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Car break-ins target registration documents

August 24, 2012

Car registration documents seem to be the primary target in a string of car break-ins over the past few months, according to Mammoth Lakes police officers.

Stolen car registrations (along with some low-value items like cell phone chargers and lipstick) concern Mammoth Lakes Police Detective Dan Casabian.

“Your address is on the registration,” he said. “I’m wondering if they might be using this to target other burglaries.”

He said what bothers him most is that all the cars were unlocked.

“I hear it all the time, ‘This is Mammoth Lakes and nothing happens in Mammoth,’” he said.

Come on over! International visitation key to future tourism

August 24, 2012

If Mono County doesn’t grab the incoming wave of international tourists in the next decade or so, it will be stuck as it is now—a weekend and holiday destination for drive-up visitors from the Bay Area and Southern California.

If it does, it will have the opportunity to sharply increase the number of visitors that come on weekdays, during the shoulder season and—most critically—spend a lot of money while they are here, compared to domestic visitors, according to Mono County’s chief economic development manager, Alicia Vennos.

Urdi pushes air service to balky supervisors

August 24, 2012

 
Mammoth Lakes Tourism Director John Urdi came out of Tuesday’s county supervisors meeting looking like a man at the end of his rope.

“I feel like I’ve failed,” he told the five supervisors Tuesday, as he made the case that the county should contribute at least $100,000 toward year-round air service subsidies next year. “If you do not see the value of air service to you, to this county, to your constituents, after two years, I’ve failed.

Graupel storm hits the White Mountains, leaves a coating of white

August 24, 2012

It was supposed to be a hot, sunny week up here.

All week.

All the meteorological models showed relentless sun. None showed thunder, lightening, rain.

Yet at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Eastern Sierra residents sprang from their beds after a crash of thunder started off a spectacular lightning storm that lit the night sky for hours and dumped an inch of rain.

By 7 a.m., when the clouds had cleared, the White Mountains were cloaked in a thick, white blanket that looked very much like snow.

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.

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