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April 17th

Tioga Pass Road likely to open early May

April 17, 2014

The Tioga Pass Road could open as early as the first or second week of May and officials began plowing the road this week, according to authorities.

“I heard they started plowing today (Tuesday, April 15) and that the work should go quickly, unless there is a large spring season storm,” said Mono County’s Interim Public Works Director Jeff Walters. “The water content in the snow up there is very low; I’m sure Olmsted Point is mostly exposed granite at this time.”

‘Crime of the Century’ in campaign

April 17, 2014

In the labyrinthine halls of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, they’re calling it “the crime of the century.”

OK, so maybe it was in name only.

Literally.

The name is “Braun” and the case involved a curious case of a missing campaign yard sign supporting MLPD Reserve Officer Ingrid Braun for Mono County Sheriff.

Braun is locked into a (a-hem) brawny race for sheriff against the current office-holder, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger.

The Candidates

April 17, 2014

It’s great that the voters of Mammoth have eight candidates for Town Council.

It’s not so great that hardly any of them know what they’re talking about.

In their first public forum of the campaign season this past week, many of the candidates offered solid vision-type of answers to tough questions that were offered by the Chamber of Commerce and the moderator, Brent Truax.

Mostly, though, the candidates came up short on detailed explanations as to how these visions are to be put in place.

It is not entirely their fault.

April 15th

RAW: Mammoth Mountain's Pam Murphy retires

April 15, 2014

Longtime Mammoth Mountain Ski Area executive Pam Murphy, a fixture at the ski resort since 1973, announced today, April 15 that she is retiring.

April 14th

Hantavirus season arrives with spring cleaning

April 14, 2014

Mice carry the hantavirus all year, but spring marks the start of the season when the risk of exposure rises, according to a press release from the Mono County Health Department.

Buildings that have been closed and unused all winter often provide habitats for deer mice, and when they are opened in the spring for cleaning, human exposure to the hantavirus is possible.

Although hantavirus infections are relatively rare, it is not unusual to have several cases per year in the Eastern Sierra, and the risk of death is significant, according to the release.

Watch the lunar eclipse late Monday night

April 14, 2014

Late Monday night, April 14, there will be a total lunar eclipse, said astronomers from the Owens Valley Radio Observatory said.

High school senior Edgar Moreno takes home scholarship

April 14, 2014

Mammoth High School senior Edgar Moreno has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc. Foundation, school officials said late last week.

The CFW Foundation provides scholarships to graduating California public high school seniors and Edgar Moreno was nominated by the high school for his academic accomplishments, athletic leadership, work ethic, and desire to continue his education upon high school graduation, according to school superintendent Lois Klein.

Crowley man arrested after driving with four times legal limit blood alcohol

April 14, 2014

A Crowley Lake man driving a Toyota Tundra was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk on Sunday, April 13 after he was found stopped in the middle of the road on Willow Brook Road in Crowley Lake, according to the California Highway Patrol.

When the 52-year-old man was contacted by law enforcement at about 6:44 p.m., a sobriety test revealed he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

The man was arrested, his driver license was suspended and he was booked at the Mono County Jail.

April 11th

Rock Creek Road reconstruction project has begun

April 11, 2014

Rock Creek Road Reconstruction Project has begun, and will continue, weather permitting, through the 2014/2015 seasons.

This project to repair and restore the Rock Creek Road includes the development of a bike lane and these much-needed improvements mean greater accessibility to visitors and locals alike.

April 10th

Youth Hockey takes center ice

April 10, 2014

Eight youth sports organizations applied for funding this year, spreading the Recreation Commission’s already lean budget even thinner.

“Funding is small,” said Recreation Manager Stuart Brown. “It’s obviously not enough. But it keeps [the organizations] afloat.”

Two new applicants for funding emerged this year, the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association and Mammoth Youth Hockey.

Last weekend for criminally good theatre

April 10, 2014

Are you ready for a little mystery?

Allison McDonnell Page masterfully directs Anthony Shaffer’s classic, Sleuth, with a modern flare. Although the play is based in 1970, quick dry wit and lots of suspenseful twists will keep the audience engaged in the Edison Theatre’s current production.

Sleuthis very different from the other shows Page has directed in the past. Instead of tense family drama like Proofor August: Osage County, she takes her turn at a comedy full of puzzles and lies.

Tamarack slammed; problems emerge

April 10, 2014

Droves of people discovered the Lakes Basin this past winter, but that was not altogether a good thing, according to the general manager of the Tamarack Lodge and Cross Country Ski Center.

“We’ve had problems before, but it’s gotten worse,” said Roy Moyer, who brought his concerns to a meeting of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Committee on Monday, April 7.

“Three years ago, when we also didn’t have a lot of snow, it wasn’t as big an issue. This year was just really hard.”

April 9th

Death Valley National Park will be free April 19-27

April 9, 2014

Free entrance to Death Valley National Park to celebrate National Park Week

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

April 8th

Cops vs. Kids: Basketball game fundraiser, Lee Vining High School

April 8, 2014

It’s that time again! With the cops coming off a recent win with the Coleville High School boys’ basketball team, the Cops vs Kids game is back! Who will be victorious this time?

On Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m., join the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol as deputies and officers take on the Lee Vining High School boys’ basketball team. That’s right! It’s another “cops versus kids” in a friendly competition to raise money for the Lee Vining High School Booster Club.

Drought assistance available to local ranchers, farmers

April 8, 2014

Mono and Inyo are eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for certain counties in the Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Countiea. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.

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