Archive - 2013 - News Article
Eastern Sierra fire restrictions put into place June 28 by the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will be rescinded Monday, Sept. 23.
People who want to have a campfire outside of developed campgrounds are still required to get a campfire permit, which can be obtained at visitor centers or online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org.
For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negoiations 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.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 18, began the process of finding a new Town Manager, but details were hard to come by.
Meeting in a marathon closed session in advance of its regular, public meeting, council members interviewed prospects for an interim town manager, according to Mayor Rick Wood.
Wood did not say how many candidates there were, or who they were.
The council is interviewing interim candidates in the wake of the resignation of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, whose resignation was accepted byt he council earlier in September, also in closed session.
On September 11, 2001, Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch was in his last year of residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.
When the al-Qaeda plane hit the Pentagon minutes after the Twin Towers came down in New York City, he said, he and his hospital braced for the casualties that were inevitable.
They didn’t come.
With its new TBID in place and Mammoth hurtling into the winter TOT visitor season, the Town Council this past week began to look at one missing piece of the economic landscape: someone to enforce the town codes.
As of Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the town did not have a planning director, a code enforcement officer, or a designated building official to act as an enforcer.
It had one new TOT compliance specialist to enforce the tax codes, with other duties spread among a thin staff that recently got much thinner.
Despite three years of wild weather—one winter of record breaking snowfall followed by two years of record drought—Mammoth’s bears have never been better.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth’s wildlife specialist.
“Three years ago, we had one of the biggest ever winters, followed by one of the deepest droughts, followed by another one of the deepest droughts.
A federal proposal to include some local and highly used fishing and recreation areas (such as Rock Creek Lake) as “critical habitat” for three rare local amphibians was met with considerable skepticism Tuesday when the Mono County Board of Supervisors found themselves deep in frog and toad biology, reproduction and disease.
The California Highway Patrol last weekend took to the air to enforce speed limits on the ground.
With the fall color season on the immediate horizon, Mammoth trails activists fear the Lakes Basin is about to put its worst foot forward.
It’s about poop.
It’s about trash.
Ultimately, said Mammoth Trails Committee chairman Sean Turner, it’s about the guests visiting Mammoth in what is arguably its most pristine time of the year.
“We’re leaving our guests with a bad experience,” he said on Monday, Sept. 9, during a discussion among members of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Coordinating Committee.
Fresh from one battle over drinking water, Mammoth’s water district is now plunging into another—this time over a proposed new geothermal plant that would be located to the northeast of the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.
The project, called Casa Diablo IV, would double the current geothermal generating capacity of the site, which also includes an older plant still in operation.
Smoky skies returned to Mammoth this past weekend, reminding residents that the big Rim Fire near Yosemite is still kicking—and at almost 400 square miles, one of the biggest fires in the state’s history.
Forgetting the fire’s strength and size is a luxury northern Mono County hasn’t had. The region north of Bridgeport has largely been stuck in a pattern of smoke and haze for much of the past month and the sheer length of the time of exposure to the smoke is beginning to take an economic toll on the region.
The last hurdle to completing the Digital 395 high-speed broadband backbone was jumped last week when California’s Public Utilities Commission voted to give the project another $9.9 million.
The 583-mile project that will connect Barstow to Reno with high-capacity, high-speed broadband fiber optic trunk lines, was over-budget by about that amount by the end of July—the completion deadline date originally set by the federal government, which paid for about $80 million of the $101 million project.
Don't miss this great talk tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11, with one of our own, Mammoth Hospital's Dr. Mike Karch, who was one of the first doctors on the scene after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Karch's incredible story about the first few days after the attacks and the lessons he learned about how to best respond to such a disasterâ€”not just medical personnel but bystanders and othersâ€”have gained him national attention and he's right here in Mammoth.
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The Mono County employees and residents suffered an unexpected and tragic loss of a friend, colleague and co-worker this weekend with the passing of Warren â€śKeithâ€ť Park. Keith, part of the county family in the Information Technology (IT) Department for many years, who passed away due to injuries suffered from an out-of-state motorcycle accident over the past weekend.
Keith began working for the Mono County IT Department as an Information Technology Specialist II in July
2005, and was promoted to an Information Technology Specialist III in November 2007.
State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland, CA into Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Friday, September 6, 2013.
Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via SR-120. However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited. The public is advised to use extreme caution as firefighting activities continue in this area.
Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of SR-120 remain closed.