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August 8th

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.

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.

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