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Archive - May 23, 2013


What’s open, what’s not

May 23, 2013

Most attractions open for Memorial Day

The Inyo National Forest plans to open several popular high-country destinations for the Memorial Day Weekend due to the unusually dry winter and spring this year.

Normally, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Reds Meadow, and the upper Mammoth Lakes Basin areas are covered in snow until June.

This year, they will all be opening for the weekend.

Mule Days highlights Eastern Sierra holiday

May 23, 2013

Bishop takes center stage

While famous for its annual tribute to a four-footed hero of the American West, Bishop is actually one of four cities in the U.S. that hosts a multi-day celebration in honor of the mule.

Bishop isn’t even the only “self-proclaimed Mule Capitol of the World,” with Columbia, Tenn. also laying claim to the title.

But Bishop’s annual Mule Days Celebration has the others beat when it comes to variety, quality, and prestige.

California Senate passes ski safety legislation

May 23, 2013

Would require resorts to report on plans

In a vote along party lines, the California State Senate on Monday, May 13, passed a bill requiring all ski resorts in the state to prepare and make public their safety plans.

The legislation, introduced by State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), passed on its third reading, 24-8, with six senators abstaining.

It would require every ski resort in the state to prepare an annual safety plan and, upon request, make the safety plan available to the public the same day the request is received.

A heinous hike from Horseshoe Lake

May 23, 2013

Two-hour hike turns into overnight misadventure

It was supposed to be a two-to-three hour hike—a ramble, really, nothing much more than a walk in the woods.

But for a 63-year-old Merced man, a hike out of the Horseshoe Lake trailhead last weekend turned into a nightmare series of bad decisions that left him bruised, scarred, tired, and cold.

“It was like the Minnow on Gilligan’s Island,” said Gary Walker. “A two-hour tour.”

At least Gilligan found an island.

Mono County hires new chief administrator

May 23, 2013

Jim Leddy, Sonoma County deputy administrator, takes over June 4

Mono County hired a new County Administrative Officer (CAO), according to the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

The board announced Tuesday, May 21, it selected Jim Leddy, the current Deputy County Administrator/Community and Government Affairs Manager for Sonoma County, to be the new CAO for Mono County.

Mono courts to collect, increase fees

May 23, 2013

The push targets infractions as far back as 20 years, levies a $300 fee

A renewed and “enhanced” attempt to collect delinquent fines for court infractions could bring millions of dollars into Mono County and Superior Court coffers—and create an unexpected headache for those who didn’t pay their fees or failed to appear in court.

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