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Fesko, Hazard, Peters, Bauer, will run for county supervisor seats in 2012

January 9, 2012

Business owner and Walker area resident Tim Fesko, Bridgeport business owner Bob Peters, business owner and county supervisor Vikki Bauer and retired Mono County Sheriff deputy and current county supervisor Duane "Hap" Hazard have announced they will run for office this June for the four-year term of county supervisor.

Three Mono County Supervisor seats are up this year; District 4, District 2 and District 3.

Cops arrest Dr. Andrew Bourne and Joe Walker in child sex case

January 6, 2012

Two Mammoth men, one of them a member of the Mammoth Unified School District school board, were arrested Wednesday in connection with their sexual involvement with a 14-year-old Santa Barbara girl.

Dr. Andrew C. Bourne, 46, a recent chief of staff at Mammoth Hospital and head of vascular surgery, and Joseph T. Walker, 48, are being held on $1 million bail each.

Warm weather allows Airport Road to get facelift

January 6, 2012

It might just be the first time in history that it’s been possible to patch asphalt cracks in the middle of January.

Normally a job for the short summer months, roadwork in Mono County comes to a screeching halt every winter.

Except this one
.
Not only is there no snow, it’s been in the 50s and 60s during the day—warm enough to set finicky tar asphalt patches.

The funky and cracked road to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport will be getting a facelift in the next week or so, despite a bit of tug-o-war between the county supervisors Tuesday.

Crab killer on the loose

January 6, 2012

The crabs are gone. All of Mammoth mourns.

Occupancy dives again

January 6, 2012

Merchants, hoteliers, restaurants and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area all scrambled this week in the face of a steep dive in visitor occupancy.

In its weekly occupancy projection, Mammoth Tourism said the town is expected to fill to just 38 percent this weekend and 21 percent for the midweek.

Last year at this time, with an overabundance of snow and Mammoth the talk of the ski world, the town filled to 65 percent on the weekend and 35 percent in the midweek.

Many hotels and condo complexes are offering deep discounts, particularly at midweek.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Jan 6-12

January 6, 2012

Good news from Skip Harvey, owner of the Base Camp Café and town councilman, who says two cancerous tumors in his throat have “shrunk 50 percent.” He says he is taking one FDA-approved drug and another “highly experimental” drug to control the cancer. …

Rusty Gregory says ski area flourished during holidays

January 6, 2012

Mammoth Mountain sailed through the holidays just fine, according to ski area CEO Rusty Gregory.

In a carefully-worded memorandum to employees, dated Jan. 1, Gregory said this holiday period the ski area “completed its most successful and New Year holiday period in my 34 years on the mountain.”

Um, well, sort of.

Gregory said in an interview this week that the ski area’s “success” is in context with other dry holiday periods in the ski area’s history—not an all-inclusive, year-by-year breakdown.

Kid computer ace, inspired by Mammoth, writes emergency application for iPhone

December 30, 2011

He is 17 years old.

But Nick Entin of Palos Verdes isn’t just another high school skier, though there’s nothing in his outward appearance to suggest otherwise.

And then he whips out his iPhone. On it is his imaginative, 99-cent iPhone application, called Emergency Beacon. With one push of a button he can connect with first responders in case of an emergency.

We made noise in 2011, and so did nature

December 30, 2011

It’s a tiny little place in a remote part of the country.

Yet Mammoth has all the ingredients for a rich stew of colliding agencies—federal, state, county and local, plus extreme weather.

We have colliding interest groups. We have people who are passionate.

We have top-notch scientists working our water, woods and mountains. They take their findings back to their universities. Their colleagues marvel at the work they do here.

We have sport, too. Lots of sport.

We run, we ski, we ride, we backpack. We compete in Motocross. We ride road bikes.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 30 - Jan 5

December 30, 2011

Resident Bob Sollima, who was former winter caretaker at Reds Meadow and has been in Mammoth for oh, 126 years, says don’t sweat the snow scene up here. “We’ve seen it all before … no problem,” he said. “In the winter of 1990-91 we were backpacking in and out of Fish Creek Hot Springs near Iva Belle Camp into February. On March 1, it started to snow and we got 15 feet in the month of March—not a lot, but enough to call it ‘The March Miracle’ by alla the locals. Then there was the winter of 1976-77 where we waited and waited and waited. The snow never came.

