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Flu cases likely to increase dramatically

January 6, 2014

Last Friday, three days ago, Dr. Rick Johnson, the public health officer for both Mono and Inyo counties, sent out a flu update talking about the rapid increase in flu activity around the country. According to Johnson, over the weekend, more information about our local situation shows we are most likely on the cusp of a dramatic increase in local flu activity, probably due to travel by locals and visitors.

Here's why, according to Johnson:

Historical talk, Mono Basin

January 6, 2014

“The Life and Times of Norm DeChambeau” will be the slide program at the Monday, Jan. 6 meeting of the Mono Basin Historical Society, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lee Vining Community Center with a potluck dinner followed by the business meeting at 6:45 p.m. and the free program at 7:30 p.m. Long-time resident Norm Dechambeau has family ties to the Mono Basin that go back to the pioneer ranches and he has served as historian, curator, and President of the Historical Society.

Karch, Mammoth Medical Missions give talk at Canyon Wednesday night

January 6, 2014

Please join Mammoth Hospital Dr. Mike Karch and Mammoth Medical Mission team members at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as Karch, CEO of Mammoth Medical Missions, presents stories and photographs from the group’s recent mission to the Central Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a no-host bar and a Q & A will follow the presentation.

For more information, go to www. www.mammothmedicalmissions.org/

Local hospitals offer 'balance' classes, emphasis on seniors

December 24, 2013

The SPORT clinic in Mammoth and Bishop Physical Therapy will be hosting a six-week strength and balance program next month for seniors having difficulty with their balance.

CHP busts passenger for pot on U.S. 395; vows continued 'aggressive' enforcement

December 24, 2013

Highway Patrol officers arrested a 29-year-old Oceanside man this past week near Crowley Lake, taking him to the Mono County Jail on marijuana-related charges.

The man, identified by police as Ronald Ricky Moore, Jr., presented officers with a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but the arresting officer wrote in his report that he believed Moore "intended to make the marijuana available for sale."

Lt. R.D. Cohan, Commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, said the bust was illustrative of “professional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.”

Mostly dry weather expected to persist ’til end of month

December 19, 2013

It’s hard to put a damper on Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter’s optimism when it comes to winter weather, but the forecast for the next few weeks might have done so.

“It’s not good, it’s horrible,” he said. “It’s as bad as it can get by this time of year.”

He is not talking just about the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday weeks, either.

Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue honors several team members

December 16, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to saving lives. They do searches and rescues at any time, in any weather, for as long as it takes, for free.

Each year, the team honors members for their individual excellence and public service.

The team's highest honor, election to status as a Lifetime Member, is only rarely conferred by the team to a rescue member who has made unusual, faithful, and regular contributions to the team and to the welfare of victims over a significant number of years.

RAW: Tioga Pass closed for the season

December 12, 2013

Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park.

June Mountain opens this Friday

December 12, 2013

June Mountain Ski Area will open as scheduled this Friday and the first riders on the first chair will include a group of Lee Vining students who sold lemonade last year in an attempt to keep their beloved ski area open.

“We invited the lemonade stand kids to join us and to play hooky and they accepted,” said Julie Brown, June Mountain’s new activities director.

Snowmobile lawsuits alarm USFS

December 12, 2013

Two lawsuits, neither of which is directly aimed at the Inyo National Forest, have appeared on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger District’s radar screens, with implications that could affect snowmobile use in years to come.

“There are a lot of moving pieces, and we’re trying to figure out exactly where we’re going to land and what we’re going to have to do to approve future snowmobile and grooming use on the forest,” said Jon Kazmierski, the recreation officer of the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts.

Supes look at ‘Legislative Platform’

December 12, 2013

As funding for Mono County programs continue to wobble in the face of ongoing state and federal instability, the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week took the first step in passing a first-of-its kind “State and Federal Legislative Platform.”

“There are decisions being made by people who don’t live in Mono County,” said Jim Leddy, the county administrator, who introduced the document on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Bridgeport.

