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Karen Ferrell-Ingram receives ‘Last Best Place’ Award

October 26, 2012

 

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director Karen Ferrell-Ingram received the Frank Wells Last Best Place Award by the Sierra Nevada Alliance at its annual conference in South Lake Tahoe.

The Frank Wells Last Best Place Award goes to a leader who has exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting the Sierra’s best places.

Trail System gets a red ribbon

October 26, 2012

 

Big party at Welcome Center

Everybody who was anybody was at the Welcome Center last Saturday, Oct. 20, to open the new, enhanced Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

The Girl Scouts did color-guard ceremonies; Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta offered remarks; Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman was coerced off the trails to commemorate the trails; and John Wentworth, executive director of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) Foundation took time off from trail work.

Prop. 30 support loses steam; $2.4 million on line for Eastside schools

October 26, 2012

Public support for Proposition 30, which would funnel $494,734 into Mammoth’s schools and $2.4 million into Eastside schools, appears to be running out of gas.

In new findings released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, likely voters in California are sharply divided over Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure to fund education, with just under half now supporting it.

When the ballot for Prop. 30 was first introduced, 48 percent said they would vote yes, 44 percent would vote no, and 8 percent were undecided.

Geothermal plant expansion appealed, goes to county supervisors in November

October 26, 2012

A group of (apparently) non-local labor union organizations appealed an Oct. 11 decision by the Mono County planning commission to allow an expansion of Ormat Pacific’s Casa Diablo geothermal plant’s energy-generating capacity.

The appeal sends the project to the county supervisors for a final decision in November.

The project has been on the county’s plate for years. It has already passed through the planning commission and through the environmental review process, and was expected to have been implemented by now, according to county officials.

Wilbrecht defends Marysheva-Martinez

October 26, 2012

Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said he’s had it up to here in trying to convince skeptical Mammoth residents that Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is worth her weight in gold.

“We don’t really talk about this very much,” Wilbrecht said near the end of last week’s four-hour marathon Town Council meeting. “Maybe we should.”

Marysheva-Martinez, the assistant town manager, became the town’s budget analyst in the first round of budget crises that affected Mammoth’s crazy-quilt finances in February 2011.

LADWP sues another Eastern Sierra agency

October 26, 2012

By Mike Gervais

Inyo Register staff writer

Special to the Times

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Storm gives snowmaking an early boost

October 26, 2012

The second snowstorm of the season—and the first significant one—dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.

The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter storm—a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.

Eastside residents couldn’t be happier.

Early voting begins, about one fifth of Mono County ballots already in

October 26, 2012

With only a week and a half to go before the cliffhanger of this 2012 presidential election finally comes to an end on Nov. 6, Monday marked the last day to register to vote in Mono County.

Many people have already voted.

Early voting ballots are currently trickling in. Mono County officials said the county has received 949 mail-in ballots so far—about a fifth of the county’s total of 5,492 registered voters.

Fido and Me – Road Trip!

October 26, 2012

“I got the Can’t-Waits!”

“Fido, move over, will you? I want to get this travel case stored properly, you know?”

“I know we’re going somewhere,” Fido panted. “Where could it possibly be?”

“That’s the beauty of this kind of a road trip, Old Man. With really nothing on my mind and nowhere in particular to go, why don’t you tell me, for a change?”

“I want to go to the Biscuit Capital of America!”

“Where the heck is that?”

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