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Archive - Jul 2013

July 8th

Local frogs, toad leap toward endangered list

July 8, 2013

Amphibians may impact private property owners, recreation

Three of Mono County’s amphibians could be headed for the federal Endangered Species list and while that might not sound exciting, protecting the Yosemite toad, the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the Mountain yellow-legged frog could create several changes to Eastern Sierra communities.

MLPD Volunteer Program in place

July 8, 2013

‘Training Academy’ begins this month

The Mammoth Police Department’s Volunteer Program, designed to supplement the beleaguered force, is off the ground.

Police Chief Dan Watson said the department is taking applications effective immediately.

The volunteers, he said, are needed to perform administrative duties such as greeting and assisting visitors at the front counter, providing translation services, and data entry. 

Goetz announces resignation from town

July 8, 2013

‘A huge loss,’ Jarvis says

Johnny Goetz, Mammoth’s main building inspector and go-to man for everything from lighting ordinances and code compliances to fire prevention measures, announced his resignation this past week.

Goetz, 42, is to move to Truckee on Aug. 2 to take over as Chief Building Official. He takes with him his wife, lifelong Mammoth resident Heidi (Hartman), and their two children, Calvin, 5, and Casey, 2.

July 5th

Council de-funds fireworks for next year

July 5, 2013

Town commits to help fund a new experience in Mammoth in 2014

The Fourth of July fireworks show at Crowley Lake, one of Mammoth’s iconic summer mainstay events, will officially take its place on the Endangered Species List after this weekend.

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council made sure of that on June 19, when it voted to denude the fireworks show at Crowley Lake of its funding, beginning next summer.

Digital 395 chief says project mostly on track for July 31 deadline

July 5, 2013

Rumors that project is broke are false, layoffs occurring as project winds down

Rumors that the Digital 395 project is broke and might not get completed are false, according to the project’s chief executive, Michael Ort.

“We are winding down,” he said. “That means we are not putting in 20 to 50 miles of conduit per month like we were and it also means we are beginning to lay some people off, so that might be where the rumors are coming from, but we will finish this project.”

Last gasp for June Lake residents opposed to land trade process

July 5, 2013

Supervisors revise letter of support for land trade, approve it unanimously

The members of June Lake’s Committee for a Viable June Lake were relatively sure this week that their last try to get the county supervisors to hold off on supporting a land trade bill for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area wouldn’t work—and they were right.

July 4th

Council postpones TBID vote

July 4, 2013

‘TBID’ sidelined until July 17

Mammoth’s new, tourism-based Business Improvement District went into a holding pattern this week when the Town Council pushed back a vote on the measure until at least July 17.

 The increasingly controversial TBID assessment on businesses, which promises $4.7 million a year in revenue for tourism-based marketing and air service subsidies, is still very much alive.

July 3rd

Touched by fire | The Arizona fire disaster hits home

July 4, 2013

We called them “shake-and-bakes.”

July 2nd

Court moves forward on delinquent fee collections

July 2, 2013

Scofflaws, take heed. Mono County Superior Court is coming after you. The county board of supervisors voted Tuesday, June 18, to move forward on a preliminary agreement with the court to collect outstanding fines from anyone who has committed an infraction or failed to appear in court as far back as 20 years.

The “enhanced” revenue collection agreement to fund another part time position at the court will bring millions of dollars to the court, which is facing some steep state funding cuts.

Priorities

July 2, 2013

The Mammoth Town Council, in a stroke of uncharacteristic wisdom, declared earlier this week a pair of “strategic planning” meetings, designed to put the disparate, argumentative, and disgruntled citizenry on the same page with the town government.

It’s about time.

For years around here, the tail has wagged the dog; that is, crises, contingencies, and exigencies have been the basis of longstanding town policies.

July 1st

Another rescue, this time in Clarks Canyon climbing area

July 1, 2013

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 30, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured climber in the Clark Canyon area.

A 59-year-old climber from San Francisco was reported injured while climbing in the Clark Canyon area.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team and Mono County Paramedics were called out to aid in the rescue of the injured climber. The female climber was climbing the “Al’s Garage” climbing route when she dislocated her hip.

‘Accidental’ shooting wounds two

July 1, 2013

Father, son injured at Bridgeport range

A 57-year-old man and his 30-year-old son needed medical attention after a “possible accidental shooting” at the Bridgeport gun range.

The incident, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, happened about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25.

Details of how both men, neither of whom was named by the department, came away wounded remained muddled, as of press time.

Tourist numbers continue surge

July 1, 2013

Double-digit increase from 2012

Tourist visits to Mammoth continue to outpace last year’s numbers, according to the newest monthly tracking report from Mammoth Lakes Tourism.

Room occupancy in May averaged 22.9 percent, up 34.1 percent from the 17.1 percent registered in 2012. 

The actual revenue per available room also was up, by 36.7 percent. The revenue figure was $30 per room, up from $22 a year ago.

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