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June 14th

Motocross begins next week

June 14, 2013

About 3,000 expected in annual event

The vroom-vroom set bombs into Mammoth next week for the annual Mammoth Motocross, but this year the 10-day spectacle brings some added street cred.

“This is the first year with the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) sanctioning the event, which means bigger, more legit talent,” said Mike Colbert, the race director.

Town proposes bear-resistant trash ordinance

June 14, 2013

New law aimed at restaurants

In spite of years of work in developing a strategy for co-existence with its bear population, Mammoth’s humans have no laws that require the use of bear boxes or bear-resistant trashcans.

In addition, the town does not have enforcement tools that such a law might allow.

In light of the absence of such laws, the Town Council began discussions on creating new measures that amend Mammoth’s current trash and garbage ordinance.

MLPD hires another ‘reserve’ officer

June 14, 2013

Veteran cop Worcester from Irvine

Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson swore in the police department’s second reserve officer on June 10.  Dick Worcester will join Karen Smart as a part-time Level One reserve officer, he said. 

Reserve Officer Worcester began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the City of Irvine.

In addition to patrol duties, Worcester also worked as a traffic enforcement motorcycle officer, detective, traffic investigator, and DARE instructor.

June 13th

Gregory to address ski area employees Wednesday

June 13, 2013

‘Not just tweaking around the edges,’ he says in interview

Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory said he would lead a company-wide meeting on Wednesday, June 19, to explain who will shape the future of the ski area.

“We’re making really big changes on the mountain,” he said in an interview on Wednesday, June 12.

Acclaimed bird linguist at weekend ‘Bird Chautauqua’

June 13, 2013

Jon Young makes first appearance at annual event

Among the stars in the specialized world of birding is a 53-year-old father of six—a New Jersey native who learned some of the greatest lessons of his life from listening to what birds have to teach humans.

“Birds can tell you lots of things,” said Jon Young, now a Santa Cruz resident who is making his first appearance this coming weekend at the 12th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua in Lee Vining.

Sheriff, probation departments ask county for relief

June 13, 2013

County supervisors agree to increase staffing, worry about setting precedent

The Mono County Board of Supervisors hit up against the slippery slope argument this past Tuesday when officials from the Sheriff’s Department and the Probation Department asked for an increase in staffing and an increase in job classification and/or promotion opportunities for certain positions.

June 11th

School district gets unexpected surprise

June 11, 2013

MUSD to get $180,000 for national ‘Common Core’ initiative

The Mammoth Unified School District would receive $180,000 from the state to help with establishing national standards of education, acting superintendent Lou Stewart announced last week.

The funds, an outgrowth of an effort by U.S. state governors, are to go toward bringing all schools up to speed on “what makes a student educated.”

June 10th

Fido and Me - Home Again

June 10, 2013

“I’m home, I’m home, thank Dog Almighty, I’m home!”

“Fido, you might have that ‘Dog Almighty’ thing turned around, but I get your point. It’s good to be back, isn’t it?”

“It felt like I was gone a year. That’s seven years to you, and that’s a long time. I thought I’d never ever get back here!”

“Surely, though, you enjoyed various adventures on your dog-cation.”

“Most of them were bad.”

Hepatitis outbreak traced to Costco product, local families exposed

June 10, 2013

A frozen berry product called Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend sold at many regional stores, including Costco, is at the heart of a Hepatitis A outbreak affecting six victims in California, two in Reno, and many others across several states.

So far, there have been four families from Mono County and one family from Inyo County that are known to have been exposed to the product, but there have been no outbreaks of the illness in the Eastern Sierra, according to local health officials.

SCE to use helicopters to repair tram near Rush Creek

June 10, 2013

As many as 48 helicopter flights a day near the Rush Creek trailhead in June Lake will be needed to repair an Southern California Edison tram that is currently used by SCE employees to get to hydroelectric projects in the mountains of the Rush Creek drainage.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the bulk of the flights will occur between July 10 and Sept. 9.

The project is expected to be completed by October. The average number of flights per day during this time will be about 25, according to the forest service.

The Litigious State

June 10, 2013

It saddened us to see the agenda item during Wednesday’s Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting about banning skateboarding from all town streets.

The thought of banning anything recreational doesn’t make sense to us, really, regardless of where you live.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world that values common sense anymore, and on top of that, we live in California.

Instead of the Golden State, we should really be called the Litigious State.

June 7th

Gregory to stay as CEO of Mammoth Mountain, passes operations to six-member leadership team

June 7, 2013

 

Rusty Gregory said in a company-wide memo Thursday that he intended to stay as chief operating officer of Mammoth Mountian Ski Area, but would “pass the baton to a new genration of leaders.”

The memo cleared up some of the questions in the wake of Gregory’s surprise announcmenet on Wednesday that he would announce “in the next two-to-three weeks who would run Mammoth Mountain next.  Mammoth Mountain will not be run by me.”

Off the Trail- Under Water

June 7, 2013

The sun is hot, the sky is as blue as the underwing of a Steller’s jay, and it’s raining—raining hard.

The rain comes down in great sheets, dropping from the cloudless blue sky, catching the hot light, casting rainbows against the silver granite rock.

Somewhere up ahead, beyond the crashing river drainage below and the tall granite walls above, comes the sound of thunder.

The ground begins to shake; it feels like walking into the teeth of a storm, except the air is warm and fragrant and the sun is shining through the rainbows.

June Lake citizens’ group fails to gain support for land trade opposition

June 7, 2013

Community members mostly ‘tired of the whole thing’

A June Lake citizens’ group’s efforts to build support to oppose a land trade proposed by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area may be losing steam after a Tuesday night June Lake Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting left Committee  to Revitalize June Lake members dispirited.

“(Other) people are tired of the whole thing,” member Alice Suszynski said. “They don’t want to rock the boat.”

Council dumps skateboard ordinance … again

June 7, 2013

Watson: ‘A lot of discretion’ involved

Having voted against a town ordinance banning skateboarding on Mammoth streets just two years ago, the Town Council was back at it Wednesday, June 5.

The issue re-emerged after council member Jo Bacon read a recent newsletter from the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA), which addressed the potential liability towns have from skateboard accidents on city streets.

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