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Archive - 2011

June 24th

Whitmore Pool, Recreation Department, draw reprieve

June 24, 2011

Whitmore Pool’s fate came right down to the wire on Wednesday.

It came as the Mammoth Lakes Town Council struggled to balance its 2011-12 budget.

If it was not a last-second reprieve, it was certainly a last-hour reprieve for advocates of the pool.

They will find the pool’s hours of operation the same; the water comfortable and inviting, just as swimmers there have known for many years.

Mono Country's redistricting committee tries to figure out how to draw fair district lines

June 24, 2011

As a neighborhood, a community, a county, who are we?

That question is at the heart of the work that a group of local residents is doing right now.

Their answers have the potential to redefine the question.

Couched in the term “redistricting”, these residents have been working for the past several weeks to come up with ways to re-draw Mono County’s five supervisorial districts.

Redistricting is necessary in the county because the 2010 Census revealed that the districts are now lopsided in terms of population. They must be made equal.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 24-30

June 24, 2011

Interim Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez’s contract runs out at the end of June, but don’t count on it sticking, say Town Hall insiders. Once the Hot Creek judgment lands, the town staff is going to need a whole lot of help, and there’s no help like MMM’s ...

Hoidy-toidy Grinnell College in Iowa put Bishop’s Drew Blumberg on the Dean’s List for the spring semester, and that’s a big darned deal in academic circles. He’s majoring in Biological Chemistry. Parents Stephen and Sandra Blumberg are proud as punch. ...

Reds Meadow Road to open Wednesday, June 29

June 24, 2011

A record snowfall and resulting damage has delayed the opening of the Reds Meadow Road to Wednesday, June 29. The target date of June 24 was not met due to the time required to remove hazards and debris, and to make repairs along the roadway as a result of winter avalanches and harsh conditions. The road, with access to the Devils Postpile National Monument, will open at 8:00 am on June 29 with shuttle bus services beginning immediately.

June 22nd

Jim Arkens named new Mono County CAO

June 22, 2011

Jim Arkens has been named the Mono County administrator, or CAO.

Arkens has served the county as the director for the Human Resources department for the past year. He takes the place of former CAO Dave Wilbrecht, who left the county to become the new Town manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes last month.

Arkens, 58, was chosen by the county board of supervisors after a closed session Tuesday.

June 21st

Proposed wind farm project comment period extended, field trips planned

June 21, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office will conduct a open-to-the public field exam and two public scoping meetings for the Ewind Farm and ENEL (Padoma) wind monitoring project areas within the Black Lake, Adobe Valley, and Granite Mountain areas west of Benton in eastern California.

June 20th

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 17-23

June 20, 2011

If there are any dreamers out there who may have thought that Meb-the K has lost a step or two, they didn’t see him win the San Diego half -marathon two weekends ago in his home town. ...

In other running news, Deena Kastor finished 25th in the New York Road Runners half-marathon earlier this months, just three months after giving birth to her first child. Linat Masai ran away from a field that featured 12 Olympians to win in 31:40, 29 seconds ahead of Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia, to win her second straight Mini 10k. ...

Ryan Hughes wins first moto in Vet Pro 30+ class

June 20, 2011

On Saturday, June 18, as Mammoth Monster Motocross got under way, Ryan Hughes #4 (Temecula, Calif.) won the first moto in the Vet Pro 30+, but Jeremy Mcgrath (#2) (Encinitas, Calif.)  went on to win the finals. Sunday, it all belonged to Hughes.

UPDATE: Search for missing man in Yosemite scaled back

June 20, 2011

The search continues in Yosemite National Park for missing hiker George Penca, who was last seen at the top of Yosemite Falls on Friday, June 17. Due to the fact that the area has been thoroughly searched by personnel and dogs, the terrain is rugged and steep, and no clues have been found, search efforts are being scaled back.

June 17th

'Motocross Mom' is back in Mammoth, still in love

June 17, 2011

For more than three decades, the “Motocross Mom” had a dual love affair.

It is now broken in half. Gale Webb, whom Mammoth Motocross organizer Laurey Carlson characterized as “the face of the Motocross,” lost her beloved husband Jim just three weeks ago.

But Webb is here for this year’s event because her love affair with Mammoth still goes on.

“Someday I will join Jim and we will be up here together.

Food & Wine Experience of Blue Sky Fest offers best of both, and music, too

June 17, 2011

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

It’s a blue sky day.
In Mammoth that means mountains in clear relief against a cobalt sky, lakes and rivers that sparkle and rush.

And it’s Saturday: Day 2 of the Blue Sky Fest, spread out around and adjacent to the grounds of Cerro Coso College.

The newest facet of this festival is the Blue Sky Experience – a cooking competition; seminars on wine and food pairings, complete with demonstrations; 20 wineries pouring exquisite tastings; and a live auction – all wrapped up in music by City Folk, Strunz and Farah, Vance Gilbert and the Tito Puente, Jr. Orchestra.

Hard Day's Night for Town Council

June 17, 2011

Grim work on Town
finances cuts, and cuts, and cuts

There may as well have been blood in the streets.

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council, facing a shortfall budget of more than $2 million and a deadline of June 22 for a reckoning, took out its machetes on Wednesday night and got to work on the finances.

Three police officers will have to go. Any improvements to the town’s dilapidated police station are a ha-ha-ha.

At least one staffer – maybe more – will have to leave Public Works.

Airport service to include Orange, San Diego

June 17, 2011

Ready to have 50,000 people land on your front porch?

Literally.

Under plans announced this week, Mammoth’s airport next winter will handle four flights a day, seven days a week. It will also handle seven flights a day on the busy Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday weekends.

Moreover, the airport will serve travelers from San Diego and Orange County for the first time, fulfilling the wishes of Mammoth-loving SoCals who found the trip to Los Angeles International as irritating as the six-eight-hour drive up here.

June 16th

Rescue on Tioga Pass area involves local surgeon

June 16, 2011

On Saturday, June 11, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to help a snowboarder with a broken leg.

Payam Pakbin, 28, of Los Angeles, was walking up a steep, icy slope with a friend near Tioga Pass when he lost his footing and slid down into a rock field, suffering a femur fracture. Other backcountry skiers in the area heard his yelling and responded to help. One of the responders skied down to his vehicle and drove down Highway 120 until he was able to contact authorities on his cell phone.

June 15th

Tioga Pass Road opens Saturday, free park entrance day Tuesday

June 15, 2011

The Tioga Road will open for the season on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 a.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.

There are several no-stopping zones along the road, which are clearly marked with road signs.

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