January 18th, 2013
Mono County’s new drug dog can identify residual smells left behind by illegal drugs
A powerful new weapon against illegal drugs has been added to Mono County’s law enforcement teams—a four-year-old Belgian Malinois dog named Tara.
Tara’s nose is so powerful, she can pick up the odor of a pound of marijuana or the lingering scent of cocaine residue left on the steering wheel of a car, according to the sheriff’s department.
The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club announced that world-renowned artist and entertainer Yve Evans will perform at its Rotary Winterfest on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon Lodge.
Yve has been a regular at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee and will showcase her talents in honor of Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club “Service Above Self” honorees Ken and Flossie Coulter.
Weekend full of activities, including a Triple Threat Triathlon
In spite of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s CEO Rusty Gregory closing the June Lake Mountain Ski area for the 2012-13 season, the June Lake community rallied to put various events together to celebrate other amenities the community offers.
The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing. The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues you face.
This service is being provided in the Mammoth Lakes Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. throughout tax season, from Feb. 4 through April 15. Spanish speaking volunteers are available.
Rock Creek Road is scheduled for some major rehabilitation and redesign work in the next few years, including a four-foot-wide bike climbing lane, according to Mono County officials. The project will likely start sometime in either 2014 or 2015, it will be mostly funded by the federal government and it will take two summer seasons to complete, according to the county. Pullouts and interpretive signs are also planned for the project.
The Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park hit 22 degrees below zero last Friday, Jan. 11, a record for the park, according to a Jan. 17 article by the Los Angeles Times. Rangers also recorded a low of 17 degrees below zero on Jan. 10, and 21 degrees below zero on Jan. 12.
Yosemite National Park announced the release of two Wild and Scenic River Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statements; one for the Merced River (MRP) and one for the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment.
The public comment period for the MRP is open now through Thursday, April 18. The public comment period for the TRP is open now through Monday, March 18.
Mono County supervisors will continue to meet in Mammoth Lakes one Tuesday out of their regular three meetings every month. The policy to meet once a month in Mammoth—which has most of the county’s population—has been in place for several years, after decades of meetings only in Bridgeport, which is the county seat.
In an effort to provide additional parking for Village patrons this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the town will temporarily remove parking restrictions on Hillside Drive and Berner Street, town officials said. From Jan. 17-21, the existing “no parking” signs will be covered or bagged, with new signs placed allowing two-hour parking from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Mammoth’s Kate Wilson wins; Taylor Sanders second
There might not have been a lot of reason to it, but there sure was a lot of rhyme when eight competitors in the Mono County “Poetry Out Loud” contest took to the Edison Theatre stage on Jan. 5.
The students, representing Coleville, Lee Vining, and Mammoth high schools, presented two poems each.
According to the rules, they memorized the poems from the selection of published poems eligible for this year’s contest.
Public comment period extends to Jan. 30
Residents now have more time to weigh in on what could be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Mono County’s history.
A brand new geothermal plant that will generate as much power as all three existing Ormat Technologies power plants east of Mammoth Lake is in the works. Last week, the Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extended the time to comment on the project to Jan. 30.
Stranded motorists in June Lake surprised by helping hand
When a pair of urban-dwelling visitors found themselves stranded on a June Lake road in the dark in the middle of a storm last weekend, they knew they were in trouble.
What the two women did not know, though, was that a helping hand was on the way in the form of new Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger—“O.B.” to his pals and colleagues.
Andie’s Flying Circus grabbed hold of the lead in the Mammoth Mountain Village Championships on Tuesday, amassing 32 points to stay in front of the Miramar Dinosaurs.