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June Lake death called a suicide

June 28, 2013

A 28-year-old Murrieta man on Thursday committed suicide at Gull Lake Marina in June Lake, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

Officers said Daniel Barnes was unresponsive when they reached him at about 9:30 a.m.

Mono County Sheriff Deputies and investigators, Mono County paramedics, and members of the June Lake Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, where they determined that Barnes "was deceased from an apparent single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

Weekend ‘Dial-A-Ride’ faces cutback

June 28, 2013

Other bus tweaks on the way

Mammoth’s weekend “Dial-A-Ride” program, designed to help provide paratransit service for those unable to use fixed-route transit, faced the knife this past week.

John Helm, the chief of the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, said there is little or no demand for the service on weekend days, and that it would be difficult to justify the expense for another year.

Chad Hall blisters Half Marathon field

June 27, 2013

Wood, 62, places 17th

When a long-distance running fan hears the name “Hall,” it is usually associated with marathon superstar Ryan.

But last Sunday, June 23, at the inaugural Mammoth Half Marathon, it was Ryan’s younger brother, Chad, who captured the imagination of the crowd, not to mention the other 1,200 runners in the field and $1,200 in prize money.

Wood calls for special council policy summit

June 27, 2013

Meetings scheduled for July 8-9

It took new Mayor Rick Wood less than a week to make good on his promise to refine the town’s priorities for the next year and the foreseeable future.

Wood, in what he says is his final year on the council, called for a pair of unprecedented special town council meetings July 8 and July 9, characterizing them as “Strategic Planning Sessions.”

County budget meetings set

June 27, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors is holding a series of meetings that will allow the public to get a look at the county’s preliminary budget, give input, and ask questions.

The meetings will be held in most of the county’s communities this summer.

The meetings will follow the same format in each community. Prior to the town hall meetings, county budget information will be posted at www.monocounty.ca.gov.

These budget town hall meetings will all be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Fire season could be ‘worst in 100 years’

June 24, 2013

California and Eastern Sierra face record-breaking dry conditions

The wildfire near Mono City Tuesday was a wake-up call to what the rest of the summer is likely to hold for the Eastern Sierra and the state of California, according to fire officials.

Southern California state and federal fire officials warned that the state should take caution during a brutal fire season that projections suggest could be the worst to hit the region in a century, according to an NBC story that ran on June 17.

What's up, up here? June 20 - June 27

June 24, 2013

We were sorry to hear of the death of Tom Johnson, aka T.J.,who was the longtime photographer at Mammoth Mountain. His iconic black-and-white photographs are on view and for sale at Mammoth Galleryat 501 Old Mammoth Road, in “The Plaza” strip mall. …

Cops ask $7,160 for volunteer program

June 24, 2013

Money bolsters depleted force     

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department this past week asked for $7,160 to start its volunteer program.

The request came to the Town Council on Wednesday, June 19—the same night the council voted on the 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

According to Police Chief Dan Watson, most of the money in the first year, $4,000, would go toward repainting a black and white Ford Ranger truck all white, changing the light bar and installing new graphics.

Rick Wood’s fourth and final rodeo

June 21, 2013

Promises ‘aggressive agenda’ for Town Council

Rick Wood is 62 years old.

The longtime Mammoth attorney and town council member began his last year in the political arena on Wednesday night, June 19, when he took over as mayor for the fourth and final time.

Council looks at Mammoth’s recreation future

June 21, 2013

$50K consultant’s study on table

At long last, the crux of one of Mammoth’s more vexing questions is in sight.

The Town Council at its latest meeting took up the four-year-old idea of creating a Mammoth Lakes Recreation entity, similar in structure to Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Mammoth Lakes Housing, and Eastern Sierra Transit—a non-governmental organization (NGO) that administers tourism-related spending on behalf of the town.

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Shady Rest RV park, police seek public’s help

June 21, 2013

Bishop man fled scene of crime, arrested in Mammoth

Local law enforcement is hoping for some information about a suspected murder attempt near Bishop after the shooter fled the scene and was arrested at the Shady Rest RV Park in Mammoth Lakes last week.

According to Inyo County officials, on June 13, at about 10:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Wilkerson Ranch area south of Bishop for reports of shots fired.

Lehman passes gavel to Wood

June 20, 2013

As his first act as the Mayor of Mammoth Lakes one year ago, Matthew Lehman signed a series of documents applying for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy on behalf of the battered town.

Supes vote to support MMSA land trade

June 20, 2013

Fesko: ‘Rusty, all eyes are on you’

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory finally got a green light to move ahead on a proposed land trade bill he said is vital to MMSA’s future after the Mono County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter of support for the bill to Congress.

MMSA launches ‘Mammoth 3.0’

June 20, 2013

CEO Gregory names leadership team, spells out his new role

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Chairman and CEO Rusty Gregory introduced the company’s new executive management officials on Wednesday, June 19.

With that announcement, he also launched the company’s strategic plan to move forward on what he said was “Mammoth 3.0—catching the third wave.”

Gregory said again that he will remain as the CEO of the company and the new leadership team will report to him.

Council passes bare-bones budget

June 20, 2013

2014 Crowley fireworks funds explode

The Mammoth Town Council passed a balanced 2013-14 budget on Wednesday, June 19, but what “highlighted” the measure is not what is in it, but what is not.

Council member John Eastman was the lone dissenting vote, with new Mayor Rick Wood, along with council members Jo Bacon, Matthew Lehman, and Michael Raimondo voting in favor.

To balance the budget, the council voted to slice $371,146, which included at least one iconic item—the 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks at Crowley Lake.

Julie Brown promoted to June Mountain position

June 20, 2013

Named new GM of  ‘Guest Experience’

June Mountain Ski Area began its transformation into a “family friendly” destination this past week with a new “General Manager of Guest Experience” going to veteran Mammoth Mountain employee Julie Brown.

Brown, the current Ski and Snowboard School Brand Director at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, will reposition June Mountain as a family friendly destination for winter and summer, according to a news release from Mammoth Mountain.

Propane pipe breaks, Meridian closed for several hours

June 19, 2013

hoursDigital 395 workers accidentally cut gas line

Contractors hit a gas line on Tuesday night, June 18, near College Parkway on the south side of Meridian Boulevard, resulting in a full-scale emergency response that closed the road for several hours, according to local fire officials.

RAW: Fire near Mono City, Lundy Canyon caused by power line fire

June 18, 2013

A small brush fire near Mono City on Tuesday morning that grew to five acres is now mostly contained, according to the county sheriff's department. There is no danger to Mono City or the surrounding area at this time.

On June 18, at approximately 7:40 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were traveling northbound on S.R. 395 when they noticed smoke just south of Hwy 167 on the west side of Hwy 395 in the Mono City area, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

RAW: Hiker rescued from White Mountains, Boundary Peak area

June 18, 2013

RE: Search and Rescue Team Operation: Mutual Aid Search for a Missing Hiker on Boundary Peak

On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at approximately 2:15pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a potential mutual aid search and rescue on Boundary Peak, out of Esmeralda County, NV, for a 54-year-old stranded hiker.

'Critical Fire Conditions' through Tuesday for Mammoth, Eastern Sierra

June 17, 2013

The National Weather Service in Reno on Monday, June 17, posted a red flag warning for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra through Tuesday evening, saying "critical fire weather conditions" will be in effect.

Southwest winds are projected to increase to 15 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts of 35 to 45 miles an hour, the weather service said.

Combined with humidity that could go as low as five to 15 percent, "will create critical fire weather conditions," the weather service said in its alert message.

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