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October 19th, 2012
As Mammoth struggles to retain control of water rights to Mammoth Creek, yet another lawsuit by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hit the region late last week. DWP filed a lawsuit against the Bishop-based state air pollution control district over dust control efforts on the Owens Lake.
Now, both agencies share an unwilling kinshipâ€”Mammoth is already deeply embroiled in a separate tussle with DWP, after DWP announced it would sue the Mammoth Community Water District for contested water rights to Mammoth Creek late last year.
Itâ€™s a scenario most of us living in the Eastern Sierra have thought of at least once.
Itâ€™s a dark winter day, cold and snowy. The ground begins to shake, houses rattle and shudder. This is no 3.5 or 4.2 magnitude earthquakeâ€”this is serious.
The roads buckle and access to Mammoth is disrupted in both directions.
The lights go outâ€”and stay out. There is no electricity for a few days. No electricity means no cell phones, no Internet, no television, no heat, no restaurants, and no grocery stores with unlimited refrigeration or supplies.
After years of approving requests for funding from those big, brown puppy eyes of local nonprofits and other groups, the Mono County supervisors kept their promise to stick to a budget they set last year to cap funds for â€śnon-county organizationsâ€ť at $75,000.
Twenty organizations attended the Mono County supervisors meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, with hands outstretched for some county bounty.
Between Jazz Jubilee, Swim Team, AYSO, Chamber Music Unbound, avalanche predictions, trails, 4H science camps, and several others, the total amount of money requested landed at $139,861.
Maxine Shepherd, the longtime leader of the "Shepherd's Flock" sewing group in Mammoth, poses with the group's "Crazy Quilt." During the holiday season the quilt will be offered in a raffle to support the Mammoth Hospital Auxilary. The quilt will appear first at the Cast Off, then make its way around town, including a stop at the library.
His regular name is Bob Sollima, but for those who know the ins and outs of Dutch Oven cooking, he is the “Mad Chef of the Forest,” and his yummy recipe for Dutch Oven Eggplant Parmigianais safe and sound at camping.about.com, authored by Monica Prelle, who is something of a mad chef herself. …
Another local candidate forum was held this week, this time in Lee Vining.
Eastern Sierra Unified School District board members answered questions Tuesday evening about everything from busing to budget to their ability to work with the district’s superintendent, Don Clark.
The forum, which was held the same night as the second presidential debate, was lightly attended—about 15 people showed up, said Stacey Simon, parent and moderator.
On Sept. 27, the Inyo National Forest sent a “letter of non-compliance” to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, putting the ski area on notice that leaving June Mountain closed indefinitely was not acceptable.
The letter gave MMSA until Oct. 15 to respond. This week, it did, said Jon Reggelbrugge, the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake districts.
Feds, town, local foundations get it done
There have been trails around here ever since the first animals and humans arrived, but Mammoth’s “trail system,” such as it was, has never been the source of a whole lot of love.
That changes tomorrow (Oct. 20) with the unveiling of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System at a ceremony at the Welcome Center.
U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists began to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley this week.
When the analysis of the data is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art 3D subsurface geologic map will improve assessment of both volcanic and earthquake hazards in the Mono Basin-Long Valley region.
The map will be published by the USGS and made available to the public via the USGS California Volcano Observatory website.
Will focus on the Dream Act, Watson says
The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee has finalized plans for the next Town Hall meeting for Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
Police Chief Dan Watson said the Town Hall meeting will have a tight focus on the implications of the so-called Dream Act. The meeting will be held at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail.
Would help wayward visitors find their way
The scene was just about as familiar as you can get around here.
A couple arrived in a rented car in the parking lot at The Plaza strip mall along Old Mammoth Road.
“Where is the Visitors Center?” the man asked, in a thick (German?) accent.
“Gosh,” said the Local, “nowhere close to here.”
Says move is “to provide political cover”
Former councilmember Kirk Stapp this week locked horns with the town staff over the publication of an online “residents survey.”
The survey, published last week on the town’s website, is designed to take the pulse of Mammothites over its proposed austerity cuts.
Raises $2,400 for Matt Graef in Susanville race
Almost within reach of making good on an impossible dream, Emily Underkoffler discovered a nasty obstacle in her path: The Wall.
Every marathoner and distance athlete knows The Wall. It appears out of nowhere and causes a shutdown of both brain and strength.
But Underkoffler, a Mammoth Elementary School teacher, a triathlete, and an accomplished skier from Crowley Lake, had something extra.
Mammoth Lakes Town Council also looks at other savings
The Town Council on Thursday was scheduled to continue its headlong dash toward finding $2 million to pay for the first round of the MLLA settlement, this time focusing on the economic development structure, public works, and transit.
It is deep in the heart of winter; there is powder and great athletes everywhere; and most of all, there is wall-to-wall ski and snowboard action.
All right, so it’s not like that yet in Mammoth, but the ski and snowboard crowd will get a taste of it Saturday evening (Oct. 20) at The Village when Warren Miller’s newest ski film gets a screening.