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Red Cross Training

American Red Cross Emergency Shelter Training Series

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers that could assist with shelter operations in the event of an emergency in Inyo or Mono Counties.  They will be providing a series of Emergency Shelter trainings and welcome you to attend them all or choose the ones that will suit your needs.  All of the trainings will be held at the Mono County Social Services Conference room at 452 Old Mammoth Road, 3rd floor.  The topics they will be providing training for are:

Shelter Fundamentals on Thursday, September 3rd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

This is a basic-level course that introduces guidelines and procedures for setting up, running, and closing a shelter during a disaster for shelter volunteers.

Shelter Management, Friday September 4th from 9:00 am to Noon.

This course builds on the information presented in Shelter Fundamentals course and introduces the roles, responsibilities and tasks involved in shelter management.

Shelter Simulation, Friday September 4th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Shelter Simulation training prepares volunteers to effectively and sensitively run and manage shelter operations as a team while meeting the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster. The course provides participants with an opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities required to operate a successful shelter.

Please RSVP to Mono County Social Services at 760-924-1770

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Walker Fire now 35% contained

Crews reach 35% containment of Walker Fire

Lee Vining, CA: Burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining the Walker Fire remains at 3,715 acres. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.
Crews continue to improve containment lines and begin mop up in certain areas of the fire. Mop up efforts also continue on the 65-acre spot fire.
Tioga Pass (Highway120) is open without an escort. However, there will be no stopping along the eastern six miles of the road. This will be strictly enforced. The fire remains active to the south of the road and this is essential for firefighter and public safety.
The fire is burning in mixed conifer, mahogany, and brush. Critical sage grouse habitat is also threatened. Visitors and residents should expect to see smoke from the June Lake and Lee Vining areas and along Highway 395.

Closures and Evacuations:
⦁    Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated.
⦁    A CodeRed Emergency Alert notice has been issued for Lee Vining and everything north of Double Eagle in June Lake (including Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas) for potential evacuations.
⦁    Campgrounds in the Lower Lee Vining Canyon have been evacuated and are closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.
⦁    Law Enforcement will be escorting campers into the Lower Lee Vining Canyon campgrounds to collect any gear left behind during evacuations. Escorts will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today. Affected campers will be allowed in with escort only. Campers are asked to meet Law Enforcement on Hwy 120 at Vista Point Drive. If an officer is not there, please wait patiently at the three cones.
⦁    The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.
Approximately 484 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.  For more information on the Walker Fire you can go to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/

Date Started: 8/14/2015
Cause: Human Total Personnel: 484
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 0
Size: 3,715 acres Structures Threatened: 235
Percent Contained: 35%
Resources: 4 helicopters, 0 seats, 2 Air tankers Engines 34, Crews 10, Water Tenders 6, Dozers 4 Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/23/2015

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Walker Fire, Tuesday Morning Update

Walker Fire 20% contained

Quick Facts
size: 3,613 acres.
containment: 20%.
estimated full contianment: Sunday, 8/23/15.
cause: Human…under investigation.
location: 2 miles southwest of Lee Vining.

total personnel: 471.  From the US Forest Service:

Lee Vining, CA: The Walker Fire is currently burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.
Crews held the fire last night and continue to improve containment lines.Crews will continue to maintain and strengthen the fire line today as well as mopping up the 65-acre hot spot.
Due to more accurate mapping, the fire size is now at 3,613 acres.
Tioga Pass (Highway120) is open without an escort. However, there will no stopping along the eastern six miles of the road. This will be strictly enforced. The fire remains active to the south of the road and this is essential for firefighter and public safety.
The fire is burning in mixed conifer, mahogany, and brush. Critical sage grouse habitat is also threatened. Visitors and residents should expect to see smoke from the June Lake and Lee Vining areas and along Highway 395.

Closures and Evacuations:
⦁    Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated.
⦁    A CodeRed Emergency Alert notice has been issued for Lee Vining and everything north of Double Eagle in June Lake (including Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas) for potential evacuations.
⦁    Campgrounds in the Lower Lee Vining Canyon have been evacuated and are closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.
⦁    The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.

