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State expands water conservation rules as of March 17; fines can follow if rules violated

March 17, 2015

As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday, March 17, adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies.

Eastside in the dark, but not for long

March 16, 2015

The Eastside lost power briefly Monday morning, affecting Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport, as well as Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

According to the "Outage report" page at Southern California Edison, the lights went out at 10:34 a.m. All of Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport had power back on about a half hour later.

At the ski area, the power outage lasted longer, but was restored at 11:43 a.m. to Main Lodge.

More details on the power outage will appear in the Thursday, March 19 edition of the Mammoth Times. 

Community members come out en masse over weekend to support residents who lost their homes

March 13, 2015

Round Fire benefit dinner held March 7 nets more than $50,000

More than 1,000 Eastern Sierra residents turned out this past weekend to support fundraising efforts for the victims of the Round Fire, raising more than $50,000 in the process.

The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Salvation Army and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce partnered with a group of volunteers to hold the Community Sale Saturday and Sunday while a second army of volunteers banned together to host a community dinner Saturday.

Fire season is here; unattended campfire burns one acre near Big Pine

March 13, 2015

A one-acre fire in Big Pine Tuesday night, March 3, was the result of an unattended campfire just west of School Street, across from Blake Street, according to CalFire, who took on management of the fire. The unattended campfire caused a one-acre blaze that CalFire, with the assistance of the Big Pine Fire Department, was able to contain at the one-acre size.

No suspects or witnesses were reported in the area and no injuries were reported.

Inyo Sheriff and California Highway Patrol assisted in the incident.

HOW TO PREVENT ESCAPED CAMPFIRES

Brandon Castellanos, 23, dies March 1

March 12, 2015

Mammoth lost someone many of us will know from visits to the local Rite Aid and from Mammoth High School and the Mammoth schools, 23-year-old Brandon Castellanos. Brandon died on March 1 of a brain hemorrhage. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help support his family during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to Brandon's many friends and family members. http://www.gofundme.com/nl0kv0

Off-Highway Vehicle grant application open house, TODAY, March 12

March 12, 2015

The public is invited to an informal open house to review Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant applications for the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office on March 12.

The agencies have submitted preliminary applications for grant funds from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to enhance and manage motorized recreation. The agencies invite comments on the preliminary grant applications.

Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee Town Hall Meeting, March 19

March 12, 2015

The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee (MLPCHAC) has scheduled its ninth Town Hall meeting for Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Emerald Room at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail.

Mammoth Lakes Wellness Dispensary burglarized, employee chased

March 11, 2015

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in an early morning burglary at the Mammoth Lakes Wellness Marijuana Dispensary.

At about 4 a.m. on Monday March 9, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were advised of a burglary that had just occurred at the dispensary, according to a news release from the police.

Wildfire training coming up; evening exercises March 19, 26

March 9, 2015

Over the next couple of weeks, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department will be conducting some wildland firefighting training with its members in several neighborhoods in town. 

MLT Open House on Thursday; website discussion

March 9, 2015

Save the date for Thursday, March 12 for an open house to discuss the new VisitMammoth.com website.

The purpose of the open house is to introduce Miles Destination Marketing, the Agency who will be doing the redesign, to talk about the design and development process and solicit feedback from stakeholders.

Wildlife Care group holds training, March 22, more volunteers needed

March 6, 2015

March 22 WILDLIFE CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care volunteers are needed to help care for orphaned and injured wild birds and mammals or with rescues, transport, education, fundraising and more. A free New Volunteer Orientation will be held on Sunday, March 22, 1-3 PM, at ESWC’s center located at Keough’s Hot Springs. If you choose to work with the animals, required training workshops will be held on April 12th and April 26th. Call Kelly at 760-872-1487 to reserve a space or for further information.

March 22 WILDLIFE CARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Spring fever? Here's the antidote

March 6, 2015

You can tell it's spring. All of a sudden, there are so many places to be, so many things to do. Here's a few of them:

Eastern Sierra and Buttermilk Photography Workshop with Vern Clevenger: Saturday, Mar. 7, 1-5 pm, Cerro Coso College Cam-pus, Bishop. Join premiere photographer of the Sierra Nevada, Vern Clevenger, in this in-depth starter class: “Introduction to your Camera.” This free workshop class will meet at the Bishop campus of Cerro Coso and then move up into the Buttermilk and surrounding area to photograph.

Owens Lake Bird Festival, April 24 and 25

March 6, 2015

Registration is now open for the Owens Lake Bird Festival April 24 and 25. Sign up now and reserve your lodging in Lone Pine for an exceptional weekend of birding and discovery at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.

The festival kicks off Friday evening, April 24, with a reception at the Lone Pine Film History Museum featuring the film, The Legacy of Owens Lake.

Round Fire meeting with county supervisors Tuesday, March 3

March 2, 2015

With the disastrous Round Fire receding in the rear-view mirror, the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening, March 3, will run head-on into issues still facing victims of the Swall Meadows catastrophe.

In a special meeting at the Crowley Lake Community Center at 6 p.m., the supervisors will open the special session, which will follow a regular Board meeting in Bridgeport earlier in the day.
It promises to be well attended.

CHP seeking candidates, applications accepted until March 5

March 2, 2015

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications until March 5 from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer, according to a news release from the CHP. The CHP is looking to hire cadets from a pool of applicants to fill vacant officer positions throughout the state.

In case you missed it…

February 28, 2015

Mono Supervisors to hold Round Fire meeting in Crowley March 3
With the Round Fire almost a month in the past, much of the real work is still to be done. The Mono County Supervisors will meet in Crowley Lake this coming Tuesday, March 3, to go over Round Fire issues; everyone is invited.

Backward and upsidedown: The ‘Ezakimak’ Full Moon Challenge
The schemers and dreamers at Mammoth Mountain are at it again.

Brown declares Mono a ‘Disaster Area.’ Opens state funds for Round Fire cleanup, other services

February 27, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday formally declared Mono County a disaster area, opening state emergency funding for victims of the Round Fire in Swall Meadows.

“This will give us access every bit of resources the state can give,” said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.

“Primarily it will give us help in debris cleanup and other expenses.”

Sierra in peril due to drought, fire; watershed meeting March 4

February 27, 2015

The Sierra Nevada Region is the source of more than 60 percent of the state’s water supply. It provides drinking water for 23 million people and irrigation water to the nation’s most fertile agricultural land. Climate change, catastrophic forest fires, and ongoing drought are placing this important region at risk. The impacts to our forests, habitat, agriculture, public health, energy, and safety are far reaching.

Local Inyo forest asks for OHV grant applications, March 12

February 26, 2015

The public is invited to an informal open house on March 12 to review Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant applications for the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office.

The agencies have submitted preliminary applications for grant funds from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to enhance and manage motorized recreation. The agencies invite comments on the preliminary grant applications.

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