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July 17th, 2012

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.

Rusty Gregory takes the hot seat over June Mountain closure

July 13, 2012

Rusty Gregory may as well have been wearing a bullseye on his back.

About three hundred June Mountain residents and friends poured into the June Lake Community Center Tuesday night to protest the proposed closing of June Mountain Ski Area.

The target was Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and an owner of June Mountain Ski Area. Gregory took the shots for several hours, as everyone from schoolchildren to former—and first—June Mountain manager Bud Hayward took the microphone.

Child endangerment bust on U.S. 395: 11-year-old girl locked in refrigerated truck

July 13, 2012

An 11-year-old Bishop girl on Friday was locked in the back of a refrigerated truck by her grandfather and transported up U.S. 395 as far as Benton Crossing Road before law enforcement officials stopped the truck and freed the girl.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested the girl's grandfather and a Bishop man. They were charged with suspicion of child endangerment and were taken in the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. Officials said they released to her mother.

RAW: Road work on Meridian Boulevard, South Frontage Road to begin soon

July 13, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes Road Maintenance Crew will be conducting maintenance of the South Frontage Road, adjacent to Main Street, and along Meridian Blvd. between Old Mammoth Road and Sierra Park Road this summer. 

 

Work on Agnew Lake dam; hikers urged to use caution

July 13, 2012

From July through October, hikers and backpackers entering the Ansel Adams Wilderness on the Rush Creek Trail will encounter construction activities at Agnew Dam.

The lake will be partially drained throughout that time to allow Southern California Edison access to the dam to perform repairs that will extend the life of the dam. The work will include the installation of a liner on the upstream face of the dam.

Tim Kendall sworn in as Mono County's new district attorney

July 13, 2012

Mono County has a new district attorney, after former Mono County Assistant District Attorney Tim Kendall was sworn into office Tuesday in Bridgeport by Mono County Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Kendall replaces former Mono County District Attorney George Booth, who retired at the end of last month despite a year and a half left of his four-year term. Kendall was appointed by the county supervisors to fill the remainder of Booth’s term, which ends in January 2014. Kendall will be up for election for the next term.

ESUSD seeks mediation solution for sex crimes

July 13, 2012

A former Marine and Coleville High School assistant football coach who was jailed after sexually molesting at least two Coleville High School girls in December 2009 is out of jail.

According to court case documents, plaintiffs alleged on Dec. 22, 2009, Cody Carlisle, then 25 years old, “sexually molested both minor girls” while he was the assistant football coach at Coleville High School.

Tug o' war over Mammoth Creek water continues

July 13, 2012

The legal struggle triggered when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claimed it owned all of the water rights to Mammoth Creek continues with both Los Angeles and Mammoth arguing their case in courts and through media.

In the past few weeks, letters between Los Angeles and the Mammoth Community Water District have outlined sharp differences between the two agencies—and no solutions.

High Altitude Training facility gets a face

July 13, 2012

This probably is not going to happen, but it might.

A San Francisco architect, who is loosely affiliated with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, has submitted drawings as to what its High Altitude Training Facility might look like.

It is no more than a glimmer in his eye—a dream based on the outskirts of possibility.

Mark Horton, whose firm produced the winning drawings for San Francisco’s indoor trampoline center, House of Air, characterized his work as “an idea for discussion,” and nothing more.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 13-19, this week starring Mark Davis, Jerry Buss, Rusty Gregory, et. al.

July 13, 2012

Local historian extraordinaire Mark Davis is doing wonders with the Hayden Cabin, moving ahead with new additions, installations and so on, to the delight of Mammoth history buffs everywhere. …

July 10th

Tom Cruise, Tim Alpers and Talking Fish in June Lake, Mammoth

July 10, 2012

Tim Alpers has heard his share of fish stories, but there’s nothing like a hit of reality to knock him sideways.

Rather than serving up fish to the anglers among us, the former owner of the Alpers Owens River Ranch this week is serving up fish to Tom Cruise, the high-profile actor who is filming a new sci-fi film, “Oblivion,” in June Lake.

It’s not what you think.

Mammoth woman dies following Saturday car accident in Independence

July 10, 2012

A Mammoth woman, Irene Molloy, 84, died Saturday after sustaining injuries in a car accident in Independence.

Molloy was a familiar face at The Cast Off, the non-profit thrift store run by the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked. She was also a member of the Sunshine Committee.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on July 7 at about 1:20 p.m., after Molloy apparently pulled in front of a southbound motorist on U.S. 395 and Miller Street in Independence, where she had been waiting to cross the highway in her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

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