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June 11th

School district gets unexpected surprise

June 11, 2013

MUSD to get $180,000 for national ‘Common Core’ initiative

The Mammoth Unified School District would receive $180,000 from the state to help with establishing national standards of education, acting superintendent Lou Stewart announced last week.

The funds, an outgrowth of an effort by U.S. state governors, are to go toward bringing all schools up to speed on “what makes a student educated.”

June 10th

Hepatitis outbreak traced to Costco product, local families exposed

June 10, 2013

A frozen berry product called Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend sold at many regional stores, including Costco, is at the heart of a Hepatitis A outbreak affecting six victims in California, two in Reno, and many others across several states.

So far, there have been four families from Mono County and one family from Inyo County that are known to have been exposed to the product, but there have been no outbreaks of the illness in the Eastern Sierra, according to local health officials.

SCE to use helicopters to repair tram near Rush Creek

June 10, 2013

As many as 48 helicopter flights a day near the Rush Creek trailhead in June Lake will be needed to repair an Southern California Edison tram that is currently used by SCE employees to get to hydroelectric projects in the mountains of the Rush Creek drainage.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the bulk of the flights will occur between July 10 and Sept. 9.

The project is expected to be completed by October. The average number of flights per day during this time will be about 25, according to the forest service.

June 7th

Gregory to stay as CEO of Mammoth Mountain, passes operations to six-member leadership team

June 7, 2013

 

Rusty Gregory said in a company-wide memo Thursday that he intended to stay as chief operating officer of Mammoth Mountian Ski Area, but would “pass the baton to a new genration of leaders.”

The memo cleared up some of the questions in the wake of Gregory’s surprise announcmenet on Wednesday that he would announce “in the next two-to-three weeks who would run Mammoth Mountain next.  Mammoth Mountain will not be run by me.”

June Lake citizens’ group fails to gain support for land trade opposition

June 7, 2013

Community members mostly ‘tired of the whole thing’

A June Lake citizens’ group’s efforts to build support to oppose a land trade proposed by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area may be losing steam after a Tuesday night June Lake Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting left Committee  to Revitalize June Lake members dispirited.

“(Other) people are tired of the whole thing,” member Alice Suszynski said. “They don’t want to rock the boat.”

Council dumps skateboard ordinance … again

June 7, 2013

Watson: ‘A lot of discretion’ involved

Having voted against a town ordinance banning skateboarding on Mammoth streets just two years ago, the Town Council was back at it Wednesday, June 5.

The issue re-emerged after council member Jo Bacon read a recent newsletter from the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA), which addressed the potential liability towns have from skateboard accidents on city streets.

June 6th

Customize your own 'Mammoth Food & Wine Experience'

June 6, 2013

This year at the Mammoth Food & Wine Experience you can put together your own schedule—watch a master chef in the morning or taste wine in the afternoon and still have time to fit in a hike or a bike ride! And for five days this June, from Thursday June 6th through Monday June 10th only, when you enter a special code take $10 discount off each and every seminar you order.  Look below for the special code.

 

Gregory to leave as ski area top dog

June 6, 2013

Surprise announcement at Town Council

Rusty Gregory, the chief executive officer of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, will step aside from his duties, he said Wednesday night.

Speaking at a Town Council meeting on June 5, Gregory said he would make a formal announcement later this month.

“We’ve made a lot of … changes,”  Gregory said. “In two to three weeks I’ll be announcing who’s going to run Mammoth Mountain Ski Area next. Mammoth Mountain will not be run by me.”

RAW: LADWP loses again in Great Basin case

June 6, 2013

The Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield dismissed on Thursday, June 6 a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power counter-suit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, according to Ted Schade, the air pollution control officer for the district.

Mono County’s hiking trails in rocky spot

June 6, 2013

A new focus on regional trail system is critical to economy, advocates say

The numbers speak for themselves.

Of the about $369 million that comes into Mono County every year as a result of direct spending by visitors, $223 million derives from the people who come here in the spring, summer, and fall.

In TBID war, the battle is joined

June 6, 2013

First town council hearing draws critics, supporters

Critics of Mammoth’s proposed tourism-based business improvement district—the TBID—turned out in force this past week as the Town Council continued the process on giving its thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the proposal.

In the first of two scheduled “public comment” sessions, opponents showed up on Wednesday, June 5, at the council chambers, as did Mammoth Tourism Director John Urdi, the chief architect of the TBID measure.

June 5th

Cutthroat trout is no picnic

June 5, 2013

After more than a decade of effort, there is still a long way to go

Fish biologist Dawn Becker Emery is familiar with the concept of swimming upstream these days, after more than a decade of fighting to save an embattled trout native to the  Walker River Basin of the Eastern Sierra.

June 4th

Erik Forsell is MMSA’s new Chief Marketing Officer

June 4, 2013

Eric Forsell, formerly with ASICS, was chosen by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory to be MMSA’s new chief marketing director after former marketing director, Howard Pickett, recently resigned the post.

According to a Tuesday news release from MMSA, Forsell will “drive all aspects of marketing for the resort including strategy, brand, product development, pricing, distribution and advertising.

Fuelwood collection open in Reds Meadow June 4-9

June 4, 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.

Public meetings on forest travel management program this year

June 4, 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. 

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