August 10th, 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 âclassifiedâ (non-certificated) employees rosterâa 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.
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.
As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents INâTents 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.
INâTents 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!
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.
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.
On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 8:00 pm, Mono County Sheriffâs Department Dispatch received a call regarding the report of a missing 11-year old girl from the Mountain View, CA area.
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 winterâs 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.
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.
This weekendâs 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 Samâs Woodsite on Sunday would not be far off if they gave the nod to Joe Louis Walker.
Walker, now 62, is a journeymanâs journeyman in the blues world, but he shows no sign of slowing down.
Touring in support of his new record, âHellfire,â Walker brings an eclectic mix of musical influences to the stage, from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones on the rock ânâ roll end of the spectrum to hard-core blues on the other.
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 walkâwearing 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.
Mono County deputies are investigating the deaths of two mules, found last weekend inside their holding areas.
Although a sheriffâs department spokesperson said, âthere 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.
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.
âWeâre just going to run people over,â Patterson said.
To do it, the Huskies this year plan to run from behind a staggered lineâanother wrinkle that football fans around here havenât seen.
Local writer and former Mono Lake ranger David Carleâs new book is out on local shelves.
âThe Spotting Scope,â a murder mystery based loosely in the Mono Lake area, is the prolific authorâs second book of fiction after publishing 12 successful nonfiction books.
âI read mysteries for relaxation, and I wanted to try my hand at one,â Carle, 61, said. âI especially wanted to portray a protagonist that enjoys life. Itâs not a humorous or light book, necessarily, but itâs not as dark as some mysteries, either.â
The news is dismal.
American kids are terrible at science and mathâ17th and 25th respectivelyâout 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.
A scandal that broke after a California paper discovered the State Park system has been sitting on $53 million while pleading a budget crisis and closing parks will likely have little effect on the Mono Lake and Bodie state parks, according to local officials.
âWe donât see any effects at this time,â said Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve ranger Dave Marquart. âThat said, itâs still too soon to tell what the final effects will be. We donât know enough yet about this to determine what will happen in the long run.â