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January 4th

The Visitors

January 4, 2013

 

Now that the first round of High Holidays are on the ebb, we’re left on the edge of speechlessness.

In a word, “Wow” might do it. Given two words, we’d say “Holy Smokes!”

No one around here can remember Mammoth being so packed in a two-week period. Matthew Lehman, a lifelong Mammothite who just happens to be the mayor of our little burg, said the other day he can’t remember one like it.

Watson unveils lean police plan

January 4, 2013

 

‘We can’t patrol the town 24 hours a day, seven days a week’

Got a noisy party going on next door? Calling the cops won’t get you very far.

Looking for that school resource officer in the hallways of Mammoth’s schools? He may be there, maybe not.

Have a late-night problem with stuff that isn’t directly related to public safety, such as vandalism or a low-level misdemeanor? It will have to wait.

Airport, Mobility commissions get the heave-ho

January 4, 2013

 

Council cites spotty attendance, lack of issues

Having trimmed the town staff to the bone, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday brought the axe down on two of its citizen commissions.

Gone is the Mobility Commission, whose main task over the past two years was to help shape short- and long-range plans for such things as transit routes, pedestrian routes or, as chair Sandy Hogan once put it, “anything to do with mobility.”

New Year’s Report: Lots of people, not much mayhem

January 4, 2013

 

Watson happy with crowd behavior

The crowds in Mammoth over the New Year’s holiday were as big as they’ve ever been, said Police Chief Dan Watson, but on the whole the alcohol-marinated visitors behaved themselves.

“There was a lot of revelry, a lot of partying in town,” he told the Town Council Wednesday evening.

The Looney Bean’s Lela Williams is on a mission

January 4, 2013

 

‘Every Seventh’ project a quest of hope, compassion

Lela Williams has seen things most people could not bear and done things most people could not stand.

The co-owner of the Looney Bean said she has watched her family lose everything and flee to America with only what they could carry; she has run from gunmen, leaving her vehicle behind, disappearing into the jungle like a wraith.

What a difference a year makes

January 4, 2013

 

Mammoth is at about 50 percent of normal precipitation for the year

In one short month, Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra broke out of a year-long drought and landed squarely in the middle of an average winter—at least so far.

As of Jan. 2, Mammoth Pass was at about 50 percent of its average moisture for the entire winter, and at about 100 percent of the average amount of moisture it normally gets as of that date, according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power data.

Nancy Upham retires after 28 years

January 4, 2013

 

Nancy Upham probably knows more about the huge Inyo National Forest than anyone else

Stretching from Tioga Pass south to Olancha, taking in every peak in the Sierra between, the giant Inyo National Forest pretty much dominates everything that does—and does not—happen in the southern half of the Eastern Sierra.

This week, this land of granite peaks and mile-high meadows lost its most familiar and constant voice when Public Affairs Officer Nancy Upham retired Jan. 3.

‘Kamikaze Bike Games’ set for September

January 4, 2013

 

Questions remain as to who pays, who profits

A new bike festival is officially on track for Sept. 4 to 6 in Mammoth, but it will not be a done deal until financing is solidified.

The “Kamikaze Bike Games” is to be organized and hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, with proceeds set to go to the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 4 - 10

January 4, 2013

 

Whoa! Meb Keflezighi, Mammoth’s most famous Olympian, is re-locating the family to San Diego, although he’ll still keep his digs up here and will train here, too. Then again, San Diego is warmer, there is no winterto speak of and, well. …

Chemotherapy Center grand opening at Mammoth Hospital

January 4, 2013

 

Mammoth Hospital announced the opening of a newly renovated and redesigned Chemotherapy Infusion Center, to facilitate access to cancer care services in the Eastern Sierra.

The new chemotherapy center was made possible by donations from Dave and Roma McCoy, as well as Medical Imaging Director, Dr. Yuri Parisky in collaboration with Dancing with the Docs.  

Interior designer Nicole Cavanaugh of Cavanaugh Design Group and Nancy Ballard, Executive Director of Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo volunteered their time to bring the outdated room to life.

Some rural dwellings can now be built with less red tape

January 4, 2013

 

The Mono County Board of Supervisors recently passed a “Limited Density Owner Built Rural Dwellings,” ordinance which allows “for the legal construction of seasonally or permanently occupied residential dwellings located in rural areas and that are solely occupied as the residence of the owner or the owner’s family.”

Mammoth Hospital receives national accreditation

January 4, 2013

 

Mammoth Hospital achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the only hospital accreditation program approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that integrates the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

DNV’s National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO) accreditation program requires hospitals to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout its facilities and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

January 3rd

Rapper Frank Ocean arrested for marijuana possession near Tom's Place

January 3, 2013

On Monday, Dec. 31 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a Mono County Deputy Sheriff, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol Officer, observed a black BMW traveling at a high rate of speed, southbound on U.S. 395 near Tom’s Place.

The vehicle was stopped by the deputy. As the deputy approached the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana came from inside the car. Christopher Breaux, aka Frank Ocean, 25, Beverly Hills, had a small bag of marijuana on his person. Breaux was cited for possession of marijuana and released.

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