May 3rd, 2013
Focus is on best use of tax money
The Town Council had its first look on Wednesday, May 1, at a proposal that would establish a five-member committee to create the rules by which special event producers might use public tax dollars.
Council member Jo Bacon, the Measure U Application committee, and the Recreation Commission all initiated the idea.
Its genesis was in an April 2 workshop with the Mammoth Lakes Events Coalition.
Public Works unveils $1.5 million Main Street project
They are as ugly as sin and as dangerous as the next powerful windstorm, earthquake or blizzard.
Mammoth’s Main Street overhead power lines, which carry the main load of electricity to the town, are so unsightly and hazardous that Public Works Director Ray Jarvis this past week made a commitment to bury the problem.
“What’s the deal with the blue leash?” Fido asked. “I usually have a red leash. Not complaining, just wondering.”
Crews start fire prevention work in Mammoth, June
Fire season has begun in the Eastern Sierra, a month earlier than normal.
The combination of a dry winter, especially for everywhere north and south of the Mammoth Lakes region, and an unusually warm, dry spring have pushed the normal fire season up to include May, local fire officials said.
“I haven’t seen that many boats on the water since I was a kid”
If anything could illustrate the craziness and size of last week’s Fishing Opener, it might be how long it took June Lake Marina and Crowley Lake Fish Camp owner John Frederickson to find his mobile phone, lost in the chaos.
Council in new budget challenge
Despite a carefully crafted five-year plan and an economically successful summer and winter seasons, Mammoth would still come up more than a half-million dollars short of budget expectations for 2013-14, the Town Council learned this past week.
$45 for a regular ticket, $75 for snow zones, fire lanes
Mammoth’s coffers would grow by about $7,500 a year under a new plan to raise police department fines and fees.
Among several fee increases, parking fines would rise from $35 or $37 per citation to $50 or $75 for more serious violations, such as parking in a snow or fire lane.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce will once again host â€śA Taste of the Sierraâ€ť this Friday evening, May 3, in conjunction with the ever-popular Home Show at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop.
Many of the areaâ€™s finest restaurants and caterers will offer samples of delicious cuisine from 6pm until 9pm in the Charles Brown Auditorium. For only a $25 donation, youâ€™ll enjoy unlimited samples of scrumptious food and receive two beverage tickets good for beer, wine or soda.
Grand theft, drugs, illegal weapons among 10 arrests
At least 10 arrests ranging from illegal guns to a series of cocaine busts and even a grand theft involving fishing gear and drugs kept the Mono County Sheriff’s Department busy over last week and during Fishing Opener weekend.
Five more arrests on warrant charges brought the list of arrests to 15.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to caution motorists to be extra alert for migrating deer on U.S.395 and S.R. 203. Large numbers of deer are on the move at this time of year and they pose a real threat to motorists. Serious injuries or death can occur if you strike a deer at highway speeds. Evidence of multiple vehicle versus deer encounters is visible while traveling on 395.
Airport Layout Plan under scrutiny
Mammoth Yosemite Airport will have a “conditionally approved” airport layout plan by this summer, the town announced this past month in a news release.
An ‘unusual’ number of embezzlements of public money recently, DA says
A Crowley Lake woman and a Bridgeport woman recently faced the courts after accusations that they embezzled money.
Debra Ray, 53, of Crowley Lake, was arrested on Friday, April 19, on suspicion of embezzling $29,000 from a Crowley Lake water district.
Mussell could destroy Owens watershed
A notorious invasive species called the New Zealand mussel could destroy the Owens River watershed if it gets too numerous, and therefore agencies like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are using boat inspections again this year to stop the spread of the pesky critters.
All Mono County Transfer Stations will have new hours beginning Wednesday, May 1.
In recent years, these facilities have operated different hours during winter and summer seasons. Because this has created confusion among users as well as operational inefficiencies, it has been decided to eliminate the seasonal schedule and to establish consistent, year-round operating hours that provide the greatest benefit to the greatest number of users without reducing actual operating hours.
The new year- round hours are as follows:
Air temperatures will be warm in Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra this weekend, with highs ranging from the 70s at Lake Tahoe to the 80s in western Nevada valleys, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
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