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Some Paradise residents still not happy with Lower Rock Creek development

December 7, 2012

Paradise residents voiced their ire Tuesday about a subdivision and trailhead design on Lower Rock Creek Road that they say is making the road dangerous in the winter.

At issue is a fence that developer John Hooper, who lives on the property at the site of the old Paradise Lodge and Resort, built to funnel hikers from a parking lot to a trailhead.

Ralph Obenberger likely to be appointed county sheriff soon

December 7, 2012

Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger will likely be appointed Mono County Sheriff by the county supervisors soon, after Sheriff Richard “Rick” Scholl recommended Obenberger for the post at Tuesday's county supervisor's meeting—with no oppostition from the supervisors, who were quick to voice their support for Obenberger.

Scholl recently announced he will retire about halfway through his four year term. His last date will be Dec. 20.

“It seems like the logical choice, and Ralph is certainly qualified,” said Supervisor Byng Hunt—words echoed by the rest of the supervisors.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 7-13, starring Stacey Corless, Dan Watson, Marty Thompson et al

December 7, 2012

The Eastern Sierra made Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, coming in at No. 6. The travel pub gives a shout-out to Bodie, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, Devils Postpile, and Whoa Nellie Deli. Notably absent: Mammoth Lakes. Top 5 are Louisville, Fairbanks, the San Juan Islands, Philly and American Somoa. …

Holy Bobcat, Batman! Searles thrilled with local sightings

December 7, 2012

A pair of bobcats are enjoying the early winter in Mammoth’s neighborhoods, and wildlife specialist Steve Searles says he is ecstatic.

“For people to be able to observe that in a community, it’s a great indicator of one of the things that’s going really right in our town,” he said at the Mammoth Town Council meeting Wednesday evening.

“To have local bobcats being observed multiple times a day, it’s something we should be really proud of, and celebrate.”

Searles said there is no reason for people to be alarmed by the two critters.

Tri-Valley developer gets some help with project

December 7, 2012

 

The Tri-Valley area of Mono County—Hammil, Chafant and Benton—was once the fastest growing part of the county, and developer Bob Stark hopes it is again soon.

He got some help for his vision Tuesday after the Mono County Board of supervisors agreed to make it easier to continue his White Mountain Estates project north of Bishop on S.R 6.

Stark’s 87-unit project was going full-speed prior to 2008, poised to fill a deep need for workforce housing in the county, which at the time was experiencing a real estate price boom.

Bridgeport snow sports area open

December 7, 2012

 

The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) is scheduled to open Dec. 6 after gaining three and four feet of snow coverage. 

The BWRA area is suitable for snowmobiling and other winter sports and is located in the Sonora Pass vicinity off S.R. 108. Recent storms have provided enough snow to meet the minimum requirements for opening, but snow conditions are variable.

'Tis better to give than to take

December 7, 2012

 

Every year, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra does its biggest fundraiser in December. Its Island Extravaganza has been an extraordinary example of the Eastern Sierra community coming together for a night of music, mingling, and good food—all in the name of supporting a fabulous organization.

In addition to the many volunteers it takes to keep DSES going, it also takes an enormous amount of funding to keep the programs moving forward. One of the ways volunteers help DSES raise funds is by selling raffle tickets.

Fido & Me- Antlers

December 7, 2012

 

“What the heck are we DOING?” Fido asked.

“Just sit still, you big red lug, this won’t take much more than a minute.”

“I’m not liking this.”

We were an hour away from our appointment with a photographer and some other dogs to make an image for a Christmas card. The idea was simple enough. The execution was going to be another thing altogether.

Tap-tap-tap

December 7, 2012

 

And so it begins.

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council approved its “Restructuring Plan” Wednesday evening, cutting police, public works, parks, salaries, and staff positions.

Everyone knew it was coming; there were no surprises.

Even so, that tap-tap-tap tapping sound you hear is the sound of nervous fingers.

Just what the heck is going to happen, anyway?

A belated thank you

December 7, 2012

 

The Lee Vining Elementary PTO would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make our Annual Halloween Carnival a success. We are humbled by the widespread community support we received throughout Mono County.

The monies the Lee Vining PTO raised from this event will fund supplemental opportunities and supplies for students in the areas of music, P.E. and art. 

Scobie recieves 10-year recognition award

December 7, 2012

 

David Scobie, a police officer with the MLPD for 10 years, received a recognition award from the Town Council Wednesday night, and Mayor Matthew Lehman gave him one of the highest compliments a cop could hope for.

“I don’t know David real well,” Lehman said, “but one thing I’ve heard around town is that people really like David Scobie. Even the people who are pulled over by him almost enjoy the experience.

“He’s the epitome of a great officer.”

'Shop with a Cop' set for holidays

December 7, 2012

 

Annual event in Bishop on Dec. 15

The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association is coordinating a multi-jurisdictional, multi-county event that will benefit some well-deserving families for Christmas.

The event is called “Shop with a Cop,” and will involve the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Bishop Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Inyo Probation Department.

Hospital welcomes two surgeons to staff

December 7, 2012

 

Mammoth Hospital next month will have two new surgeons on staff, beginning in January, the hospital announced this week in a press release.

Fru Bahiraei, M.D. and Richard Koehler, M.D. will have primary residence within the Mammoth Hospital District boundaries.

Dr. Bahiraei is board certified in general surgery and comes to Mammoth most recently from Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Washington. 

At Whidbey he provided general surgical, vascular, thoracic, trauma, and endoscopic services.

Holiday concerts set for Saturday and Sunday

December 7, 2012

 

Enjoy the musical talent of the Eastside and ring in the holiday season this weekend with a community concert that features local musicians of all ages performing in the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra.

The concerts, Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth, and Sunday at the Bishop Neighborhood Church, begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $7 for students.

The Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt directs the chamber orchestra, and Stephanie Everson directs the choir.

Fire fee here to stay

December 7, 2012

 

A $150 “fire prevention” fee for most non-Mammoth residents in Mono County may be here to stay, after promised political support for the removing the fee evaporated during the election season.

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