Archive - Feb 1, 2013 - News Article
Although health officials said Wednesday that they believe cases of the flu may be peaking this week in Mono County, the winter still has the potential to be a miserable one.
This yearâ€™s strain of influenza has hogged the spotlight due to being unusually virulent, but there are other viruses that are causing a lot of pain to people locally, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, Mono Countyâ€™s public health officer.
The Mammoth Unified School District will refine its school safety plans in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., according to schools superintendent Rich Boccia.
Speaking at a school board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, Boccia announced a multi-effort ramp-up that would involve the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Mammoth Fire District and other emergency personnel.
Brutus, the Czech Shepherd police dog who served Mammoth Lakes with distinction for five years, is dead, the police department announced in a news release earlier this week.
Brutus was put down on Jan. 16 at the age of 11 due to chronic back problems, according to MLPD Chief Dan Watson.
No one was more affected by Brutusâ€™ death than his handler/partner Officer Dan Casabian, the departmentâ€™s K-9 officer during the time Brutus served.
Brutus also was the family dog for Casabian and his children, now aged 12, 8, and 7.
The Mono County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynda Salcido as â€śActing County Administrative Officer (CAO)â€ť on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
A long-term county employee, Salcido is also Mono Countyâ€™s director of Public Health, a position she has held for 13 years. She also served as the countyâ€™s Emergency Medical Services director after former county fire rescue chief Mark Mikulicich retired in 2011.
This past week, Mammoth residents may have startled a squirrel or two at the bird feeders, chattering away in raucous irritation. The dogs went nuts, of course, and up the tree the squirrels shot, tails flaming in indignation.
Seeing a squirrel in a tree in Mammoth isnâ€™t strange. Itâ€™s not a guaranteed thing of wonder (although to the dogs it always is), but when was the last time you saw a squirrel this winter?
Saturday, Feb. 2, popularly called, Groundhog Day, is the day that marks the halfway point between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.
According to the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park has signed the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.
Whoops! Last week we reported in this column that the Pita Pit had changed ownership to Mammoth Mountain, but that was wrong, wrong and wrong. It’s still the same owners. We regret the error, and offer apologies all around…
A set of petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall have been returned to the Bureau of Land Management but authorities are still looking for those responsible for the theft and the damage at the site.
Phone calls to the BLM seeking comment on how the petroglyph panels were recovered were not returned.
The damaged petroglyph site was first reported in October, 2012, at which time authorities said six panels had been removed by rock saws and chisels.