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September 16th, 2013

CHP aircraft personnel stop 19 speeders near Tom's Place

September 16, 2013

The California Highway Patrol last weekend took to the air to enforce speed limits on the ground.

Summer of '13

September 16, 2013

The summer events schedule is over for this year, and we’re not the only ones trying to make sense of it.

The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission finds itself at the center of the dissection.

In a sparsely attended meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the commission moved forward in the hopes of forming a policy as to the use of Measure U tax.

It is a critically important discussion, since the town now leans so heavily on generating sales, TBID revenue and Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) as its summer economic platform.

Hello Mammoth!

September 16, 2013

I just spent Saturday with you, as I was riding in the Kamikaze Bike Games.  I wanted to share with you my experience of spending the day in my “happiest place on Earth.”

First off, I want to send a huge thank you to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Bill Cockroft, and Caroline and Amanda for hosting/promoting such an excellent event. 

It’s been far too long for such an event at Mammoth, and though it may not be as big as the heydays of the 90s, I can see it growing to such a level in the not-too-distant future. 

Lakes Basin poop, trash draw attention … again

September 16, 2013

With the fall color season on the immediate horizon, Mammoth trails activists fear the Lakes Basin is about to put its worst foot forward.

It’s about poop.

It’s about trash.

Ultimately, said Mammoth Trails Committee chairman Sean Turner, it’s about the guests visiting Mammoth in what is arguably its most pristine time of the year.

“We’re leaving our guests with a bad experience,” he said on Monday, Sept. 9, during a discussion among members of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Coordinating Committee.

Water district gears up for another battle over Mammoth Lake’s drinking water

September 16, 2013

Fresh from one battle over drinking water, Mammoth’s water district is now plunging into another—this time over a proposed new geothermal plant that would be located to the northeast of the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.

The project, called Casa Diablo IV, would double the current geothermal generating capacity of the site, which also includes an older plant still in operation.

September 15th

Huskies' 35-19 loss feels like a victory; Mammoth bends, but does not break

September 15, 2013

A funny thing happened to the Mammoth Huskies on their way to a loss to Bishop.

September 12th

Bishop comes calling on Huskies

September 12, 2013

 

The Mammoth Huskies, off to a 1-0 start in the 2013 football season, ran through their drills this past week as if Friday night’s game were just another bump on the schedule.

It isn’t.

In spite of a season-opening loss to Whittier Christian, the Bishop Broncos and Head Coach Bill Egan pay a visit to Gault-McClure Stadium for their 7 p.m. varsity game, and if history is a guide, that means trouble.

Smoke continues to take a toll

September 12, 2013

Smoky skies returned to Mammoth this past weekend, reminding residents that the big Rim Fire near Yosemite is still kicking—and at almost 400 square miles, one of the biggest fires in the state’s history.

Forgetting the fire’s strength and size is a luxury northern Mono County hasn’t had. The region north of Bridgeport has largely been stuck in a pattern of smoke and haze for much of the past month and the sheer length of the time of exposure to the smoke is beginning to take an economic toll on the region.

State gives Digital 395 another $9.9 million

September 12, 2013

 

The last hurdle to completing the Digital 395 high-speed broadband backbone was jumped last week when California’s Public Utilities Commission voted to give the project another $9.9 million.

The 583-mile project that will connect Barstow to Reno with high-capacity, high-speed broadband fiber optic trunk lines, was over-budget by about that amount by the end of July—the completion deadline date originally set by the federal government, which paid for about $80 million of the $101 million project.

Nevada City pro takes the Kamikaze crown

September 12, 2013

To Graeme Pitts, everything felt as if it were in place for a big day in Mammoth.

Just in from pro mountain bike racing in Canada and on his way to Norway for the UCI World Cup championships, Pitts bounced out of his car, straightened his 6-foot, 2-inch body into a semi-salute, stuck out his chest and took a deep, happy breath.

“I’ve always heard about Mammoth and the Kamikaze,” he said. “I wasn’t going to miss this.”

Phillips steals the show in Fall Century/Gran Fondo

September 12, 2013

The first timed High Sierra Century race featured some blazing performances by cyclists who finished the 100-mile-plus course in less than five hours.

But in many respects, the day belonged to Mammoth’s Dennis Phillips.

It’s not that the longtime Mammoth resident won his 60-69 age group, or that he did it by nearly an hour, placing ninth overall in 5-hours, 9-minutes and 39 seconds.

September 11th

Mammoth's Dr. Mike Karch, one of first doctors on scene after Sept. 11 attacks, gives talk tonight

September 11, 2013

Don't miss this great talk tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11, with one of our own, Mammoth Hospital's Dr. Mike Karch, who was one of the first doctors on the scene after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Karch's incredible story about the first few days after the attacks and the lessons he learned about how to best respond to such a disaster—not just medical personnel but bystanders and others—have gained him national attention and he's right here in Mammoth.

Here are the details:

September 10th

RAW: Mono County loses longtime employee, resident Warren “Keith” Park

September 10, 2013

The Mono County employees and residents suffered an unexpected and tragic loss of a friend, colleague and co-worker this weekend with the passing of Warren “Keith” Park. Keith, part of the county family in the Information Technology (IT) Department for many years, who passed away due to injuries suffered from an out-of-state motorcycle accident over the past weekend.

Keith began working for the Mono County IT Department as an Information Technology Specialist II in July
2005, and was promoted to an Information Technology Specialist III in November 2007.

September 9th

Mammoth's version of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' delightful

September 9, 2013

I am not a typical fan of Shakespeare.

 

September 6th

RAW: Tioga Road still closed west of White Wolf but S.R. 120 opens from Groveland to Crane Flat

September 6, 2013

State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland, CA into Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Friday, September 6, 2013.

Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via SR-120. However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited. The public is advised to use extreme caution as firefighting activities continue in this area.

Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of SR-120 remain closed.

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