Approximately 471 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.  For more information on the Walker Fire you can got to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/

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Convict Lake Road Closures Coming

September Convict Lake Road Closures

from Deb Schweizer, Public Affairs officer, Inyo National Forest.

A four-hour closure for the Convict Lake Road project is scheduled to set the precast pedestrian bridge slabs. This closure will take place on September 1st from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The following two days, September 2nd and September 3rd, have also been approved for four-hour closures. The closure would be during the same time period, and would occur only if still needed to complete the work.

The closure will begin just after the turn into the Convict Lake Marina parking area; people traveling to and from the campground will be most affected. During this time, the 30-minute delays will start on the rest of the road at 5:30 a.m. (instead of 7:00 a.m.) to insure proper staging in advance of the four-hour closure. The normal 30-minute delay schedule (7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will resume once this necessary work is complete.

As always, your patience is appreciated while this necessary work is completed that will significantly improve the experience in upcoming years.

As a reminder, Mono County has requested the funding and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead agency for this project.  The entire roadway will be reconstructed from the intersection with Highway 395 to the day-use parking area at the end of the road on the east side of the lake.  The roadway will be widened in some spots in order to provide a consistent pavement width and a paved shoulder. A bicycle lane will be provided on the uphill side.  The road will be repaved, striped, and new regulatory and warning signs will be installed at the completion of the project.

The paved path around the east side of the lake will also be reconstructed. This project will also be overseen by FHWA. The Inyo National Forest has arranged for this project to be completed with the same contractor during the same time period as the road project.  The result will be a fully accessible paved path with hardened access points down to the lake edge.

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Bridgeport’s Eagle 2 Fire

Fire Near Bridgeport Began Wednesday

UPDATE: Friday, August 14th.
Fire officials now indicate the cause of the Eagle 2 fire is lightning from earlier in the week. Wednesday, the day the fire took off, there were blue skies over Bridgeport.  The fire is now listed at 150 Acres in size with 178 firefighters assigned.  Perimeter containment is listed at just 3%.

From the US Forest Service:

Fire Crews Work to Contain a Fire near Bridgeport, California

Inter-agency fire crews are working to contain a fire burning on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest just west of Bridgeport, California. The cause of the Eagle Two Fire is unknown. It is currently burning in timber and as of 9 AM Thursday the fire is now  estimated to be around 126 acres.

The fire is one mile south of the Buckeye Campground on the Bridgeport Ranger District. U.S. Forest Service personnel have evacuated the campground and nearby hot springs and closed the Buckeye Road.

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Photo By Gary Young. Taken Wednesday, August 12


As of 6 p.m., resources assigned to the fire include one air attack, two air tankers, four single engine air tankers (S.E.A.T.s), one helicopter, three engines, two hotshot crews, one CAL FIRE crew strike team and various overhead. The Great Basin Type III Team will take command of the fire on Thursday, Aug. 13th, and additional resources have been ordered.

The chance of wildfires occurring has increased due to the recent warm temperatures and long term drought conditions. Also, a red flag warning is in effect for western Nevada and the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 for gusty winds and low humidity. Forest officials encourage the public to be extremely cautious with activities that could potentially cause a wildfire.

cover photo by Gary Young.

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Mono Meetings now Streaming Live

Mono County Board of Supervisors
Incorporates Live Video Streaming

MONO COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:

