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October 15th, 2010
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.
â€śThere were more days full on more trails than in the past 10 years, even some of the more obscure trails,â€ť 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.
Thereâ€™s 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 Countyâ€™s 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.
Itâ€™s 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.
â€śAlthough the Sheep Fire is mostly out, itâ€™s still putting out some smoke and itâ€™s blowing directly toward us,â€ť said Jon Becknell, an air quality specialist for the local Great Basin district.
The Inyo National Forest has a new supervisor.
Itâ€™s 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.
Thereâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s 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 â€ścautiously optimistic.â€ť
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 didnâ€™t necessarily translate into booming business, say the townâ€™s business people.
â€śI donâ€™t know that weâ€™ve seen the bottom,â€ť said Dawn Vereuck of Elegant Bath & Kitchen. â€śThereâ€™s still a sense of fear.â€ť
Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports sensed largely the same thing.
â€śPeople are just a little more cautiousâ€ť he said. Theyâ€™re watching their pennies.â€ť
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 â€śSeat Belt Traps.â€ť
â€śA law enforcement official parks his police car facing the stop sign waiting for a tourist coming from the L.A. area,â€ť wrote Barry H. Buckser, of Lake Forest.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made a big push to land a spot at Mayâ€™s 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. ...
The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest and the North Zone for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Bishop Field Office are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months, the forest service announced this week.
Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 120 and 203 as well as from the communities of Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Topaz.
The Mammoth Ambassador Program is designed to improve the level of hospitality toward visitors to Mammoth.
It offers a community-wide hospitality training program consisting of one six-hour day presented in two modules: Spirit of Hospitality and Host training for the town. Spirit of Hospitality focuses on the culture of guest service, the kind of â€śactive friendlinessâ€ť that differentiates the best resorts in the United States from the rest.