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February 15th, 2013

‘Alabama Hills Day’ set for April

February 15, 2013


The “Second Annual Alabama Hills Day” has been scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lone Pine. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups/activities that access and interface with the Alabamas.

Over 30 different sponsors/exhibitors will be at the event with their displays that will be promoting their activity and use of the Alabama Hills.

DSES Paralympic Sport Camp a success

February 15, 2013


Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra wrapped up its third Paralympic Sport Camp of this winter season, and organizers said they were thrilled with the prospective Paralympic talent the camp produced The Alpine Ski and Race Camp is one of several DSES Paralympic Sport camps, which are geared as recruitment camps for further Paralympic training.

Small business webinars held on Wednesdays

February 15, 2013


Mono County will be hosting a Wednesday lunchtime webinar series in the Mammoth Lakes Board of Supervisor’s Meeting Room on the 3rd Floor of Sierra Center Mall. More information can be found online at

The Webinars will be every other Wednesday during the lunch hour from 12:05 to 1:00 p.m., throughout 2013. The webinars are free to business owners and residents in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties; others must pay a $ 39 fee to attend.

Objection period set for Sherwin-Scenic Loop Project

February 15, 2013


The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District, has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Sherwin-Scenic Loop Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. This project proposes to conduct fuels treatments by mowing brush and thinning trees on approximately 1,100 acres managed by the Inyo National Forest around Sherwin Creek, Mammoth Creek, and Mammoth Scenic Loop areas, in and around the town of Mammoth Lakes.

Double trouble

February 15, 2013


There is still widespread influenza activity in California, with levels above epidemic thresholds for the seventh straight week, according to county health officials.

Although evidence shows decreased activity on the East Coast and the Southeast where it started this year, the West Coast, including the Eastern Sierra, is still showing high levels of activity.

Biggest weekend of the ski season

February 15, 2013


Mammoth will have its biggest weekend of the ski season, according to projections released by Mammoth Lakes Tourism on Thursday.

According to the projections, the three-day Presidents Day weekend totals were set at 92 percent of capacity, well ahead of the same weekend of a year ago, when skier visits slipped to 76 percent.

As for the mid-week, the tourism bureau projected Mammoth to be filled to 64 percent capacity, compared to 50 percent a year ago, when sketchy snow depths affected all but the Pacific Northwest ski areas.

February 14th

RAW: Walters appointed acting public works director for county

February 14, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors has appointed Jeff Walters to serve as the Acting Public Works Director.

The position of public works director was held by former CAO Jim Arkens for several years, until Arkens resigned in early February

The board made this appointment during their regular meeting of Feb 12.

Walters started working for Mono County on April 7, 2008, as operations superintendent, and was promoted to Assistant Public Works Director on Nov. 4, 2008.

February 12th

Supervisors call for an end to fish wars

February 12, 2013


There’s been something of a low-grade battle going on for years at Conway Ranch—a battle over fish, of all things.

It’s a battle over who pays to raise the fish that are being raised out there, and who doesn’t, over who is responsible when things go wrong, and who isn’t.

February 8th

Ski Area evacuates Canyon Lodge briefly; scent of propane causes a scramble

February 8, 2013

Officials evacuated Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at mid-afternoon Friday, Feb. 8, ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch confirmed.

Fido & Me - Mardi Gras

February 8, 2013


“That’s quite a get-up,” I said to Fido.  “What’s up with the beads?”

“Let’s dance!”


Fido got up on his hind legs and did a little jig.

“Is that really a jig?”

“Heck no! It’s a Fido-doh. A dance just for me-me-me.”

“Something tells me a cup of coffee would be a good thing right about now.”

‘Snow Biking’ makes tracks in Mammoth

February 8, 2013


Users argue for change  of 21-year-old rule

A new recreation activity is beginning to emerge in Mammoth, but “snow biking” has some bumpy bureaucratic rules to clear before it can break into the trails system of the Inyo National Forest.

Thank you from Wild Iris

February 8, 2013


Wild Iris would like to say thank you to the communities of Inyo and Mono counties for your generosity and support.

Whether you’ve been a long-time supporter, or you’re relatively new to the Wild Iris family, your monetary gifts, as well as those of time and talent, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of those we serve.

NRA only interested in profit

February 8, 2013


As a boy scout in the early 60s, I learned gun safety and how operate a single shot .22 rifle—promoted by the National Rifle Association. 

At that time, the NRA was owned and operated by law abiding gun owners who understood what was appropriate for ownership and use.

Today there are only 12 million of those members so it is important to ask how the NRA has $200 million to lobby against laws that might influence the availability of guns. 

That money comes from the manufacturers. 

An idea for June Lake

February 8, 2013


June Lake’s Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon event was a great example of a community coming together and being proactive in response to the loss of its biggest business booster.

When Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced (unexpectedly) its decision to close June Mountain Ski Area for the 2012-13 season, we imagined every June Lake citizen’s hearts dropped to the bottom of his or her stomach. Ours did.

Language led her to freedom

February 8, 2013


Review: ‘The Miracle Worker’

Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s production of William Gibson’s contemporary classic, “The Miracle Worker” opened this weekend at The Edison Theater. 

Directed by Juliana Olinka, the post-Civil War drama portrays the story of Annie Sullivan’s (Madeline Roy) first month as a teacher and governess to blind and deaf Helen Keller (played by seventh-grader Melanie Moyer).

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