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August 24th

Mammoth Festival reigned in the rain

August 24, 2012

An unusual pattern has developed during this summer’s festival season.

The events start out under blue, beautiful skies, are interrupted by the usual thunderstorm and in the end, everyone has a fine time and goes home.

So it was last weekend when the Mammoth Festival opened with a wine walk in the Village on Friday night, and an evening of music at Sam’s Woodsite on Saturday.

The star, Kenny Loggins, was just about the only star anyone could see as he strode on stage, what with the last vestiges of that afternoon’s rain clouds moving off.

Mammoth Festival reigned in the rain

August 24, 2012

An unusual pattern has developed during this summer’s festival season.

The events start out under blue, beautiful skies, are interrupted by the usual thunderstorm and in the end, everyone has a fine time and goes home.

So it was last weekend when the Mammoth Festival opened with a wine walk in the Village on Friday night, and an evening of music at Sam’s Woodsite on Saturday.

The star, Kenny Loggins, was just about the only star anyone could see as he strode on stage, what with the last vestiges of that afternoon’s rain clouds moving off.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 24-30, starring Dave and Roma McCoy, Tom Gault, Alicia Vennos et al

August 24, 2012

Lost in the drama of the last-minute Town Council closed meetings dealing with MLLA was the tale of Councilman Michael Raimondo, who was airlifted to Reno after complaining of chest pains. The Docs cleared him, but not before he conferenced in to the meeting while hooked up to oxygen and whatever else they were giving him via IV. Turned out to be an enzyme reaction, not a heart attack. …

Yosemite celebrates 96th anniversary

August 24, 2012

Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) by holding a series of activities focused on “What NPS Rangers do” on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The activities will be held at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include presentations on search and rescue, fire management, education, resource management and science, and the University of California at Merced Ranger Program.
Additionally, a youth-oriented service project will be led from the visitor center.

Firewood available in June Lake in September

August 24, 2012

Beginning Sept. 7, a special personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop will be opened by the Inyo National Forest. This area is located on the north side of S.R. 158 opposite from the Fern Lake Trailhead.

You must have a valid 2012 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only.

This area will be closed Oct. 31, or sooner, if the Forest Service has determined sufficient firewood has been removed to reduce hazardous fuel conditions.

Dog Sled Adventures gets some attention from county

August 24, 2012

Dog Sled Adventures owner Jim Ouimet got support from most of the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to work with county staff to find a “bare bones” way to give Ouimet a better living situation.Ouimet’s dog sled business is located on county land, under a county lease, off the Casa Diablo Road east of Mammoth Lakes and the S.R. 203/U.S. 395 junction.

County budget hearings next week

August 24, 2012

Mono County holds its annual budget hearings next week, beginning on Monday, Aug. 27 and ending on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The hearings will be held in Bridgeport on Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 at the Mono County Courthouse Board of Supervisors Chambers.

They will be held in Mammoth Lakes on Aug. 28 at the third floor of the Sierra Center Mall (Shogun mall).

The hearings begin at 9 a.m. each day.

June Lake residents move forward on winter activities planning

August 24, 2012

June Lake residents gathered together this past weekend to assign volunteers to work on the coming winter’s plan to keep June alive in the face of the closure of the June Mountain Ski Area. The residents were given $100,000 from Mono County last week toward the effort, with the money funneled through the county’s tourism department.

Swall Meadows, Crowley Lake to get high speed broadband—before Digital 395

August 24, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to approve a $286,398 grant to Verizon California, Inc. to bring high-speed internet broadband service to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake even before the Digital 395 project is completed, according to Steven Kalish.

Kalish is a Swall Meadows resident who has been working on the issue for several years.

The cable must be in place by Jan. 28, Kalish said.

“They are under orders to get it done by then,” he said.

Car break-ins target registration documents

August 24, 2012

Car registration documents seem to be the primary target in a string of car break-ins over the past few months, according to Mammoth Lakes police officers.

Stolen car registrations (along with some low-value items like cell phone chargers and lipstick) concern Mammoth Lakes Police Detective Dan Casabian.

“Your address is on the registration,” he said. “I’m wondering if they might be using this to target other burglaries.”

He said what bothers him most is that all the cars were unlocked.

“I hear it all the time, ‘This is Mammoth Lakes and nothing happens in Mammoth,’” he said.

Come on over! International visitation key to future tourism

August 24, 2012

If Mono County doesn’t grab the incoming wave of international tourists in the next decade or so, it will be stuck as it is now—a weekend and holiday destination for drive-up visitors from the Bay Area and Southern California.

If it does, it will have the opportunity to sharply increase the number of visitors that come on weekdays, during the shoulder season and—most critically—spend a lot of money while they are here, compared to domestic visitors, according to Mono County’s chief economic development manager, Alicia Vennos.

Ladies, Paul Ryan is your worst nightmare

August 24, 2012

Want a smaller government?  

Well this guy will put the government right inside your hoo-ha. Todd Akin, a Missouri congressman who, by the way is on the Science Committee, let it slip that many in the Republican Party believe that if a woman is “legitimately raped” her own bodily trauma will prevent conception from occurring.  

The conclusion which must be drawn from this statement is that raped women who did become pregnant (about 32,000 a year) must, somewhere deep down in their glands, have wanted to be raped.

Mammoth Margarita Festival not a solo venture

August 24, 2012

Thank you for the recent write up and post event coverage of the Mammoth Margarita Festival. 

As an event producer, I could not be happier with the recognition and press coverage of the first annual Mammoth Margarita Festival.

To see an idea created by three like-minded people take flight and soar is certainly up there in goal-attainment. 

However,  I feel especially compelled to reiterate that this was not by any stretch a “solo” venture.

The festival was and remains a truly equal partnership.

The Settlement

August 24, 2012

Mammoth finally settled its lawsuit with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition this week. Our immediate response was a sense of relief, and we weren’t alone.

All over town, our citizens talked it up, not knowing, really, what the terms of the settlement actually are. We don’t know either, but we know enough to sense that it is not a victory.

Rather, the settlement is wrapped in the clothing of defeat. Our battle flags in this matter now are furled, never again to be unfurled. The settlement and its complicated aftermath represent a sorry chapter in our little town’s short, little history.

A thank you from Mammoth Unified School District

August 24, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District would like to give a warm thank you to the community for their support of the temporary closing of Minaret Street for the Bluesapalooza Event the first weekend in August.
We thank the Town Council for their continued foresight to support community safety with their action with the temporary closure of the road.

We thank Sean and Joyce Turner who allowed our high school students the opportunity to solicit voluntary donations for folks that wanted to park their cars on Minaret for the event.

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