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September 23rd

Mammoth mountain bikers mobilize

September 23, 2013

Mammoth’s mountain bikers, fresh on the heels of a long season, already are preparing for 2014.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Giovanni’s, Fat Bike Mammoth will conduct a meeting to discuss mountain biking opportunities in Mono and Inyo Counties.

Specifically, according to Fat Bike leader Alan Jacoby, the group will discuss “becoming a more formal group” and working with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management “to increase and improve our opportunities. 

RAW: Fire restrictions lifted on local federal lands Monday, Sept.

September 23, 2013

Eastern Sierra fire restrictions put into place June 28 by the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will be rescinded Monday, Sept. 23.
 
People who want to have a campfire outside of developed campgrounds are still required to get a campfire permit, which can be obtained at visitor centers or online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org.
 

September 19th

CLOSED SESSION: Council begins negotiations for Sam's Woodsite

September 19, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negoiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam's Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth's most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CLOSED SESSION: Council interviews Interim Town Manager candidates

September 19, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 18, began the process of finding a new Town Manager, but details were hard to come by.

Meeting in a marathon closed session in advance of its regular, public meeting, council members interviewed prospects for an interim town manager, according to Mayor Rick Wood.

Wood did not say how many candidates there were, or who they were.

The council is interviewing interim candidates in the wake of the resignation of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, whose resignation was accepted byt he council earlier in September, also in closed session.

Lessons from 9/11 come to Mammoth Lakes

September 19, 2013

On September 11, 2001, Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch was in his last year of residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.

When the al-Qaeda plane hit the Pentagon minutes after the Twin Towers came down in New York City, he said, he and his hospital braced for the casualties that were inevitable.

They didn’t come.

They couldn’t.

Town fast-tracks code compliance efforts

September 19, 2013

With its new TBID in place and Mammoth hurtling into the winter TOT visitor season, the Town Council this past week began to look at one missing piece of the economic landscape: someone to enforce the town codes.

As of Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the town did not have a planning director, a code enforcement officer, or a designated building official to act as an enforcer.

It had one new TOT compliance specialist to enforce the tax codes, with other duties spread among a thin staff that recently got much thinner.

Bears, humans on best behavior despite weather

September 19, 2013

Despite three years of wild weather—one winter of record breaking snowfall followed by two years of record drought—Mammoth’s bears have never been better.

Seriously.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth’s wildlife specialist.

“Three years ago, we had one of the biggest ever winters, followed by one of the deepest droughts, followed by another one of the deepest droughts.

Huskies fourth in Mammoth Invitational

September 19, 2013

Home court advantage, elusive at any level in any sport, was missing for the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team last weekend.

Playing in its own tournament on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, the Huskies fell to fourth place in the Mammoth Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Mammoth High School.

“We were very pleased with the overall level of play at this year’s tournament,” said Mammoth head coach John Morris. “This is probably the strongest group of teams we have ever had.”

September 17th

Feds begin to take notice of Eastern Sierra worries about frogs, toads

September 17, 2013

A federal proposal to include some local and highly used fishing and recreation areas (such as Rock Creek Lake) as “critical habitat” for three rare local amphibians was met with considerable skepticism Tuesday when the Mono County Board of Supervisors found themselves deep in frog and toad biology, reproduction and disease.

September 16th

CHP aircraft personnel stop 19 speeders near Tom's Place

September 16, 2013

The California Highway Patrol last weekend took to the air to enforce speed limits on the ground.

Summer of '13

September 16, 2013

The summer events schedule is over for this year, and we’re not the only ones trying to make sense of it.

The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission finds itself at the center of the dissection.

In a sparsely attended meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the commission moved forward in the hopes of forming a policy as to the use of Measure U tax.

It is a critically important discussion, since the town now leans so heavily on generating sales, TBID revenue and Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) as its summer economic platform.

Hello Mammoth!

September 16, 2013

I just spent Saturday with you, as I was riding in the Kamikaze Bike Games.  I wanted to share with you my experience of spending the day in my “happiest place on Earth.”

First off, I want to send a huge thank you to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Bill Cockroft, and Caroline and Amanda for hosting/promoting such an excellent event. 

It’s been far too long for such an event at Mammoth, and though it may not be as big as the heydays of the 90s, I can see it growing to such a level in the not-too-distant future. 

Lakes Basin poop, trash draw attention … again

September 16, 2013

With the fall color season on the immediate horizon, Mammoth trails activists fear the Lakes Basin is about to put its worst foot forward.

It’s about poop.

It’s about trash.

Ultimately, said Mammoth Trails Committee chairman Sean Turner, it’s about the guests visiting Mammoth in what is arguably its most pristine time of the year.

“We’re leaving our guests with a bad experience,” he said on Monday, Sept. 9, during a discussion among members of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Coordinating Committee.

Water district gears up for another battle over Mammoth Lake’s drinking water

September 16, 2013

Fresh from one battle over drinking water, Mammoth’s water district is now plunging into another—this time over a proposed new geothermal plant that would be located to the northeast of the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.

The project, called Casa Diablo IV, would double the current geothermal generating capacity of the site, which also includes an older plant still in operation.

September 15th

Huskies' 35-19 loss feels like a victory; Mammoth bends, but does not break

September 15, 2013

A funny thing happened to the Mammoth Huskies on their way to a loss to Bishop.

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