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June 20th

Council passes bare-bones budget

June 20, 2013

2014 Crowley fireworks funds explode

The Mammoth Town Council passed a balanced 2013-14 budget on Wednesday, June 19, but what “highlighted” the measure is not what is in it, but what is not.

Council member John Eastman was the lone dissenting vote, with new Mayor Rick Wood, along with council members Jo Bacon, Matthew Lehman, and Michael Raimondo voting in favor.

To balance the budget, the council voted to slice $371,146, which included at least one iconic item—the 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks at Crowley Lake.

Julie Brown promoted to June Mountain position

June 20, 2013

Named new GM of  ‘Guest Experience’

June Mountain Ski Area began its transformation into a “family friendly” destination this past week with a new “General Manager of Guest Experience” going to veteran Mammoth Mountain employee Julie Brown.

Brown, the current Ski and Snowboard School Brand Director at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, will reposition June Mountain as a family friendly destination for winter and summer, according to a news release from Mammoth Mountain.

June 19th

Propane pipe breaks, Meridian closed for several hours

June 19, 2013

hoursDigital 395 workers accidentally cut gas line

Contractors hit a gas line on Tuesday night, June 18, near College Parkway on the south side of Meridian Boulevard, resulting in a full-scale emergency response that closed the road for several hours, according to local fire officials.

June 18th

RAW: Fire near Mono City, Lundy Canyon caused by power line fire

June 18, 2013

A small brush fire near Mono City on Tuesday morning that grew to five acres is now mostly contained, according to the county sheriff's department. There is no danger to Mono City or the surrounding area at this time.

On June 18, at approximately 7:40 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were traveling northbound on S.R. 395 when they noticed smoke just south of Hwy 167 on the west side of Hwy 395 in the Mono City area, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

RAW: Hiker rescued from White Mountains, Boundary Peak area

June 18, 2013

RE: Search and Rescue Team Operation: Mutual Aid Search for a Missing Hiker on Boundary Peak

On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at approximately 2:15pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a potential mutual aid search and rescue on Boundary Peak, out of Esmeralda County, NV, for a 54-year-old stranded hiker.

June 17th

'Critical Fire Conditions' through Tuesday for Mammoth, Eastern Sierra

June 17, 2013

The National Weather Service in Reno on Monday, June 17, posted a red flag warning for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra through Tuesday evening, saying "critical fire weather conditions" will be in effect.

Southwest winds are projected to increase to 15 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts of 35 to 45 miles an hour, the weather service said.

Combined with humidity that could go as low as five to 15 percent, "will create critical fire weather conditions," the weather service said in its alert message.

Lee Vining Community Center—bare and brown no more

June 17, 2013

The Lee Vining Community Center received a facelift this past week after a group of volunteers and a visiting group of firefighters turned the bare, brown grounds around the center into a beautiful, landscaped garden.

According to organizer Ilene Mandelbaum, the new space is now “a green and inviting place to visit, with lush flowers and well-mulched shrubs and trees,” instead of the wind-blown bare spot it was just a week ago.

What's up, up here? June 13 - June 20

June 17, 2013

June 14th

Jim Leddy takes the reins as Mono County’s top manager

June 14, 2013

Administrative officer started June 10

Mono County’s new top administrator is a man in a hurry to get to work.

Jim Leddy, the county’s new administrative officer (CAO), started his new job on Monday, June 10, and said in a recent interview that his worst habit is probably that he doesn’t know when to stop working.

Motocross begins next week

June 14, 2013

About 3,000 expected in annual event

The vroom-vroom set bombs into Mammoth next week for the annual Mammoth Motocross, but this year the 10-day spectacle brings some added street cred.

“This is the first year with the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) sanctioning the event, which means bigger, more legit talent,” said Mike Colbert, the race director.

Town proposes bear-resistant trash ordinance

June 14, 2013

New law aimed at restaurants

In spite of years of work in developing a strategy for co-existence with its bear population, Mammoth’s humans have no laws that require the use of bear boxes or bear-resistant trashcans.

In addition, the town does not have enforcement tools that such a law might allow.

In light of the absence of such laws, the Town Council began discussions on creating new measures that amend Mammoth’s current trash and garbage ordinance.

MLPD hires another ‘reserve’ officer

June 14, 2013

Veteran cop Worcester from Irvine

Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson swore in the police department’s second reserve officer on June 10.  Dick Worcester will join Karen Smart as a part-time Level One reserve officer, he said. 

Reserve Officer Worcester began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the City of Irvine.

In addition to patrol duties, Worcester also worked as a traffic enforcement motorcycle officer, detective, traffic investigator, and DARE instructor.

June 13th

Gregory to address ski area employees Wednesday

June 13, 2013

‘Not just tweaking around the edges,’ he says in interview

Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory said he would lead a company-wide meeting on Wednesday, June 19, to explain who will shape the future of the ski area.

“We’re making really big changes on the mountain,” he said in an interview on Wednesday, June 12.

Acclaimed bird linguist at weekend ‘Bird Chautauqua’

June 13, 2013

Jon Young makes first appearance at annual event

Among the stars in the specialized world of birding is a 53-year-old father of six—a New Jersey native who learned some of the greatest lessons of his life from listening to what birds have to teach humans.

“Birds can tell you lots of things,” said Jon Young, now a Santa Cruz resident who is making his first appearance this coming weekend at the 12th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua in Lee Vining.

Sheriff, probation departments ask county for relief

June 13, 2013

County supervisors agree to increase staffing, worry about setting precedent

The Mono County Board of Supervisors hit up against the slippery slope argument this past Tuesday when officials from the Sheriff’s Department and the Probation Department asked for an increase in staffing and an increase in job classification and/or promotion opportunities for certain positions.

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