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November 30th, 2012

Mammoth offers class on child sexual abuse prevention

November 30, 2012

A local woman who believes Mammoth Lakes has had more than its share of child sexual abuse is stepping up to offer a class to prevent the crime.

Donna Lisa Knowles, a mother and local real estate agent, said she has had enough of the silence and the reality of child sexual abuse in Mammoth.

Six ancient works of art stolen from Volcanic Tablelands

November 30, 2012

As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.


The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.

Cell service expected in Crowley , Bridgeport by Dec. 10

November 30, 2012

The permits, the arguments, the appeals, and the “Mono pine” discussion that divided Crowley Lake the last time a cell tower was proposed are long gone, and Crowley Lake should get cell service early next month.

The power to the site was turned on this week. Residents now have to wait for Verizon, the service provider, to finish some last minute equipment testing, said Robert MacLachlan, project manager for Vista Towers, the private developer and builder for the tower.

“My understanding is that Verizon is aiming for Dec. 10,” he said.

November 28th

RAW: Snow stake, road sign vandalism could be dangerous

November 28, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is investigating multiple vandalism to street signs and snow stakes that occurred overnight on Friday, Nov. 23.

A total of 29 snow stakes were discovered bent over with some of them in traffic lanes. The majority of them were on Main Street east of Minaret.

The others were near the Village on Hillside, Canyon, Minaret, and lower Lakeview.

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 22-29 'All the News That Fits, We Print!'

November 28, 2012

It’s official: Vons’ big remodel is set for April with the pharmacy and Starbucks moving up to the old Elegant Bath space next to the Minaret Cinema and to the atrium space within the mall. Also up for a re-do is the outside of the building, with special emphasis on fixing the “skateboard steps” conundrum. …

Planners go back to the future ... again

November 28, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission took a giant leap into the future Tuesday, stepping in the Wayback Machine for solutions to some ancient issues.

Under the macroscope, as it were, was how Mammoth is to deal with its sign ordinances (specifically banners); how it deals with special events; and how it is to manage outdoor sales (specifically tent sales).

If it seemed like the commission was plowing old ground, it was.

But with a zoning code update scheduled for early next year, the old issues resurfaced in a 9 a.m. workshop with business owners.

Whitmore Pool moves closer to bailout and rescue

November 28, 2012

Whitmore Pool, scheduled to close next summer because of austerity cuts by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, may yet stay open.

The town’s recreation commission, to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, will consider moving $185,000 in Measure R tax funds to save the pool from going under.

The proposed bailout is part of a broader consideration of which projects are to receive funding in the latest round of Measure R requests, from cross-country ski trail grooming to rehabilitating the community tennis courts.

November 27th

After losing home, local couple still give thanks

November 27, 2012

Paradise resident Allen Weidner was on his way home from the bottom of the Sherwin Grade when he saw flames shooting into the early evening sky on Nov. 7.

He shot up the hill, fearing the worst. The flames were immense, leaving little doubt this was more than a simple, easily stopped fire and from what he could see, it was either his home or his next-door neighbor’s.

When he got to the ring of fire trucks and emergency vehicles, he almost turned around right there.

On the right track

November 27, 2012

Under a canopy of gray skies, with rain and snow pierced by occasional shafts of sunlight, the Mammoth Track held its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Some last-minute finishes remain before it becomes a fully functional facility, but the surface and infield were in great shape—enough for a victory lap by scores of runners and community members.

The track closed again right after the ceremony near the Whitmore Ballpark on Benton Crossing Road, but it will reopen soon to the public, pending certification.

Even so, the ceremony was altogether fitting.

November 16th

RAW: Mammoth Lakes' Chapter 9 Bankruptcy petition dismissed

November 16, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes announced today the dismissal of its bankruptcy case by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Holman. The dismissal follows the recent historic settlement of a 2008 legal judgment and cancellation of the related airport Development Agreement. The judge’s order is attached to this press release.

Logging operations complete in Reds Meadow area; now open for recreation

November 16, 2012

Logging operations in the Reds Meadow Valley have been completed for removing down trees from the wind event of last November 30.

Consequently, the area closures in the Reds Meadow Valley will no longer be in effect.

While the Reds Meadow Road is closed to wheeled motor vehicles for the season due to snow, access to Reds Meadow Valley will now be open to winter public use, including snowshoer, skier, snowmobile and pedestrian traffic.

Before traveling into the Reds Meadow Valley, visitors should be aware of winter conditions and hazards in the area.

County give thumbs up to geothermal plant expansion

November 16, 2012

The Mono County Board of Supervisors soundly rejected an appeal of a plan to expand the Casa Diablo geothermal plant Tuesday, after two out of area (mostly) union advocacy groups appealed the project during an almost five-hour public hearing.

It’s the second time the groups have been in Mono County in the past few months. On Oct. 22, the county planning commission approved the project and recommended it to the county supervisors for approval.
The groups filed an appeal shortly after and on Tuesday, they came armed for a fight.

They got one.

The battle over the bighorn

November 16, 2012

One hundred years ago, the fleet-footed Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep kept time to the mountains, moving upslope to summer pastures in the spring, downslope to winter ranges in the fall when blizzards beset the high Sierra.

They roamed between Olancha and Bridgeport, walking knife-edged ridges, dodging mountain lions and avalanches, sleeping under a thick blanket of snow when temperatures plummeted to 10 below.

Mammoth Mountain commits to Ski Cross

November 16, 2012

Mammoth Mountain, for six decades a ski racing nucleus, made another big—and fast—commitment to world class ski racing this week.

The home mountain of Ski Cross X Games Gold Medalist John Teller introduced Monday what it called “the nation’s premier Ski Cross junior program.”

“Mammoth is super excited to be essentially on the forefront [of ski cross] on the American side,” said the ski hill’s 36-year-old performance director, Pete Korfiatis, back in Mammoth after seven years coaching the U.S. Men’s Ski Team.

Not all roads are created equal

November 16, 2012

Not all roads are created equal when it comes to winter snow removal priorities and as the first big winter storm of the season bearing down on the Eastern Sierra, it’s worth remembering why.

Both Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes do their own snow removal and over the decades, both have developed a system that classifies snow removal priorities. The system is designed, first and foremost, to make sure critical roads, such as main roads and emergency services, such as police, fire and hospitals, are always accessible in a storm.

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