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May 20th

Half Dome cables go up on Friday, May 24

May 20, 2013

The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, weather permitting, park officials announced this past week.

Devil's Windstorm talk Tuesday night at Green Church:

May 20, 2013

Chris Smallcomb of the National Weather Service in Reno will give a talk about "The Devils Windstorm: The Great Tree Blowdown of 2011" as part of the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., at the Green Church at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Benton Crossing Road.

Talks are free and open to the public. Space is limited, arrive early to insure a seat. For more information contact: Leslie Dawson:

May 17th

Dog license, vaccination clinic June 1

May 17, 2013

It’s time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 1 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $50 if it is not. You don’t need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.

Fire season begins Monday, May 20 in Yosemite

May 17, 2013

   The 2013 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park will begin on Monday, May 20, park officials said Friday in a news release.

Big town projects receive Town Council scrutiny

May 17, 2013


Five-year capital improvements plan unveiled

The airport, town streets, and town trails would get the lion’s share of capital improvement money in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a draft of the town’s five-year spending program.

The program, drafted by Public Works Director Ray Jarvis, was handed up to the Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday evening, May 15.

Inyo National Forest announces open houses for forest plan revision

May 17, 2013


Meeting in Mammoth on May 29, Bishop on May 20

The Inyo National Forest announced this past week a series of planned meetings to continue dialogue and receive input from the public and interested stakeholders for its forest plan revision.

May 16th

Ski area pushes for home rentals

May 16, 2013


‘Simple way to start collecting money,’ Gregory says

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will take a “strong stance” in support of single-family home rentals in Mammoth, ski area CEO Rusty Gregory said on Wednesday.

Conway Ranch fish hatchery closer to reality

May 16, 2013


Agreement paves way to re-purchase section of ranch

Some Eastern Sierra fishing advocates who dream of stocking local waters with big fat trophy trout called “Mono Monsters” got a boost this week, when the Mono County Board of Supervisors agreed to work toward buying a piece of property on the Conway Ranch for just that purpose.

Ka-blooey! July 4 fireworks on hit list

May 16, 2013


Victim of $627K budget shortfall

For the second year in a row, the Fourth of July fireworks show at Crowley Lake is facing elimination because of a Town of Mammoth Lakes budget shortfall.

The show, which is budgeted for $34,650, would be eliminated in a new set of 10 “balancing recommendations” that the town staff put before the Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15.

May 14th

Police identify dead Jacuzzi victim

May 14, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff's department on Tuesday, May 14, identified a man who was found dead in a Jacuzzi Sunday night, May 12.

Fatal truck accident in Bridgeport closes U.S. 395

May 14, 2013

Police closed U.S. 395 in Bridgeport early on Tuesday morning, May 14, after a tractor-trailer burst into flames at the bridge over the East Walker River at the south entrance to Bridgeport, following an accident that killed the driver.

Caltrans re-opened the highway at 3:45 p.m.

May 13th

Green Church lecture on endangered species of California, Tuesday night

May 13, 2013

The next Green Church lecture is Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395. The subject is "40 Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California" by Dr. Peter Alagona, Department of History & Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Here is a link to Alagona's forthcoming book:

Lectures are at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings (except June 6) at the Green Church (Hwy. 395 and Benton Crossing Rd.).

Local man makes award-winning movie, showings in Independence, Mammoth this week

May 13, 2013

A former Independence resident is making good on his dream to make movies and is planning to share his latest production in Inyo and Mono counties.

Forrest Pound, a 2003 graduate of Owens Valley School in Independence, will be presenting the film “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West” at the Eastern California Museum and the Mammoth Lakes Edison Theatre next week.

The free screenings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Edison Theater in Mammoth and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the American Legion Hall in Independence.

Colorado man found unresponsive at Mammoth condo hot tub Sunday night, declared dead

May 13, 2013

A 29-year-old Colorado man was found unresponsive at a hot tub at a Mammoth condominium complex at about 9 p.m. Sunday night, May 12, and was declared dead after medics failed to revive him, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

The location of the condominium complex was across the street/northwest of Mammoth High School, according to a Mammoth Times staff member who witnessed some of the incident, but the exact address of the complex was not available from the sheriff's department at press time.

A bear cub loves apple pie

May 13, 2013


Motherless youngster gets into Mammoth house

A young, motherless bear cub with a taste for apple pie has been getting into trouble around Old Mammoth in the past several weeks, according to Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.

What’s more, the 15-month-old cub has learned to pull at heartstrings to get what he or she wants.

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