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Feds: 1, Mono: 0 in grouse fight

December 5, 2013

BRIDGEPORT—In a two-hour thrust-and-parry exercise this past week, about 50 Mono County residents, scientists and political stakeholders finally had their long-awaited showdown with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

However, citizens failed to win anything new in their bid to delay an environmental review in connection to proposed federal protection of the local sage grouse.

Mono pets to get emergency crisis care

December 3, 2013

Mono County pets that would need emergency care in a natural disaster crisis have help on the way.

RedRover, a Sacramento-based nonprofit and volunteer program, would provide temporary, no-cost shelter and animal care services for people whose pets are impacted by a natural disaster or other emergency conditions.

The deal, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among RedRover, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, is to go before the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting next Tuesday in Bridgeport.

June Lake annual Christmas tree lighting Friday, Dec. 13

December 3, 2013

June Lake's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec. 13 and is sponsored by the June Lake Chamber of Commerce.

3 p.m.
June Lake Chamber Mixer at Sierra Crest Realty, 2784 Hwy158
Free hot chocolate and refreshments
Greet old friends and meet new ones

5 p.m.
Begin the caroling at Sierra Crest
Walk through town singing and laughing all the way!
Bring bells and flashlights

6 p.m.
Tree lighting with special guests across from the Sierra Inn
More carols
Bonfire

Christmas tree permits available

December 2, 2013

Christmas tree permits are now available at the Mammoth Lakes Ranger District. Permits are $5 per tree and both pinyon pine and fir trees can be taken. The Christmas tree cutting area maps are available when you pick up your permit.

For more information, contact the Inyo National Forest at 760-924-5500 or go to the Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center at 2510 Main St. at the entrance to the town of Mammoth Lakes, three miles west of S.R. 395.

RAW: Chamber mixer benefits Wild Iris

December 2, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Chamber's holiday fundraiser this year will be held tomorrow, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jimmy's Taverna and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Wild Iris, according to the chamber.

Each year, Wild Iris serves hundreds of Mono County’s most vulnerable residents: those who are victims of domestic violence. The numbers continue to grow for individuals seeking our services, and sadly, the increase in numbers includes more and more victims under the age of 18, according to the chamber.

Theresa Moscowitz, longtime paramedic, retires

November 27, 2013

Theresa Moscowitz, a 27-year veteran of the Mono County paramedic and firefighting world, retired Wednesday, Nov. 26 after being sent out on a call that turned out to be a mock call and instead became one big party, according to her husband, Mammoth Police Sgt. Mark Moscowitz.

Snowcreek Athletic Club under extensive repair; some improvements up their sleeves, owner says

November 26, 2013

Snowcreek Athletic Club co-owner Ralph Lockhart said Monday, Nov. 25, that crews are hard at work repairing damage after a six inch water main broke early on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

“There was up to a foot of water in every hallway, every room, and going out every doorway. It was flowing,” he said, like a river, pushing mud and silt all throughout the club.

Their insurance claim will be somewhere in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Lockhart said, “but we’ve got excellent insurance. We’ll be back better and prettier than ever. It’s pretty much a complete gut and replace project.”

RAW: Climber airlifted to Reno after fall near Happy Boulders area

November 25, 2013

A San Francisco woman was airlifted to Reno last Saturday after falling about 15 feet onto the ground, while climbing near Bishop, according to Inyo County Sheriff Department officials.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, at about 3 p.m., the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a telephone call regarding a female fall victim at the Happy Boulders off Chalk Bluff Road, north of Bishop, according to a news release. According to the reporting party, the female subject landed on her back and was screaming in pain.

RAW: Hikers stranded in five feet of snow near Mt Whitney rescued

November 25, 2013

Two men stranded near Mt. Whitney in five feet of snow had to be rescued Sunday, Nov. 24, after one got hit by two avalanches and the other also could not make it down to safety without help.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, at about 10:40 a.m., the Inyo County Sheriff's Department received a telephone call regarding a stranded hiker near Upper Boy Scout Lake (located at the base of Mt. Whitney), according to Inyo County sheriff officials.

RAW: UPDATE, NOV. 25, 12:20 PM Hiker missing since Saturday, Nov. 23, found

November 25, 2013

A hiker missing since Saturday in the Foresta area near the west entrance of Yosemite National Park has been found, injured, but alive, according to Yosemite National Park officials.

"(Ann Lory) was located by a family member working with Search and Rescue crews in the search area," according to a news release. "Lory sustained injuries and has been transported to a local hospital for medical attention."

