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July 1st

‘Accidental’ shooting wounds two

July 1, 2013

Father, son injured at Bridgeport range

A 57-year-old man and his 30-year-old son needed medical attention after a “possible accidental shooting” at the Bridgeport gun range.

The incident, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, happened about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25.

Details of how both men, neither of whom was named by the department, came away wounded remained muddled, as of press time.

Tourist numbers continue surge

July 1, 2013

Double-digit increase from 2012

Tourist visits to Mammoth continue to outpace last year’s numbers, according to the newest monthly tracking report from Mammoth Lakes Tourism.

Room occupancy in May averaged 22.9 percent, up 34.1 percent from the 17.1 percent registered in 2012. 

The actual revenue per available room also was up, by 36.7 percent. The revenue figure was $30 per room, up from $22 a year ago.

June 28th

RAW: Injured woman, 75, lifted by chopper out of backcountry

June 28, 2013

The Mono County Search and Rescue team on Tuesday, June 25, lifted a 75-year-old Swall Meadows woman off the Pacific Crest Trail after she suffered an ankle injury and was unable to walk out.

According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, the woman was backpacking with her husband on a flat section of dirt trail when she rolled her left ankle.

A Sheriff's Department spokesperson said the woman "heard a pop and collapsed, experiencing severe pain.

"She was unable to put any weight on the limb and therefore was unable to walk out of the backcountry," the spokesperson said.

June Lake death called a suicide

June 28, 2013

A 28-year-old Murrieta man on Thursday committed suicide at Gull Lake Marina in June Lake, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

Officers said Daniel Barnes was unresponsive when they reached him at about 9:30 a.m.

Mono County Sheriff Deputies and investigators, Mono County paramedics, and members of the June Lake Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, where they determined that Barnes "was deceased from an apparent single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

Weekend ‘Dial-A-Ride’ faces cutback

June 28, 2013

Other bus tweaks on the way

Mammoth’s weekend “Dial-A-Ride” program, designed to help provide paratransit service for those unable to use fixed-route transit, faced the knife this past week.

John Helm, the chief of the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, said there is little or no demand for the service on weekend days, and that it would be difficult to justify the expense for another year.

June 27th

Chad Hall blisters Half Marathon field

June 27, 2013

Wood, 62, places 17th

When a long-distance running fan hears the name “Hall,” it is usually associated with marathon superstar Ryan.

But last Sunday, June 23, at the inaugural Mammoth Half Marathon, it was Ryan’s younger brother, Chad, who captured the imagination of the crowd, not to mention the other 1,200 runners in the field and $1,200 in prize money.

Wood calls for special council policy summit

June 27, 2013

Meetings scheduled for July 8-9

It took new Mayor Rick Wood less than a week to make good on his promise to refine the town’s priorities for the next year and the foreseeable future.

Wood, in what he says is his final year on the council, called for a pair of unprecedented special town council meetings July 8 and July 9, characterizing them as “Strategic Planning Sessions.”

County budget meetings set

June 27, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors is holding a series of meetings that will allow the public to get a look at the county’s preliminary budget, give input, and ask questions.

The meetings will be held in most of the county’s communities this summer.

The meetings will follow the same format in each community. Prior to the town hall meetings, county budget information will be posted at www.monocounty.ca.gov.

These budget town hall meetings will all be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

June 26th

It’s all about certainty

June 26, 2013

Councilmember Michael Raimondo has repeatedly expressed his opinion that the town of Mammoth Lakes needs to be ready for developers when the economy turns around.

However, his comments on the single-family home debate undermine his own aspiration.

Real estate investors look at a number of complex issues like supply and demand, construction and borrowing costs, projected revenue, etc., before committing to a project.

Because of us

June 26, 2013

We agree with Supervisor Tim Alpers and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory that the time has come to begin thinking of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the June Lake area as a unified whole.

Alpers envisions it as an “all-inclusive, premier, year-around recreation corridor” which is marketed and branded as an integrated whole.

It’s kind of a drumbeat around most successful resorts these days, this idea of regionalization.

June 24th

Fire season could be ‘worst in 100 years’

June 24, 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.

What's up, up here? June 20 - June 27

June 24, 2013

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. …

Cops ask $7,160 for volunteer program

June 24, 2013

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.

June 21st

Fido & Me — A pic-a-nic in the park

June 21, 2013

 

“I love a pic-a-nic,” Fido said. “We should have one every single day in the summer.”

 

Rick Wood’s fourth and final rodeo

June 21, 2013

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.

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