July 8th, 2013
‘A huge loss,’ Jarvis says
Johnny Goetz, Mammoth’s main building inspector and go-to man for everything from lighting ordinances and code compliances to fire prevention measures, announced his resignation this past week.
Goetz, 42, is to move to Truckee on Aug. 2 to take over as Chief Building Official. He takes with him his wife, lifelong Mammoth resident Heidi (Hartman), and their two children, Calvin, 5, and Casey, 2.
Town commits to help fund a new experience in Mammoth in 2014
The Fourth of July fireworks show at Crowley Lake, one of Mammoth’s iconic summer mainstay events, will officially take its place on the Endangered Species List after this weekend.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council made sure of that on June 19, when it voted to denude the fireworks show at Crowley Lake of its funding, beginning next summer.
Rumors that project is broke are false, layoffs occurring as project winds down
Rumors that the Digital 395 project is broke and might not get completed are false, according to the project’s chief executive, Michael Ort.
“We are winding down,” he said. “That means we are not putting in 20 to 50 miles of conduit per month like we were and it also means we are beginning to lay some people off, so that might be where the rumors are coming from, but we will finish this project.”
Supervisors revise letter of support for land trade, approve it unanimously
The members of June Lake’s Committee for a Viable June Lake were relatively sure this week that their last try to get the county supervisors to hold off on supporting a land trade bill for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area wouldn’t work—and they were right.
‘TBID’ sidelined until July 17
Mammoth’s new, tourism-based Business Improvement District went into a holding pattern this week when the Town Council pushed back a vote on the measure until at least July 17.
The increasingly controversial TBID assessment on businesses, which promises $4.7 million a year in revenue for tourism-based marketing and air service subsidies, is still very much alive.
Scofflaws, take heed. Mono County Superior Court is coming after you. The county board of supervisors voted Tuesday, June 18, to move forward on a preliminary agreement with the court to collect outstanding fines from anyone who has committed an infraction or failed to appear in court as far back as 20 years.
The “enhanced” revenue collection agreement to fund another part time position at the court will bring millions of dollars to the court, which is facing some steep state funding cuts.
On the afternoon of Sunday, June 30, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Mono County Sheriffâs Dispatch received a call regarding an injured climber in the Clark Canyon area.
A 59-year-old climber from San Francisco was reported injured while climbing in the Clark Canyon area.
The Mono County Sheriffâs Search and Rescue (SAR) team and Mono County Paramedics were called out to aid in the rescue of the injured climber. The female climber was climbing the âAlâs Garageâ climbing route when she dislocated her hip.
Father, son injured at Bridgeport range
A 57-year-old man and his 30-year-old son needed medical attention after a “possible accidental shooting” at the Bridgeport gun range.
The incident, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, happened about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25.
Details of how both men, neither of whom was named by the department, came away wounded remained muddled, as of press time.
Double-digit increase from 2012
Tourist visits to Mammoth continue to outpace last year’s numbers, according to the newest monthly tracking report from Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
Room occupancy in May averaged 22.9 percent, up 34.1 percent from the 17.1 percent registered in 2012.
The actual revenue per available room also was up, by 36.7 percent. The revenue figure was $30 per room, up from $22 a year ago.
The Mono County Search and Rescue team on Tuesday, June 25, lifted a 75-year-old Swall Meadows woman off the Pacific Crest Trail after she suffered an ankle injury and was unable to walk out.
According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, the woman was backpacking with her husband on a flat section of dirt trail when she rolled her left ankle.
A Sheriff's Department spokesperson said the woman "heard a pop and collapsed, experiencing severe pain.
"She was unable to put any weight on the limb and therefore was unable to walk out of the backcountry," the spokesperson said.
A 28-year-old Murrieta man on Thursday committed suicide at Gull Lake Marina in June Lake, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
Officers said Daniel Barnes was unresponsive when they reached him at about 9:30 a.m.
Mono County Sheriff Deputies and investigators, Mono County paramedics, and members of the June Lake Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, where they determined that Barnes "was deceased from an apparent single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."
Other bus tweaks on the way
Mammoth’s weekend “Dial-A-Ride” program, designed to help provide paratransit service for those unable to use fixed-route transit, faced the knife this past week.
John Helm, the chief of the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, said there is little or no demand for the service on weekend days, and that it would be difficult to justify the expense for another year.
Wood, 62, places 17th
When a long-distance running fan hears the name “Hall,” it is usually associated with marathon superstar Ryan.
But last Sunday, June 23, at the inaugural Mammoth Half Marathon, it was Ryan’s younger brother, Chad, who captured the imagination of the crowd, not to mention the other 1,200 runners in the field and $1,200 in prize money.
Meetings scheduled for July 8-9
It took new Mayor Rick Wood less than a week to make good on his promise to refine the town’s priorities for the next year and the foreseeable future.
Wood, in what he says is his final year on the council, called for a pair of unprecedented special town council meetings July 8 and July 9, characterizing them as “Strategic Planning Sessions.”