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October 26th

Karen Ferrell-Ingram receives ‘Last Best Place’ Award

October 26, 2012

 

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director Karen Ferrell-Ingram received the Frank Wells Last Best Place Award by the Sierra Nevada Alliance at its annual conference in South Lake Tahoe.

The Frank Wells Last Best Place Award goes to a leader who has exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting the Sierra’s best places.

Trail System gets a red ribbon

October 26, 2012

 

Big party at Welcome Center

Everybody who was anybody was at the Welcome Center last Saturday, Oct. 20, to open the new, enhanced Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

The Girl Scouts did color-guard ceremonies; Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta offered remarks; Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman was coerced off the trails to commemorate the trails; and John Wentworth, executive director of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) Foundation took time off from trail work.

Prop. 30 support loses steam; $2.4 million on line for Eastside schools

October 26, 2012

Public support for Proposition 30, which would funnel $494,734 into Mammoth’s schools and $2.4 million into Eastside schools, appears to be running out of gas.

In new findings released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, likely voters in California are sharply divided over Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure to fund education, with just under half now supporting it.

When the ballot for Prop. 30 was first introduced, 48 percent said they would vote yes, 44 percent would vote no, and 8 percent were undecided.

Geothermal plant expansion appealed, goes to county supervisors in November

October 26, 2012

A group of (apparently) non-local labor union organizations appealed an Oct. 11 decision by the Mono County planning commission to allow an expansion of Ormat Pacific’s Casa Diablo geothermal plant’s energy-generating capacity.

The appeal sends the project to the county supervisors for a final decision in November.

The project has been on the county’s plate for years. It has already passed through the planning commission and through the environmental review process, and was expected to have been implemented by now, according to county officials.

Wilbrecht defends Marysheva-Martinez

October 26, 2012

Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said he’s had it up to here in trying to convince skeptical Mammoth residents that Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is worth her weight in gold.

“We don’t really talk about this very much,” Wilbrecht said near the end of last week’s four-hour marathon Town Council meeting. “Maybe we should.”

Marysheva-Martinez, the assistant town manager, became the town’s budget analyst in the first round of budget crises that affected Mammoth’s crazy-quilt finances in February 2011.

LADWP sues another Eastern Sierra agency

October 26, 2012

By Mike Gervais

Inyo Register staff writer

Special to the Times

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Storm gives snowmaking an early boost

October 26, 2012

The second snowstorm of the season—and the first significant one—dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.

The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter storm—a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.

Eastside residents couldn’t be happier.

Early voting begins, about one fifth of Mono County ballots already in

October 26, 2012

With only a week and a half to go before the cliffhanger of this 2012 presidential election finally comes to an end on Nov. 6, Monday marked the last day to register to vote in Mono County.

Many people have already voted.

Early voting ballots are currently trickling in. Mono County officials said the county has received 949 mail-in ballots so far—about a fifth of the county’s total of 5,492 registered voters.

October 25th

Mini-quake swats Mammoth

October 25, 2012

A tiny earthquake, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, took a swipe at Mammoth Thursday morning. The normal rule of thumb is that it takes a 3.0 mg quake to feel it.

No damage or injuries were reported.

The mini-quake rolled through at 9:12 a.m., at a depth of 4.9 miles. The epicenter was one mile East-Southeast of Mammoth.

RAW: Mammoth Mountain opens 'Campo Mammoth' in The Village; new restaurant replaces 'Hyde'

October 25, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes dining scene will change dramatically this winter with the opening of "Campo Mammoth", the newest offering by acclaimed chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.

With Campo Reno named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America, the new Mammoth location, in the old Hyde space, will introduce Estee’s commitment to organic and seasonal ingredients as well as an emphasis on items that lend themselves well to families and to skiers and boarders in search of après ski fare.

October 24th

RAW: Reds Meadow Road closed for season

October 24, 2012

October 23rd

RAW: Climber rescued from face of El Capitan after spending night in snowstorm

October 23, 2012

Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, October 22, 2012, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. The summit of El Capitan, 7,569 feet above sea level, is the largest granite monolith in the world. This Yosemite icon attracts rock climbers from across the globe.

October 19th

Mammoth Mountain sends winter operating plan for June Mountain to forest service

October 19, 2012

 
On Sept. 27, the Inyo National Forest sent a “letter of non-compliance” to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, putting the ski area on notice that leaving June Mountain closed indefinitely was not acceptable.

The letter gave MMSA until Oct. 15 to respond. This week, it did, said Jon Reggelbrugge, the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake districts.

“MMSA met the deadline and submitted an operating plan,” he said. “We are reviewing that plan. We may request some changes as we have some questions about some aspects.”

DWP, Mammoth water district move forward

October 19, 2012

As Mammoth struggles to retain control of water rights to Mammoth Creek, yet another lawsuit by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hit the region late last week. DWP filed a lawsuit against the Bishop-based state air pollution control district over dust control efforts on the Owens Lake.

Now, both agencies share an unwilling kinship—Mammoth is already deeply embroiled in a separate tussle with DWP, after DWP announced it would sue the Mammoth Community Water District for contested water rights to Mammoth Creek late last year.

Are you ready? County-wide earthquake test raises the question

October 19, 2012

It’s a scenario most of us living in the Eastern Sierra have thought of at least once.

It’s a dark winter day, cold and snowy. The ground begins to shake, houses rattle and shudder. This is no 3.5 or 4.2 magnitude earthquake—this is serious.

The roads buckle and access to Mammoth is disrupted in both directions.

The lights go out—and stay out. There is no electricity for a few days. No electricity means no cell phones, no Internet, no television, no heat, no restaurants, and no grocery stores with unlimited refrigeration or supplies.

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