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March 27th

Mono begins hunt for assessor

March 27, 2013


The office of Mono County Assessor has been vacant since mid-last year, when elected assessor Jody Henning resigned, along with her assistant assessor.

On Tuesday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors agreed to begin searching for a new assessor, but at a lower salary than Henning was at. Henning was making about $9,500 a month; the job will now be offered at between $8,500 and $9,000 a month, depending on the candidate’s experience and background.

Still no broadband service for Crowley, Swall

March 27, 2013


Broadband service promised to Crowley Lake and Swall Meadows under an agreement with Verizon has been delayed again, according to county officials.

The service, first promised at the end of January as a mitigation for Verizon violating a Scenic Highway law several years ago, was promised to some residents this week, but Mono County IT director Nate Greenberg said Tuesday the service will not be available as initially planned.

March 26th

Local green thumbs begin community garden conversation

March 26, 2013

If you think growing a garden at 8,000 feet elevation is impossible, think again.

If you think you need to start seedlings indoors in April and plant them outside in late June in Mammoth and fence off the yard from deer and bears and it’s all just too much work so you might as well go to Vons, think again.

If you think you need a green thumb to grow your own produce in Mammoth, Crowley Lake, Walker, or Paradise, think again.

Bears, ravens adjust to new rules at water treatment plant

March 26, 2013

The Mammoth Community Water District Wastewater Treatment Plant is located on the edge of Jeffery pine forest and sagebrush scrub, a setting that provides the numerous wildlife in the area a banquet of alluring smells and a steady supply of fats and grease in the wastewater tanks. It is thus a it a popular spot for local animals, particularly bears and ravens.

These conditions present a unique and consistent challenge for district employee Rob Motley, plant maintenance and instrumentation supervisor at the district.

March 25th

Inyo National Forest hears resident comments, suggestions

March 25, 2013


Officials prepare to embark on 20-year planning process to update forest plan

The Inyo National Forest is embarking on a massive review of every aspect of how the two million acre forest that comprises much of the Eastern Sierra is managed.

Do the trailheads work? Are they over crowded?

Are the campgrounds in good shape, or do they need work?

Arsenic in Bridgeport water exceeds state standards

March 25, 2013


Community struggles to find economically viable solution

Arsenic has been declared a hazard to human health, even at extremely low levels, and discovering arsenic in drinking water is a problem no water district wants to have.

According to the state of California, Bridgeport residents are drinking water from a municipal water system that is deemed to have arsenic at higher levels than the state allows.

Tourism numbers continue to shine

March 25, 2013


Mammoth beats national trends

Mammoth’s economic rebound from last season is running well ahead of other comparable mountain resorts, new tourism figures show.

According to the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP), of which Mammoth is a member, the industry as a whole was up 14.2 percent in actual bookings in February.

March 22nd

RAW: Smoke in Long Valley due to forest service prescribed burn

March 22, 2013

The heavy smoke in the air today is due to a prescribed burn by the Inyo National Forest near Sunny Slopes. The burn will continue throughout the day.

Source: Inyo National Forest

March 21st

RAW: Mono County offers finance job to former Inyo official

March 21, 2013

Mono County is pleased to announce that a conditional offer of employment has been extended to Leslie L. Chapman for the position of Director of Finance.

March 19th

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

March 19, 2013


Just when we thought everyone knew about us, more or less, here comes National Geographic, which named Mammoth among the Top 10 “emerging ski towns.” We’re not sure it that is a compliment or not. Reno’s on the list, too, although for us, it’s hard to think of Biggest Little Cityas a ski town. …

Garbage woes persist

March 19, 2013


Town, county can’t agree how to solve long-term problem

Not long ago, Mono County taxpayers were sending a decent chunk of their hard-earned cash to a garbage disposal enterprise fund that was draining the county coffers to the tune of thousands of dollars a week, every week, when the recession hit the region.

Inyo National Forest wants input on new forest plan revision from public

March 19, 2013


Next meeting scheduled April 4 in Bishop

Almost everything people see in almost every direction on the Eastside is part of the huge Inyo National Forest—about two million acres of granite peaks, forest, sagebrush meadows and fast-dropping creeks that water an otherwise desert landscape.

The forest stretches from the Conway Summit area south to Lone Pine, then west until it hits the crest of the Sierra.

‘Obamacare’ could double number of people eligible for Medi-Cal in county

March 19, 2013


The Affordable Health Care Act goes into full effect in January 2014 and that means big changes in Mono County

When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last year, it put the county’s counties and states on notice.

Play, or figure out another way to cover the uninsured.

The State of California decided to play—one of the first and largest states to wholeheartedly embrace “Obamacare.”

March 18th

Community gardners, others across county invited to Mammoth forum today, Monday, March 18

March 18, 2013

Community Garden & Food System Networking meeting: Mammoth Lakes

Date: March 18, 2013

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Mammoth Lakes Town Council Chambers, Suite Z

Contact: Ilene Mandelbaum (760) 647-6644 monogreens@aol

Sponsor: Ilene Mandelbaum- Lee Vining Community Garden


WHAT: A Networking Meeting for Representatives from all the Community Gardens in Mono County and Inyo Counties, as well as Supporting Agencies, local growers and local food system advocates.

March 17th

County closing in on finance director

March 17, 2013


Still pending: County Administrative Officer, human resources director, risk manager

The exodus of top-level managers from Mono County government appears to have stopped and at least one vacant position is close to being filled soon.

According to Byng Hunt, the chair of the Mono County Board of Supervisors, “an offer is being negotiated as we speak” for a new finance director.

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