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February 15th

Woodstove issues create hot topics

February 15, 2013


Town, fire district sound an ominous alarm

Cozy and lovely, there’s nothing quite like a woodstove to fire the imaginations of Mammoth’s winter visitors and locals alike.

Unfortunately, town fire department leaders, along with Building Inspector John Goetz, say the stoves, specifically woodstove inserts, also are a potential hazard.

Plan to remove bike rentals, horseback ride providers in Yosemite alarms county

February 15, 2013


Community invited to give input at meeting next Saturday at the Minaret Mall

The Tuolumne River that runs alongside the Tioga Pass Road on the west side of the pass and the Merced River in Yosemite Valley are lined with cabins and resort structures, trails, and bike paths.

The two rivers were also recently designated as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers, in an attempt to preserve their beauty and ecological integrity into perpetuity.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 15-21

February 15, 2013


Digital 395 project going full bore

February 15, 2013


Massive project is finally underway in Mono County

The Digital 395 project has been a pie-in-the-sky project for so long, some were beginning to think the 600-plus-mile high-speed broadband fiber project would never make it to Mono County.

South County residents in limbo over broadband

February 15, 2013


There has still been no deadline for high-speed broadband service set for Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake after Verizon backed out of a Jan. 28 deadline and the Public Utilities Commission last week rejected Verizon’s request for a deadline extension.

Calls to Verizon were not returned before press time.

Tenney moves to take down banner signs for good

February 15, 2013


Says Mammoth ‘looks like a swap meet’ in summer months

After years of wrangling over what to do about the proliferation of what she considers unsightly banner signs in Mammoth, Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney said she has a solution.

“We should eliminate all banners except for special events,” she said at a commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “We should eliminate all ‘temporary’ signs, too.”

Out of area union groups file comments opposing geothermal plant

February 15, 2013


‘Here we go again,’ says a Roseville-based construction worker advocate

It didn’t take long for two mostly non-local membership union advocacy groups to dump hundreds of pages of comments challenging the proposed new geothermal plant slated for construction in the next few years off of Casa Diablo Road.

County supes vote against Mammoth Mountain funding of ‘peer resort’ trip

February 15, 2013


‘I don’t want it to look like a junket,’ Fesko says

It didn’t take long for the Mono County supervisors to figure out Tuesday that allowing Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to pay for travel expenses for the supervisors on a “peer resorts” tour was a bad idea.

County begins filling four vacant positions

February 15, 2013


Mono County lost all three of its top administrators in the last few months, but none of the vacancies will be permanent and efforts are underway now to re-fill all the positions, according to county officials.

A ‘grow house’ grows in Mammoth

February 15, 2013


Legal cannabis nursery approved for Mammoth Lakes Wellness

Long after the resolution of rules in connection with marijuana dispensaries in Mammoth, the town this past week tackled the related issue of legal cannabis nurseries to supply them.

The town’s response: “Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow.”

Fight over Mammoth Creek could be headed to court

February 15, 2013


“Settlement” talks between Mammoth’s community water district and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power appear to have broken down Thursday and the two sides could be headed to court.

According to Mammoth Community Water District attorney Alan Lilly, a hearing date has now been set for Sept. 6, barring a possible settlement between now and then.

Search and Rescue team honors Holmquist, Guffey

February 15, 2013


Each year, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team honors one of its members for his or her individual excellence and public service. This year, the Pete Schoerner Rescue Member of the Year for 2012 was awarded to Jeff Holmquist.

‘Alabama Hills Day’ set for April

February 15, 2013


The “Second Annual Alabama Hills Day” has been scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lone Pine. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups/activities that access and interface with the Alabamas.

Over 30 different sponsors/exhibitors will be at the event with their displays that will be promoting their activity and use of the Alabama Hills.

DSES Paralympic Sport Camp a success

February 15, 2013


Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra wrapped up its third Paralympic Sport Camp of this winter season, and organizers said they were thrilled with the prospective Paralympic talent the camp produced The Alpine Ski and Race Camp is one of several DSES Paralympic Sport camps, which are geared as recruitment camps for further Paralympic training.

Small business webinars held on Wednesdays

February 15, 2013


Mono County will be hosting a Wednesday lunchtime webinar series in the Mammoth Lakes Board of Supervisor’s Meeting Room on the 3rd Floor of Sierra Center Mall. More information can be found online at

The Webinars will be every other Wednesday during the lunch hour from 12:05 to 1:00 p.m., throughout 2013. The webinars are free to business owners and residents in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties; others must pay a $ 39 fee to attend.

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