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Sam’s Woodsite in play

September 27, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negotiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam’s Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth’s most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CERT begins emergency training Oct. 3

September 27, 2013

The strength of any community during a disaster is in its people, a fact recognized by professional first responders across the country who rely on teams of trained community members for everything from disaster field reports to traffic control.

Mammoth Lakes is no different and beginning next week, a new round of Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT) training kicks off, with an introduction to the training on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Best Western Conference Room from 6-7:30 p.m.

Three all-day Saturday sessions will follow, beginning on Oct. 19.

Playing ‘Chicken’ at Town Hall

September 26, 2013

In a move that ought to make local food growers egg-static, Mammoth is forging ahead with creating a policy for raising and keeping chickens.

“The existing zoning code provides no guidance with regard to the raising of chickens for egg-laying purposes within the town limits,” wrote associate planner Jessica Morriss of the town staff.

Cold snap, snowfalls to disappear

September 26, 2013

The first dusting of snow for the Eastern Sierra came right on schedule last weekend, heralding the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area took on a few inches of snow, golden aspens turned a deeper gold, flowers shriveled on their stalks and gardeners across the county rushed to cover their cucumbers and late-ripening squash as temperatures dipped into the mid-twenties by Thursday morning.

It is, however, probably a good idea not to get too excited about it all.

UPDATED: Council names new interim town manager

September 26, 2013

The new Mammoth Lakes interim town manager is Dan Holler, formerly city administrator for Grass Valley, Calif., a Gold Country Sierra community near Nevada City.

 

CHP continues air stings over U.S. 395; 13 speeding busts over Lee Vining, June Lake

September 24, 2013

For the second straight weekend, the California High Patrol this past week used aircraft to nab speeders on U.S. 395, this time in a stretch between Lee Vining and June Lake.

According to a news release issued on Monday, Sept. 23, the CHP said it busted 13 speeders and made 16 stops in a 2-hour, 30-minute air operation the previous day.

Officers and pilots in the air coordinated with officers and units on the ground, according to spokesperson Officer Anne Morin, the public information officer of the California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area.

BREAKING: Mammoth Chamber opposes minimum wage hike

September 23, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce has taken a firm stand on raising the minimum wage by $2 over the next two years.

It doesn’t like it.

In a strongly worded statement that went to its members on Monday, Sept. 23, the Mammoth Chamber urged opposition to a law that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour over the next 18 months.

“The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce supports a fair wage in California and supports incremental increases related to the Consumer Price Index (CPI),” the Chamber said in a news release.

Mono City argues for emergency access road

September 23, 2013

When the hot, dry summer winds that sweep through the Mono Basin with great regularity encounter a spark of fire, a wildfire can spread across dozens of acres of sagebrush and bitterbrush in a few minutes.

That’s exactly what Mono City residents have worried about for years, a worry made more pronounced by the fact that there is only one good road going in and out of the community.

Mammoth mountain bikers mobilize

September 23, 2013

Mammoth’s mountain bikers, fresh on the heels of a long season, already are preparing for 2014.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Giovanni’s, Fat Bike Mammoth will conduct a meeting to discuss mountain biking opportunities in Mono and Inyo Counties.

Specifically, according to Fat Bike leader Alan Jacoby, the group will discuss “becoming a more formal group” and working with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management “to increase and improve our opportunities. 

RAW: Fire restrictions lifted on local federal lands Monday, Sept.

September 23, 2013

Eastern Sierra fire restrictions put into place June 28 by the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will be rescinded Monday, Sept. 23.
 
People who want to have a campfire outside of developed campgrounds are still required to get a campfire permit, which can be obtained at visitor centers or online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org.
 

CLOSED SESSION: Council begins negotiations for Sam's Woodsite

September 19, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negoiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam's Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth's most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CLOSED SESSION: Council interviews Interim Town Manager candidates

September 19, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 18, began the process of finding a new Town Manager, but details were hard to come by.

Meeting in a marathon closed session in advance of its regular, public meeting, council members interviewed prospects for an interim town manager, according to Mayor Rick Wood.

Wood did not say how many candidates there were, or who they were.

The council is interviewing interim candidates in the wake of the resignation of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, whose resignation was accepted byt he council earlier in September, also in closed session.

Lessons from 9/11 come to Mammoth Lakes

September 19, 2013

On September 11, 2001, Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch was in his last year of residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.

When the al-Qaeda plane hit the Pentagon minutes after the Twin Towers came down in New York City, he said, he and his hospital braced for the casualties that were inevitable.

They didn’t come.

They couldn’t.

Town fast-tracks code compliance efforts

September 19, 2013

With its new TBID in place and Mammoth hurtling into the winter TOT visitor season, the Town Council this past week began to look at one missing piece of the economic landscape: someone to enforce the town codes.

As of Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the town did not have a planning director, a code enforcement officer, or a designated building official to act as an enforcer.

It had one new TOT compliance specialist to enforce the tax codes, with other duties spread among a thin staff that recently got much thinner.

Bears, humans on best behavior despite weather

September 19, 2013

Despite three years of wild weather—one winter of record breaking snowfall followed by two years of record drought—Mammoth’s bears have never been better.

Seriously.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth’s wildlife specialist.

“Three years ago, we had one of the biggest ever winters, followed by one of the deepest droughts, followed by another one of the deepest droughts.

Feds begin to take notice of Eastern Sierra worries about frogs, toads

September 17, 2013

A federal proposal to include some local and highly used fishing and recreation areas (such as Rock Creek Lake) as “critical habitat” for three rare local amphibians was met with considerable skepticism Tuesday when the Mono County Board of Supervisors found themselves deep in frog and toad biology, reproduction and disease.

CHP aircraft personnel stop 19 speeders near Tom's Place

September 16, 2013

The California Highway Patrol last weekend took to the air to enforce speed limits on the ground.

Lakes Basin poop, trash draw attention … again

September 16, 2013

With the fall color season on the immediate horizon, Mammoth trails activists fear the Lakes Basin is about to put its worst foot forward.

It’s about poop.

It’s about trash.

Ultimately, said Mammoth Trails Committee chairman Sean Turner, it’s about the guests visiting Mammoth in what is arguably its most pristine time of the year.

“We’re leaving our guests with a bad experience,” he said on Monday, Sept. 9, during a discussion among members of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Coordinating Committee.

Water district gears up for another battle over Mammoth Lake’s drinking water

September 16, 2013

Fresh from one battle over drinking water, Mammoth’s water district is now plunging into another—this time over a proposed new geothermal plant that would be located to the northeast of the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.

The project, called Casa Diablo IV, would double the current geothermal generating capacity of the site, which also includes an older plant still in operation.

Smoke continues to take a toll

September 12, 2013

Smoky skies returned to Mammoth this past weekend, reminding residents that the big Rim Fire near Yosemite is still kicking—and at almost 400 square miles, one of the biggest fires in the state’s history.

Forgetting the fire’s strength and size is a luxury northern Mono County hasn’t had. The region north of Bridgeport has largely been stuck in a pattern of smoke and haze for much of the past month and the sheer length of the time of exposure to the smoke is beginning to take an economic toll on the region.

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