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July 12th

‘Cute’ bear in a world of trouble

July 12, 2013

Elsewhere, red mother bear totals car in feeding rampage

A 19-month-old, black-on-black bear, described by Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles as “cute,” could face the executioner unless people in Old Mammoth can figure out a way to stop his felonious behavior.

At the same time, a mother bear with two cubs is rapidly learning the art of vehicle break-ins near Canyon Lodge, where she and the youngsters totaled a “fairly new” car this past week after being trapped in it for about six hours.

Dog wags tail in Council Chambers

July 12, 2013

Five priorities top policy list

After nearly three decades of reactive policy making, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week attempted a turnaround.

In unusual back-to-back special meetings, the council on July 8 and July 9 began to set priorities in advance of policy decisions—a reversal of the past process whereby policies often were set in reaction to circumstances at the time, both in good times and in bad.

July 11th

RAW: Mammoth, LADWP reach settlement over water rights

July 11, 2013


The boards of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) reached a formal settlement this week, ending potentially costly litigation over water.

The agreement assures both LADWP and MCWD of water from Mammoth Creek and the Owens River, while providing funds for collaborative water conservation opportunities in the region, both agencies announced in a news release.

July 10th

Mammoth man arrested after 'full marijuana lab' found in his home

July 10, 2013

Jacob Pellegrini, 29, Mammoth Lakes, was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, July 10, for having what law enforcement officials called a "full marijuana lab" in his home, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department officials.

He was arrested on for sales and possession for sales, cultivation, and chemical production of concentrated cannabis, according to law enforcement officials.

July 9th

Crowley woman accused of embezzling from water district will be back in court July 22

July 9, 2013

A Crowley Lake woman, Debra Ray, who was arrested earlier this spring on suspicion of embezzling money from the Crowley Lake Community Water District (she was a board member of the district) was in the Mono County Superior Court on Wednesday, July 3, for a preliminary hearing, according to Mono County District Attorney Tim Kendall.

The taking of evidence and argument was presented over a three day period, Kendall said in an email.

RAW: Stranded climbers rescued from mountains above Convict Lake

July 9, 2013

On the evening of Saturday, July 6, Mono County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding two overdue climbers in the Laurel Mountain area.

A couple, ages 31 and 32, from Oakland, were climbing the Northeast Gully of Laurel Mountain when they failed to return from their climb and were reported overdue by friends.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called out to search for the overdue climbers.

Mammoth student fights for his life

July 9, 2013

Evan Podsiad in L.A. hospital, awaiting heart transplant

Evan Podsiad needs a heart.

The 13-year-old Mammoth student, whose passion for jazz music catapulted him into Mammoth High School’s Advanced Jazz Band at the age of 12, currently is in Los Angeles awaiting a heart transplant.

Meanwhile, in Mammoth, Jazz Jubilee producers Ken and Flossie Coulter are putting the finishing touches on a fundraiser July 13 at Sam’s Woodsite, called “The Beat Goes On for Evan Benefit Fundraiser.”

July 8th

First county budget meeting for public Monday, July 8, more to follow

July 8, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors is holding a series of meetings that will allow the public to get a look at the county’s preliminary budget, give input, and ask questions, with the first meeting Monday, July 8, in Crowley Lake.

The meetings will be held in most of the county’s communities this summer, according to county officials.

Prior to the town hall meetings, county budget information will be posted at

RAW: Plane missing since December located near Vogelsang Peak in Yosemite

July 8, 2013

The single engine plane that was reported missing over Yosemite National Park on Monday, December 17, 2012, has been located.

The plane, which was largely intact, was spotted by a park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The Vogelsang area is in the rugged high country of Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park Rangers hiked to the location of the plane on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Nicol Wilson, the pilot of the plane, was found deceased at the location. He has been positively identified.

Jarvis leaves Public Works; 'It's just too much,' he says of Mammoth workload

July 8, 2013


Ray Jarvis, the affable Public Works director who for two years has held Mammoth together with baling wire and chewing gum, announced his resignation on Friday.

Jarvis will assume new duties as the public works director in South Lake Tahoe after Aug 2.

The 55-year-old Jarvis, who because of budget cuts also was manager of Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, is the second key employee to announce his resignation this past week. Earlier, building inspector Johnny Goetz announced he would leave for a similar position in Truckee.

Local frogs, toad leap toward endangered list

July 8, 2013

Amphibians may impact private property owners, recreation

Three of Mono County’s amphibians could be headed for the federal Endangered Species list and while that might not sound exciting, protecting the Yosemite toad, the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the Mountain yellow-legged frog could create several changes to Eastern Sierra communities.

MLPD Volunteer Program in place

July 8, 2013

‘Training Academy’ begins this month

The Mammoth Police Department’s Volunteer Program, designed to supplement the beleaguered force, is off the ground.

Police Chief Dan Watson said the department is taking applications effective immediately.

The volunteers, he said, are needed to perform administrative duties such as greeting and assisting visitors at the front counter, providing translation services, and data entry. 

Goetz announces resignation from town

July 8, 2013

‘A huge loss,’ Jarvis says

Johnny Goetz, Mammoth’s main building inspector and go-to man for everything from lighting ordinances and code compliances to fire prevention measures, announced his resignation this past week.

Goetz, 42, is to move to Truckee on Aug. 2 to take over as Chief Building Official. He takes with him his wife, lifelong Mammoth resident Heidi (Hartman), and their two children, Calvin, 5, and Casey, 2.

July 5th

Council de-funds fireworks for next year

July 5, 2013

Town commits to help fund a new experience in Mammoth in 2014

The Fourth of July fireworks show at Crowley Lake, one of Mammoth’s iconic summer mainstay events, will officially take its place on the Endangered Species List after this weekend.

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council made sure of that on June 19, when it voted to denude the fireworks show at Crowley Lake of its funding, beginning next summer.

Digital 395 chief says project mostly on track for July 31 deadline

July 5, 2013

Rumors that project is broke are false, layoffs occurring as project winds down

Rumors that the Digital 395 project is broke and might not get completed are false, according to the project’s chief executive, Michael Ort.

“We are winding down,” he said. “That means we are not putting in 20 to 50 miles of conduit per month like we were and it also means we are beginning to lay some people off, so that might be where the rumors are coming from, but we will finish this project.”

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