Yosemite National Park Rangers were searching for Lory, 60, a resident of Foresta, who had been missing since Saturday morning, Nov. 23, according to park officials.

RAW: CHP vehicle, two others involved in accident near Toms Place Thursday evening

November 22, 2013

On Thursday, Nov. 21, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a three vehicle collision involving a California Highway
Patrol vehicle parked just north of Lower Rock Creek Road occurred when a Mammoth Lakes resident lost control of her vehicle on the icy road and spun into the CHP vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Olympian Nancy Fiddler, other experts offer cross-country ski classes

November 21, 2013

A group of Mammoth cross-country ski experts, including Olympian Nancy Fiddler, will be holding the popular “Masters Class” cross-country ski training program this winter at the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center.
Separate classes will be held for beginners, intermediate skiers, and advanced skiers, along with shorter classes for winter conditioning.

The classes will begin after Thanksgiving and continue into the spring, according to Jane Lester, one of the instructors.

'Granite Curtain' falls; Tioga, Sonora, Monitor passes all closed for snow

November 21, 2013

Around here, we call it "The Granite Curtain," and when it falls, it means all three major passes to the West Side of the Sierra Nevada are closed.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the last of the three passes that was open—S.R. 89 over Monitor Pass—closed because of snow.

Motorists from the Eastside who are traveling westbound toward the Northern California coast, The Bay Area or any of the Central Valley destinations, now are advised to use S.R. 88 and Luther Pass near South Lake Tahoe to access Westside destinations.

New push for Bodie Hills conservation underway

November 21, 2013

A push to gain National Monument status for the Bodie Hills is underway, led by a 52-year-old veteran in environment and trails conservation.

Jeff Hunter, whose work in conservation has been primarily in the American southeast, said his work in the Eastern Sierra, which is backed by the 14 partner groups that include the Sierra Alliance, the Sierra Club and the Colorado-based Conservation Lands Foundation, would give an economic jolt to Bridgeport and Lee Vining, while protecting the Bodie Hills “as they are.”

Mammoth schools reach $1 million in foundation gifts

November 21, 2013

The Mammoth Unified School District and its Independent Learning Center this season will clear the $1 million mark in donations from the Mammoth Community Foundation and the locally based NOW Foundation, the nonprofits announced jointly this past week.

With an anticipated $300,000 coming into the coffers this season, it has taken just three years to clear the milestone mark.

Mammoth student shines overseas

November 21, 2013

Carson Bold spent the past week deep in dirty water, debris and human blood, doing medical relief work in the Philippines.

He is 16 years old, but acquired the kind of knowledge that most adults will never know.

 “The human body is the same, everywhere, everyone is the same on the inside,” he said.

RAW: Inyo National Forest releases first draft of updated forest plan

November 19, 2013

The Inyo National Forest has released the forest’s first Draft Assessment Report of its first update to the forest's master planning document in more than 20 years for public review this week, according to a news release from the forest. A public meeting on the document will be held in Bishop on Dec. 5 and comments on the plan are invited.

The assessment is the first phase of the process to revise the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan or plan).
 

Snow headed to Eastern Sierra this week

November 18, 2013

Snow is on the way this week, possibly beginning Tuesday and lasting into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

“A moist Pacific storm will move into the Sierra and western Nevada Tuesday and last into Thursday with periods of light rain and high elevation snow,” tonight’s NWS forecast (Monday, Nov.18) states. “Despite being weak, the storms will have plenty of moisture to work with.”

However, the bulk of the moisture will likely be north of Mono County, the forecast states, although that could change.

Greg Bissonette joins Mammoth Lakes Foundation as new director of development

November 18, 2013

Evan Russell, CEO and President of Mammoth Lakes Foundation, announced the hiring of long-time resident Greg Bissonette as its new Director of Developmen this week.

“We are very excited to have Greg join our team,” Russell said in a news release Monday, Nov. 18. “He brings a proven commitment to the community and the Foundation. We are confident that Greg’s addition to an already outstanding group of dedicated staff will make our work even more impressive as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation in 2014.”

Cast Off group will donate next three Saturday proceeds to Mammoth Medical Missions

November 15, 2013

Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary President, Judy Bornfeld, announced that the Auxiliary has pledged all Cast Off proceeds for the next three Saturdays, Nov. 16, 23 and 30, to go to Mammoth Medical Missions to assist with their Philippine relief effort.

In addition, the Auxiliary will match total sales for these three Saturdays, thereby doubling the amount going to them.

Mammoth Medical Missions is a non-profit volunteer organization based in our own town, Bornfeld said in an email.

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