April 22nd, 2011
Not much action at Police Chief Dan Watson‚Äôs Hispanic Outreach meeting this past week. No community members at all and just three committee members, out of more than 20 who signed up. ‚ÄúThis meeting gets smaller all the time,‚ÄĚ Watson said. ...
In the ‚ÄúEr, what?‚ÄĚ Department, Councilman John Eastman described his presence at the reception for our new Assemblywoman (Modesto) in Suite Z on Tuesday. ‚ÄúI was able to attend a reception for Kristin (pause) what‚Äôs Kristin‚Äôs last name?‚ÄĚ (Olsen, for those wondering) ...
On April 2, Toby Qualls, a sophomore at Mammoth High School, traveled to Lancaster, Calif., to run in the very competitive, Michele Perry Invitational. Many California high schools travel to this invitational, because of the high level of competition.
Qualls began competition in the varsity 1600 meter event. Because of his previous fast times in the 1600, he was then bumped up automatically into the elite championship race.
On Friday, April 15, Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Paramedics responded to a radio call in the Old Mammoth area and discovered a deceased 21-year-old woman. Evidence at the scene indicated that she had died of a heroin overdose. Agents from the Mono Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET) followed up and identified the dealer who supplied the heroin to the victim.
Winds of nearly 100 miles an hour slammed into Mammoth Mountain early Monday morning, while rain and snow in the Sierra put water watchers on alert.
The winds, which preceded Monday morning‚Äôs rain and snow, reached 99.8 miles an hour at 4 a.m., according to ski patrol data.
It didn‚Äôt let up for more than an hour. At 5 a.m., ski patrol measured a wind gust at 99.6 miles an hour.
The average wind speed for the two hours was 70.3 miles an hour.
Ryan Hall, one of Mammoth‚Äôs great distance runners, on Monday set a new American record for the Boston Marathon.
Hall, formerly a member of the Mammoth Track Club but who still trains here, ran the 26 miles in 2:04:55.
It is not a formally recognized record because the Boston Marathon is a kind of an odd duck in marathon circles, not quite conforming to world or national standards.
He led for much of the race before being overtaken near the end.
More to come as details roll in.
Mammoth is good at fund-raising. We‚Äôve got a million of ‚Äėem, it seems.
But at the top of the heap right now is the Mammoth Invitational, a race-filled weekend featuring pro skiers and boarders that went off last weekend on behalf of the Mammoth Community Foundation.
Foundation executive director John Armstrong said the event on Mammoth Mountain raised nearly $500,000 on behalf of the town‚Äôs kids.
The foundation is committed to raising funds to provide an added margin of excellence for academic and athletic programs for youth in our community.
Finally, the call that Mammoth High Shool had been waiting for came.
Word arrived late Tuesday afternoon that the school has been awarded the prestigious California Distinguished School award, one of 97 schools in the state to get the coveted award this year.
A product of rising test scores across all the students in the school ‚Äď whether English Language Learners, English speakers, Caucasian or Hispanic, the award is a testament to several hard years of work by students, parents and staff alike, said school superintendent Rich Boccia.
It‚Äôs probably inevitable.
Garbage disposal rates are going to go up sometime soon and some hours or days are going to get cut at most of the county‚Äôs landfills, in an attempt to plug a funding hole that is leaking as much as $2,000-$3,000 a day from the county‚Äôs coffers.
The proposed increase, which goes to the public for a hearing on April 19, will increase residents‚Äô garbage disposal fees by about 11 percent, if the plan laid out by county staff and approved in theory by the county supervisors passes a final vote on April 19 at a meeting in Mammoth Lakes.
‚ÄėOne man‚Äôs loss is another man‚Äôs gain.‚Äô
That might be the most appropriate sentiment regarding losing Mono County Administrative Officer Dave Wilbrecht to the Town of Mammoth Lakes as its newest Town manager.
After eight years at the helm of Mono County, Wilbrecht leaves behind a county in enviable shape compared to almost every other county in the state: in the black, solvent, with a small but still present reserve for emergencies and economic hard times.
It was a love fest.
When The Town Council named Dave Wilbrecht as the new Town Manager this week, Mammoth residents universally approved the decision.
From Tom Cage, of Kittredge Sports and P3 and Nordic advocate Brian Knox, to recreation commissioner Bill Sauser, former town planner Bill Taylor and former National Forest Service administrator Sandy Hogan, all were crazy nuts about the decision.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a natural leader,‚ÄĚ Hogan said, echoing county tourism director Alicia Vennos. ‚ÄúThe town is very, very lucky. He‚Äôs an incredible leader,‚ÄĚ Vennos said.
Skip Harvey has a cwazy idea.
Except this time, it might not be so cwazy to turn the south frontage road on Main Street into a combination pedestrian mall and small festival place.
Harvey, the owner of the Base Camp Caf√©, which would benefit from such a makeover, also is mayor of the town.
The makeover, called ‚Äúan experiment,‚ÄĚ would hit the road, so to speak, in Mid-June and last until the end of September.
Is there ever such a thing as too much ice cream? Pita Vasquez, a Cerro Coso College student, took full advantage of the Ben and Jerry‚Äôs free cone day, eating 13 cones in an afternoon. ‚ÄúI never want to eat ice cream again. I had seriously all of them,‚ÄĚ she said. Her friend, Bailey Morley, a Mammoth High School senior, had even more ‚ÄĒ 17 ‚ÄĒ and was of the same mind. ‚ÄúI feel so bad,‚ÄĚ she said late Wednesday night. ...
Some Crowley Lake residents would rather remain in their cell phone dead zone than put up with two towers smack dab in the middle of their neighborhood. Mono County Planning commissioners supported them when they denied a permit to build the towers on Crowley Lake Drive, concluding a meeting last night (Thursday, April 14) at the Crowley Lake Community Center. Area residents who spoke at the meeting sided 14 to 9 against the permit, as they addressed a standing-room-only crowd of more than 60 concerned residents.
Dr. Rick Johnson, Mono County Public Health Officer, has today (April 13, 2011) submitted the following statement on the cell tower issue in Crowley Lake. He emphasizes it is separate from the Planning/approval process of any individual tower or base station, and simply expresses his opinion as the Health Officer in response to requests for information regarding RF emissions:
"It Shouldn‚Äôt Be About The Tower!