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December 10th

Geminid meteor show will burn bright on Monday, Dec. 13

December 10, 2010

In a couple of nights, the best meteor shower of the year will sweep down on the High Sierra, bringing stars to earth, as 60 to 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower, one of some half-dozen, annual, prominent meteor showers, begins in earnest in the very late evening of Dec. 13, although many meteor lovers have been seeing impatient Geminids for the past week.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 10

December 10, 2010

Friday’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival was a gathering of like-minded souls and the films were superb. The film on reintroduction of wolves was a fascinating look at what happens when the predator-prey balance is knocked sideways. Emcee Stacy Corless was brilliant in her introductions. ...

See you at Kathy Copeland’s Island Extravaganza Saturday at Canyon Lodge. Always the best party in December, particular for the Hawaiian shirt crowd. ...

December 8th

Rock Creek/Paradise Lodge development public hearing this Friday

December 8, 2010

The controversial Rock Creek area development project proposed by developer John Hooper for the old Paradise Lodge property goes to the county planning commission again this Friday.

The meeting will held be held at the Crowley Lake Community Center at 1 p.m., in the form of a public hearing on the project's environmental impact document and on the specific plan for the project.

December 6th

Mammoth man busted for break-ins at Roberto's, Grumpy's

December 6, 2010

Mammoth police on Sunday busted a 22-year-old Mammoth man for Saturday night burglaries at both Roberto's and Grumpy's restaurants.

Eduardo Barrios Navarro, 22, was booked for commercial burglary at Mono County Jail with a bail of $50,000.

On Sunday, at approximately 8 a.m. MLPD officers responded to Roberto’s for a burglary investigation.

An employee discovered the crime when she reported to work at 7:20 a.m. and observed cash registers open and other evidence of a burglary. The investigation revealed that the suspect broke a window to enter the restaurant.

December 5th

Town of Mammoth gets second chance to argue Hot Creek Aviation appeal

December 5, 2010

On Friday Dec. 3, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, advised the Town of Mammoth Lakes that it will be given the opportunity to re-argue the “Hot Creek” appeal because of the retirement of one of the justices who was present for the original oral argument.

A new argument date has been set in Sacramento on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

December 3rd

The bears are still out, but wow are they s-l-o-w

December 3, 2010

No it’s not your imagination.

The bears, at least some bears, are indeed still out.

Although most bears in Mammoth and the surrounding area have bedded down for the winter, not all of them have, said Mammoth’s Wildlife Management Specialist Steve Searles.

“It’s as if every bear has a different barometric pressure point,” he said. “They each need to reach a certain weight so they can survive the winter, and each responds to different temperatures and other factors differently.”

The bears are like some football players, he said.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

In the Say It Ain’t So department, there will be no girls basketball this season for Mammoth High School. Blame it on a lack of interest. Reminds us of the 2009 football season that wasn’t. ...

Gosh it was great to see Skip Harvey back in the Mayor’s chair this past week (see P. 1). He’s been battling bad illness and had to leave us for a while. “Always good to get out of L.A.,” said he. And out of the hospitals, too. ...

Meet the beetles! They're killing our trees

December 3, 2010

They’re here.

Bug-eyed and pincher-toothed, no bigger than a grain of rice, the mountain pine bark beetle has come to visit, killing thousands of acres of lodgepole and whitebark pine in our own backyard, turning green mountainsides tomato-soup red.

Though nowhere near the problem they are in the Rocky Mountains, where the beetle has turned huge swathes of green forests to dead, red trees, and where tourism-and ski-resort based economies are reeling from the cost of cleanup and prevention of the red tide, Eastside beetle populations are growing and growing fast.

"Stage Door" at Mammoth High School Friday, Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

"Stage Door" is being performed by Mammoth High School.

Stage Door was nominated best picture of 1937 and starred Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball.

It is a very entertaining play starring Lauren Bukenberger, Madison Hodges and others, directed by Kevin Worden.

Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 3 and 4 at 7pm, Multi Purpose Room.

Tickets are only $5.00!

Come out and support the MHS kids and the Drama Department.

December 2nd

Controlled burns today

December 2, 2010

The Inyo National Forest is conducting two controlled burns today, both pile burns, Thursday, Dec. 2: One is seven miles east of June Lake, and the other is five miles east of Crestview.

December 1st

Alltel to AT&T Conversion Caveat

December 2, 2010

Some Alltel customers from the Tri-Valley area activated their conversions to AT&T in Bishop, only to discover, while on the road, that their cell service was dead. “They had to drive home to call customer service who told them, ‘We didn’t take over the towers, just the service and billing,’ said Supervisor "Hap" Hazard at the Long Valley Regional Planning and Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday evening.

November 30th

Controlled Burn June Lake Loop

November 30, 2010

June's smokin' – this time from a controlled burn – as reported by Ed Cote of the Inyo National Forest. The burn will take place starting Tuesday, November 30, one mile north of the south junction of California S.R. 158 (the June Lake Loop) and U.S. 395. Workers are clearing out brush piles before they disappear beneath the snow for another season.

Mammoth Hospital board vacancy deadline Dec. 8

November 30, 2010

Long-time Mammoth Hospital board of directors member, Don Sage, served his last day Tuesday as a member of the board, after he announced Nov. 18 that he would resign from the board effective Dec. 1.

That leaves one vacancy open on the five-member board of directors for the Southern Mono Healthcare District.

November 29th

Bluffs area accident victim died of head injuries

November 29, 2010

The 30-year-old man who died near the Bluffs area last week when his vehicle went over an embankment died from "major head injuries sustained at the time of the accident," after being partially ejected from his truck, according to the Mono County Coroner's office today.

Kevin Scott Green was visiting Mammoth at the time of the accident on Nov. 23. His home is in Summerland.

November 26th

Life out of chaos: A story of bravery in face of disaster

November 26, 2010

It was the fireball above the dark highway that first caught John Williamson’s eye that hot summer night of Aug. 9. A veteran Bishop Fire Department volunteer, he was off duty, headed from his girlfriend Amy Steinwand’s home in Big Pine to his home in Bishop.

He stared in horror at the seething red mass and turned to Steinwand, who was driving. “Go,” he said. “Go, go, go.”

They shot up the highway, flying past cars and trucks, headed toward the inferno.

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