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September 24th, 2010
Christine Pelosi pounded out platform points as she rallied Mono County Democrats last Thursday evening.
âThe fight for justice is always hard,â said the Chair of Californiaâs Democratic Platform Committee and member of the Democratic National Committee. âIt was hard to fight for suffrage. It was hard to fight for social security. It was hard to fight for civil rights. It was hard to fight for healthcare. But we got it done.â
Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, âgot it doneâ while balancing Isabelle, her toddler daughter, wriggling on her hip throughout her speech.
The question of where itâs appropriate to locate a medical marijuana dispensary popped up again this week when Mono Countyâs Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel asked for approval to move the countyâs Wellness Center from a proposed dispensary site.
Gimpel suggested it might be more appropriate to put the Wellness Center in the Sierra Center Mall with the rest of Mono Countyâs offices, moving it from its current location at the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.
Alchemy is a word that can be loosely defined as that which happens when one element becomes another; when one thing transforms to another thing.
When none of the county’s District 4 Supervisor candidates took home 50 percent of the vote in June, it triggered a run-off election for November between the top two vote getters, Tim Hansen and Tim Fesko.
One hundred forty-four players raised $35,000 in support of higher education and cultural enrichment at the sold-out 11th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic last Sunday, Sept. 12.
Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarship students and South Gateway Student Apartment students were among volunteers at Sierra Star Golf Course supporting the Mammoth Lakes Foundation scholarship fund.
Highlights of the scramble tournament included an iPad raffle, Super Ticket raffle, $5,000 putting contest, silent auction, awards party, and closest-to-the-pin prize on all par threes.
For a one day-hiker in the Minaret Wilderness, an ordinary day-hike on Monday turned into a day-night sojurn, finishing with a helicopter ride.
The hiker, a 22-year-old man who was separated from his friends near Devils Postpile National Monument, spent Monday night in the Minaret Wilderness before being picked up by helicopter Tuesday morning with help from the Mono County Search and Rescue team.
The hikerâs identity and home town were not known as of Tuesday afternoon. He was unhurt, said Pete DeGeorge of the sheriffâs department.
The fiery car accident on U.S. 395 that resulted in the deaths of two teenage cross country runners and a cheerleading coach from Southern California on Aug. 9 was at least partly due to driver error, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Seventeen-year-old Natalie Nield was driving a Ford SUV headed south a few miles south of Bishop at the time of the accident. The vehicle was registered to Gabrielle Nield.
A former Mammoth Unified School District student and the son of Mammoth Dog Teamâs Jim Ouimet is a suspect in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev, following the stabbing deaths of a two-year-old boy and the boyâs 62-year-old grandmother on Friday, Sept. 17.
Justin Ouimet, 24, was arrested by the Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.
Rangers in Yosemite National Park said they found and rescued a lost backpacker earlier this month after spotting a makeshift SOS message on the ground.
Rangers picked him up on Saturday, Sept 11, after Mike Arends had spent three unexpected days and nights in the wilnerness near the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.
An experienced hiker, Arends' self-preservations techniques were just about perfect, and serve as a kind of a blueprint for hikers who stray into the unknown.
On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at approximately 6:25 p.m., the Mono County Sheriffâs Department was informed by the Inyo National Forest dispatch center of a large black plume of smoke in the Glass Mountain Range. The smoke was believed to possibly be from a reported overdue aircraft en route to Truckee, Calif., via Bishop. Units from the Mono County Sheriffâs Department, Inyo National Forest, and the Mono County Sheriffâs Search and Rescue Team responded to the area and a ground search was initiated.
This is no ordinary police chief.
Dan Watson, officially Mammoth Lakesâ âinterimâ chief who is working on a one-year contract, greets visitors at the police station wearing the most unusual police uniform heâs ever worn.
Striped flannel shirt: Check. Blue jeans. Check. Comfortable shoes. Check. Big smile. Check.
âIn my old job in South Pasadena, I always wore a uniform or coat and tie,â said the 59-year-old Watson.
âI havenât worn a coat and tie since I got here.
The Great Bear Siege is over in the Lakes Basin.
Having heard scads of complaints from cabin owners in the Falls Tract, Mammoth Lakes police shot and killed the infamous marauding Lakes Basin bear on Tuesday afternoon, ending a saga that left residents angry and confused.
The bear was responsible for at least 19 cabin break-ins in the area, the MLPD said in a news release. The tract is near Lake Mary.
The bear, a âlight colored, three-year-old female,â was busted while she was actively breaking into a cabin, police said.
It will take a lot to replace the diabolically clever Oren Tanzer at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Unbound Terrain parks, but Josh Chauver is ready to give it a try.
Chauvet, who worked as the director of the Unbound parks from 1998-2002 before leaving to pursue other interests, yesterday was named “Action Sports Brand Manager” for the resort, according to Daniel Hansen, public relations manager.
When I picked up the phone last Thursday morning to hear an unknown caller telling me my fiercely independent, 67-year-old mother had taken a bad fall and likely broken her leg, my first impulse was to call an ambulance and head out there.
Mom was out at one of the hot springs, several miles from a paved road, and I knew it would take some effort to get her safely back to Mammoth to the hospital.