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March 17th

Town lays out new ‘adult business’ rules

March 17, 2013


Current ordinance outdated, officials say

There are no adult businesses in Mammoth, but if and when they come, their owners have to be heads up to some new rules.

Those rules are contained in a 19-page report that was delivered to the Planning and Economic Development Commission on Wednesday, March 13.

March 15th

Shorthanded MLPD to use more video surveillance

March 15, 2013


Cameras at Village are fixed; next in line is Skate Park

For those who may have a fantasy about becoming a television or film star, the Village at Mammoth or the Volcom Brothers Skate Park are offering auditions.

The only thing an aspiring actor has to do is stir up a heap of trouble at either or both venues, and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department will give him a thumbs-up or thumbs down.

The search for the future is on

March 15, 2013


Mammoth opens new $150k economic development slot

Mammoth is on the hunt for a director of economic development, in what town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez calls a “very critical” hire.

“Economic development is one of the highest priorities in the town,” she said on Thursday, March 14, one day after the town’s Planning and Economic Development Commission weighed in on the job description and responsibilities of the position.

March 13th

RAW: Hearings set for big solar energy project near Death Valley

March 13, 2013

The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 500-megawatt (MW) Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System will hold two additional days of evidentiary hearings.

When: Monday, March 18, 2013 and Tuesday, March 19, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. (March 19 will only be held if necessary)

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the meetings to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 4:

RAW: Have your say Wed., March 13, in Mammoth as the Inyo National Forest gears up for massive changes to forest plan

March 13, 2013

In February 2012, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell selected the Inyo National Forest (INF) as one of the first national forests to revise its Forest Plan using the 2012 Forest Service planning rule. The INF’s existing Forest Plan was completed in 1988 and has been amended multiple times since then. The Forest Plan provides direction and zoning for the management of a range of resources and activities such as water, wildlife, ecosystems, and recreation for the 2 million acre Inyo National Forest.

On not paving Paradise

March 13, 2013

Supervisors approve guard rail for trailhead area

Not many people live along Lower Rock Creek and that’s the way the people that do, like it.

The little community of Paradise has been waging a small war for the last few years, trying to get a developer and Mono County to make the main trailhead along the creek safe after a recent development went in near the old Paradise Lodge and Restaurant.

March 12th

June Mountain hosts 300 search and rescue team members from across the state

March 12, 2013

Teams sought to renew their snow and ice rescue skills

The bitter wind bites and lifts snow and ice crystals, flinging them against the black rock and white ground, hitting the Search and Rescue team in the face as they struggle up the steep mountainside.

They have been climbing for precious minutes now, trying to reach an avalanche victim. A steady avalanche beacon sound—“beep, beep, beep”—is the only lifeline they have to the unknown victim.

“Beep, beep, beep. Beep, beep, beep.”

Mammoth Schools name interim superintendent

March 12, 2013

Town resident Lou Stewart replaces Boccia

The Mammoth Unified School District on Tuesday named an interim superintendent in the wake of the now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t resignation of Rich Boccia.

Lou Stewart takes over the position on Monday, March 11, bringing with her three decades of experience in education.

According to school officials, Stewart has been an elementary school principal, high school co-principal, and Director of Special Education, and began her career as a special education teacher.

Nothing to grouse about

March 12, 2013

A little bird could hold the fate of Mono County in its sharp talons

It is hard to imagine that the fate of Mono County might rest not in its mountains, not in its ski hills, or bike trails or world renown trails, but in something far more innocuous.

A little bird, no bigger than a chicken.

‘We are an anomaly,’ tourism leader says

March 12, 2013

Business Improvement District fee on fast track

The push for a Business Improvement District fee on tourism-based businesses in Mammoth is so radically different from other California models that tourism chief John Urdi said the town stands alone.

“We’re an anomaly here,” Urdi said on Wednesday March 6, in a short presentation to the Town Council.

Fear and loathing in June Lake

March 12, 2013

Residents vent their frustrations as Rusty Gregory asks for political support for a land trade

One of the Mono County Board of Supervisors agenda items for its Tuesday, March 5, meeting was to hear Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory’s presentation for political support for a federal land swap.

March 10th

Local man arrested on suspicion of child sex charges

March 10, 2013

RAW: According to the Mono County District Attorney's office, on March 8, Mammoth Lakes resident, Gene Wayne Harris, was arrested on a warrant charging contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

On March 1, the Mono County District Attorney was referred an investigation through the MLPD School Resource Officer Program after Harris, 41, made inappropriate contact with a minor through her Facebook account.

March 7th

Money for ranchers, farmers available

March 7, 2013


About $5.2 million in grants will begin to flow to ranchers and farmers in the Sierra after the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board recently approved $5.2 million in Proposition 84 grant awards.

The grants aim to assist Sierra ranchers and farmers in 18 counties with conservation measures designed to protect California’s most important watersheds.

With the completion of this grant round, the SNC has awarded $52 million to nearly 300 projects in the Sierra in the past five years.

Mammoth Lakes Police goes high tech, hits social media

March 7, 2013


The Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) recently entered into an agreement with Police Reports, U.S., to expand public service to allow individuals involved in traffic collisions to purchase a copy of the report on-line.

Traffic Collision reports can be purchased for $10 by either coming in to the police station, calling, writing, emailing, or purchasing online.

Mammoth Biathlon March 22-24

March 7, 2013


Spanning three days, the Mammoth Biathlon includes a day of shooting and instructional clinics at Snowcreek Athletic Club and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, and two days of racing on the exclusive back side of Mammoth Mountain. The Mammoth Winter Biathlon takes place in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association, from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24.

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