Archive - Apr 2013 - News Article
The sequester will not affect operations at either Mono Lake or Bodie State Park, according to officials.
“This is one time I’m glad to be connected to the state park system,” said Mono Lake Ranger Dave Marquart. Mono Lake faced budget cuts last year when California was in deficit and the park had to implement a new fee system to adjust.
The Mammoth Community Water district does not so far anticipate water shortages this summer—but that could change.
The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library, is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing.
The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues residents face.
This service is being provided in the Mammoth Lakes Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. throughout tax season, through April 15. Spanish speaking volunteers are available.
The Mono County Supervisors are asking for public input in setting priorities for the county for the next four years.
The meeting will be held in Bridgeport at 1 p.m. Mammoth and other county residents can attend via videoconference by going to the Mammoth Sierra Mall (Shogun mall), third floor, at the county’s conference room at the south end of the building.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory will speak about the future of June Mountain Ski Area at a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 9 in Bridgeport.
Mammoth Lakes and other county residents can access the meeting via videoconference by going to the Mammoth Sierra Mall (Shogun mall), third floor, at the county’s conference room at the south end of the building. Gregory is slated to speak sometime after about 1:30 p.m.
Mammoth police this past week were investigating a burglary on Majestic Pines Drive, according to a news release distributed on Wednesday, April 3.
According to Det. Doug Hornbeck, two pairs of skis, along with a telescope and attached tripod, were swiped from the residence.
Hornbeck said the skis were one pair K2 Mt. Baker skis, 175-177 cm with Fritschi bindings, and a pair of Black Diamond Mystic women’s skis, 158 cm, with Fritschi bindings.
Nice write-up on Howard Sheckterin the L.A. Times last Sunday. You wouldn’t think his name is that hard to spell, but on the second try, online, the Timestersgot it right. …
Yep, that was Adam Sandlerhanging out at Old New York Deliwith George Ramirez, Adam’s new best friend in Mammoth. …
Sierra at about half its historic average
Monday, April 1, marked the day the state’s water managers say the snowpack is considered to be as deep as it gets—but not this year.
Instead, the snowpack has shrunk since January, dropping from 133 percent of normal to 52 percent of normal for April 1.
One-time-only budget surplus could add to force
After watching his force shrink to the bone, Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson got some welcome news this past week.
The town, with a projected one-time-only budget surplus of about $1 million, might be able to afford to add an entry-level police officer as early as July 1.
Name change would cost at least $8,000
Mammoth Town Council member Michael Raimondo this past week began a push to re-name Minaret Road “to honor the (Dave) McCoy family.”
It was the second push by the council in the last five years to change one or more street names to reflect the influence the McCoy family has had on the town.
While the sentiment might be beyond argument, the cost for such a move is not.
Two dozen cited or warned for ignoring pedestrians
After years of fielding complaints from pedestrians on Main Street, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the California Highway Patrol last weekend brought down the hammer.
Sixteen drivers were cited for posing a danger to pedestrians in street, while 13 more received warnings.
‘Getting a jump’ on weekends
The Mammoth Times will begin appearing on Thursdays instead of Fridays, beginning April 18, according to publisher and editor Aleksandra Gajewski.
“We’ve made the decision to switch for several reasons, all of them resulting in what we believe to be a win-win-win for the newspaper’s readers, advertisers, and subscribers,” Gajewski said.
‘We need a new app,” Rec Commissioner Sauser says
Having already dipped its toe in the untested waters of Measure U tax distribution, the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission this past week ventured into even murkier depths.
In a workshop on Tuesday morning, April 2, the five-member commission invited representatives of Mammoth’s various special events to a special conclave at the town offices.
The Mammoth Community Water District is happy to announce the selection of Patrick Hayes as the new General Manager. Hayes will be starting at the district on April 15. The selection of Hayes was approved at a special board meeting held on March 13.
He will be succeeding Greg Norby who left the district on January 30 of this year. Since Norbyâ€™s departure, District Engineer John Pedersen has filled the role as the Interim general manager.
A below average snowpack and unseasonably warm temperatures are rapidly changing the mix of recreation opportunities on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts. Excellent skiing conditions remain above 8500 feet, including skiing opportunities at Mammoth Mountain and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Areas. However, lower elevations and areas further from the Sierra Crest are seeing signs of an early spring. Recreation opportunities usually pursued in the summer months, such as, hiking, off-highway vehicle riding and mountain biking are quickly becoming available.