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April 23rd

Firewood season opens May 1

April 23, 2013

The new firewood season opens May 1, according to national forest officials.

Initial supplies of firewood can be found at Antelope, Smoke, Dry Creek, Hartley, Oh Ridge and Reversed Peak Forest Management Areas located on the fuelwood map, according to an Inyo National Forest press release.

"Other areas may be opened later this season," the press release states. "Not all open areas may be snow-free at this time.

RAW: Local roads, lakes begin to open up for Fishing Opener

April 23, 2013

High temperatures combined with a light snowpack will allow for an early start to plowing area roads this spring, according to the U.S Forest Service, Inyo National Forest.

Lakes Basin: The Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML) began plowing roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Wednesday, April 17 and the Basin is expected to be open to vehicles for the Fishing Opener weekend.

Campgrounds will not be open.

Visitors should stay aware of hazards in the area, such as wind damaged trees and soft lake ice that is particularly dangerous during this season.

Thanks for the Ski Day

April 23, 2013


Dear Editor,


The students and staff of Mammoth Elementary School would like our community to know about a wonderful event that was made available to us by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. 

This past Monday and Wednesday, our 2nd-5th grade students were welcomed at the Mountain to enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding, completely free of charge. 

Trail Talk

April 23, 2013


We have a soft spot in our hearts for the ineptly named, but highly effective, committee that has been put in charge of the Mammoth Lakes Trails System.

Against long odds, the so-called Mammoth Lakes Trails System Coordinating Committee (MLTSCC) has taken one central idea—all of us want great trails around here—and created a vision on behalf of at least 21 separate user groups.

Dog program for Mammoth Library this month

April 23, 2013


Guide Dogs to star at library

It’s a dog’s life, at least on Monday, April 29, at the Mammoth Lakes Library.

An informational meeting about Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) therapy animal program, and/or with Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raising is the subject of the program.

Town, county begin to work together on garbage issue

April 23, 2013


After years of distrust, a new start

The festering debate between Mono County and Town of Mammoth Lakes over how to deal with garbage got an infusion of fresh air last week.

 Mammoth’s town manager took the reins and asked both sides to focus on one thing and one thing only—the numbers.

Forest, Town, push back on trails proposal

April 23, 2013


Trails group suggests NGO management

Mammoth’s trails system, much of which lies within the Inyo National Forest, would be managed by a non-governmental organization (NGO) under a proposal by the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation.

The Inyo’s response: Fat chance.

The Town’s response: Ditto.

April 20th

Theater Dog

April 20, 2013


“Wow, not a single joke in there, except for the title,” Fido said.

“You expected a comedy?”

“I figured “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woof!” was about dogs. It’s in the title.”

“Oh Fido, you have been misled once again.  It’s not ‘woof!’ as in a bark, it’s ‘Woolf’ as in a name.”

“They should have made that clear. I am easily misled.”

April 19th

RAW: Coleville High School project to remove uranium from water completed

April 19, 2013

The Coleville High School Water Project, which is being jointly funded by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, recently completed a new water project that removes naturally occurring uranium from the school's drinking water.

RAW: Lee Vining High School ranked 64th in state based on Challenger Index

April 19, 2013

Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Post’s High School Challenge Index for the second time this year.

The small rural school in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, which covers all the schools in Mono County north of Mammoth Lakes, was ranked 558th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools placing it in the top three percent of all high schools, according to school officials.

RAW: Crowley Lake resident arrested on suspicion of embezzling local water district funds

April 19, 2013

A Crowley Lake woman was arrested on Friday, April 19, on suspicion of embezzling $29,000 from a Crowley Lake water district.

After a lengthy investigation, Debra Ray, 53, of Crowley Lake, was arrest on April 19, pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.

ICARE raises $30K in fundraiser

April 19, 2013


Proceeds go toward new animal shelter

The biggest dog-and-cat party of the season went off last weekend in Bishop, and just about everyone was a winner.

About 700 animal lovers crowded into the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-Valley Fairgrounds for a fund-raising dinner and auction, putting $30,000 into the coffers of the Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources & Education (ICARE).

SNARL Lecture Series set

April 19, 2013


Wide range of subjects at Green Church

The 2013 lecture series produced by the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab is nothing if not wide ranging.

Lecturers will cover topics on everything from ground source heat pumps to mushrooms, the 2011 Devils Windstorm to Lahonton Cuthroat trout recovery in the context of climate change.

Endangered Walker Lake may get some county water, if county is still protected

April 19, 2013


Efforts to protect Mono County creeks and rivers and still allow ranchers and farmers to lease excess water rights to Nevada to be used in a lake that is threatened with falling water levels and salinity issues is moving forward, according to county staff Tuesday. Assistant County Counsel Stacey Simon got approval from the county’s supervisors for a letter that lays out methods to protect the county, such as only removing water from Bridgeport and Topaz Lake when water levels are sufficient to protect recreation and wildlife.

County landfills may all be on same schedule in future

April 19, 2013


A proposal to change all of the county’s landfill hours to be the same — from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. was warmly recieved by the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The change would eliminate confusion and still allow residents to get to the landfills before work, according to county staff.  The supervisors will take the issue up as an action item at a future meeting.

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