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April 18th

Merced River comment deadline extended to April 30

April 18, 2013

 

25,000 comments so far

Yosemite National Park this past week announced the extension of the public comment period for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management and Environmental Impact Statement (MRP) through Tuesday, April 30.

Previously, the public comment period was slated to close on Thursday, April 18.

Town Council tips hats for public service

April 18, 2013

 

Copeland, MLPD civilians get nod

The Mammoth Town Council this past week gave a few appreciative gestures to some of Mammoth’s citizens.

First, the council on Wednesday night, April 17, handed out a certificate of appreciation to Kathy Copeland, the founder and leader of Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra.

Not all June Lakers charmed by MMSA

April 18, 2013

 

Members of a citizen’s committee continue to oppose land swap

Some June Lake residents were not charmed—or convinced—last week by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory’s assurances that he was a changed man and that MMSA would finally invest enough in June Mountain Ski Area to make it thrive.

McCoy declines $21K street name change

April 18, 2013

 

Council plows ahead anyway

A proposal to change the name of Minaret Boulevard to McCoy Boulevard in honor of the founder of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, came to a screeching pause on Monday, April 15.

Just hours before Mammoth Lakes Tourism Chief John Urdi and others were set to meet in order to hammer out details on the proposal, Mammoth Lakes Foundation CEO Evan Russell sent an email on McCoy’s behalf to stop the effort.

April 16th

Bishop couple arrested last week on suspicion of embezzling $1.5 million, county faces questions

April 16, 2013

Last week’s arrest of a Bishop resident on charges of embezzling more than $1.5 million in public funds has raised just as many questions for taxpayers as investigators.

At the top of the list of questions seems to be how a county employee could have gotten away with the ongoing theft – as alleged – for as long as she did.

Dawndee Rossy, 46, and her husband, Ken Rossy, 43, were arrested by District Attorney’s Office investigators on Thursday for a total of 44 felonies related to their alleged embezzlement of taxpayer money from Dawndee’s work.

RAW: Yosemite's Merced River plan comment period extended to April 30

April 16, 2013

Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public comment period for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management and Environmental Impact Statement (MRP) through Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Previously, the public comment period was slated to close on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

“The MRP is an expansive document which guides park management actions for many years. We want to make sure the public has a thorough opportunity to review the draft plan and submit comments,” stated Kathleen Morse, Yosemite National Park’s Chief of Planning.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Snowplows!

April 16, 2013

 

High temperatures combined with a light snowpack will allow for an early start to plowing area roads this spring, the Inyo National Forest announced in a news release on Tuesday, April 16.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes was to begin plowing roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Wednesday, April 17, while Caltrans will begin plowing to the Minaret Vista at the end of April.

 Town crews will begin plowing into Reds Meadow Valley soon after that, according to Marty Hornick, the Inyo’s acting pubic affairs officer.

Digital 395 project might get July 31 deadline extension

April 16, 2013

 

County officials said the Digital 395 project is almost done in Northern Mono County and is slated to move into Inyo National Forest lands sometime soon, pending a few more necessary permits.

Verizon hit with daily fines for delayed Crowley Lake broadband service

April 16, 2013

 

Another week has gone by since Verizon was hit with some big fines for not providing high speed broadband service to Crowley Lake and Swall Meadows and still, neither community had service as of press time, according to county officials.

Madrid claim for damages rejected by county

April 16, 2013

 

A claim for damages against Mono County by former Mono County Sheriff’s deputy Jon Madrid was rejected Tuesday by the Mono County Board of Supervisors at the advice of county counsel. Madrid is claiming he was unfairly fired from his job.

Gregory confronts rumors, says Mammoth Mountain not for sale

April 16, 2013

 

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory confronted persistent rumors that Mammoth Mountain has is going to be sold or has been sold to Vail Resorts with five short words Tuesday.

“We are not for sale,” he said, to a Bridgeport courthouse room full of June Lake residents and the Mono County Board of Supervisors. He said he was talking to a top executive of the company a few weeks ago about something unrelated and perhaps, that was where the rumor was coming from.

April 15th

Mammoth Lakes runners safe in Boston, Kastor says

April 15, 2013

Runners from the Mammoth Track Club and representatives of Mammoth Lakes are apparently safe in Boston, where two bombs killed two and injured dozens more near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.

The track club’s Josh Cox, a distance runner, sent a tweet saying “I'm safe. Scary.”

Meb Keflezighi, who did not run in the race but was in Boston to promote his foundation, also tweeted that he too was safe.

What's Up, Up Here? April 12- 18

April 15, 2013

 

A very swell time around here this past week, with Karla Souzaand Luis Mendezin town, and if you don’t know who they are, you’re not up to speed on the biggest film stars in Mexico. They starred in the brand new “Nosotros los Nobles,” and were here for a little rest and relaxation. By the way, Souza was big-time in Aspenbefore re-locating to Mexico City, in case you were wondering. …

Dave McCoy declines street name change

April 15, 2013

 

A proposal to change the name of Minaret Boulevard to McCoy Boulevard in honor of the founder of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, came to a screeching halt on Monday, April 15.

Just hours before Mammoth Lakes Tourism Chief John Urdi and others were set to meet in order to hammer out details on the proposal, Mammoth Lakes Foundation CEO Evan Russell sent an email on McCoy’s behalf to stop the effort.

The reason, Russell said in the email, is that Dave McCoy himself asked the effort not go further.

Gobi Desert dust storm article causes ‘diplomatic brouhaha’

April 15, 2013

 

March 22 event got international attention

A deluge of white dust that blanketed the Owens and Long Valley region this past Sunday was not from China’s Gobi—unlike the white haze that hit the region three weeks ago Friday.

Both local and federal air pollution measurement instruments traced the thick white haze on March 22 to the Gobi Desert. A dust storm there had also been plaguing the Chinese city of Beijing a few days earlier.

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