disposal of water used in oil and gas production.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Infographic: 192 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become
September 3, 2015, Kyle Kim & Thomas Suh Lauder, LA Times
It doesn't take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best. It's so bad, Governor Jerry Brown imposed mandatory water restrictions throughout the state.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Gov. Brown acts to protect homeowners installing artificial turf
September 3, 2015, Patrick McGreevy & Melanie Mason, LA Times
California homeowners who replace their water-gulping grass lawns with artificial turf in response to the drought would be protected from sanctions by homeowner associations under one of 10 bills signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

The drought's hidden victim: California's native fish
August 24, 2015, Bettina Boxall, LA Times
Last summer, a narrow, rock-rimmed stretch of the Sacramento River near here turned into a mass graveyard for baby salmon.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

‘People sometimes forget about us in the little towns’
September 4, 2015, Blog by Diana Marcum, LA Times
All the little conversations are beginning to add up. The passing chats while I’m packing or buying ever more water. (Just the word “drought” makes me thirsty.)
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Photos: Signs of drought visible throughout the state
September 4, 2015, LA Times
Photos taken around CA show the devastation the drought has taken.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Photos: California's drought | Drier season expected in Yosemite
September 4, 2015, LA Times
Photos taken in Yosemite show the devastation the drought has taken throughout the National Park.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

8 charts that show how bad California drought has become
September 4, 2015, LA Times
Charts showing the droughts impact on California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California law sows seed for artificial lawns
September 4, 2015, Sacramento Bee
Drought-resistant artificial turf can’t be prohibited by California homeowners associations under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

State orders California firm to stop tapping Sierra springs
September 4, 2015, Sacramento Bee
Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Amid drought, thousands of Californians cancel their flood insurance
September 4, 2015, Sacramento Bee
State and local officials have preached for months that California’s historic drought could be “the new normal,” the precursor to more frequent years-long episodes of hotter temperatures, less rainfall and lower Sierra snowpack.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Purified wastewater triggers release of arsenic within aquifer, study finds
September 4, 2015, Monte Morin, Sacramento Bee
When it comes to the science of transforming sewage into tap water - or potable reuse - engineers say there's no question the product is clean enough to drink.
The trouble is, researchers are now learning that this drinking water may be too clean to store underground without special treatment.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Conflict flows from water bottling plant at Mount Shasta
September 3, 2015, Jane Braxton Little, Sacramento Bee
Mount Shasta rises out of the northern Sacramento Valley, a snow-capped icon of serenity that attracts pilgrims seeking to heal body and soul in its fabled springs.
Today it is a place of conflict over its most vaunted asset: water.
Crystal Geyser plans to open an idled Coca-Cola bottling plant, pumping from an existing 200-foot well that draws on the snowmelt and springs percolating through a maze of underground lava tubes at the base of Mount Shasta. Operations could begin this fall.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

California farm revenue grew in 2014 despite drought
September 3, 2015, Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
Take a spin through rural California and evidence of the drought is everywhere: cracked soil, unplanted fields. Unprecedented cutbacks in deliveries of water from state and federal reservoirs have put agriculture on the defensive.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Quick video explanation of El Nino forecast for West Coast
September 4, 2015, Bill Lindelof, Sacramento Bee
Representatives from the National Weather Service and the Department of Water Resources provide a two-minute video explanation of the El Nino predicted for California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
August 28, 2015, DFW News
Various events taking place around California throughout the month of September. Click below to view.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

A fight between farmers and tribes over Northern California water
September 2, 2015, Michael Doyle, Sacramento Bee
Fish vs. farmers. Tribes vs. agribusiness.
It might seem easy, summarizing the conflict over the Trinity River in Northern California.
But amid record drought, this long-running and singular battle has become a case study about the difficulties in balancing Western water use.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Plague-infected squirrel found 8 days before hunting season
September 4, 2015, Seth Richardson, Reno Gazette-Journal
El Dorado County, Calif. Health Department officials confirmed Friday a squirrel’s corpse tested positive for plague near Lake Tahoe.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

The Bently Ranch utilizes treated waste water to irrigate crops
September 4, 2015, Reno Gazette-Journal
Photo-journalism...
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >






NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
VISIT THE MONO COUNTY WEB PAGE >
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 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 >
CLICK HERE TO THE INFO REGARDING UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SEMINAR >
38TH ANNUAL OFFICER & DIRECTOR COMPENSATION SURVEY>

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 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 SEPTEMBER 4 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE AUGUST 28 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 121ST ANNUAL MEETING INFO & TO SIGN UP >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 2015 REVISION OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
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 AUGUST 28, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER AUGUST 21, 2015 >
CA RURAL COUNTIES UNITE IN URGING CONGRESS TO FUND PILT >
WATER FACT SHEET >
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 AUGUST 3, 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
ROUGH FIRE UPDATE SEPT 9TH >
AUG 28 : READ INFO REGARDING CURRENT WALKER FIRE INFO >
AUG 22 : READ INFO REGARDING CURRENT WILDFIRE INFO >
READ INFO REGARDING RECENT BEAR ATTACK >
PLAGUE UPDATE: CAMPSITE REOPENS >
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 >
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 >