Archive - Dec 2013
Bill Anderson, a firefighter with the Mammoth Fire District for 40 years, died on Friday, Dec. 6.
The cause of death was complications from a brain tumor, according to Fire Chief Brent Harper.
â€śAs many of you know, Chief Anderson was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago. The operation to remove the tumor was only partially successful.Â
â€śHe died peacefully and without pain, with his family around him.â€ť
A 32-year-old Mammoth man is in custody after the Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff Deputies, arrested him in a methamphetamine bust.
Jose Priciliano Perez Torres was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, and sales of a controlled substance.
The Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at the Whitney Portal area next week, as weather conditions allow.
Smoke may be visible at times from U.S. 395. Prior to burning, much consideration goes into current and forecasted wind direction in order to limit the effects of smoke on nearby communities and recreation sites.
These piles help thin and reduce fuels near communities that could fuel an unwanted fire during hotter and drier conditions and to restore fire-adapted ecosystem conditions.
A great weekend for locals is in the offing, according to occupancy projections from Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
With plentiful snow on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain, albeit with sub-zero overnight temperatures in the forecasts, the occupancy rate in town will be just 20 percent through the weekend, with a 15 percent occupancy rate for mid-week.
Those numbers are down from last year, when the town occupancy was 28 percent for the weekend, and the same for mid-week.
On Friday, Dec. 13, June Mountain Ski Area is still sticking to its projected Opening Day after a one-year hiatus.
It’s 7:40 a.m. on a frigid, midweek day and the Mammoth Middle School gymnasium is bumping like a dance club, full of smiling pre-teens jumping rope, unicycling, riding sideways skates, and playing ping-pong, basketball, dodgeball, and volleyball.
Classes haven’t started yet, but teacher Todd Hensley is here early to supervise. He is lean and fit, with an engaging, active posture. When students break a rule, he calls them out and gives them 20 push-ups. Without protest, the busted students pump out the pushups, and rush back to their game of choice.
Having had five weeks to examine budget-induced gaps and unfilled positions, Interim Town Manager Dan Holler this week came forward with what he called a “consistent, effective and efficient” town staffing model.
His proposal, introduced at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, included changes in town administration, finance, community and economic development, and public works.
The council voted unanimously to pass the reorganization plans.
BRIDGEPORT—In a two-hour thrust-and-parry exercise this past week, about 50 Mono County residents, scientists and political stakeholders finally had their long-awaited showdown with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
However, citizens failed to win anything new in their bid to delay an environmental review in connection to proposed federal protection of the local sage grouse.
Mono County pets that would need emergency care in a natural disaster crisis have help on the way.
RedRover, a Sacramento-based nonprofit and volunteer program, would provide temporary, no-cost shelter and animal care services for people whose pets are impacted by a natural disaster or other emergency conditions.
The deal, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among RedRover, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, is to go before the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting next Tuesday in Bridgeport.
June Lake's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec. 13 and is sponsored by the June Lake Chamber of Commerce.
June Lake Chamber Mixer at Sierra Crest Realty, 2784 Hwy158
Free hot chocolate and refreshments
Greet old friends and meet new ones
Begin the caroling at Sierra Crest
Walk through town singing and laughing all the way!
Bring bells and flashlights
Tree lighting with special guests across from the Sierra Inn
Christmas tree permits are now available at the Mammoth Lakes Ranger District. Permits are $5 per tree and both pinyon pine and fir trees can be taken. The Christmas tree cutting area maps are available when you pick up your permit.
For more information, contact the Inyo National Forest at 760-924-5500 or go to the Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center at 2510 Main St. at the entrance to the town of Mammoth Lakes, three miles west of S.R. 395.
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber's holiday fundraiser this year will be held tomorrow, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jimmy's Taverna and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Wild Iris, according to the chamber.
Each year, Wild Iris serves hundreds of Mono Countyâ€™s most vulnerable residents: those who are victims of domestic violence. The numbers continue to grow for individuals seeking our services, and sadly, the increase in numbers includes more and more victims under the age of 18, according to the chamber.