At the June 2, 2015 Regular Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, live video streaming became available through a software program called Granicus. The video feed which appears live during meetings on the internet and is later archived for future viewing has now been in use for approximately two months. The feedback  received in the Board of Supervisor’s office has been positive and the system is working very well. The use of Granicus allows the public and members of Mono County Staff to watch a board meeting in real time and then review details of that same meeting long after it’s over. This saves County Staff time and money as it reduces time away from the office and time spent traveling across the County to attend meetings. It also saves the public time if they are interested in seeing only one or two items as it eliminates the need for
them to attend meetings in person, unless necessary. With the help of the Mono County Information Technology Department working closely with the Granicus team and with input from the Clerk of the Board, this system was set up fairly easily and rather quickly. The Mono County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of the
Granicus System in last year’s budget seeing it as a benefit for the public that would provide flexibility and enhance the experience of “attending” a meeting. The Board of Supervisor’s staff has experienced no difficulty incorporating the use of Granicus into
their work routines and sees a large benefit to having the videotaped meetings archived for future use in creating and enhancing minutes. For those interested in streaming a meeting live or viewing an archived meeting, please go to the following link:
http://www.monocounty.ca.gov/meetings.

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Tri-County Fair Entry Forms Available

Local Rodeo, ATV Rodeo, IMA Idol and Horse Show entries being accepted

Entry forms are now available online and in the Fair office for several Tri-County Fair events. In addition to the regular exhibit entries and contests contained in the Exhibitor’s Guidebook, forms are now available for the IMA Idol Singing contest, the ATV Rodeo, the Local Rodeo and the Fair Horse show. They can be found online at www.tricountyfair.com or in the main office on the Fairgrounds.

The IMA Idol contest has a few new twists this year. Competitors in this event are not subject to an age limit, and can have instrumental accompaniment (within the rules) should they choose. “The biggest change to the IMA Idol contest is that there will be a preliminary contest on Saturday, August 22 that is free to the public to watch, and the top five performers from the preliminaries will go on to compete as the openers for the Austin Webb Concert during the fair,” stated Fair CEO Sally Symons. Cash and fair ticket packages are the prizes for the IMA Idol Contest that is proudly sponsored by The Sound Shoppe and Sierra Wave Media.

We have also changed up the ATV Rodeo a bit this year,” commented Symons. “Last year’s first time go at it was a great success, but ran a little long. We have tightened up the events, added a time trial/ qualifier day, and the great guys from Bishop MotoCross are going to run it for us. This should help to make the show even more entertaining and fast paced for our guests.” There will also be an FMX stunt show prior to the ATV Rodeo featuring locally grown rider Dustin Nowak of Thrashed Kids, Inc. Last year’s participants had a great time and the winners took home cash prizes that were sponsored by Honda Motorsports, which is sponsoring again this year.

The Local Rodeo and Broncs & Bulls is another Fair favorite with entries now open. In addition to the traditional favorites, there have been a few additions to the Junior Rodeo Line-up, and the prize money for the rough stock has been doubled, which should make for a deeper field of competitors.

A popular day-time event during the fair is the Horse Show featuring English, Western, Halter, Hunter /Jumpers, trail and new this year a Versatility Ranch Horse division. Entry booklets for the Horse Show will be available at the Fair Office, Wye Road Feed and Sierra Saddlery. Anyone interested in sponsoring horse show classes can also contact the Fair office at 760-873-3588.

Any questions regarding entry into these events should be directed to the Tri-County Fairgrounds at 760-873-3588 or by emailing ceo@tricountyfair.com

cover photo courtesy of the Tri-County Fair

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Highway 395 Head on crash

Crash Sends four to the Hospital

The list of serious traffic collisions continues to grow.  The most recent accident occurred Wednesday morning on highway 395 in Mono County just south of Walker.  Two Ford pickup trucks collided head on sending all four occupants to Reno’s Renown Medical Center.

The California Highway Patrol Bridgeport office released the accident report:

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at approximately 8:35 A. M., Richard Alent ( age 40, of Reno) was driving a 2013 Ford pickup truck southbound on US-395, approximately 2.5 miles south of East Side Lane.  At the same time, Henry Trammell ( age 73, of Bakersfield)  was driving a 2015 Ford pickup northbound on US-395.  Mr. Alent allowed the Ford pickup he was driving to cross-over the painted solid double yellow lines into the northbound lane directly into the path of Mr. Trammell’s vehicle.  The preliminary investigation indicates neither driver was able to take evasive action, and the vehicles collided head on.   The vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes of US-395.  As a result, US-395 was closed for approximately two hours to allow for the removal of occupants, vehicles and the cleanup of the roadway.

