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Some Suddenlink customers to have faster service this week

August 22, 2013

Mammoth is inching closer to faster broadband service, with some customers expected to have the service this week, according to Pete Abel, the vice president of corporate communications for Suddenlink.

“Digital 395 completed its work on Aug. 13 and we connected to their circuit the same day,” Abel said.

“Our engineering team tested that circuit, and per the positive results of those tests, we are in the process (Tuesday, Aug. 20) of moving local customers to the Digital 395 circuit.

Swall Meadows man missing after Tuesday day hike near Round Valley Peak

August 22, 2013

Search and rescue officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a Swall Meadows man, Matthew Mooney, who is overdue from a day hike that he started on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Mooney, 47, is an experienced backcountry hiker and former member of the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s department.

Outsourcing plan moves forward

August 22, 2013

Mammoth Lakes would create a government entity to help manage its myriad recreation components under a proposal that a special, 32-member super-committee sent to the Town Council this past week.

The committee, known as the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Steering Committee, made the recommendation Monday evening, Aug. 19, after nine hours of discussion over three separate meetings.

The choke’s on us

August 22, 2013

After two decades of rigorous attention to air quality in Mammoth, town officials have quietly gone lax in the last seven years, leaving the town seriously out of compliance with state air quality standards.

By abandoning the enforcement of woodstove change-out regulations adopted a quarter of a century ago, the town suffered 19 days last winter during which air quality standards were above state regulations, said Ted Schade, the air pollution control officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.

Close, but no cigar in Mammoth bank robbery case

August 21, 2013

Mammoth Lakes police said Tuesday they have cleared two suspects in the Aug. 2 heist at Union Bank.

According to an MLPD news release, the first individual was identified by a local resident who, after viewing the surveillance photo, believed it was a local resident.

That person was located a few days later and cleared as a possible suspect.

The second suspect was identified by multiple local residents as a former Mammoth Lakes resident.

Lightning causes at least three fires Monday, more lightning predicted Tuesday and Wednesday

August 20, 2013

A flurry of lightning strikes right above the town of Mammoth Lakes Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, left at least three trees on fire in three different areas of town and firefighters from both the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest scrambling to put them out.

Although the fires, which started at about 3 p.m. Monday, are now out, there is still the potential for more lightning strikes Tuesday and Wednesday, said Thom Heller, a fire fighter with the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.

UPDATE: Fire three miles from Bodie closes road to state park temporarily

August 20, 2013

A lightning fire that started in Nevada and crossed the state line has moved closer to Bodie State Park in the past two days, according to federal fire officials.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Spring Peak Fire was about 14,300 acres and about 39 percent contained, according to a news release.

RAW: Search and Rescue teams help two hikers aided by Blackhawk helicopter

August 19, 2013

According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, two search and rescue operations involving a helicopter rescue occurred over the weekend.

"On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, at approximately 10 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a fallen climber with potential arm and leg injuries in the Minarets." according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

RAW: Inyo County resident likely hantavirus victim, still in hospital

August 19, 2013

Dr. Rick Johnson, Public Health Officer for Inyo County, said that a local resident of Inyo County has been hospitalized with a clinical picture that is highly suspect of being caused by hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS). Particularly during these summer months, hantavirus needs to be considered in anyone with a serious “influenza-like illness”, which includes fever, body and muscle aches, headache, cough, or respiratory difficulty.

Lloyd Cearley, 43, found dead in Sacramento River

August 19, 2013

Sacramento County authorities confirmed Monday the death of a 43-year-old Mammoth Lakes man, whose body was found in the Sacramento River on Saturday.

Details as to the cause of death of Lloyd Cearley were withheld as of Monday morning, pending notification of his father, according to a Sacramento County coronor's office spokeswoman.

Cearley, who was suffering from thyroid cancer at the time of his death, was in Sacramento County to see a doctor, according to a Facebook post from his sister, Nicole Cearley Van Alstine.

County receives lean budget

August 15, 2013

In they came, hats in hand, arguments polished and with undiminished enthusiasm.

They were the department heads of Mono County, who this past week engaged the Board of Supervisors in two days of intense jawboning over a $63.2 million 2013-14 budget that new Mono County Administrator Jim Leddy handed up.

