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Bears are out and about

May 18, 2011

Mammoth’s bears are out and about again, but that doesn’t mean they are going to go after the pizza crust in your car.

No. This time of year, Mammoth’s bears are going green.

As in veggie green, says Steve Searles, Mammoth’s own bear whisperer.

“The [bears] have been holed up all winter, and it’s been a long winter. Right now, there’s little available natural food out. But they need something to purge everything out. So, they aren’t that interested in your pizza, your burgers,” Searles said.

New species found in Yosemite National Park

May 18, 2011

Yosemite National Park is home to more than 400 species of animals,
including a number of species that qualify for listing under the Endangered
Species Act. The park provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife due
to its undisturbed ecosystems in the Central Sierra Nevada. Wildlife
species in Yosemite range from aquatic invertebrates to large mammals.

One of the many mammals that roam Yosemite’s forests is the Pacific fisher
(Martes pennanti). The fisher, a medium-sized member of the weasel family,

Injured backcountry skier rescued from Mt Dana

May 18, 2011

On Saturday, May 14, the Mono County Sheriff volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out in aid of an injured backcountry skier. James McHugh, 38, of Lake Tahoe, was skiing with friends near the third pillar of Mt. Dana, a popular backcountry spring ski descent three miles northeast of Tioga Pass.

It’s a renaissance for the Mono Inn

May 16, 2011

When Jim O’Meally and Mario Aguilar open the doors to the Mono Inn for the first time in several years next Friday, it will be a dream come true.

O’Meally has loved the Mono Inn since he first played there as pianist while Sarah Adams ran the restaurant (the Ansel Adams family still owns the inn and its acreage).

Although he’s run and/or opened several restaurants and wine bars across the West, and played piano for the Awahnee hotel in Yosemite, it’s been the Eastern Sierra that has held his heart.

Peak to be named after Andrea Mead Lawrence

May 13, 2011

One of Mono County’s fiercest defenders of the environment, Andrea Mead Lawrence, will likely have a nearby mountain named after her.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon introduced on Monday the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011, which would name a mountain peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence” in honor and memory of Andrea Lawrence – a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 13-19

May 13, 2011

Who wants to pick up dog poop in a blizzard? As it turns out, there was Suzanne Nottingham and just a very few others. The Great Dog Poop Pickup was rescheduled for 11 a.m. this coming Sunday (May 15) along Sherwin Creek Road. …

Speaking of cleanups, the Annual Town Cleanup Day has been moved up to June 11, sez Town Rec Manager Stuart Brown. ...

How many of us are here Up Here? New census figures show 8,237 Mammothites say this is their home, up six percent from the 7,093 measured in 2000. ...

UPDATE: Woman involved in Code Red incident in Mono City identified

May 10, 2011

At approximately 2:00pm, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call of a female, identified as Gwynneth Brimelow, age 48, of Lee Vining, CA, had possibly committed suicide. The reporting party stated they were missing a .45 caliber handgun and believed Ms. Brimelow had taken the weapon.

Code Red alert for Mono City

May 10, 2011

A woman who triggered a Code Red alert in Mono City this afternoon after she entered a home and was thought to be possibly armed has been removed from the home, according to Mono City resident Liz Holt.

The MT first heard about the incident at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mountain to be named after Andrea Mead Lawrence, pending approval by Congress

May 10, 2011

One of Mono County's fiercest defenders of the environment, Andrea Mead Lawrence, will likely have a nearby mountain named after her.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer today introduced the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011, which would name a mountain peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence” in honor and memory of Andrea Lawrence – a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009.

Mono County human resource director is new interim county administrator

May 6, 2011

Jim Arken, Mono County’s human resources director for the past year, will serve as the county’s interim administrative officer (CAO) until a new CAO can be found, following the departure of Mono County CAO Dave Wilbrecht in early June.

Arken, 58, was chosen by the county board of supervisors over the past week and a half and his contract to serve as both the interim CAO and the human resources director was approved unanimously Tuesday.

He will serve alongside current CAO Dave Wilbrecht until Wilbrecht takes his new job as the Town manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Skip Harvey to town: Straighten up and fly right

May 6, 2011

If there’s one thing that drives Mayor Skip Harvey nuts, it’s inefficiency.

He says he doesn’t allow it in his restaurant business (Base Camp Café), which operates – like most small businesses around here – with a razor-thin margin.

