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August 10th, 2012

What's Up Up Here? Aug 10, 2012

August 10, 2012

We all had a great time at last weekend’s Beer Festival & Bluesapalooza, some more than others. The great R&B singer Bettye Lavette got through her first song, a cover of the George Jones tearjerker, “Choices,” reached for her water glass, then asked the crowd, “How long do you actually have to be here to be able to BREATHE?” …

Family oriented outdoor play tonight

August 10, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. Friday (tonight) at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve, and enjoy their natural spaces.

The show is full of Chaplin-esque physical comedy.

Digital 395 breaks ground in Bridgeport

August 10, 2012

Digital 395 finally broke ground in Mono County this week, as workers began boring underground to form a
tunnel that will carry the 563-mile-long, high-speed digital cable through the Bridgeport area and other sensitive areas, joining a project that will eventually lay cable from Carson City to Mojave.

“If the weather holds, we hope to get to the California/Nevada border by winter,” project proponent Praxis Associates CEO Michael Ort told the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“We’re hiring,” he said, words that were music to county supervisor ears.

ESLT nature outing at Crowley this weekend

August 10, 2012

Members of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust will host a family exploration of the nature in and around the ESLT’s Crowley Hilltop Preserve tomorrow (Saturday).

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The property hosts five different species of conifer tree species, great views, and important wildlife habitat for bears, deer, and many other animals.

Learn the plants, play games, look for animal tracks and signs, drink pine needle tea, and make nature art.

Playhouse 395 Youth Theatre to hold Seussical, the Musical auditions

August 10, 2012

Playhouse 395 Community Theater will hold auditions for their youth production, Seussical the Musical, a musical production written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Individual auditions will be scheduled throughout the morning of Aug. 25. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 27 and run through the performances scheduled for two weekends, Nov. 2 through Nov. 10.

All students in grades 6 through 12 with an interest in musical theatre are encouraged to try out. The Playhouse 395 workshop, auditions and the production of Seussical the Musical will be held at the Bishop High School Auditiorium.

Students receive college credit through program

August 10, 2012

Mammoth High School students from the Advanced Culinary Arts class received high school units and college units through Kern Community College district last semester through articulation, school officials said.

Articulation is a way for high school students to earn college credit as they build career and technical education skills. A high school student can receive credit if they earn an A or B in their high school course(s) which have been aligned with a college course.

Beer "tips" at Bluesapalooza go a long way

August 10, 2012

This past weekend, organizers of Bluesapalooza, HarvestMoon Presents and Mammoth Brewing Company allowed local charitable organizations to promote their cause by collecting “tips” during beer sales at the ever-popular Bluesapalooza event.

For the first time, the Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes participated, raising money for local eligible women who cannot afford life-saving annual mammography screenings.

Here is my letter of thanks:

Dear friends (new and old), hospital employees, volunteers extraordinaire, and partners of the aforementioned who came along for a delightful ride:

Senior services safe—for this year

August 10, 2012

Mono County Supervisors voted Tuesday to backfill a gap in senior services that will allow Inyo County to continue to offer the current level of services to seniors for the remainder of the fiscal year (June 2013).

Mono County will continue to subcontract with Inyo County, which will continue to administer the contract under the state’s direction.

Inyo and Mono counties were operating under a joint agreement to provide senior services, but that agreement broke down last year and now, Inyo County, whose senior population dwarfs Mono’s senior population, administers the entire program.

Teacher union, school district, declare impasse

August 10, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District issued a press release Thursday stating after months of negotiations with the teachers’ association, it and the Mammoth Education Association have jointly decided to declare impasse in their negotiations. 

“Like all school districts throughout the state, Mammoth Unified has been forced to make deep budget cuts, which significantly compromises its ability to satisfy the teachers’ requests,” the press release stated.  

MMSA says it is not out of compliance with June Mountain permit

August 10, 2012

 There’s only room for two in the ongoing June Mountain boxing match.

Mono County found neither precedent nor legal language it can use to put pressure on Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to keep June Mountain Ski Area open this winter. The special use permit MMSA operates under gives almost all of the discretionary power with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service.

In addition, MMSA does not believe it is out of compliance with its special use permit with the Inyo National Forest.

Goodbye, Maestro

August 10, 2012

It would be natural to think Bogidar Avramov might feel a poignant tinge of melancholy this weekend.

Not so.

The creator and artistic director of the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, who will leave his post this season, bounced into the Mammoth Times offices the other day with his wife, Ilka, and their little poodle, Piccolo, showing nothing less than joy.

“Mammoth has been a part of our lives for over 40 years,” he said in his charming Austrian accent.

“We have seen it in its heyday and in its economic woes, but we believe in its future and we want to participate in it.

County agrees to help June Lake this winter

August 10, 2012

Analysts examining the body of June Mountain Ski Area this week found a faint pulse.

June Mountain is still slated for closure this winter, but the Mono County Board of Supervisors committed to supporting the community with at least $100,000 in “bridge” money to help it survive this coming winter.

At the meeting, it was clear that at least some community members and political leaders expect June Mountain to close this winter.

“We need someone with some serious money to come in and do it very soon, and I haven’t seen that yet,” said June’s County Supervisor Vikki Bauer Wednesday.

Four school employees will be laid off

August 10, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District board officials said Tuesday they laid off several district employees in an attempt to lessen an impending $800,000 or more anticipated budget deficit next year.

Four positions were cut from the “classified” (non-certificated) employees roster—a full-time custodian, a full-time bus driver/custodian, a part-time PE teacher and a part-time yard duty aide, district officials said.

These four people have been notified of the decision, triggering a 45-day stay, and will be laid off after that 45 days has passed, later this fall.

August 8th

RAW: Drought conditions means bears are hungry—don't feed them, forest service urges

August 8, 2012

The Eastern Sierra region of California, along with much of the western United States, is suffering from serious drought conditions. As a result of the lack of water and moisture, plants and shrubs are less productive and local wildlife are finding a shortage of natural forage and food.

The black bear populations of the Sierra Nevada rely upon plants and shrubs to survive. A shortage of native food sources for these animals is forcing bears to seek alternative food sources, including human food and trash.

RAW: Family outdoor-oriented theatre show at Mono Lake Friday evening

August 8, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. at the Mammoth Lake Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve and enjoy their natural spaces. The show is full of chaplin-esque physical comedy!

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