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May 28th

Recreation Commish paints a big picture

May 28, 2013

 The future is … in the future

There was no hand-wringing or shortened breaths; no anxiety or rattled nerves.

Rather, the Mammoth Recreation Commission on Tuesday, May 21, engaged in a kind of recreational cartography, aimed ultimately at putting Mammoth’s recreation priorities on a single, easy-to-read map.

“We’re trying to see what the process is going to be,” said Sean Turner, a commission member who was in on the think tank.

Bridgeport visitor center supported

May 28, 2013

After years of wrangling over location and scope, players draft first plan

Bridgeport may get a brand new high-tech, multi-use, multi-agency visitor center sometime in the next few years after years of arguments and disagreements finally gave way to a new spirit of cooperation.

Even better, according to a report by the organizers and proposed anchor tenants, there is a clear consensus that the new facility will be as much a cultural center as an interpretive center; a place for music, art and even an artist in residence.

ATV jamboree offers more backcountry June 11-15

May 28, 2013

Snow has melted from most Eastern Sierra trails, clearing the way for the annual ATV & UTV Jamboree from June 11 to 15.

Based in Walker and Coleville in northern Mono County, there are 20 different guided trail rides, leading riders to summit peaks, scenic vistas, and meadows teeming with wildflowers.

Guests will also learn about the area’s history and enjoy camaraderie with fellow ATV and UTV (all-terrain and utility vehicle) enthusiasts.

Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery tonight's Green Church talk

May 28, 2013

Bringing back one of California's iconic native trout—under much pressure, controversy, and change—is the subject of tonight's (Tuesday, May 28) Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) "Green Church lecture:"

WHAT: "Lahonton Cutthroat Trout Recovery in the Face of Climate Change" by Dawne Becker Emery, Environmental Scientist, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Green Church, corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited
For more information contact: Leslie Dawson,

May 24th

Changing climate, fire danger face Inyo National Forest

May 24, 2013

Forest makes plans for the next 20 years

Much of what makes the Eastern Sierra the Eastern Sierra—its high granite peaks, its mountain creeks, its wildlife, and wildness—is under the management of the Inyo National Forest, and now the agency wants help from the public figuring out how to manage it for another 20 years.

To that end, forest planners are working on a new revision of the existing forest plan that they hope will keep the forest alive and thriving.

Town Council moves TBID

May 24, 2013

Deadlines placed for June, July

Mammoth’s town council last week set July 3 as a deadline for businesses wishing to protest the creation of a revenue-generating Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).

The July date would be the end of a 45-day period that is required under California state law.

The TBID, which asks businesses to pony up a percentage of sales for a five-year period, has been prodded along by Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director John Urdi.

Of cattle and carrots

May 24, 2013

Drought could damage ranchers for years

The rich and fertile irrigated meadows and croplands that surround the small towns of Mono County are more than a pretty foreground to the towering Sierra—they provide the second greatest economic engine the region has, second only to tourism.

Cattle, sheep, garlic, onions, carrots, alfalfa, even wine grapes—yes, grapes—grow here, to the tune of about $77 million dollars.

It’s more than that, however.

May 23rd

What’s open, what’s not

May 23, 2013

Most attractions open for Memorial Day

The Inyo National Forest plans to open several popular high-country destinations for the Memorial Day Weekend due to the unusually dry winter and spring this year.

Normally, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Reds Meadow, and the upper Mammoth Lakes Basin areas are covered in snow until June.

This year, they will all be opening for the weekend.

Mule Days highlights Eastern Sierra holiday

May 23, 2013

Bishop takes center stage

While famous for its annual tribute to a four-footed hero of the American West, Bishop is actually one of four cities in the U.S. that hosts a multi-day celebration in honor of the mule.

Bishop isn’t even the only “self-proclaimed Mule Capitol of the World,” with Columbia, Tenn. also laying claim to the title.

But Bishop’s annual Mule Days Celebration has the others beat when it comes to variety, quality, and prestige.

California Senate passes ski safety legislation

May 23, 2013

Would require resorts to report on plans

In a vote along party lines, the California State Senate on Monday, May 13, passed a bill requiring all ski resorts in the state to prepare and make public their safety plans.

The legislation, introduced by State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), passed on its third reading, 24-8, with six senators abstaining.

It would require every ski resort in the state to prepare an annual safety plan and, upon request, make the safety plan available to the public the same day the request is received.

A heinous hike from Horseshoe Lake

May 23, 2013

Two-hour hike turns into overnight misadventure

It was supposed to be a two-to-three hour hike—a ramble, really, nothing much more than a walk in the woods.

But for a 63-year-old Merced man, a hike out of the Horseshoe Lake trailhead last weekend turned into a nightmare series of bad decisions that left him bruised, scarred, tired, and cold.

“It was like the Minnow on Gilligan’s Island,” said Gary Walker. “A two-hour tour.”

At least Gilligan found an island.

Mono County hires new chief administrator

May 23, 2013

Jim Leddy, Sonoma County deputy administrator, takes over June 4

Mono County hired a new County Administrative Officer (CAO), according to the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

The board announced Tuesday, May 21, it selected Jim Leddy, the current Deputy County Administrator/Community and Government Affairs Manager for Sonoma County, to be the new CAO for Mono County.

Mono courts to collect, increase fees

May 23, 2013

The push targets infractions as far back as 20 years, levies a $300 fee

A renewed and “enhanced” attempt to collect delinquent fines for court infractions could bring millions of dollars into Mono County and Superior Court coffers—and create an unexpected headache for those who didn’t pay their fees or failed to appear in court.

May 21st

Overdue hiker found in Reds Meadow after spending cold night, trying to reach Bishop

May 21, 2013

A 63-year-old overdue hiker, a Merced man missing since May 18, was found in the Reds Meadow area Sunday, May 19, after spending the night in the valley and getting lost while trying to reach Bishop.

On Saturday, May 18, at approximately 8 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an overdue hiker in the Horseshoe Lake area, according to a sheriff's department news release.

"A 63-year-old hiker from Merced was reported overdue by his son when he didn’t return after a 3-4 hour hike," the news release states.

County hires new top administrator

May 21, 2013

Mono County has hired a new County Administrative Officer (CAO), according to the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

According to a news release issued by the board of supervisors on May 21, Tuesday, Jim Leddy, the current Deputy County Administrator/Community and Government Affairs Manager for Sonoma County, will begin his service in Mono County on June 4, with a salary of $160,000.

"The selection follows an extensive recruitment process begun in January and guided by the Board’s efforts to strengthen strategic planning for the county," the news release states.

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