June 14th, 2012
Tinder-dry vegetation, lingering drought conditions, increasing daytime temperatures, and recent human-caused fires have prompted the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest from Bridgeport north to begin fire restrictions on Monday, June 18, 2010, at 12:01 a.m., and lasting until further notice.
As of June 14, 2012, the Inyo National Forest that surrounds Mammoth Lakes and reaches down to Lone Pine is not under any fire restrictions. That could change as the forest continues to dry out.
A Simi Valley woman has been found dead in a vehicle off the Tioga Pass Road this morning, with a preliminary law enforcement report pointing toward a car accident as a possible cause of death.
Roberta Singer, 20, Simi Valley, was found this morning at approximately 11:00 a.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s officials said. The sheriff dispatch received a call from the Tuolumne County Sheriffâ€™s Office with the report of a missing person thought to be traveling on S.R. 120 West, headed south down Tioga Pass.
The last Green Church lecture is tonight, Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Green Church on the corner of U.S. 395 and the Benton Crossing Road south of Mammoth.
The guest speaker is one of the biologists who rediscovered an extremely rare Sierra red fox species near Sonora Pass, a species thought to be almost extinct - the Sierra Nevada Red fox.
"Rediscovery of the Sierra Nevada Red Fox in the Southern Sierra Nevada" by Sherri Lisius, wildlife biologist, Bureau of Land Management, is free and open to the public.
The Owens Valley Committee invites its members and the public to view a documentary film on the LA Aqueduct and its aftermath. Tuesday evening, June 12, at 7:00 pm at the Lone Pine Film History Museum, 701 South Main Street, Lone Pine.
OVC is presenting two-parts of a three-part documentary featured on the 2009 DVD release of the Academy Award-winning 1974 movie Chinatown. The documentary, produced and edited by Paul G. Baker for Paramount Pictures, examines the building of the LA Aqueduct, â€śThe Aqueduct,â€ť and the last forty years of Owens Valley water issues, â€śThe Aftermath.â€ť
In order to improve public safety and address concerns related to previous accidents and near misses on the Devils Postpile access road, Devils Postpile National Monument will be enforcing a limit of 37 feet for all vehicles or vehicle combinations (truck and trailer) on the access road.
The Devils Postpile access road is a very short, narrow, and curvy section of road that provides access to the Devils Postpile Trailhead, ranger station and campground off of the main Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow Road.
Devils Postpile National Monument and the Inyo National Forest are pleased to host National Weather Service meteorologist Rhett Milne for a presentation on June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Mammoth Welcome Center Auditorium.
The presentation will cover November 30, 2011 forest blowdown event that affected large sections of the San Joaquin River Watershed from Tuolumne Meadows to Mt. Whitney and knocked down thousands of trees in the area.
Mono County voted in two new supervisors Tuesday night, with a third race that will also eventually bring a new supervisor to the table stuck in runoff mode.
Long Valley Fire Chief Fred Stump, running for elected office for the first time, will replace two-term District 2 incumbent Duane â€śHapâ€ť Hazard. Tim Alpers, a two-time former Mono County supervisor and former owner of a successful aquaculture business, will replace two-term District 3 incumbent Vikki Bauer.
When the eleven boys of Cameron Yassamanâ€™s advanced Mammoth High School band stop talking and start playing, something happens.
The joshing stops, the awkwardness of adolescence is gone. The soundsâ€”silver and bronze, copper and gilt and fineâ€”push the walls of the room back. The air gives way to music.
The music lifts and pulls and pushes and cajoles. The crowded, circular band room grows huge.
The boys are transformed, too.
The music rises, grows bold and rich and deep; Thelonius Monkâ€™s decadent â€śAround Midnight.â€ť
The roof rises one last time.
The music ends.
Talk is cheap.
It even cheaper when it comes to talking to teenagers about the consequences of drunk driving.
Their eyes glaze over. They fidget. They play with their cell phones.
Last week, all that was bypassed when the entire county banded together at Mammoth High School to do a brutal reenactment of a fatal drunk driving collision.
Mammoth High School will lose several long-standing teachers after this semester. Jim Barnes, the independent study teacher, Deidre Buchholz, a longtime math teacher, Ross McGlothlin, an economics teacher, and Kevin Worden, a drama teacher, will not be coming back to the high school in the fall. Another longtime teacher, special resources teacher Jennifer Wilson, left the school earlier this year and will also not return.
â€śIt is always a challenge when you lose great teachers,â€ť said the districtâ€™s superintendent Rich Boccia.
There has been another high-level resignation in Mono County as of last week.
This time it was County Assessor Jody Henning, who announced her resignation in a letter to the county Board of Supervisors, effective at the end of June. Henningâ€™s office is an elected position.
Henningâ€™s assistant assessor, Chris Lyons, also announced his resignation at the same time. Lyonsâ€™ position is not an elected position.
Lee Vining High School has launched itself into the top tiers of high schools in the country based on Advanced Placement (AP) test scores for the first time. The test results put the little school on the Washington Postâ€™s High School Challenge Index for the first time, according to the schoolâ€™s principal, Roger Yost. The small rural school was ranked 707th in the nation, out of approximately 22,000 high schools, placing it in the top 3 percent of all high schools. It also placed 90th of the more than 1,800 high schools in California.
Already feeling the slings and arrows of its restive citizens, the Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday received an unsparing, stinging report on the town’s economic future.
Many of the restrooms are locked. Many of the trash bins are locked. Many of the campgrounds are closed and the reservation system for the Lakes Basin is in its annual state of confusion.
The Mammoth theater scene is on the up-and-up, says artistic director Shira Dubrovner.
All it needs is a vision, a business model and some way to capture and hold young people.
Easy to say, hard to do.
Dubrovner got a heavy taste of the challenges facing the theater last month at Directors Lab West in Pasadena, where she and other participants jammed a load of insight into eight days between May 19-26.
They also jammed nine plays in there, ranging from classical theater to highly experimental works by new artists and directors.