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What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 10 - 16 | News snippets from here and there

October 11, 2013

A reward is being offered for the return of the Nikon Camo 10X50 Binoculars taken from the June Lake Women’s Club Thrift Store during the “Autumn Beer Festival” held Oct. 5. Proceeds would have gone to a college scholarship fund for local students. Any information, please call 661-400-0922. …

Bear busts into Vons, helps himself at the apple bin

October 11, 2013

Less than a month before Mammoth’s bears go into shutdown mode, some of them still have some shenanigans up their sleeves.

 

Against the odds, a Mammoth Lakes fawn lives

October 11, 2013

 

Sometimes, a shotgun is no match against compassion.

 

RAW: USDA may pull inspectors from Salmonella outbreak plants

October 11, 2013

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has told Foster Farms that it will block operations at facilities in California that have been implicated in a multistate Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak unless the company quickly outlines its plans for making the product safer, according to an Oct 7 letter from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The FSIS asked for a reply from Foster Farms within 3 business days. The FSIS threatened to pull inspectors from the plants, which would prevent the company from selling chicken processed there.

Shutdown effects in Whitney Portal

October 11, 2013

While politicians remain in a stalemate over the partial federal government shutdown, businesses in the Whitney region are stepping up to fill the void.

With Whitney Portal outhouses closed to use and the Visitor Center shuttered, Elevation Sierra Adventure Essentials in Lone Pine and the Whitney Portal Store are handing out portable WAG BAG toilet kits to visitors, free of charge.

“Anything to keep the poo down,” said Elevation owner Jon Turner.

Mammoth students get free iPads

October 11, 2013

 

No computer in the world—Apple or otherwise—would confirm that Christmas happens in October, but it sure felt that way at the Mammoth Middle School this past week.

 

County changes public safety fund formula, faces pushback from DA’s office

October 11, 2013

A clash between the county’s district attorney and several county supervisors over how to spend a voter-approved public safety fund veered into the personal Tuesday after District Attorney Tim Kendall made a case for leaving the fund distribution formula intact.

The fund, generated after Proposition 172 (passed in 1994) is supposed to be set aside to fund public safety needs that the state was not meeting.

The funds are currently distributed between the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s office, and the Probation Department.

June Mountain to open before Christmas, Gregory says

October 11, 2013

June Mountain Ski Area is on scheduled to open this winter as promised, said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory last Tuesday.

Speaking before the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 1, Gregory said he wanted to clear up lingering doubts and to pave the way for a detailed plan that will go before June Lake residents later this month.

“We will open before the Christmas holiday,” he said.

He reiterated what he has said before; MMSA intends June Mountain to become the state’s premier family-oriented ski area.

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