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Body of missing boy recovered near Vernal Fall Thursday

August 23, 2012

The body of Jacob Adams, 6, who was swept into the Merced River on Wednesday, August 15, was recovered on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres “Andy” Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Aug. 15 when they were swept downstream. Andy was pulled from the river by a park visitor shortly after the incident but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

Mammoth bears dig didgeridoos

August 17, 2012

It might not pass the sniff test, as it were, but anecdotal evidence suggests our bears like music.

Margarita Festival slams into Mammoth summer scene

August 17, 2012

As first-time events go, last weekend’s Mammoth Margarita Festival entered the summer festival scene with modest expectations.

Air service group argues for surcharge in Mammoth

August 17, 2012

It is going to take about $1.2 million a year to maintain year-round air service and Mammoth’s tourism chief thinks the best way to pay for it is to add a small fee to every transaction to go toward an air-service fund.

Landscape water restrictions likely

August 17, 2012

A severe and largely unanticipated drop in lake levels at Lake Mary due to evaporation and other factors may push Mammoth into some outdoor watering restrictions as soon as this week.

Mammoth Mountain land swap may be at risk

August 17, 2012

The future of a land trade that Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is pursuing for land at the base of Main Lodge may be at risk, according to Mono County Supervisor Vikki Bauer.

A proposed land trade with the U.S. Forest Service for the parcel of federal land needs the approval of Congress, since the forest service does not have enough land to trade to match the value of the property, she said. Congress must get involved when it takes a certain amount of cash to make up the difference in value and land available.

Mammoth, Mono Lake, lean toward reusable bottles, filtered water

August 17, 2012

Mammoth Lakes Tourism on Thursday announced a partnership with Nalgene, the American Park Network, and Brita Hydration Station on a plastic bottle trade-in program in support of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA).

Hungry bears at county dump in Walker

August 17, 2012

Mammoth is not the only place in the county facing increasing bear problems these days, as the dry summer forces hungry bears out of the woods and into human communities.

Walker residents found that out first hand recently, when they tried to drop off their garbage at the county dump.

At least one bear has been active at the dump this year, to the point that the dump has been closed a few times to avoid human and bear encounters.

Gateway "Welcome" project, over budget, still moves forward

August 17, 2012

The Gateway ‘Welcome’ project is $108,395 over budget estimates, but it still is moving forward.

Construction could begin as early as September for the two signs on both sides of S.R. 203 after the Town Council Wednesday evening approved more public art funds to the project.

Those funds are earmarked and not a part of the general fund, the council emphasized in explaining the move, although that did not mollify the concerns of Councilmember Joe Bacon.

Big pot bust, five handguns, two arrests

August 17, 2012

MONET agents eradicated a large marijuana operation located on Forest Service lands in the Inyo National Forest this week as part of the campaign of the Mono Narcotic Enforcement Team (MONET) to combat the cultivation of marijuana within Mono County,

News Brief: Verueck returns from "MINI" Tour

August 17, 2012

The iconoclastic John Vereuck, seen here and there in his MINI Cooper, is back in town after a 25-day, 32-city tour of the U.S.

He joined other MINI mavens in New Jersey for a trip back home.

Highlights? Nashville, he said, followed by a trip to the track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

News Brief: More complaints on tent sales

August 17, 2012

Town rules regulators say they’ve received a number of complaints about tent sales in Mammoth—an old tune in a new bottle.

Specifically, Mammoth community development director Mark Wardlaw said most of the complaints were directed toward Mammoth Sporting Goods on Old Mammoth Road and at the new Value Sports zone in the Mammoth Luxury Outlet shopping mall.

Wardlaw made his remarks at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting.

“They do have permits,” he said, “but they are outside compliance” rules.

The council took no action on the matter.

News Brief: Boy missing, another boy dead, at Vernal Fall

August 17, 2012

A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead and a 6-year-old boy remained missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, according to park officials.

A family group, from Southern California, was in the Merced River near the Vernal Fall Footbridge Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m. They had begun their hike at the Happy Isles Trailhead and hiked about one mile, where they stopped at the footbridge.

News Brief: "Hold" on Measure R, Measure U funding

August 17, 2012

The Town Council put a firm “hold” on Measure R (recreation) and Measure U (recreation, arts and culture) funds until the town discovers where it is at in terms of its ongoing application for municipal bankruptcy protection.

The move by the council was at the behest of Councilmember Jo Bacon. It passed unanimously.

News Brief: Bear resistant trashcans for restaurants to be mandated

August 17, 2012

While town ordinances are in place for residential units, there is no such ordinance covering bear-proof trash bins for restaurants, Town Councilmember Jo Bacon said.

She said she would propose such an ordinance change at a future meeting.

News Brief: Mammoth Lakes Housing to go smoke free

August 17, 2012

Mammoth Lakes Housing, the public arm of providing affordable housing in town, should be posted as smoke free, said Town Councilmember Rick Wood.

It is not a done deal yet, but MLH is headed that way, he said.

June Lake receives $100,000 in "bridge" money to help survive winter

August 17, 2012

The window of opportunity for opening June Mountain this winter is closed, and June residents now must decide how they will use  $100,000 in “bridge” money that the county supervisors agreed to give to help the town weather the coming winter.

Marketing campaign comes true

August 17, 2012

It is not just a marketing campaign slogan. This summer so far has been shaping up to truly be the “best summer ever,” according to Mammoth Tourism director John Urdi.

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