Archive - 2013
California and Eastern Sierra face record-breaking dry conditions
The wildfire near Mono City Tuesday was a wake-up call to what the rest of the summer is likely to hold for the Eastern Sierra and the state of California, according to fire officials.
Southern California state and federal fire officials warned that the state should take caution during a brutal fire season that projections suggest could be the worst to hit the region in a century, according to an NBC story that ran on June 17.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Tom Johnson, aka T.J.,who was the longtime photographer at Mammoth Mountain. His iconic black-and-white photographs are on view and for sale at Mammoth Galleryat 501 Old Mammoth Road, in “The Plaza” strip mall. …
Money bolsters depleted force
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department this past week asked for $7,160 to start its volunteer program.
The request came to the Town Council on Wednesday, June 19—the same night the council voted on the 2013-14 fiscal year budget.
According to Police Chief Dan Watson, most of the money in the first year, $4,000, would go toward repainting a black and white Ford Ranger truck all white, changing the light bar and installing new graphics.
“I love a pic-a-nic,” Fido said. “We should have one every single day in the summer.”
Promises ‘aggressive agenda’ for Town Council
Rick Wood is 62 years old.
The longtime Mammoth attorney and town council member began his last year in the political arena on Wednesday night, June 19, when he took over as mayor for the fourth and final time.
$50K consultant’s study on table
At long last, the crux of one of Mammoth’s more vexing questions is in sight.
The Town Council at its latest meeting took up the four-year-old idea of creating a Mammoth Lakes Recreation entity, similar in structure to Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Mammoth Lakes Housing, and Eastern Sierra Transit—a non-governmental organization (NGO) that administers tourism-related spending on behalf of the town.
Bishop man fled scene of crime, arrested in Mammoth
Local law enforcement is hoping for some information about a suspected murder attempt near Bishop after the shooter fled the scene and was arrested at the Shady Rest RV Park in Mammoth Lakes last week.
According to Inyo County officials, on June 13, at about 10:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Wilkerson Ranch area south of Bishop for reports of shots fired.
As his first act as the Mayor of Mammoth Lakes one year ago, Matthew Lehman signed a series of documents applying for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy on behalf of the battered town.
Fesko: ‘Rusty, all eyes are on you’
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory finally got a green light to move ahead on a proposed land trade bill he said is vital to MMSA’s future after the Mono County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter of support for the bill to Congress.
CEO Gregory names leadership team, spells out his new role
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Chairman and CEO Rusty Gregory introduced the company’s new executive management officials on Wednesday, June 19.
With that announcement, he also launched the company’s strategic plan to move forward on what he said was “Mammoth 3.0—catching the third wave.”
Gregory said again that he will remain as the CEO of the company and the new leadership team will report to him.
2014 Crowley fireworks funds explode
The Mammoth Town Council passed a balanced 2013-14 budget on Wednesday, June 19, but what “highlighted” the measure is not what is in it, but what is not.
Council member John Eastman was the lone dissenting vote, with new Mayor Rick Wood, along with council members Jo Bacon, Matthew Lehman, and Michael Raimondo voting in favor.
To balance the budget, the council voted to slice $371,146, which included at least one iconic item—the 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks at Crowley Lake.
Named new GM of ‘Guest Experience’
June Mountain Ski Area began its transformation into a “family friendly” destination this past week with a new “General Manager of Guest Experience” going to veteran Mammoth Mountain employee Julie Brown.
Brown, the current Ski and Snowboard School Brand Director at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, will reposition June Mountain as a family friendly destination for winter and summer, according to a news release from Mammoth Mountain.
hoursDigital 395 workers accidentally cut gas line
Contractors hit a gas line on Tuesday night, June 18, near College Parkway on the south side of Meridian Boulevard, resulting in a full-scale emergency response that closed the road for several hours, according to local fire officials.
A small brush fire near Mono City on Tuesday morning that grew to five acres is now mostly contained, according to the county sheriff's department. There is no danger to Mono City or the surrounding area at this time.
On June 18, at approximately 7:40 a.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s deputies were traveling northbound on S.R. 395 when they noticed smoke just south of Hwy 167 on the west side of Hwy 395 in the Mono City area, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.
Mammoth High School graduate one of top medical students in country
When former Mammoth High School graduate Clifford Sheckter graduated summa cum laudefrom the Keck School of Medicine at USC a few weeks ago, he had every prestigious residency program in the country chasing after him.
Not only did he graduate at the top of his class, he also received the American Medical Association Education and Research Fund’s Clinical Award (one of two students of 160) and its Outstanding Student Award (the only student to get this award).