October 26th, 2012
Big party at Welcome Center
Everybody who was anybody was at the Welcome Center last Saturday, Oct. 20, to open the new, enhanced Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
The Girl Scouts did color-guard ceremonies; Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta offered remarks; Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman was coerced off the trails to commemorate the trails; and John Wentworth, executive director of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) Foundation took time off from trail work.
Public support for Proposition 30, which would funnel $494,734 into Mammothâ€™s schools and $2.4 million into Eastside schools, appears to be running out of gas.
In new findings released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, likely voters in California are sharply divided over Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brownâ€™s tax measure to fund education, with just under half now supporting it.
When the ballot for Prop. 30 was first introduced, 48 percent said they would vote yes, 44 percent would vote no, and 8 percent were undecided.
A group of (apparently) non-local labor union organizations appealed an Oct. 11 decision by the Mono County planning commission to allow an expansion of Ormat Pacificâ€™s Casa Diablo geothermal plantâ€™s energy-generating capacity.
The appeal sends the project to the county supervisors for a final decision in November.
The project has been on the countyâ€™s plate for years. It has already passed through the planning commission and through the environmental review process, and was expected to have been implemented by now, according to county officials.
Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said heâ€™s had it up to here in trying to convince skeptical Mammoth residents that Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is worth her weight in gold.
â€śWe donâ€™t really talk about this very much,â€ť Wilbrecht said near the end of last weekâ€™s four-hour marathon Town Council meeting. â€śMaybe we should.â€ť
Marysheva-Martinez, the assistant town manager, became the townâ€™s budget analyst in the first round of budget crises that affected Mammothâ€™s crazy-quilt finances in February 2011.
By Mike Gervais
Inyo Register staff writer
Special to the Times
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.
The second snowstorm of the seasonâ€”and the first significant oneâ€”dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.
The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter stormâ€”a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.
Eastside residents couldnâ€™t be happier.
With only a week and a half to go before the cliffhanger of this 2012 presidential election finally comes to an end on Nov. 6, Monday marked the last day to register to vote in Mono County.
Many people have already voted.
Early voting ballots are currently trickling in. Mono County officials said the county has received 949 mail-in ballots so farâ€”about a fifth of the countyâ€™s total of 5,492 registered voters.
â€śI got the Canâ€™t-Waits!â€ť
â€śFido, move over, will you? I want to get this travel case stored properly, you know?â€ť
â€śI know weâ€™re going somewhere,â€ť Fido panted. â€śWhere could it possibly be?â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s the beauty of this kind of a road trip, Old Man. With really nothing on my mind and nowhere in particular to go, why donâ€™t you tell me, for a change?â€ť
â€śI want to go to the Biscuit Capital of America!â€ť
â€śWhere the heck is that?â€ť
A tiny earthquake, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, took a swipe at Mammoth Thursday morning. The normal rule of thumb is that it takes a 3.0 mg quake to feel it.
No damage or injuries were reported.
The mini-quake rolled through at 9:12 a.m., at a depth of 4.9 miles. The epicenter was one mile East-Southeast of Mammoth.
The Mammoth Lakes dining scene will change dramatically this winter with the opening of "Campo Mammoth", the newest offering by acclaimed chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.
With Campo Reno named one of Esquireâ€™s best new restaurants in America, the new Mammoth location, in the old Hyde space, will introduce Esteeâ€™s commitment to organic and seasonal ingredients as well as an emphasis on items that lend themselves well to families and to skiers and boarders in search of aprĂ¨s ski fare.
Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, October 22, 2012, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. The summit of El Capitan, 7,569 feet above sea level, is the largest granite monolith in the world. This Yosemite icon attracts rock climbers from across the globe.
On Sept. 27, the Inyo National Forest sent a â€śletter of non-complianceâ€ť to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, putting the ski area on notice that leaving June Mountain closed indefinitely was not acceptable.
The letter gave MMSA until Oct. 15 to respond. This week, it did, said Jon Reggelbrugge, the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake districts.
â€śMMSA met the deadline and submitted an operating plan,â€ť he said. â€śWe are reviewing that plan. We may request some changes as we have some questions about some aspects.â€ť
As Mammoth struggles to retain control of water rights to Mammoth Creek, yet another lawsuit by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hit the region late last week. DWP filed a lawsuit against the Bishop-based state air pollution control district over dust control efforts on the Owens Lake.
Now, both agencies share an unwilling kinshipâ€”Mammoth is already deeply embroiled in a separate tussle with DWP, after DWP announced it would sue the Mammoth Community Water District for contested water rights to Mammoth Creek late last year.
It was 1 a.m. when we woke up from a rough and restless nap on the hard ground and stumbled to our feet.
The moon had just come up over the sharp and spired ridges of Mt. Tom to the south and it shone through the elegant, black lodgepole pines like silver water.
But we were in no mood for its beauty, even though we had been waiting for it to rise over the ridge since a 10 p.m. break, when black night had descended into the deep gorge of Pine Creek Canyon.