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October 15th, 2010
The reaction to Mammoth Disposalâs bear-proof curbside containers apparently is mixed.
Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission chair Tony Barrett on Wednesday said heâd heard from unhappy customers.
The question was if the BearSaver contraptions work as promised, and Dan Dawson rose to the deviceâs defense.
A member of the townâs Wildlife Committee, Dawson said the only problems heâd heard of were caused by stupid humans.
âYou canât give âem all night,â he said in reference to bears who have tried to break into the bins.
âTheyâll figure it out and get in.â
John Nathan Adams, the popular track and snowboarding coach who was hospitalized after the horrific Aug. 9 triple-fatal crash in Bishop, died on Saturday as a result of his injuries, his family announced.
On Friday, Adamsâ family posted a notice on the website CaringBridge.com that family members had decided to end Adamsâs life support at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
He passed away surrounded by his family.
Visits into the wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest hit a 10-year spike this past summer, according to Nancy Upham, the information officer of the forest.
âThere were more days full on more trails than in the past 10 years, even some of the more obscure trails,â she said.
Upham said wilderness permits at the Wilderness Reservation offices in both Bishop and Mammoth were off the charts. Though the Forest Service does not do an actual count at campgrounds, anecdotal evidence suggests that the campgrounds were jammed all summer, too.
Thereâs something special about this Special Election.
Four candidates are competing for the job of State Senator, District 1, including one Democrat and three Republicans.
Old rules still govern this Special Consolidated Primary Election to fill the seat of the deceased Senator Dave Cox.
Voters will close an era of partisan history when they mark their ballots during the November election.
Four candidates are vying for the California State Senate seat that was vacated upon the death of Senator Dave Cox (R) last year. District 1 stretches from Mono County northward along the Nevada border all the way to Oregon, including nine complete counties plus parts of three more.
The search for life on Mars got up close and personal for Lee Vining students when a group of NASA scientists test-driving a Mars rover robot prototype got rained out last week and decided instead to drop in on Lee Vining High School.
Rover and all.
An effort by Mono Countyâs U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon to remove the Bodie Hills from their current status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is on hold, after Congress adjourned early this month without voting on the bill.
Mono County District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters, who recently brought a resolution to the county supervisors asking to release the Bodies Hills from WSA protection, got the news last week,
Although the air has cleared somewhat since the big winter storm last week, Mammoth and Mono County residents are still waking up to hazy skies, something relatively unusual for this time of year.
Itâs due to two main factors: a strong high pressure ridge, or stable air mass, hanging over the area, and smoke from the still-burning Sheep Fire and some pollution coming from down south.
âAlthough the Sheep Fire is mostly out, itâs still putting out some smoke and itâs blowing directly toward us,â said Jon Becknell, an air quality specialist for the local Great Basin district.
The Inyo National Forest has a new supervisor.
Itâs an interim position, but the new supe has plenty of interesting experience and ought to stir things up around here.
She is Kit Mullen, currently the district ranger for the Hat Creek District of the Lassen National Forest in Northern California.
According to a press release from the Inyo National Forest, she will be the interim or acting forest supervisor after the recent departure of Supervisor Jim Upchurch.
Thereâs something special about this Special Election
Four candidates are competing for the job of State Senator, District 1, including one Democrat and three Republicans. But voters will close an era of partisan history when they mark their ballots during the November election to replace the late Dave Cox.
In June, voters agreed to change those rules by approving Prop 14 which calls for open primaries to begin January 1. Meanwhile, the old-fashioned rules make for some interesting political speculation.
Overcrowded housing in Yosemite National Park could become an economic boon to Lee Vining, if a plan to put park employee housing at the lower end of the canyon at the current forest service site there goes forward.
But thatâs only if the project is designed to environmental and aesthetic problems, according to Lee Vining residents who attended a meeting Wednesday night on the subject.
One business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the mood of the 30 or so residents at the meeting was âcautiously optimistic.â
John Adams, the popular track coach who was hospitalized after the horrific Aug. 9 triple-fatal crash in Bishop, on Saturday died as a result of his injuries, his family announced.
Adams a resident of Cardiff in Southern California, had many friends in Mammoth, including Stuart and Julie Brown, who gave him a sendoff from Mammoth shortly before the crash. Adams was 39 at the time of the crash.
On Friday, Adams' family posted a notice on the website CaringBridge.com, that family members had decided to end Adams' life support at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Tourism in Mammoth was off the charts, but that didnât necessarily translate into booming business, say the townâs business people.
âI donât know that weâve seen the bottom,â said Dawn Vereuck of Elegant Bath & Kitchen. âThereâs still a sense of fear.â
Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports sensed largely the same thing.
âPeople are just a little more cautiousâ he said. Theyâre watching their pennies.â
Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson got his back up this week when he learned an Orange County man had dropped off a document to the Mammoth Times claiming the town has deliberately set up âSeat Belt Traps.â
âA law enforcement official parks his police car facing the stop sign waiting for a tourist coming from the L.A. area,â wrote Barry H. Buckser, of Lake Forest.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made a big push to land a spot at Mayâs Amgen Tour of California, but was outpaced by the Tahoe resorts. The cyclists will start at South Lake to Tahoe-Northstar, North Lake to Squaw Valley, then into the central valley, finishing in Thousand Oaks after eight stages. We is bummed but appreciate the effort put in by MMSA. ...