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May 13th

Green Church lecture on endangered species of California, Tuesday night

May 13, 2013

The next Green Church lecture is Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395. The subject is "40 Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California" by Dr. Peter Alagona, Department of History & Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Here is a link to Alagona's forthcoming book:

Lectures are at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings (except June 6) at the Green Church (Hwy. 395 and Benton Crossing Rd.).

Local man makes award-winning movie, showings in Independence, Mammoth this week

May 13, 2013

A former Independence resident is making good on his dream to make movies and is planning to share his latest production in Inyo and Mono counties.

Forrest Pound, a 2003 graduate of Owens Valley School in Independence, will be presenting the film “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West” at the Eastern California Museum and the Mammoth Lakes Edison Theatre next week.

The free screenings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Edison Theater in Mammoth and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the American Legion Hall in Independence.

Colorado man found unresponsive at Mammoth condo hot tub Sunday night, declared dead

May 13, 2013

A 29-year-old Colorado man was found unresponsive at a hot tub at a Mammoth condominium complex at about 9 p.m. Sunday night, May 12, and was declared dead after medics failed to revive him, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

The location of the condominium complex was across the street/northwest of Mammoth High School, according to a Mammoth Times staff member who witnessed some of the incident, but the exact address of the complex was not available from the sheriff's department at press time.

A bear cub loves apple pie

May 13, 2013


Motherless youngster gets into Mammoth house

A young, motherless bear cub with a taste for apple pie has been getting into trouble around Old Mammoth in the past several weeks, according to Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.

What’s more, the 15-month-old cub has learned to pull at heartstrings to get what he or she wants.

County narrows search for top administrator, decision expected soon

May 13, 2013


Mono County will soon have a new County Administrative Officer, according to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt.

Hunt said the county has identified “three to four very viable candidates” as of this week. He said he expects the board to make a decision either at the end of this week, or next week.

None of the candidates are local, he said.

June Lake goes after transient rentals

May 13, 2013


The first transient rental request for the June Lake area got the Mono County Board of Supervisors approval Tuesday, May 7.

The request, which came on the heels of an ordinance passed last year, was made by Ralph Lockhart, co-owner of the Double Eagle Resort and Spa for four parcels with homes on them in the Down Canyon area of June Lake.

There were no objections to the request made at the meeting.

Lee Vining to Yosemite trail?

May 13, 2013


An ambitious project to link Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park via a trail system went before Lee Vining community members Wednesday, May 8.

The pre-planning effort, supported by the county in cooperation with the National Park Service and under the direction of a moderator with skills in such issues, was partially funded by a grant, according to county officials.

Lower Rock Creek area subdivision still on the books

May 13, 2013


A 55-unit housing subdivision project overlooking Lower Rock Creek canyon that was put on hold during the recession went before the Mono County supervisors Tuesday, May 7.

Developer Matthew Lehman asked the supervisors to approve minor changes made to the subdivision’s “specific plan;” changes that had to do with affordable housing mitigation requirements.

The supervisors agreed to allow Lehman to waive affordable housing mitigation actions that would have been triggered by the county’s 2006 Housing Mitigation Ordinance.

Free fuelwood at Red's Meadow May 17-19

May 13, 2013

The Inyo National Forest announced a special opportunity for personal use fuelwood collection in the Reds Meadow Valley on the weekend of May 17-19, prior to the area opening for the general public.

What's Up, Up Here? May 9 - May 16

May 13, 2013


As the clock tick-tock-ticks. . .

May 13, 2013


Mono County Supervisors discuss at length whether to fix historic clock in Bridgeport courthouse

It took the county supervisors almost as long to decide whether to fix—well, sort of decide—an antique clock in the supervisor’s chambers as it did to agree to an historic cooperative agreement between the county and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday (see story on P. 13)

May 10th

Digital 395 closes in on the finish line

May 10, 2013


High-speed broadband project will be operational by July 31 deadline, developer says

It’s really going to happen.

The huge infrastructure project called Digital 395 that will connect the Eastern Sierra to the rest of the world—with enough of the fastest broadband speeds available to last the region a decade—will be finished on time, according to its developer, Praxis Associate CEO Michael Ort.

County, town edge toward cooperation

May 10, 2013


Agreement to share IT survives county criticism, complaints

Agreeing to share IT services between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County might not seem like a big deal.

Counties and communities do it all the time.

But those counties and communities aren’t Mono County and Mammoth, with their checkered history of fighting over just about everything, from airports to garbage.

Court dismisses DWP Dry Lake lawsuit, but DWP may fight back

May 10, 2013


California judge dismisses case regarding dust control on Owens Dry Lake

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s high-profile lawsuit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and other environmental agencies last week on May 2. 

The city’s federal court lawsuit, filed in Fresno last year, attempted to prevent Great Basin from issuing more dust control measures on Owens Lake. 

Main Street power line undergrounding project ready to roll

May 10, 2013


County agrees to help fund the project

The power lines along a section of Main Street will get buried beginning in 2015 after Mono County agreed Tuesday, May 7, to help the Town of Mammoth Lakes take on the unsightly—and dangerous—overhead power lines.

The power lines—old and deteriorating—are vulnerable to the next storm or blizzard, according to town public works officials.

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