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March 14th, 2011

Nuclear Disaster Update: THERE IS NO PLUME!!

March 15, 2011

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.

Compromise solution on fate of Bodie WSA rejected

March 14, 2011

What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasn’t.

Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half – with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses – just about everyone was none too pleased.

And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didn’t help either.

March 11th

'Legend of Aahhh's' shows at Mammoth Lakes Arts Center

March 12, 2011

Greg Stump spotlights legendary filmmakers, skiers in new film

Ahhhh ... one of the sounds made when watching ski movies, whether evoked by incredible landscapes and vistas, or by skiers launching off improbable precipices to land far below in the snow.

Greg Stump’s “Legend of Aahhh’s” is a ski movie about ski movies, the people who made them and those who skied in them.

It will be screened at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center Saturday night, March 12.

Seductive Sherwins keep drawing us to the backcountry magic

March 12, 2011

Try a trip down ‘The Hose’

As if you didn’t notice, spring skiing more or less opened this past week, with warm temperatures and longer hours of daylight.

For backcountry skiers, it is the best time of the year. The gullies and canyons are filled in with about as much snow as they’re going to get, making the steeps a little less steep, with wonderful corn snow on the way shortly.

There are hundreds of great spots to ski in the spring around here.
But the Sherwins keep drawing us in.

Partly it’s because they’re so darned accessible – right out our back door.

AIR SERVICE FROM BOTH SIDES

March 12, 2011

MAMMOTH TIMES EDITORIAL, MARCH 11, 2011
Mono County is wise right now not to commit to more than the $45,000 in subsidies they already are contributing toward year-round air service.

The Town of Mammoth and the Mountain are asking to divide a $650,000 to $900,000 gap in air service costs equally between all three entities and the county is balking.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, March 11, 2011

March 12, 2011

March 12, 2011
editor@mammothtimes.com

PACKING FOR MAMMOTH TROOPS
Mammoth Troops has scheduled a packing date for Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Mammoth Community Center. Homebaked cookies, beef jerky, pepperoni, sundries, chapstick and sunscreen are just a few ideas of needed items. If you can’t make the packing but would like to donate any items, they can be dropped off at the Mammoth Reservations office, next to Schat’s Bakery, before that evening.

Letters to the Editor, March 4, 2011

March 12, 2011

VALUE THE ARTS

Mono County Supervisors continue to resist air service subsidy

March 12, 2011

Despite another round of pleas from Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday for air flight subsidies, county supervisors once again said, “Not so fast.”

For the second time in about as many months, Town and Mountain officials came to the county for help, asking for between $215,000 and $289,000 a year to help bridge a gap in subsidizing year around air service (winter air service subsidies are already covered by the Mountain.)

What's old is new again in Mammoth

March 12, 2011

Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH), dedicated to providing housing for low-income families, has turned a radical corner.

Rather than building new structures, the non-profit organization has its eye on acquiring and rehabilitating older structures in Mammoth.
“This is our first step into it, so we’re dealing with some new processes,” said MLH executive director Pam Hennarty, “but I think we’re handling it pretty well. We’re excited about the process.”

WHAT'S UP, UP HERE? March 11, 2011

March 12, 2011

Those really were the actors, Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World), in town last weekend. ...

While we’re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman, co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...

Is there any bigger fan of March Madness than Bob Sollima? Don’t think so. On his behalf, Go Zags! ...

While we’re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...

March 9th

Chalfant motocross track up for debate Thursday

March 9, 2011

An illegally created motocross-like track in Chalfant goes to the county planning commission Thursday for debate, after a private property owner family bull-dozed a roughly one-acre area on their 18 acres into a rough, motocross-like track.

The family is arguing that the motocross like track is a suitable use of their property.

March 7th

Bodie Hills compromise goes to supes today

March 8, 2011

Dividing the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) roughly in half and creating true wilderness out of one half and a multiple use area out of the other is Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard solution to the Bodie Hills issue, one that he will take to the board Tuesday.

Forest Service holds Job Fair Saturday

March 8, 2011

The Inyo National Forest will be sponsoring a Job Fair for local people interested in getting a temporary job with the Forest Service this summer and fall. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM Interagency Building, behind the DMV, on West Line Street in Bishop.

Temporary jobs are available in such fields as firefighting, trail maintenance and engineering. At the Job Fair, Forest Service staff will be there to discuss the jobs, and to help people with the online federal job application process.

JUMP BIG

March 7, 2011

Riders got big air this weekend at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, like this competitor in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle on Sunday.

March 4th

MX track kicks up dust in Chalfant

March 5, 2011

A motocross-like track on private land in Chalfant has some neighbors upset even as others signed a petition of support for the track.

The issue goes before the Mono County Planning Commission next week, on March 10 in Mammoth.

The track was bulldozed onto an approximately one-acre portion of an 18-acre parcel belonging to Sue Jenson, her daughter Naomi Garcia and son-in-law Adam Garcia, all residents of the community of West Chalfant.

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