All four individuals involved in the collision were transported by helicopter to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for treatment of moderate to major injuries.  Alent suffered major injuries, passenger Jessica Pedro, age 41 of Santa Rosa suffered moderate injuries.  Henry Trammell received moderate injuries with his passenger 76-year old Bakersfield resident Marcia Trammell suffering moderate injuries.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area office responded to the scene and are conducting the collision investigation.  Mono County Paramedics, Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Mono County Animal Control personnel, Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Department personnel, and California Department of Transportation personnel responded to the collision scene to assist.

cover photo from the Mono County Sheriffs department

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Man arrested after June Lake Incident

Mission Viejo Man arrested Sunday

Mono County Sheriffs department statement:

On the morning of Sunday, July 5, 2015, at approximately 8:35am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding a possible assault with a firearm that occurred the previous night in the June Lake area.

On the evening of Saturday, July 4, 2015, at approximately 10:00pm, Mr. Julian Wendell, age 30, of Mission Viejo, California, and a male and a female, both of June Lake, were involved in an altercation at their campsite in the June Lake area.  Mr. Wendell drove the male and the female to the campsite after spending some time in the Town of June Lake. During the drive to the campsite, Mr. Wendell was driving in an aggressive manner and was confronted by both the male and the female. When they arrived at the campsite, Mr. Wendell became aggressive and pushed the female as they both exited the vehicle. The male met Mr. Wendell at the front of the vehicle where the two began to argue and got into a physical altercation. Mr. Wendell then went into his trailer and brought out a handgun. He hit the male in the head with the butt of the handgun. Mr. Wendell then fired several rounds into the air. The male and the female were able to leave the campsite where the male was taken to Mammoth Hospital for treatment of his injuries and released. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the incident.

On the morning of Sunday, July 5, 2015, Mono County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, located Mr. Wendell and he was arrested without incident. Three firearms were recovered from Mr. Wendell’s trailer.

Julian Wendell, age 30, of Mission Viejo, California, was arrested for suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person, willful infliction of corporal injury, discharging a firearm in grossly negligent manner, and drawing, exhibiting, or using firearm. He is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail. All charges for Mr. Wendell are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

Written and prepared by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

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Mono County Budget Meetings

Mono County Sets Town Hall Meetings

Mono County leadership is encouraging folks to get involved in the County’s Budget process. Town hall budget and strategic planning meetings will be held in Crowley, Bridgeport, Walker, Chalfant, June Lake, and Mammoth. The sessions will include a look at the Mono County economic outlook, a budget overview and a discussion of the status of Mono Counties strategic plan. Public comments are encouraged and responses will be incorporated into the budget hearings in August.

Meeting Schedule.
Monday, July 6, Crowley Lake Community Center.
Tuesday, July 7, Bridgeport Memorial Hall.
Thursday, July 9, Antelope Valley Community Center.
Monday, July 13, Chalfant Community Center.
Thursday, July 16, June Lake Community Center.
Tuesday, July 21, Mammoth Lakes at Minaret Mall, suite Z.
All meeting are set for 6-8pm.

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Be Safe this Weekend

Smoke, Lightning, and Heat

Inyo and Mono County Public health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson is passing along an important message.  Several risk factors are in play this weekend, high temperatures, thunderstorms, and smoke from wildfires.  Please take note and be safe.

