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Compromise solution on fate of Bodie WSA rejected

March 14, 2011

What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasn’t.

Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half – with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses – just about everyone was none too pleased.

And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didn’t help either.

Mono County Supervisors continue to resist air service subsidy

March 12, 2011

Despite another round of pleas from Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday for air flight subsidies, county supervisors once again said, “Not so fast.”

For the second time in about as many months, Town and Mountain officials came to the county for help, asking for between $215,000 and $289,000 a year to help bridge a gap in subsidizing year around air service (winter air service subsidies are already covered by the Mountain.)

What's old is new again in Mammoth

March 12, 2011

Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH), dedicated to providing housing for low-income families, has turned a radical corner.

Rather than building new structures, the non-profit organization has its eye on acquiring and rehabilitating older structures in Mammoth.
“This is our first step into it, so we’re dealing with some new processes,” said MLH executive director Pam Hennarty, “but I think we’re handling it pretty well. We’re excited about the process.”

WHAT'S UP, UP HERE? March 11, 2011

March 12, 2011

Those really were the actors, Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World), in town last weekend. ...

While we’re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman, co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...

Is there any bigger fan of March Madness than Bob Sollima? Don’t think so. On his behalf, Go Zags! ...

While we’re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...

Chalfant motocross track up for debate Thursday

March 9, 2011

An illegally created motocross-like track in Chalfant goes to the county planning commission Thursday for debate, after a private property owner family bull-dozed a roughly one-acre area on their 18 acres into a rough, motocross-like track.

The family is arguing that the motocross like track is a suitable use of their property.

Bodie Hills compromise goes to supes today

March 8, 2011

Dividing the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) roughly in half and creating true wilderness out of one half and a multiple use area out of the other is Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard solution to the Bodie Hills issue, one that he will take to the board Tuesday.

Forest Service holds Job Fair Saturday

March 8, 2011

The Inyo National Forest will be sponsoring a Job Fair for local people interested in getting a temporary job with the Forest Service this summer and fall. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM Interagency Building, behind the DMV, on West Line Street in Bishop.

Temporary jobs are available in such fields as firefighting, trail maintenance and engineering. At the Job Fair, Forest Service staff will be there to discuss the jobs, and to help people with the online federal job application process.

JUMP BIG

March 7, 2011

Riders got big air this weekend at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, like this competitor in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle on Sunday.

MX track kicks up dust in Chalfant

March 5, 2011

A motocross-like track on private land in Chalfant has some neighbors upset even as others signed a petition of support for the track.

The issue goes before the Mono County Planning Commission next week, on March 10 in Mammoth.

The track was bulldozed onto an approximately one-acre portion of an 18-acre parcel belonging to Sue Jenson, her daughter Naomi Garcia and son-in-law Adam Garcia, all residents of the community of West Chalfant.

RecStrats team gets ball rolling, with a laugh thrown in for fun

March 5, 2011

The Recreation Strategies team opened its string of workshops on Wednesday and Thursday at the Community Center, and it sure felt different than most meetings.

The first difference was that the team, consultants from the Strategic Marketing Group of South Lake Tahoe, laid down some strict rules – which one of them promptly broke.

It was a moment of levity that loosened up an audience of several dozen people who had slogged their way through the slush for the four-o’clock session.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 4

March 5, 2011

Bishop was rocking and rolling Wednesday, with three earthquakes in a row: a 3.5 at about 7 p.m., a 3.1 at 4: 40 and a 2.5 at about 8 p.m. The quakes were only a few miles from Bishop, in the Laws area, meaning Bishopites certainly noticed them, although no serious damage was reported. ...

That was some Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Nothing on the agenda, nobody in the audience save for an MT staffer, nobody offering public comments. It was the Pledge of Allegiance, then a closed session with the new interim town manager. Like covering vapor. ...

Urdi: Rising gas prices may not affect Mammoth summer tourism

March 5, 2011

Spiking gas prices should not affect Mammoth’s summer tourism as much as many might think, says Mammoth’s Tourism Director, John Urdi.

“It’s not a deal breaker,” he said.

Average retail gasoline prices in California rose 17.5 cents a gallon in one week, averaging $3.72 on Monday, Feb. 28, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.

