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June 13th, 2011

William Crosby files federal lawsuit against Mono County, Town of Mammoth

June 13, 2011

William Crosby, a Mammoth Lakes resident who earlier this year filed a claim for damages against Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes following his arrest for an alleged medical marijuana violation, has now filed a lawsuit against both entities in federal district court.

Crosby was arrested in December, 2010. He has maintained since then that he was following the medical marijuana laws. The county rejected his claims for damages last month.

Latest wind farm proposal angers Benton residents

June 13, 2011

A possible wind farm near Benton has some area residents up in arms, especially nearby property owners.
The proposed project is still at the preliminary stage, with only a few test towers (six) planned and with full approval by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) still not certain.

But with the potential for many more of the 200-foot-tall wind towers coming on line (should the test towers show good results) some residents are none too pleased with the whole idea.

June 10th

Dave McCoy had high-altitude training figured out years ago

June 10, 2011

As for high-altitude training in Mammoth, Dave McCoy had it down years ago.

Intensely interested in the interplay between high-altitude Mammoth (8,000-11,000 feet) and lower altitude Bishop (4,000 feet), McCoy had asked for a report on the subject from MMSA’s John Armstrong.

He got it two years ago, and in the whatever-goes-around-comes-around department, Armstrong presented the report at Wednesday’s final topic-related RecStrats workshop at the Community Center.
The workshop had to do with establishing Mammoth as a high-altitude training Mecca.

Rock and Bowl to bring bowling, golf to Old Mammoth Road

June 10, 2011

The town on Wednesday got its first look at a proposed “bowling center” along Old Mammoth Road.
It was as if fireworks had gone off overhead.

“Full speed ahead,” exclaimed Planning Commissioner Sharon Clark when she and two other commissioners saw the presentation.

The project is called “Rock ‘N Bowl.” It is the brainchild of local real estate investor Dan O’Connell and Mammoth architect Bruce Woodward.

“It’s one of those things the town desperately needs,” Woodward said.

The commission took no action on the project, nor was it was asked to.

Tioga Pass to open within next few weeks

June 10, 2011

Despite rumors, unseasonable spring storms, more untimely cold temperatures and triple the normal amount of snow for this date, the road over Tioga Pass is still scheduled to open by the end of June.

“I can say with reasonable certainty that the pass will open within the next few weeks,” said Yosemite National Park Service spokesman Scott Gediman on Wednesday.

“We’re this close,:” said Mono County’s interim public works director, Jeff Walters. “We’re this close, but we’re not there yet.”

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 10-16

June 10, 2011

Hearty kudos to John Connolly and the Recreation Dept. crew for organizing Town Cleanup Day, which goes off tomorrow morning. Picnic at noon in Mammoth Creek Park. ...

Mammoth Motocross rolls into town next week (first practices are Thursday) and as usual we (and the restaurants) are jazzed. DC Moto is in on the act this year and will host a golf tournament at Sierra Star featuring DC motocross riders Tyler Bereman and Chris Plouffe in the competition....

Road work in Yosemite will mean some delays

June 10, 2011

Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning
next Monday, June 13. The majority of the work will occur in the El
Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court,
the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include
the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as
the main entrance road to Foresta.

The general scope of the project includes applying a seal coat over many of
the existing asphalt roads, either a chipseal or microseal. Additional

Road work in Yosemite will mean some delays

June 10, 2011

Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning
next Monday, June 13. The majority of the work will occur in the El
Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court,
the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include
the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as
the main entrance road to Foresta.

The general scope of the project includes applying a seal coat over many of
the existing asphalt roads, either a chipseal or microseal. Additional

June 7th

Buster, the big black Lab, helps to bring home missing Marines

June 7, 2011

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but retired Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie’s big, rambunctious Lab, Buster, has become something of an international sensation recently.

Trained as a cadaver dog by Dostie, Buster is one of the few dogs in the world who can not only detect recent human graves, but he can also detect very old graves. This ability is a product of Dostie’s driving passion to bring murderers to justice and peace to victims’ families, even if it’s been decades since the murder was committed.

June 6th

Dennis Rottner is Mammoth's Go-Go Gadget Man in parks

June 6, 2011

This has been a bearcat of a spring for Dennis Rottner.

Things are all busted up all over town. Broken water pipes in the parks. Wrecked fences, debris from the hard winter all over the place. Snow in all the wrong places, high wind on all the wrong days.

And yet …

The town’s longtime superintendent of parks somehow, impossibly, got the Whitmore ball field ready for high school baseball and the Whitmore pool ready for the swim team.

This weekend, in spite of Mammoth’s tough winter and cold spring, the tennis courts at Community Center Park are to open.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 3-10

June 6, 2011

Dr. Mike Karch, the hospital’s crack orthopedist and master Nordic athlete, roasts pigs. Sez he picked up the craft back in Kutztown, Pa., and was overheard offering his spit system to Bill Sauser, the “chef” at the Old Timers’ Day at Hayden Cabin this coming August. ...

In all, 82 crushed and/or ruined cars have been taken off Mammoth’s streets during the spring of the last two years, says Cleanup Man Stuart Brown. ...

Recent coyote killing of pet dog in Colorado not likely in Mammoth

June 6, 2011

BUT STILL, KEEP YOUR DOG CLOSE,
SAYS STEVE SEARLES
Everyone already knows to be careful of bears and mountain lions around Mammoth, but coyotes?

News that a coyote recently killed a very large dog right in front of its owner’s eyes recently in Colorado prompted the Times to talk to Mammoth’s wildlife expert, Steve Searles.

Searles was once employed by the Town of Mammoth Lakes as an animal control specialist when the town’s coyote population was several times what it is today.

“I’ve never heard of a coyote attacking a grown adult, but dogs, yes,” he said.

Letters to the Editor, June 3, 2011

June 6, 2011

COLDER, WETTER, LONGER WINTERS
I could not help but laugh at “Sierra Could Be Hit Hard by Climate Change,” (Mammoth Times, May 13, 2011) as I looked out my window at still bud-less trees and a snowpack almost four times normal. Science use to be based on definite observation and facts which were either true or false. Now it’s “could, might, maybe, if.” And no wonder. Anyone who pays attention to the weather lately might think winters were getting colder around here, not warmer. And they would be correct.

Town Council gets tough on TOT enforcement

June 6, 2011

Imagine a Mammoth deep in debt and unable to collect its fair share of the Transient Occupancy Tax.

People don’t actually have to imagine that much.

It’s the reality.

But on Wednesday night, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council took action, approving a measure that would modify the town’s current TOT ordinance and maybe – maybe – put some teeth in it.

The town can’t do it alone, however, so it teamed up with the Mammoth Lakes Lodging Association, which offered its volunteer assistance in helping identify scofflaws.

But that doesn’t mean the town is powerless.

The weather outside is frightful, no relief in sight

June 6, 2011

ANOTHER TWO WEEKS OF COLD
POSSIBLY SNOWY WEATHER AHEAD

While the East coast swelters in record heat, the Midwest ducks for cover, and Arizona is under fire, the West has another problem.

It’s damn cold.

In other words, no, it’s not your imagination that things out there are outright weird, weather wise, for this time of year.

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