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March 12th

Nothing to grouse about

March 12, 2013

A little bird could hold the fate of Mono County in its sharp talons

It is hard to imagine that the fate of Mono County might rest not in its mountains, not in its ski hills, or bike trails or world renown trails, but in something far more innocuous.

A little bird, no bigger than a chicken.

‘We are an anomaly,’ tourism leader says

March 12, 2013

Business Improvement District fee on fast track

The push for a Business Improvement District fee on tourism-based businesses in Mammoth is so radically different from other California models that tourism chief John Urdi said the town stands alone.

“We’re an anomaly here,” Urdi said on Wednesday March 6, in a short presentation to the Town Council.

Fear and loathing in June Lake

March 12, 2013

Residents vent their frustrations as Rusty Gregory asks for political support for a land trade

One of the Mono County Board of Supervisors agenda items for its Tuesday, March 5, meeting was to hear Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory’s presentation for political support for a federal land swap.

March 10th

Local man arrested on suspicion of child sex charges

March 10, 2013

RAW: According to the Mono County District Attorney's office, on March 8, Mammoth Lakes resident, Gene Wayne Harris, was arrested on a warrant charging contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

On March 1, the Mono County District Attorney was referred an investigation through the MLPD School Resource Officer Program after Harris, 41, made inappropriate contact with a minor through her Facebook account.

March 7th

Money for ranchers, farmers available

March 7, 2013


About $5.2 million in grants will begin to flow to ranchers and farmers in the Sierra after the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board recently approved $5.2 million in Proposition 84 grant awards.

The grants aim to assist Sierra ranchers and farmers in 18 counties with conservation measures designed to protect California’s most important watersheds.

With the completion of this grant round, the SNC has awarded $52 million to nearly 300 projects in the Sierra in the past five years.

Mammoth Lakes Police goes high tech, hits social media

March 7, 2013


The Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) recently entered into an agreement with Police Reports, U.S., to expand public service to allow individuals involved in traffic collisions to purchase a copy of the report on-line.

Traffic Collision reports can be purchased for $10 by either coming in to the police station, calling, writing, emailing, or purchasing online.

Mammoth Biathlon March 22-24

March 7, 2013


Spanning three days, the Mammoth Biathlon includes a day of shooting and instructional clinics at Snowcreek Athletic Club and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, and two days of racing on the exclusive back side of Mammoth Mountain. The Mammoth Winter Biathlon takes place in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association, from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24.

Wildland firefighter job fair March 9

March 7, 2013


A wildland job fair will be held in Mammoth on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station #2 on the Sawmill cutoff road junction with S.R. 203.

A seasonal firefighter can expect to earn between $10,000 and $25,000 during the season, depending on the fire severity that season.

For more information, contact 924-5543 and ask for Jeff Lucas or email Lucas at 

New program takes pressure off county jail

March 7, 2013


Low-level offenders who might otherwise go to the county jail may have another alternative now in Mono County. Offenders can now pay a fee—$250—and complete “certain terms and conditions” in lieu of being charged and/or going to jail, according to the Mono County District Attorney’s office.

If counseling is needed, the offender pays for it, along with other costs. The case can be closed within six months with no conviction, if all the terms of the program are met.

Yay for Boo and Bacon at Friends of the Inyo

March 7, 2013


Friends of the Inyo (FOI) welcomed Dr. Tom Boo of Bishop and Jo Bacon of Mammoth to its Board of Directors at its February board meeting.

 FOI is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region’s public lands.

Tom Boo is a physician at Northern Inyo Hospital who believes that working with Friends of the Inyo will be a great opportunity to live by the maxim “think globally, act locally.”

Cerro Coso accreditation status reaffirmed

March 7, 2013


Cerro Coso Community College has won reaffirmation of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Reaffirmation is granted when an institution is found to substantially meet or exceed the eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, and commission policies.

In October 2012, a team of Community College professionals from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges came to Cerro Coso campuses for on-site evaluations.  

Peer resort tour focuses on customers

March 7, 2013


Shiny baubles, new technologies are far less important than making visitors feel welcome

Fourteen Mono County movers and shakers returned this week after a five-day “peer resort” tour of four family-oriented Vermont ski resorts.

What was the takeaway from the trip?

“It’s the chicken. It’s always been the chicken,” said Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston about whether ski resorts need amenities or great customer service.

Big pushback on Town Council TOT decision

March 7, 2013


Wood explains action; Bacon and Eastman silent

Seething members of Mammoth’s Lodging community let their frustrations into the open this past week, taking the Town Council to the woodshed for a controversial TOT decision two weeks previously.

Snow creates Mammoth envy

March 7, 2013


As the rest of the Sierra slides slowly into drought, Mammoth bucks the trend

California is sliding closer to a true drought after a record dry January and February failed to increase the winter snowpack, but the Mammoth area is bucking the state trend and is close to 90 percent of normal for this time of year.

March 6th

What's Up, Up Here? Mar. 1-7

March 6, 2013


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