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June 6th, 2012

Stump, Alpers win, Fesko and Peters face runoff election in November

June 6, 2012

Mono County voted in two new supervisors Tuesday night, with a third race that will also eventually bring another new supervisor to the table stuck in runoff mode.

Fred Stump, running for elected office for the first time, will replace two-term District 2 incumbent Duane “Hap” Hazard. Tim Alpers, a two-time former Mono County supervisor, will replace two-term District 3 incumbent Vikki Bauer.

June 4th

RAW: Telescope available at Laws tomorrow to view transit of Venus

June 4, 2012

Two weeks ago, many of us in the Western United States got the opportunity to see a full or partial annular eclipse of the sun. To those a little further north of the Owens Valley, seeing the ring of fire as the moon went in front of the sun was a marvel— but the partial eclipse seen from our own homes was spectacular as well.

Did this leave you wondering—"What's the next special event in the cosmic dance of our solar system?" Well, wonder no more, for that event is upon us.

June 1st

RAW: Lee Vining High places in top 3 percent of state's high schools under the Challenge index

June 1, 2012

Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Post’s High School Challenge Index for the first time this year, according to the school's principal, Roger Yost. The small rural school was ranked 707th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools, placing it in the top 3% of all high schools. It also was placed 90th of the over 1,800 high schools in California.

The Challenge index, created in 1998 by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews, is the simple calculation of Advanced Placement tests given at a school last year divided by the number of graduates.

Town Council considers cut to Whitmore Shelter

June 1, 2012

Among the items in the Town council’s Budget Reduction plan is a proposal to slice its $65,000 annual commitment to the Whitmore Animal Shelter.

It is so tucked away that the people whom it would impact, not to mention the sheltered hounds and potential pet pusses, don’t really know anything about it.

“I have not heard anything about that,” said Supervisor Vikki Bauer. “We haven’t made that leap. There’s no decision yet.”

Last gasp for Mono candidates

June 1, 2012

For the seven candidates in the three Mono County Board of Supervisors races, this week is ground zero —and it all comes down to who has the most “kick.”

Voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 5. By midnight Tuesday, Mono County citizens should know who will occupy the three open county supervisor seats, barring a run-off election in the hot District 4 race.
It will be the end of a long marathon that began in the winter. Now it is up to the runners to provide that last big kick before the finish line.

Leaving the trees for the mountaintop

June 1, 2012

And now for something completely different.

Having made a career out of newspaper reporting, forest stewardship, pet products, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area marketing, magazine writer, magazine editor and then (whew!) even more forest stewardship, Stacy Corless is going back to where she started.

That would be education.

Corless, 41, is a bona fide lover of Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. She is moving from the Friends of the Inyo in July to become executive director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF).

UPDATE JUNE 1, 1:47 P.M.: Joe Walker sentenced to five years in state prison today, must register for life as sex offender

June 1, 2012

Joe Walker, a Mammoth man arrested in January for various sex crimes against a juvenile Santa Barbara girl, was sentenced to state prison for five years this morning in Santa Barbara Superior Court, according to Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Barron.

"He was remanded to jail today and they will transport him to state prison" sometime in the next week, Barron said.

Mammoth Times Briefs

June 1, 2012

 

Wrangling between Mammoth and LADWP continues, judge chosen

New ranger joins Mammoth, Mono Lake ranger districts

June 1, 2012

Mammoth and Mono Lake have a new Inyo National Forest deputy district ranger and her name is Sarah Tomsky.

Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo.

Watson, Rotarians, build house in one day

June 1, 2012

When he’s not building bridges to Mammoth’s Hispanic community, Police Chief Dan Watson is helping build houses for Mexico’s impoverished.

Two weekends ago, Watson and about 40 members of the Mammoth Rotary Club were in Sierra Azul, a small Mexican village near Tecate, building a house in one day.

“The homes built by Corazon volunteers are humble by U.S. standards,” Watson said. “They have no plumbing or electricity, but they are a big step-up for the recipients and very much appreciated.”

Hollywood, Disneyland, Dodger Stadium, Cirque de Soleil—Whew!

June 1, 2012

As the Senior Class President, I would like to thank everyone for their help in organizing and fund-raising for the Mammoth High School class of 2012 senior trip to Los Angeles.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, 62 students and eight chaperones had an amazing time.

Lee Vining students give back, plant a tree—make that lots of trees

June 1, 2012

A teacher, a friend, a parent, a computer, a nursery, a principal, three special volunteers, and a group of motivated students: Do you think this combination could end in five new trees planted at a school? If your answer was yes, you were right.

It all started a few months ago when a Lee Vining Elementary school teacher, Ms. Silliker, assigned the fifth- and sixth-grade class a persuasive writing challenge. Ms. Silliker told us to brainstorm ideas for things we could change at our school and then we would write persuasive essays about the ideas to our principal, Mr. Yost.

May 31st

Local survivor of child sex abuse fundraising to help other victims

May 31, 2012

Local Mammoth resident and day care provider Monique Foster was an adult woman before she realized that she had been sexually abused as a child.

Today, she’s become a fierce advocate for children, who like her, have been to hell—but are not yet back.
“I was working with these kids, they felt lost, they had no hope, there was no hope,” she said. “I could understand, because I realized that that’s how it was for me, that this was me.”

Forest road closures, updated status, focus of tonight's public meeting in Bishop

May 31, 2012

The controversial process of closing some of the roads in the Inyo National Forest in entering its second year this summer, and the forest will hold another meeting this week to answer questions and update the public about the plan.

The meeting is Thursday, May 31 in Bishop (see below for more details).

May 30th

Mammoth Mountain Ski Patroller Todd Adamson dies in motorcycle crash

May 30, 2012

A 47-year-old, six-year veteran ski patroller at Mammoth Mountain died Sunday when the off-road motorcycle he was driving crashed on a racecourse near Ridgecrest.

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