Archive - Aug 2013
Three tiny high-altitude amphibians are at the heart of a county and state-wide controversy that could affect some of Mono County’s most popular recreation areas and agricultural areas, including Rock Creek, Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Saddlebag Lakes and more. The request for an extension was recently granted and the comment period now closes on Nov. 18.
The Mountain yellow-legged frog, the Yosemite toad, and the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog are all native species that inhabit some high country wetlands, lakes, and creeks.
In its effort to come up with a definitive study on the state of Mammoth’s event venues, a Chicago consulting firm this past week took a somewhat surprising approach.
In listing comparable resorts, the HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting Group chose to ignore Mammoth’s closest neighbor to the North, Lake Tahoe.
That surprised Recreation Commissioner Sean Turner, who used some of his time at the commission meeting on Aug. 6 to question Thomas Hazinski, the managing director of the firm.
According to Mammoth Lakes Fire Chief Brent Harper, AT & T has approached Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District with a proposal to install a cell tower at Station #2, 1574 Old Mammoth Road.
The proposed cell tower would be approximately 43 feet tall and use a âpine treeâ design located at the front of the building.
The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District Commissioners and the administration want to ensure that the public is aware of the project and has a chance to comment.
“Phtooey. Pfft, Pfft.”
“Gee whiz, Fido, if I’d have known you were going to react like this, I’d have never brought you to the tennis courts. Maybe you want to sit outside the fence, and I’ll just bank the ball against the wall for a while.”
“But I like tennis balls!”
“Maybe you like them a little bit to much, Mr. Beeg. The idea is to treat the ball with tenderness—like an egg.”
“I don’t do tenderness very well.”
With the Aspen Fire largely contained, wildfire experts this past week began to analyze why this particular fire was so nasty.
First, by Central Sierra wildfire standards, it was in fact a big fire for the type of terrain, firefighters said.
As for its impact, particularly in populated areas such as Mammoth Lakes, people cannot recall anything quite like it—not, anyway, since the Rainbow Fire threatened to burn down the town in August 1992.
Two Mammoth-based nonprofit organizations have created a new scholarship program for student-snowboarders in Mammoth.
Olympic Gold Medalist and Mammoth resident Kelly Clark this past week announced she is throwing her Kelly Clark Foundation energy into the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team programs, and to the Mammoth Unified School District.
Young skateboarders and beginning riders won a victory this past week when the town approved the construction of “Little Brothers” Skate Park, to be situated alongside the larger Volcom Brothers Skate Park at the Trails End recreation complex.
The addition of the new skate park will help younger riders, said JLA Foundation president Jane Baer, who led the effort.
Construction on the project, which is funded entirely by JLA and in-kind donor contractors, is to begin this month and would be completed before the snow season.
Suddenlink is still on track to deliver higher broadband speeds to its Mammoth Lakes customers by mid-August, according to Suddenlink spokesman Pete Abel on Wednesday.
The company expects to test the Digital 395 system this week and into next week, with a delivery date sometime soon after, he said.
He did not provide an exact date.
The Inyo National Forest said in a news release that travelers should plan for delays of up to 20 minutes on the road between Minaret Vista and Agnew Meadows, beginning on August 7.
Delays should only affect this portion of the Reds Meadow Road.
Inyo National Forest is completing clean-up efforts in Agnew Meadows Campground and Agnew Group Campground resulting from the November 2011 wind event that caused wide-spread tree blow-downs. There may be traffic delays while logs are being removed from the valley.
Mono County Sheriff's Office Press Release:
On the afternoon of August, 6, 2013, at approximately 1:40pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a possible suicidal male, age, 33, walking on SR 108.
The Aspen Fire was at about 20,797 acres as of Tuesday morning, Aug. 6.
The fire was at 75 percent contained, meaning the fire has a fire line around about 65 percent of it, according to fire officials.
Fire crews have been using the cooler night air to create a stronger fire line by lighting of several hundred feet of brush and other fuels close to the fire line in order to create a thicker line of unburnable fuel to slow the fire's advance, forest service officials said. That process works, but it also puts more smoke into the air.
The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes and missing since July 16 has turned up no new information, after an investigation by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and a preliminary search this week by the Mono County Search and Rescue team members (as well as other searchers), according to law enforcement officials.
Greene, 39, an experienced climber and hiker and a teacher from Pennsylvania, was last heard from after he dropped off his car at a repair shop in Mammoth on July 16 and made a few phone calls from his cell phone.
“I never thought there was such a thing as a bad hike.”
“Me neither, Fido, but I have to say, this one sure is a slog.”
“It’s not the smoke so much, although my dog-lungs aren’t exactly functioning properly, and my eyes are stinging, and you look a lot like the Marlboro Man right about now.”