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Rusty Gregory takes the hot seat over June Mountain closure

July 13, 2012

Rusty Gregory may as well have been wearing a bullseye on his back.

About three hundred June Mountain residents and friends poured into the June Lake Community Center Tuesday night to protest the proposed closing of June Mountain Ski Area.

The target was Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and an owner of June Mountain Ski Area. Gregory took the shots for several hours, as everyone from schoolchildren to former—and first—June Mountain manager Bud Hayward took the microphone.

Child endangerment bust on U.S. 395: 11-year-old girl locked in refrigerated truck

July 13, 2012

An 11-year-old Bishop girl on Friday was locked in the back of a refrigerated truck by her grandfather and transported up U.S. 395 as far as Benton Crossing Road before law enforcement officials stopped the truck and freed the girl.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested the girl's grandfather and a Bishop man. They were charged with suspicion of child endangerment and were taken in the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. Officials said they released to her mother.

RAW: Road work on Meridian Boulevard, South Frontage Road to begin soon

July 13, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes Road Maintenance Crew will be conducting maintenance of the South Frontage Road, adjacent to Main Street, and along Meridian Blvd. between Old Mammoth Road and Sierra Park Road this summer. 

 

Work on Agnew Lake dam; hikers urged to use caution

July 13, 2012

From July through October, hikers and backpackers entering the Ansel Adams Wilderness on the Rush Creek Trail will encounter construction activities at Agnew Dam.

The lake will be partially drained throughout that time to allow Southern California Edison access to the dam to perform repairs that will extend the life of the dam. The work will include the installation of a liner on the upstream face of the dam.

Tim Kendall sworn in as Mono County's new district attorney

July 13, 2012

Mono County has a new district attorney, after former Mono County Assistant District Attorney Tim Kendall was sworn into office Tuesday in Bridgeport by Mono County Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Kendall replaces former Mono County District Attorney George Booth, who retired at the end of last month despite a year and a half left of his four-year term. Kendall was appointed by the county supervisors to fill the remainder of Booth’s term, which ends in January 2014. Kendall will be up for election for the next term.

ESUSD seeks mediation solution for sex crimes

July 13, 2012

A former Marine and Coleville High School assistant football coach who was jailed after sexually molesting at least two Coleville High School girls in December 2009 is out of jail.

According to court case documents, plaintiffs alleged on Dec. 22, 2009, Cody Carlisle, then 25 years old, “sexually molested both minor girls” while he was the assistant football coach at Coleville High School.

Tug o' war over Mammoth Creek water continues

July 13, 2012

The legal struggle triggered when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claimed it owned all of the water rights to Mammoth Creek continues with both Los Angeles and Mammoth arguing their case in courts and through media.

In the past few weeks, letters between Los Angeles and the Mammoth Community Water District have outlined sharp differences between the two agencies—and no solutions.

High Altitude Training facility gets a face

July 13, 2012

This probably is not going to happen, but it might.

A San Francisco architect, who is loosely affiliated with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, has submitted drawings as to what its High Altitude Training Facility might look like.

It is no more than a glimmer in his eye—a dream based on the outskirts of possibility.

Mark Horton, whose firm produced the winning drawings for San Francisco’s indoor trampoline center, House of Air, characterized his work as “an idea for discussion,” and nothing more.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 13-19, this week starring Mark Davis, Jerry Buss, Rusty Gregory, et. al.

July 13, 2012

Local historian extraordinaire Mark Davis is doing wonders with the Hayden Cabin, moving ahead with new additions, installations and so on, to the delight of Mammoth history buffs everywhere. …

Tom Cruise, Tim Alpers and Talking Fish in June Lake, Mammoth

July 10, 2012

Tim Alpers has heard his share of fish stories, but there’s nothing like a hit of reality to knock him sideways.

Rather than serving up fish to the anglers among us, the former owner of the Alpers Owens River Ranch this week is serving up fish to Tom Cruise, the high-profile actor who is filming a new sci-fi film, “Oblivion,” in June Lake.

