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January 28th, 2011

AT&T saga drags on for Tri-Valley cell phone customers

January 28, 2011

The third time is not the charm.

Despite reports from AT&T that the technical cell service problems were fixed in the Tri-Valley area last week, Mono County supervisor Hap Hazard said they have not been fixed.

In fact, Chalfant still has no service, at least from the northern border of White Mountain Estates north, he said, although Benton now apparently, finally has at least better and more consistent service.

Tenney wants Gateway Monument on S.R. 203

January 28, 2011

Elizabeth Tenney has a new volunteer project up her sleeve.

Having steered the town’s lighting policy into an ordinance, and having succeeded in flowering a park next to the town’s Post Office, she now wants to build a “Gateway Monument” on the left side of S.R. 203 at the entrance to town.

The project, which is to be funded by private donations and donations-in-kind, would be constructed directly across the highway from the current “Mammoth Lakes” structure that has the emblems of the various service clubs below.

The two structures thus would form a “Gateway” to the town.

Candlemas: Day of a thousand candles

January 28, 2011

When it rises swift and cold on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the sun will mark the one day of the year exactly halfway between the past Winter Solstice and the March 20 Spring Equinox.

This day really has nothing to do with groundhogs at all, although Americans celebrate the day, if they think of it at all, as Groundhog Day.

Rather, it’s the Old World’s celebration of the return of the spring.

Candlemas, “Mass of the Candles,” the return of the light, a day once welcomed with a thousand candles, a thousand prayers and thanksgivings.

January 26th

Town Manager Rob Clark gets job in Ojai

January 26, 2011

Mammoth Lakes Town Manager Robert Clark has been selected by the City Council of Ojai to be their next city manager. Ojai is nestled in the northeast corner of Ventura County and is known for its tourist and arts related activities.

Prior to becoming the Town Manager of Mammoth Lakes in 2004, Clark served as city manager of Avalon on Catalina Island and deputy city manager of Laguna Beach. He will assume his new duties on February 21, 2011.

January 25th

Mammoth district's forest ranger becomes interim forest supervisor

January 25, 2011

Jon Regelbrugge, currently the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts, has been named as the new acting forest supervisor for the Inyo National Forest. Regelbrugge is expected to serve in this position until a new, permanent forest supervisor has been selected.

Snowboarder rescued

January 25, 2011

On the afternoon of Jan. 18, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to assist in locating a lost snowboarder at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

David Joseph, 27, Crystal Heights, was snowboarding by himself and unknowingly crossed the western edge of the ski area boundary and became lost. He was able to contact his father by cell phone. His father then notified Ski Patrol of his son’s predicament. Ski Patrol began searching for him but were unable to find him, as Mr. Joseph reported that he thought he was somewhere inside the ski area boundary.

January 24th

AT&T still out in Chalfant, Benton OK

January 25, 2011

Despite reports from AT&T that the technical cell service problems were fixed in the Tri-Valley area last week, area county supervisor Hap Hazard said they aren't.

In fact, Chalfant still has no service, at least from the northern border of White Mountain Estates north, he said, although Benton now apparently finally has at least better and more consistent service.

Prescribed burn through Jan. 31

January 24, 2011

The Inyo National Forest has announced a BLM pile burning project along S.R. 89, three miles north of U.S. 395 on Slinkard Valley Road. They will burn 485 slash piles from Jan. 24-31.

Fresno drug dealer with links to Mammoth arrested, June Lake locals arrested on other charges

January 24, 2011

Mono County's narcotics enforcement team has had a busy week last week, including the arrest of a Fresno drug dealer with previous ties to Mammoth and the arrest of two local June Lake residents on other charges.

January 21st

Snowpack is high, but moisture is evaporating

January 21, 2011

Although the current snowpack on top of Mammoth Pass is at 297 percent of normal for the second week of January, it’s still too early to celebrate.

“If we don’t get any snow, and there’s none forecast, this could be the wettest December on record followed by the driest January,” said state snow surveyor John Dittli.

Despite the snowiest December on record, there’s still reason to keep at hand that snow dance routine most longtime Mammothites know.

So, if things continue as they are forecast, the wettest December might be followed by another record -and not a wanted one.

Gregory, MMSA, escape Hot Creek fallout

January 21, 2011

A couple of very high-profile Mammoth players in the Hot Creek lawsuit remained invisible in last month’s $30 million judgment against the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and its CEO, Rusty Gregory, were left unscathed – not even mentioned. This is in spite of the fact that at the beginning of the case, in 1997, both MMSA and Gregory himself were caught in some nasty crossfire.

They still are, in a sense.

When the case first was filed, both Gregory and MMSA were named as defendants, along with the Town.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 21

January 21, 2011

Here's the latest from our groovy little burg.

January 20th

AT&T problems continue for Tri-Valley residents, AT&T expected to be in area this week

January 20, 2011

Problems with AT&T service out in the Tri-Valley area of Mono County have diminished since much of the Tri-Valley area in eastern Mono County found themselves without cell service after switching from Alltel to AT&T late last year, but they have not gone away, according to Chalfant community members, including members of the Benton Paiute tribe, many of whom are still without cell service.

Two June Lake residents arrested on marijuana charges

January 20, 2011

On Tuesday, Jan. 18 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Department Deputies stopped a vehicle traveling in an erratic manner, northbound on Hwy 395 in Coleville.

The deputy made contact with the two individuals inside of the vehicle, identified as David Cruz, age 32, and Bernadin Estriplet, age 28, both of June Lake.

Upon contact, the deputy noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and asked both parties to exit the vehicle.

January 14th

Mammoth not alone in dismay at airport ruling

January 14, 2011

It seems to be something that most people have forgotten.

In all the brouhaha over the airport lawsuit appeal, the Town of Mammoth wasn’t the only town challenging the Bridgeport jury’s finding that the Town is liable for $30 million in damages.

Far from it.

In fact, every city and county in the state of California sided with the Town, as “friends of the court” or “amici curiae.” The appellate judges’ decision is rattling municipal nerves across the state.

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