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Archive - 2014

May 22nd

Council winners face steep learning curve

May 22, 2014

Whoever wins the race for the three open Town Council seats on June 3, the “new majority” will come face-to-face with a steep learning curve.

 

MLR reaches the finish line; Council passes it, 5-0

May 22, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Recreation, 11 months in the making, won a crucial victory this week when the Town Councl voted unanimously to move it into its final fomation stage.

The council's 5-0 vote came despite some citizen criticism that the formation of the non-governmental organization (NGO) it was too much, too soon.

Another year of double normal snow needed

May 22, 2014

Reno National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Smallcomb gave the latest update on the three-year drought and what it will take to bring it to its knees Tuesday, May 20.

It wasn’t pretty.

“We have what we call a ‘structural deficit’ in terms of moisture that is very deep,” Smallcomb said in an interview prior to his talk at the Green Church Tuesday.

That deficit is so deep that it will take a huge winter to simply catch up, he said.

Snowmaking process begins for June Mtn.

May 22, 2014

 

Note: A previous version of this story state that the Mono County Board of Supervisors would eventually have to vote on whether or not to approve the environmental analysis for the proposed test wells. The final decision is made by the U.S. Forest Service, Inyo National Forest. The Times regrets the error.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area recently triggered the search for water for snowmaking on June Mountain Ski Area and the Inyo National Forest is now taking comments about the proposal, according to forest authorities.

Off The Trail - Oasis

May 22, 2014

The roaring wind picked up the foot-thick dust at bottom of the old dry lake and threw it at the truck, slamming millions of sharp-edged particles against window and door and windshield.

It was impossible to talk, even in the sealed cab, and so we didn’t, focusing instead on keeping the big truck upright and moving forward on the sand-drenched road.

It was almost dusk, and what light there was, was gone; swallowed whole by the raging wind and dust.

A tip of our hat

May 22, 2014

It’s been a long, exhausting, and—at times—stressful campaign season (so far) for those running, working behind the scenes, and covering it all.

We have less than two weeks left until Election Day, and this causes us to reflect on the past several months.

Amid our reflection, we couldn’t help but refer to the various businesses and community members who have engaged forcefully in the campaigns—some before the season even started.

May 20th

'Absentee' candidates Richardson, Fernie return to the fray

May 21, 2014

Two of the heavyweight candidates for Town Council returned to their campaigns this past week, after having missed a combined 33 days of on-the-ground campaigning.

 

Who is Colin Fernie?

May 21, 2014

Fernie, 30, is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught childhood education in the graduate school at Ohio State University.

 

Who is Shields Richardson?

May 21, 2014

Richardson, 60, first started visiting Mammoth when he was 14, making the trip from Newport Beach with his dad, Jack, and skiing Mammoth Mountain on (now) impossibly long skis.

 

Pierrel undaunted in council campaign

May 21, 2014

Town Council candidate Deb Pierrel this past week said her campaign is stronger than ever, despite a public kerfuffle involving her business debts.

 

Low cost dog vaccination, license clinic set for June 21

May 20, 2014

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 21 from 4 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

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.

Big sage grouse meeting May 27, two more on May 28 and May 29 in Minden, Bishop

May 20, 2014

A big, Nevada/California group that has been woking to prevent the sage grouse from being listed for federal protection will meet in Bridgeport next week, and the public, especially landowners who might be affected by the federal protection if it is granted, are invited to attend the meeting.

May 16th

Latest comprehensive update on local campgrounds, roads

May 16, 2014

The latest update on all the roads and campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest shows a few more roads and campgrounds open, although the opening date for the road into Reds Meadow has been pushed to next week, according to forest officials.

There are some big changes since last week, including the Saddlebag Road opening today, the Reds Meadow Road estimated opening pushed to May 23 for road, water, and sewer line repair, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is opening for weekend hours starting tomorrow.

Here's the full list, current as of May 16

May 15th

Bishop author brings play to Mammoth, Ridgecrest

May 15, 2014

Four years ago Bishop writer and teacher Eva Poole-Gilson set out to write something different than her usual repertoire of poetry and journalism. Her play “Who’s Lying Down In Your Heart?” was recently given a grant to tour funded by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

When she began writing, Poole-Gilson had recently joined Playhouse 395, taking a plunge back into the world of theatre by acting in several productions and even writing a one-woman show.

Let nature have its way, scientist says

May 15, 2014

When the Rim Fire blackened about 400 square miles of rugged, wild county at the west entrance to Yosemite National Park last year—including some of the park itself—the predictions for the aftermath were mostly dire.

The fire was one of the largest in recorded California history and pundits and the media predicted massive erosion, a loss of animal habitat, and fouled rivers and streams.

Not so fast, said ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson, who spoke Tuesday at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory’s Green Church before a packed house.

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