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February 22nd

Snow, wind wipe out VC Super G

February 22, 2013

 

‘Boat Race’ goes to Treat

 

Everyone agreed the new snow on Mammoth Mountain was nice, and strong winds made for some nice wind buff.

But it wasn’t so nice for the Village Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 19, which had to cancel its first-ever Super G off Chair 14 to Reds Lake.

The next VC race is Tuesday, Feb. 26. It is a dual GS, with each run counting as a race.

County coffers remain low

February 22, 2013

 

Property taxes lag behind state

 

Sluggish property tax revenues will make budgets tight for yet another year in Mono County, according to county officials.

While the rest of the state is beginning the slow climb out of the recession, Mono County is lagging in terms of property tax revenues, mostly due to some of the rural areas of the county where property prices have yet to bottom out.

Youth sports funding applications open March 1

February 22, 2013

 

The Town of Mammoth Lakes awards $23,400 annually to youth sporting organizations that are in need of additional funding to supplement organized, nonprofit, youth sporting programs operating in and around Mammoth Lakes.

Applications will be available on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department Office located in the Minaret Village Mall, above Giovanni’s or on www.mammothrecreation.com.

New parking regulations for Mono County’s old wild west towns

February 22, 2013

 

Parking requirements in the downtown regions of Bridgeport, Lee Vining, and June Lake appear to be stifling new businesses, according to Brent Calloway, Mono County Community Development Analyst.

         Current regulations require too much parking, Calloway said at the Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 19.

 Informal local sources have informed him that people aren’t opening new businesses because they do not want to have to deal with the parking issue.

Home cooks, bakers win in new California rulings

February 22, 2013

 

Aspiring bakers, canners and other cooks can now sell their wares without breaking the bank or without a complicated tangle of paperwork, after the state relaxed prepared some rules.

In response, the Mono County supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 19, agreed to keep fees low or non-existent.

Airport eligible for federal funding

February 22, 2013

 

The rough and not always ready road to Mammoth Yosemite Airport could see some major repair work in the next few years after new Census 2010 population numbers triggered a different classification for some roads.

The new classification allows roads used by a community with more than 5,000 people—in this case Mammoth Lakes—to access federal funds for roads that are heavily used by the community, even if the roads are not within the community.

February 19th

Winter storm predicted for Tuesday night may come in lighter than expected

February 20, 2013

A heavy winter storm predicted for Tuesday evening has been downgraded and much of the moisture expected to hit the Sierra may stay west of the crest.

As much as 16 to 20 inches of snow was forecast for the crest of the Sierra above Mammoth by Wednesday morning, but a recent update by Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster is pulling back from that.

“Apparently…the models were wrong in the placement of the upper low as it is verifying too far west,” Howard Sheckter wrote on his website Tuesday evening.

February 15th

Dr. Nancy Peterson Walter, noted anthropologist, dead at 77

February 15, 2013

 

Nancy Peterson Walter, 77, a resident of Mammoth Lakes for the past 19 years, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Feb. 5.

The cause of death, according to her husband, John, was leukemia.

Born in Rockford, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1935, Walter achieved her childhood dream of becoming an anthropologist, culminating in being awarded her PhD in 1986.

Lee Vining elementary students win science fair

February 15, 2013

 

Caelen McQuilken, Jordyn Harper show temperatures decrease as elevation increases—despite their own experiences this winter

Two Lee Vining elementary students will go on to a regional science fair in Riverside in April after their professionally produced, meticulously graphed and time-consuming experiments on Mammoth Mountain and other locations proved that overall, temperatures really do decrease as elevation increases.

Woodstove issues create hot topics

February 15, 2013

 

Town, fire district sound an ominous alarm

Cozy and lovely, there’s nothing quite like a woodstove to fire the imaginations of Mammoth’s winter visitors and locals alike.

Unfortunately, town fire department leaders, along with Building Inspector John Goetz, say the stoves, specifically woodstove inserts, also are a potential hazard.

Plan to remove bike rentals, horseback ride providers in Yosemite alarms county

February 15, 2013

 

Community invited to give input at meeting next Saturday at the Minaret Mall

The Tuolumne River that runs alongside the Tioga Pass Road on the west side of the pass and the Merced River in Yosemite Valley are lined with cabins and resort structures, trails, and bike paths.

The two rivers were also recently designated as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers, in an attempt to preserve their beauty and ecological integrity into perpetuity.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 15-21

February 15, 2013

 

Digital 395 project going full bore

February 15, 2013

 

Massive project is finally underway in Mono County

The Digital 395 project has been a pie-in-the-sky project for so long, some were beginning to think the 600-plus-mile high-speed broadband fiber project would never make it to Mono County.

South County residents in limbo over broadband

February 15, 2013

 

There has still been no deadline for high-speed broadband service set for Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake after Verizon backed out of a Jan. 28 deadline and the Public Utilities Commission last week rejected Verizon’s request for a deadline extension.

Calls to Verizon were not returned before press time.

Tenney moves to take down banner signs for good

February 15, 2013

 

Says Mammoth ‘looks like a swap meet’ in summer months

After years of wrangling over what to do about the proliferation of what she considers unsightly banner signs in Mammoth, Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney said she has a solution.

“We should eliminate all banners except for special events,” she said at a commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “We should eliminate all ‘temporary’ signs, too.”

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