Mammoth is back in the pink.
A major national credit ratings service on Wednesday declared Mammoth âstable,â lifting the town from the dregs of a âhighly vulnerableâ credit rating in the wake of settling its legal battle against Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).
Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez delivered the news to the Town Council at its meeting Wednesday evening, just hours after Standard & Poorâs Rating Services raised Mammoth from a âCâ rating to âBB+.â
Using a motion sensor activated camera in Round Valley, members of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust have made a startling discovery.
With a camera purchased with grant funds from the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, ESLT documented 15 different species over a period of five months, ranging from tiny deer mice to the tawny mountain lion.
âWildlife migration corridors are defined as historic routes that many different wildlife species use to travel between different types of crucial habitats,â said the ESLTâs Karen Ferrell-Ingram.
Mammoth Dog Teams owner Jim Ouimet and his several dozen husky dogs have been without a permanent place to call home since 2003âand heâs going to have to wait until at least 2013 for that to change.
âWe will be bringing this up to the supervisors probably around the middle of January, with a staff analysis and the bids we have already done in hand,â said Jim Arkens, Mono Countyâs administrator.
Arkens spoke this week, after the outgoing board of supervisors punted another decision about the dogsled business to the incoming board that will take its seat in January.
Search efforts continue for the single engine plane that may have gone missing over Yosemite National Park on Monday, December 17.
The pilot, recently identified as 68 year-old Nicol Wilson of Solvang, CA, was flying alone from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes when he was last detected via radar in the afternoon of Dec. 17 near the North Dome area of the park. The plane, a 1966 Single-Engine Mooney, was reported missing by Wilson’s family when he didn’t arrive in Mammoth Monday night.
Police arrested an 18-year-old Mammoth man during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 19, after responding to a call of an intoxicated man who had just left a local hotel.
While searching for the person in sub-zero temperatures, the two officers were called away to handle a domestic violence in progress, police said in a news release. After handling that, they returned to the area of South Frontage Road to continue their search.
On Dec. 17, in another setback for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Kern County Superior Court ruled that LADWP must pay more than one million dollars in fees that itdeliberately withheld related to air pollution control measures for the dried Owens Lake bed.
It felt just like any other morning to Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson.
Like all of you, we are shocked and saddened by the horrific school shootings that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday and the tragic loss of life.
One cannot begin to wonder what goes through a person’s mind that pushes them to the edge to take such violent action on innocent people and in this case, teachers and kindergarten students. We share in the grief that all our community has for the victims, their families, and the people of Newton.
Four changes to the Mammoth Times staff were announced this week by publisher and editor-in-chief Aleksandra Gajewski.
George Shirk, currently news editor of the Times and Managing Editor of Mammoth Sierra Magazine, was named Managing Editor across the suite of the newspaper company’s publications.
Concurrently, Tiffany Tyree was named business manager, while Lesley-Anne Hoxie was named business assistant/classified sales representative. Finally, Alex Garcia assumes the duties of editorial assistant.
“Hey who turned out the lights?” Fido demanded.
“Fido, the lights are on. Nobody has turned them off.”
“No, I mean outside. I get up in the morning and it’s dark on our morning walk. When we get home, it’s dark again.”
“It’s just the season, Fido.”
“I don’t like it.”
As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage.
Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!
A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.
A “no shooting” ordinance covering the Conway Ranch property has been amended and shooting, camping, snowmobiling and night time use will soon be allowed on the property after raising little resistance at a Tuesday Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Mono County owns the Conway Ranch, a scenic swathe of open space at the base of Conway Summit, and had put in place rules prohibiting these activities when it bought the property more than a decade ago.
The fate of Dog Sled Adventures is still in limbo after an emotional exchange between the county supervisors Tuesday that ended—once again and after years of waffling—in no action.
Stuart Brown, the affable Aussie who for four years has served as the regional commissioner of AYSO youth soccer, announced this week he is leaving his post.
“Hopefully, you’re leaving something in better shape than when you started,” he said.
Brown, 46, served two terms and earned respect and kudos from the players as well as the AYSO Board of Directors.
A private aquaculture group that had hoped to create a commercial fish hatchery on Mono County property on the Conway Ranch has filed a claim for more than $4 million in past and future damages against the county, according to the county.
Inland Aquaculture Group, headed by John Frederickson, has been trying to make a viable fishery at the site, with the county’s blessing, for the past several years.
But in the past few years, the relationship between the county and IAG has soured.