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April 15th

Dave McCoy declines street name change

April 15, 2013


A proposal to change the name of Minaret Boulevard to McCoy Boulevard in honor of the founder of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, came to a screeching halt on Monday, April 15.

Just hours before Mammoth Lakes Tourism Chief John Urdi and others were set to meet in order to hammer out details on the proposal, Mammoth Lakes Foundation CEO Evan Russell sent an email on McCoy’s behalf to stop the effort.

The reason, Russell said in the email, is that Dave McCoy himself asked the effort not go further.

Gobi Desert dust storm article causes ‘diplomatic brouhaha’

April 15, 2013


March 22 event got international attention

A deluge of white dust that blanketed the Owens and Long Valley region this past Sunday was not from China’s Gobi—unlike the white haze that hit the region three weeks ago Friday.

Both local and federal air pollution measurement instruments traced the thick white haze on March 22 to the Gobi Desert. A dust storm there had also been plaguing the Chinese city of Beijing a few days earlier.

Yosemite budget cuts snow removal of Tioga Pass

April 15, 2013


Park has only eight days to plow Tioga Pass before Memorial Day holiday

Threats that the sequester might slow down efforts to open Tioga Pass appear to be true after Yosemite National Park officials acknowledged this week that a $2.4 million cut to the park’s budget includes cuts to snow removal.

April 12th

Village Championships

April 12, 2013

Janine Porges (white Helmet) and Ingrid Braun (black helmet), race side by side on the final day of competition in the Village Championships.

WR FIS Elite Speed Series

April 12, 2013

U. S. Ski Team’s Steve Nyman flies off of  “Hair Jump” during the WR FIS Elite Speed Series held at Mammoth. Nyman and other USST athletes including Stacey Cook will be taking part in the Mammoth Invitational, April 11-14.

Drunken rage onstage

April 12, 2013

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?: A Theatre Review

As endings go, it would be hard to top Mammoth’s local theatre company.

The Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre (MLRT) ends its season with a fiery explosion in the form of the expletive-laced, tremulous relationship between George and Martha in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Bishop residents arrested after allegedly embezzling $1.5 million from county's poor

April 12, 2013

Investigators with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office arrested two residents Thursday afternoon in connection with alleged embezzlement at Inyo County Health and Human Services’ welfare office.

Health and Human Resources Manager Dawndee Rossy, 46, of Bishop, has been charged with two counts of grand theft, 34 counts of identity theft, two counts of embezzlement, one count of possession of controlled substance, one count of welfare fraud and four counts of criminal conspiracy.

Gregory maps new life for June’s ski area

April 12, 2013

Promises snowmaking, replacement lift for J1

Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory this past week promised big changes at June Mountain Ski Area after it re-opens for the next ski season.

Residents weigh in on county priorities

April 12, 2013

County citizens lob everything from solar energy to algae blooms at supervisors

County residents hit their county supervisors Tuesday with a blizzard of suggestions designed to make the county function better and to bring an ever-increasing number of people into the county.

It was all part of a county-sponsored workshop, and the ideas flew fast and furious.

Conway trout hatchery moves one step closer

April 12, 2013

‘We need the Mono Monsters,’ says Hunt

An unusual alliance among the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Mono County, and Caltrans this past week paved the way toward solving a series of complex issues that has prevented Conway Ranch from building a state-of-the-art fish hatchery.

At a breakthrough meeting of the Mono County Fisheries Commission in June Lake on Monday, April 8, commissioners reached consensus on a proposal whereby the Eastern Sierra Land Trust would oversee environmental protections on a 75-acre parcel of land.

April 9th

County moves toward solar energy

April 9, 2013


Bridgeport building could be first pilot project

It seems a shame, with more than 300 days of sunshine, that Mono County buildings don’t take advantage of solar power more often, according to at least one county supervisor.

That supervisor, Larry Johnston, has been trying to change this over the past two years of his term, bringing solar energy to meetings again and again.

Finally, his efforts may pay off.

Emergency services report continues to draw fire

April 9, 2013


Consultants neglect to talk to critical groups, county supervisor says

A controversial report on the county’s emergency medical system was still causing consternation at the Mono County Board of Supervisors dais this week, even though the report is long done.

County eyes its own solution to garbage woes

April 9, 2013


A breakdown in communication with Town of Mammoth still problematic

Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes have been dancing around each other over the issue of garbage for many years.

On Tuesday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors, for the first time, indicated it might be willing to “take out the trash” alone, if need be—even if it means raising parcel fee rates.

County sends list of concerns to Yosemite

April 9, 2013


Proposals to limit horseback rides, roadside parking on Tioga Pass Road alarm county

When Yosemite National Park decided to do a new management plan for the Tuolumne River region, Mono County residents took notice.

About 25 percent of the millions of annual visitors to Yosemite National Park arrive there via the Tioga Pass Road, making the road, which begins near Lee Vining, one of the county’s most critical roadways.

‘Kamikaze Bike Games’ rounding into shape

April 9, 2013


Four-day event will feature ‘Gran Fondos’ on roads, mountain

The band-new Kamikaze Bike Games, a five-day event scheduled for the first week of September, will add several new features to some familiar events.

Apart from bringing back mountain bike racing on Mammoth Mountain for the third time since 2005, the Sept. 4-8 festival this year folds in the stalwart Sept. 7 High Sierra Fall Century road bike ride, with a “Gran Fondo” twist.

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