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August 10th, 2012

County agrees to help June Lake this winter

August 10, 2012

Analysts examining the body of June Mountain Ski Area this week found a faint pulse.

June Mountain is still slated for closure this winter, but the Mono County Board of Supervisors committed to supporting the community with at least $100,000 in “bridge” money to help it survive this coming winter.

At the meeting, it was clear that at least some community members and political leaders expect June Mountain to close this winter.

“We need someone with some serious money to come in and do it very soon, and I haven’t seen that yet,” said June’s County Supervisor Vikki Bauer Wednesday.

Four school employees will be laid off

August 10, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District board officials said Tuesday they laid off several district employees in an attempt to lessen an impending $800,000 or more anticipated budget deficit next year.

Four positions were cut from the “classified” (non-certificated) employees roster—a full-time custodian, a full-time bus driver/custodian, a part-time PE teacher and a part-time yard duty aide, district officials said.

These four people have been notified of the decision, triggering a 45-day stay, and will be laid off after that 45 days has passed, later this fall.

August 8th

RAW: Drought conditions means bears are hungry—don't feed them, forest service urges

August 8, 2012

The Eastern Sierra region of California, along with much of the western United States, is suffering from serious drought conditions. As a result of the lack of water and moisture, plants and shrubs are less productive and local wildlife are finding a shortage of natural forage and food.

The black bear populations of the Sierra Nevada rely upon plants and shrubs to survive. A shortage of native food sources for these animals is forcing bears to seek alternative food sources, including human food and trash.

RAW: Family outdoor-oriented theatre show at Mono Lake Friday evening

August 8, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. at the Mammoth Lake Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve and enjoy their natural spaces. The show is full of chaplin-esque physical comedy!

August 6th

Search and Rescue teams find two hikers' bodies, including missing Carson City doctor

August 6, 2012

A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.

RAW: Several hikers evacuated by Search and Rescue over weekend

August 6, 2012

At least three different hikers in three different locations had to be evacuated by Mono County Search and Rescue teams over the past weekend, following accidents that caused minor injuries.

RAW: Missing girl found safe near Bridgeport

August 6, 2012

On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 8:00 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding the report of a missing 11-year old girl from the Mountain View, CA area.

RAW: Twenty-year drought conditions could mean water rationing

August 6, 2012

The lack of snow on the Sierra and the hot summer temperatures have significantly impacted surface water availability to the Mammoth Lakes community. Typically, the mountain snowpack functions as a reservoir of fresh water during our dry summers; however, this winter’s snowpack left little water to feed the lakes and creeks during the summer and replenishing summer rains have also been absent.
The Mammoth Lakes watershed is experiencing a roughly 1 in 20 year drought condition due to the meager winter.

August 3rd

Oolation! singers at Mammoth Basin in free vocal concert

August 3, 2012

The Oolation! singers, a group of unique and powerful young singers from across the country who live in the mountains above the Mono Basin for two intense weeks of singing, percussion, and performance, bring their show to the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center this Sunday evening (Aug. 5).

It's one of those can't-miss shows, unique to the mountains, and it's free.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the patio, and organizers say it would be a good idea to bring a seat or arrive early to get one.

Joe Louis Walker at Bluesapalooza

August 3, 2012

This weekend’s Bluesapalooza is so full of top-drawer talent that it is hard to just pull a single thing out of the hat and call it THE highlight.

But concertgoers at Sam’s Woodsite on Sunday would not be far off if they gave the nod to Joe Louis Walker.

Walker, now 62, is a journeyman’s journeyman in the blues world, but he shows no sign of slowing down.

Touring in support of his new record, “Hellfire,” Walker brings an eclectic mix of musical influences to the stage, from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones on the rock ‘n’ roll end of the spectrum to hard-core blues on the other.

Top-10, All-time bear shenanigan

August 3, 2012

round here, but this one might make the Top 10, All-Time.

A 129-pound, second-year bear, rummaging around in a trash bin at behind A-Frame Liquor in the Shady Rest parcel near Main Street, got its head stuck inside the bin, pulled the lid loose with its head, and then went for a walk—wearing the trash bin lid as a collar.

Video of the spectacle immediately went viral on the Internet, and still photographs, taken from the movie, also went viral.

Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles came to the rescue, according to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

Dead mules puzzle officers

August 3, 2012

Mono County deputies are investigating the deaths of two mules, found last weekend inside their holding areas.

Although a sheriff’s department spokesperson said, “there was no evidence of foul play, the deaths still puzzled the officers, along with members of the Frontier Pack Train team.

The pack train team told officers they received a call informing them that it appeared two mules were lying dead in their holding area that was set up eight days previously.

Huskies get 'heavy' for 2012 season

August 3, 2012

The Mammoth High School football team opens two-a-day practices Monday, and even casual observers will notice a big change from last year.

Two-year veteran quarterback Tyler Wormhoudt will move from quarterback to tailback for his senior year, leading an offense that is solidly committed to the ground game, said assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jason Patterson.

“We’re just going to run people over,” Patterson said.

To do it, the Huskies this year plan to run from behind a staggered line—another wrinkle that football fans around here haven’t seen.

David Carle releases new book

August 3, 2012

Local writer and former Mono Lake ranger David Carle’s new book is out on local shelves.

“The Spotting Scope,” a murder mystery based loosely in the Mono Lake area, is the prolific author’s second book of fiction after publishing 12 successful nonfiction books.

“I read mysteries for relaxation, and I wanted to try my hand at one,” Carle, 61, said. “I especially wanted to portray a protagonist that enjoys life. It’s not a humorous or light book, necessarily, but it’s not as dark as some mysteries, either.”

"Halp!" Mammoth schools in math, science crisis

August 3, 2012

The news is dismal.

American kids are terrible at science and math—17th and 25th respectively—out of 65 countries tested in 2011.

And while Mammoth students fare better overall, it is not always by much. That fact has prompted John Stavlo, a retired engineer and a school board member, to do something.

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