Archive - Oct 2011 - News Article
If you donâ€™t live in Mammoth Lakes and your roads get plowed, the bridges you travel over are intact and the lawns of your community parks are green, you should give thanks to Mono Countyâ€™s Public Works Department.
Every public works department is the backbone of a county, a lifeline for all of the countyâ€™s unincorporated residents.
Mono County is no different.
It might begin with something as simple as an insult. â€śYouâ€™re fat.â€ť â€śYou canâ€™t do anything.â€ť â€śYou are ugly.â€ť
â€śNobody likes you.â€ť
The abuse might worsen; getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worse; midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, â€śkids will be kids,â€ť right? They will grow out of it, right?
Theyâ€™re just words, right?
The Inyo National Forest is announcing the opening of a new, personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop. This area is located on the north side of Highway 158 across from the Fern Lake Trailhead. You must have a valid 2011 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only. Permittees must park along the shoulder of Highway 158 during collecting activities, and are not permitted to drive off-road for firewood retrieval. All other wood cutting regulations are in effect.
Two firms investigating potential wind energy in eastern California have withdrawn their requests to install monitoring towers on public lands. The firms proposed to install 200-foot-tall wind monitoring towers for three-year testing periods to collect wind speed and direction data and other weather information.
Steve Searles is irked.
Itâ€™s not the wildlife which is making his spine crawl but rather the decision of a certain public agency to shut down and lock up public facilities in the Lakes Basin.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan and certified the Trail System Master Plan EIR at Wednesdayâ€™s town council meeting.
If there had been any opposition to the new trails plan, the public had one last chance at the meeting to speak up.
With all the public meetings held over the past several years about generating a new and improved trails system plan, it was apparent that all had been said and done.
When the state of California voted to reroute many prisoners who would have gone to state prison to county jails late last year, alarm waves cascaded through all the stateâ€™s 58 counties. Although the state assured the counties it would fund this â€śrealignmentâ€ť of responsibility and that the only prisoners released in such a manner would not be violent or sex offenders, local county officials were not reassured.
Rumors of a "bear mauling" in the northern part of Mono County are just that, rumors, according to the Mono County Sheriffs Department. Here's what really happened, according to the sheriffs department:
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at approximately 2:30 pm, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department dispatch received a call regarding a reported bear attack near the Twin Lakes area in Bridgeport.
Inyo County officials are seeking a missing California man whose vehicle may have been parked in the Buttermilk climbing and bouldering area above Bishop since July.
The man, Richard John Malten, 64, is from Oregon House, Calif. He is described as 5â€™ 8â€ť, 144 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes.
According to the Inyo Register, a missing personâ€™s report was filed last week by Malten's ex-wife.
According to the sheriffâ€™s department, what is believed to be Maltenâ€™s 2001 maroon Jeep utility vehicle has been found. It may have been parked in the area, unattended, since July.
You could call it an embarrassment of riches. Most communities in Mono County only get one supervisor to represent them. But for the past eight weeks, and until at least 2012, Lee Vining and Mono City will get two.
If that sounds a bit awkward, it probably is.
Wild Iris Fundraiser at The Historic Mono Inn, October 26, 2011
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to help bring awareness to the community and to raise funds that support on-going programs, The Historic Mono Inn, The Exhausted Parent Network and KMMT will host a fundraising dinner at The Historic Mono Inn Restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Twenty-percent of the eveningâ€™s dinner proceeds will be donated to Wild Iris.
Start with a vision and then develop a plan. Thatâ€™s how Mammoth demonstrates its devotion to recreation. Town Council considered an implementation plan Wednesday for the previously approved vision.
The townâ€™s devotion is unique in its two-pronged approach to recreation as both a quality of life concern and an economic concern, according to Carl Ribaudo, founder of the Strategic Marketing Group.
The group provided consulting services for the visioning and planning projects. He said throughout his 20-year career, he has never seen another town commit to both aspects of recreation.
The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve may become unbudgeted, but stakeholders will ensure that it never becomes unfriended.
Diverse factions met Thursday to explore strategies for protecting the reserve and continuing visitor services, if State Parks and Recreation should close the park.
A crowd of more than 50 people expressed the importance of keeping the park open Oct. 6. They did, however, disagree on how to manage it.
Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor, released her decision for the snowmobile crossing location for the Pacific Crest Trail, just south of Sonora Pass near Bridgeport, California late last week. The Forest Service issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Crossing Project this week.
Higgins selected Alternative 4 as described in the EA. The EA describes three action alternatives and a no-action alternative.
Mammoth Lakes, and much of the Eastern Sierra above 7,500 feet elevation, awoke to anywhere from one to four inches of heavy, wet snow this morning, with more snow on the way today. Roads are wet and slippery and visibility is poor, due to wind and blowing snow. Chain restrictions are in place on some roads and the high mountain passes in and out of the Eastern Sierra are closed at this time, including the Donner Pass road/I-80 (westbound at Truckee).
As of this morning, according to Caltrans, the following road restrictions are in force: