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High level resignations put spotlight on public works department

October 31, 2011

If you don’t live in Mammoth Lakes and your roads get plowed, the bridges you travel over are intact and the lawns of your community parks are green, you should give thanks to Mono County’s Public Works Department.

Every public works department is the backbone of a county, a lifeline for all of the county’s unincorporated residents.

Mono County is no different.

Local helps students, adults learn to stop bullying

October 31, 2011

It might begin with something as simple as an insult. “You’re fat.” “You can’t do anything.” “You are ugly.”
“Nobody likes you.”
The abuse might worsen; getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worse; midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, “kids will be kids,” right? They will grow out of it, right?
They’re just words, right?

Firewood available in June Lake

October 31, 2011

The Inyo National Forest is announcing the opening of a new, personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop. This area is located on the north side of Highway 158 across from the Fern Lake Trailhead. You must have a valid 2011 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only. Permittees must park along the shoulder of Highway 158 during collecting activities, and are not permitted to drive off-road for firewood retrieval. All other wood cutting regulations are in effect.

October 26th

Local wind energy proposals withdrawn

October 26, 2011

Two firms investigating potential wind energy in eastern California have withdrawn their requests to install monitoring towers on public lands. The firms proposed to install 200-foot-tall wind monitoring towers for three-year testing periods to collect wind speed and direction data and other weather information.

October 21st

Chasing the wind

October 21, 2011

Thick black clouds are already crashing against the grey bulk of Mt. Dana when we begin the run down the mountain. The wind whips past, running fast from the coast, pushing the first winter storm of the season west up Yosemite Valley, whirling around the base of Half Dome.

Pine needles fall in masses, covering the bare ground with a carpet of sienna gold. The air is thick with the smell of snow and rain and the sun, hot enough to go shirtless only a few hours ago, has gone home. This new cold bites hard. Thunder rumbles to the south.

It’s time to go.

A walk on the wild side; along Rock Creek with the coyote and the fish

October 21, 2011

Rock Creek Canyon, high above Toms Place resort, which is about fourteen miles south of Mammoth Lakes, is one of the Eastern Sierra’s most spectacular canyons. Filled with dozens of lakes and ponds, fed by some of the highest mountains in the Sierra, it’s a backcountry hiker’s dream. And it just so happens to also have one of the best aspen shows for early fall viewing, which, in this odd, odd, weather year, is about what time of the year the trees think it — and it’s not like you can argue with a tree.

Hike of the Week; Silver Lake to Parker Bench

October 21, 2011

It’s been an odd and wonderful fall.

Aspens and cottonwoods, still summer-lush with the life given to them by the record-breaking winter, met one of the warmest falls in many years. In no hurry to go dormant again after being buried alive for nine months, the trees held their green far into October, much to local’s confusion and delight.
The summer, so late in coming, seemed like it would never end.

No one complained about it, either.

What's Up Up Here for Oct. 21

October 21, 2011

Our deepest condolences to longtime local Stacy Corless, who lost her sister, Lisa, on Oct. 16. Our hearts go out to Stacy and to all of Lisa’s friends and family. …

Steve Searles expresses concern over shut down facilities in Lakes Basin

October 21, 2011

Steve Searles is irked.

It’s not the wildlife which is making his spine crawl but rather the decision of a certain public agency to shut down and lock up public facilities in the Lakes Basin.

Town Council adopts trails master plan

October 21, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan and certified the Trail System Master Plan EIR at Wednesday’s town council meeting.

If there had been any opposition to the new trails plan, the public had one last chance at the meeting to speak up.

With all the public meetings held over the past several years about generating a new and improved trails system plan, it was apparent that all had been said and done.

County jails forced to take state prison inmates

October 21, 2011

When the state of California voted to reroute many prisoners who would have gone to state prison to county jails late last year, alarm waves cascaded through all the state’s 58 counties. Although the state assured the counties it would fund this “realignment” of responsibility and that the only prisoners released in such a manner would not be violent or sex offenders, local county officials were not reassured.

October 17th

Bear mauling rumor is just that, rumor

October 17, 2011

Rumors of a "bear mauling" in the northern part of Mono County are just that, rumors, according to the Mono County Sheriffs Department. Here's what really happened, according to the sheriffs department:

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at approximately 2:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding a reported bear attack near the Twin Lakes area in Bridgeport.

Man may have been missing in Buttermilk area since July

October 17, 2011

Inyo County officials are seeking a missing California man whose vehicle may have been parked in the Buttermilk climbing and bouldering area above Bishop since July.

The man, Richard John Malten, 64, is from Oregon House, Calif. He is described as 5’ 8”, 144 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes.

According to the Inyo Register, a missing person’s report was filed last week by Malten's ex-wife.

According to the sheriff’s department, what is believed to be Malten’s 2001 maroon Jeep utility vehicle has been found. It may have been parked in the area, unattended, since July.

What's Up, Up Here, Oct. 14

October 17, 2011

“Welcome back, Ziggy!” That’s Ziggy, the much-beloved, black cat that belongs to Crowley Lake residents Fred and Patti Stump. Ziggy disappeared early last weekend and still wasn’t back Monday morning. As any Eastside cat owner has learned, after three days of being missing, it’s rare for a cat to come home again around here. But on Monday morning, Patti Stump decide to try again, and tapped on the closed shed door of a neighbor’s place. A hearty and cranky “meow” answered her, and Ziggy was found. Awww. …

Redistricting forces Hansen out of hometown

October 17, 2011

You could call it an embarrassment of riches. Most communities in Mono County only get one supervisor to represent them. But for the past eight weeks, and until at least 2012, Lee Vining and Mono City will get two.

If that sounds a bit awkward, it probably is.

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