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Quilts for Kids

Quilt and Craft retreat benefits Children

Submitted by Wild Iris.

CASA OF THE EASTERN SIERRA QUILTING & CRAFT RETREAT
FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ABUSED & NEGLECTED CHILDREN

Inyo and Mono Counties, CA: Quilters and crafters are generous, giving people by nature. If you happen to be a quilter or crafter the CASA of the Eastern Sierra’s first annual Quilters’ and Crafters’ Retreat is a great opportunity for you to benefit abused and neglected children while enjoying the fellowship of like-minded friends, the beauty of the Eastern Sierra, and taking time to complete some of those projects begging to be finished.
CASA of the Eastern Sierra is a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Superior Court of California, for the Counties of Inyo and Mono. The retreat will be Friday, August 21st through Sunday, August 23rd and is being held at the Sierra Adventure Center in Big Pine. Registration includes lodging, meals, snacks, an outdoor evening reception, beautiful hiking, quality time with friends, and classrooms to sew, craft, scrapbook, create and take photos.

Imagine being a child removed from your parents and placed in the home of a stranger. It’s likely you are confused, frightened, and uncertain as to what the future holds. The Eastern Sierra needs CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers who are trained to identify the needs of children such as these. By building a relationship with the child, as well as teachers, therapists, and others involved, CASA volunteers become a consistent and trusted adult in the child’s life. A CASA is trained to provide the child with a sense of security, as well as serving in the critical role of being an independent voice for the best interest of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Inyo and Mono Counties.
Please join us at the 1st Annual Quilt and Craft Retreat to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Eastern Sierra. Cost for the entire weekend is $225.00. For more information or to register please call Ginnie Bird or Lisa Reel @ Wild Iris, 760-873-6601, gbird@wild-iris.org, or visit the Wild Iris website www.wild-iris.org to complete a registration form.

cover photo, Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel

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MCWD ups Water Restrictions

MCWD Board of Directors Approve Raising Water Restrictions to Level 2

Water content of the Mammoth Pass snowpack is more than 70 percent below normal conditions. Customers are requested to reduce water use by 20 percent.

 Mammoth Lakes, CA – 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.

Level 2 water restrictions will be in effect March 9th.  Under these restrictions, outdoor irrigation will only be allowed from 8:00 pm to 9:00 am, water for construction is limited to recycled water, significant leaks must be repaired within 3 days of notification or discovery, and no new lawns may be installed, even when a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle is used for irrigation.  Indoor savings are expected to result from voluntary measures taken by customers.

MCWD has incentive programs to help customers save water. These programs include an indoor and outdoor fixture rebate program, free efficient showerheads and staff availability to discuss site specific irrigation efficiency improvements. Information on these programs are available on the MCWD website.     MCWD would like to encourage all customers to pay attention to water usage, check for leaking fixtures indoors and out, keep pools and spas covered when not in use, limit shower times and only run full loads of dishes and clothes.

More information on Level 2 restrictions and tips to conserve water is available from the MCWD website, www.mcwd.dst.ca.us.

About Mammoth Community Water District 

MCWD provides water and wastewater utility service to the Town of Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas.  MCWD strives to provide reliable, affordable utility service to our customers and to conduct our operations in a manner reflecting our stewardship role.  We encourage our customers to practice responsible use of our limited water resources, and to take advantage of the information and services available to support this goal.

photo courtesy of the MCWD website

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Round Fire Tuesday Update

Round Fire Update, Residents allowed in

From Cal Fire:

Acres: 7,000
Containment: 95% (full containment expected today)
Structures Destroyed: 40 (39 in swall meadows, 1 in paradise)
Structures Damaged: 5
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel assigned: 100+
Evacuations: Lifted

From The Mono County Sheriffs department:

Current Situation: Re-population for the residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows began Monday at 4:00pm. For all residents that still need to re-enter, you will need a pass to get in. Please visit the Command Post located at the entry point of Pine Creek Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel will issue you the entry pass. Please have proper identification with you. Residents can come and go from the communities. Remember to take your pass with you so you may gain re-entry. Residents are allowed up to two additional people to help with re-population. Please ensure these individuals are with you. Please remember to drive slowly and with caution in the escort lines into the communities. Be attention to work crews and personnel on scene.