But when he looks over the landscape of the way the Town of Mammoth Lakes goes about its business, he said he sees unproductive, time-wasting practices everywhere.

“It’s part of being efficient, part of being a better town,” he said last week.

“You have to look at everything your town does in operations.

Happy Mother's Day

May 6, 2011

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and all over town you can hear it, feel it, and most of all, smell it.
It’s the sound of champagne corks popping out of bottles, soon to be mixed with ice-cold orange juice – the Mother’s Day Mimosa.

Sometimes in Mammoth, the decks become crowded with celebrants; sometimes not. This year might be a bit on the cool side.

Practically all the local restaurants have special brunches for the Moms. Eggs Benedict abound and the scent of hollandaise and poached eggs, Canadian bacon and fruit dishes permeate the air.

Buster-the-Wonder-Dog goes to Tarawa with companion Paul Dostie

May 6, 2011

When retired Mammoth Lakes police officer Paul Dostie first picked up a wriggling black Labrador retriever puppy several years ago, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.

But this week, he’s in Washington, D.C. talking top names in the nation’s military and in Congress; he is working to bring attention to what has become a personal mission to help bring home America’s soldiers still “MIA,” or, missing in action.

Mammoth has a brand new brand

May 6, 2011

Mammoth has a brand new face.

If not a new face, then at least a brand new brand.

It’s blue and white and evokes the letter M, water, and mountains. Before long, it will be ubiquitous around town, on brochures and other mailings.

It will be on streetside banners, wayfinding markers, city vehicles and behind the Town Council dais.

No one would be surprised if it also weren’t tattooed on John Urdi’s forehead.

Urdi, Mammoth’s tourism director, showed up at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday and pushed through a proposal to re-brand the town.

Mono County redistricting promises to be difficult, painful

May 6, 2011

A quiet but critical requirement to change the boundaries of the county’s five supervisor districts after the last Census gets under way this spring, as a citizen commission wrestles with the best way to divide the county into districts of equal population size.

That means some districts will lose and some will gain people, since the law requires all supervisor districts to be almost equal in population.

The law allows for no more than a 10 percent difference between districts, meaning districts can only have 10 percent less or 10 percent more people than all other districts.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 6-12

May 6, 2011

Nothing quite like spending Mothers Day picking up dog poop, then heading for brunch, but that’s the plan along Sherwin Creek Road, says citizen activist Suzanne Nottingham, who will be at Mammoth’s “Unofficial Dog Park” at 11 a.m. ...

Longtime Mammoth resident and writer Georgia Lowe is up for the Independent Book Publishers Benjamin Franklin Award. Her book, “The Bonus,” an examination of the Depression-era Bonus March, is a finalist in the category of historical fiction. Not only that, she gets to go to New York City for the May 23 ceremony. ...

Crime down in 2010 over preceding year

May 2, 2011

A press release from Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson reports that there was a 27 percent reduction in crime in Mammoth Lakes in 2010 when compared to 2009.

Further, Watson says, a review of traffic collision data shows that there was an 18 percent increase in injury collisions and hit and run collisions in 2010 over 2009.

Meet new Inyo Forest Supervisor

May 2, 2011

On thursday, May 5, there will be a Meet and Greet with Ed Armenta, new Inyo National Forest Supervisor, from 4-6 p.m. at the Mammoth Welcome Center on SR 203.

Judge sentences day care provider Lupe Almaguer to 60 years for child sexual abuse

April 30, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, some of the victims of day care provider Guadalupe Almaguer know what power – and justice – feel like.

On Tuesday, Mono County Superior Court Judge Mark Magit sentenced former Mammoth day care provider “Lupe” Almaguer, 58, to 60 years to life in prison, following his arrest in early October 2010 on suspicion of child sexual abuse.

Is winter over yet? Kinda. Mostly.

April 30, 2011

The weatherman says yes. Mostly.

According to Mammoth’s weather forecaster, Howard Sheckter, the long, cold, snowy winter of 2010-11 is finally over – mostly.

With 618 - 637 inches measured up at the 9,200 foot elevation on Mammoth Mountain now, the winter goes down in the record books as Mammoth’s snowiest, though not wettest, winter ever.

It started snowing on Oct. 5, making it seven months of snow, although an abnormally dry January and February gave us something of a break for a short time.

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