The new print edition of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks and in mail boxes, with a wide range of content.
We look at how a “Material Recovery Facility”—a MRF—really works, as Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra hurtle toward a long-range solution to its recycling and garbage issues.
Police blotter for week of March 9 through March 16
High-speed chase, injury
A high-speed chase involving at least two parties through the Sierra Valley Estates the weekend of March 15-16 resulted in at least one serious injury to a resident and a series of 911 calls from concerned residents. The case is still being investigated and few details were available at press time, but Mammoth Lakes Police Sgt. Marc Moscowitz said the incident occurred on Saturday evening, March 16, during âan ongoing chase between two rival groups.
The Inyo National Forest is working on its 20-year âForest Plan Revisionâ and will be holding a workshop Thursday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Eastern Sierra College Center, Cerro Coso Community College (4090 W. Line Street) in Bishop.
These workshops mark the beginning of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.
A female motorcyclist traveling along S.R. 182 near Bridgeport on March 16 during late morning hours had to be flown to Reno for medical care after she failed to negotiate a curve in the road, collided with a reflective roadway marker, and was ejected her from the motorcycle, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
The highway was closed for 15 minutes while the victim was placed in the helicopter. The rider was wearing appropriate safety gear including a helmet, jacket and gloves. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.
The Metabolic Studio has announced that it will double all donations made at Saturdayâs Owens Valley Committee (OVC) Annual Fundraising Event.
The OVC lecture and social event will include hors dâoeuvres, beverages, live music, a silent auction featuring donations from local artists, photographers, and businesses, and the world premiere of an OVC promotional video done by Bishop production company Bristlecone Media.
As the third, extremely dry year drags on, the toll is beginning to be evident in the Eastern Sierraâmost recently at the sprawling, lush Conway Ranch area, nestled at the southern base of Conway Summit and above Mono Lake.
The beautiful, old-time sheep ranch was deemed so critical to the countyâs definition of itself as âwild by natureâ that years ago, the county bought the ranch to save the 1,000-acre plus ranch from developmentâat considerable cost.
Mammothâs Town Manager says top recreation priorities can be achieved sooner rather than later
When I heard Town Manager Dan Holler say a few weeks ago that Mammoth might not have to choose between three of its top recreation priorities (a recreation center, a outdoor event venue, and an indoor performing art center)âand build them all within the next three to five yearsâit seemed too good to be true.
Apparently, it isnât, according to Holler.
And itâs not rocket science, either.
I sat down with him earlier this week to better understand what it would take.
Two Bishop men were arrested on suspicion of drug charges on Monday, March 17, after they were caught in a drug investigation on Lower Rock Creek Road at the former Paradise Lodge and trailhead to Lower Rock Creek trail.
The two men, David Hale, 30, and Timothy Brooks, 22, were arrested by the Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriffâs Office and investigators from the Mono County District Attorneyâs Office, all of whom were following a lead regarding a methamphetamine distributor in Mono and Inyo counties.
A wildfire west of Independence—at about 9,000 feet elevation—this past week is only one sign that the drought’s grip on the Eastern Sierra has not weakened in any appreciable way.
The fire, called the Blackrock Fire and located in the high country above rugged Division Creek and Sawmill Canyon (near Sawmill Meadows,) was first reported on March 14 and didn’t grow beyond an acre.
Despite nine months of meetings, passage by the Town Council and a month’s worth of scoping, the nascent “Mammoth Lakes Recreation” NGO still has a problem.
That is, most people really don’t know what it is.
“It’s a little tricky,” said Mammoth Mayor Rick Wood, a member of the MLR Formation Committee, which completed its third meeting on Monday, March 17.
Magician and actor Albie Selznick is bringing his highly acclaimed “Smoke and Mirrors” magic show to the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, March 21 through 23, marking its first venture out of Los Angeles.
“We are very excited to bring this show to Mammoth,” said Shira Dubrovner, Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s artistic director.
“It received terrific reviews in Los Angeles, playing to sold-out houses,” she said.
The all-volunteer Mono County Search and Rescue team saves, rescues, finds, or helps dozens of people every year in some of the most extreme conditions and terrain the Eastern Sierra has to offer. It is one of the hardest working, most rewarding jobs out there, and this Wednesday, March 19, the annual recruitment night will show you why.
Who should come?
Mono County residents, at least 18 years of age.
Avid outdoorsman/woman who enjoys all the Eastern Sierra has to offer in terms of outdoor recreation.
Someone who wonders if you could be doing more.
Get involved and help us make recreation in Mammoth Lakes better now and in the future by showing up this week to help prioritize a recreation center, outdoor events venue, a performing arts center, how to complete the Whitmore recreation area, how to finish planning for Mammoth Creek Park and more.