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June 6th

Customize your own 'Mammoth Food & Wine Experience'

June 6, 2013

This year at the Mammoth Food & Wine Experience you can put together your own schedule—watch a master chef in the morning or taste wine in the afternoon and still have time to fit in a hike or a bike ride! And for five days this June, from Thursday June 6th through Monday June 10th only, when you enter a special code take $10 discount off each and every seminar you order.  Look below for the special code.

 

Gregory to leave as ski area top dog

June 6, 2013

Surprise announcement at Town Council

Rusty Gregory, the chief executive officer of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, will step aside from his duties, he said Wednesday night.

Speaking at a Town Council meeting on June 5, Gregory said he would make a formal announcement later this month.

“We’ve made a lot of … changes,”  Gregory said. “In two to three weeks I’ll be announcing who’s going to run Mammoth Mountain Ski Area next. Mammoth Mountain will not be run by me.”

RAW: LADWP loses again in Great Basin case

June 6, 2013

The Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield dismissed on Thursday, June 6 a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power counter-suit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, according to Ted Schade, the air pollution control officer for the district.

Mono County’s hiking trails in rocky spot

June 6, 2013

A new focus on regional trail system is critical to economy, advocates say

The numbers speak for themselves.

Of the about $369 million that comes into Mono County every year as a result of direct spending by visitors, $223 million derives from the people who come here in the spring, summer, and fall.

In TBID war, the battle is joined

June 6, 2013

First town council hearing draws critics, supporters

Critics of Mammoth’s proposed tourism-based business improvement district—the TBID—turned out in force this past week as the Town Council continued the process on giving its thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the proposal.

In the first of two scheduled “public comment” sessions, opponents showed up on Wednesday, June 5, at the council chambers, as did Mammoth Tourism Director John Urdi, the chief architect of the TBID measure.

June 5th

Suggestions for next year’s philanthropy guide

June 5, 2013

The recent Eastern Sierra Philanthropy Guide is an impressive, high quality publication. 

It is good to see many nonprofit, volunteer organizations serving our area.  I couldn’t help being surprised, however, by the omission of many other great groups that do wonderful work and also need support. 

Just two of the ones I am personally familiar with are Laws Museum and The Salvation Army. 

Dear Roxanne, Robbie, and Alvin Tani,

June 5, 2013

The 2013 Senior Class of Mammoth High School wishes to express our gratitude for the involvement of Shogun Restaurant, and company, in our Spring Senior Dinner.

With Roxanne and Robbie Tani and Alvin Tani’s support our class has been able to augment our savings, which will be used for our annual spring trip and also for our commencement ceremony.

Without the gracious assistance from staff members, and impeccable organization, our class would be far behind in attempting to fund our trip to the Los Angeles area.

Customers versus residents

June 5, 2013

At town meetings, we are beginning to hear more and more references to the term “customers” and less and less of the term “residents.” 

Like other small, rural communities in California, Mammoth Lakes faces issues pertaining to a tourist-based economy that involves striking a yin-yang balance between competing economic forces and cultural opportunities that include quality of life for its residents.

No more lawns

June 5, 2013

Every spring, we continually scratch our heads when we see residents tend to their lawns after the snow melts away.

Can someone remind us why lawns exist?

We’d be lying if we said we don’t give the stink eye to those we see standing with a hose in hand, watering that pathetic patch of grass.

You can’t eat the stuff. Taking fertile soil and putting grass over it is giving the earth a hysterectomy.

Cutthroat trout is no picnic

June 5, 2013

After more than a decade of effort, there is still a long way to go

Fish biologist Dawn Becker Emery is familiar with the concept of swimming upstream these days, after more than a decade of fighting to save an embattled trout native to the  Walker River Basin of the Eastern Sierra.

June 4th

Erik Forsell is MMSA’s new Chief Marketing Officer

June 4, 2013

Eric Forsell, formerly with ASICS, was chosen by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory to be MMSA’s new chief marketing director after former marketing director, Howard Pickett, recently resigned the post.

According to a Tuesday news release from MMSA, Forsell will “drive all aspects of marketing for the resort including strategy, brand, product development, pricing, distribution and advertising.

Fuelwood collection open in Reds Meadow June 4-9

June 4, 2013

The Inyo National Forest announced a special opportunity for personal use fuelwood collection in the Reds Meadow area, June 4-9.

The area will open for fuelwood collection at 9 a.m. and all firewood collection activities must be completed by 4 p.m. each day.

 Woodcutters will need to present their 2013 fuelwood permit and tags at Minaret Vista Entrance Station, one mile from the Mammoth Mountain Inn, for entry into the area. This is a one-time event for these six days only.

Public meetings on forest travel management program this year

June 4, 2013

Controversial system to close, open roads up for public input

 

 

 Nearly a decade ago, in response to growth in Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation on public lands across the country, inventories and planning for motorized travel management on the Inyo National Forest began, according to an Inyo National Forest news release. 

Mono Lake offers ‘birding by ear’ workshops

June 4, 2013

State park sponsors interpretive program

How many times have you heard a bird sing and wondered what it was? Wouldn’t it be satisfying to be able to identify birds by their song or call?

Beginning near the shores of Mono Lake next week, participants in a “Birding by Ear” workshop, sponsored by the state park, will visit a variety of habitats during their choice of two different four-hour workshops (June 8 and June 19), gradually working their way up to an elevation of about 8,000 ft. 

June 3rd

RAW: Visitor Swept Over Nevada Fall, another dies after rock climbing accident

June 3, 2013

One person is missing after being swept over 594-foot Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park Saturday, June 1 and another has died after a rock climbing accident in the park on Sunday, June 2, according to park service officials.

According to news releases from the park, a 19-year-old Sacramento man was swept over Nevada Fall on Saturday, June 1 and a 28-year-old London man died after being struck by a rock while climbing El Capitan on Sunday, June 2.

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