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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.

Fishing "frenzy" in fever pitch on Eastside waters

August 17, 2012

It is not as if Harry Blackburn hasn’t seen this kind of thing before.

Power lines, sage grouse at risk during Indian Fire

August 17, 2012

The lightning-caused fire near Mono Lake was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday, and firefighters are increasingly being moved from the Indian Fire to other fires in the state and country.

RAW: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center to open Sept. 1

August 16, 2012

Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta is pleased to announce that the long-anticipated opening of the new Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center has been scheduled for Saturday, September 1.

A grand opening celebration is slated to take place at Schulman Grove with music starting at 1:00 pm and the formal ceremony at 2:00 pm. The celebration will include music by the Idle Hands String Band, guest speakers, a Paiute blessing, an art exhibit, a ribbon cutting and much more. Interpretive programs and patio talks will be offered throughout the day.

Hantavirus victims might have contacted virus in Yosemite National Park's Curry Village

August 16, 2012

The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died and whom might have been exposed to the virus at a cabin in Yosemite National Park, has prompted Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, to remind Californians to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation.

Boy missing, another boy dead, after accident near Vernal Falls in Yosemite

August 16, 2012

A ten-year-old boy was pronounced dead and a six-year-old boy remains 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, were in the Merced River near the Vernal Fall Footbridge yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. They had begun their hike at the Happy Isles Trailhead and hiked approximately one mile, where they stopped at the footbridge.

UPDATE Aug. 14: Fire near Mono Lake at 12,574 acres, 100 percent contained

August 13, 2012

The lightning-caused fire near Mono Lake was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday, and firefighters are increasingly being moved from the Indian Fire to other fires in the state and country.

The thunderstorm that sparked the lightning that started the now-12,574-acre passed through the Eastern Sierra Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8 and ignited the fire about five miles southeast of Mono Lake and north of Highway 120 on Bureau of Land Management public lands.

Mammoth Olympians fail to medal; Meb fourth in marathon, Uceny falls in 1500m, Hastings 11th in 10,000m

August 12, 2012

Mammoth's Meb Keflezighi finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in London on Sunday, but said he is happy with his performance—23 seconds better than his silver-medal finish in 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Bears are restless, hungry and on the prowl

August 12, 2012

Bear activity has picked up dramatically over the last several weeks, according to wildlife experts up and down the Eastern Sierra.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in this room who hasn’t seen a bear this week,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles during the last open meeting of the Town Council on Aug. 1.

“When I was in front of you two weeks ago, I was saying how proud I was of the community and what a fantastic job they were doing. I’m sad to say that over the last week or 10 days, people may have let down their guard.

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