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January 11th, 2013

RAW: New payment scam targets Southern California Edison customers

January 11, 2013

According to Southern California Edison officials, a telephone scam is trying to bilk customers of money, after the scammers claim the customer's electricity will be disconnected if they do not pay for alleged past due bills.

Here are the details, according to a recent press release from SCE.

Imposters have been calling SCE customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their electric service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.

Snowfalls add up to some big numbers

January 11, 2013


Wednesday’s storm added 7.5 inches of snow to Mammoth Mountain

Slowly but surely, the recent snowstorms are adding inches to an already good winter.

Mammoth Mountain reported 3.5 new inches of snow early this week and 7.5 inches from the Wednesday/Thursday storm, for a total of 11 inches since last Sunday, according to MMSA Ski Patrol data.

Last week, Mammoth Pass stood at 100 percent of normal for this time of year, according to measurements taken by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Trails groups, Town raise red flag on geothermal project

January 11, 2013

Meeting of rec user groups set for Jan. 14

One of the thorniest recreation issues in years began to emerge this past week, and it all has to do with the laying of a geothermal pipeline near Shady Rest Park.

“This is huge,” said John Wentworth of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA).

Moberly gets promotion to MLPD sergeant

January 11, 2013


Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson promoted Officer Rick Moberly on Thursday, Jan. 10, the MLPD said in a press release.

Moberly rose to the rank of Sergeant to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sergeant Paul Robles in December.  Sergeant Moberly has been assigned as a patrol watch commander. 

More time to comment on new geothermal plant proposal

January 11, 2013

Note: A meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 at the Mammoth Lakes public library at 2 p.m. to discuss the potential impacts to recreation of the pipeline associated with the proposed new geothermal plant project detailed below.

The Bishop Bureau of Land Management this week extended a public comment period to the end of January for the environmental review documents for a large, 33-megawatt geothermal plant that is planned for a site near the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.

A ‘blank slate’ in Mono County

January 11, 2013

New supervisors face challenge on first day

The last thing the three brand new Mono County supervisors who were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, expected to face their first day in office was the imminent loss of the county’s top administrator.

But that is what District 3’s Tim Alpers, District 2’s Fred Stump, and District 4’s Tim Fesko got when County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens—with no advance warning to the supervisors—accepted another job as the CAO in Sutter County.

Jim Arkens to leave Mono County

January 11, 2013


Mono County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens accepted a job as the Sutter County Administrative Officer (CAO) in Yuba City on Tuesday, Jan. 8, announcing his resignation, effective Feb. 4, from Mono County in a letter the following day.

Arkens did not attend Tuesday’s Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, where three new supervisors—Tim Alpers, Fred Stump, and Tim Fesko—were sworn in.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 11 - 17

January 11, 2013


Union advocacy group sues over geothermal plant project

January 11, 2013


A plan to replace an aging geothermal plant at the Casa Diablo site has been sued by a union advocacy group

Mono County’s hopes to host a brand new geothermal facility sometime in the near future might have taken a hit, after a group of renewable energy union advocates and individuals sued the county on Dec. 14 over a lesser geothermal project.

Bracing for the worst flu season in decades

January 11, 2013


‘This is not something to mess with,’ says Mono County health officer

The warning from the county’s top health official is stark.

“It’s coming, it’s inevitable, and it’s going to be a very bad season for the flu,” said Dr. Rick Johnson, the Mono County Public Health Officer. “We have already had six confirmed flu cases since the beginning of this year, and that means it’s already here.”

Mammoth Creek Inn to expand

January 11, 2013


Targets families, larger groups

Suddenly, things are beginning to sizzle along the southern section of the Old Mammoth Road neighborhood.

Once a lonesome outpost for the Cast-Off and the Southern California Edison Building, the area by the end of 2014 could have the new Rock ’n Bowl recreation center/restaurant as well as three new buildings as part of a proposed expansion by the Mammoth Creek Inn.

Mammoth Adventure Slideshow returns

January 11, 2013


Mammoth Mountaineering’s Third annual Mammoth Adventure Slideshow Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 15, with tales and photos from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by extreme telemarker and North Face athlete Kasha Rigby.

Free tax aid in Mammoth

January 11, 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.

January 8th

RAW: Flu season has arrived and it's going to be a doozy

January 8, 2013

Hot off the press, Mono County Public Health Officer Rick Johnson warns that the current flu season is imminent and shaping up to be the worst in a long time.

"It’s been a little over a month since our last Mono-Gram discussed the probability of an early and bad flu season. Well, it is now happening.

January 4th

Arkens accepts job in Sutter County

January 4, 2013

Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens accepted a job as the Sutter County Administrator on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

He sent the Times a letter of resignation (directed toward the Mono County Board of Supervisors members) on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 9.

Arkens did not attend the Jan. 8 Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, where three new supervisors, Tim Alpers, Fred Stump and Tim Fesko were sworn in.

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