RAW: ICARE benefit at Spellbinder Books Saturday, Dec. 14

December 10, 2013

Spellbinder Books and the region's biggest non-profit animal advocate agency, ICARE, invite you to the 14th Annual ICARE Shopping Day on Saturday, Dec. 14, according to ICARE.

Simply purchase a $5 ICARE Donation Ticket at the store between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and receive 20 percent off a wonderful selection of books, calendars, greeting cards and assorted gifts. There will also be a drawing for prizes.

Your $5 donation goes directly to ICARE and helps the Eastern Sierra’s homeless pets in need. Happy Holidays!

RAW: Nordic ski trails near Shady Rest will be groomed again—when it snows more

December 10, 2013

Recent snowstorms have left the ground covered but are not providing the snow base required to use grooming equipment on the public Nordic and snowmobile trails on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, according to forest officials, who said once there is sufficient snowfall, grooming of the Shady Rest and Obsidian Dome Nordic Trails and the groomed snowmobile trail system will begin.

UPDATE: Bill 'Billy' Anderson dies; beloved Mammoth firefighter, division chief

December 7, 2013

Bill Anderson, a firefighter with the Mammoth Fire District for 40 years, died on Friday, Dec. 6.

The cause of death was complications from a brain tumor, according to Fire Chief Brent Harper.

“As many of you know, Chief Anderson was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago. The operation to remove the tumor was only partially successful. 

“He died peacefully and without pain, with his family around him.”
 

RAW: Mammoth man busted on meth charges

December 5, 2013

A 32-year-old Mammoth man is in custody after the Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff Deputies, arrested him in a methamphetamine bust.

Jose Priciliano Perez Torres was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, and sales of a controlled substance.

RAW: Prescribed burns next week at Whitney Portal

December 5, 2013

The Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at the Whitney Portal area next week, as weather conditions allow.

Smoke may be visible at times from U.S. 395. Prior to burning, much consideration goes into current and forecasted wind direction in order to limit the effects of smoke on nearby communities and recreation sites.

These piles help thin and reduce fuels near communities that could fuel an unwanted fire during hotter and drier conditions and to restore fire-adapted ecosystem conditions.

Occupancy rate for this weekend at 20 percent

December 5, 2013

A great weekend for locals is in the offing, according to occupancy projections from Mammoth Lakes Tourism.

With plentiful snow on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain, albeit with sub-zero overnight temperatures in the forecasts, the occupancy rate in town will be just 20 percent through the weekend, with a 15 percent occupancy rate for mid-week.

Those numbers are down from last year, when the town occupancy was 28 percent for the weekend, and the same for mid-week.

On Friday, Dec. 13, June Mountain Ski Area is still sticking to its projected Opening Day after a one-year hiatus.

Exercise Science inspires kids

December 5, 2013

It’s 7:40 a.m. on a frigid, midweek day and the Mammoth Middle School gymnasium is bumping like a dance club, full of smiling pre-teens jumping rope, unicycling, riding sideways skates, and playing ping-pong, basketball, dodgeball, and volleyball.

Classes haven’t started yet, but teacher Todd Hensley is here early to supervise. He is lean and fit, with an engaging, active posture. When students break a rule, he calls them out and gives them 20 push-ups. Without protest, the busted students pump out the pushups, and rush back to their game of choice.

Holler proposes town restructuring

December 5, 2013

Having had five weeks to examine budget-induced gaps and unfilled positions, Interim Town Manager Dan Holler this week came forward with what he called a “consistent, effective and efficient” town staffing model.

His proposal, introduced at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, included changes in town administration, finance, community and economic development, and public works.

The council voted unanimously to pass the reorganization plans.

Feds: 1, Mono: 0 in grouse fight

December 5, 2013

BRIDGEPORT—In a two-hour thrust-and-parry exercise this past week, about 50 Mono County residents, scientists and political stakeholders finally had their long-awaited showdown with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

However, citizens failed to win anything new in their bid to delay an environmental review in connection to proposed federal protection of the local sage grouse.

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