November 5th, 2010
The Town Council Wildlife Committee is moving forward on providing wildlife signage for Mammoth Lakes, but the usual bureaucracies have yet to agree on a plan.
The idea that Mammoth and the surrounding areas would have signage such as Yosemite National Park, is stuck. First, it needs Caltrans approval before signs could be placed on S.R. 203 and Main Street.
Next, it needs U.S. Forest Service approval before signs could be placed along Lake Mary Road and within the Lakes Basin.
Finally, it needs approval by the town for sign placement.
Mammoth High School could be one of Californiaâ€™s prestigious Distinguished Schools by this time next year, alleviating some of the criticism and concern that has dogged the school for the past several years.
Significant increases in test score results from all of last yearâ€™s students propelled the school into being eligible for the award, with an emphasis on the word â€śall.â€ť
In a terrific turnout, 70.71 percent of Mono County voters showed up at the polls today. That means that the final vote can be used as a pretty accurate mirror of sentiment, even though we disagree, in some cases, with the rest of California.
Superior Court Judge
Mark Magit will be Mono Countyâ€™s new Superior Court Judge, after taking home 53.6 percent of the vote, compared to Randy Gephartâ€™s 46.4 percent.
June Lake, Bridgeport and Antelope Valley voters, minus absentee and vote-by-mail ballots, have soundly rejected Eastern Sierra Unified School District incumbents in favor of challengers John Peters and Matthew Baumann, but with Lee Vining precinct still uncounted, the final results are still pending.
Candidate Randy Gephart for Superior Court Judge and candidate Tim Hansen for District 4 County Supervisor are narrowly ahead, but again most precincts are still uncounted.
Antelope Valley, June Lake and Bridgeport ballots are all in Bridgeport, with a count expected at 9:45 p.m.
The rest of the ballots are on their way to Bridgeport, over the river and through the woods, trickling in from all across the county.
A final count might be available at around 11 p.m., according to county officials.
You can keep an eye on the county website where the results will be posted as soon as they are counted. Go to:http://www.monocounty.ca.gov/departments/elections/elections.html
Mammoth and Mono County voters are slowly making their way to the polls today, with voter turnout expected to increase later in the day.
Locally, the races to watch are the closely contested Superior Court Judge race between Mark Magit and Randy Gephart.
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook of Mammoth congratulated Mackenzie Bachmeier, Danielle Brownell-Patty, Johanna Gur and Forrest Ferguson this week on winning the 2011 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship (SVST). The four young racers will receive $500 worth of ski tools and $500 worth of ski wax to use throughout the entire alpine season.
Now in its fourth year, the scholarship recognizes four J2 (ages 15-16) or J3 (ages 13-14) level athletes who exemplify talent, a good attitude, community involvement and a commitment to alpine skiing
Mammoth High School may become Mammoth's second California Distinguished School, after the state board of education notified the school Oct. 29 and invited the high school to apply for the California Distinguished School title.
Superintendent Rich Boccia said Monday that the state chose MHS based on the fact that there had been "enough improvement in one of the school's subgroups" (he assumed it was the English language learner group) to qualify for applying for the prestigious honor.
The heavy rains that fell the week of Oct. 18 caused problems out on the Scenic Loop Road, which is currently closed from Inyo Craters to U.S. 395. According to Inyo National Forest engineer Olin Beall, the rains soaked and saturated the base that had been laid down prior to paving. A new, dry base has now been put down in advance of two layers of asphalt. The first asphalt layer was due to be completed on Friday, Oct. 29. The second layer is scheduled for the first week of November, weather permitting.
You can't win if you can' score. Just ask the Mammoth Huskies, who were shut out Friday night by the Vasquez Mustangs, 21-0.
The loss dropped Mammoth to 3-5 for the season and 1-3 in the conference.
Next week, the Huskies taken on Desert Christian at Gault-McClure Stadium.
In the end, Steve Klassen and Robert Calvert stood like blood brothers in the hallway outside Mammoth Lakes Town Council Chambers, joined by their commitment to medical marijuana.
Both had won licenses to open cooperatives in Mammoth, courtesy of the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission, which on Wednesday voted to award them the licenses, turning down a bid by Dagmar Zila of the Range of Light Wellness Center.
It was a short but convivial tĂŞte-a-tĂŞte, with hand shaking and a mutual pledge to help each other in the myriad issues facing them as Mammoth moves into the medical marijuana age.
Last Sunday, our good friend Erick Sugimura defied the wind and started running with the family dog, Tang, on the Downtown bike trail, but after a quarter mile a tree broke off and hit the ground about 40 yards away. â€śSeriously,â€ť he Facebooked, â€śit was probably 20-30 feet tall and six to eight feet in diameter!â€ť Thereâ€™s a term for that: â€śRed Fir Roulette,â€ť and you can ask Bob Solima about it. He saw plenty of action like that as longtime winter caretaker at Reds Meadow. ...
Caught between the Great Basin to the east and Mojave Desert to the south, halfway between Southern and Northern California, backed by some of the highest mountains on the continent, Mammoth is a study in convergences and contrasts.
Its weather is no exception. High mountains do make their own weather to some extent, or block, mitigate or amplify whatâ€™s already out there.
Add the fact that Mammoth is almost precisely on the forecasting boundary between Northern and Southern California.
The California Department of Fish and Game will meet in November to vote on a controversial measure that some say will impact private fish stocking operations throughout the Eastern Sierra.
Specifically, the measure would require any entity in the state that stocks its waters from a private or state-run fishery to pay for an environmental study to ensure the fish do not interfere with, or cause harm to, one of 87 species under concern.
While the DFG says Eastern Sierra operations will not be impacted, local fish farmers aren’t convinced.