Residents will need to use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weakened chimneys pose a risk for injury. Please use the the utmost caution.

Red Cross: The American Red Cross is now stationed in two locations. They are directly on scene with a mobile unit at Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows. If any residents need immediate assistance, please visit the mobile unit. They are also stationed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.

Donations: There has been a phenomenal response to those willing to give to this devastating incident. Please visit https://gis.mono.ca.gov/roundfire for the most up-to-date donation sites.

Utilities: Verizon cell service went back online Monday evening. All phone services are up and running. Please note that interruption in service may happen as continued work is done. Please be patient as crews continue to work. Thank you to SCE for their 24/7 response to fixing all the burned power poles and restoring the power to the communities.

Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire, Inyo National Forest (USFS), BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, Caltrans, CalOES

The assistance center in Bishop located at the Patio building at the fairgrounds, organized by the Salvation Army, Tri county fair and Bishop Chamber of commerce is open from 10-3 daily.  They have received a large amount of donations and those who need supplies are encouraged to stop by for assistance.

Photo by Gary Young Photography

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CASA needs Volunteers

CASA OF THE EASTERN SIERRA SEEKS
DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS

Inyo and Mono Counties, CA: CASA of the Eastern Sierra, a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Superior Court of California, for the Counties of Inyo and Mono, seeks dedicated volunteers to become CASA advocates on behalf of foster children. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are trained to lift up the needs of the abused or neglected child and to lift up the child’s voice. After training and subsequent appointment by a judge, CASA volunteers are advocates for children whose futures rest in the hands of Juvenile Court judges. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with the foster child, biological and foster parents, teachers, therapists, and others involved in the child’s life. They conduct independent investigations of a foster child’s circumstances, and communicate what the child desires or needs. The CASA’s findings are reported to the Court by the volunteer.
Imagine being a child removed from your parents and placed in the home of a stranger. It’s likely you are confused, frightened, and uncertain as to what the future holds. The Eastern Sierra needs CASA volunteers for children such as these. By building a relationship with the child, CASA volunteers become a consistent and trusted adult in the child’s life. The CASA is trained to provide the child with a sense of security, as well as serving in the critical role of being a voice, eyes, and ears for the child.
Interested volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and willing to commit at least one year to the program. Potential volunteers attend an orientation meeting, are interviewed, undergo a criminal background check, and complete up to 36 hours of free, in-depth training before being sworn as a CASA volunteer. Lisa Reel, Executive Director of Wild Iris and CASA of the Eastern Sierra, declares “CASA volunteers are ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things. People of all backgrounds, careers, ethnicity, cultural experiences, and life experiences are encouraged to apply. You’d be astounded by what a difference a single person can make in the life of a child within our court system.”
The next training is scheduled to occur in February and March, 2015.

Training Schedule
Information and Orientation Meeting 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Day 1, Classroom 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015
Day 2, Classroom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Day 3, Classroom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Day 4, Classroom 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Day 5, Classroom 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015

Court Observation Thursday, April 2 & Thursday April 23rd

Those who successfully complete the training and screening process may be certified CASAs for both Mono and Inyo Counties. If you are interested in becoming a CASA, please contact Ginnie Bird, CASA Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager at (760) 873-6601 or gbird@wild-iris.org.

THE NEED FOR COURT APPOINTED ADVOCATES IS GREAT, AS WE HAVE CHILDREN ON A WAITING LIST FOR THEIR OWN CASA IN BOTH INYO AND MONO COUNTIES. PLEASE
CONSIDER THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THESE SPECIAL CHILDREN, AND TO MAKE A FOREVER DIFFERNCE IN THEIR LIVES.

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