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Archive - May 2013

May 16th

Ski area pushes for home rentals

May 16, 2013


‘Simple way to start collecting money,’ Gregory says

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will take a “strong stance” in support of single-family home rentals in Mammoth, ski area CEO Rusty Gregory said on Wednesday.

Conway Ranch fish hatchery closer to reality

May 16, 2013


Agreement paves way to re-purchase section of ranch

Some Eastern Sierra fishing advocates who dream of stocking local waters with big fat trophy trout called “Mono Monsters” got a boost this week, when the Mono County Board of Supervisors agreed to work toward buying a piece of property on the Conway Ranch for just that purpose.

Ka-blooey! July 4 fireworks on hit list

May 16, 2013


Victim of $627K budget shortfall

For the second year in a row, the Fourth of July fireworks show at Crowley Lake is facing elimination because of a Town of Mammoth Lakes budget shortfall.

The show, which is budgeted for $34,650, would be eliminated in a new set of 10 “balancing recommendations” that the town staff put before the Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15.

May 15th

The gift of a guide dog

May 15, 2013


April 24 was International Guide Dog Day, a very important day.

The Guide Dogs For The Blind” (GDB) is a nonprofit organization that helps those who are visually impaired with the gift of independence, freedom, and the gift of helping them continue their journey in life with very special dogs—mostly yellow and black Labradors, golden retrievers, or a mix between a golden retriever and a Labrador.

Amazing Mammoth

May 15, 2013


Today’s (May 6) snow deserves an entry into my diary.

Being May, it’s warm, for Christ’s sake! Friday, some young lovelies were in sport bras—stirring my sports briefs. The snow surface was warm, soft groom. Ideal spring conditions!

During the last few days, thunderstorms settled over Mammoth. Some rain, some warm snow, some hail.

Thanks for the continued generosity

May 15, 2013


The Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol would like to take this opportunity to thank all the local establishments that donated awards to our 2012-13 Ski Patrol Awards Banquet.  

The continued generosity and support of our Ski Patrol helps to make this event a huge success.  

Fido & Me - Bang for the Bark

May 15, 2013


“I like this one,” Fido said “Let’s pee on the tires!”

“You have that all mixed up, Fido. You don’t do that when you’re looking at cars. You can kick the tires, sure, but that’s more a human thing. Dogs don’t kick really well.”

“OK, then, let’s look under the hood!”

Urdi’s World

May 15, 2013

We can hardly remember what it was like around here before John Urdi arrived almost three years ago. Now, it’s hard for us to imagine what Mammoth would be if he were to somehow disappear.

Two major pieces of progress happened this week under the wand of the Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director.

First, Mammoth took its first steps toward establishing a Tourism Business Incentive District, a TBID, joining about 75 other California cities in such a revenue-generating scheme.

May 14th

Police identify dead Jacuzzi victim

May 14, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff's department on Tuesday, May 14, identified a man who was found dead in a Jacuzzi Sunday night, May 12.

Fatal truck accident in Bridgeport closes U.S. 395

May 14, 2013

Police closed U.S. 395 in Bridgeport early on Tuesday morning, May 14, after a tractor-trailer burst into flames at the bridge over the East Walker River at the south entrance to Bridgeport, following an accident that killed the driver.

Caltrans re-opened the highway at 3:45 p.m.

May 13th

Green Church lecture on endangered species of California, Tuesday night

May 13, 2013

The next Green Church lecture is Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395. The subject is "40 Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California" by Dr. Peter Alagona, Department of History & Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Here is a link to Alagona's forthcoming book:

Lectures are at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings (except June 6) at the Green Church (Hwy. 395 and Benton Crossing Rd.).

Local man makes award-winning movie, showings in Independence, Mammoth this week

May 13, 2013

A former Independence resident is making good on his dream to make movies and is planning to share his latest production in Inyo and Mono counties.

Forrest Pound, a 2003 graduate of Owens Valley School in Independence, will be presenting the film “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West” at the Eastern California Museum and the Mammoth Lakes Edison Theatre next week.

The free screenings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Edison Theater in Mammoth and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the American Legion Hall in Independence.

Colorado man found unresponsive at Mammoth condo hot tub Sunday night, declared dead

May 13, 2013

A 29-year-old Colorado man was found unresponsive at a hot tub at a Mammoth condominium complex at about 9 p.m. Sunday night, May 12, and was declared dead after medics failed to revive him, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

The location of the condominium complex was across the street/northwest of Mammoth High School, according to a Mammoth Times staff member who witnessed some of the incident, but the exact address of the complex was not available from the sheriff's department at press time.

A bear cub loves apple pie

May 13, 2013


Motherless youngster gets into Mammoth house

A young, motherless bear cub with a taste for apple pie has been getting into trouble around Old Mammoth in the past several weeks, according to Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.

What’s more, the 15-month-old cub has learned to pull at heartstrings to get what he or she wants.

County narrows search for top administrator, decision expected soon

May 13, 2013


Mono County will soon have a new County Administrative Officer, according to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt.

Hunt said the county has identified “three to four very viable candidates” as of this week. He said he expects the board to make a decision either at the end of this week, or next week.

None of the candidates are local, he said.

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