From Dr. Richard Johnson:

Below is a summary of key points to keep in mind for the next few days —

  • Smoke — with fairly light winds today smoke from the various fires will tend to ooze around in various directions. Degraded air quality is likely in communities throughout the Eastern Sierra. After settling into the valleys at night where concentrated areas of thick smoke are possible, wind projections suggest a slight westward movement though again winds are light so the smoke will tend to move randomly/slowly. Advice — Communities with outdoor events should have contingencies in case the smoke becomes thick enough to impact health, and monitor statements from Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District at:

http://www.gbuapcd.org/healthadvisory/

  • Thunderstorms — moisture aloft working into the region will lead to buildups Thursday afternoon followed by decent chances for thunderstorms each day Friday through early next week. Confidence is still medium due to uncertainties in how isolated or widespread storms may be.
    • Friday/Saturday – fast moving storms over the Sierra and far western Nevada are likely to be dry with potential for new fire starts from lightning, and particularly strong and unpredictable outflow winds. Fire suppression efforts would be impacted by these microbursts. 
    • Sunday/Monday – we’re likely to see a transition to wetter storms with an increased risk of flash flooding. Be aware of your flash flood hot spots and have a plan. Important — Areas around and downstream of fires are at enhanced risk of seeing flash flooding and debris flows if storms develop overhead Sunday/Monday.
  • Heat — confidence remains high in a heat wave impacting the region, with the core of the hottest temperatures Thursday-Saturday, possibly lasting into Sunday for western Nevada. 100-107 in the western Nevada Valleys and 85-90 in the Sierra at Tahoe and Mammoth elevations, which are near or exceeding daily record highs. Advice — keep an eye on those prone to heat illness. Extra heat precautions should be considered for outdoor events and fire suppression activities Thursday through the weekend. Also – have a thunderstorm/lightning plan…

As temperatures rise over the next few days, we are reminding residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly and are urging people to take precautions to avoid them. There are simple steps people can take to keep risk at a minimum.

1. Drink Plenty of Fluids – Even If You Don’t Feel Thirsty

Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in hot weather, drink 2-4 glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.

2. Stay Cool Indoors–The most efficient way to beat the heat is to stay in an air conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner or evaporative cooling unit, consider a visit to a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.

3. Stay Cool Outdoors

Plan activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep the head cool. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.

4. Monitor Those at High Risk

If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know anyone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day. When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your coworkers and have someone do the same for you.

5. Pace Yourself

If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot weather, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity, get into a cool or shady area, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or feel faint.

6. Use Common Sense

Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car. Bring your pets indoors with you to protect them. Give your outdoor animals plenty of fresh water, leave the water in a shady area, and consider wetting the animal down. Those at highest risk of heat-related illness are the very young, the elderly, and those who must work outdoors in extremely high temperatures. Sudden rise in body temperature and dehydration can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. If not addressed quickly, brain damage or death can result. “High temperatures like those we expect in the next few days and throughout the summer can have serious health consequences.” People can avoid lots of problems if they just use a little common sense such as: never leaving infants, children or pets in a parked car, as temperatures can soar rapidly and cause severe brain injury or even death; drinking plenty of fluids that don’t contain caffeine or alcohol (these cause dehydration); staying indoors preferably in an air-conditioned environment such as libraries, stores, or restaurants; and, limiting strenuous activities between noon to 6 p.m., when temperatures tend to be highest.

cover photo by Gary Young.  Haze in Bishop from the Washington Fire near Markleeville

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Sparks Woman killed in Saturday Crash

Accident on highway 395 near Crowley Lake leaves one dead, two with serious injuries

CHP Accident report:

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at approximately 8:42 am, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officers were dispatched to a solo vehicle rollover collision on US-395 southbound, north of Crowley Lake Drive.  Personnel from the CHP Bishop Area Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Emergency Medical Services, and Long Valley Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist.

The preliminary investigation indicates Sherry Johnson, age 53 of Sparks Nevada,  was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 southbound on US-395, north of Crowley Lake Drive.  For unknown reasons, the driver allowed the vehicle to drift onto the right shoulder of the roadway where it collided with two metal paddle markers and a highway sign.  The vehicle then veered across all southbound lanes and into the center divide, where it overturned and came to rest on its wheels.  The driver of the vehicle (Sherry Johnson) was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Two passengers in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital, and airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.  Passengers include 46-year old Sparks resident Donald Karwoski and a 12-year old male from Reno.  The preliminary investigation suggests fatigue may have been a factor in the collision.  Officers from the CHP Bridgeport Area are handling the collision investigation.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.

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