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County in decent fiscal shape... for now

August 31, 2012

Mono County is still in relatively good financial shape compared to most counties in California, but its emergency reserve fund is down sharply since 2008.

On top of that, current anemic property tax revenues mean tight times ahead.

“We are in pretty good shape, but since the housing crisis hit in 2008, we have cut the reserve from $5.8 million to its current number of $1.6 million and I believe it’s time to begin rebuilding,” said Brian Muir, the county’s finance director.

“It’s all right that we have done this; that’s what the reserve is for. But it is time to rebuild.”

New smartphone application for Sierra region includes Eastern Sierra locals' input

August 31, 2012

Travelers and visitors headed into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone app for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide by searching for the “Sierra MapGuide” on your iPhone or Android mobile device.

Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smartphone thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.

Wet August takes edge off drought, but fire danger still not over

August 31, 2012

Fire danger in the Eastern Sierra has eased somewhat following an unusually wet August, but that doesn’t mean it is time to relax.

According to fire officials, September can be one of the warmest and driest months. If that pattern holds, it could erase much of the gains made in August, when almost three weeks of heavy rain took the sharp edge off the drought.

Bristlecone Pine Forest Center to open Saturday

August 31, 2012

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening tomorrow, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.

The grand opening celebration is sure to be an enjoyable event for visitors and locals alike who have donated to and supported the reconstruction effort, and for those who have been waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new facility.

The celebration will include guest speakers, music, an art exhibit, and a ribbon cutting for the new visitor center.

Big dump of Alpers trout hit local waters for the weekend

August 31, 2012

The following locations have been stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch in time for the Labor Day weekend, beginning with the areas near Bishop and moving north toward Bridgeport.

• Intake II
• South Lake
• Sabrina
• Bishop Creek
• Tinnemaha Creek
• Taboose Creek
• Independence Creek
• Lower Twin Bridgeport
• Upper Twin Bridgeport
• Bridgeport Reservoir
• Convict Lake
• Grant Lake
• Gull Lake
• June Lake
• Silver Lake
• Lundy Lake
• Mammoth Lakes Basin—Mary, Mamie, Georg and Twin
• Rock Creek
• Rock Creek Lake
• Little Virginia

Saving 10 percent on fuel could help county cut costs, supervisor says

August 31, 2012

One way to cut county expenses is to cut fuel use by the county by 10 percent, says Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston. He pushed the idea during this week’s county budget hearings, hoping to gain some traction.

Although the supervisors did not immediately endorse Johnston’s idea, they said the idea merited further discussion.

Measure S needs citizen oversight committee members

August 31, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District is soliciting letters of interest from interested community members and staff to service on the district’s Measure S Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to inform the community concerning the expenditure of the Measure S parcel tax revenue. Anyone interested should direct a letter of interest to the district office by the close of business today (Friday).

Softball teams finish season

August 31, 2012

Mammoth’s softball teams finish their seasons this week with dizzying rounds of multiple playoffs.

Monday, Aug. 27, was the start of the single-elimination playoffs, with Greyhawk, Originales, Grumpy’s Holy Rollers, Austria Hof-Thunderstruck, Guerreros and Los Mayas in the hunt.

As a reward for finishing first in the regular season, XRC won a first-round bye.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the two Co-ed Divisions (14 teams total) began tournament play, and to try to name a favorite would be futile.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 31-Sept. 6, starring Deb Pierrel, Michael Plapp, Meb, and more

August 31, 2012

The shovel goes into the ground on Tuesday for the long awaited, much anticipated Gateway Monument signs on S.R. 203 coming in and out of town. Elizabeth Tenney, Jim Tenney, Bruce Woodward and et al showed up at the Town Council meeting Wednesday to make sure it was really going to happen. Critics of the thing stayed home in droves, save one. …

Labor Day Arts Festival marks end of summer

August 31, 2012

The calendar doesn’t lie.

If it is Labor Day Weekend in Mammoth, that means it is Gaye Mueller’s turn to take over Sam’s Woodsite with another Labor Day Arts Festival.

It is the 43rd festival, making it new wine in an old bottle, but just a short walk away, the first-ever Mammoth Bluegrass Festival takes over the Village.

No one knows how that will work, given this is the first-ever dual event for the weekend, but Mueller said she’s fired up and ready to go.

August 28th

RAW: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center opens Sept. 1

August 28, 2012

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening on Sept. 1, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.

August 24th

Mammoth's grizzled Old Timers gather (again) at Hayden Cabin

August 24, 2012

It is one of those odd summer rites that only the most local of locals acknowledges.

The Old-Timers’ Barbeque at The Hayden Cabin Historical Museum has been going on since the Old Timers were Young Timers—way, way back in the day.

Therefore, it’s a perfect venue for New Timers and visitors. Not only can they chat with the Old Timers, they also can see the new wonders of the cabin and museum.

Mammoth settles $43 million with MLLA; details vague

August 24, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday reached a settlement agreement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition over the town’s $43 million judgment, according to Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.

The main players in the MLLA vs. Town of Mammoth Lakes case

August 24, 2012

The saga of Southern California developer Terry Ballas and the Mammoth Yosemite Airport goes back through several Mammoth Lakes Town Councils and Town Managers to 1997.

That year, the Town Council signed a development agreement with Ballas allowing him to build condominiums and retail facilities at the airport.

Huskies open on poignant note; teammate in hospital with cancer

August 24, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies open their football season this evening at Gault/McClure Stadium, but the rah-rah has been taken out of them.

Their best player, their hardest worker, and the lifeblood of their defense—Matt Graef—has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer at a UC Davis hospital. As they fight to make themselves a football team, Graef is fighting for his life.

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