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February 5th

Robber who drags woman off bus, assaults others, is arrested

February 5, 2013

On Saturday morning, Feb. 2, at approximately 1 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Sergeants Eric Hugelman and Rick Moberly were meeting with Village Security personnel regarding a disturbance on Minaret when they observed another disturbance 50 yards away next to a trolley bus. The sergeants and security officers ran to the trolley bus attempted to detain a suspect who was hitting the trolley. He resisted and pepper spray was deployed to control the combative individual.

UPDATE: Verizon's request for extension for broadband service to South County denied

February 5, 2013

UPDATE, FEB. 5: As of Jan. 31, the state Public Utilities Commission denied Verizon's request for a three-month extension in providing high speed broadband capacity to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake, putting it out of compliance with an agreement to provide such serice by Jan. 28. The letter is attached at the end of the story below, which was published in the print version of the Mammoth Times on Feb. 1.

Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake residents might have to wait another three months for the high speed broadband that was promised by the end of January, if Verizon gets its way.

February 4th

RAW: Lyell Glacier, largest in Yosemite, has stopped moving

February 4, 2013

This is just in from the National Park Service:

"The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado. The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch per day.

RAW: June Mountain winter operating permit finalized

February 4, 2013

The US Forest Service (USFS) and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, (MMSA) have finalized an operating plan for the June Mountain Ski Area that guides management of the area for the remainder of the winter season while the resort is in a non-operational status, according to the Inyo National Forest.

"The plan considers many complicated factors regarding public access, administrative access to facilities and communication sites, avalanche control, ski patrol duties, and – most importantly –safety concerns," a recent press release states.

RAW: Longtime water district engineer appointed interim general manager

February 4, 2013

Current Mammoth Community Water District Engineer, John Pedersen, was appointed Interim General Manger of the Mammoth Community Water District by the Board of Directors at a special board meeting held on Jan. 31.

Greg Norby, General Manager since November 2008, resigned recently to reside closer to family and friends. Mr. Pedersen’s Interim General Manager appointment starts on Feb. 1, and continues until a new General Manager is appointed. Mr. Pedersen’s interim role is greatly enhanced by his 25 years of engineering experience at the District.

RAW: Skier dies after fall in Wipe Out Chute

February 4, 2013

 

A 49-year-old skier died Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mammoth Mountain after a nasty fall in one of the two Wipe Out chutes near the top of the mountain, according to a statement issued Monday by the ski area.

The accident happened at approximately 12:40 p.m., according to the statement.

A male skier, 49, lost control and fell in upper Wipe Out 2 (a Double Black Diamond run at the top of Mammoth Mountain).

According to witnesses, the guest fell, slid down the chute, collided with a rock and continued to slide. 

February 1st

The flu is not alone, other respiratory illnesses also stalk the region

February 1, 2013

Although health officials said Wednesday that they believe cases of the flu may be peaking this week in Mono County, the winter still has the potential to be a miserable one.

This year’s strain of influenza has hogged the spotlight due to being unusually virulent, but there are other viruses that are causing a lot of pain to people locally, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, Mono County’s public health officer.

Mammoth schools to improve safety plans; public hearing on Feb. 28

February 1, 2013

 

The Mammoth Unified School District will refine its school safety plans in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., according to schools superintendent Rich Boccia.

Speaking at a school board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, Boccia announced a multi-effort ramp-up that would involve the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Mammoth Fire District and other emergency personnel.

MLPD dog Brutus dead at 11; "Many times my life depended on him," officer says

February 1, 2013

Brutus, the Czech Shepherd police dog who served Mammoth Lakes with distinction for five years, is dead, the police department announced in a news release earlier this week.

Brutus was put down on Jan. 16 at the age of 11 due to chronic back problems, according to MLPD Chief Dan Watson.

No one was more affected by Brutus’ death than his handler/partner Officer Dan Casabian, the department’s K-9 officer during the time Brutus served.

Brutus also was the family dog for Casabian and his children, now aged 12, 8, and 7.

Lynda Salcido appointed as acting county administrator for Mono County

February 1, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynda Salcido as “Acting County Administrative Officer (CAO)” on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

A long-term county employee, Salcido is also Mono County’s director of Public Health, a position she has held for 13 years. She also served as the county’s Emergency Medical Services director after former county fire rescue chief Mark Mikulicich retired in 2011.

Between winter and spring

February 1, 2013

This past week, Mammoth residents may have startled a squirrel or two at the bird feeders, chattering away in raucous irritation. The dogs went nuts, of course, and up the tree the squirrels shot, tails flaming in indignation.

Seeing a squirrel in a tree in Mammoth isn’t strange. It’s not a guaranteed thing of wonder (although to the dogs it always is), but when was the last time you saw a squirrel this winter?

Saturday, Feb. 2, popularly called, Groundhog Day, is the day that marks the halfway point between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.

RAW: Tioga Road rehabilitation plan available

February 1, 2013

According to the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park has signed the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 1-7 | News snippets from here and there

February 1, 2013

 

Whoops! Last week we reported in this column that the Pita Pit had changed ownership to Mammoth Mountain, but that was wrong, wrong and wrong. It’s still the same owners. We regret the error, and offer apologies all around…

Stolen petroglyphs recovered, culprits still at large

February 1, 2013

A set of petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall have been returned to the Bureau of Land Management but authorities are still looking for those responsible for the theft and the damage at the site.

Phone calls to the BLM seeking comment on how the petroglyph panels were recovered were not returned.
The damaged petroglyph site was first reported in October, 2012, at which time authorities said six panels had been removed by rock saws and chisels.

January 31st

Man apparently attempts suicide Thursday at Mono Basin visitor center

January 31, 2013

The male victim of an apparent suicide attempt Thursday morning at the Mono Basin Visitor's Center has been flown to Reno for further treatment, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

According to Jennifer Hansen, the public information officer for the sheriff's department, at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, the sheriff's department received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the parking lot of the Visitor's Center, which is located just north of Lee Vining, off of U.S. 395.

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