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July 29th

Nation's wilderness study areas, including Bodie, in local crosshairs Tuesday

July 29, 2011

Say it isn’t so.

After more than a decade of divisive debate over the fate of Mono County’s federal Wilderness Study Areaswith no clean solution, the argument comes back again next week.

A Bridgeport community group has put a resolution on the county supervisor’s agenda Tuesday that will ask the supervisors to support releasing some of the county — and the nation’s — wilderness study areas from the federal protection they now have.

Commissioners gather in grand sit-down. 'Resort Investment' plan on the table

July 29, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes government tribes gathered Wednesday evening in a Woodstock moment.

If they had held hands and sung “Kumbaya,” no one would have been much surprised.

The sit-down was to approve a “Resort Investment Element” – basically an amendment to the town’s 2007 General Plan.

Its importance could not be overstated:

“Let’s build a Big Top,” said community development director Mark Wardlaw to the assembled commissioners.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 29-Aug. 3

July 29, 2011

From the True Love files: Kathy Johnson, the superb (and athletic) cosmetologist at the Profiles Salon, was busy snipping on Tuesday when Bruce Bartlett walked in with a dozen red roses and plopped them on the front desk. Just for the heck of it. …

More True Love: Have there ever been newlyweds as radiant as Teresa Aragon and new hubby Jimmy? The former Miss Brooks and Jimmy hitched on the shores of Convict Lake last weekend. Yay!…

July 22nd

Skeptical Council gets look at Lehman's Economic Stimulus Package

July 22, 2011

When Matthew Lehman gets a hot idea, he sure doesn’t waste much time between “floating” it and kicking it into action.

Mammoth’s councilman and Mayor Pro Tem suggested two weeks ago that Mammoth should perhaps devise some sort of “economic stimulus plan."

By Wednesday night’s regular Town Council meeting, he had legislation on the table in the form of a plan prepared by the town staff. He also had a list of immediate action items, delivered by letter. Lehman had to be out of town for Wednesday’s meeting and so was not present.

UPDATE: How the three hikers at Vernal Fall in Yosemite tumbled to their deaths

July 22, 2011

Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m, bringing the total of water-related deaths to six this year.

Hormiz David, a 22-year-old-male from Manteca, Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old-male from Turlock and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old-female from Modesto, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 22-28

July 22, 2011

The bears are romping in the Lakes Basin, reports the Bear Whisperer, but enjoy the cubs while you can. Mortality rate is an astonishing 51 percent, says he. …

Six new wildlife warning signs are up around town, but not on S.R. 203. Caltrans has rules, you know. …

The Fire Department and Chief Brent Harper are marking trees up near The Bluffs in their continuing effort at fire reduction. Homeowners there will get a 75 percent rebate for forest cleanup, he says, and no complaints so far. …

July 20th

'World's Most Traveled Man' to present slide show

July 20, 2011

Bill Altaffer, "the world's most traveled man, will present a pair of slide shows at the Mammoth Lakes Library on Thursday night.

The first deals with The Soviet Union's celebration of its defeat of the Axis powers.

The second is about the Pamir Highway and the Aral Seas.

It begins at 7 o'clock. For further information, call 760-934-4777.

July 19th

UPDATE: Three presumed dead after falling over Vernal Falls Tuesday

July 19, 2011

Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Hormiz David, a 22-year-old-male from Modesto, Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old-male from Turlock, and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old-female from Modesto, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.

July 18th

Crowley cell tower appeal Tuesday evening

July 19, 2011

The Mono County Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19 at the Crowley Lake Community Center to consider an appeal filed by Incline Partners, LLC, project applicant, on the Mono County Planning Commission’s denial of a use permit for the development, operation and maintenance of a wireless telecommunications facility in the community of Crowley Lake:

Planned power outages will affect small areas of Mammoth July 21

July 18, 2011

Southern California Edison will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical
system in the areas identified below. In order to perform this work safely, SCE must
temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow SCE
to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other
repairs.

This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and
SCE appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the
future.

July 15th

Mono County wind project has few supporters

July 15, 2011

A wind energy project proposed for an area north of Benton will be a hard sell, if recent public outcry is any indication.

Two public meetings and a field trip to the proposed test tower sites this past week and a half has done little to calm a skeptical public, even after one of the two proposed projects, the one with the largest potential footprint, was pulled July 5.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip from Mammoth, July 15-21

July 15, 2011

OMG the End of the World is at hand: They're re-paving and re-striping the Minaret Village Mall (including Vons!) just in time for Jazz Jubilee. You don't want one of those folks weaving around the parking lot, without stripes, that's for sure. ...

Reinforcing the End of the World concept is that Public Works is doing its duty on Minaret Boulevard, fixing this, smoothing that, and praying that it will hold up for another year. Good luck with that, we say. ...

July 13th

Smoky skies due to Sequoia wilderness fire

July 13, 2011

Forest officials are managing the Lion Fire in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. This lightning-caused fire was found July 8 at 1:30 p.m., one half mile to the west of Lion Meadow and east of the Little Kern River. Since then it has grown to approximately 200 acres. There are currently no threats to life or property. The Sequoia National Forest is in command of the fire.

July 11th

One wind project withdrawn, one still on table

July 11, 2011

One of the wind farm proposals for the Glass Mountains and Benton area was withdrawn last week on July 5, according to Bureau of Land Management officials. EWind Farms Inc. withdrew their wind
energy monitoring and project area (24,000 acre) proposal as of July 5, Larry Primosch, the agency's realty specialist, wrote in an email.
The agency held a field trip to the proposed wind energy sites this weekend and two public meetings are still scheduled to occur this week.

Valentine Reserve's popular summer talks still have some openings this week

July 11, 2011

Outdoor education director for the Valentine Reserve Leslie Dawson said there is still room on the wildflower walk this Wednesday and Friday (July 13 and 15) and on the Forest talk on Thursday, July 14 and on the history talk on July 16.

The Black Bear talk on Tuesday, July 13 is completely full, she said.

Here's more details.

Wildflowers of Valentine Reserve
July 13 and 15: (same talk each day)
Sherryl Taylor 10:00-12:30 pm; moderately strenuous hike

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