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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.