In Mammoth, Lee Vining and Bridgeport, gas prices were well above $4 a gallon and still rising. On Thursday in Mammoth Chevron’s regular was at $4.39 a gallon.

Ranch Road peace process gets boost with new signs

March 5, 2011

The Ranch Road Peace Accords got another piece of reinforcement this week.

Five years after homeowners on Ranch Road and backcountry enthusiasts clashed over egress from the mountains, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation announced that new signs are in the ground, guiding skiers and snowboarders to the public access easement at the Ranch Road Gate.

Much of the route runs on top of Snowcreek Golf Course, which two years ago placed directional signs on the route as a result of Snowcreek VIII Master Development Plan.

The Ranch Road war was over.

Daycare provider sentencing delayed- again

March 3, 2011

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested in October for sexually abusing at least four children in his care, Lupe Almaguer, was expected to face a judge March 8, but that sentenceing will “likely be continued” according to Mono County Deputy District attorney Todd Graham said Thursday.

The sentencing was originally set for Feb. 15 but was continued to March 8 and, as of Thursday, looks to be continued again.

Almaguer, 56, pled guilty to several counts of felony child molestation in December 2010.
He was arrested in October 2010 after an investigation.

Inyo National Forest names its new supervisor

March 2, 2011

Ed Armenta, who spent his youth in Southern California and hiked, fished and camped in the Eastern Sierra, is coming home to the Inyo National Forest.

This time, it is as its new supervisor, replacing Jim Upchurch, who left last October.

“It has been a lifelong dream to live and work in the Eastern Sierra,” Armenta said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the supervisor of one of the most beautiful national forests in the nation, with the huge abundance of recreation opportunities that it offers.”

Dan Haydon, longtime Mammothite, dies

February 28, 2011

Dan Haydon was among the nicest human beings you could ever meet.

This is the consensus of many people who have lived in Mammoth and eaten at his restaurant, the Mogul, since the early 1970s and who knew Haydon well.

He died on Feb. 26. The 40-plus year Mammoth resident and businessman was not only a beloved member of the community, he was also an inspirational man whom many revered.

Mammoth looks to Oakland for new town manager

February 26, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council and legal staff went looking for a major leaguer to fill the Town Manager’s job, and they may have found one in Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.

She’s dynamic, and has big-city smarts, as the town staff will discover Wednesday, when she takes over as Interim Town Manager.

Gov. Jerry Brown, then the mayor of chaotic Oakland, turned to Marysheva-Martinez to be his budget director for five years. She then served for five years as an assistant city administrator in Oakland’s Ron Dellums Administration.

Goodbye to Postmaster Gary Fultz

February 26, 2011

Gary Fultz has left the fold, and the Mammoth Lakes Post Office will not be the same.

The convivial postmaster served his last day in Mammoth this week. Next, he and his wife Kristin will tow their sports trailer back to Ludington, Mich., which they left five years ago for a life in the Sierra Nevada.

“We’d never even heard of Mammoth Lakes until the job came up,” Fultz said. “In fact, all the people in Ludington were kind of upset I took it, because I was the one in line for the postmaster’s job there.”

Fultz will turn 55 on Monday, the retirement age for postal workers.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 25

February 26, 2011

Mammoth’s Deena Kastor, the Olympic Marathon bronze medalist and American record holder in the marathon and half marathon, gave birth to a baby girl on Monday night, tweeted her Mammoth Track Club teammate, Josh Cox.

“HUGE CONGRATS to Andrew & Deena Kastor on the birth of a healthy baby girl! Piper Bloom Kastor, 6-lbs 5-oz. 19in! WOW!” Cox tweeted just after 9 p.m. PST on Monday. This is the first child for Kastor and her husband Andrew. Kastor, who turned 38 last week, will be aiming to make her fourth Olympic team in 2012. ...

Bishop man found safe after search called in Reds Meadow area

February 24, 2011

A Bishop man was found safe, after a search was called in the Reds Meadow area yesterday.

On the morning of Feb. 23 the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to check on the welfare of an overdue snowshoer.

Michael Gaffney, 47, of Bishop, began a snowshoeing trip on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from the Mammoth Lakes Basin to Reds Meadow to Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge. He intended his trip to be relatively non-stop, without a planned camp.

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