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Archive - Jan 18, 2013

Flu flies this way; vaccines running low on Eastside

January 18, 2013


Although flu activity is still comparatively low in California and Mono County, new information shows the flu is on the move, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, the county’s public health officer.

County will likely hire short-term interim administrator

January 18, 2013


Search is on for new finance director

An interim county administrator is the most likely choice after Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens leaves Feb. 3, according to county supervisor Byng Hunt.

“We will probably find a skilled, experienced, retired former county administrator as an interim administrator, which will give us the time to find the right person for the job,” he said.

Mammoth on the rebound

January 18, 2013


Projections indicate recovery in full swing

Practically everyone in Mammoth has sensed that the town is on the way back from a disastrous ski season last year, but now the actual numbers are starting to show it.

For example, the projected visitor occupancy for the upcoming King Holiday weekend (Jan. 18-20) was 77 percent of capacity as of Thursday, Jan. 17.

On the same weekend last year, occupancy was a dreary 30 percent, the result of a snow season that hardly existed at all until late in the spring season.

Cross country skiing in June Lake

January 18, 2013


In the wake of what could have been a devastating blow to the small community of June Lake, creativity spurred of necessity could be an unexpected boon.

With June Mountain closed this year, the owners of Double Eagle Resort and Spa decided to groom cross country ski track on their ranch property across the street from the spa—adding one more reason to visit June Lake.

I have lived many places on the Eastside for the past several years, but this year I decided to move to June Lake, mainly for the winter recreation opportunities.

Migrating murals

January 18, 2013


Art meets conservation in the eastern Sierra

The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep has the unique distinction of being the only endangered bighorn subspecies of three in the United States.

The population dropped to 100 individuals in the 1990s, but has since rebounded, and hit 500 individuals in 2012, spurring optimism for the continued growth and recovery of this rare and unique megafauna.

A late night production

January 18, 2013


His pseudonym is Late Night Billy, he works late at night and the beneficiaries of his labor are late-night music aficionados in Mammoth.

A promoter out of South Lake Tahoe, Billy brought Mickey Avalon to town in December, and “Late Night Productions” was in town again last weekend with “The Long Beach Invasion Tour.”

The headliner for the event was Sublime LBC, a cover band that included former bassist, Q-ball, of the original group.

Fido & Me - King Me!

January 18, 2013


“King me!” Fido yowled.


“Go ahead and King me!”

“Fido, what in the world…?”

“OK, then let’s give the cat a ride around the house. He can just climb right up on my back if he wants to, and I’ll take him anywhere he wants to go. The sky’s the limit.”

“Fido, what’s going on?”

“It’s King Weekend, in case you forgot, and I’m all fired up and ready to go!”

The California way

January 18, 2013


They said it could not be done—that California’s fiscal problems were so immense, so mind-boggling, that no one in his right mind dare even take it on.

Then again, few people have ever said that Gov. Jerry Brown was ever in his right mind, and that goes for his supporters as well as his critics.

MHS Boosters Club sends its thanks

January 18, 2013


I am writing on behalf of the MHS Boosters Club to thank some of our sponsors for their help with new electronic message board on the corner of Sierra Park Road and Meridian Blvd.

This project has been a huge undertaking requiring quite a bit of collaboration. We would like to thank: Mammoth Lakes Welding, Mammoth Unified School District, Mr. Rich Boccia, Mr. Robin Davis, VP Construction, Digital 395 and Praxis.

Without the continued support of our sponsors, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you.

A compromise on gun control

January 18, 2013


As a grandfather still grieving over the devastating loss of 80 peoples’ grandkids, I have spent a lot of time in the recent weeks, processing what can really be done to stop these catastrophes. As with all the major problems facing our country, to really be effective, we need an “all of the above” approach.

A shining example

January 18, 2013


The recent Poetry Out Loud recitation contest at Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre is a shining example of the importance of culture and community. Poetry is designed to be recited, and the kids, some from as far away as Coleville, did a masterful job and gained tremendous experience in expressing themselves in front of a live audience.

Crowley man donates to Disabled Sports

January 18, 2013


Dog versus drugs

January 18, 2013


Mono County’s new drug dog can identify residual smells left behind by illegal drugs

A powerful new weapon against illegal drugs has been added to Mono County’s law enforcement teams—a four-year-old Belgian Malinois dog named Tara.

Tara’s nose is so powerful, she can pick up the odor of a pound of marijuana or the lingering scent of cocaine residue left on the steering wheel of a car, according to the sheriff’s department.

Yve Evans to perform at Winterfest on Feb. 9

January 18, 2013


The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club announced that world-renowned artist and entertainer Yve Evans will perform at its Rotary Winterfest on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon Lodge. 

Yve has been a regular at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee and will showcase her talents in honor of Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club “Service Above Self” honorees Ken and Flossie Coulter. 

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