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October 12th, 2011

Recreation implementation strategy approved

October 12, 2011

Start with a vision and then develop a plan. That’s how Mammoth demonstrates its devotion to recreation. Town Council considered an implementation plan Wednesday for the previously approved vision.

The town’s devotion is unique in its two-pronged approach to recreation as both a quality of life concern and an economic concern, according to Carl Ribaudo, founder of the Strategic Marketing Group.

The group provided consulting services for the visioning and planning projects. He said throughout his 20-year career, he has never seen another town commit to both aspects of recreation.

If state fails, others will bail out Mono Lake

October 12, 2011

The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve may become unbudgeted, but stakeholders will ensure that it never becomes unfriended.

Diverse factions met Thursday to explore strategies for protecting the reserve and continuing visitor services, if State Parks and Recreation should close the park.

A crowd of more than 50 people expressed the importance of keeping the park open Oct. 6. They did, however, disagree on how to manage it.

October 11th

Forest Service announces snowmobile crossing decision, Sierra Nevada red fox involved

October 11, 2011

Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor, released her decision for the snowmobile crossing location for the Pacific Crest Trail, just south of Sonora Pass near Bridgeport, California late last week. The Forest Service issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Crossing Project this week.

Higgins selected Alternative 4 as described in the EA. The EA describes three action alternatives and a no-action alternative.

October 5th

Several roads closed, winter storm warning in effect until 5 p.m. today

October 5, 2011

Mammoth Lakes, and much of the Eastern Sierra above 7,500 feet elevation, awoke to anywhere from one to four inches of heavy, wet snow this morning, with more snow on the way today. Roads are wet and slippery and visibility is poor, due to wind and blowing snow. Chain restrictions are in place on some roads and the high mountain passes in and out of the Eastern Sierra are closed at this time, including the Donner Pass road/I-80 (westbound at Truckee).

As of this morning, according to Caltrans, the following road restrictions are in force:

September 29th

June Lake man, Chuck Daily, dies Tuesday

September 29, 2011

A June Lake man, Charles William "Chuck" Daily, has died after an apparent suicide Tuesday.

A close friend of Daily’s, Alona Kenny, told the MT that friends found Daily’s body in his home Tuesday afternoon.

Daily, 71, was a long-time June Lake resident, and well known within the community.

September 27th

Man who stole thousands worth of equipment from local campgrounds finally arrested

September 27, 2011

Investigators with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department arrested Mark Huddleston, 69, on Aug. for theft and possession of stolen property. Huddleston a resident of Milwaukee, Oregon, was taken into custody near Rock Creek Road in the area of Tom’s Place.

September 26th

Bridgeport area fire now 100 percent contained, final containment expected Thursday

September 26, 2011

A 1,140-acre lightening-caused fire that began Sunday northwest of Bridgeport near Buckeye Campground and Buckeye Hotsprings is 100 percent contained, according to Mark Regan, a spokesman for the regional Incident Command team now in charge of the fire's management.

Buckeye Road is closed, Buckeye Campground is still closed, and the Twin Lakes Road is also closed at this time.

The Buckeye Fire started Sept. 25, 2011 around 11 a.m.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported, the fire management team noted in a press release.

September 23rd

Mammoth Elementary celebrates big jump in test scores

September 23, 2011

‘It’s been a long time coming.”

That’s what Mammoth Elementary School Principal Roseanne Lampariello said after learning that her school had jumped 32 points in their state test scores last year.

For anyone in academics, 32 points in one year is a lot. In addition, the 32 points brought the scores past the magical 800 Academic Performance Index number used to determine whether meeting state educational standards — or not.

Poverty rises in Mono County

September 23, 2011

That historic spike occurred in Mammoth Lakes at the Mono County Department of Social Services this spring. Where normally 15 people seek relief daily, they numbered up to 90, with the majority applying for the CalFresh food program.

Some had never before experienced poverty.

“You’ll see people that are so uncomfortable that I just want to say they break your heart because you know they have really hit a hard time,” said Julie Tiede, Director of Social Services. “You know they don’t want to be there.”

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Sept. 23-29

September 23, 2011

The bear that was tagged in Yosemite but wandered over to the Eastside has an amazing range. He’s been spotted in Lundy Canyon, Twin Lakes, June Lake and around Mammoth. He’s easy to spot because of a yellow tag on his ear. He’s been well behaved say wildlife specialists and has earned the nickname “Yosemite Sam.” ...

Says Dan Dawson of the Valentine Reserve: “There is an abundance of natural food this year.” Berries and currants abound and the bears are lovin’ it. ...

Fido and Me – Fido tries 'doga'

September 23, 2011

“I’d like to try yoga.”

Fido lay at my feet, watching a yoga program on television.

“Well, it’s not unheard of,” I said. “People and dogs who do yoga together call it doga. They swear by it.”

“Tell me more, please,” Fido said.

“I will, but only if you tell me about this wild-hair of an idea first.”

“Oh, I don’t know, but I figure winter’s coming up pretty soon. There will be lots of days that just won’t be very pleasant outdoors, so I’m looking for something to do in here.”

“Fair enough, Fido.”

He leapt to his feet.

“Hey hey hey hey! When can we start?”

Meet Bob Todd, the voice of Eastern Sierra Sports

September 23, 2011

Spike Todd likes to tell a story about his brother Bob.

When they were kids in Southern California, Spike says, the two brothers shared a bedroom and a small black-and-white television. They were devoted Angels fans and devoted Lakers fans.

Spike, the owner of Mammoth Liquor, swears that Bob used to do sports play-by-play in his sleep. This when Bob was about 10 or 11.

Local to ride Everest Challenge on a singlespeed

September 23, 2011

It’s not as if anyone in his or her right mind would want to make the Everest Challenge any tougher than it already is.

Yet nobody has ever accused Alan Jacoby, of Mammoth, as being in his right mind.

“Goal setting and achievement is like a drug,” said Jacoby, a volunteer at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra and an entrant in this weekend’s Everest Challenge.

Jacoby, however, said he is going to attempt the ride on a singlespeed mountain bike.

“Helping others erase barriers only makes you want to go out and test your own limits,” he said.

Yeah but …

September 20th

United makes it official: non-stop winter flights from San Diego, Orange County and expanded service from SFO

September 20, 2011

United Airlines on Tuesday did what it said it would do.

That is, the airline announced that it would make a commitment to Mammoth beyond one daily flight from San Francisco.

In addition, the airline tweaked its schedule with SFO in the hopes that it could alleviate a turnback/cancellation rate of over 30 percent last season.

No longer will the jets have to land in the dark and take off from Mammoth in the dark. Rather, the flights have been moved up to earlier in the day

But the big news comes from Down South.

September 19th

Vons workers settle with company. Strike averted

September 19, 2011

The union representing about 62,000 Southern California grocery workers on Monday reached an agreement with three major chain food outlets, including the Vons stores in Mammoth and Bishop.

The tentative contract agreement also included Albertsons, Ralphs and Pavillion stores.

Negotiations began in February to compose a collective bargaining agreement that would replace the workers' previous contract, which expired in March.

The workers will be asked to ratify the agreement, which includes protections of health care and pension benefits throughout the life of the contract.

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