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September 14th, 2012

Paramedic program costs growing, county seeks solutions

September 14, 2012

When sirens wail and police cars scatter oncoming traffic like a flock of geese, it’s usually Mono County’s paramedics that are behind the wheel of the ambulance.

It’s an unusual system in a world of private ambulance services, but it has worked well for this small, rural county—a place where population is low, hospitals are far apart, and private ambulance companies would be hard-pressed to make a profit.

What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 14-20, starring Kim Stravers, Trent Wallentine and Mark Twain

September 14, 2012

Bye-bye, Kim Stravers, who will be on the X Games crew for ESPN, beginning later this month. We lose a lot up here with her departure, such as one of the few who know how to use kerrect spelling and punctuation.  …

County jail braces for more prisoners

September 14, 2012

California’s counties howled when Sacramento told them the state would be sending over some of its low-level prisoners to reduce state prison crowding.

Mono County was no exception, citing costs and potential safety problems. The problem is county jails are not set up for long-term prisoners, with sentences that could run into decades in some cases, it argued.

Yosemite Hantavirus cases not connected to the Eastern Sierra

September 14, 2012

The recent spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Yosemite National Park does not mean a spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Mono County.

It doesn’t mean there won’t be any deaths, either.

It’s an issue locals know about since the Eastern Sierra is considered a “hotspot” for Hantavirus infections.

Clampers honor Dave McCoy

September 14, 2012

E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter #64, known as the Clampers, unveiled a monument dedicated to Dave and Roma McCoy and Mammoth Mountain’s history at Main Lodge Saturday morning (Sept. 8).

Hundreds of Clampers from all over California attended to celebrate the McCoys and their contribution to the skiing world.

According to the Bodie Chapter #64 website (www.ecvbodie64.com/), E Clampus Vitus is a “fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area.

Kamikaze Bike Days and new half marathon highlight next year's shoulder seasons

September 14, 2012

What to do about June and September, anyway?

These are the dreaded months of the so-called shoulder seasons around Mammoth, but a few impresarios this week made two bold moves to allay the impact of the awkward, seasonal downturns.

The first scheme begins on June 22, when Mammoth will host a Sunday half-marathon from Horseshoe Lake to Old Mammoth Road. It would star members of the Mammoth Track Club and top runners of the vaunted San Diego Half Marathon organization.

Tent sale rules to undergo re-examination

September 14, 2012

Mammoth can be intense in the summer, but the question for some retailers is how much of that should be in tents.

That would be tent sales, specifically, which came before the town’s planning commission Wednesday and drew an intense discussion, spearheaded by the Tent Sale King, Outdoor Sports owner Philip Hertzog.

“Without these sales in the summertime,” he said, “we’d be out of business. We’re in a shopping mall (the Sierra Center Mall on Old Mammoth Road) that just went from 80 percent vacant to 90 percent vacant.

September 13th

RAW: Fire restrictions lifted on federal lands beginning Friday, Sept. 14

September 13, 2012

Officials from the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management announced today that Eastern Sierra fire restrictions put into place June 20 will be rescinded beginning Friday, Sept. 14.

Recent seasonal changes in the fuel moisture, combined with increased humidity and cooler night time temperatures, have prompted the lifting of fire restrictions throughout the Inyo National Forest (lands administered by the Inyo) and the Bishop Field Office lands.

RAW: Raid near Lone Pine takes in $10 million worth of marijuana plants

September 13, 2012

On Tuesday, September 11, agents from the Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, conducted a marijuana eradication operation in the Inyo National Forest.

September 8th

Bishop whomps Mammoth, 56-6

September 8, 2012

The Bishop Broncos beat the Mammoth Huskies Friday night, 56-6.

The loss dropped Mammoth to 0-3 on the season. Bishop, with the overwhelming victory, evened its season record to 1-1.

Next week, Mammoth travels to Rosamond. The Roadrunners won their Friday night game at Vasquez, 32-26.

September 7th

RAW: Cops bust 70-year-old Mammoth man on cocaine charges

September 7, 2012

On Thursday, September 6, the Mono County Narcotics Task Force (MONET), along with assistance from the Mono County Sheriff's Department and Mammoth Lakes Police Department, concluded an extensive investigation for the sales of cocaine in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

MONET agents served a search warrant in the Town of Mammoth Lakes resulting in the arrest of Jack Jerry Colby, age 70, of Mammoth Lakes for suspicion of sales of cocaine.

RAW: Mark Wardlaw leaves as director of Mammoth community development

September 7, 2012

Community Development Director Mark Wardlaw will be leaving the Town of Mammoth Lakes to lead the new revamped County of San Diego Department of Planning and Development Services.

There are no immediate plans by The Town of Mammoth Lakes to advertise or fill the position.

Prior to becoming the Community Development Director for the Town of Mammoth Lakes in 2005.

'Rock 'n' Bowl' breaks ground on Old Mammoth Road

September 7, 2012

The first new “community” project since the construction of The Village broke ground Tuesday.

It is the Mammoth Rock ‘N’ Bowl, a two-level entertainment/dining facility pushed forward by Mammoth attorney and developer Dan O’Connell and his wife, Andrea, and others in the Mammoth Rock Holding Co.

“This is indoor entertainment with a community feel to it,” said Andrea O’Connell. “There’s really nothing to do at night, especially for teenagers. This will help provide a little more of a sense of community.”

What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 7-13, starring Scobie & Smalley and the "Slam Bam Thank You Mammoth" pizza

September 7, 2012

Tourism potentate John Urdi says his peeps have partnered up with, among many others, the Bay Area-based Extreme Pizza, which has a top-of-the-menu new pie called the “Wham, Bam, Thank You Mammoth,” a concoction of Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, parmesan, tomato sauce and mozzarella. …

Watch for that fire bill in your mailboxes

September 7, 2012

 

You may very soon get a bill from the State for fire protection. A bill was passed in July 2011 that establishes a new fee for anyone living in a State Responsibility Area (SRA). To see if you live in a SRA, visit www. firepreventionfee.org/ sraviewer.php.

 

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