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‘Critical’ fire conditions Thursday for Mammoth, Eastside

May 16, 2012

 

A low-pressure system will send a cold front through Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra Thursday evening, producing high winds and causing a “critical” fire danger, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

RAW: May 15 was National Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 16, 2012

Every May 15, in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, law enforcement agencies nationwide join hands to honor those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the line of duty.

Mono Lake volunteer training begins May 23

May 15, 2012

The Mono Lake Committee, U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, California State Parks and the Bodie Foundation are teaming up to sponsor the ninth season of a volunteer program at Mono Lake this summer.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and share their knowledge of the Eastern Sierra. Participants may staff information desks and/or rove and answer questions at the lakeshore.

RAW: Digital 395 crosses another hurdle

May 15, 2012

Another major step has been achieved in the Digital 395 Broadband Project. On Monday, May 7, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the lead environmental agency for the project, issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act, completing one of the key steps for the 583-mile long fiber project through the Eastern Sierra.

RAW: Mammoth High School student charged with hacking school computers, changing grades

May 13, 2012

 

A 15-year-old Mammoth Lakes High School student was arrested last Friday (May 11) following an investigation into alleged hacking of the school’s computer system for the purpose of changing student grades.  

Officer Andy Lehr, the School Resource Officer, became aware of the crime approximately one week ago and after interviewing several students, identified the subject and determined that he was changing the grades for other students for money. 

Fifth Graders visit Washington, D.C.

May 13, 2012

 

A group of fifth-grade students from Mammoth Elementary School went to Washington, D.C. during their vacation.

Citizens howl in special Town Council budget meeting

May 11, 2012

Everyone knows the financial footing of Mammoth is bleak, and that it’s been bleak for three years or more.

But on Tuesday night at a special Town Council meeting, citizens learned that the town is merely at the start of a hard road ahead.

“Our future is even bleaker,” said assistant town manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, who said the various cuts in a new budget reduction plan equals about 14 percent of the budget.

“There are studies that show nationwide that cities and towns face significant challenges in the future, and we’re no exception.”

Planning Commission OKs firearms sales

May 11, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday approved firearms sales in the town’s commercial zones.

The vote was 4-1, with only Elizabeth Tenney voting no.

“I support firearms in the Industrial Zone,” she said, “but I can’t support firearms in the commercial/lodging zones.

“We decided a long time ago that this is a special place. It’s four square miles. We decided not to permit big-box stores, for example.

“This (a gun store) would change the character of our community. So based on considerable thought on this, I can’t support it in commercial zones.”

Urdi warns council about tourism cuts

May 11, 2012

The director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism went before the Town Council Tuesday night with one basic message regarding the town’s fiscal crisis.

The message went something along the lines of, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
Citing tourism fiascos in Colorado, Wisconsin and Washington State, John Urdi warned the council that any cuts in tourism spending would be imprudent.

District 2 needs a juggler

May 11, 2012

 South of Mammoth to Paradise, east to the Tri-Valley and Benton, big sprawling District 2 is a distinctly nonhomogenous district that will require its county supervisor to be something of an acrobat to be eff ective.

It has Crowley Lake, essentially a bedroom community to Mammoth.

It has Swall Meadows and Paradise just down the hill, but whose kids go to Round Valley or Bishop schools and whose residents do most of their shopping in Bishop. Swall and Paradise never saw a development project they loved, or a deer or coyote they didn’t. 

Mammoth Fire Dept. warns CFL bulb users

May 11, 2012

 

We have all seen and are probably using compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs.  In many states, these will be the only light bulbs that will be available as the incandescent bulbs are phased out.  

Mammoth Brewing earns gold, bronze

May 11, 2012

 

Competing in the Brewers Association 2012 Ninth Bi-annual World Beer Cup competition last weekend, Mammoth Brewing Company won a gold medal for its Double Nut Brown Porter in the Brown Porter Category, and a bronze for its Real McCoy Amber Ale in German Style Brown/Dusseldorf-Style Altbier Category.

District 4 Supervisor—a chance to bridge the gap

May 11, 2012

The Mono County District 4 supervisor race has mostly been ignored by Mammoth in the past.
After all, the district was way up at the north end of the county, with a good part of its shopping, jobs, and services allegiance to a whole different state—Nevada.

The end result was North County didn’t talk much to Mammoth and Mammoth didn’t talk much to North County.

But that changed last year, when a good chunk of Mammoth was redistricted into District 4—the whole eastern chunk of the town north of U.S. 395, in fact.

Bauer, Alpers differ over county salaries

May 11, 2012

Mono County’s District 3 is made up of parts of Mammoth, June Lake, Lee Vining (after redistricting last year) and the Mono Basin. It ends at the Conway Summit line, where District 4 takes off.

It’s a district made mostly of people with links to Mammoth—for jobs, hospitals, shopping. When Mammoth suffers, District 3 suffers.

Vikki Bauer has been the district’s supervisor for the past seven years and five months. Candidate Tim Alpers was a county supervisor two times before—once as a District 2 supervisor from 1983 to 1989 and then as a District 3 supervisor from 1993 to 1997.

Skip Harvey apologizes, places blame on airport, proposes new tax

May 11, 2012

Town Councilmember Skip Harvey may be running out of time but he’s not running out of punches.
At Tuesday’s special Town Council meeting that dealt entirely with the town’s fiscal crisis, the outgoing, two-term councilman went off.

“What a mess! What a total mess!” he said to people who squeezed into a crowded Suite Z. He then issued a public apology for the actions of the current Town Council as well as for Town Councils past.
“I’m sorry. I am truly sorry for what is going on here,” Harvey said.

Asking the questions that matter

May 9, 2012

Author Rebecca Solnit’s book, A Paradise Built in Hell, asks perhaps the most elementally human question of all—and comes up with a surprising answer

Most of us have wondered how we would react in the event of a terrible disaster or tragedy.
Would I run, would I stay, would I lead, would I fight? Would I die for what I believe in, would I die to save someone I love, or, even, someone I don’t love?
The most elemental human question: What am I made of?

Missing skier found dead on Mt. Dana

May 7, 2012

The body of a backcountry skier missing since April 19 was found late last week after a several-day search of the Mt. Dana area.

Boris Adveev, 31, Ann Arbor, Michigan, was found dead at about 3: 30 p.m. last Thursday at Cocaine Chute, a popular backcountry ski descent on Mt. Dana, which is located west of Lee Vining and near the eastern border of Yosemite National Park. His body was recovered last Friday afternoon, May 4, by Mono County Search and Rescue team members.

The bears are all right; humans too

May 4, 2012

Steve Searles says the town’s wildlife is doing just fine.

Crowley woman busted for embezzlement

May 4, 2012

A Crowley Lake bookkeeper was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of embezzlement and grand theft, after a client reported that large sums of money were missing from various business and personal accounts.

Billy Anderson leaves fire department

May 4, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Department lost one of its finest this past week when Billy Anderson, 65, announced his retirement.

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