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Archive - May 2013

Crowley Lake house fire destroys home, no one hurt

May 31, 2013

A house fire in Crowley Lake destroyed the home of Maureen and Gordon Coldwwell, two long-time residents, on Thursday, May 30, but they were not home when the fire started, nor were other homes or structures involved in the fire, according to Crowley Lake’s county supervisor, Fred Stump.

Stump, who was the Long Valley Fire Department Chief before he was elected to fill the District 2 Supervisor seat last year (he is still a volunteer firefighter), said the cause of the fire is still unknown, but it took several hours to get the raging blaze under control.

RAW: Mono County to lose several long-term employees

May 31, 2013

Several long-term Mono County employees and officials have recently announced that they will be retiring from their positions effective June 30, according to county officials.

May 30th

Fishing coalition’s ‘Troutlaw’ promotion pays rewards for tagged trout

May 30, 2013

Five of the Troutlaw Gang captured, 30 still at large

The waters of the Mammoth Lakes Basin are safer thanks to the Troutlaw Posse’s capture of five feloniously huge Alpers Trophy Trout.

The Eastern Sierra Fishing Coalition is offering big rewards for catching one of these bad boys. While the Troutlaw fish try to blend in with the general population, they can be identified by the ESFC’s tag.

Five have been captured to date, and 30 still remain at large.

What’s that smell?

May 30, 2013

Wastewater treatment plant gives tour to locals, explains where it ends up

It’s a windy cool day just outside of Mammoth proper and spring is in the air. Pine, sage, blooming rabbitbrush and the clean, bright smell of lilac and aspen fill the morning.

Then, the north wind takes a quick turn and shifts to the south.

Spring vanishes. From the south, behind the Mammoth Community Water District front office building parking lot, traveling at wind speed, comes the unmistakable smell of human poop.

Forest hit with 5 percent budget cut

May 30, 2013

Campgrounds, visitor centers stay open, public could see slower service in some areas

A 5 percent cut to the Inyo National Forest budget this year (compared to last year) will not result in campground or visitor center closures or reduced hours, according to local forest officials.

It will, however, likely affect how often some maintenance, monitoring, and other forest work gets done, and it means several top and mid-level administrative positions currently vacant may stay that way.

Man attacks coyote, saves his cat

May 30, 2013

Local veterinarian says only cat to be grabbed by a coyote and returned alive

It was a quiet Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend and Mammoth Lakes resident William “Billy” Silva was out early walking his two cats.

It was early, before sunrise; “dark thirty” as the former Army paratrooper and pathfinder called it.

The streets of Mammoth were seemingly empty, which is why Silva was out with his cats in the first place—no bears, no coyotes, no ravens, no hawks—no cat killers, in other words.

Big fish for Lower Owens

May 30, 2013

DFW helping to re-establish fishery in southern stretches of river by planting broodstock

Blackrock Fish Hatchery broodstock, those big trout used for spawning to propagate future generations, are being released in the Lower Owens River.

Last week marked the second large-scale release of the hatchery’s broodstock in as many months—and officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there is going to be at least one more release in the coming month.

Public meetings on forest travel management program this year

May 30, 2013

Controversial system to close, open roads up for public input

 Nearly a decade ago, in response to growth in Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation on public lands across the country, inventories and planning for motorized travel management on the Inyo National Forest began, according to an Inyo National Forest news release. 

This summer, the forest will host two public meetings to update the public on the status of the “travel management” program this year: June 11 in Mammoth and June 13 in Bishop.

Fuelwood collection open in Reds Meadow June 4-9

May 30, 2013

The Inyo National Forest announced a special opportunity for personal use fuelwood collection in the Reds Meadow area, June 4-9.

The area will open for fuelwood collection at 9 a.m. and all firewood collection activities must be completed by 4 p.m. each day.

 Woodcutters will need to present their 2013 fuelwood permit and tags at Minaret Vista Entrance Station, one mile from the Mammoth Mountain Inn, for entry into the area. This is a one-time event for these six days only.

May 29th

RAW: Vaccination clinic this Saturday, Mammoth

May 29, 2013

It’s time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 1 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $50 if it is not. You don’t need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.

Presto! Mammoth Lakes Rotary builds a house in Mexico

May 29, 2013

In one day, a new home for needy Tecate family

Forty-eight Mammoth Rotary Club members and 10 Mammoth and Bishop High School students last Saturday built a house in a single day.

Working in Tecate, Mexico, the Noon Rotary Club put together a home for a deserving Mexican family of three, said Rotarian Dan Watson.

‘Food & Wine Experience’ officials unveil schedule

May 29, 2013

The 2013 Mammoth Food & Wine Experience has unveiled its selection of seminars, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6.

Participation at the seminars does not require a ticket to the Saturday night Grand Tasting event or a VIP ticket to the overall event.

It’s time to allow single-family home rentals

May 29, 2013

I attended the council meeting in December 2012 and voiced my support of providing single-family homeowners with a pathway to TOT compliance.  The council voted at that time to commission a study of the issue. 

We are still waiting for a decision on the issue, but I understand there may be some new movement with the new support of Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory and Snowcreek. 

Now is the time for the town council to finally show some leadership and move forward on this issue.

Dear Town of Mammoth Lakes council members

May 29, 2013

I spoke at the council meeting last week against the TBID. I am certainly no public speaker, as was evident. And I am certainly no lawyer, as was also evident.

However, my dad practiced law for several counties and cities in the Bay Area and was the town attorney for multiple towns for many decades.  

He was well known in municipal law circles statewide, and was thus retained many times by Mono and other rural counties for his unique expertise—in taxation, among other things.

Thank you from MHS senior class of 2013

May 29, 2013

A humongous thank you to Nancy Mahannah of Mono County Health Department for organizing our senior activities during STAR testing.

Nancy yearly organizes this symposium for the entire senior class at Mammoth High School. The idea behind the symposium is to help the kids at the end of the school year prepare for the next steps after high school.

It is such a valuable, rewarding experience for the kids to participate in during STAR testing and senior dinners.

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