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August 24th, 2012

County budget hearings next week

August 24, 2012

Mono County holds its annual budget hearings next week, beginning on Monday, Aug. 27 and ending on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The hearings will be held in Bridgeport on Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 at the Mono County Courthouse Board of Supervisors Chambers.

They will be held in Mammoth Lakes on Aug. 28 at the third floor of the Sierra Center Mall (Shogun mall).

The hearings begin at 9 a.m. each day.

June Lake residents move forward on winter activities planning

August 24, 2012

June Lake residents gathered together this past weekend to assign volunteers to work on the coming winter’s plan to keep June alive in the face of the closure of the June Mountain Ski Area. The residents were given $100,000 from Mono County last week toward the effort, with the money funneled through the county’s tourism department.

Swall Meadows, Crowley Lake to get high speed broadband—before Digital 395

August 24, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to approve a $286,398 grant to Verizon California, Inc. to bring high-speed internet broadband service to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake even before the Digital 395 project is completed, according to Steven Kalish.

Kalish is a Swall Meadows resident who has been working on the issue for several years.

The cable must be in place by Jan. 28, Kalish said.

“They are under orders to get it done by then,” he said.

Car break-ins target registration documents

August 24, 2012

Car registration documents seem to be the primary target in a string of car break-ins over the past few months, according to Mammoth Lakes police officers.

Stolen car registrations (along with some low-value items like cell phone chargers and lipstick) concern Mammoth Lakes Police Detective Dan Casabian.

“Your address is on the registration,” he said. “I’m wondering if they might be using this to target other burglaries.”

He said what bothers him most is that all the cars were unlocked.

“I hear it all the time, ‘This is Mammoth Lakes and nothing happens in Mammoth,’” he said.

Come on over! International visitation key to future tourism

August 24, 2012

If Mono County doesn’t grab the incoming wave of international tourists in the next decade or so, it will be stuck as it is now—a weekend and holiday destination for drive-up visitors from the Bay Area and Southern California.

If it does, it will have the opportunity to sharply increase the number of visitors that come on weekdays, during the shoulder season and—most critically—spend a lot of money while they are here, compared to domestic visitors, according to Mono County’s chief economic development manager, Alicia Vennos.

Ladies, Paul Ryan is your worst nightmare

August 24, 2012

Want a smaller government?  

Well this guy will put the government right inside your hoo-ha. Todd Akin, a Missouri congressman who, by the way is on the Science Committee, let it slip that many in the Republican Party believe that if a woman is “legitimately raped” her own bodily trauma will prevent conception from occurring.  

The conclusion which must be drawn from this statement is that raped women who did become pregnant (about 32,000 a year) must, somewhere deep down in their glands, have wanted to be raped.

Mammoth Margarita Festival not a solo venture

August 24, 2012

Thank you for the recent write up and post event coverage of the Mammoth Margarita Festival. 

As an event producer, I could not be happier with the recognition and press coverage of the first annual Mammoth Margarita Festival.

To see an idea created by three like-minded people take flight and soar is certainly up there in goal-attainment. 

However,  I feel especially compelled to reiterate that this was not by any stretch a “solo” venture.

The festival was and remains a truly equal partnership.

The Settlement

August 24, 2012

Mammoth finally settled its lawsuit with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition this week. Our immediate response was a sense of relief, and we weren’t alone.

All over town, our citizens talked it up, not knowing, really, what the terms of the settlement actually are. We don’t know either, but we know enough to sense that it is not a victory.

Rather, the settlement is wrapped in the clothing of defeat. Our battle flags in this matter now are furled, never again to be unfurled. The settlement and its complicated aftermath represent a sorry chapter in our little town’s short, little history.

A thank you from Mammoth Unified School District

August 24, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District would like to give a warm thank you to the community for their support of the temporary closing of Minaret Street for the Bluesapalooza Event the first weekend in August.
We thank the Town Council for their continued foresight to support community safety with their action with the temporary closure of the road.

We thank Sean and Joyce Turner who allowed our high school students the opportunity to solicit voluntary donations for folks that wanted to park their cars on Minaret for the event.

A wonderful documentary

August 24, 2012

Members of The Campaign For A Healthy California would like express their deep appreciation to the all those from Mammoth and other Eastern Sierra communities, including representatives from Mammoth Hospital and the Department of Health, who joined us Tuesday evening for the showing of the wonderful documentary, The Healthcare Movie.  

Urdi pushes air service to balky supervisors

August 24, 2012

 
Mammoth Lakes Tourism Director John Urdi came out of Tuesday’s county supervisors meeting looking like a man at the end of his rope.

“I feel like I’ve failed,” he told the five supervisors Tuesday, as he made the case that the county should contribute at least $100,000 toward year-round air service subsidies next year. “If you do not see the value of air service to you, to this county, to your constituents, after two years, I’ve failed.

Graupel storm hits the White Mountains, leaves a coating of white

August 24, 2012

It was supposed to be a hot, sunny week up here.

All week.

All the meteorological models showed relentless sun. None showed thunder, lightening, rain.

Yet at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Eastern Sierra residents sprang from their beds after a crash of thunder started off a spectacular lightning storm that lit the night sky for hours and dumped an inch of rain.

By 7 a.m., when the clouds had cleared, the White Mountains were cloaked in a thick, white blanket that looked very much like snow.

August 23rd

Body of missing boy recovered near Vernal Fall Thursday

August 23, 2012

The body of Jacob Adams, 6, who was swept into the Merced River on Wednesday, August 15, was recovered on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres “Andy” Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Aug. 15 when they were swept downstream. Andy was pulled from the river by a park visitor shortly after the incident but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

August 17th

Mammoth bears dig didgeridoos

August 17, 2012

It might not pass the sniff test, as it were, but anecdotal evidence suggests our bears like music.

Margarita Festival slams into Mammoth summer scene

August 17, 2012

As first-time events go, last weekend’s Mammoth Margarita Festival entered the summer festival scene with modest expectations.

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