It was the first time the board had seen the proposed final budget document. Previous to the opening of the budget hearings, which began on Tuesday, Aug. 12, the supervisors had been working under an interim budget that began on July 1.

Fire crews officially kill the Aspen Fire

August 15, 2013

 

It burned for 19 days, involved 792 firefighters and left a thick layer of smoke over Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.

But on Saturday, Aug. 10, authorities declared the irritating, pesky, 22,253-acre Aspen Fire a dead and gone.

Its damage, beyond the trees in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County, as of this week was being assessed in economic terms in Mammoth, where events organizers said the fire surely hurt the town during one of its peak tourism periods.

Digital 395 in Mammoth complete

August 15, 2013

The Digital 395 project, promising broadband Internet speeds to Mammoth, is a done deal.

One year to the day after Praxis Associates put their first shovel in the ground, Digital 395 became a reality on Tuesday, Aug. 13, when testing on the digital links between Reno and Mammoth was completed.

“We now have the capacity to deliver broadband into Mammoth,” said an obviously elated Michael Ort, the president of the fiber-optic company.

Raimondo: Town should buy Sam’s Woodsite

August 15, 2013

Just days after yet another success in a string of Bluesapalooza productions at the privately-held Sam’s Woodsite, at least one member of the Mammoth Town Council said it is time for the town to stop the dilly-dallying.

“We need to figure out how to own and to preserve that site,” Michael Raimondo said at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Foster care shortage leaves abused children doubly traumatized

August 12, 2013

Not far from the eternal news spotlight on sports and recreation and small-town politics, Mono County’s children are often invisible, making news only when the schools they go to do something meritorious—or the opposite.

That invisibility is especially true when it comes to children that have been the victims of child abuse—even the perpetrator rarely gets a public outing.

But child abuse is a real and pervasive problem in the county, like it is in the rest of the country.

Local frogs, toads still waiting for feedback

August 12, 2013

Three tiny high-altitude amphibians are at the heart of a county and state-wide controversy that could affect some of Mono County’s most popular recreation areas and agricultural areas, including Rock Creek, Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Saddlebag Lakes and more. The request for an extension was recently granted and the comment period now closes on Nov. 18.

The Mountain yellow-legged frog, the Yosemite toad, and the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog are all native species that inhabit some high country wetlands, lakes, and creeks.

Mammoth recreation commission hears event venue options

August 12, 2013

In its effort to come up with a definitive study on the state of Mammoth’s event venues, a Chicago consulting firm this past week took a somewhat surprising approach.

In listing comparable resorts, the HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting Group chose to ignore Mammoth’s closest neighbor to the North, Lake Tahoe.

That surprised Recreation Commissioner Sean Turner, who used some of his time at the commission meeting on Aug. 6 to question Thomas Hazinski, the managing director of the firm.

RAW: New cell tower proposed for Mammoth Fire Station

August 8, 2013

According to Mammoth Lakes Fire Chief Brent Harper, AT & T has approached Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District with a proposal to install a cell tower at Station #2, 1574 Old Mammoth Road.

The proposed cell tower would be approximately 43 feet tall and use a “pine tree” design located at the front of the building.

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District Commissioners and the administration want to ensure that the public is aware of the project and has a chance to comment.

Aspen Fire nearly contained

August 8, 2013

With the Aspen Fire largely contained, wildfire experts this past week began to analyze why this particular fire was so nasty.

First, by Central Sierra wildfire standards, it was in fact a big fire for the type of terrain, firefighters said.

As for its impact, particularly in populated areas such as Mammoth Lakes, people cannot recall anything quite like it—not, anyway, since the Rainbow Fire threatened to burn down the town in August 1992.

Kelly Clark, Mammoth Mountain Foundation form partnership

August 8, 2013

Two Mammoth-based nonprofit organizations have created a new scholarship program for student-snowboarders in Mammoth.

Olympic Gold Medalist and Mammoth resident Kelly Clark this past week announced she is throwing her Kelly Clark Foundation energy into the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team programs, and to the Mammoth Unified School District.

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