May 20th, 2014
A big, Nevada/California group that has been woking to prevent the sage grouse from being listed for federal protection will meet in Bridgeport next week, and the public, especially landowners who might be affected by the federal protection if it is granted, are invited to attend the meeting.
The latest update on all the roads and campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest shows a few more roads and campgrounds open, although the opening date for the road into Reds Meadow has been pushed to next week, according to forest officials.
There are some big changes since last week, including the Saddlebag Road opening today, the Reds Meadow Road estimated opening pushed to May 23 for road, water, and sewer line repair, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is opening for weekend hours starting tomorrow.
Here's the full list, current as of May 16
Four years ago Bishop writer and teacher Eva Poole-Gilson set out to write something different than her usual repertoire of poetry and journalism. Her play “Who’s Lying Down In Your Heart?” was recently given a grant to tour funded by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
When she began writing, Poole-Gilson had recently joined Playhouse 395, taking a plunge back into the world of theatre by acting in several productions and even writing a one-woman show.
When the Rim Fire blackened about 400 square miles of rugged, wild county at the west entrance to Yosemite National Park last year—including some of the park itself—the predictions for the aftermath were mostly dire.
The fire was one of the largest in recorded California history and pundits and the media predicted massive erosion, a loss of animal habitat, and fouled rivers and streams.
Not so fast, said ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson, who spoke Tuesday at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory’s Green Church before a packed house.
The Mammoth Times won five first-place awards in the 2013 “Better Newspapers Contest,” the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) announced earlier this month.
The Times also won two second-place awards, and two Blue Ribbon Finalist awards.
It was the largest haul for the newspaper in its 26-year history. The awards ranged from reporting and sportswriting to editorial writing and photography.
Predicting voter turnout in off-year statewide elections is notoriously risky, but if recent history teaches anything, it’s that Mono County will pack the polls in the June 3 primary elections.
In the last off-year statewide election, in 2010, a full 70.7 percent of Mono County’s registered voters turned out to vote. It was the fourth-largest percentage showing among counties in California, state election records show.
Statewide, only 33 percent of registered voters cast ballots in 2010.
In a race that features no incumbents, and hence no candidates with positions to defend, the June 3 Town Council campaigns have at least one thing in common.
Murray, 50, is the general manager of the Chart House restaurant on Old Mammoth Road, and came to Mammoth five years ago on a whim.
A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Hoff’s lilting southern accent still is unmistakable, even after many years of living in both Los Angeles and many more in Mammoth.
Pierrel, 52, is a San Jose native who attended San Jose State before beginning a career in hospitality that eventually took her to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The mother of a 12-to-18-week-old fetus found last week near the Rovana sewer ponds has been identified and a report has been sent to the Inyo County District Attorney's office, according to the Inyo County Sheriffs department.
"There has been a huge community effort to assist the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s office in information regarding the fetus that was discovered in the Rovana housing track sewer ponds and as of Tuesday, May 13, the Sheriffâ€™s office was notified by the Inyo County Coroner that the fetus was the result of a miscarriage," according to a May 13 news release.
Itâ€™s been a bloody few weeks for wildlife in the Eastern Sierra.
On May 2, someone hit and killed a small black bear on U.S. 395 near the Caltrans station and McGee Creek exit south of Mammoth Lakes, leaving the dead bear lying on the side of the road.
According to Mammothâ€™s wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, the bear was likely one of several bears last seen in the Crowley Lake area.
During the past few weeks, the big red splotches that define a roadway deer hit started littering the highway.
Several more â€śTown Hallâ€ť-style Mono County budget community meetings in advance of adopting the countyâ€™s 2014-2015 budget are scheduled for the coming several weeks following a similar format to last yearâ€™s community meetings.
Bridgeport, Crowley Lake, Benton and Walker are still on the calendar this week, beginning Monday, May 12 and continuing through the week. On May 27, the last meeting of all will be held in Benton.
Three meetings have already been completed; one in Mammoth Lakes on May 5, one in Lee Vining on May 7, and one in Walker on May 12.
Elevated levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic have been detected during preliminary sampling of soils and historic mill tailings at the Mill City Stamp Mill, according to the Inyo National Forest.
In 2012, CalTrout received a grant from the Lahontan Regional Quality Control Board to monitor water quality in Mammoth Creek, according to a news release from the forest.
Major reconstruction on the Rock Creek Road has started and is planned for the duration of the 2014 and 2015 seasons resulting in some traffic delays during the summer and fall months, according to Mono County authorities.
Survey work, fencing, and erosion work have been completed thus far with minimal delays, according to a news release. Ground breaking activities that will reduce traffic flow to one-lane are expected to start the week of May 12 and will begin the longer (up to 30 minute) delays.