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June 20th, 2011

UPDATE: Search for missing man in Yosemite scaled back

June 20, 2011

The search continues in Yosemite National Park for missing hiker George Penca, who was last seen at the top of Yosemite Falls on Friday, June 17. Due to the fact that the area has been thoroughly searched by personnel and dogs, the terrain is rugged and steep, and no clues have been found, search efforts are being scaled back.

June 17th

Hard Day's Night for Town Council

June 17, 2011

Grim work on Town
finances cuts, and cuts, and cuts

There may as well have been blood in the streets.

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council, facing a shortfall budget of more than $2 million and a deadline of June 22 for a reckoning, took out its machetes on Wednesday night and got to work on the finances.

Three police officers will have to go. Any improvements to the town’s dilapidated police station are a ha-ha-ha.

At least one staffer – maybe more – will have to leave Public Works.

Airport service to include Orange, San Diego

June 17, 2011

Ready to have 50,000 people land on your front porch?

Literally.

Under plans announced this week, Mammoth’s airport next winter will handle four flights a day, seven days a week. It will also handle seven flights a day on the busy Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday weekends.

Moreover, the airport will serve travelers from San Diego and Orange County for the first time, fulfilling the wishes of Mammoth-loving SoCals who found the trip to Los Angeles International as irritating as the six-eight-hour drive up here.

June 16th

Rescue on Tioga Pass area involves local surgeon

June 16, 2011

On Saturday, June 11, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to help a snowboarder with a broken leg.

Payam Pakbin, 28, of Los Angeles, was walking up a steep, icy slope with a friend near Tioga Pass when he lost his footing and slid down into a rock field, suffering a femur fracture. Other backcountry skiers in the area heard his yelling and responded to help. One of the responders skied down to his vehicle and drove down Highway 120 until he was able to contact authorities on his cell phone.

June 15th

Tioga Pass Road opens Saturday, free park entrance day Tuesday

June 15, 2011

The Tioga Road will open for the season on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 a.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.

There are several no-stopping zones along the road, which are clearly marked with road signs.

Latest wind farm proposal angers Benton residents

June 15, 2011

A possible wind farm near Benton has some area residents up in arms, especially nearby property owners.

The proposed project is still at the preliminary stage, with only a few test towers planned – if the rest towers are approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

But with the potential for many more of the 200-foot-tall wind towers, some residents are none too pleased with the whole idea.

“This is one of the most important habitats for birds in the county,” said Emmy Cattani, an owner of the Adobe Ranch, located northwest of Benton.

Mammoth Hospital brings in surgeon specializing in breast disease

June 15, 2011

Mammoth Hospital has announced the arrival of new General Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Deck, specializing in breast disease and breast surgeries.

Dr. Deck comes to Mammoth Hospital from Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, Calif., and currently sees more than 200 breast cancer patients annually. He will offer his expertise in the area of mastectomy, lumpectomy and breast reconstruction to those patients diagnosed with all types of breast disease.

June 13th

William Crosby files federal lawsuit against Mono County, Town of Mammoth

June 13, 2011

William Crosby, a Mammoth Lakes resident who earlier this year filed a claim for damages against Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes following his arrest for an alleged medical marijuana violation, has now filed a lawsuit against both entities in federal district court.

Crosby was arrested in December, 2010. He has maintained since then that he was following the medical marijuana laws. The county rejected his claims for damages last month.

Latest wind farm proposal angers Benton residents

June 13, 2011

A possible wind farm near Benton has some area residents up in arms, especially nearby property owners.
The proposed project is still at the preliminary stage, with only a few test towers (six) planned and with full approval by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) still not certain.

But with the potential for many more of the 200-foot-tall wind towers coming on line (should the test towers show good results) some residents are none too pleased with the whole idea.

June 10th

Rock and Bowl to bring bowling, golf to Old Mammoth Road

June 10, 2011

The town on Wednesday got its first look at a proposed “bowling center” along Old Mammoth Road.
It was as if fireworks had gone off overhead.

“Full speed ahead,” exclaimed Planning Commissioner Sharon Clark when she and two other commissioners saw the presentation.

The project is called “Rock ‘N Bowl.” It is the brainchild of local real estate investor Dan O’Connell and Mammoth architect Bruce Woodward.

“It’s one of those things the town desperately needs,” Woodward said.

The commission took no action on the project, nor was it was asked to.

Tioga Pass to open within next few weeks

June 10, 2011

Despite rumors, unseasonable spring storms, more untimely cold temperatures and triple the normal amount of snow for this date, the road over Tioga Pass is still scheduled to open by the end of June.

“I can say with reasonable certainty that the pass will open within the next few weeks,” said Yosemite National Park Service spokesman Scott Gediman on Wednesday.

“We’re this close,:” said Mono County’s interim public works director, Jeff Walters. “We’re this close, but we’re not there yet.”

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 10-16

June 10, 2011

Hearty kudos to John Connolly and the Recreation Dept. crew for organizing Town Cleanup Day, which goes off tomorrow morning. Picnic at noon in Mammoth Creek Park. ...

Mammoth Motocross rolls into town next week (first practices are Thursday) and as usual we (and the restaurants) are jazzed. DC Moto is in on the act this year and will host a golf tournament at Sierra Star featuring DC motocross riders Tyler Bereman and Chris Plouffe in the competition....

Road work in Yosemite will mean some delays

June 10, 2011

Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning
next Monday, June 13. The majority of the work will occur in the El
Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court,
the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include
the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as
the main entrance road to Foresta.

The general scope of the project includes applying a seal coat over many of
the existing asphalt roads, either a chipseal or microseal. Additional

Road work in Yosemite will mean some delays

June 10, 2011

Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning
next Monday, June 13. The majority of the work will occur in the El
Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court,
the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include
the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as
the main entrance road to Foresta.

The general scope of the project includes applying a seal coat over many of
the existing asphalt roads, either a chipseal or microseal. Additional

June 7th

Buster, the big black Lab, helps to bring home missing Marines

June 7, 2011

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but retired Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie’s big, rambunctious Lab, Buster, has become something of an international sensation recently.

Trained as a cadaver dog by Dostie, Buster is one of the few dogs in the world who can not only detect recent human graves, but he can also detect very old graves. This ability is a product of Dostie’s driving passion to bring murderers to justice and peace to victims’ families, even if it’s been decades since the murder was committed.

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