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April 12th

Residents weigh in on county priorities

April 12, 2013

County citizens lob everything from solar energy to algae blooms at supervisors

County residents hit their county supervisors Tuesday with a blizzard of suggestions designed to make the county function better and to bring an ever-increasing number of people into the county.

It was all part of a county-sponsored workshop, and the ideas flew fast and furious.

Conway trout hatchery moves one step closer

April 12, 2013

‘We need the Mono Monsters,’ says Hunt

An unusual alliance among the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Mono County, and Caltrans this past week paved the way toward solving a series of complex issues that has prevented Conway Ranch from building a state-of-the-art fish hatchery.

At a breakthrough meeting of the Mono County Fisheries Commission in June Lake on Monday, April 8, commissioners reached consensus on a proposal whereby the Eastern Sierra Land Trust would oversee environmental protections on a 75-acre parcel of land.

April 9th

County moves toward solar energy

April 9, 2013


Bridgeport building could be first pilot project

It seems a shame, with more than 300 days of sunshine, that Mono County buildings don’t take advantage of solar power more often, according to at least one county supervisor.

That supervisor, Larry Johnston, has been trying to change this over the past two years of his term, bringing solar energy to meetings again and again.

Finally, his efforts may pay off.

Emergency services report continues to draw fire

April 9, 2013


Consultants neglect to talk to critical groups, county supervisor says

A controversial report on the county’s emergency medical system was still causing consternation at the Mono County Board of Supervisors dais this week, even though the report is long done.

County eyes its own solution to garbage woes

April 9, 2013


A breakdown in communication with Town of Mammoth still problematic

Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes have been dancing around each other over the issue of garbage for many years.

On Tuesday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors, for the first time, indicated it might be willing to “take out the trash” alone, if need be—even if it means raising parcel fee rates.

County sends list of concerns to Yosemite

April 9, 2013


Proposals to limit horseback rides, roadside parking on Tioga Pass Road alarm county

When Yosemite National Park decided to do a new management plan for the Tuolumne River region, Mono County residents took notice.

About 25 percent of the millions of annual visitors to Yosemite National Park arrive there via the Tioga Pass Road, making the road, which begins near Lee Vining, one of the county’s most critical roadways.

‘Kamikaze Bike Games’ rounding into shape

April 9, 2013


Four-day event will feature ‘Gran Fondos’ on roads, mountain

The band-new Kamikaze Bike Games, a five-day event scheduled for the first week of September, will add several new features to some familiar events.

Apart from bringing back mountain bike racing on Mammoth Mountain for the third time since 2005, the Sept. 4-8 festival this year folds in the stalwart Sept. 7 High Sierra Fall Century road bike ride, with a “Gran Fondo” twist.

April 8th

Chelone Miller, skilled snowboarder, found dead in Mammoth; New Englander was Bode Miller’s brother

April 8, 2013

Snowboarder Chelone “Chilly” Miller, a 29-year-old Mammoth transplant from New Hampshire and the brother of skier Bode Miller, died on Sunday, April 7, according to Mono County Sheriff’s authorities.

Miller “was found unresponsive in his van in the Mammoth Lakes area at 12:45 p.m.,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“Mono County paramedics, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department and Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that Miller was deceased.

Halferty replaces Hennarty as housing chief

April 8, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. (MLH) Board of Directors announced this past week that current Deputy Director Jennifer Halferty has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director for Mammoth Lakes Housing.

Halferty has been with the non-profit workforce housing organization for the past seven years and before that she worked four years in the administration department of the Mono County Library.

She replaces Pam Hennarty, who resigned the position to take a job with Inyo County.

Mammoth Mountain extends an olive branch, June residents wary

April 8, 2013


It will take some changes before community trusts MMSA again

At a crowed meeting in June Lake April 2, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area representatives made it clear they intended to open June Mountain. They also found out it could take some time—and some concrete changes by the Mountain—before the company regains the trust of the June Lake community.

Town awards Measure U monies

April 8, 2013


Track, ESTA, events come up big in spring funding cycle

With a fistful of dollars in the form of Measure U sales tax funds, the Mammoth Town Council released $455,635 this past week, for projects ranging from further construction at the Whitmore Track to improvements in the town’s bus service.

‘Valley Fever’ on the rise

April 8, 2013


Coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever, a fungal infection that causes influenza-like symptoms and often leads to hospitalization, has increased “dramatically” in the U.S. Southwest in recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this past week.

Sequester won’t affect Mono Lake, Bodie

April 8, 2013


The sequester will not affect operations at either Mono Lake or Bodie State Park, according to officials.

“This is one time I’m glad to be connected to the state park system,” said Mono Lake Ranger Dave Marquart. Mono Lake faced budget cuts last year when California was in deficit and the park had to implement a new fee system to adjust.

Mammoth water district escapes drought

April 8, 2013


The Mammoth Community Water district does not so far anticipate water shortages this summer—but that could change.

Free Tax Aide in Mammoth

April 8, 2013


The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library, is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing. 

The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues residents face.

This service is being provided in the Mammoth Lakes Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. throughout tax season, through April 15. Spanish speaking volunteers are available.

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