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March 7th

New program takes pressure off county jail

March 7, 2013

 

Low-level offenders who might otherwise go to the county jail may have another alternative now in Mono County. Offenders can now pay a fee—$250—and complete “certain terms and conditions” in lieu of being charged and/or going to jail, according to the Mono County District Attorney’s office.

If counseling is needed, the offender pays for it, along with other costs. The case can be closed within six months with no conviction, if all the terms of the program are met.

Yay for Boo and Bacon at Friends of the Inyo

March 7, 2013

 

Friends of the Inyo (FOI) welcomed Dr. Tom Boo of Bishop and Jo Bacon of Mammoth to its Board of Directors at its February board meeting.

 FOI is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region’s public lands.

Tom Boo is a physician at Northern Inyo Hospital who believes that working with Friends of the Inyo will be a great opportunity to live by the maxim “think globally, act locally.”

Cerro Coso accreditation status reaffirmed

March 7, 2013

 

Cerro Coso Community College has won reaffirmation of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Reaffirmation is granted when an institution is found to substantially meet or exceed the eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, and commission policies.

In October 2012, a team of Community College professionals from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges came to Cerro Coso campuses for on-site evaluations.  

Peer resort tour focuses on customers

March 7, 2013

 

Shiny baubles, new technologies are far less important than making visitors feel welcome

Fourteen Mono County movers and shakers returned this week after a five-day “peer resort” tour of four family-oriented Vermont ski resorts.

What was the takeaway from the trip?

“It’s the chicken. It’s always been the chicken,” said Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston about whether ski resorts need amenities or great customer service.

Mammoth’s Chip White is on top of the world

March 7, 2013

 

U.S. women’s downhill coach has best year ever

Mammoth athletes bring home national titles

March 7, 2013

 

Mammoth athletes John Teller, Tyler Wallasch, Madeline Riffel, and Trevor Jacob brought home gold and silver hardware and three national titles after competing at the 2013 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix held March 1-2 at Canyons Resort, Utah.

Jacob took the top spot in the Snowboard Cross and the U.S. Championship title after beating out the competition on a tight course with wet, rutted snow for his first career win.

Big pushback on Town Council TOT decision

March 7, 2013

 

Wood explains action; Bacon and Eastman silent

Seething members of Mammoth’s Lodging community let their frustrations into the open this past week, taking the Town Council to the woodshed for a controversial TOT decision two weeks previously.

Snow creates Mammoth envy

March 7, 2013

 

As the rest of the Sierra slides slowly into drought, Mammoth bucks the trend

California is sliding closer to a true drought after a record dry January and February failed to increase the winter snowpack, but the Mammoth area is bucking the state trend and is close to 90 percent of normal for this time of year.

March 6th

The price of “go fish”

March 6, 2013

 

It’s all about money. The local and out of town trout fishermen bring in a lot of revenue to the county, and in the process, get to relax and enjoy life.

But, there is a steep price to pay for their enjoyment.  

First of all, there is a definite opposition from the fish and wildlife biologists to trout rearing and planting.

Their philosophy is that such practices disrupt the natural balance of nature and causes big problems for the eco-system. 

As a local, I feel ripped off

March 6, 2013

 

Kudos to Michael Raimondo and Matt Lehman for being the only responsible council members who voted to impose the penalties and interest in regards to a home being illegally rented out nightly. 

As a local, I feel ripped off. 

For the other council members who voted to allow the owners Kevin and Carolynn Cozen to not have to pay on the penalties and interest, when they fully knew and basically admitted they were renting their home illegally, should resign.

We want an explanation!

March 6, 2013

 

The TOT remitting, fine, and late-fee paying members of the Mammoth Lakes Lodging Association want an explanation! 

At last Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, you heard the first of what will no doubt be many appeals from homeowners who have been renting their single family home out illegally.

Yosemite

March 6, 2013

 

Amid the debate over the proposed Tuolumne River and Merced River Plans in Yosemite National Park, two questions remain unanswered.

In years of development and tourism in Yosemite Valley, what have we lost? And what have we gained?

Yosemite Valley has a long history of one set of people evicting others in an ongoing exercise in how best to utilize the spectacular, one-of-a-kind glacial valley.

‘Andie’s Flying Circus’ tastes rare agony of defeat

March 6, 2013

 

‘Dinosaurs’ topple the leaders in VCs

For the first time since the opening race of last year, Andie’s Flying Circus was defeated in the Village Championships.

Racing a dual giant slalom on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Circus fell to members of the Miramar Dinosaurs, but there were a couple of key caveats involved.

Fido & Me - No can do

March 6, 2013

 

“Road trip, Fido! Fetch your feed!”

“Oh boy, oh-boy, oh-boy. Where are we going?”

“It’s quite up to you, Fido. I have nothing on the radar that jumps out at me. But every now and then it’s good to get out of Dodge.”

“Let’s go to where it’s warm. Death Valley!”

“Um, there’s a problem with that. Can’t go to Death Valley.”

“But I’ve heard that it’s a lot better than it sounds.”

What's Up, Up Here? Mar. 1-7

March 6, 2013

 

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