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February 15th

A ‘grand adventure’

February 15, 2013

 

Longtime locals, Mono Lake rangers David and Janet Carle release a book about traveling around the world following the latitude of the Eastern Sierra

Who would have thought something as seemingly mundane as a number could underlie much of the world’s most productive cultures?

Dr. Nancy Peterson Walter, noted anthropologist, dead at 77

February 15, 2013

 

Nancy Peterson Walter, 77, a resident of Mammoth Lakes for the past 19 years, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Feb. 5.

The cause of death, according to her husband, John, was leukemia.

Born in Rockford, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1935, Walter achieved her childhood dream of becoming an anthropologist, culminating in being awarded her PhD in 1986.

Lee Vining elementary students win science fair

February 15, 2013

 

Caelen McQuilken, Jordyn Harper show temperatures decrease as elevation increases—despite their own experiences this winter

Two Lee Vining elementary students will go on to a regional science fair in Riverside in April after their professionally produced, meticulously graphed and time-consuming experiments on Mammoth Mountain and other locations proved that overall, temperatures really do decrease as elevation increases.

Woodstove issues create hot topics

February 15, 2013

 

Town, fire district sound an ominous alarm

Cozy and lovely, there’s nothing quite like a woodstove to fire the imaginations of Mammoth’s winter visitors and locals alike.

Unfortunately, town fire department leaders, along with Building Inspector John Goetz, say the stoves, specifically woodstove inserts, also are a potential hazard.

Climbing frozen water

February 15, 2013

 

The Eastside’s most ephemeral sport in full swing

On an unusually warm midwinter day, Juan Lopez swung into the ice with the hard-earned familiarity of years of working construction.

A veteran of a battle against diabetes and holding a laundry list of prescription medications, Lopez, 43, of Woodlake, said he was looking for moderation. He found it by climbing ice.

Plan to remove bike rentals, horseback ride providers in Yosemite alarms county

February 15, 2013

 

Community invited to give input at meeting next Saturday at the Minaret Mall

The Tuolumne River that runs alongside the Tioga Pass Road on the west side of the pass and the Merced River in Yosemite Valley are lined with cabins and resort structures, trails, and bike paths.

The two rivers were also recently designated as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers, in an attempt to preserve their beauty and ecological integrity into perpetuity.

Coyote sightings quadruple in Mammoth; no worries

February 15, 2013

 

Searles: Actual numbers remain steady

Coyote sightings have been on the rise in Mammoth, but local Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles said the population is healthy, and their presence is of no threat whatsoever.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 15-21

February 15, 2013

 

Fido & Me - The Week that Was

February 15, 2013

 

“Wotta week!” Fido said.

“Yes, it sure was. You must be exhausted, Old Sport.”

“That’s OK, because I’m a dog, and even when we’re exhausted, if there is still a little bit of fuel in the tank, we can keep on going.”

“Well put. Humans aren’t quite like that, and the older they get, well, you know. Did you have a favorite part?”

Fido showed no hesitation. He wagged his stump.

“Foolsday was my favorite part!”

Rotary Winterfest Celebration round up

February 15, 2013

 

To all of the wonderful people of our community who have supported us for the last 33 years: a large and gracious thanks!

Many of you atteneded the Noon Rotary fundraiser event last Saturday night, and we were very happy to see you.

We were stunned by the invitation to accept the first “Service Above Self” Rotarian award, but are very honored to accept it.

Digital 395 project going full bore

February 15, 2013

 

Massive project is finally underway in Mono County

The Digital 395 project has been a pie-in-the-sky project for so long, some were beginning to think the 600-plus-mile high-speed broadband fiber project would never make it to Mono County.

The little town that could

February 15, 2013

 

Two weekends ago, the community of June Lake proved that it is the Little Town that Could. 

Faced with an economically challenging winter, the June Lake Revitalization Committee set off to develop some animation-generating events and activities.  These have required collaboration and cooperation from many community members. The June Lake Winter Festival and Triple Threat Triathlon, held Feb. 1 to 3, really proved how great things can happen if we all work together. 

Go Fish

February 15, 2013

 

The kiss of death for any resort community is doing the same thing all the competitors are doing.

The kiss of success is finding the one thing that people want, or the two or the three things, that no other resort, anywhere, can do.

In Mono County’s case, that one thing is not Mammoth Mountain Ski Area—other resorts have big mountains, too.

It’s not our great scenery—others have that, too.

It’s Alpers trout.

Great, big, fat Alpers trout.

South County residents in limbo over broadband

February 15, 2013

 

There has still been no deadline for high-speed broadband service set for Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake after Verizon backed out of a Jan. 28 deadline and the Public Utilities Commission last week rejected Verizon’s request for a deadline extension.

Calls to Verizon were not returned before press time.

Tenney moves to take down banner signs for good

February 15, 2013

 

Says Mammoth ‘looks like a swap meet’ in summer months

After years of wrangling over what to do about the proliferation of what she considers unsightly banner signs in Mammoth, Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney said she has a solution.

“We should eliminate all banners except for special events,” she said at a commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “We should eliminate all ‘temporary’ signs, too.”

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