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Archive - May 2012

May 25th

Grasseschi has new book on great hikes

May 25, 2012

There’s a new book about the Eastern Sierra, written by someone every Mammoth Times reader already knows.

Mammoth looks for new commissioners; no more stipends

May 25, 2012

Mammoth has somewhat of a shortage in commissioners in the planning, recreation and transportation areas, and time is running out for candidates.

Edison 'Smart Meters' are up and running in Mammoth

May 25, 2012


By now you’ve seem them—the Corix installers in the yellow vests, driving Corix vehicles this way and that, and wearing Corix ID badges representing them as Southern California Edison contractors.

What's Up, Up Here? The news and gossip for May 25-31

May 25, 2012

Red Rover, Red Rover, a rink roof is on the way over

May 25, 2012


At this time next year, a roof will span the ice rink.

May 22nd

RAW: Comments sought on snow play and winter recreation areas of Mammoth Mountain

May 22, 2012

The Mammoth Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) on proposed projects at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), which would be carried out this fall. The proposed projects would enhance developed winter recreation at MMSA and at Woolly’s Adventure Summit (WAS), the winter snow play area adjacent to the ski area.

RAW: Comments sought on Mammoth Mountain bike park

May 22, 2012

The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District is soliciting comments on a Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Trail Construction Project proposal. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), a permittee on the Inyo National Forest, has proposed to construct 2.5 miles of mountain bike trails in the vicinity of, and in conjunction with the operation of the Discovery Chair (Chair 11.) All proposed trail construction is within the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area permit boundaries.

Mammoth, Mono Lake area get new district ranger

May 22, 2012

Sarah Tomsky has reported to duty as the new Deputy District Ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, according to forest officials. Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo, California.

RAW: Low cost dog vaccination, license clinic June 9

May 22, 2012

It’s time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 9 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $13 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $30 if it is not. You don’t need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.

Man that sheriff's deputies pursued later found dead in Haiwee Reservoir

May 22, 2012

A man that Inyo County Sheriff's Department officers pursued during a car chase on May 10 has been identified as the same man found dead in the Haiwee Reservoir on May 17.

On May 17, the Department of Water and Power notified the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office that a possible deceased person was spotted in the Haiwee Reservoir.

Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators, as well as Olancha Volunteer Fire Department and Inyo County Coroner, responded to the location and were able to locate the victim.

Deb Pierrel steps away from Airport-Transportation Commission

May 22, 2012

Six-year veteran Airport Commissioner Deb Pierrel said Tuesday she will not consider a seat on the town's newly-formed Transportation Commission.

"The decision is largely a personal one, allowing me to devote more of my time to by growing businesses and family," she said.

But there's more to it than that, she said, and most of it stems from the consolidation of the airport and mobility commissions.

The Town Council recommended a consolidation earlier this month as an efficiency maneuver, as well as a cost-cutting measure to relieve the town's staff.

RAW: High winds, dry conditions, make caution with campfires this weekend critical

May 22, 2012

Fire management officials from the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office are asking visitors to be extremely careful with campfires over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Due to the extremely dry winter, above-normal temperatures and frequent strong winds here in the Eastern Sierra, vegetation is much drier and fire danger is much higher than normal for this time of year.

Campfires can and do start wildfires, so please observe the following precautions:

· Get a campfire permit from a local ranger station or visitor center.

RAW: Half Dome cables will be up Friday

May 22, 2012

The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 25, weather permitting.

May 21st

RAW: Missing Yosemite hiker found safe and sound

May 21, 2012

John Paul Chaufan Field, the missing hiker in Yosemite National Park, has
been found safe and in good condition. He was spotted by the park’s
contract helicopter at approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday afternoon near Edith
Lake, approximately five miles east of Kibbie Lake, the point where he was
last seen.

Once Chaufan Field was spotted by the helicopter, Yosemite National Park
Rangers contacted him and found him to be unharmed and in good health. He
is currently being transported from the backcountry to the Hetch Hetchy
Ranger Station.

RAW: Former Bridgeport public utilities district manager arrested on suspicion of embezzlement

May 21, 2012

In early April, the District Attorney’s Office was alerted to an allegation of misappropriation of funds from the Bridgeport Public Utility District.

The District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation which revealed that former General Manager Cheryl Goode issued herself numerous unsubstantiated payments.

An arrest warrant charging misappropriation of public funds was sought, and on May 17, Goode turned herself in at the Mono County Jail.

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