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September 24th, 2010
Those power outages weâve experienced in Mammoth lately?
Thereâs a reason.
As Dug the Dog (from the movie âUpâ) might blurt out, âSQUIRREL!â
âYou can imagine the problems we have,â sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.
Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utilityâs ongoing battle with the squirrels. This past summer, the critters caused a number of short outages when they came into contact with exposed copper wire on utility poles in the area.
A proposed bill to remove the Bodie Hills from its status as potential wilderness brought Eastern Sierra residents on both side of the issue out of the woodwork Tuesday. More than 50 people piled into the county courthouse to have their say.
At stake was a resolution brought to the county supervisors by District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters that asked the supervisors to support a bill to take the Bodie Hills (behind Bodie State Park) out of its current, semi-protected status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA).
Tourism director John Urdi, a go-getter from the get-go, snagged town development wonk Mark Wardlaw at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, saying, “I want to talk to you about branding.” The ever-sharp Wardlaw replied, “You show me a young calf and I’ll show you what I know.” ...
All of us pass along heartfelt good wishes to Mayor Skip Harvey, who is battling throat cancer. He should be back in action by mid-November, say those in the know ...
When people think about dust storms in the Eastern Sierra, they usually think about the Owens Dry Lake dust storms down in Inyo County.
But Mono Countyâs got its own version and in some ways, itâs even worse.
The blue and aqua Mono Lake is ringed by miles of dusty shores, left behind when the water level dropped after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power started diverting feeder creeks.
Eastern Sierra residents can look forward to at least a bit of a break in the smoke this weekend and next week, as the Sheep Fire on the Westside finally dies down after almost two months of pushing smoke over the mountains.
The âlet burnâ policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.
âThey are as tired of the smoke as we are,â said the Eastern Sierraâs air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.
A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teamsâ Jim Ouimet was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder with a deadly weapon in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev. following the stabbing deaths of the young son of his estranged wife and his wifeâs mother on Sept. 17.
Justin Ouimet, 24, was originally arrested by 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.
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.