Archive - 2013 - News Article
Spring forecast not so hot; summer numbers iffy
Despite an early Easter that presented somewhat of a roadblock, Mammoth’s ski season effectively ended on a robust note, according to figures released last week by Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
The tourism numbers from Mammoth were better, overall, than destinations in the mountain west.
Caltrans has announced that it plans on opening the Sonora Pass Highway 108 today, April 24. Long-time locals, according to a Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest press release, recall only one earlier opening date in recent historyâ€”April 20, year unknown.
The new firewood season opens May 1, according to national forest officials.
Initial supplies of firewood can be found at Antelope, Smoke, Dry Creek, Hartley, Oh Ridge and Reversed Peak Forest Management Areas located on the fuelwood map, according to an Inyo National Forest press release.
"Other areas may be opened later this season," the press release states. "Not all open areas may be snow-free at this time.
High temperatures combined with a light snowpack will allow for an early start to plowing area roads this spring, according to the U.S Forest Service, Inyo National Forest.
Lakes Basin: The Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML) began plowing roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Wednesday, April 17 and the Basin is expected to be open to vehicles for the Fishing Opener weekend.
Campgrounds will not be open.
Visitors should stay aware of hazards in the area, such as wind damaged trees and soft lake ice that is particularly dangerous during this season.
Guide Dogs to star at library
It’s a dog’s life, at least on Monday, April 29, at the Mammoth Lakes Library.
An informational meeting about Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) therapy animal program, and/or with Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raising is the subject of the program.
After years of distrust, a new start
The festering debate between Mono County and Town of Mammoth Lakes over how to deal with garbage got an infusion of fresh air last week.
Mammoth’s town manager took the reins and asked both sides to focus on one thing and one thing only—the numbers.
Trails group suggests NGO management
Mammoth’s trails system, much of which lies within the Inyo National Forest, would be managed by a non-governmental organization (NGO) under a proposal by the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation.
The Inyo’s response: Fat chance.
The Town’s response: Ditto.
The Coleville High School Water Project, which is being jointly funded by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, recently completed a new water project that removes naturally occurring uranium from the school's drinking water.
Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Postâ€™s High School Challenge Index for the second time this year.
The small rural school in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, which covers all the schools in Mono County north of Mammoth Lakes, was ranked 558th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools placing it in the top three percent of all high schools, according to school officials.
A Crowley Lake woman was arrested on Friday, April 19, on suspicion of embezzling $29,000 from a Crowley Lake water district.
After a lengthy investigation, Debra Ray, 53, of Crowley Lake, was arrest on April 19, pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.
Proceeds go toward new animal shelter
The biggest dog-and-cat party of the season went off last weekend in Bishop, and just about everyone was a winner.
About 700 animal lovers crowded into the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-Valley Fairgrounds for a fund-raising dinner and auction, putting $30,000 into the coffers of the Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources & Education (ICARE).
Wide range of subjects at Green Church
The 2013 lecture series produced by the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab is nothing if not wide ranging.
Lecturers will cover topics on everything from ground source heat pumps to mushrooms, the 2011 Devils Windstorm to Lahonton Cuthroat trout recovery in the context of climate change.
Efforts to protect Mono County creeks and rivers and still allow ranchers and farmers to lease excess water rights to Nevada to be used in a lake that is threatened with falling water levels and salinity issues is moving forward, according to county staff Tuesday. Assistant County Counsel Stacey Simon got approval from the county’s supervisors for a letter that lays out methods to protect the county, such as only removing water from Bridgeport and Topaz Lake when water levels are sufficient to protect recreation and wildlife.
A proposal to change all of the county’s landfill hours to be the same — from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. was warmly recieved by the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The change would eliminate confusion and still allow residents to get to the landfills before work, according to county staff. The supervisors will take the issue up as an action item at a future meeting.