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September 12th

State gives Digital 395 another $9.9 million

September 12, 2013

 

The last hurdle to completing the Digital 395 high-speed broadband backbone was jumped last week when California’s Public Utilities Commission voted to give the project another $9.9 million.

The 583-mile project that will connect Barstow to Reno with high-capacity, high-speed broadband fiber optic trunk lines, was over-budget by about that amount by the end of July—the completion deadline date originally set by the federal government, which paid for about $80 million of the $101 million project.

Nevada City pro takes the Kamikaze crown

September 12, 2013

To Graeme Pitts, everything felt as if it were in place for a big day in Mammoth.

Just in from pro mountain bike racing in Canada and on his way to Norway for the UCI World Cup championships, Pitts bounced out of his car, straightened his 6-foot, 2-inch body into a semi-salute, stuck out his chest and took a deep, happy breath.

“I’ve always heard about Mammoth and the Kamikaze,” he said. “I wasn’t going to miss this.”

Phillips steals the show in Fall Century/Gran Fondo

September 12, 2013

The first timed High Sierra Century race featured some blazing performances by cyclists who finished the 100-mile-plus course in less than five hours.

But in many respects, the day belonged to Mammoth’s Dennis Phillips.

It’s not that the longtime Mammoth resident won his 60-69 age group, or that he did it by nearly an hour, placing ninth overall in 5-hours, 9-minutes and 39 seconds.

September 11th

Mammoth's Dr. Mike Karch, one of first doctors on scene after Sept. 11 attacks, gives talk tonight

September 11, 2013

Don't miss this great talk tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11, with one of our own, Mammoth Hospital's Dr. Mike Karch, who was one of the first doctors on the scene after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Karch's incredible story about the first few days after the attacks and the lessons he learned about how to best respond to such a disaster—not just medical personnel but bystanders and others—have gained him national attention and he's right here in Mammoth.

Here are the details:

September 10th

RAW: Mono County loses longtime employee, resident Warren “Keith” Park

September 10, 2013

The Mono County employees and residents suffered an unexpected and tragic loss of a friend, colleague and co-worker this weekend with the passing of Warren “Keith” Park. Keith, part of the county family in the Information Technology (IT) Department for many years, who passed away due to injuries suffered from an out-of-state motorcycle accident over the past weekend.

Keith began working for the Mono County IT Department as an Information Technology Specialist II in July
2005, and was promoted to an Information Technology Specialist III in November 2007.

September 9th

Mammoth's version of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' delightful

September 9, 2013

I am not a typical fan of Shakespeare.

 

September 6th

RAW: Tioga Road still closed west of White Wolf but S.R. 120 opens from Groveland to Crane Flat

September 6, 2013

State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland, CA into Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Friday, September 6, 2013.

Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via SR-120. However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited. The public is advised to use extreme caution as firefighting activities continue in this area.

Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of SR-120 remain closed.

September 3rd

Marysheva-Martinez resigns as Mammoth Town Manager; Police Chief Watson named as interim

September 3, 2013

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez resigned her position as Mammoth Town Manager on Monday, Sept. 2, town spokesman Stuart Brown confirmed.

Fido & Me — CAT scan

September 3, 2013

“You’re doing what?!?” Fido wanted to know.

August 28th

BREAKING: Mammoth Town Manager at loggerheads with Town Council; special closed meeting set for Friday

August 28, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council and Town Manager Marianna-Marysheva Martinez appear to be headed toward a parting of the ways.

August 27th

RAW: Rim Fire forces closure of Tioga Road from White Wolf to Crane Flat

August 27, 2013

A portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 12 noon, according to Yosemite National Park officials.

The Tioga Road will remain open east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass Entrance.

The closure is necessary for firefighters to perform fire suppression activities along the road, officials said in a news release.

RAW: Suddenlink says Mammoth customers will have faster broadband service as of Tuesday, Aug. 27

August 27, 2013

Suddenlink today increased speeds for its most popular residential Internet services in Mammoth Lakes, with no added charge, and also introduced a new 30-Megabit per second (Mbps) speed option, according to an Aug. 27 news release.

The company also announced that installation appointment times are now available for new Suddenlink high-speed Internet customers, as well as existing customers.

Mammoth's water district will appeal Casa Diablo geothermal plant expansion plan

August 27, 2013

Mammoth's local water district is filing an appeal of the environmental document outlining the plans for a sharp expansion of the Casa Diablo geothermal plant's electric power generation capacity. The plant is located east of Mammoth Lakes, off of Casa Diablo Road.

RAW: Fire near Bodie 100 percent contained but local smoke increasing due to Rim Fire

August 27, 2013

The 14,300-acre Spring Peak Fire near Bodie was declared 100 percent contained on Tuesday, Aug. 27, according to fire management officials. The fire did not burn any structures in the state park, but it did cause the road to Bodie to be closed for a few days last week.

According to officials Tuesday, "crews were able to complete the last of the containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. This allows the fire to be called 100 percent contained."

August 26th

RAW: Yorba Linda woman dies near Baxter Pass after falling 150 feet

August 26, 2013

A Yorba Linda woman has died after falling 150 feet near the Baxter Pass area of the Sierra backcountry west of Independence, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's office.

On Aug. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch was notified of a deceased victim near the Diamond Peak area near Baxter Pass, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff's office.

Patricia Hadley, 54, Yorba Linda, had been hiking with a group and had gone on ahead, the news release states.

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