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August 19th

Lloyd Cearley, 43, found dead in Sacramento River

August 19, 2013

Sacramento County authorities confirmed Monday the death of a 43-year-old Mammoth Lakes man, whose body was found in the Sacramento River on Saturday.

Details as to the cause of death of Lloyd Cearley were withheld as of Monday morning, pending notification of his father, according to a Sacramento County coronor's office spokeswoman.

Cearley, who was suffering from thyroid cancer at the time of his death, was in Sacramento County to see a doctor, according to a Facebook post from his sister, Nicole Cearley Van Alstine.

August 15th

County receives lean budget

August 15, 2013

In they came, hats in hand, arguments polished and with undiminished enthusiasm.

They were the department heads of Mono County, who this past week engaged the Board of Supervisors in two days of intense jawboning over a $63.2 million 2013-14 budget that new Mono County Administrator Jim Leddy handed up.

It was the first time the board had seen the proposed final budget document. Previous to the opening of the budget hearings, which began on Tuesday, Aug. 12, the supervisors had been working under an interim budget that began on July 1.

Fire crews officially kill the Aspen Fire

August 15, 2013

 

It burned for 19 days, involved 792 firefighters and left a thick layer of smoke over Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.

But on Saturday, Aug. 10, authorities declared the irritating, pesky, 22,253-acre Aspen Fire a dead and gone.

Its damage, beyond the trees in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County, as of this week was being assessed in economic terms in Mammoth, where events organizers said the fire surely hurt the town during one of its peak tourism periods.

The hardest race: Deena runs ‘brutal’ marathon

August 15, 2013

It was not supposed to end like it did.

Deena Kastor envisioned a Top 5 finish at the 2013 IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow.

Nope.

Running in hot, 81-degree temperatures with high humidity on a shadeless course in central Moscow, Mammoth’s most famous female distance runner finished ninth last Saturday, Aug. 10, and not without having considered dropping out of the race “more than a dozen times.”

“It was a really hard race,” she said in a video interview made available on FloTrack.com.

Kimball nips Encisco in VC downhill

August 15, 2013

Johny Kimball needed just one-minute, 40-seconds to zoom down Mammoth Mountain’s downhill racetrack on Friday, Aug. 9, which gave him a full second to spare for a victory.

It didn’t seem like much—and it wasn’t—but it was enough to lift him to first over Brian Encisco. John Widden finished in 1:43 to complete the podium.

The full downhill results were as follows:

1.     Johny Kimball 1:40

2.     Brian Enciso 1:41

3.     John Widden 1:43

Gacho, Peter Hensley, Albright, Braun win in VCs

August 15, 2013

There were four races and four different winners on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Village Championships cross country mountain bike races at Shady Rest Park.

In the one-lap race, Seth Gacho narrowly beat Storm Patrie in 17:12, while Don Wilson finished third.

In the two-lap race, Peter Hensley (22:09) easily beat Cameron Small (23:30), with Gary Small finishing third.

In the three-lap race, Craig Albright finished first in 31:30, well ahead of Johnston Julao (33:58) with Rich Holcomb taking third.

Digital 395 in Mammoth complete

August 15, 2013

The Digital 395 project, promising broadband Internet speeds to Mammoth, is a done deal.

One year to the day after Praxis Associates put their first shovel in the ground, Digital 395 became a reality on Tuesday, Aug. 13, when testing on the digital links between Reno and Mammoth was completed.

“We now have the capacity to deliver broadband into Mammoth,” said an obviously elated Michael Ort, the president of the fiber-optic company.

Raimondo: Town should buy Sam’s Woodsite

August 15, 2013

Just days after yet another success in a string of Bluesapalooza productions at the privately-held Sam’s Woodsite, at least one member of the Mammoth Town Council said it is time for the town to stop the dilly-dallying.

“We need to figure out how to own and to preserve that site,” Michael Raimondo said at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

August 12th

Foster care shortage leaves abused children doubly traumatized

August 12, 2013

Not far from the eternal news spotlight on sports and recreation and small-town politics, Mono County’s children are often invisible, making news only when the schools they go to do something meritorious—or the opposite.

That invisibility is especially true when it comes to children that have been the victims of child abuse—even the perpetrator rarely gets a public outing.

But child abuse is a real and pervasive problem in the county, like it is in the rest of the country.

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

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.

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