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July 20th, 2012

June Mountain fate still unclear, group forms to save it

July 20, 2012

June Lake community members met with both Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO/June Mountain Ski Area owner Rusty Gregory and Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta individually in the past week, but there is still no concrete answer as to June Mountain’s fate.

The spectre of a shuttered June Mountain ski area has spurred the June Lake community, but Connie Black, owner of the Double Eagle Resort and Spa—and now a member of the newly formed “Keep June Mountain Open Coalition”—said it’s still too soon to conclude what will happen.

Services set for Skip Harvey

July 20, 2012

Services for Skip Harvey have been set for tomorrow (Saturday) at Canyon Lodge.

The service will begin at 3 p.m.

Harvey, who left an indelible mark on Mammoth as a restaurateur, ski instructor and, most recently, a town council member, died early Monday, according to town public information officer Stuart Brown.

“Mayor Harvey had been battling cancer for several years,” Brown wrote in a press release Monday evening.

“Family members and close friends were with Skip at the time of his passing.”

Barcroft Station open house cancelled this year, gate to White Mountain still to open

July 20, 2012

The annual White Mountain Research Station (now called White Mountain Research Center) Barcroft station open house held at the 12,500-feet high altitude research site on the flanks of White Mountain has been cancelled. However, the gate about two miles below the station will be open, cutting a few miles off the hike to the third highest peak in California, White Mountain peak, for that day (Mt. Whitney and Mt. Williamson are both higher).

Preliminary graffiti ordinance in place

July 20, 2012

Mono County now has a graffiti ordinance in the preliminary stages, after an incident near Crowley Lake sparked the area’s county supervisor, Hap Hazard, to push for one.

The ordinance still has to pass through a second and third reading to become law. A few changes were made to an original ordinance proposed by county staff, mostly to protect property owners from too much liability and to protect minors that might be using or carrying a spray paint can for non-graffiti uses.

Digital 395 groundbreaking on schedule for July

July 20, 2012

The final hurdles for the Digital 395 project have been nearly cleared, with one last appeal deadline and some last minute negotiations with Native American tribes still remaining, according to Michael Ort, the CEO for the private developer for the 563-mile long digital cable project that wills stretch from Mojave to Carson City.

“Groundbreaking on the Digital 395 project in Mono County is on schedule for the end of July, if I have to bring a pickaxe and start digging myself,” he said.

County will soon have new bilingual mental health worker, new psychiatric nurse

July 20, 2012

Mono County Mental Health will be hiring a bilingual case manager and a full-time psychiatric nurse in a move that mental health officials said will increase the amount of mental health care the county can provide—and save as much as $20,000 a year, beginning next year.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 20-16, this week starring the Usual Suspects

July 20, 2012

Taxi War at Mammoth-Yosemite Airport

July 20, 2012

A battle between five taxi/limo operators reached fever pitch Tuesday afternoon.

Forest Service hold as much power as MMSA when it comes to June Mountain

July 20, 2012

The final say regarding June Mountain Ski Area’s destiny—this coming winter and from here on—lies as much with Inyo National Forest supervisor Ed Armenta as it does with MMSA CEO Rusty Gregory.

Although Gregory was the focus of much of the public’s ire at last week’s meeting between the June Lake community and Gregory, Armenta was the other real power in the room. He had just returned from his first meeting with Gregory earlier that day, July 10. Armenta said it was very clear to him how critical to the community of June Lake and to Mono County it is to keep June Mountain open.

July 18th

Memorial services set for Skip Harvey

July 18, 2012

A memorial service for Skip Harvey has been set for Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Canyon Lodge, according to Police Chief Dan Watson.

Farmers Market dedicated to Harvey

July 18, 2012

The operators of the Mammoth Farmers Market today (Wednesday) will dedicate the day to the late Skip Harvey, who died Monday morning of complications from throat cancer.

"Skip was responsible for moving our market to a more central part of town and for growing it into a community-building event," said Kathleen and Paul Rudder in a statement.

"He loved the Mammoth Lakes Farmer’s Market. Today’s market is dedicated to Skip. Please come out and enjoy it, enjoy your community, maybe buy a zucchini in his honor ."
 

July 17th

Skip Harvey, Mammoth councilman, restaurateur and ski instructor, dies at 60

July 17, 2012

Skip Harvey, a two-term Mammoth Lakes town councilman and mayor, ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain and restaurateur, died early Monday, according to town public information officer Stuart Brown.

"Mayor Harvey had been battling cancer for several years," Brown wrote in a press release Monday evening.

"Family members and close friends were with Skip at the time of his passing."

Police Chief Dan Watson delivered the news to members of the Town Council, and others.

RAW: Hiker with chest pains flown out of Shadow Lake area

July 17, 2012

On Thursday, July 12, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to aid a 74 year old man from Markleeville, California, who was hiking the John Muir Trail west of Shadow Lake. He had begun experiencing chest pains.

Other backpackers used a cell phone to call 911. The Team requested the assistance of the Yosemite National Park helicopter to extract the man from the backcountry. The helicopter was able to land near him and transported him to a waiting ambulance at the Mammoth Lakes Forest Service helipad.

He was taken to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

RAW: Father, son, reunited after backcountry adventure

July 17, 2012

On Saturday, July 14, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded in aid of two backpackers from Excelsior Springs, MO, who had become separated.

The Sheriff's Office received a call just after midnight on July 14, indicating that a father, 57, and son, 36, who were hiking the John Muir Trail south from Yosemite, had become separated at 8:30 the previous evening.

July 13th

Air service is safe ... for now; Council borrows against Measure U funds

July 13, 2012

The Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday preserved Alaska/Horizon airline service by voting to make a loan against $300,000-$400,000 in Measure U tax funds.

The council’s action came in a special meeting, just hours after a Measure U Advisory Committee voted unanimously to not touch the Measure U tax funds for airline subsidies.

The council finessed that issue by not taking funds from Measure U directly. Rather, it agreed to make a “short-term, one-time only” loan, to be paid back in a matter of months.

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