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September 24th, 2013

CHP continues air stings over U.S. 395; 13 speeding busts over Lee Vining, June Lake

September 24, 2013

For the second straight weekend, the California High Patrol this past week used aircraft to nab speeders on U.S. 395, this time in a stretch between Lee Vining and June Lake.

According to a news release issued on Monday, Sept. 23, the CHP said it busted 13 speeders and made 16 stops in a 2-hour, 30-minute air operation the previous day.

Officers and pilots in the air coordinated with officers and units on the ground, according to spokesperson Officer Anne Morin, the public information officer of the California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area.

Husky volleyballers on a roll after strong Cal City Tourney

September 24, 2013

To hear coach John Morris tell it, the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team is fired up and ready to go.

Following a third-place finish last weekend’s Cal City Tournament, the Huskies begin High Desert League play on Friday, Sept. 27 against Desert at 4 p.m. and Desert Christian on Saturday at noon.

Both matches will be in the MHS gym.

The team, Morris said, is on a nice roll, following its fourth-place at the Mammoth Invitational on Sept. 13-14 with a third-place finish at Cal City on Sept. 20-21.

September 23rd

BREAKING: Mammoth Chamber opposes minimum wage hike

September 23, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce has taken a firm stand on raising the minimum wage by $2 over the next two years.

It doesn’t like it.

In a strongly worded statement that went to its members on Monday, Sept. 23, the Mammoth Chamber urged opposition to a law that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour over the next 18 months.

“The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce supports a fair wage in California and supports incremental increases related to the Consumer Price Index (CPI),” the Chamber said in a news release.

Third quarter meltdown dooms Mammoth in 55-27 loss at Desert

September 23, 2013

The Mammoth Huskies learned a thing or two about the art of a quick turnaround Friday night against the Desert Scorpions at Edwards Air Force Base.

Cruising along comfortably after two quarters and with a possible road victory within sight, the Huskies came out of the locker room at halftime and were stung so quickly it was hard for them to know what bit them.

The final was 55-27, but in the third quarter, Desert overwhelmed Mammoth repeatedly, putting up 30 points in less than 12 minutes and putting the game out of reach.

Off The Trail: Turning Point

September 23, 2013

It was a hot, still morning and the smell of summer was adrift on the hazy golden air—pine sap; sage; the deep green scents of manzanita and ceanothus; the lavender aroma of lupine gone to seed.

Even the bees, spiraling through the waning fireweed along the trail, seemed lazy: somnolent, barely able to keep their heavy, furred bodies alight.

Mono City argues for emergency access road

September 23, 2013

When the hot, dry summer winds that sweep through the Mono Basin with great regularity encounter a spark of fire, a wildfire can spread across dozens of acres of sagebrush and bitterbrush in a few minutes.

That’s exactly what Mono City residents have worried about for years, a worry made more pronounced by the fact that there is only one good road going in and out of the community.

Mammoth mountain bikers mobilize

September 23, 2013

Mammoth’s mountain bikers, fresh on the heels of a long season, already are preparing for 2014.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Giovanni’s, Fat Bike Mammoth will conduct a meeting to discuss mountain biking opportunities in Mono and Inyo Counties.

Specifically, according to Fat Bike leader Alan Jacoby, the group will discuss “becoming a more formal group” and working with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management “to increase and improve our opportunities. 

RAW: Fire restrictions lifted on local federal lands Monday, Sept.

September 23, 2013

Eastern Sierra fire restrictions put into place June 28 by the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will be rescinded Monday, Sept. 23.
 
People who want to have a campfire outside of developed campgrounds are still required to get a campfire permit, which can be obtained at visitor centers or online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org.
 

September 19th

CLOSED SESSION: Council begins negotiations for Sam's Woodsite

September 19, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negoiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam's Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth's most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CLOSED SESSION: Council interviews Interim Town Manager candidates

September 19, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 18, began the process of finding a new Town Manager, but details were hard to come by.

Meeting in a marathon closed session in advance of its regular, public meeting, council members interviewed prospects for an interim town manager, according to Mayor Rick Wood.

Wood did not say how many candidates there were, or who they were.

The council is interviewing interim candidates in the wake of the resignation of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, whose resignation was accepted byt he council earlier in September, also in closed session.

Lessons from 9/11 come to Mammoth Lakes

September 19, 2013

On September 11, 2001, Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch was in his last year of residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.

When the al-Qaeda plane hit the Pentagon minutes after the Twin Towers came down in New York City, he said, he and his hospital braced for the casualties that were inevitable.

They didn’t come.

They couldn’t.

Town fast-tracks code compliance efforts

September 19, 2013

With its new TBID in place and Mammoth hurtling into the winter TOT visitor season, the Town Council this past week began to look at one missing piece of the economic landscape: someone to enforce the town codes.

As of Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the town did not have a planning director, a code enforcement officer, or a designated building official to act as an enforcer.

It had one new TOT compliance specialist to enforce the tax codes, with other duties spread among a thin staff that recently got much thinner.

Bears, humans on best behavior despite weather

September 19, 2013

Despite three years of wild weather—one winter of record breaking snowfall followed by two years of record drought—Mammoth’s bears have never been better.

Seriously.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth’s wildlife specialist.

“Three years ago, we had one of the biggest ever winters, followed by one of the deepest droughts, followed by another one of the deepest droughts.

Huskies fourth in Mammoth Invitational

September 19, 2013

Home court advantage, elusive at any level in any sport, was missing for the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team last weekend.

Playing in its own tournament on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, the Huskies fell to fourth place in the Mammoth Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Mammoth High School.

“We were very pleased with the overall level of play at this year’s tournament,” said Mammoth head coach John Morris. “This is probably the strongest group of teams we have ever had.”

September 17th

Feds begin to take notice of Eastern Sierra worries about frogs, toads

September 17, 2013

A federal proposal to include some local and highly used fishing and recreation areas (such as Rock Creek Lake) as “critical habitat” for three rare local amphibians was met with considerable skepticism Tuesday when the Mono County Board of Supervisors found themselves deep in frog and toad biology, reproduction and disease.

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