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July 22nd


July 22, 2013

Mammoth has an undeniable volunteer spirit.

We have volunteers for the Half-Marathon; we have do-gooders for the Fourth of July Parade. The Jazz Jubilee draws so many volunteers that sometimes we wonder if they don’t outnumber the paying customers.

There were so many volunteers for the Town Cleanup Day in the spring that there wasn’t a single McDonald’s bag, Carl’s Jr. cup, or Vons plastic bag that was safe; this coming weekend, volunteers will be at Minaret Vista, helping rebuild a trail that badly needs it.

Skiing, snowboarding are flat, other outdoor recreation is exploding

July 22, 2013

Tourism expert proposes TBID for county, region

Mammoth and Mono County are making a mistake if they assume that the future lies mostly in skiing and snowboarding, according to a recent economic study commissioned by the county.

“Of the $646 billion that is generated in the country from outdoor recreation spending, only $6 billion comes from the ski and snowboard industry,” said Carl Ribaudo, a consultant with Strategic Marketing Group.

July 19th

Rock ‘n’ Bowl takes shape

July 19, 2013

Owner forecasts mid-February opening

Dan O’Connell walked across the dry, dusty parking lot on Chateau Road, popped through an entry way of his brand new Rock ‘n’ Bowl, and looked as if even he could not believe what he saw.

“It’s real!” he said. “It’s going to happen!”

O’Connell, 52, a Mammoth resident since 2009, this past week led a private tour around the two-story, 26,000-square-foot-structure.

It took a while.

U.S. Forest Service steps up to the plate

July 19, 2013

Research with Major League Baseball over shattered bats

As the major league baseball season slides past the All-Star break, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the results of research by the U.S. Forest Service, and funded by MLB, that will result in significantly fewer shattered baseball bats.

“This innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service will make baseball games safer for players and fans across the nation,” said Vilsack in a news release.

Town, county hit garbage issues hard at meeting

July 19, 2013

Trails residents vent fears about ‘stinky, ugly’ recycling facility

The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County have been at opposing sides of the garbage issue for a long time and last week, it was easy to see why.

A Town/County Liaison meeting on July 11 turned personal when Town Council member John Eastman took umbrage with a comment made by the county’s new county administrative officer, Jim Leddy.

July 18th

Suddenlink won’t give launch date

July 18, 2013

Official says new system must be tested first

Although there have been delays on some sections of the Digital 395 high speed broadband fiber installation project, a Suddenlink representative said Wednesday that vastly improved broadband speed for its customers is expected after the Digital 395 infrastructure is in place at the end of the month—but he could not give an exact date for the service.

LADWP, Mammoth agree over water

July 18, 2013

Agreement will ensure enough water for Mammoth’s projected final population

Mammoth Lakes will continue to have access to the amount of water from Mammoth Creek granted to it by the state for at least another century and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will get about $5.8 million in return after both sides reached an out-of-court settlement earlier this month.

July 15th

Space still available for Valentine Reserve talks, walks this week

July 15, 2013

Limited space is still available on these Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Walks and Talks this week:

The Geology of Valentine Reserve
July 17
Carole Lester 9:30-12:00 pm; moderately strenuous hike

County heads into ‘flat’ budget season

July 15, 2013

New finance director aims to continue belt tightening

The rest of the country might be pulling out of the Great Recession, but Mono County is still sitting tight, budget wise.

“It’s flat,” said the county’s finance director, Leslie Chapman. “That’s the best way I can describe it.”

Bridgeport eyes multi-agency visitor center

July 15, 2013

Fesko: ‘We need to keep this momentum going’

The community of Bridgeport is hoping a proposed new visitor center can help it join the rest of the Eastern Sierra communities that have had to reinvent themselves in the past decade to survive—but first, it had to get past its own internal disagreements about the project.

Bridgeport faces arsenic water treatment quandary

July 15, 2013

New, stiffer state standards for arsenic in drinking water are putting the squeeze on small water districts

Arsenic in drinking water is undoubtably a bad thing.

How bad, though, depends on the amount of arsenic. Naturally occurring arsenic is common in small amounts in Eastern Sierra waters due to local geology.

In recent years, the state has set higher standards for arsenic in public drinking water systems, meaning less arsenic is allowed than before.

July 12th

‘Cute’ bear in a world of trouble

July 12, 2013

Elsewhere, red mother bear totals car in feeding rampage

A 19-month-old, black-on-black bear, described by Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles as “cute,” could face the executioner unless people in Old Mammoth can figure out a way to stop his felonious behavior.

At the same time, a mother bear with two cubs is rapidly learning the art of vehicle break-ins near Canyon Lodge, where she and the youngsters totaled a “fairly new” car this past week after being trapped in it for about six hours.

Dog wags tail in Council Chambers

July 12, 2013

Five priorities top policy list

After nearly three decades of reactive policy making, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week attempted a turnaround.

In unusual back-to-back special meetings, the council on July 8 and July 9 began to set priorities in advance of policy decisions—a reversal of the past process whereby policies often were set in reaction to circumstances at the time, both in good times and in bad.

July 11th

RAW: Mammoth, LADWP reach settlement over water rights

July 11, 2013


The boards of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) reached a formal settlement this week, ending potentially costly litigation over water.

The agreement assures both LADWP and MCWD of water from Mammoth Creek and the Owens River, while providing funds for collaborative water conservation opportunities in the region, both agencies announced in a news release.

July 10th

Mammoth man arrested after 'full marijuana lab' found in his home

July 10, 2013

Jacob Pellegrini, 29, Mammoth Lakes, was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, July 10, for having what law enforcement officials called a "full marijuana lab" in his home, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department officials.

He was arrested on for sales and possession for sales, cultivation, and chemical production of concentrated cannabis, according to law enforcement officials.

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