February 22nd, 2013
‘I feel like I’ve been mugged,’ property owner says
Mammoth’s tax enforcers, charged with turning up the heat on violators of the town’s transient occupancy tax laws, thought they had a big fish on the line.
The Town Council on Wednesday night, Feb. 20, came down on the side of the fish, though, letting Kevin and Carolynn Cozen off the hook for what started out as a $98,100 bill for back taxes and penalties.
It’s not every day, even in a ski town, that you find a stark nekid womanwandering around the Westin lobbyin the wee hours, and it’s not often that Mono County Dispatchgets a call re: said woman, and it’s not every day that the self-same woman returns with the T-shirt someone gave her for protection against the cold temps and/or prying eyes. …
‘Boat Race’ goes to Treat
Everyone agreed the new snow on Mammoth Mountain was nice, and strong winds made for some nice wind buff.
But it wasn’t so nice for the Village Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 19, which had to cancel its first-ever Super G off Chair 14 to Reds Lake.
The next VC race is Tuesday, Feb. 26. It is a dual GS, with each run counting as a race.
Property taxes lag behind state
Sluggish property tax revenues will make budgets tight for yet another year in Mono County, according to county officials.
While the rest of the state is beginning the slow climb out of the recession, Mono County is lagging in terms of property tax revenues, mostly due to some of the rural areas of the county where property prices have yet to bottom out.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes awards $23,400 annually to youth sporting organizations that are in need of additional funding to supplement organized, nonprofit, youth sporting programs operating in and around Mammoth Lakes.
Applications will be available on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department Office located in the Minaret Village Mall, above Giovanni’s or on www.mammothrecreation.com.
Parking requirements in the downtown regions of Bridgeport, Lee Vining, and June Lake appear to be stifling new businesses, according to Brent Calloway, Mono County Community Development Analyst.
Current regulations require too much parking, Calloway said at the Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 19.
Informal local sources have informed him that people aren’t opening new businesses because they do not want to have to deal with the parking issue.
Aspiring bakers, canners and other cooks can now sell their wares without breaking the bank or without a complicated tangle of paperwork, after the state relaxed prepared some rules.
In response, the Mono County supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 19, agreed to keep fees low or non-existent.
The rough and not always ready road to Mammoth Yosemite Airport could see some major repair work in the next few years after new Census 2010 population numbers triggered a different classification for some roads.
The new classification allows roads used by a community with more than 5,000 people—in this case Mammoth Lakes—to access federal funds for roads that are heavily used by the community, even if the roads are not within the community.
A heavy winter storm predicted for Tuesday evening has been downgraded and much of the moisture expected to hit the Sierra may stay west of the crest.
As much as 16 to 20 inches of snow was forecast for the crest of the Sierra above Mammoth by Wednesday morning, but a recent update by Mammothâs amateur weather forecaster is pulling back from that.
âApparentlyâŠthe models were wrong in the placement of the upper low as it is verifying too far west,â Howard Sheckter wrote on his website Tuesday evening.
Mammoth race teams, high schoolers dominate their races
Mammoth Olympic downhill racer Stacey Cook turned on the jets in Schladming, Austria, on Sunday, Feb. 10, but she said her sixth-place finish left her less than satisfied.
She raced at podium speed on the top part of the twisty, turny course, but lost speed near the bottom.
After a two-week break, the Village Championships returned on Tuesday Feb. 12, with Corey Denton making the fastest time in the first slalom races of the VC season.
Under perfect race conditions—blue skies and a fast track—some veterans, such as Laurie Carlson, Nick “Lucky” Treat, and Heidi Kanayan made it onto the course, and they did it in style.
Longtime locals, Mono Lake rangers David and Janet Carle release a book about traveling around the world following the latitude of the Eastern Sierra
Who would have thought something as seemingly mundane as a number could underlie much of the world’s most productive cultures?
Nancy Peterson Walter, 77, a resident of Mammoth Lakes for the past 19 years, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Feb. 5.
The cause of death, according to her husband, John, was leukemia.
Born in Rockford, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1935, Walter achieved her childhood dream of becoming an anthropologist, culminating in being awarded her PhD in 1986.
Caelen McQuilken, Jordyn Harper show temperatures decrease as elevation increases—despite their own experiences this winter
Two Lee Vining elementary students will go on to a regional science fair in Riverside in April after their professionally produced, meticulously graphed and time-consuming experiments on Mammoth Mountain and other locations proved that overall, temperatures really do decrease as elevation increases.
Town, fire district sound an ominous alarm
Cozy and lovely, there’s nothing quite like a woodstove to fire the imaginations of Mammoth’s winter visitors and locals alike.
Unfortunately, town fire department leaders, along with Building Inspector John Goetz, say the stoves, specifically woodstove inserts, also are a potential hazard.