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February 15th, 2013

Coyote sightings quadruple in Mammoth; no worries

February 15, 2013


Searles: Actual numbers remain steady

Coyote sightings have been on the rise in Mammoth, but local Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles said the population is healthy, and their presence is of no threat whatsoever.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 15-21

February 15, 2013


Fido & Me - The Week that Was

February 15, 2013


“Wotta week!” Fido said.

“Yes, it sure was. You must be exhausted, Old Sport.”

“That’s OK, because I’m a dog, and even when we’re exhausted, if there is still a little bit of fuel in the tank, we can keep on going.”

“Well put. Humans aren’t quite like that, and the older they get, well, you know. Did you have a favorite part?”

Fido showed no hesitation. He wagged his stump.

“Foolsday was my favorite part!”

Rotary Winterfest Celebration round up

February 15, 2013


To all of the wonderful people of our community who have supported us for the last 33 years: a large and gracious thanks!

Many of you atteneded the Noon Rotary fundraiser event last Saturday night, and we were very happy to see you.

We were stunned by the invitation to accept the first “Service Above Self” Rotarian award, but are very honored to accept it.

Digital 395 project going full bore

February 15, 2013


Massive project is finally underway in Mono County

The Digital 395 project has been a pie-in-the-sky project for so long, some were beginning to think the 600-plus-mile high-speed broadband fiber project would never make it to Mono County.

The little town that could

February 15, 2013


Two weekends ago, the community of June Lake proved that it is the Little Town that Could. 

Faced with an economically challenging winter, the June Lake Revitalization Committee set off to develop some animation-generating events and activities.  These have required collaboration and cooperation from many community members. The June Lake Winter Festival and Triple Threat Triathlon, held Feb. 1 to 3, really proved how great things can happen if we all work together. 

Go Fish

February 15, 2013


The kiss of death for any resort community is doing the same thing all the competitors are doing.

The kiss of success is finding the one thing that people want, or the two or the three things, that no other resort, anywhere, can do.

In Mono County’s case, that one thing is not Mammoth Mountain Ski Area—other resorts have big mountains, too.

It’s not our great scenery—others have that, too.

It’s Alpers trout.

Great, big, fat Alpers trout.

South County residents in limbo over broadband

February 15, 2013


There has still been no deadline for high-speed broadband service set for Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake after Verizon backed out of a Jan. 28 deadline and the Public Utilities Commission last week rejected Verizon’s request for a deadline extension.

Calls to Verizon were not returned before press time.

Tenney moves to take down banner signs for good

February 15, 2013


Says Mammoth ‘looks like a swap meet’ in summer months

After years of wrangling over what to do about the proliferation of what she considers unsightly banner signs in Mammoth, Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney said she has a solution.

“We should eliminate all banners except for special events,” she said at a commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “We should eliminate all ‘temporary’ signs, too.”

Out of area union groups file comments opposing geothermal plant

February 15, 2013


‘Here we go again,’ says a Roseville-based construction worker advocate

It didn’t take long for two mostly non-local membership union advocacy groups to dump hundreds of pages of comments challenging the proposed new geothermal plant slated for construction in the next few years off of Casa Diablo Road.

County supes vote against Mammoth Mountain funding of ‘peer resort’ trip

February 15, 2013


‘I don’t want it to look like a junket,’ Fesko says

It didn’t take long for the Mono County supervisors to figure out Tuesday that allowing Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to pay for travel expenses for the supervisors on a “peer resorts” tour was a bad idea.

County begins filling four vacant positions

February 15, 2013


Mono County lost all three of its top administrators in the last few months, but none of the vacancies will be permanent and efforts are underway now to re-fill all the positions, according to county officials.

A ‘grow house’ grows in Mammoth

February 15, 2013


Legal cannabis nursery approved for Mammoth Lakes Wellness

Long after the resolution of rules in connection with marijuana dispensaries in Mammoth, the town this past week tackled the related issue of legal cannabis nurseries to supply them.

The town’s response: “Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow.”

Fight over Mammoth Creek could be headed to court

February 15, 2013


“Settlement” talks between Mammoth’s community water district and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power appear to have broken down Thursday and the two sides could be headed to court.

According to Mammoth Community Water District attorney Alan Lilly, a hearing date has now been set for Sept. 6, barring a possible settlement between now and then.

Search and Rescue team honors Holmquist, Guffey

February 15, 2013


Each year, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team honors one of its members for his or her individual excellence and public service. This year, the Pete Schoerner Rescue Member of the Year for 2012 was awarded to Jeff Holmquist.

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