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Local helps students, adults learn to stop bullying

October 31, 2011

It might begin with something as simple as an insult. “You’re fat.” “You can’t do anything.” “You are ugly.”
“Nobody likes you.”
The abuse might worsen; getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worse; midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, “kids will be kids,” right? They will grow out of it, right?
They’re just words, right?

Firewood available in June Lake

October 31, 2011

The Inyo National Forest is announcing the opening of a new, personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop. This area is located on the north side of Highway 158 across from the Fern Lake Trailhead. You must have a valid 2011 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only. Permittees must park along the shoulder of Highway 158 during collecting activities, and are not permitted to drive off-road for firewood retrieval. All other wood cutting regulations are in effect.

Local wind energy proposals withdrawn

October 26, 2011

Two firms investigating potential wind energy in eastern California have withdrawn their requests to install monitoring towers on public lands. The firms proposed to install 200-foot-tall wind monitoring towers for three-year testing periods to collect wind speed and direction data and other weather information.

Steve Searles expresses concern over shut down facilities in Lakes Basin

October 21, 2011

Steve Searles is irked.

It’s not the wildlife which is making his spine crawl but rather the decision of a certain public agency to shut down and lock up public facilities in the Lakes Basin.

Town Council adopts trails master plan

October 21, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan and certified the Trail System Master Plan EIR at Wednesday’s town council meeting.

If there had been any opposition to the new trails plan, the public had one last chance at the meeting to speak up.

With all the public meetings held over the past several years about generating a new and improved trails system plan, it was apparent that all had been said and done.

County jails forced to take state prison inmates

October 21, 2011

When the state of California voted to reroute many prisoners who would have gone to state prison to county jails late last year, alarm waves cascaded through all the state’s 58 counties. Although the state assured the counties it would fund this “realignment” of responsibility and that the only prisoners released in such a manner would not be violent or sex offenders, local county officials were not reassured.

Bear mauling rumor is just that, rumor

October 17, 2011

Rumors of a "bear mauling" in the northern part of Mono County are just that, rumors, according to the Mono County Sheriffs Department. Here's what really happened, according to the sheriffs department:

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at approximately 2:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding a reported bear attack near the Twin Lakes area in Bridgeport.

Man may have been missing in Buttermilk area since July

October 17, 2011

Inyo County officials are seeking a missing California man whose vehicle may have been parked in the Buttermilk climbing and bouldering area above Bishop since July.

The man, Richard John Malten, 64, is from Oregon House, Calif. He is described as 5’ 8”, 144 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes.

According to the Inyo Register, a missing person’s report was filed last week by Malten's ex-wife.

According to the sheriff’s department, what is believed to be Malten’s 2001 maroon Jeep utility vehicle has been found. It may have been parked in the area, unattended, since July.

Redistricting forces Hansen out of hometown

October 17, 2011

You could call it an embarrassment of riches. Most communities in Mono County only get one supervisor to represent them. But for the past eight weeks, and until at least 2012, Lee Vining and Mono City will get two.

If that sounds a bit awkward, it probably is.

Wild Iris fundraiser at Mono Inn Oct. 26

October 17, 2011

Wild Iris Fundraiser at The Historic Mono Inn, October 26, 2011

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to help bring awareness to the community and to raise funds that support on-going programs, The Historic Mono Inn, The Exhausted Parent Network and KMMT will host a fundraising dinner at The Historic Mono Inn Restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Twenty-percent of the evening’s dinner proceeds will be donated to Wild Iris.

Recreation implementation strategy approved

October 12, 2011

Start with a vision and then develop a plan. That’s how Mammoth demonstrates its devotion to recreation. Town Council considered an implementation plan Wednesday for the previously approved vision.

The town’s devotion is unique in its two-pronged approach to recreation as both a quality of life concern and an economic concern, according to Carl Ribaudo, founder of the Strategic Marketing Group.

The group provided consulting services for the visioning and planning projects. He said throughout his 20-year career, he has never seen another town commit to both aspects of recreation.

