March 4th, 2011
The Recreation Strategies team opened its string of workshops on Wednesday and Thursday at the Community Center, and it sure felt different than most meetings.
The first difference was that the team, consultants from the Strategic Marketing Group of South Lake Tahoe, laid down some strict rules â€“ which one of them promptly broke.
It was a moment of levity that loosened up an audience of several dozen people who had slogged their way through the slush for the four-oâ€™clock session.
Bishop was rocking and rolling Wednesday, with three earthquakes in a row: a 3.5 at about 7 p.m., a 3.1 at 4: 40 and a 2.5 at about 8 p.m. The quakes were only a few miles from Bishop, in the Laws area, meaning Bishopites certainly noticed them, although no serious damage was reported. ...
That was some Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Nothing on the agenda, nobody in the audience save for an MT staffer, nobody offering public comments. It was the Pledge of Allegiance, then a closed session with the new interim town manager. Like covering vapor. ...
Spiking gas prices should not affect Mammothâ€™s summer tourism as much as many might think, says Mammothâ€™s Tourism Director, John Urdi.
â€śItâ€™s not a deal breaker,â€ť he said.
Average retail gasoline prices in California rose 17.5 cents a gallon in one week, averaging $3.72 on Monday, Feb. 28, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.
In Mammoth, Lee Vining and Bridgeport, gas prices were well above $4 a gallon and still rising. On Thursday in Mammoth Chevronâ€™s regular was at $4.39 a gallon.
The Ranch Road Peace Accords got another piece of reinforcement this week.
Five years after homeowners on Ranch Road and backcountry enthusiasts clashed over egress from the mountains, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation announced that new signs are in the ground, guiding skiers and snowboarders to the public access easement at the Ranch Road Gate.
Much of the route runs on top of Snowcreek Golf Course, which two years ago placed directional signs on the route as a result of Snowcreek VIII Master Development Plan.
The Ranch Road war was over.
The Mammoth daycare provider arrested in October for sexually abusing at least four children in his care, Lupe Almaguer, was expected to face a judge March 8, but that sentenceing will â€ślikely be continuedâ€ť according to Mono County Deputy District attorney Todd Graham said Thursday.
The sentencing was originally set for Feb. 15 but was continued to March 8 and, as of Thursday, looks to be continued again.
Almaguer, 56, pled guilty to several counts of felony child molestation in December 2010.
He was arrested in October 2010 after an investigation.
Ed Armenta, who spent his youth in Southern California and hiked, fished and camped in the Eastern Sierra, is coming home to the Inyo National Forest.
This time, it is as its new supervisor, replacing Jim Upchurch, who left last October.
â€śIt has been a lifelong dream to live and work in the Eastern Sierra,â€ť Armenta said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
â€śI am delighted to have been selected as the supervisor of one of the most beautiful national forests in the nation, with the huge abundance of recreation opportunities that it offers.â€ť
Dan Haydon was among the nicest human beings you could ever meet.
This is the consensus of many people who have lived in Mammoth and eaten at his restaurant, the Mogul, since the early 1970s and who knew Haydon well.
He died on Feb. 26. The 40-plus year Mammoth resident and businessman was not only a beloved member of the community, he was also an inspirational man whom many revered.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council and legal staff went looking for a major leaguer to fill the Town Managerâ€™s job, and they may have found one in Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.
Sheâ€™s dynamic, and has big-city smarts, as the town staff will discover Wednesday, when she takes over as Interim Town Manager.
Gov. Jerry Brown, then the mayor of chaotic Oakland, turned to Marysheva-Martinez to be his budget director for five years. She then served for five years as an assistant city administrator in Oaklandâ€™s Ron Dellums Administration.
Gary Fultz has left the fold, and the Mammoth Lakes Post Office will not be the same.
The convivial postmaster served his last day in Mammoth this week. Next, he and his wife Kristin will tow their sports trailer back to Ludington, Mich., which they left five years ago for a life in the Sierra Nevada.
â€śWeâ€™d never even heard of Mammoth Lakes until the job came up,â€ť Fultz said. â€śIn fact, all the people in Ludington were kind of upset I took it, because I was the one in line for the postmasterâ€™s job there.â€ť
Fultz will turn 55 on Monday, the retirement age for postal workers.
Mammothâ€™s Deena Kastor, the Olympic Marathon bronze medalist and American record holder in the marathon and half marathon, gave birth to a baby girl on Monday night, tweeted her Mammoth Track Club teammate, Josh Cox.
â€śHUGE CONGRATS to Andrew & Deena Kastor on the birth of a healthy baby girl! Piper Bloom Kastor, 6-lbs 5-oz. 19in! WOW!â€ť Cox tweeted just after 9 p.m. PST on Monday. This is the first child for Kastor and her husband Andrew. Kastor, who turned 38 last week, will be aiming to make her fourth Olympic team in 2012. ...
One look at the course map for the 2011 Mammoth Winter Biathlon and you know this is serious business.
It resembles an Olympic course.
It has a stadium built into the hill that looks out to the shooting lanes and across the lanes where competitors will pass three times during the course of the race.
Thus, spectators will be able to keep up on whoâ€™s in the lead, how often the lead changes, who is shooting when and whoâ€™s taking their penalty laps.
â€śBiathlon is changing and becoming much more spectator friendly,â€ť said Race Director Mike Karch.
A Bishop man was found safe, after a search was called in the Reds Meadow area yesterday.
On the morning of Feb. 23 the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to check on the welfare of an overdue snowshoer.
Michael Gaffney, 47, of Bishop, began a snowshoeing trip on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from the Mammoth Lakes Basin to Reds Meadow to Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge. He intended his trip to be relatively non-stop, without a planned camp.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department deputies stopped a vehicle with no license plates and no displayed temporary registration paperwork traveling northbound on U.S. 395 north of Bridgeport.
The deputy made contact with the two individuals inside of the vehicle, identified as Rae Dean Anderson, 42, of Sun Valley, Nev., and Dennis Shay,34, of Winnemucca, Nev. They stated they were traveling from Mexico to the Reno area.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council reconvened from closed session on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and announced that they had appointed Marianna Marysheva-Martinez as the Interim Town manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
Ms. Marysheva-Martinez begins her employment with the Town of Mammoth Lakes on March 2, 2011 pending the execution of the employment contract by Mayor Skip Harvey and review by the Town attorney.