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June 3rd, 2014

Mammoth, Mono voters go to the polls

June 3, 2014

Mammoth and Mono County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, June 3, under sunny skies and warm temperatures.

It was impossible to gauge voter turnout, said poll worker Jay Dienken.

“It’s quiet now,” he said at the Community Center polling station on Forest Trail, “but they come in waves.”

As he spoke, Town Council candidate John Wentworth rode up on his mountain bike to vote, while Mammoth District Ranger Jon Regelbrugge of the U.S. Forest Service was in a voting booth nearby.

June 2nd

The (Ongoing) 2014 Election Handbook

June 2, 2014

Political observers haven’t seen anything quite like it.

It has been 20 years since Mammoth has had eight non-incumbent candidates running for three open Town Council seats. The race for Mono County Sheriff started out as a volatile contest, and then just kept getting more so.

Three candidates—Stacy Corless, Greg Eckert and Kirk Stapp—are running for an open seat on the Board of Supervisors from the Mammoth-only District 5.

May 29th

What’s open, what isn’t: latest on on local trails, roads, campgrounds

May 29, 2014

The drought winter has allowed more access to Mammoth-area trails, roads and campgrounds than is normal for late May and June, but many high country trails are still covered in snow if they are above 10,000 elevation and/or if they are on north-facing, shaded slopes.

Several campgrounds are also still closed, due to issues with infrastructure or access.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the following is a list of the status of most of the area roads, campgrounds and trails, with a new update expected on Friday, May 30. That update will be posted at mammothtimes..com.

'Elevated' levels of mercury found at Mill City site

May 29, 2014

A toxic and carcinogenic heavy metal, mercury, has been detected near the Mill City Stamp Mill area in Old Mammoth at levels high enough to trigger a clean up effort but the mercury is not likely to pose a risk to Mammoth’s drinking water supply—nor to people accessing the Mill City area for recreational purposes, scientists said Tuesday.

Town names directors for public works, finance

May 29, 2014

Two staff positions, both described by Mammoth Town Manager Dan Holler as critically important, are no longer vacant.

 

Anger over clamped-down Lakes Basin

May 29, 2014

With the town full of Memorial Day visitors and the Lakes Basin mostly free of snow, Mammoth did what it normally does in an early shoulder season.

 

The Mammoth Times Endorses | Fernie, Richardson and Wentworth for Town Council; Johnston, Corless for Board of Supervisors; Braun for Sheriff; Beck for Assessor

May 29, 2014

The editorial staff at the Mammoth Times has gone to great lengths to aggressively cover the campaigns leading up to the election on June 3.

 

New issues emerge at Council candidate forum

May 29, 2014

With just one week until Election Day, the eight candidates for Town Council threw a little more gas on the fire this past week, introducing new campaign issues at a candidates forum at the Forest Service Auditorium.

May 27th

Small plane goes down on Sherwin Creek Road; couple, dog, survive

May 27, 2014

A San Jose couple and their dog walked away from a plane crash with only minor injuries after the pilot crash-landed the plane on Sherwin Creek Road Saturday, May 24.

His Cessna 182 experienced engine trouble while flying from the Bishop airport over Mammoth Pass toward San Jose.

According to Mammoth Lakes Fire Chief Brent Harper, the pilot, Paul Cianci, San Jose, knew he had engine trouble while flying over the pass around 3 p.m. and started to look for an open spot to land the plane.

May 22nd

A tip of our hat

May 22, 2014

It’s been a long, exhausting, and—at times—stressful campaign season (so far) for those running, working behind the scenes, and covering it all.

 

Council winners face steep learning curve

May 22, 2014

Whoever wins the race for the three open Town Council seats on June 3, the “new majority” will come face-to-face with a steep learning curve.

 

MLR reaches the finish line; Council passes it, 5-0

May 22, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Recreation, 11 months in the making, won a crucial victory this week when the Town Councl voted unanimously to move it into its final fomation stage.

The council's 5-0 vote came despite some citizen criticism that the formation of the non-governmental organization (NGO) it was too much, too soon.

Another year of double normal snow needed

May 22, 2014

Reno National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Smallcomb gave the latest update on the three-year drought and what it will take to bring it to its knees Tuesday, May 20.

It wasn’t pretty.

“We have what we call a ‘structural deficit’ in terms of moisture that is very deep,” Smallcomb said in an interview prior to his talk at the Green Church Tuesday.

That deficit is so deep that it will take a huge winter to simply catch up, he said.

Snowmaking process begins for June Mtn.

May 22, 2014

 

Note: A previous version of this story state that the Mono County Board of Supervisors would eventually have to vote on whether or not to approve the environmental analysis for the proposed test wells. The final decision is made by the U.S. Forest Service, Inyo National Forest. The Times regrets the error.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area recently triggered the search for water for snowmaking on June Mountain Ski Area and the Inyo National Forest is now taking comments about the proposal, according to forest authorities.

Off The Trail - Oasis

May 22, 2014

The roaring wind picked up the foot-thick dust at bottom of the old dry lake and threw it at the truck, slamming millions of sharp-edged particles against window and door and windshield.

It was impossible to talk, even in the sealed cab, and so we didn’t, focusing instead on keeping the big truck upright and moving forward on the sand-drenched road.

It was almost dusk, and what light there was, was gone; swallowed whole by the raging wind and dust.

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