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LADWP sues another Eastern Sierra agency

October 26, 2012

By Mike Gervais

Inyo Register staff writer

Special to the Times

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Storm gives snowmaking an early boost

October 26, 2012

The second snowstorm of the season—and the first significant one—dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.

The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter storm—a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.

Eastside residents couldn’t be happier.

Early voting begins, about one fifth of Mono County ballots already in

October 26, 2012

With only a week and a half to go before the cliffhanger of this 2012 presidential election finally comes to an end on Nov. 6, Monday marked the last day to register to vote in Mono County.

Many people have already voted.

Early voting ballots are currently trickling in. Mono County officials said the county has received 949 mail-in ballots so far—about a fifth of the county’s total of 5,492 registered voters.

Mini-quake swats Mammoth

October 25, 2012

A tiny earthquake, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, took a swipe at Mammoth Thursday morning. The normal rule of thumb is that it takes a 3.0 mg quake to feel it.

No damage or injuries were reported.

The mini-quake rolled through at 9:12 a.m., at a depth of 4.9 miles. The epicenter was one mile East-Southeast of Mammoth.

RAW: Mammoth Mountain opens 'Campo Mammoth' in The Village; new restaurant replaces 'Hyde'

October 25, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes dining scene will change dramatically this winter with the opening of "Campo Mammoth", the newest offering by acclaimed chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.

With Campo Reno named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America, the new Mammoth location, in the old Hyde space, will introduce Estee’s commitment to organic and seasonal ingredients as well as an emphasis on items that lend themselves well to families and to skiers and boarders in search of après ski fare.

RAW: Reds Meadow Road closed for season

October 24, 2012

RAW: Climber rescued from face of El Capitan after spending night in snowstorm

October 23, 2012

Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, October 22, 2012, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. The summit of El Capitan, 7,569 feet above sea level, is the largest granite monolith in the world. This Yosemite icon attracts rock climbers from across the globe.

Mammoth Mountain sends winter operating 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.

“MMSA met the deadline and submitted an operating plan,” he said. “We are reviewing that plan. We may request some changes as we have some questions about some aspects.”

DWP, Mammoth water district move forward

October 19, 2012

As Mammoth struggles to retain control of water rights to Mammoth Creek, yet another lawsuit by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hit the region late last week. DWP filed a lawsuit against the Bishop-based state air pollution control district over dust control efforts on the Owens Lake.

Now, both agencies share an unwilling kinship—Mammoth is already deeply embroiled in a separate tussle with DWP, after DWP announced it would sue the Mammoth Community Water District for contested water rights to Mammoth Creek late last year.

Are you ready? County-wide earthquake test raises the question

October 19, 2012

It’s a scenario most of us living in the Eastern Sierra have thought of at least once.

It’s a dark winter day, cold and snowy. The ground begins to shake, houses rattle and shudder. This is no 3.5 or 4.2 magnitude earthquake—this is serious.

The roads buckle and access to Mammoth is disrupted in both directions.

The lights go out—and stay out. There is no electricity for a few days. No electricity means no cell phones, no Internet, no television, no heat, no restaurants, and no grocery stores with unlimited refrigeration or supplies.

Supervisors try to wean groups off public money

October 19, 2012

After years of approving requests for funding from those big, brown puppy eyes of local nonprofits and other groups, the Mono County supervisors kept their promise to stick to a budget they set last year to cap funds for “non-county organizations” at $75,000.

Twenty organizations attended the Mono County supervisors meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, with hands outstretched for some county bounty.

Between Jazz Jubilee, Swim Team, AYSO, Chamber Music Unbound, avalanche predictions, trails, 4H science camps, and several others, the total amount of money requested landed at $139,861.

Quilt goes crazy

October 19, 2012

Maxine Shepherd, the longtime leader of the "Shepherd's Flock" sewing group in Mammoth, poses with the group's "Crazy Quilt."  During the holiday season the quilt will be offered in a raffle to support the Mammoth Hospital Auxilary.  The quilt will appear first at the Cast Off, then make its way around town, including a stop at the library. 

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 19-25

October 19, 2012

 

His regular name is Bob Sollima, but for those who know the ins and outs of Dutch Oven cooking, he is the “Mad Chef of the Forest,” and his yummy recipe for Dutch Oven Eggplant Parmigianais safe and sound at camping.about.com, authored by Monica Prelle, who is something of a mad chef herself. …

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.

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