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July 13th, 2012

Rusty Gregory takes the hot seat over June Mountain closure

July 13, 2012

Rusty Gregory may as well have been wearing a bullseye on his back.

About three hundred June Mountain residents and friends poured into the June Lake Community Center Tuesday night to protest the proposed closing of June Mountain Ski Area.

The target was Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and an owner of June Mountain Ski Area. Gregory took the shots for several hours, as everyone from schoolchildren to former—and first—June Mountain manager Bud Hayward took the microphone.

Child endangerment bust on U.S. 395: 11-year-old girl locked in refrigerated truck

July 13, 2012

An 11-year-old Bishop girl on Friday was locked in the back of a refrigerated truck by her grandfather and transported up U.S. 395 as far as Benton Crossing Road before law enforcement officials stopped the truck and freed the girl.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested the girl's grandfather and a Bishop man. They were charged with suspicion of child endangerment and were taken in the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. Officials said they released to her mother.

RAW: Road work on Meridian Boulevard, South Frontage Road to begin soon

July 13, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes Road Maintenance Crew will be conducting maintenance of the South Frontage Road, adjacent to Main Street, and along Meridian Blvd. between Old Mammoth Road and Sierra Park Road this summer. 

 

Work on Agnew Lake dam; hikers urged to use caution

July 13, 2012

From July through October, hikers and backpackers entering the Ansel Adams Wilderness on the Rush Creek Trail will encounter construction activities at Agnew Dam.

The lake will be partially drained throughout that time to allow Southern California Edison access to the dam to perform repairs that will extend the life of the dam. The work will include the installation of a liner on the upstream face of the dam.

Plenty of thanks to go around

July 13, 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses for their generosity and kindness in supporting the Forest Service Fire Safety Fun Festival at Fire Station 2 on July 4.

Thank you Vons for your cookies and icing donations. The kids enjoyed decorating them with a fire safety theme. Thank you McDonalds for providing punch to wash down those cookies!

Food & Wine Experience a success!

July 13, 2012

The Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, that just concluded this past weekend, could not be accomplished without the assistance of a huge roster of volunteers. Most were local, some were visitors, some were students, some second-home owners and their families, but they all came together to make the event a success.

Thank you Fourth of July participants and volunteers

July 13, 2012

I want to thank all the people who participated in this year’s Fourth of July parade and all the folks who helped put it on.

It takes a lot of people working together, communicating and cooperating to pull off this kind of event: the police, Cal Trans, CERT, the Fire Department.

So many people make this parade a success. In particular I’d like to thank Stuart Brown from the Town of Mammoth Lakes for all of his help with permitting and interagency coordination. Stu did a great job and made the process painless for everyone.

Violin Auction Wednesday at Music Festival

July 13, 2012

The Sierra Music Festival opens this week at Cerro Coso College, with plenty of strings attached.

Actually, there are just four strings, but they are attached to a violin painted by Lady Jill Mueller and signed by Dave and Roma McCoy.

The instrument will be an item in Chamber Music Unbound’s Fifth Annual Auction after the opening Mammoth Lakes Music Festival concert at the college, with opening bids beginning at $1,000.

Why lemons will help June Mountain

July 13, 2012

I was so disappointed when I found out about June Mountain closing, I refused to believe it. I mean, in my position, it just seemed impossible that all of those people would lose their jobs. I just couldn’t bear it. But when the problem finally sunk in, my sister Ellery, best friend Jordyn, and I began to brainstorm all sorts of ideas left and right.

Tim Kendall sworn in as Mono County's new district attorney

July 13, 2012

Mono County has a new district attorney, after former Mono County Assistant District Attorney Tim Kendall was sworn into office Tuesday in Bridgeport by Mono County Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Kendall replaces former Mono County District Attorney George Booth, who retired at the end of last month despite a year and a half left of his four-year term. Kendall was appointed by the county supervisors to fill the remainder of Booth’s term, which ends in January 2014. Kendall will be up for election for the next term.

Chew on this

July 13, 2012

Was there ever a better week than this one? What a stew of stuff! If you could clip-and-save a week, this might be the one.

We’re not really sure how to digest this multi-course meal. Set upon a mise en place of Mammoth’s municipal bankruptcy, airport subsidies and the closure of June Mountain Ski Area, we might have thought this could have been a poisonous week.

But it wasn’t. We had a fine time at our French, Eastside, multi-course feast.

ESUSD seeks mediation solution for sex crimes

July 13, 2012

A former Marine and Coleville High School assistant football coach who was jailed after sexually molesting at least two Coleville High School girls in December 2009 is out of jail.

According to court case documents, plaintiffs alleged on Dec. 22, 2009, Cody Carlisle, then 25 years old, “sexually molested both minor girls” while he was the assistant football coach at Coleville High School.

Fido & Me — Guardian Angel

July 13, 2012

“Fido, what’s wrong?”

“I have never been so worn out in all my life!”

“But it was just an overnight!” I said. “Piece of cake, old man.”

“Yeah, well, so you say.”

Fido walked to his dog bed and more or less dived into it, like a locomotive that has jumped the tracks. Nose first, cloud of dust, then silence. In no time, he was snoring.

As for me, I was a little tired after our first overnight in the mountains, but nothing out of the ordinary.
For Fido, though, his first overnight backpacking adventure was more of a strain than I’d figured.

Tug o' war over Mammoth Creek water continues

July 13, 2012

The legal struggle triggered when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claimed it owned all of the water rights to Mammoth Creek continues with both Los Angeles and Mammoth arguing their case in courts and through media.

In the past few weeks, letters between Los Angeles and the Mammoth Community Water District have outlined sharp differences between the two agencies—and no solutions.

High Altitude Training facility gets a face

July 13, 2012

This probably is not going to happen, but it might.

A San Francisco architect, who is loosely affiliated with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, has submitted drawings as to what its High Altitude Training Facility might look like.

It is no more than a glimmer in his eye—a dream based on the outskirts of possibility.

Mark Horton, whose firm produced the winning drawings for San Francisco’s indoor trampoline center, House of Air, characterized his work as “an idea for discussion,” and nothing more.

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