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October 1st, 2010
Eastern Sierra Land Trust is calling all interested people to apply to be part of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) based in Bishop, Calif. The SNAP program places 27 AmeriCorps members at different conservation agencies and organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.
ESLT is seeking enthusiastic conservation-minded people to devote a year to to the preservation of Eastern Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Wednesday announced winter air schedules and fares, including the new flight to and from San Francisco International.
The flights, to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, begin Dec. 16, according to a news release Tuesday from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
United Airlines will offer non-stop service from San Francisco International to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Flights will be operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines, using 66-seat CRJ700 regional jets. Flights start at $188 round-trip.
From Oct. 4 through Nov. 7, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road.
Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.
This portion of the Lake Mary Road will be closed for the construction of a bike and pedestrian underpass, part of the Lake Mary bike path development project.
It‚Äôs going to be all about bears this evening at the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee meeting in Crowley Lake.
Mammoth‚Äôs wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, will address the committee about halfway through the meeting, which also will feature a discussion about Crowley Lake entrance sign proposals and the Eastern Sierra Interagency Land Tenure Project ‚Äď a presentation by Wendy Sugimura of the community development department.
Starting in early October members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel," Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.
This approximately 25 acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Dr.
The results of the Lakes Basin Special Study are about to be unveiled in a series of three presentations over the next six weeks.
The first presentation, ‚ÄúState of the Lakes Basin,‚ÄĚ will be presented Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 ‚Äď 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Monache Resort.
The second presentation, scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Westin from 5:30-8:30, is called ‚ÄúLakes Basin recreation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.‚ÄĚ
The third, scheduled for Oct. 28, also at the Westin from 5:30 ‚Äď 8:30, is called ‚ÄúLakes Basin Mobility and Transportation.‚ÄĚ
John Wentworth and the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation on Wednesday engaged the Town Council with a bit of political jawboning.
Wentworth, the president/CEO of the foundation, said if the council would commit $100,000 to the MLTPA right away, the foundation would in turn trim its request of the same amount in its application for Measure R funding.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt want to lose our momentum,‚ÄĚ implored Wentworth. ‚ÄúThis has been four years in the making. It‚Äôs critical we find the resources and staffing. We‚Äôre going to need all hands on deck.‚ÄĚ
Those power outages we‚Äôve experienced in Mammoth lately?
There‚Äôs a reason.
As Dug the Dog (from the movie ‚ÄúUp‚ÄĚ) might blurt out, ‚ÄúSQUIRREL!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou can imagine the problems we have,‚ÄĚ sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.
Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utility‚Äôs 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 County‚Äôs got its own version and in some ways, it‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúlet burn‚ÄĚ policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.
‚ÄúThey are as tired of the smoke as we are,‚ÄĚ said the Eastern Sierra‚Äôs air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.
A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams‚Äô 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 wife‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThe fight for justice is always hard,‚ÄĚ said the Chair of California‚Äôs Democratic Platform Committee and member of the Democratic National Committee. ‚ÄúIt 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.‚ÄĚ
Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ‚Äėgot it done‚Äô while balancing Isabelle, her toddler daughter, wriggling on her hip throughout her speech.
The question of where it‚Äôs appropriate to locate a medical marijuana dispensary popped up again this week when Mono County‚Äôs Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel asked for approval to move the county‚Äôs 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 County‚Äôs offices, moving it from its current location at the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.