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September 21st, 2012

Small-business owners' income decreases

September 21, 2012

Forty years ago, a small business owner in the Eastern Sierra could make a good, middle class living.

Today, that same business owner’s income has been decreased by 50 percent (adjusted for inflation), according to a recent study, meaning most small-business owners struggle to make ends meet every year.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Now is the time to plan ahead,” said Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council Tuesday, as he gave the Mono County Board of Supervisors a briefing on a Mono/Inyo County economic report.

Fido & Me — Fido the writer

September 21, 2012

“I’d like to make a paragraph but I don’t know how to do it,” Fido said.

“It’s not too hard, Fido. Just press the ‘return’ key and then hit the ‘tab’ key and you’re hunky dory. Do you mind if I ask what you’re doing?”

Fido was quite a sight. He had managed to pull on a green copy-editor visor and was now scrunched over the keyboard.

“I am going to be the first dog member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California!” he cried.

He had all the necessary stuff. Where and how he learned to pack a notebook, a digital camera, and a GoPro, I have no idea.

Rental housing demand still robust, points to the slow, local economy

September 21, 2012

The demand for rentals in Mono County has dropped somewhat since the recession hit the Mammoth Lakes area in 2009 but it is still high, even as the economy slowly recovers, according to county officials.

According to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt, who sits on a housing advisory board, the reasons might include such factors as having to move out of a foreclosed home, tight credit, unsteady finances, and still-high employment.

New diesel regulations could hurt local farmers, ranchers

September 21, 2012

New regulations forcing farmers and ranchers to cut back on their use of diesel fuel in their farm equipment could decimate the Eastern Sierra’s—and all of the state of California’s—agriculture industry within the next decade or two, according to Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard. Hazard represents the Tri-Valley area, the heart of the county’s farms.

Council postpones Measure U funding

September 21, 2012

Due to insufficient Measure U funds available for award in December, the Town Council Wednesday evening asked the staff to draft a new timeline for a spring award and determine an award amount (cap) for appropriation.

This item will be added to the Oct. 16 meeting of the Measure U Application Committee, and be returned to Town Council on Nov. 7.

Huskies home tonight

September 21, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement last Friday night (Sept. 14) in Rosamond, but it wasn’t enough to get them their first victory of the season.

Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season. So far, the team has been out scored 190-52, but there’s still plenty of football left.

Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth’s Gault/McClure Stadium tonight (Friday) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The JV kickoff is at 4 p.m.

September 19th

RAW: UPDATE THUR. SEPT. 20 Helicopter crash near Benton under investigation

September 19, 2012

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash with reports that the helicopter was on fire.

September 15th

WARREN MILLER: Jeff Jobe—the first person to fly with skis

September 15, 2012

The noise increased rapidly from the south until I could make out a fire-engine-red Hughes 500 helicopter that flared out and settled on the tarmac at our small local airport. 

Huskies drop to 0-4 after 35-13 loss at Rosamond

September 15, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement Friday night in Rosamond, but it wasn't enough to get them their first victory of the season.

Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season.

So far, the team has been outscored 190-52, but there's still plenty of football left.

Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth's Gault/McClure Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Ski training, plyometrics, help Husky football star Wormhoudt

September 15, 2012

After undergoing three blowout losses in three weeks, any casual observer of the Mammoth Huskies football team might wonder why in the world would anyone show up to watch these guys play.

The answer is in two words:

Tyler Wormhoudt.

Mammoth’s senior running back and defensive backfield defender is racking up prodigious numbers on the field, in spite of the Huskies’ humbling losses. Coach Marty Thompson, along with everybody else, is impressed, and says one of the main reasons for Wormhoudt’s football prowess is in his ski racing.

September 14th

Mark Wardlaw and Community Development

September 14, 2012

Mark Wardlaw is leaving town for San Diego County, and that’s a bad deal for Mammoth Lakes.

What we're reading in Mammoth: Sept. 14-20

September 14, 2012

A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then

 

Mary Canada, Eastern California Museum archivist: “The Next 100 Years,” by George Friedman.

Fido & Me — Muzzle Man

September 14, 2012

“What the heck is THIS?” Fido wanted to know.

“It’s a bag of treats!”

“Hey hey hey hey!” he said. “What’s that other thing?”

“Oh this little old thing?” I said, and reached—tentatively— into the shopping bag. “It’s a muzzle, Fido, and it goes around your nose and mouth, kind of like your Gentle Leader.”

“I hate it already,” Fido said.

“Yeah, I know, but you can’t have one, the bag of treats, without the other, you big red lug. It’s going to snow pretty soon, and we have to get used to you wearing this thing, or they won’t let you on the bus.”

Alpers: Senate bill could destroy fishing industry

September 14, 2012

Despite fervent opposition from Mono and Inyo County, a Senate bill—one that former Mono County aquaculturist Tim Alpers claims could almost eliminate the state’s trout stocking program—is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

“I think he is going to sign it,” Alpers said Wednesday. “Despite opposition (from rural counties like Mono County), his administration (in this case Alpers is referring to the state Department of Fish and Game) supports it.”

Mammoth Times, Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome California Outdoor Writers

September 14, 2012

The Mammoth Times and Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome the members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California to our cool little hamlet and our big, vast mountains.

All of us in Mammoth routinely read what you write. We marvel at the images and videos you make. We love your websites and multimedia and, having consumed as much as we can, we always come out the better for it.

—Aleksandra, George, Wendilyn, Jesse, Carolina, Tiffany, and Teresa, along with our office four-footers (Fido, Zeppelin, Kassie, Skye, Mica and Bear).

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