Archive - Dec 7, 2012 - News Article
The Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday voted for a new government restructuring plan, with an eye to the long-range future but with its thumbs also fixed on vexing, short-term problems.
In making the decision, the council sought to put to bed some of the more controversial elements that have divided the town ever since it began its five-month-long tightrope walk back from the edge of municipal bankruptcy.
Ten years after entering the world stage of ski racing with the U.S. Ski Team, Mammoth racer Stacey Cook last weekend finally got a payoff.
A member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, Cook landed on her first-ever World Cup podiums, finishing second behind superstar Lindsey Vonn in the opening races of the 2012-13 World Cup season.
It hasnâ€™t taken long for the relief generated by last weekâ€™s storm to give way to anxiety in Mammoth.
Whatâ€™s next, everyone wants to know. What will this winter be like?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is anything but clear.
â€śI donâ€™t trust forecasts any longer than 72 hours out,â€ť said Frank Gehrke, the chief snow surveyor for the state Department of Water.
â€śHaving a wet December (as this one is shaping up to be, due to the last series of storms) doesnâ€™t mean a thing for the future. Iâ€™ve learned not to predict and just work on what comes.â€ť
Paradise residents voiced their ire Tuesday about a subdivision and trailhead design on Lower Rock Creek Road that they say is making the road dangerous in the winter.
At issue is a fence that developer John Hooper, who lives on the property at the site of the old Paradise Lodge and Resort, built to funnel hikers from a parking lot to a trailhead.
Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger will likely be appointed Mono County Sheriff by the county supervisors soon, after Sheriff Richard â€śRickâ€ť Scholl recommended Obenberger for the post at Tuesday's county supervisor's meetingâ€”with no oppostition from the supervisors, who were quick to voice their support for Obenberger.
Scholl recently announced he will retire about halfway through his four year term. His last date will be Dec. 20.
â€śIt seems like the logical choice, and Ralph is certainly qualified,â€ť said Supervisor Byng Huntâ€”words echoed by the rest of the supervisors.
The Eastern Sierra made Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, coming in at No. 6. The travel pub gives a shout-out to Bodie, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, Devils Postpile, and Whoa Nellie Deli. Notably absent: Mammoth Lakes. Top 5 are Louisville, Fairbanks, the San Juan Islands, Philly and American Somoa. …
A pair of bobcats are enjoying the early winter in Mammothâ€™s neighborhoods, and wildlife specialist Steve Searles says he is ecstatic.
â€śFor people to be able to observe that in a community, itâ€™s a great indicator of one of the things thatâ€™s going really right in our town,â€ť he said at the Mammoth Town Council meeting Wednesday evening.
â€śTo have local bobcats being observed multiple times a day, itâ€™s something we should be really proud of, and celebrate.â€ť
Searles said there is no reason for people to be alarmed by the two critters.
The Tri-Valley area of Mono County—Hammil, Chafant and Benton—was once the fastest growing part of the county, and developer Bob Stark hopes it is again soon.
He got some help for his vision Tuesday after the Mono County Board of supervisors agreed to make it easier to continue his White Mountain Estates project north of Bishop on S.R 6.
Stark’s 87-unit project was going full-speed prior to 2008, poised to fill a deep need for workforce housing in the county, which at the time was experiencing a real estate price boom.
The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) is scheduled to open Dec. 6 after gaining three and four feet of snow coverage.
The BWRA area is suitable for snowmobiling and other winter sports and is located in the Sonora Pass vicinity off S.R. 108. Recent storms have provided enough snow to meet the minimum requirements for opening, but snow conditions are variable.
David Scobie, a police officer with the MLPD for 10 years, received a recognition award from the Town Council Wednesday night, and Mayor Matthew Lehman gave him one of the highest compliments a cop could hope for.
“I don’t know David real well,” Lehman said, “but one thing I’ve heard around town is that people really like David Scobie. Even the people who are pulled over by him almost enjoy the experience.
“He’s the epitome of a great officer.”
Annual event in Bishop on Dec. 15
The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association is coordinating a multi-jurisdictional, multi-county event that will benefit some well-deserving families for Christmas.
The event is called “Shop with a Cop,” and will involve the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Bishop Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Inyo Probation Department.
Mammoth Hospital next month will have two new surgeons on staff, beginning in January, the hospital announced this week in a press release.
Fru Bahiraei, M.D. and Richard Koehler, M.D. will have primary residence within the Mammoth Hospital District boundaries.
Dr. Bahiraei is board certified in general surgery and comes to Mammoth most recently from Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Washington.
At Whidbey he provided general surgical, vascular, thoracic, trauma, and endoscopic services.
Enjoy the musical talent of the Eastside and ring in the holiday season this weekend with a community concert that features local musicians of all ages performing in the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra.
The concerts, Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth, and Sunday at the Bishop Neighborhood Church, begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $7 for students.
The Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt directs the chamber orchestra, and Stephanie Everson directs the choir.
A $150 “fire prevention” fee for most non-Mammoth residents in Mono County may be here to stay, after promised political support for the removing the fee evaporated during the election season.
About $3,000 in unclaimed state tax refunds is sitting around, waiting for 28 Mono County residents to claim their money.
A total of $14 million awaits taxpayers in other counties, according to the state tax board. The most common reason taxpayers don’t get their refunds is because they move and don’t update their addresses with the state Franchise Tax Board.