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Archive - May 2013

May 23rd

California Senate passes ski safety legislation

May 23, 2013

Would require resorts to report on plans

In a vote along party lines, the California State Senate on Monday, May 13, passed a bill requiring all ski resorts in the state to prepare and make public their safety plans.

The legislation, introduced by State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), passed on its third reading, 24-8, with six senators abstaining.

It would require every ski resort in the state to prepare an annual safety plan and, upon request, make the safety plan available to the public the same day the request is received.

A heinous hike from Horseshoe Lake

May 23, 2013

Two-hour hike turns into overnight misadventure

It was supposed to be a two-to-three hour hike—a ramble, really, nothing much more than a walk in the woods.

But for a 63-year-old Merced man, a hike out of the Horseshoe Lake trailhead last weekend turned into a nightmare series of bad decisions that left him bruised, scarred, tired, and cold.

“It was like the Minnow on Gilligan’s Island,” said Gary Walker. “A two-hour tour.”

At least Gilligan found an island.

Mono County hires new chief administrator

May 23, 2013

Jim Leddy, Sonoma County deputy administrator, takes over June 4

Mono County hired a new County Administrative Officer (CAO), according to the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

The board announced Tuesday, May 21, it selected Jim Leddy, the current Deputy County Administrator/Community and Government Affairs Manager for Sonoma County, to be the new CAO for Mono County.

Mono courts to collect, increase fees

May 23, 2013

The push targets infractions as far back as 20 years, levies a $300 fee

A renewed and “enhanced” attempt to collect delinquent fines for court infractions could bring millions of dollars into Mono County and Superior Court coffers—and create an unexpected headache for those who didn’t pay their fees or failed to appear in court.

May 21st

Overdue hiker found in Reds Meadow after spending cold night, trying to reach Bishop

May 21, 2013

A 63-year-old overdue hiker, a Merced man missing since May 18, was found in the Reds Meadow area Sunday, May 19, after spending the night in the valley and getting lost while trying to reach Bishop.

On Saturday, May 18, at approximately 8 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an overdue hiker in the Horseshoe Lake area, according to a sheriff's department news release.

"A 63-year-old hiker from Merced was reported overdue by his son when he didn’t return after a 3-4 hour hike," the news release states.

County hires new top administrator

May 21, 2013

Mono County has hired a new County Administrative Officer (CAO), according to the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

According to a news release issued by the board of supervisors on May 21, Tuesday, Jim Leddy, the current Deputy County Administrator/Community and Government Affairs Manager for Sonoma County, will begin his service in Mono County on June 4, with a salary of $160,000.

"The selection follows an extensive recruitment process begun in January and guided by the Board’s efforts to strengthen strategic planning for the county," the news release states.

Paramedics offer cost-cutting options

May 21, 2013


County of Mono could save about $2.8 million

Mono County’s much-loved but expensive county paramedic program might get a little less expensive after the paramedics offered a series of cost-cutting measures Tuesday, May 14.

What's Up, Up Here? May 16- May 23

May 21, 2013


Brent Truax, erstwhile GM of the Westin-Monache Resort, is now GM of the Sierra Nevada Resorton Old Mammoth Road, with Rhonda Duggancontinuing as director of marketing and sales. …

Speaking of the Denver-based Westin, the Mammoth property is minus a general manager, an executive chef, a rooms manager, a restaurant managerand a director of sales. …

‘Community Garden’ gets tentative support

May 21, 2013


Measure R tax funds would pay for infrastructure

A community garden at Mammoth Creek Park, funded with Measure R recreation-based tax dollars, received warm support from the town’s Recreation Commission this past week.

What it did not get, however, was a full-fledged blessing in terms of actual dollars.

May 20th

Half Dome cables go up on Friday, May 24

May 20, 2013

The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, weather permitting, park officials announced this past week.

Devil's Windstorm talk Tuesday night at Green Church:

May 20, 2013

Chris Smallcomb of the National Weather Service in Reno will give a talk about "The Devils Windstorm: The Great Tree Blowdown of 2011" as part of the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., at the Green Church at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Benton Crossing Road.

Talks are free and open to the public. Space is limited, arrive early to insure a seat. For more information contact: Leslie Dawson:

May 17th

Dog license, vaccination clinic June 1

May 17, 2013

It’s time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 1 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $50 if it is not. You don’t need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.

Fire season begins Monday, May 20 in Yosemite

May 17, 2013

   The 2013 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park will begin on Monday, May 20, park officials said Friday in a news release.

Big town projects receive Town Council scrutiny

May 17, 2013


Five-year capital improvements plan unveiled

The airport, town streets, and town trails would get the lion’s share of capital improvement money in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a draft of the town’s five-year spending program.

The program, drafted by Public Works Director Ray Jarvis, was handed up to the Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday evening, May 15.

Inyo National Forest announces open houses for forest plan revision

May 17, 2013


Meeting in Mammoth on May 29, Bishop on May 20

The Inyo National Forest announced this past week a series of planned meetings to continue dialogue and receive input from the public and interested stakeholders for its forest plan revision.

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