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March 19th, 2013

Comments on the Mammoth Trails website

March 19, 2013

 

I have two comments on last week’s article titled “Mammoth Trails website springs to life.”

The Mammoth Lakes Trails System Coordinating Committee June 28, 2012, minutes note the total cost of the trails website as “approximately $225,000.”

Measure R funds and Town General Funds were the major contributor, along with some private funds. 

That amount, plus the approximately $30,000 budgeted for first year maintenance totals more than one quarter of a million dollars.    

March 18th

Community gardners, others across county invited to Mammoth forum today, Monday, March 18

March 18, 2013

Community Garden & Food System Networking meeting: Mammoth Lakes

Date: March 18, 2013

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Mammoth Lakes Town Council Chambers, Suite Z

Contact: Ilene Mandelbaum (760) 647-6644 monogreens@aol

Sponsor: Ilene Mandelbaum- Lee Vining Community Garden

OPEN INVITATION TO: COMMUNITY GARDEN COORDINATORS AND LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM ADVOCATES

WHAT: A Networking Meeting for Representatives from all the Community Gardens in Mono County and Inyo Counties, as well as Supporting Agencies, local growers and local food system advocates.

March 17th

County closing in on finance director

March 17, 2013

 

Still pending: County Administrative Officer, human resources director, risk manager

The exodus of top-level managers from Mono County government appears to have stopped and at least one vacant position is close to being filled soon.

According to Byng Hunt, the chair of the Mono County Board of Supervisors, “an offer is being negotiated as we speak” for a new finance director.

Town lays out new ‘adult business’ rules

March 17, 2013

 

Current ordinance outdated, officials say

There are no adult businesses in Mammoth, but if and when they come, their owners have to be heads up to some new rules.

Those rules are contained in a 19-page report that was delivered to the Planning and Economic Development Commission on Wednesday, March 13.

March 15th

Shorthanded MLPD to use more video surveillance

March 15, 2013

 

Cameras at Village are fixed; next in line is Skate Park

For those who may have a fantasy about becoming a television or film star, the Village at Mammoth or the Volcom Brothers Skate Park are offering auditions.

The only thing an aspiring actor has to do is stir up a heap of trouble at either or both venues, and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department will give him a thumbs-up or thumbs down.

The search for the future is on

March 15, 2013

 

Mammoth opens new $150k economic development slot

Mammoth is on the hunt for a director of economic development, in what town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez calls a “very critical” hire.

“Economic development is one of the highest priorities in the town,” she said on Thursday, March 14, one day after the town’s Planning and Economic Development Commission weighed in on the job description and responsibilities of the position.

Ski race seasons ebb to a close; athletes eye Olympic Games

March 15, 2013

 

Teller, Cook, and Mammoth High School racers end on high notes

The ski and snowboard racing seasons began drawing to a close last week, with Mammoth athletes turning in one of their finest seasons ever.

March 13th

RAW: Hearings set for big solar energy project near Death Valley

March 13, 2013

The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 500-megawatt (MW) Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System will hold two additional days of evidentiary hearings.

When: Monday, March 18, 2013 and Tuesday, March 19, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. (March 19 will only be held if necessary)

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the meetings to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 4:

RAW: Have your say Wed., March 13, in Mammoth as the Inyo National Forest gears up for massive changes to forest plan

March 13, 2013

In February 2012, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell selected the Inyo National Forest (INF) as one of the first national forests to revise its Forest Plan using the 2012 Forest Service planning rule. The INF’s existing Forest Plan was completed in 1988 and has been amended multiple times since then. The Forest Plan provides direction and zoning for the management of a range of resources and activities such as water, wildlife, ecosystems, and recreation for the 2 million acre Inyo National Forest.

Athlete food for thought

March 13, 2013

Teens on the road without parents are not normally fixated on healthy food choices, but as members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams learned recently, they ought to be.

The reason might be critical to a race, such as the 2010 Olympic Men’s Downhill, in which a mere two seconds separated the gold medal winner and the 28th-place finisher.

On not paving Paradise

March 13, 2013

Supervisors approve guard rail for trailhead area

Not many people live along Lower Rock Creek and that’s the way the people that do, like it.

The little community of Paradise has been waging a small war for the last few years, trying to get a developer and Mono County to make the main trailhead along the creek safe after a recent development went in near the old Paradise Lodge and Restaurant.

A bighorn sheep thank you

March 13, 2013

The fundraiser gala “500 and Rising” was a terrific success, sharing with over 150 guests the remarkable story of the wild sheep in our backyard.

On behalf of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation I would like to thank the friends from near and far who came to show their enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, as well as the many people who worked hard to bring about this event.

Rich Boccia

March 13, 2013

We’re sorry to see Rich Boccia go.

No we’re not.

Yes we are.

Boccia’s sudden resignation as superintendent of the Mammoth Unified School District, effective March 1, elicited similar responses all around town and, presumably, in the cloistered halls of the high school, middle school, and elementary school.

He was a smart, brash, in-your-face Italian American, and Mammoth has never seen anyone quite like him.

March 12th

June Mountain hosts 300 search and rescue team members from across the state

March 12, 2013

Teams sought to renew their snow and ice rescue skills

The bitter wind bites and lifts snow and ice crystals, flinging them against the black rock and white ground, hitting the Search and Rescue team in the face as they struggle up the steep mountainside.

They have been climbing for precious minutes now, trying to reach an avalanche victim. A steady avalanche beacon sound—“beep, beep, beep”—is the only lifeline they have to the unknown victim.

“Beep, beep, beep. Beep, beep, beep.”

Mammoth Schools name interim superintendent

March 12, 2013

Town resident Lou Stewart replaces Boccia

The Mammoth Unified School District on Tuesday named an interim superintendent in the wake of the now-you-see-him, now-you-don’t resignation of Rich Boccia.

Lou Stewart takes over the position on Monday, March 11, bringing with her three decades of experience in education.

According to school officials, Stewart has been an elementary school principal, high school co-principal, and Director of Special Education, and began her career as a special education teacher.

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