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

January 20, 2012

It’s a July 4 tradition. Mid-afternoon/evening, Mammoth empties out and migrates to Crowley for the fireworks. That bugs town councilman Matt Lehman to no end, so he’s going to put some alternatives before the council at the Feb. 1 meeting. …
 

Tim Alpers announces he will run for Bauer's county supervisor seat

January 19, 2012

Tim Alpers announced today that he will vie with incumbent Vikki Bauer for the Mono County District 3 Supervisor seat. District 3 includes part of Mammoth Lakes,and the communities of Lee Vining, June Lake and points north to Conway Summit.

Bourne's contract terminated, more charges for both Walker, Bourne, expected

January 18, 2012

Dr. Andrew Bourne's contract with Mammoth Hospital has been terminated, according to spokeswoman Lori Ciccarrelli, "because he cannot fulfill its terms at this time."

Tioga Road to close tonight (Tuesday)

January 17, 2012

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will close at 7 p.m. this evening,Tuesday, Jan.17, park officials said.
 

“A series of wet weather systems, with the possibility of heavy snow at the higher elevations, are predicated over the next several days,” said Kari Cobb, Yosemite spokesperson.
 

“This possible precipitation, coupled with cold temperatures, will result in hazardous driving conditions on the road.”
 

Big 'Welcome Home' party for Keflezighi Tuesday evening

January 17, 2012

Mammoth will throw a “WELCOME HOME” party for Olympian Meb Keflezighi this evening at the Village, according to the Mammoth Visitors Bureau.   

Bourne, Walker, free on $750,000 bail in child sex case, Bourne resigns from school board

January 14, 2012

Bail was reduced from $1 million each to $750,000 each for Dr. Andrew Bourne and Joe Walker Tuesday at a hearing in Santa Barbara.

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Four candidates announce run for county supervisor

January 13, 2012

Local elections are still six months out, but that hasn’t stopped a crop of candidates for Mono County Supervisor announcing their run for three open seats.

Eight-year-old Mammoth girl calls 911, likely saves family’s life

January 13, 2012

It was the smoke alarm shrieking into the deepest hours of the night that woke eight-year-old Hana MacLean of Mammoth Lakes and probably saved her life.
 
It was Hana, though, who likely saved her parents lives shortly thereafter.
 
It was sometime around midnight on Jan. 10 and Mammoth was fast asleep, including Hana. 
 

Planning Commish plans a scaleback

January 13, 2012

 

Mammoth, Eastern Sierra to get 11 new buses

January 13, 2012

 

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

January 13, 2012

 

Tenney 'Goes for Broke' on funding for Gateway Project

January 13, 2012

Call it want you want: Shooting the Moon, Going for Broke, whatever.

For Elizabeth Tenney, it’s all of that, with an extra measure of audacity thrown in.

Tenney, whose volunteer projects in Mammoth have made her a key behind-the-scenes player, on Tuesday floored the town’s Recreation Commission with a request for $250,000 in Measure R (taxpayer) funding for her Mammoth Gateway Community Project, up from a previous request of $25,000.

“I’m highly skeptical that we could get that much,” she said to the commissioners, who answered her with their own skepticism.

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
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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. …

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