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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.

July 31st

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

July 31, 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 an informal search by some members of the Mono County Search and Rescue team along with other searchers, according to local law enforcement officials.

County takes home awards

July 31, 2013

Exhibit features three popular attractions

Mono County’s exhibit at the California State Fair County Exhibit competition was honored with a Gold Award as well as the award for Best for Use of Products, Produce or Artifacts on July 12.

Getting to Yes

July 31, 2013

The notion of “Getting To Yes” is not just a business mantra.

In Mammoth, it applies all over the place, most recently in a renewed effort by the town (see story, P. 10) in getting our recreation leaders on the same page.

Fat chance, we say.

Heaven knows we’ve tried this kind of thing before, most recently with the long forgotten Sports Council, which aimed to unite recreation groups toward the practical idea of figuring out which groups should get which piece of the economic pie.

Jazz with altitude: 25 and still alive

July 31, 2013

When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 25th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it really does take a town.

What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.

The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this annual July event.

Chose civility

July 31, 2013

There is an arrogant dominance of incivility passing for dialogue today.

We are beginning to hear more and more disagreements of the heated variety, most of them are underlying political and/or ideological in nature that any reasonable person might deem as uncivil. 

We are witnessing angry talking heads on television, talk-radio designed to infuriate and demean, email blogging that promotes insulting exchanges, and even our local media is sometimes prone to childish sniping of its own. 

Painting with silver and light

July 31, 2013

Alchemist photographer Ian Ruhter brings his time machine to Mammoth

There is a saying: “Jump, and the net will appear.”

When one is compelled by a vision and takes a leap of faith toward that vision, great things happen.

Such is the story behind Ian Ruhter’s Silver and Light project.

July 30th

No serious injuries for visitors leaving Mammoth airport, despite crash landing near Lone Pine

July 30, 2013

A group of Southern Californians flying from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport toward Southern California escaped serious injury Sunday, July 28, when the engine on their single engine Bonanza airplane failed about 500 feet in the air near Lone Pine and the pilot had to make a crash landing.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, "on Sunday, July 28, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a Southern California pilot, Sohail Simjee, departed from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in a Bonanza single engine airplane heading southbound to Orange County.

FIRE UPDATE, JULY 31: Aspen Fire grows to 14,332 acres, is 35 percent contained

July 30, 2013

The Aspen Fire burning on the west side of the Sierra crest about 40 miles west of Bishop and slightly south of Mammoth only grew a few hundred acres yesterday and is now is at 14,332 acres, according to a Wednesday morning (July 31) update from the Sierra National Forest.

The fire is now 35 percent contained (there is a fire line around 35 percent of the fire).

July 29th

RAW: Health advisory posted for Mammoth due to Aspen Fire smoke

July 29, 2013

Mono County's public health officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, along with the local air pollution control district, say the smoke in Mammoth reached air pollution levels as bad as in the days before wood-burning stoves were phased out in the early 1990's.

That's bad, as Johnson writes in a news release.

RAW: Bishop jogger accosted at gun point, perpetrator leads cops on high-speed car chase to Crowley Lake

July 29, 2013

A woman jogging on Ed Powers Road north of Bishop Monday morning (July 29) was accosted at gun point by a masked, Los Angeles man, who then fled the scene (without the jogger) in a red Mini-Cooper, leading police to Crowley Lake, where the man was finally arrested.

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