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March 7th

Wildland firefighter job fair March 9

March 7, 2013

 

A wildland job fair will be held in Mammoth on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station #2 on the Sawmill cutoff road junction with S.R. 203.

A seasonal firefighter can expect to earn between $10,000 and $25,000 during the season, depending on the fire severity that season.

For more information, contact 924-5543 and ask for Jeff Lucas or email Lucas at jlucas@fs.fed.us 

New program takes pressure off county jail

March 7, 2013

 

Low-level offenders who might otherwise go to the county jail may have another alternative now in Mono County. Offenders can now pay a fee—$250—and complete “certain terms and conditions” in lieu of being charged and/or going to jail, according to the Mono County District Attorney’s office.

If counseling is needed, the offender pays for it, along with other costs. The case can be closed within six months with no conviction, if all the terms of the program are met.

Yay for Boo and Bacon at Friends of the Inyo

March 7, 2013

 

Friends of the Inyo (FOI) welcomed Dr. Tom Boo of Bishop and Jo Bacon of Mammoth to its Board of Directors at its February board meeting.

 FOI is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region’s public lands.

Tom Boo is a physician at Northern Inyo Hospital who believes that working with Friends of the Inyo will be a great opportunity to live by the maxim “think globally, act locally.”

Cerro Coso accreditation status reaffirmed

March 7, 2013

 

Cerro Coso Community College has won reaffirmation of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Reaffirmation is granted when an institution is found to substantially meet or exceed the eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, and commission policies.

In October 2012, a team of Community College professionals from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges came to Cerro Coso campuses for on-site evaluations.  

Peer resort tour focuses on customers

March 7, 2013

 

Shiny baubles, new technologies are far less important than making visitors feel welcome

Fourteen Mono County movers and shakers returned this week after a five-day “peer resort” tour of four family-oriented Vermont ski resorts.

What was the takeaway from the trip?

“It’s the chicken. It’s always been the chicken,” said Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston about whether ski resorts need amenities or great customer service.

Big pushback on Town Council TOT decision

March 7, 2013

 

Wood explains action; Bacon and Eastman silent

Seething members of Mammoth’s Lodging community let their frustrations into the open this past week, taking the Town Council to the woodshed for a controversial TOT decision two weeks previously.

Snow creates Mammoth envy

March 7, 2013

 

As the rest of the Sierra slides slowly into drought, Mammoth bucks the trend

California is sliding closer to a true drought after a record dry January and February failed to increase the winter snowpack, but the Mammoth area is bucking the state trend and is close to 90 percent of normal for this time of year.

March 6th

What's Up, Up Here? Mar. 1-7

March 6, 2013

 

Finding the dirt in Mammoth

March 6, 2013

 

‘Community Garden’ idea blossoms throughout county

Community gardens are sprinkled along the Eastern Sierra, with one conspicuous missing link: Mammoth.

Erin Hamilton, undaunted by a lack of soil, intense sunlight, arid conditions, and a short summer season, is working on connecting the dots by starting a community garden in Mammoth, modeled after those already established in Crowley, Lee Vining, and Bridgeport.

Mammoth Nordic, Fischer donates XC skis to kids

March 6, 2013

 

Gift goes to Mono County Adapted Phys-Ed

It’s one thing to get hand-me-down cross country ski equipment, but the kids in the Mono County Adapted Physical Education program got the real deal.

The Mammoth Nordic Foundation, along with Fischer Nordic, recently gave the program 23 sets of new Fischer Sprint Crown Junior XC skis, bindings, boots, and poles.

Yosemite river management plans draw fire

March 6, 2013

 

Mono Supe Fesko: ‘This is just asinine’

 

While much of Yosemite National Park lay under its cold winter snow, discussion over its future heated up last week.

Following strident commentary from the Mono County Board of Supervisors dealing with the Tuolumne and Merced Wild and Scenic River Plans, park officials came to Mammoth Saturday morning, Feb. 23, to explain the controversial plans and answer questions.

March 3rd

Community generosity keeps Lee Vining students skiing

March 3, 2013

 

Ski P.E. program alive despite cost of moving to Mammoth Mountain

“I really thought we would sell enough lemonade to keep June open,” a third grader from Lee Vining Elementary School said to kindergarten teacher Anna Strathman.

But their plea fell on deaf ears, so they redirected the money to cover the increased cost of running the Ski P.E. program at Mammoth Mountain.

Sexual assault in Mammoth

March 3, 2013

 

A 21-year-old female from Mammoth was sexually assaulted at 1:40 a.m. on Feb. 20 just outside The Tap bar.

A tall, skinny male of unknown race, his face obscured by the hood of his black puffy jacket, approached her from behind and grabbed her breasts.

Footprints took officers from near the bar toward a condominium complex on Meridian where they became jumbled with other footprints.

June Lake Snowmobile Rally Revs Up

March 3, 2013

 

Winter is still alive—and roaring—March 8-9, when the Eastern Sierra makes way for the June Lake Snowmobile Rally.

The main event is the Snowmobile Poker Run Saturday, March 9. The weekend begins with Friday’s welcome party with live music, dinner specials, and poker run registration.

The Snowmobile Poker Run is comprised of a 15-mile course, from June Lake Junction to Bald Mountain Scenic Look-out and begins with an open start.

There will be a $500 grand prize for best hand.

Devils Postpile helps local economy

March 3, 2013

 

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 100,000 visitors in 2011 spent $3,642,000 in Devils Postpile National Monument and in communities near the park.

That spending supported 43 jobs in the local area.

“Devils Postpile National Monument helps sustain the local economy with ecotourism,” Superintendent Deanna Dulen said. “The national monument brings visitor spending to the surrounding communities and helps support local jobs.”

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