October 12th, 2012
Jaymin, the ubiquitous and adorable yellow lab who has been at Mammoth resident Leigh Gaasch’s side for more than a year, is leaving for college.
A “Puppy in Training,” Jaymin was recalled to the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael to begin her formal guide work training.
This week, Mammoth High School named sophomore Sierra Gilfoy as its Athlete of the Week.
A setter on the JV volleyball team, Gilfoy’s setting skills, as well as her exceptional swerving, helped lead the team to three straight road victories at Silver Valley, Boron, and Mojave.
“At practice she gives 110 percent and even stays afterwards to improve her skills,” said Athletic Director Chris Powell. “Sierra is a great asset to the team.”
Pressed on all sides by a $2 million-a-year squeeze, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday questioned if it pays its cops too much.
Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the Mammoth Unified School District.
John Stavlo, a retired aerospace executive and electrical engineer, comes in as an incumbent, appointed to the school board early this past winter to fill the seat vacated by the late Dr. Andrew Bourne.
Incumbent Greg Newbry is not seeking reelection, vacating a second seat.
Shana Stapp, a special education teacher with Mono County, and Luis Villanueva, the general manager of the Village Lodge, are the other candidates for the two open seats.
Two people were found dead at a Bishop residence Sept. 23 and investigators are trying to find out why. At about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s investigators received notification of two deceased bodies in a home on Pa-Ha Lane, according to a press release.
Inyo County Coroner Leon Brune released the following names: Helena Spratt, 18, Bishop and Chase Tague, 27, Bishop.
The annual Mammoth Middle School Organization Ski & Sports Swap comes to Mammoth Oct. 13. Here are the details.
When: Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Mammoth Middle School.
What: Come and shop for deals on skis, snowboards, skates, soccer gear and sports equipment of all kinds. Admission is $5 per family. Proceeds go to MMSO.
If you have a pile of gear clogging up your closets and garage, then rent a table at the Swap and sell your stuff. Tables are $25 or $50 for businesses.
A bill that might have put more money into the state’s fish hatchery program passed late last month and Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a provision allowing $1 million to go toward the hatchery program infrastructure.
“I hope and pray this bill turns out to be the panacea that (CalTrout) would like us to believe, but I sincerely doubt it,” said local aquaculturist Tim Alpers.
There will be an Eastern Sierra Unified School Board candidate forum Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lee Vining Elementary School
Candidates Arya Degenhardt, Jimmy Little, Pamela Haas-Durhart and John Peters are vying for two seats, and will be given three questions with a Q&A session following. The event will be moderated.
For more information, call Anna Strathman at Lee Vining Elementary at 760-647-6460.
Mono County is homing in on rules to protect both broadband users and broadband providers as Digital 395 heads toward completion 10 months from now. The county has been hammering out a series of regulations and guidelines to guide the county in deciding when to allow providers to put cables above ground (providers will be guided to do above ground work only when an underground option is not possible), and other issues.
If you are a property owner in many parts of Mono County, you may get a $150 bill from the state this month, a bill that is due at the end of the month. Called the “State Responsibility Area” (SRA) fees, the fees are supposed to help the state pay for fire protection for certain state lands. The fees became law last year and went into effect Oct. 1. The law will also affect mobile homes with DMV registration.
Sometimes the complicated mathematics of choosing what to write about in my weekly column bogs me down, and I have trouble getting started.
Life changes even as I look out my window at Pole Pass, and watch the occasional southbound boat that cruised an extra week, or two hundred more miles north. The weather has been as close to perfect as possible for almost two months straight, and the fortunate retired people who aren’t worried about mowing the lawn in front of their condominium have really been enjoying the extra time on their boats this summer.