Archive - Oct 2013
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has told Foster Farms that it will block operations at facilities in California that have been implicated in a multistate Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak unless the company quickly outlines its plans for making the product safer, according to an Oct 7 letter from the USDAâ€™s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The FSIS asked for a reply from Foster Farms within 3 business days. The FSIS threatened to pull inspectors from the plants, which would prevent the company from selling chicken processed there.
While politicians remain in a stalemate over the partial federal government shutdown, businesses in the Whitney region are stepping up to fill the void.
With Whitney Portal outhouses closed to use and the Visitor Center shuttered, Elevation Sierra Adventure Essentials in Lone Pine and the Whitney Portal Store are handing out portable WAG BAG toilet kits to visitors, free of charge.
â€śAnything to keep the poo down,â€ť said Elevation owner Jon Turner.
No computer in the world—Apple or otherwise—would confirm that Christmas happens in October, but it sure felt that way at the Mammoth Middle School this past week.
A clash between the countyâ€™s district attorney and several county supervisors over how to spend a voter-approved public safety fund veered into the personal Tuesday after District Attorney Tim Kendall made a case for leaving the fund distribution formula intact.
The fund, generated after Proposition 172 (passed in 1994) is supposed to be set aside to fund public safety needs that the state was not meeting.
The funds are currently distributed between the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the District Attorneyâ€™s office, and the Probation Department.
June Mountain Ski Area is on scheduled to open this winter as promised, said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory last Tuesday.
Speaking before the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 1, Gregory said he wanted to clear up lingering doubts and to pave the way for a detailed plan that will go before June Lake residents later this month.
â€śWe will open before the Christmas holiday,â€ť he said.
He reiterated what he has said before; MMSA intends June Mountain to become the stateâ€™s premier family-oriented ski area.
The U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of a bacteria known as salmonella are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California, according to a news release. The strain of salmonella has proved to be unusually resistant to treatment with antibiotics, according to the news release.
Mammoth Lakes police were left scratching their heads this past week after an unusual graffiti attack left the Volcom Brothers Skate Park looking like something from the inner city.
“It’s hard to figure,” said MLPD Sgt. Marc Mosowitz. “The graffiti just showed up one day. The public works department tried to clean it up, but couldn’t, and then the very next night it happened again.”
Moscowitz said Officer Andy Lehr was hot on the trail of the vandal or vandals, as of Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Domestic violence kills three women a day in America, and it keeps the phones ringing in Mono and Inyo County, as well.
According to Wild Iris Women’s services, the agency fielded hundreds of calls for domestic violence this past year, an incomplete number given that some incidents do not get reported, or reported to the agency.
“This is at epidemic levels,” said Susi Baines, the agency’s director.
Campgrounds closed, Yosemite and Death Valley National Park shut down, federal websites went dark, calls to visitor centers went unanswered and campers were given 48 hours to leave their campsites, after the U.S. government shut down at midnight Monday.
By Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, signs were on the doors of most federal facilities indicating they were closed, including the California Welcome Center in Mammoth, the Mono Lake Visitor Center, and all local and national forest offices from San Diego to Canada.
Daniel C. Holler began his first day in Mammoth by getting plenty of lowdown from the top down.
What the town’s new interim town manager does with the information is open to speculation.
Holler, 52, the former city administrator of Grass Valley, Nevada County, officially took office on Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, when the Town Council voted to approve his open-ended contract of $158,000 a year.
The cold reality of policing Mammoth’s streets hit Officer Jack Loera right off the bat.
Almost as soon as Loera, 52, arrived from the Banning Police Department this past week, members of the MLPD were busy trying on new winter gear.
Gloves, insulated jacket, snow pants, and boots, were about as familiar to Loera as an encounter with a bear, which is to say, not very.