October 12th, 2012
Maybe it was the vice presidential debate. Maybe it was that snow was falling for the first time in six months in Mammoth.
Whatever it was, Thursday night’s school board and county supervisor candidate’s forum was sparsely attended, even as the candidates themselves threw their considerable energy into it.
At the table sat Mono County District 4 Supervisor candidates Tim Fesko and Bob Peters, who have been locked in a runoff fight since June, and an election fight since almost the beginning of the year.
U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley next 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.
The first snow of the season brushed Mammoth Thursday, dumping a few inches on the high country and leaving the ground in town white for the first time since June.
It was a welcome sight to snow-starved Mammothitesâ€”and they were the â€ślucky onesâ€ť in this storm, receiving the brunt of the moisture compared to other parts of the stateâ€”but itâ€™s not likely to last, according to the National Weather Service.
Twenty years ago this month, it started to snow.
By the time it stopped snowing, in June, 1993, the road over the Benton Crossing Bridge was lined with six-foot tall drifts. The piles of snow in Mammoth didnâ€™t melt out completely until August.
Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Eastern Sierra Unified School District board of directors.
The district covers all of the schools and communities north of Mammoth to the Nevada border, including Walker, Coleville, Lee Vining, June Lake and the Tri and Antelope Valley areas.
Two years ago, the district nearly imploded as an eleventh-hour budget fiasco led to the elimination of at least one school and the loss of several teachers. Meetings were filled with fury and frustration and neighbors stopped talking to each other.
“I had a great Columbus Day,” Fido said.
“Gosh, Fido, I had no idea. It seemed like a regular day of work for me, except for no snail mail and the banks were closed. Oh yeah, and there were a bunch of Columbus Day sales events online.”
Mono Countyâ€™s finance officer Brian Muir will leave Mono County to become Shasta Countyâ€™s auditor-controller sometime near the end of this year, Mono County officials confirmed Thursday.
Muir has been with Mono County through boom and bust and is credited by many for helping keep Mono County in good financial order.
His experience and professionalism will be deeply missed, said Supervisor Vikki Bauer.
A feisty and sometimes cranky Recreation Commission got to its regular meeting on Tuesday and immediately cut to the chase. To close, or not to close, the Whitmore Pool.
Northern Inyo Hospital, having passed an inspection earlier this week, is set to open on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. for surgery check-in.
At 7 a.m., the Bishop facility will open its Blood Draw Lab, and at 8 a.m., patients will begin moving to the new facility. Visiting hours will begin at 10 a.m.
The hospital is a small, 25-bed critical access, not-for-profit facility. The Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District has been providing healthcare in the Eastern Sierra since 1946.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes is seeking input from residents and business owners through an online resident survey.
The survey seeks comments on the proposed restructuring plan, which calls for significant reductions in expenditures to help pay the $2 million a year for the next 23 years in the settlement reached with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and divert over $111,000 annually to the Ballas entities.
Community members are asked to complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than the evening of Sunday, Oct. 21.
Just like every other man in America during the time, I too registered for the draft on my 18th birthday in 1942.
I immediately enlisted in the Naval Officer’s Training Program and was in school when the Normandy invasion took place.
I had just received my commission a month before the horrific battle on a small island in the Pacific, called Iwo Jima. During that battle, near the end of March and into April of 1945, I was in my final training for duty aboard a 110-foot wooden-hulled sub-chaser.
An old, disagreeable friend of Mammoth showed up at the door last week in the form of a familiar issue that suddenly has been made new again.
The issue is whether the town should legalize renting single-family homes.