It’s not what you think.

Mammoth woman dies following Saturday car accident in Independence

July 10, 2012

A Mammoth woman, Irene Molloy, 84, died Saturday after sustaining injuries in a car accident in Independence.

Molloy was a familiar face at The Cast Off, the non-profit thrift store run by the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked. She was also a member of the Sunshine Committee.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on July 7 at about 1:20 p.m., after Molloy apparently pulled in front of a southbound motorist on U.S. 395 and Miller Street in Independence, where she had been waiting to cross the highway in her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

Blindsided! Council meets on holiday in air subsidy crisis

July 6, 2012

While the rest of Mammoth was enjoying the Fourth of July holiday at parades, arts exhibitions, and music in the park, the Town Council had a very different kind of holiday.

Meeting in a hurry-up special session on the afternoon of the Fourth, the council began deliberations on diverting up to $400,000 from the town’s Measure U revenue to the airport to secure fall flights to and from Los Angeles.

But it’s more than just fall flights, said Mayor Matthew Lehman.

Mammoth goes to bankruptcy court; showdown begins in Sacto next week

July 6, 2012

Mammoth’s legal team kicked into high gear this past week, preparing for a make-or-break appeal to a Sacramento bankruptcy court.

The process will begin next week, said Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.

If the legal team, led by town attorney Andrew Ross, wins its case, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for a town carrying a $43 million legal debt that it says it cannot pay.

Michael J. Ybarra, outdoors journalist for L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, dies in climbing accident near Bridgeport

July 6, 2012

Outdoors journalism suffered a tragic loss this week, when Michael J. Ybarra, a former L.A. Times reporter who had recently written about his outdoors adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park.

He was 45.

Ybarra had set out alone to cross the craggy Sawtooth Ridge in the Eastern Sierra and summited the 12,280-foot Matterhorn Peak before he fell about 200 feet to his death, according to sister, Suzanne Ybarra, who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in its Friday editions.

New B&B in Mammoth

July 6, 2012

Sharon Harvey, past President of the Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club, and her husband Dave, recently opened Mammoth’s newest bed and breakfast, The Swiss Chalet Inn Bed & Breakfast.

The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club and the Harveys will host an open house and invite the public to tour the new establishment on Wednesday July 11, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 101 Hill Street, in Old Mammoth.

Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club’s monthly meeting will be held after the event starting at at 7 p.m.

Upcoming walks, campfire programs at Devils Postpile

July 6, 2012

Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Here’s a summary of some of the events:

Weekly ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile: This one hour, one-mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11 a.m. at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).

Recycling facility study can wait a while longer

July 6, 2012

A $25,000 study to assess whether Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes need another, bigger re- cycling facility is a “last resort,” pending more discussion and cooperation between the two governments, the county supervisors agreed Tuesday.

Both are struggling to meet new state requirements that force municipalities to recycle more of their garbage. Solving “the garbage question” is a high priority for both governments, given high costs and low revenues due to a huge decline in construction revenues.

Senior services get 90-day contract extension

July 6, 2012

Mono County seniors will continue to get all the services they currently receive—from Meals on Wheels to other in-home service—for at least the next 90 days after the Mono County Board of Supervisors agreed to extend a current agreement with Inyo County for 90 more days.

But in the long run, a final solution regarding how to serve the county’s seniors still needs to be put into place, county officials agreed.

Election certified Tuesday

July 6, 2012

The Mono County Board of Supervisors voted to certify the election results Tuesday. The election delivered Tim Alpers and Fred Stump as two new county supervisors, with a runoff election between candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko this November.

Digital 395 should break ground this month

July 6, 2012

The equipment is on the ground, the crews are ready to go, the studies have been done. Digital 395 is almost ready to break ground in Mono County. Almost.

“All that’s missing is a few, federal right-of-way permits that are still in the appeal process and some last minute work we are doing with the (Native American) tribes,” said private side developer for the project, Michael Ort.

That leaves Ort with about a year to actually construct the project and he said Monday that he is completely confident that the deadline will be met.

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