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October 28th, 2013
Local Mammoth residents weren't the only ones surprised by Monday's deeper-than-expected snowfall.
National Weather Service meteorlogist Scott McGuire said the agency "didn't see that one coming," referring to the 10-plus inches of snow that feel on the higher elevations of Mammoth and on Mammoth Mountain.
Even more snow fell above 10,000 feet.
In contrast, the mountains in the Lake Tahoe region received six-to-eight inches, and Truckee received six inches.
A 5-foot, 8-inch burglar wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana mask broke into Vons Pharmacy Sunday night, Oct. 27, but eluded capture after swiping an unknown quantity of prescription drugs.
A Vons employee said a customer spotted the crime in progress, although the witness told police it was impossible to tell if the burglar were a man or a woman.
The incident happened at about 11:15 p.m., according to Mammoth Lakes Police.
One of the Eastern Sierra’s most beloved landmarks, the Green Church, may soon change ownership after the University of California builds a new lecture and classroom facility at its existing Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) land south of Convict Lake.
The issue is that the Green Church is located near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, which has a proposed expansion on tap, although not yet completed.
This November marks the 45th anniversary of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, which raises money through the Cast Off thrift store.
The funds raised go to purchasing equipment for the hospital, continuing education for hospital staff, community health programs, college scholarships, and high school achievement awards, said Jan McPherson, parliamentarian for the Cast Off.
Since its start, the Auxiliary has raised almost $3.9 million for these causes, said Judy Bornfeld, president of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary.
Say the word zoning regulations and eyes glaze over in a matter of seconds—unless one or more of those regulations happens to get in the way of building a home or commercial building—or an entire town.
Then, nothing in the world is as important.
Mono County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its most popular team members this past week.
Abby, the Mustang Police Horse, died Saturday, Oct. 19.
“Abby was an ambassador for and a true testament to the mentality of the wild horses,” said Lt. West. “She was a family companion, and a show and competition horse, in addition to her law enforcement duties.
Abby had a 17-year career span as a mounted patrol horse with partner Lt. Phil West and retired in 2010, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
There’s nothing like fish to get emotions flowing in Mono County.
Just ask the Mono County Supervisors, now embroiled in a contentious lawsuit filed against the county by a private aquaculture group after an effort to make the county self sufficient in terms of fish stocking went sour recently.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Department has the largest budget in Mono County and as such, the Mono County Board of Supervisors requested a look at the overtime costs associated with the program at its Oct. 15 board meeting.
After examining his budget, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger found that it would cost the county more to hire new staff than it does to pay current officers overtime.
Mono County’s behavioral health department has made a radical change in how it conducts business over the past year or so.
The department has focused on treating every individual who walks through its doors for both physical health and mental health issues.
Once linked to specific services, the department made sure those individuals seeking help did not fall through the cracks, even if it meant escorting them to doctor and/or counseling appointments.
According to a news release from Yosemite National Park late Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, the park "reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013.
"Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.
"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemiteâ€™s colorful grandeur."
A reward is being offered for the return of the Nikon Camo 10X50 Binoculars taken from the June Lake Women’s Club Thrift Store during the “Autumn Beer Festival” held Oct. 5. Proceeds would have gone to a college scholarship fund for local students. Any information, please call 661-400-0922. …
Less than a month before Mammoth’s bears go into shutdown mode, some of them still have some shenanigans up their sleeves.
Sometimes, a shotgun is no match against compassion.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has told Foster Farms that it will block operations at facilities in California that have been implicated in a multistate Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak unless the company quickly outlines its plans for making the product safer, according to an Oct 7 letter from the USDAâ€™s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The FSIS asked for a reply from Foster Farms within 3 business days. The FSIS threatened to pull inspectors from the plants, which would prevent the company from selling chicken processed there.
While politicians remain in a stalemate over the partial federal government shutdown, businesses in the Whitney region are stepping up to fill the void.
With Whitney Portal outhouses closed to use and the Visitor Center shuttered, Elevation Sierra Adventure Essentials in Lone Pine and the Whitney Portal Store are handing out portable WAG BAG toilet kits to visitors, free of charge.
â€śAnything to keep the poo down,â€ť said Elevation owner Jon Turner.