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You snooze you lose on Digital 395; Study says Eastsiders should hone a digital strategy now

September 21, 2012

One of these days, the Digital 395 project will be completed.

It might take a year to get the big, fat Internet broadband pipe working at top efficiency—maybe even a little bit longer than that.

But when more high-speed access becomes available to Eastern Sierra residents and businesses, the question is if people will be ready to take advantage of it.

Small-business owners' income decreases

September 21, 2012

Forty years ago, a small business owner in the Eastern Sierra could make a good, middle class living.

Today, that same business owner’s income has been decreased by 50 percent (adjusted for inflation), according to a recent study, meaning most small-business owners struggle to make ends meet every year.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Now is the time to plan ahead,” said Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council Tuesday, as he gave the Mono County Board of Supervisors a briefing on a Mono/Inyo County economic report.

Rental housing demand still robust, points to the slow, local economy

September 21, 2012

The demand for rentals in Mono County has dropped somewhat since the recession hit the Mammoth Lakes area in 2009 but it is still high, even as the economy slowly recovers, according to county officials.

According to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt, who sits on a housing advisory board, the reasons might include such factors as having to move out of a foreclosed home, tight credit, unsteady finances, and still-high employment.

New diesel regulations could hurt local farmers, ranchers

September 21, 2012

New regulations forcing farmers and ranchers to cut back on their use of diesel fuel in their farm equipment could decimate the Eastern Sierra’s—and all of the state of California’s—agriculture industry within the next decade or two, according to Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard. Hazard represents the Tri-Valley area, the heart of the county’s farms.

Council postpones Measure U funding

September 21, 2012

Due to insufficient Measure U funds available for award in December, the Town Council Wednesday evening asked the staff to draft a new timeline for a spring award and determine an award amount (cap) for appropriation.

This item will be added to the Oct. 16 meeting of the Measure U Application Committee, and be returned to Town Council on Nov. 7.

Huskies home tonight

September 21, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement last Friday night (Sept. 14) in Rosamond, but it wasn’t enough to get them their first victory of the season.

Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season. So far, the team has been out scored 190-52, but there’s still plenty of football left.

Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth’s Gault/McClure Stadium tonight (Friday) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The JV kickoff is at 4 p.m.

RAW: UPDATE THUR. SEPT. 20 Helicopter crash near Benton under investigation

September 19, 2012

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash with reports that the helicopter was on fire.

Alpers: Senate bill could destroy fishing industry

September 14, 2012

Despite fervent opposition from Mono and Inyo County, a Senate bill—one that former Mono County aquaculturist Tim Alpers claims could almost eliminate the state’s trout stocking program—is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

“I think he is going to sign it,” Alpers said Wednesday. “Despite opposition (from rural counties like Mono County), his administration (in this case Alpers is referring to the state Department of Fish and Game) supports it.”

Mammoth Times, Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome California Outdoor Writers

September 14, 2012

The Mammoth Times and Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome the members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California to our cool little hamlet and our big, vast mountains.

All of us in Mammoth routinely read what you write. We marvel at the images and videos you make. We love your websites and multimedia and, having consumed as much as we can, we always come out the better for it.

—Aleksandra, George, Wendilyn, Jesse, Carolina, Tiffany, and Teresa, along with our office four-footers (Fido, Zeppelin, Kassie, Skye, Mica and Bear).

Paramedic program costs growing, county seeks solutions

September 14, 2012

When sirens wail and police cars scatter oncoming traffic like a flock of geese, it’s usually Mono County’s paramedics that are behind the wheel of the ambulance.

It’s an unusual system in a world of private ambulance services, but it has worked well for this small, rural county—a place where population is low, hospitals are far apart, and private ambulance companies would be hard-pressed to make a profit.

What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 14-20, starring Kim Stravers, Trent Wallentine and Mark Twain

September 14, 2012

Bye-bye, Kim Stravers, who will be on the X Games crew for ESPN, beginning later this month. We lose a lot up here with her departure, such as one of the few who know how to use kerrect spelling and punctuation.  …

County jail braces for more prisoners

September 14, 2012

California’s counties howled when Sacramento told them the state would be sending over some of its low-level prisoners to reduce state prison crowding.

Mono County was no exception, citing costs and potential safety problems. The problem is county jails are not set up for long-term prisoners, with sentences that could run into decades in some cases, it argued.

Yosemite Hantavirus cases not connected to the Eastern Sierra

September 14, 2012

The recent spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Yosemite National Park does not mean a spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Mono County.

It doesn’t mean there won’t be any deaths, either.

It’s an issue locals know about since the Eastern Sierra is considered a “hotspot” for Hantavirus infections.

Clampers honor Dave McCoy

September 14, 2012

E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter #64, known as the Clampers, unveiled a monument dedicated to Dave and Roma McCoy and Mammoth Mountain’s history at Main Lodge Saturday morning (Sept. 8).

Hundreds of Clampers from all over California attended to celebrate the McCoys and their contribution to the skiing world.

According to the Bodie Chapter #64 website (www.ecvbodie64.com/), E Clampus Vitus is a “fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area.

Kamikaze Bike Days and new half marathon highlight next year's shoulder seasons

September 14, 2012

What to do about June and September, anyway?

These are the dreaded months of the so-called shoulder seasons around Mammoth, but a few impresarios this week made two bold moves to allay the impact of the awkward, seasonal downturns.

The first scheme begins on June 22, when Mammoth will host a Sunday half-marathon from Horseshoe Lake to Old Mammoth Road. It would star members of the Mammoth Track Club and top runners of the vaunted San Diego Half Marathon organization.

Tent sale rules to undergo re-examination

September 14, 2012

Mammoth can be intense in the summer, but the question for some retailers is how much of that should be in tents.

That would be tent sales, specifically, which came before the town’s planning commission Wednesday and drew an intense discussion, spearheaded by the Tent Sale King, Outdoor Sports owner Philip Hertzog.

“Without these sales in the summertime,” he said, “we’d be out of business. We’re in a shopping mall (the Sierra Center Mall on Old Mammoth Road) that just went from 80 percent vacant to 90 percent vacant.

RAW: Fire restrictions lifted on federal lands beginning Friday, Sept. 14

September 13, 2012

Officials from the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management announced today that Eastern Sierra fire restrictions put into place June 20 will be rescinded beginning Friday, Sept. 14.

Recent seasonal changes in the fuel moisture, combined with increased humidity and cooler night time temperatures, have prompted the lifting of fire restrictions throughout the Inyo National Forest (lands administered by the Inyo) and the Bishop Field Office lands.

RAW: Raid near Lone Pine takes in $10 million worth of marijuana plants

September 13, 2012

On Tuesday, September 11, agents from the Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, conducted a marijuana eradication operation in the Inyo National Forest.

RAW: Cops bust 70-year-old Mammoth man on cocaine charges

September 7, 2012

On Thursday, September 6, the Mono County Narcotics Task Force (MONET), along with assistance from the Mono County Sheriff's Department and Mammoth Lakes Police Department, concluded an extensive investigation for the sales of cocaine in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

MONET agents served a search warrant in the Town of Mammoth Lakes resulting in the arrest of Jack Jerry Colby, age 70, of Mammoth Lakes for suspicion of sales of cocaine.

RAW: Mark Wardlaw leaves as director of Mammoth community development

September 7, 2012

Community Development Director Mark Wardlaw will be leaving the Town of Mammoth Lakes to lead the new revamped County of San Diego Department of Planning and Development Services.

There are no immediate plans by The Town of Mammoth Lakes to advertise or fill the position.

Prior to becoming the Community Development Director for the Town of Mammoth Lakes in 2005.

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