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January 25th, 2013

Antelope Valley residents complete CERT training

January 25, 2013


The Antelope Valley area graduated 34 residents from a recent Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program, according to the area’s county supervisor, Tim Fesko.

“It was a great show of community involvement and I am proud of everyone,” he said. The newly trained residents join a Mammoth-area group of residents who have also taken the training. CERT training gives residents the tools they need to help themselves and others in case of a local emergency.

County property taxes continue to decline

January 25, 2013


Revenues from Mono County property taxes have continued their downward slide, even as property prices across the country begin a slow swing upward.

Although precise numbers will not be available until mid-February when the Mono County Board of Supervisors begins its annual mid-year budget review, according to assistant finance director Roberta Reed, the continuing slide is not a surprise.

New county-wide emergency plan available

January 25, 2013


Mono County now has a newly revised and updated Emergency Operations Plan—a 100-plus page plan that was developed in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies.

The document paints a detailed picture of all of the county’s potential threats, including earthquakes and other hazards, and lays out a detailed chain of command and plan of action for every agency in the county. 

January 24th

Another top county official to retire, interim CAO candidate declines offer

January 24, 2013

Mono County is facing more upheaval this week after another top county official announced she would retire Feb. 5 and an interim County Administrative Officer (CAO) candidate pulled out at the last minute.

The announcement that risk manager and facilities manager Rita Sherman would retire came through an email to the county supervisors Wednesday, Jan. 23, according to District 1 Supervisor Larry Johnston—one day after the board of supervisors held its last of three meetings for the month.

January 23rd

RAW: ANOTHER UPDATE Jan. 24 Hospital visits restricted to family members as flu cases increase

January 23, 2013

The flu is hitting Mono County finally and a Mammoth Hospital official said Thursday morning (Jan. 24) that visits to patients at the hospital will be restricted to family members only in an attempt to slow the spread of the flu.

January 18th

Flu flies this way; vaccines running low on Eastside

January 18, 2013


Although flu activity is still comparatively low in California and Mono County, new information shows the flu is on the move, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, the county’s public health officer.

County will likely hire short-term interim administrator

January 18, 2013


Search is on for new finance director

An interim county administrator is the most likely choice after Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens leaves Feb. 3, according to county supervisor Byng Hunt.

“We will probably find a skilled, experienced, retired former county administrator as an interim administrator, which will give us the time to find the right person for the job,” he said.

Mammoth on the rebound

January 18, 2013


Projections indicate recovery in full swing

Practically everyone in Mammoth has sensed that the town is on the way back from a disastrous ski season last year, but now the actual numbers are starting to show it.

For example, the projected visitor occupancy for the upcoming King Holiday weekend (Jan. 18-20) was 77 percent of capacity as of Thursday, Jan. 17.

On the same weekend last year, occupancy was a dreary 30 percent, the result of a snow season that hardly existed at all until late in the spring season.

Cross country skiing in June Lake

January 18, 2013


In the wake of what could have been a devastating blow to the small community of June Lake, creativity spurred of necessity could be an unexpected boon.

With June Mountain closed this year, the owners of Double Eagle Resort and Spa decided to groom cross country ski track on their ranch property across the street from the spa—adding one more reason to visit June Lake.

I have lived many places on the Eastside for the past several years, but this year I decided to move to June Lake, mainly for the winter recreation opportunities.

Migrating murals

January 18, 2013


Art meets conservation in the eastern Sierra

The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep has the unique distinction of being the only endangered bighorn subspecies of three in the United States.

The population dropped to 100 individuals in the 1990s, but has since rebounded, and hit 500 individuals in 2012, spurring optimism for the continued growth and recovery of this rare and unique megafauna.

A late night production

January 18, 2013


His pseudonym is Late Night Billy, he works late at night and the beneficiaries of his labor are late-night music aficionados in Mammoth.

A promoter out of South Lake Tahoe, Billy brought Mickey Avalon to town in December, and “Late Night Productions” was in town again last weekend with “The Long Beach Invasion Tour.”

The headliner for the event was Sublime LBC, a cover band that included former bassist, Q-ball, of the original group.

Fido & Me - King Me!

January 18, 2013


“King me!” Fido yowled.


“Go ahead and King me!”

“Fido, what in the world…?”

“OK, then let’s give the cat a ride around the house. He can just climb right up on my back if he wants to, and I’ll take him anywhere he wants to go. The sky’s the limit.”

“Fido, what’s going on?”

“It’s King Weekend, in case you forgot, and I’m all fired up and ready to go!”

The California way

January 18, 2013


They said it could not be done—that California’s fiscal problems were so immense, so mind-boggling, that no one in his right mind dare even take it on.

Then again, few people have ever said that Gov. Jerry Brown was ever in his right mind, and that goes for his supporters as well as his critics.

MHS Boosters Club sends its thanks

January 18, 2013


I am writing on behalf of the MHS Boosters Club to thank some of our sponsors for their help with new electronic message board on the corner of Sierra Park Road and Meridian Blvd.

This project has been a huge undertaking requiring quite a bit of collaboration. We would like to thank: Mammoth Lakes Welding, Mammoth Unified School District, Mr. Rich Boccia, Mr. Robin Davis, VP Construction, Digital 395 and Praxis.

Without the continued support of our sponsors, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you.

A compromise on gun control

January 18, 2013


As a grandfather still grieving over the devastating loss of 80 peoples’ grandkids, I have spent a lot of time in the recent weeks, processing what can really be done to stop these catastrophes. As with all the major problems facing our country, to really be effective, we need an “all of the above” approach.

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