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October 4th

Vandals strike skate park

October 4, 2013

Mammoth Lakes police were left scratching their heads this past week after an unusual graffiti attack left the Volcom Brothers Skate Park looking like something from the inner city.

“It’s hard to figure,” said MLPD Sgt. Marc Mosowitz. “The graffiti just showed up one day. The public works department tried to clean it up, but couldn’t, and then the very next night it happened again.”

Moscowitz said Officer Andy Lehr was hot on the trail of the vandal or vandals, as of Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Two honored for domestic violence prevention

October 4, 2013

Domestic violence kills three women a day in America, and it keeps the phones ringing in Mono and Inyo County, as well.

According to Wild Iris Women’s services, the agency fielded hundreds of calls for domestic violence this past year, an incomplete number given that some incidents do not get reported, or reported to the agency.

“This is at epidemic levels,” said Susi Baines, the agency’s director.

October 3rd

SHUTDOWN USA

October 3, 2013

Campgrounds closed, Yosemite and Death Valley National Park shut down, federal websites went dark, calls to visitor centers went unanswered and campers were given 48 hours to leave their campsites, after the U.S. government shut down at midnight Monday.

By Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, signs were on the doors of most federal facilities indicating they were closed, including the California Welcome Center in Mammoth, the Mono Lake Visitor Center, and all local and national forest offices from San Diego to Canada.

Holler takes stock of Mammoth

October 3, 2013

Daniel C. Holler began his first day in Mammoth by getting plenty of lowdown from the top down.

What the town’s new interim town manager does with the information is open to speculation.

Holler, 52, the former city administrator of Grass Valley, Nevada County, officially took office on Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, when the Town Council voted to approve his open-ended contract of $158,000 a year.

Mammoth (finally) gets a new cop

October 3, 2013

The cold reality of policing Mammoth’s streets hit Officer Jack Loera right off the bat.

Almost as soon as Loera, 52, arrived from the Banning Police Department this past week, members of the MLPD were busy trying on new winter gear.

Gloves, insulated jacket, snow pants, and boots, were about as familiar to Loera as an encounter with a bear, which is to say, not very.

No problem.

September 30th

New interim manager to pull down $158K in annual salary; 24 percent less than MMM

September 30, 2013

 

Mammoth’s new interim town manager has agreed in principle to a $158,000 annual salary, according to town documents.

Daniel C. Holler, who is to begin work on Tuesday, Oct. 1, is expected to agree to the terms one day later when the Town Council approves the contract at its regular meeting.

Holler, 52, arrives from Grass Valley, where he was city administrator.

Holler’s contract is $25,000 a year less than the salary given to outgoing Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez. That works out to be about 24 percent less.

September 27th

Sam’s Woodsite in play

September 27, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negotiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam’s Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth’s most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CERT begins emergency training Oct. 3

September 27, 2013

The strength of any community during a disaster is in its people, a fact recognized by professional first responders across the country who rely on teams of trained community members for everything from disaster field reports to traffic control.

Mammoth Lakes is no different and beginning next week, a new round of Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT) training kicks off, with an introduction to the training on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Best Western Conference Room from 6-7:30 p.m.

Three all-day Saturday sessions will follow, beginning on Oct. 19.

September 26th

Playing ‘Chicken’ at Town Hall

September 26, 2013

In a move that ought to make local food growers egg-static, Mammoth is forging ahead with creating a policy for raising and keeping chickens.

“The existing zoning code provides no guidance with regard to the raising of chickens for egg-laying purposes within the town limits,” wrote associate planner Jessica Morriss of the town staff.

Cold snap, snowfalls to disappear

September 26, 2013

The first dusting of snow for the Eastern Sierra came right on schedule last weekend, heralding the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area took on a few inches of snow, golden aspens turned a deeper gold, flowers shriveled on their stalks and gardeners across the county rushed to cover their cucumbers and late-ripening squash as temperatures dipped into the mid-twenties by Thursday morning.

It is, however, probably a good idea not to get too excited about it all.

UPDATED: Council names new interim town manager

September 26, 2013

The new Mammoth Lakes interim town manager is Dan Holler, formerly city administrator for Grass Valley, Calif., a Gold Country Sierra community near Nevada City.

 

September 24th

CHP continues air stings over U.S. 395; 13 speeding busts over Lee Vining, June Lake

September 24, 2013

For the second straight weekend, the California High Patrol this past week used aircraft to nab speeders on U.S. 395, this time in a stretch between Lee Vining and June Lake.

According to a news release issued on Monday, Sept. 23, the CHP said it busted 13 speeders and made 16 stops in a 2-hour, 30-minute air operation the previous day.

Officers and pilots in the air coordinated with officers and units on the ground, according to spokesperson Officer Anne Morin, the public information officer of the California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area.

September 23rd

BREAKING: Mammoth Chamber opposes minimum wage hike

September 23, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce has taken a firm stand on raising the minimum wage by $2 over the next two years.

It doesn’t like it.

In a strongly worded statement that went to its members on Monday, Sept. 23, the Mammoth Chamber urged opposition to a law that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour over the next 18 months.

“The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce supports a fair wage in California and supports incremental increases related to the Consumer Price Index (CPI),” the Chamber said in a news release.

Mono City argues for emergency access road

September 23, 2013

When the hot, dry summer winds that sweep through the Mono Basin with great regularity encounter a spark of fire, a wildfire can spread across dozens of acres of sagebrush and bitterbrush in a few minutes.

That’s exactly what Mono City residents have worried about for years, a worry made more pronounced by the fact that there is only one good road going in and out of the community.

Mammoth mountain bikers mobilize

September 23, 2013

Mammoth’s mountain bikers, fresh on the heels of a long season, already are preparing for 2014.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Giovanni’s, Fat Bike Mammoth will conduct a meeting to discuss mountain biking opportunities in Mono and Inyo Counties.

Specifically, according to Fat Bike leader Alan Jacoby, the group will discuss “becoming a more formal group” and working with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management “to increase and improve our opportunities. 

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