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Candidate forum held in Lee Vining Tuesday

October 19, 2012

 

Another local candidate forum was held this week, this time in Lee Vining.

Eastern Sierra Unified School District board members answered questions Tuesday evening about everything from busing to budget to their ability to work with the district’s superintendent, Don Clark.

The forum, which was held the same night as the second presidential debate, was lightly attended—about 15 people showed up, said Stacey Simon, parent and moderator.

Mammoth Mountain sends plan for June Mountain to forest service

October 19, 2012

 

On Sept. 27, the Inyo National Forest sent a “letter of non-compliance” to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, putting the ski area on notice that leaving June Mountain closed indefinitely was not acceptable.

The letter gave MMSA until Oct. 15 to respond. This week, it did, said Jon Reggelbrugge, the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake districts.

Mammoth Lakes Trail System celebrates grand opening

October 19, 2012

 

Feds, town, local foundations get it done

There have been trails around here ever since the first animals and humans arrived, but Mammoth’s “trail system,” such as it was, has never been the source of a whole lot of love.

That changes tomorrow (Oct. 20) with the unveiling of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System at a ceremony at the Welcome Center.

USGS uses earthquake prediction choppers

October 19, 2012

 

U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists began to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley this week.

When the analysis of the data is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art 3D subsurface geologic map will improve assessment of both volcanic and earthquake hazards in the Mono Basin-Long Valley region.

The map will be published by the USGS and made available to the public via the USGS California Volcano Observatory website.

Police-Hispanic Committee sets November agenda

October 19, 2012

 

Will focus on the Dream Act, Watson says

The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee has finalized plans for the next Town Hall meeting for Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m.

Police Chief Dan Watson said the Town Hall meeting will have a tight focus on the implications of the so-called Dream Act. The meeting will be held at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail. 

New $450,000 sign system gets Planning Commish OK

October 19, 2012

 

Would help wayward visitors find their way

The scene was just about as familiar as you can get around here.

A couple arrived in a rented car in the parking lot at The Plaza strip mall along Old Mammoth Road.

“Where is the Visitors Center?” the man asked, in a thick (German?) accent.

“Gosh,” said the Local, “nowhere close to here.”

Former Councilmember Stapp blasts town survey

October 19, 2012

 

Says move is “to provide political cover”

Former councilmember Kirk Stapp this week locked horns with the town staff over the publication of an online “residents survey.”

The survey, published last week on the town’s website, is designed to take the pulse of Mammothites over its proposed austerity cuts.

At 52, Underkoffler completes first marathon

October 19, 2012

 

Raises $2,400 for Matt Graef in Susanville race

Almost within reach of making good on an impossible dream, Emily Underkoffler discovered a nasty obstacle in her path: The Wall.

Every marathoner and distance athlete knows The Wall. It appears out of nowhere and causes a shutdown of both brain and strength.

But Underkoffler, a Mammoth Elementary School teacher, a triathlete, and an accomplished skier from Crowley Lake, had something extra.

Whitmore Pool takes center stage

October 19, 2012

 

Mammoth Lakes Town Council also looks at other savings

The Town Council on Thursday was scheduled to continue its headlong dash toward finding $2 million to pay for the first round of the MLLA settlement, this time focusing on the economic development structure, public works, and transit.

'Flow State' film set for screening at Village

October 19, 2012

 

It is deep in the heart of winter; there is powder and great athletes everywhere; and most of all, there is wall-to-wall ski and snowboard action.

All right, so it’s not like that yet in Mammoth, but the ski and snowboard crowd will get a taste of it Saturday evening (Oct. 20) at The Village when Warren Miller’s newest ski film gets a screening.

Peters, Fesko, air their differences at Mammoth candidate forum

October 12, 2012

Maybe it was the vice presidential debate. Maybe it was that snow was falling for the first time in six months in Mammoth.

Whatever it was, Thursday night’s school board and county supervisor candidate’s forum was sparsely attended, even as the candidates themselves threw their considerable energy into it.

At the table sat Mono County District 4 Supervisor candidates Tim Fesko and Bob Peters, who have been locked in a runoff fight since June, and an election fight since almost the beginning of the year.

RAW: USGS uses chopper for aeromagnetic survey of Long Valley and Mono Basin Volcanic Areas

October 12, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley next week.

When the analysis of the data is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art 3D subsurface geologic map will improve assessment of both volcanic and earthquake hazards in the Mono Basin-Long Valley region. The map will be published by the USGS and made available to the public via the USGS California Volcano Observatory website.

First snowfall leaves Eastside thirsty for more

October 12, 2012

The first snow of the season brushed Mammoth Thursday, dumping a few inches on the high country and leaving the ground in town white for the first time since June.

It was a welcome sight to snow-starved Mammothites—and they were the “lucky ones” in this storm, receiving the brunt of the moisture compared to other parts of the state—but it’s not likely to last, according to the National Weather Service.

Four candidates aim for two Eastern Sierra Unified board seats

October 12, 2012

Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Eastern Sierra Unified School District board of directors.
The district covers all of the schools and communities north of Mammoth to the Nevada border, including Walker, Coleville, Lee Vining, June Lake and the Tri and Antelope Valley areas.

Two years ago, the district nearly imploded as an eleventh-hour budget fiasco led to the elimination of at least one school and the loss of several teachers. Meetings were filled with fury and frustration and neighbors stopped talking to each other.

County finance director takes job in Shasta County

October 12, 2012

Mono County’s finance officer Brian Muir will leave Mono County to become Shasta County’s auditor-controller sometime near the end of this year, Mono County officials confirmed Thursday.

Muir has been with Mono County through boom and bust and is credited by many for helping keep Mono County in good financial order.

His experience and professionalism will be deeply missed, said Supervisor Vikki Bauer.

Recreation Commission fights for Whitmore Pool

October 12, 2012

A feisty and sometimes cranky Recreation Commission got to its regular meeting on Tuesday and immediately cut to the chase. To close, or not to close, the Whitmore Pool.

Northern Inyo Hospital to open its doors Monday

October 12, 2012

 

Northern Inyo Hospital, having passed an inspection earlier this week, is set to open on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. for surgery check-in.

At 7 a.m., the Bishop facility will open its Blood Draw Lab, and at 8 a.m., patients will begin moving to the new facility. Visiting hours will begin at 10 a.m.

The hospital is a small, 25-bed critical access, not-for-profit facility. The Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District has been providing healthcare in the Eastern Sierra since 1946.

Town invites community to take online survey

October 12, 2012

 

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is seeking input from residents and business owners through an online resident survey.

The survey seeks comments on the proposed restructuring plan, which calls for significant reductions in expenditures to help pay the $2 million a year for the next 23 years in the settlement reached with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and divert over $111,000 annually to the Ballas entities.

Community members are asked to complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than the evening of Sunday, Oct. 21.

Single-family home rentals rears its head ... again

October 12, 2012

 An old, disagreeable friend of Mammoth showed up at the door last week in the form of a familiar issue that suddenly has been made new again.

The issue is whether the town should legalize renting single-family homes.

Jaymin goes to dog college

October 12, 2012

 

Jaymin, the ubiquitous and adorable yellow lab who has been at Mammoth resident Leigh Gaasch’s side for more than a year, is leaving for college.

A “Puppy in Training,” Jaymin was recalled to the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael to begin her formal guide work training.

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