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Fishing coalition’s ‘Troutlaw’ promotion pays rewards for tagged trout

May 30, 2013

Five of the Troutlaw Gang captured, 30 still at large

The waters of the Mammoth Lakes Basin are safer thanks to the Troutlaw Posse’s capture of five feloniously huge Alpers Trophy Trout.

The Eastern Sierra Fishing Coalition is offering big rewards for catching one of these bad boys. While the Troutlaw fish try to blend in with the general population, they can be identified by the ESFC’s tag.

Five have been captured to date, and 30 still remain at large.

What’s that smell?

May 30, 2013

Wastewater treatment plant gives tour to locals, explains where it ends up

It’s a windy cool day just outside of Mammoth proper and spring is in the air. Pine, sage, blooming rabbitbrush and the clean, bright smell of lilac and aspen fill the morning.

Then, the north wind takes a quick turn and shifts to the south.

Spring vanishes. From the south, behind the Mammoth Community Water District front office building parking lot, traveling at wind speed, comes the unmistakable smell of human poop.

Forest hit with 5 percent budget cut

May 30, 2013

Campgrounds, visitor centers stay open, public could see slower service in some areas

A 5 percent cut to the Inyo National Forest budget this year (compared to last year) will not result in campground or visitor center closures or reduced hours, according to local forest officials.

It will, however, likely affect how often some maintenance, monitoring, and other forest work gets done, and it means several top and mid-level administrative positions currently vacant may stay that way.

Man attacks coyote, saves his cat

May 30, 2013

Local veterinarian says only cat to be grabbed by a coyote and returned alive

It was a quiet Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend and Mammoth Lakes resident William “Billy” Silva was out early walking his two cats.

It was early, before sunrise; “dark thirty” as the former Army paratrooper and pathfinder called it.

The streets of Mammoth were seemingly empty, which is why Silva was out with his cats in the first place—no bears, no coyotes, no ravens, no hawks—no cat killers, in other words.

Big fish for Lower Owens

May 30, 2013

DFW helping to re-establish fishery in southern stretches of river by planting broodstock

Blackrock Fish Hatchery broodstock, those big trout used for spawning to propagate future generations, are being released in the Lower Owens River.

Last week marked the second large-scale release of the hatchery’s broodstock in as many months—and officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there is going to be at least one more release in the coming month.

Public meetings on forest travel management program this year

May 30, 2013

Controversial system to close, open roads up for public input

 Nearly a decade ago, in response to growth in Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation on public lands across the country, inventories and planning for motorized travel management on the Inyo National Forest began, according to an Inyo National Forest news release. 

This summer, the forest will host two public meetings to update the public on the status of the “travel management” program this year: June 11 in Mammoth and June 13 in Bishop.

Fuelwood collection open in Reds Meadow June 4-9

May 30, 2013

The Inyo National Forest announced a special opportunity for personal use fuelwood collection in the Reds Meadow area, June 4-9.

The area will open for fuelwood collection at 9 a.m. and all firewood collection activities must be completed by 4 p.m. each day.

 Woodcutters will need to present their 2013 fuelwood permit and tags at Minaret Vista Entrance Station, one mile from the Mammoth Mountain Inn, for entry into the area. This is a one-time event for these six days only.

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