Archive - Apr 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snowboarder Chelone âChillyâ 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 Sheriffâs authorities.
Miller âwas found unresponsive in his van in the Mammoth Lakes area at 12:45 p.m.,â the Sheriffâs Office said in a news release.
âMono County paramedics, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department and Mono County Sheriffâs Deputies were dispatched to the scene.
âUpon arrival, it was determined that Miller was deceased.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mammoth Community Water district does not so far anticipate water shortages this summer—but that could change.
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.