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January 25th, 2013

Woman rescued near Sherwin Creek Road

January 25, 2013


A local woman was recently rescued near Sherwin Creek Road, after becoming incapacitated for an unknown reason.

According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the rescue occurred Jan. 18 after the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call for a 41-year-old local resident who was reported to be in need of help in the snow above the Sherwin Creek Road. 

Last day to comment on new geothermal plant plan

January 25, 2013


The last day to comment on a proposed new geothermal plant’s draft Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report is Jan. 30, according to federal officials.

Antelope Valley residents complete CERT training

January 25, 2013


The Antelope Valley area graduated 34 residents from a recent Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program, according to the area’s county supervisor, Tim Fesko.

“It was a great show of community involvement and I am proud of everyone,” he said. The newly trained residents join a Mammoth-area group of residents who have also taken the training. CERT training gives residents the tools they need to help themselves and others in case of a local emergency.

County property taxes continue to decline

January 25, 2013


Revenues from Mono County property taxes have continued their downward slide, even as property prices across the country begin a slow swing upward.

Although precise numbers will not be available until mid-February when the Mono County Board of Supervisors begins its annual mid-year budget review, according to assistant finance director Roberta Reed, the continuing slide is not a surprise.

New county-wide emergency plan available

January 25, 2013


Mono County now has a newly revised and updated Emergency Operations Plan—a 100-plus page plan that was developed in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies.

The document paints a detailed picture of all of the county’s potential threats, including earthquakes and other hazards, and lays out a detailed chain of command and plan of action for every agency in the county. 

January 24th

Another top county official to retire, interim CAO candidate declines offer

January 24, 2013

Mono County is facing more upheaval this week after another top county official announced she would retire Feb. 5 and an interim County Administrative Officer (CAO) candidate pulled out at the last minute.

The announcement that risk manager and facilities manager Rita Sherman would retire came through an email to the county supervisors Wednesday, Jan. 23, according to District 1 Supervisor Larry Johnston—one day after the board of supervisors held its last of three meetings for the month.

January 23rd

RAW: ANOTHER UPDATE Jan. 24 Hospital visits restricted to family members as flu cases increase

January 23, 2013

The flu is hitting Mono County finally and a Mammoth Hospital official said Thursday morning (Jan. 24) that visits to patients at the hospital will be restricted to family members only in an attempt to slow the spread of the flu.

January 18th

Flu flies this way; vaccines running low on Eastside

January 18, 2013


Although flu activity is still comparatively low in California and Mono County, new information shows the flu is on the move, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, the county’s public health officer.

County will likely hire short-term interim administrator

January 18, 2013


Search is on for new finance director

An interim county administrator is the most likely choice after Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens leaves Feb. 3, according to county supervisor Byng Hunt.

“We will probably find a skilled, experienced, retired former county administrator as an interim administrator, which will give us the time to find the right person for the job,” he said.

Mammoth on the rebound

January 18, 2013


Projections indicate recovery in full swing

Practically everyone in Mammoth has sensed that the town is on the way back from a disastrous ski season last year, but now the actual numbers are starting to show it.

For example, the projected visitor occupancy for the upcoming King Holiday weekend (Jan. 18-20) was 77 percent of capacity as of Thursday, Jan. 17.

On the same weekend last year, occupancy was a dreary 30 percent, the result of a snow season that hardly existed at all until late in the spring season.

Crowley man donates to Disabled Sports

January 18, 2013


Dog versus drugs

January 18, 2013


Mono County’s new drug dog can identify residual smells left behind by illegal drugs

A powerful new weapon against illegal drugs has been added to Mono County’s law enforcement teams—a four-year-old Belgian Malinois dog named Tara.

Tara’s nose is so powerful, she can pick up the odor of a pound of marijuana or the lingering scent of cocaine residue left on the steering wheel of a car, according to the sheriff’s department.

Yve Evans to perform at Winterfest on Feb. 9

January 18, 2013


The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club announced that world-renowned artist and entertainer Yve Evans will perform at its Rotary Winterfest on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon Lodge. 

Yve has been a regular at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee and will showcase her talents in honor of Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club “Service Above Self” honorees Ken and Flossie Coulter. 

June Lake Winter Festival set for Feb. 1-3

January 18, 2013


Weekend full of activities, including a Triple Threat Triathlon

In spite of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s CEO Rusty Gregory closing the June Lake Mountain Ski area for the 2012-13 season, the June Lake community rallied to put various events together to celebrate other amenities the community offers.

Free tax aide in Mammoth

January 18, 2013


The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing.  The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues you face.

This service is being provided in the Mammoth Lakes Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. throughout tax season, from Feb. 4 through April 15. Spanish speaking volunteers are available.

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