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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 20-26

April 20, 2012

 

Yakima, Wash., is looking for a city manager, and they’re down to four candidates, one of whom is none other than Marianna Marysheva-Martinez. …

Whooping cough cases increase, dozens being treated or investigated

April 13, 2012

Several new cases of whooping cough cases in young children in the Mammoth/Crowley Lake area has been confirmed as of this morning, and the Mono County Health Department is also investigating and/or treating several dozen people who are suspected to have the disease, according to county health officials.
A total of about 100 people in the area have so far been affected by the disease in some fashion, whether they are caregivers, victims or included in the investigation.

Here's the latest details from the health department:

Mammoth Creek fight will stay in Mono County

April 13, 2012

The fight over Mammoth Creek’s water will stay in Mono County and the Mammoth Community Water District will get some help from the county and the Town of Mammoth Lakes in that fight.

At a court hearing Thursday in Mammoth, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the water district agreed to keep the argument in Mono County, with the caveat, proposed by DWP, that a “neutral” judge was assigned to the cases from now on.

L.A. heavyweight Austin Beutner drives the Mammoth Invitational

April 13, 2012

The driving force behind the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and the Mammoth Invitational is someone most Mammothites wouldn’t recognize even if they knocked him over on the slopes.

Citizen 'Police Academy' opens next week

April 13, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department will host its third Community Police Academy starting April 19 and lasting for six weeks.

Emergency alert system available for all Mono County residents

April 13, 2012

Mono County utilizes what is known as the CodeRed Emergency Alert System when a critical incident or emergency situation takes place within the county. This system is a database of resident and citizen information for use only in critical and emergency situations. 

Winter season ends, construction begins

April 13, 2012

The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) will be replacing sub-standard sewer pipeline with 2,540 feet of larger, standard PVC pipes throughout sections of Mammoth beginning this May. The project will affect two streets tin Mammoth; Meridian Boulevard and Center Street, according to the district. 

Owens Valley groups sue DWP over groundwater pumping issues—again

April 13, 2012

Three environmental groups have filed suit in Inyo County Superior Court to overturn the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s decision to approve the project and to order LADWP to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR).  

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 13-19

April 13, 2012

The Mono Basin Visitor Center reopened for the year last week, and if that isn’t a harbinger of spring, nothing is. It’s open Thursday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

An old idea made new again

April 13, 2012

An arts center situated on Old Mammoth Road, an idea that has been floating around town for years, reassumed front-burner status this week.

U.S. 395 north and southbound lanes closed south of Big Pine, due to accident

April 12, 2012

RAW: US Highway 395 is closed to both north and southbound traffic in Inyo County near Division Creek Rest area. The highway was closed at approximately 5:00 am this morning and remains closed due to a traffic
collision involving two semi-trucks. Division Creek Rest Area was also closed as a precaution. A detour around the area is being utilized to move the traveling public.
Will update as new information becomes available.

Source: Caltrans

Candidates night in Antelope Valley Thursday

April 10, 2012

The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a “Candidates Night” on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Community Center.
The Candidates for County Supervisor, District 4 will be there; Meadowcliff Resort owner Tim Fesko, Bridgeport Inn owner Bob Peters, and business owner and former Mono County Planning Commissioner Jan Huggans,
This is the time for you to ask those important questions before you vote on June 5th.
Refreshments will be served by the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce.

UPDATE April 12, 11:20 a.m.:Los Angeles seeks to move court fight over Mammoth Creek to Fresno

April 9, 2012

UPDATE LADWP and Mammoth Community Water District agreed today to hold future court hearings over DWP's claims to Mammoth Creek water in Mono County instead of Fresno, as requested recently by DWP.

(The issue is the two lawsuits against the water district wherein DWP claims that the department owns the water rights to Mammoth Creek that Mammoth uses).

Mammoth Invitational revs up for next weekend

April 6, 2012

It has been four years since The Big Idea floated down from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. 

Skip Harvey: 'What kind of a town are we?'

April 6, 2012

Outgoing Councilman Skip Harvey says the Town Council is doing Mammoth’s citizens wrong by insisting on closed meetings that deal with the impending settlement of the $42 million MLLA judgment.

Digital 395 April groundbreaking unlikely

April 6, 2012

Digital 395 will finally break ground this month—but probably not in California, according to Praxis Associate CEO Michael Ort, the private-side developer for the project.

Former Bridgeport bank manager arrested on suspicion of felony embezzlement

April 6, 2012

A former Bridgeport Eastern Sierra Bank manager, Roxanna Foley, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony embezzlement.

On Thursday, April 5, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Investigators, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), served several warrants in the Bridgeport area in regards to possible embezzlement from the Eastern Sierra Community Bank in Bridgeport. 

Roxanna Foley, 51, of Bridgeport, former bank branch manager of Eastern Sierra Community Bank, was arrested for felony embezzlement.

Bodie Road opens today

April 5, 2012

The Bodie Road, or S.R. 270, is scheduled to re-open at noon today. As is often the case this time of year, the opening is dependent on favorable weather. If the area is impacted by inclement weather, Caltrans may have to re-close the highway. Please check local highway conditions by calling 511 before you begin your travel.

RAW: Forest Service considering proposal to expand reservation system to all Mammoth Area campsites

April 4, 2012

 

The U.S. Forest Service is considering a proposal from “Inyo Recreation," the concessionaire that manages Forest Service campgrounds in the Mammoth area that would increase the availability and quality of reservation services at these sites.

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