Archive - Jul 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.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.”
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.
‘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.
We called them “shake-and-bakes.”
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.
On the afternoon of Sunday, June 30, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Mono County Sheriffâs 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 Sheriffâs 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 âAlâs Garageâ climbing route when she dislocated her hip.
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.
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.