May 15th, 2014
When the Rim Fire blackened about 400 square miles of rugged, wild county at the west entrance to Yosemite National Park last year—including some of the park itself—the predictions for the aftermath were mostly dire.
The fire was one of the largest in recorded California history and pundits and the media predicted massive erosion, a loss of animal habitat, and fouled rivers and streams.
Not so fast, said ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson, who spoke Tuesday at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory’s Green Church before a packed house.
The Mammoth Times won five first-place awards in the 2013 “Better Newspapers Contest,” the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) announced earlier this month.
The Times also won two second-place awards, and two Blue Ribbon Finalist awards.
It was the largest haul for the newspaper in its 26-year history. The awards ranged from reporting and sportswriting to editorial writing and photography.
Predicting voter turnout in off-year statewide elections is notoriously risky, but if recent history teaches anything, it’s that Mono County will pack the polls in the June 3 primary elections.
In the last off-year statewide election, in 2010, a full 70.7 percent of Mono County’s registered voters turned out to vote. It was the fourth-largest percentage showing among counties in California, state election records show.
Statewide, only 33 percent of registered voters cast ballots in 2010.
In a race that features no incumbents, and hence no candidates with positions to defend, the June 3 Town Council campaigns have at least one thing in common.
Murray, 50, is the general manager of the Chart House restaurant on Old Mammoth Road, and came to Mammoth five years ago on a whim.
A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Hoff’s lilting southern accent still is unmistakable, even after many years of living in both Los Angeles and many more in Mammoth.
Pierrel, 52, is a San Jose native who attended San Jose State before beginning a career in hospitality that eventually took her to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The mother of a 12-to-18-week-old fetus found last week near the Rovana sewer ponds has been identified and a report has been sent to the Inyo County District Attorney's office, according to the Inyo County Sheriffs department.
"There has been a huge community effort to assist the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s office in information regarding the fetus that was discovered in the Rovana housing track sewer ponds and as of Tuesday, May 13, the Sheriffâ€™s office was notified by the Inyo County Coroner that the fetus was the result of a miscarriage," according to a May 13 news release.
Itâ€™s been a bloody few weeks for wildlife in the Eastern Sierra.
On May 2, someone hit and killed a small black bear on U.S. 395 near the Caltrans station and McGee Creek exit south of Mammoth Lakes, leaving the dead bear lying on the side of the road.
According to Mammothâ€™s wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, the bear was likely one of several bears last seen in the Crowley Lake area.
During the past few weeks, the big red splotches that define a roadway deer hit started littering the highway.
Several more â€śTown Hallâ€ť-style Mono County budget community meetings in advance of adopting the countyâ€™s 2014-2015 budget are scheduled for the coming several weeks following a similar format to last yearâ€™s community meetings.
Bridgeport, Crowley Lake, Benton and Walker are still on the calendar this week, beginning Monday, May 12 and continuing through the week. On May 27, the last meeting of all will be held in Benton.
Three meetings have already been completed; one in Mammoth Lakes on May 5, one in Lee Vining on May 7, and one in Walker on May 12.
Elevated levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic have been detected during preliminary sampling of soils and historic mill tailings at the Mill City Stamp Mill, according to the Inyo National Forest.
In 2012, CalTrout received a grant from the Lahontan Regional Quality Control Board to monitor water quality in Mammoth Creek, according to a news release from the forest.
Major reconstruction on the Rock Creek Road has started and is planned for the duration of the 2014 and 2015 seasons resulting in some traffic delays during the summer and fall months, according to Mono County authorities.
Survey work, fencing, and erosion work have been completed thus far with minimal delays, according to a news release. Ground breaking activities that will reduce traffic flow to one-lane are expected to start the week of May 12 and will begin the longer (up to 30 minute) delays.
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approximately 6:08 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a 911 call of a possible drunk driver at the Crowley Lake General Store.
A Bridgeport Area CHP officer and sergeant responded and were able to locate the vehicle, a dark colored Toyota Tundra, stopped in the middle of the roadway on the 300 block of Willow Brook Road in Crowley Lake.
On Friday May 9, the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office was notified that a fetus was discovered in the Rovana housing track sewer ponds, according to the sheriff's department.
According to the medical examiner, the fetus is a male and is believed to be between 12-18 weeks of age.
The Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office is asking for the publicâ€™s assistance in obtaining any information that will assist in information regarding the fetus.
Tips will be anonymous and can be made by calling 760-878-0383.
Beware of a telephone call from subject claiming that he/she is employed with SCE using telephone number (760) 600-7023 (Magic Jack) and or using the name of Angel Martinez or any other name.
According to Mammoth Lakes Police, two business owners in town were contacted (by telephone) by a subject named Angel Martinez.
The subject told the business owners that he is with SCE and that their power will be shut off in 55 minutes unless he pays $495.55 by way of Green Dot.