If state fails, others will bail out Mono Lake

October 12, 2011

The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve may become unbudgeted, but stakeholders will ensure that it never becomes unfriended.

Diverse factions met Thursday to explore strategies for protecting the reserve and continuing visitor services, if State Parks and Recreation should close the park.

A crowd of more than 50 people expressed the importance of keeping the park open Oct. 6. They did, however, disagree on how to manage it.

Forest Service announces snowmobile crossing decision, Sierra Nevada red fox involved

October 11, 2011

Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor, released her decision for the snowmobile crossing location for the Pacific Crest Trail, just south of Sonora Pass near Bridgeport, California late last week. The Forest Service issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Crossing Project this week.

Higgins selected Alternative 4 as described in the EA. The EA describes three action alternatives and a no-action alternative.

Several roads closed, winter storm warning in effect until 5 p.m. today

October 5, 2011

Mammoth Lakes, and much of the Eastern Sierra above 7,500 feet elevation, awoke to anywhere from one to four inches of heavy, wet snow this morning, with more snow on the way today. Roads are wet and slippery and visibility is poor, due to wind and blowing snow. Chain restrictions are in place on some roads and the high mountain passes in and out of the Eastern Sierra are closed at this time, including the Donner Pass road/I-80 (westbound at Truckee).

As of this morning, according to Caltrans, the following road restrictions are in force:

June Lake man, Chuck Daily, dies Tuesday

September 29, 2011

A June Lake man, Charles William "Chuck" Daily, has died after an apparent suicide Tuesday.

A close friend of Daily’s, Alona Kenny, told the MT that friends found Daily’s body in his home Tuesday afternoon.

Daily, 71, was a long-time June Lake resident, and well known within the community.

Man who stole thousands worth of equipment from local campgrounds finally arrested

September 27, 2011

Investigators with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department arrested Mark Huddleston, 69, on Aug. for theft and possession of stolen property. Huddleston a resident of Milwaukee, Oregon, was taken into custody near Rock Creek Road in the area of Tom’s Place.

Bridgeport area fire now 100 percent contained, final containment expected Thursday

September 26, 2011

A 1,140-acre lightening-caused fire that began Sunday northwest of Bridgeport near Buckeye Campground and Buckeye Hotsprings is 100 percent contained, according to Mark Regan, a spokesman for the regional Incident Command team now in charge of the fire's management.

Buckeye Road is closed, Buckeye Campground is still closed, and the Twin Lakes Road is also closed at this time.

The Buckeye Fire started Sept. 25, 2011 around 11 a.m.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported, the fire management team noted in a press release.

Mammoth Elementary celebrates big jump in test scores

September 23, 2011

‘It’s been a long time coming.”

That’s what Mammoth Elementary School Principal Roseanne Lampariello said after learning that her school had jumped 32 points in their state test scores last year.

For anyone in academics, 32 points in one year is a lot. In addition, the 32 points brought the scores past the magical 800 Academic Performance Index number used to determine whether meeting state educational standards — or not.

Poverty rises in Mono County

September 23, 2011

That historic spike occurred in Mammoth Lakes at the Mono County Department of Social Services this spring. Where normally 15 people seek relief daily, they numbered up to 90, with the majority applying for the CalFresh food program.

Some had never before experienced poverty.

“You’ll see people that are so uncomfortable that I just want to say they break your heart because you know they have really hit a hard time,” said Julie Tiede, Director of Social Services. “You know they don’t want to be there.”

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Sept. 23-29

September 23, 2011

The bear that was tagged in Yosemite but wandered over to the Eastside has an amazing range. He’s been spotted in Lundy Canyon, Twin Lakes, June Lake and around Mammoth. He’s easy to spot because of a yellow tag on his ear. He’s been well behaved say wildlife specialists and has earned the nickname “Yosemite Sam.” ...

Says Dan Dawson of the Valentine Reserve: “There is an abundance of natural food this year.” Berries and currants abound and the bears are lovin’ it. ...

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