'Night of Lights' turns ugly

December 19, 2011

The “Night of Lights” last Saturday turned into a night of fights.

Unruly concert-goers drove members of the headline band off the stage by throwing objects at them, then drove them off again when the band, the Naked and Famous, tried to resume the show.

The concert was on the snow at Canyon Lodge. While attendance numbers were not immediately available, it was believed by veteran “Lights” observers to be among the largest crowds ever for the annual event.

Local man, Tom Greenstein, dies

December 19, 2011

Long time local and manager of the St. Moritz condominiums, Tom Greenstein, died Thursday for an as yet unknown reason.

Although there is very little official information available about Greenstein's death as of this time, the Mono County Sheriffs Department did release the following report Monday morning:

"In the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 15, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.

Airport terminal annex opens

December 16, 2011

Just in the St. Nick of time, the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport opened its passenger annex Thursday.

The tent-like structure, similar to the Eagle Lodge structure, is officially a “temporary” building, but then so was Eagle Lodge, and it’s still there.

It was built by Sprung Structures, the Utah company that provided the buildings at Eagle Lodge. It is a tension membrane structure. The building itself has become known as, simply, “The Sprung Structure.”

Therein lies a problem.

Peace on Earth begins right here, Mammoth students say

December 16, 2011

It’s a Monday afternoon in early December and school just got out.

On the big, warm, green-curtained multi-purpose room stage at Mammoth Elementary School, about a dozen third through fifth graders, boys and girls, Caucasian and Hispanic, are gathered together, just like they have been for many Mondays previously.

The stage vibrates with the pranks and laughter of 14 high-energy students, but teacher Dee Di Gioia has done this before, and more than once.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 16-22

December 16, 2011

The ubiquitous Woolly showed up at the Sprung Structure opening at the airport the other day. “Hey, here comes What’s-His-Name” enthused Top Cop Dan Watson. …

Speaking of the Chief, doesn’t everybody know that his son-in-law is a mascot for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings? …

Big day for Andy Selters fans this coming Wednesday. The photographer/author will be at the Booky Joint to sign books and calendars. The book is “Ways to the Sky,” the mountaineering history book that the Wall Street Journal said is one of the five best adventure books of all time. …

Possible homicide in Bishop, suspect held on $1 million bail

December 14, 2011

At approximately 9:00 p.m. last night, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a non-responsive (possibly deceased) male on Winuba Lane in Bishop. Sheriff’s deputies and Symons ambulance were dispatched to the scene and the victim was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The victim has been identified as Daniel Barlow, 45, Bishop. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Dungeness crab in Mammoth?!?!? Yes!

December 9, 2011

San Francisco has come to Mammoth.

Fresh crab right off the street corner, live or cooked to order, delivered fresh from the Bay Area.

They are here now at the corner of Main Street and Laurel Mountain Road, several hundred of them in big saltwater vats, swirled together claw to claw in the bubbling water.

And they will be there all winter for your eating pleasure.

At least that’s the plan.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 9-15

December 9, 2011

Recreation Commission chair Bill Sauser, chomping at the bit, announced at the start of the Rec Commish meeting on Tuesday: “It’s been a long day. I’m looking to make this a quick one.” Three hours and 15 minutes later, the commish finally reached adjournment — one of its longest meetings in months. …

The gurus at the National Weather Service in Reno let slip on Wednesday that there’s a “slight chance” of snow on Sunday and Monday. Um, what is this thing they call snow? …

UPDATE: Remaining two Vernal Fall victims identified

December 5, 2011

Yosemite National Park has positively identified the body of Ramina Badal,
21 year old female, of Manteca, CA. Badal was found in the Merced River,
approximately 120 yards below the Vernal Fall footbridge, by a Yosemite
National Park Ranger at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3,
2011. The footbridge is located approximately a half mile below the base
of Vernal Fall.

Badal has been missing since July 19, 2011, when she, Hormiz David, 22 year
old male, of Modesto, CA, and Ninos Yacoub, 27 year old male, of Turlock,

Mono Lake State Park is off the closure list

December 2, 2011

The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is off the state’s list of possible state parks to close as of late afternoon Thursday.

The park will remain open and, contrary to some rumors, it will continue to be managed by the state as a state park.

The only thing that will change on the ground is a new fee collection agreement between the state and a nonprofit organization that has long been an advocate for, and a source of financial support for the park, the Bodie Foundation.

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