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Archive - May 2013

May 29th

TBID’d into oblivion

May 29, 2013

Those who know me would tell you that I harbor no love for government, town or otherwise. When an entity such as the Town of Mammoth Lakes decides to circumvent the democratic process by passing measures of taxation that have otherwise failed to garner approval from voters in the past, I can only assume they missed a valuable lesson from history that revolved around the simple idea of no taxation without representation.

Local blood drive a huge success

May 29, 2013

A BIG “thank you” goes out to all who donated blood at the bi-annual United Blood Services Blood Drive held on May 13, 14, and 15.

The Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary coordinated the drive, which was held at the Mammoth Fire Department.

Did you know that one unit of blood can help three people and that one out of seven people that go to the emergency room will have to have a blood transfusion? The United States needs approximately 42,000 units of blood A DAY. That’s a whole lot of blood!

Single-family home rentals

May 29, 2013

Once again, the issue of single-family home rentals landed in the lap of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council last week.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory popped in out of the blue and, during an otherwise innocuous workshop discussion about the 2013-14 budget, gave a forceful presentation on why Mammoth ought to have such rentals.

Practically no one saw this coming, except for the proponents of the scheme, who were in the Council Chambers (what a surprise) while the opponents, blissfully unaware that the topic was even under discussion, stayed away.

May 28th

RAW: Erik Forsell, ASICS America, tapped as new chief marketing officer for MMSA

May 28, 2013

Erik Forsell was named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area this week by Rusty Gregory, the company's chairman and CEO.

In his new position, Forsell will drive all aspects of marketing for the resort including strategy, brand, product development, pricing, distribution and advertising.

“I look forward to the vision and keen perspective I know he will bring to the Marketing team and to the senior leadership of the company,” said Gregory. “We look forward to Erik increasing market demand and materially growing winter and summer visitation to Mammoth.”

Finding the Devils Windstorm

May 28, 2013

Local man on backcountry ice skating trip initially reported the damage

It was a clear, starlit night in the second week of December 2011, and long-time Eastern Sierra photographer John Dittli was hiking from June Lake to Reds Meadow after a backcountry ice-skating trip when he started to notice something strange.

Trees—huge, thick-barked, three-and four-feet-in-diameter trees—down across the trail.

Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery tonight's Green Church talk

May 28, 2013

Bringing back one of California's iconic native trout—under much pressure, controversy, and change—is the subject of the Tuesday, May 28, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) "Green Church lecture."

WHAT: "Lahonton Cutthroat Trout Recovery in the Face of Climate Change" by Dawne Becker Emery, Environmental Scientist, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Green Church, corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited
For more information contact: Leslie Dawson, ldawson@msi.ucsb.edu
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Recreation Commish paints a big picture

May 28, 2013

 The future is … in the future

There was no hand-wringing or shortened breaths; no anxiety or rattled nerves.

Rather, the Mammoth Recreation Commission on Tuesday, May 21, engaged in a kind of recreational cartography, aimed ultimately at putting Mammoth’s recreation priorities on a single, easy-to-read map.

“We’re trying to see what the process is going to be,” said Sean Turner, a commission member who was in on the think tank.

Bridgeport visitor center supported

May 28, 2013

After years of wrangling over location and scope, players draft first plan

Bridgeport may get a brand new high-tech, multi-use, multi-agency visitor center sometime in the next few years after years of arguments and disagreements finally gave way to a new spirit of cooperation.

Even better, according to a report by the organizers and proposed anchor tenants, there is a clear consensus that the new facility will be as much a cultural center as an interpretive center; a place for music, art and even an artist in residence.

ATV jamboree offers more backcountry June 11-15

May 28, 2013

Snow has melted from most Eastern Sierra trails, clearing the way for the annual ATV & UTV Jamboree from June 11 to 15.

Based in Walker and Coleville in northern Mono County, there are 20 different guided trail rides, leading riders to summit peaks, scenic vistas, and meadows teeming with wildflowers.

Guests will also learn about the area’s history and enjoy camaraderie with fellow ATV and UTV (all-terrain and utility vehicle) enthusiasts.

Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery tonight's Green Church talk

May 28, 2013

Bringing back one of California's iconic native trout—under much pressure, controversy, and change—is the subject of tonight's (Tuesday, May 28) Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) "Green Church lecture:"

WHAT: "Lahonton Cutthroat Trout Recovery in the Face of Climate Change" by Dawne Becker Emery, Environmental Scientist, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Green Church, corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited
For more information contact: Leslie Dawson, ldawson@msi.ucsb.edu
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May 24th

Changing climate, fire danger face Inyo National Forest

May 24, 2013

Forest makes plans for the next 20 years

Much of what makes the Eastern Sierra the Eastern Sierra—its high granite peaks, its mountain creeks, its wildlife, and wildness—is under the management of the Inyo National Forest, and now the agency wants help from the public figuring out how to manage it for another 20 years.

To that end, forest planners are working on a new revision of the existing forest plan that they hope will keep the forest alive and thriving.

Town Council moves TBID

May 24, 2013

Deadlines placed for June, July

Mammoth’s town council last week set July 3 as a deadline for businesses wishing to protest the creation of a revenue-generating Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).

The July date would be the end of a 45-day period that is required under California state law.

The TBID, which asks businesses to pony up a percentage of sales for a five-year period, has been prodded along by Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director John Urdi.

Of cattle and carrots

May 24, 2013

Drought could damage ranchers for years

The rich and fertile irrigated meadows and croplands that surround the small towns of Mono County are more than a pretty foreground to the towering Sierra—they provide the second greatest economic engine the region has, second only to tourism.

Cattle, sheep, garlic, onions, carrots, alfalfa, even wine grapes—yes, grapes—grow here, to the tune of about $77 million dollars.

It’s more than that, however.

May 23rd

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.

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