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August 5th

Hooked on jazz

August 5, 2013

Having been a patron and a volunteer for the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee for the better part of 20 years, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ken and Flossie Coulter for the dedication and supreme effort it took to keep this wonderful event going.

Years ago, I was hooked the very first time I listened to the astounding variety of jazz, blues, swing and zydeco bands in the many venues they organized.

So much so, and even though I live on the Western side of the Sierras, I became a volunteer at the Big Top for five of those Jazz Jubilees.

What's up, up here? August 1 - August 8

August 5, 2013

That was a regular parade of principal wannabesover at the MUSDoffices this past week, as the search narrowed for the team seeking to replace the departed Gabe Solorioat the high school. Lots of shuffling among familiar names are expected, say those in the know. …

Those big, bad Ditch Witchmachines around town are laying in fiber optic lines on behalf of Digital 395, with the first lines going to the emergency sites such as the hospital and the cop shop. …

Roads, trails near Whitney damaged from storms

August 5, 2013

Two separate thunderstorm events that occurred the evening of July 21 and the afternoon of July 28 have caused damage to several roads, trails, and other infrastructure on the Mt. Whitney Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest.

Localized storm cells dropped several inches of water on to mountain slopes causing landslides, debris flows, and major rock fall. As a result, some roads are impassable to passenger vehicles and some roads are impassable to all vehicles and have been temporarily closed.

Mammoth to get high speed broadband by mid-August

August 5, 2013

 

Mammoth and some other Eastern Sierra customers can still expect to see higher broadband speeds by mid-August, but the completion date for the full Digital 395 project has now been moved to the end of October, according to the project’s CEO.

“We, along with about half of the rest of the NTIA (National Transportation and Information Administration) project proponents, asked for and received an extension,” said Michael Ort, the CEO for Praxis Associates.

“We are shooting for Halloween at the latest.”

August 2nd

Heist at Union Bank in Mammoth

August 2, 2013

Note: A previous version of this story stated that law enforcement was searching for a vehicle that might have been associated with the robbery of the Union Bank in Mammoth on Aug. 2. As of Monday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., Mammoth police said "the vehicle and its owner have been located and identified. The MLPD is no longer seeking assistance in locating this vehicle."

See below for the story about this robbery, which occurred Friday afternoon, Aug. 2:

Mammoth police on Friday evening, Aug. 2, scrambled to find a man who robbed Union Bank earlier in the day.

UPDATE AUG. 2: Rodeo Grounds sold; buyer is not Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

August 2, 2013

Rusty Gregory says buyer is ‘a high quality individual with a great deal of integrity and the resources to develop if he chooses to'

One of the largest remainind undeveloped parcels of private property in the June Lake and Mammoth Lakes area, the 87-acre undeveloped “Rodeo Ground” parcel across the street from June Mountain Ski Area, has now been purchased by the family of Edward P.Roski Jr., the president and chair of the board of Majestic Realty Co.

August 1st

Drought stalks the Eastside

August 1, 2013

Cattle, crops decline; experts say another dry winter will be devastating

The hot, dry summer of 2013 is not over.

But for some farmers, it might as well be.

Last week, when the National Weather Service posted a notice that all Eastern Sierra counties are in a state of severe drought, it was no surprise to the ranchers and farmers in the region.

Agriculture is a major revenue source for Mono and Inyo counties, (following recreation and tourism,) contributing about $77 million in 2012.

Aspen Fire difficult to fight safely

August 1, 2013

Officials say full containment estimated for Aug. 10

Mammoth’s battle with some of the worst air quality in recent history appears to be slowly coming to an end.

By Thursday morning afternoon, the Aspen Fire had grown to about 16,205 acres, and had a fire line around about 40 percent of it— a far cry from the earlier part of the week when the fire was under 10 percent contained.

There were about 1,940 firefighters assigned to the fire, and it has so far cost about $12.9 million.

Minaret Rd. closes for Bluesapalooza

August 1, 2013

Town approves traffic plan

With as many as 10,000 people expected to attend this weekend’s four-day Bluesapalooza and Festival of Beers extravaganza, the town once again has approved closing Minaret Rd. during the event.

The road, which connects with two thoroughfares, Main Street and Meridian Blvd., will shut down to through traffic on Friday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., and will remain closed until early Sunday, Aug.4, according to the town’s public works department.

Union opposes outsourcing Recreation

August 1, 2013

AFSCME: ‘Ill-advised, illegal and not in the community’s interest’

If Mammoth is to create a separate entity to manage recreation, it will have to resolve objections by the employee union that represents the town’s municipal workers.

In a sharply worded rebuke to the town’s effort toward establishing a nonprofit NGO called “Mammoth Lakes Recreation,” a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said such a move probably would be illegal.

Smoke on the trail

August 1, 2013

An Eastern Sierra weekend like no other

It was a weekend we will never forget. 

If you hit the trails this past weekend, chances are you had an experience similar to ours. It began with collecting our permit at the Mammoth Forest Ranger Station.

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