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RAW: Yosemite reopens Wednesday night, Oct. 16

October 16, 2013

According to a news release from Yosemite National Park late Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, the park "reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013.

"Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite’s colorful grandeur."

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 10 - 16 | News snippets from here and there

October 11, 2013

A reward is being offered for the return of the Nikon Camo 10X50 Binoculars taken from the June Lake Women’s Club Thrift Store during the “Autumn Beer Festival” held Oct. 5. Proceeds would have gone to a college scholarship fund for local students. Any information, please call 661-400-0922. …

Bear busts into Vons, helps himself at the apple bin

October 11, 2013

Less than a month before Mammoth’s bears go into shutdown mode, some of them still have some shenanigans up their sleeves.

 

Against the odds, a Mammoth Lakes fawn lives

October 11, 2013

 

Sometimes, a shotgun is no match against compassion.

 

RAW: USDA may pull inspectors from Salmonella outbreak plants

October 11, 2013

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has told Foster Farms that it will block operations at facilities in California that have been implicated in a multistate Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak unless the company quickly outlines its plans for making the product safer, according to an Oct 7 letter from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The FSIS asked for a reply from Foster Farms within 3 business days. The FSIS threatened to pull inspectors from the plants, which would prevent the company from selling chicken processed there.

Shutdown effects in Whitney Portal

October 11, 2013

While politicians remain in a stalemate over the partial federal government shutdown, businesses in the Whitney region are stepping up to fill the void.

With Whitney Portal outhouses closed to use and the Visitor Center shuttered, Elevation Sierra Adventure Essentials in Lone Pine and the Whitney Portal Store are handing out portable WAG BAG toilet kits to visitors, free of charge.

“Anything to keep the poo down,” said Elevation owner Jon Turner.

Mammoth students get free iPads

October 11, 2013

 

No computer in the world—Apple or otherwise—would confirm that Christmas happens in October, but it sure felt that way at the Mammoth Middle School this past week.

 

County changes public safety fund formula, faces pushback from DA’s office

October 11, 2013

A clash between the county’s district attorney and several county supervisors over how to spend a voter-approved public safety fund veered into the personal Tuesday after District Attorney Tim Kendall made a case for leaving the fund distribution formula intact.

The fund, generated after Proposition 172 (passed in 1994) is supposed to be set aside to fund public safety needs that the state was not meeting.

The funds are currently distributed between the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s office, and the Probation Department.

June Mountain to open before Christmas, Gregory says

October 11, 2013

June Mountain Ski Area is on scheduled to open this winter as promised, said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory last Tuesday.

Speaking before the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 1, Gregory said he wanted to clear up lingering doubts and to pave the way for a detailed plan that will go before June Lake residents later this month.

“We will open before the Christmas holiday,” he said.

He reiterated what he has said before; MMSA intends June Mountain to become the state’s premier family-oriented ski area.

RAW: Salmonella outbreak originated at California chicken facilities, sickens hundreds

October 9, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of a bacteria known as salmonella are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California, according to a news release. The strain of salmonella has proved to be unusually resistant to treatment with antibiotics, according to the news release.

Vandals strike skate park

October 4, 2013

Mammoth Lakes police were left scratching their heads this past week after an unusual graffiti attack left the Volcom Brothers Skate Park looking like something from the inner city.

“It’s hard to figure,” said MLPD Sgt. Marc Mosowitz. “The graffiti just showed up one day. The public works department tried to clean it up, but couldn’t, and then the very next night it happened again.”

Moscowitz said Officer Andy Lehr was hot on the trail of the vandal or vandals, as of Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Two honored for domestic violence prevention

October 4, 2013

Domestic violence kills three women a day in America, and it keeps the phones ringing in Mono and Inyo County, as well.

According to Wild Iris Women’s services, the agency fielded hundreds of calls for domestic violence this past year, an incomplete number given that some incidents do not get reported, or reported to the agency.

“This is at epidemic levels,” said Susi Baines, the agency’s director.

SHUTDOWN USA

October 3, 2013

Campgrounds closed, Yosemite and Death Valley National Park shut down, federal websites went dark, calls to visitor centers went unanswered and campers were given 48 hours to leave their campsites, after the U.S. government shut down at midnight Monday.

By Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, signs were on the doors of most federal facilities indicating they were closed, including the California Welcome Center in Mammoth, the Mono Lake Visitor Center, and all local and national forest offices from San Diego to Canada.

Holler takes stock of Mammoth

October 3, 2013

Daniel C. Holler began his first day in Mammoth by getting plenty of lowdown from the top down.

What the town’s new interim town manager does with the information is open to speculation.

Holler, 52, the former city administrator of Grass Valley, Nevada County, officially took office on Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, when the Town Council voted to approve his open-ended contract of $158,000 a year.

Mammoth (finally) gets a new cop

October 3, 2013

The cold reality of policing Mammoth’s streets hit Officer Jack Loera right off the bat.

Almost as soon as Loera, 52, arrived from the Banning Police Department this past week, members of the MLPD were busy trying on new winter gear.

Gloves, insulated jacket, snow pants, and boots, were about as familiar to Loera as an encounter with a bear, which is to say, not very.

No problem.

New interim manager to pull down $158K in annual salary; 24 percent less than MMM

September 30, 2013

 

Mammoth’s new interim town manager has agreed in principle to a $158,000 annual salary, according to town documents.

Daniel C. Holler, who is to begin work on Tuesday, Oct. 1, is expected to agree to the terms one day later when the Town Council approves the contract at its regular meeting.

Holler, 52, arrives from Grass Valley, where he was city administrator.

Holler’s contract is $25,000 a year less than the salary given to outgoing Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez. That works out to be about 24 percent less.

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.

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