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August 12th

Local frogs, toads still waiting for feedback

August 12, 2013

Three tiny high-altitude amphibians are at the heart of a county and state-wide controversy that could affect some of Mono County’s most popular recreation areas and agricultural areas, including Rock Creek, Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Saddlebag Lakes and more. The request for an extension was recently granted and the comment period now closes on Nov. 18.

The Mountain yellow-legged frog, the Yosemite toad, and the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog are all native species that inhabit some high country wetlands, lakes, and creeks.

Mammoth recreation commission hears event venue options

August 12, 2013

In its effort to come up with a definitive study on the state of Mammoth’s event venues, a Chicago consulting firm this past week took a somewhat surprising approach.

In listing comparable resorts, the HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting Group chose to ignore Mammoth’s closest neighbor to the North, Lake Tahoe.

That surprised Recreation Commissioner Sean Turner, who used some of his time at the commission meeting on Aug. 6 to question Thomas Hazinski, the managing director of the firm.


August 12, 2013

It’s a little bit wacky up here.

August in the High Country is always hard to figure out, but it happens every year, in one way or another. People just tend to go a little bit haywire in August, this year more than most.

As a run-up to August, there was that brutal beating at a Pearsonville gas station that will probably result in an attempted murder charge, for example. Then, the same guy later is alleged to have stabbed someone up at quiet, pristine Kennedy Meadows.

August 8th

RAW: New cell tower proposed for Mammoth Fire Station

August 8, 2013

According to Mammoth Lakes Fire Chief Brent Harper, AT & T has approached Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District with a proposal to install a cell tower at Station #2, 1574 Old Mammoth Road.

The proposed cell tower would be approximately 43 feet tall and use a “pine tree” design located at the front of the building.

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District Commissioners and the administration want to ensure that the public is aware of the project and has a chance to comment.

Fido and Me - Tennis, anyone?

August 8, 2013

“Phtooey. Pfft, Pfft.”

“Gee whiz, Fido, if I’d have known you were going to react like this, I’d have never brought you to the tennis courts. Maybe you want to sit outside the fence, and I’ll just bank the ball against the wall for a while.”

“But I like tennis balls!”

“Maybe you like them a little bit to much, Mr. Beeg. The idea is to treat the ball with tenderness—like an egg.”

“I don’t do tenderness very well.”

Aspen Fire nearly contained

August 8, 2013

With the Aspen Fire largely contained, wildfire experts this past week began to analyze why this particular fire was so nasty.

First, by Central Sierra wildfire standards, it was in fact a big fire for the type of terrain, firefighters said.

As for its impact, particularly in populated areas such as Mammoth Lakes, people cannot recall anything quite like it—not, anyway, since the Rainbow Fire threatened to burn down the town in August 1992.

Kelly Clark, Mammoth Mountain Foundation form partnership

August 8, 2013

Two Mammoth-based nonprofit organizations have created a new scholarship program for student-snowboarders in Mammoth.

Olympic Gold Medalist and Mammoth resident Kelly Clark this past week announced she is throwing her Kelly Clark Foundation energy into the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team programs, and to the Mammoth Unified School District.

‘Little Brothers’ Skate Park gets town OK

August 8, 2013

Young skateboarders and beginning riders won a victory this past week when the town approved the construction of “Little Brothers” Skate Park, to be situated alongside the larger Volcom Brothers Skate Park at the Trails End recreation complex.

The addition of the new skate park will help younger riders, said JLA Foundation president Jane Baer, who led the effort.

Construction on the project, which is funded entirely by JLA and in-kind donor contractors, is to begin this month and would be completed before the snow season.

Higher Internet speeds still on tap for mid-August

August 8, 2013

Suddenlink is still on track to deliver higher broadband speeds to its Mammoth Lakes customers by mid-August, according to Suddenlink spokesman Pete Abel on Wednesday.

The company expects to test the Digital 395 system this week and into next week, with a delivery date sometime soon after, he said.

He did not provide an exact date.

August 7th

RAW: Reds Meadow wind storm cleanup could lead to delays beginning Aug. 7

August 7, 2013

The Inyo National Forest said in a news release that travelers should plan for delays of up to 20 minutes on the road between Minaret Vista and Agnew Meadows, beginning on August 7.

Delays should only affect this portion of the Reds Meadow Road.

Inyo National Forest is completing clean-up efforts in Agnew Meadows Campground and Agnew Group Campground resulting from the November 2011 wind event that caused wide-spread tree blow-downs. There may be traffic delays while logs are being removed from the valley.

RAW: Coroner Investigation into the suicide of a Coleville resident

August 7, 2013

Mono County Sheriff's Office Press Release:

On the afternoon of August, 6, 2013, at approximately 1:40pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a possible suicidal male, age, 33, walking on SR 108.

August 6th

UPDATE AUG 6: Aspen Fire winds down but will still produce some smoke for at least next few days

August 6, 2013

The Aspen Fire was at about 20,797 acres as of Tuesday morning, Aug. 6.

The fire was at 75 percent contained, meaning the fire has a fire line around about 65 percent of it, according to fire officials.

Fire crews have been using the cooler night air to create a stronger fire line by lighting of several hundred feet of brush and other fuels close to the fire line in order to create a thicker line of unburnable fuel to slow the fire's advance, forest service officials said. That process works, but it also puts more smoke into the air.

UPDATE AUG. 6: Mammoth police seek help finding man missing since July 16; no new leads

August 6, 2013

The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes and missing since July 16 has turned up no new information, after an investigation by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and a preliminary search this week by the Mono County Search and Rescue team members (as well as other searchers), according to law enforcement officials.

Greene, 39, an experienced climber and hiker and a teacher from Pennsylvania, was last heard from after he dropped off his car at a repair shop in Mammoth on July 16 and made a few phone calls from his cell phone.

Fido and Me - Trail Dog

August 6, 2013

“I never thought there was such a thing as a bad hike.”

“Me neither, Fido, but I have to say, this one sure is a slog.”

“It’s not the smoke so much, although my dog-lungs aren’t exactly functioning properly, and my eyes are stinging, and you look a lot like the Marlboro Man right about now.”

The Abilene paradox

August 6, 2013


We were sitting around the office with an old pal the day after the Town Council voted, 3-2, to move ahead on creating the tourism-based Business Improvement District (TBID).

At the core of the discussion was not whether it was a good idea or a bad one, but rather the very nature of how groups of well-meaning people can make really bad decisions from time to time.

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