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July 18th, 2011

Crowley cell tower appeal Tuesday evening

July 19, 2011

The Mono County Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19 at the Crowley Lake Community Center to consider an appeal filed by Incline Partners, LLC, project applicant, on the Mono County Planning Commission’s denial of a use permit for the development, operation and maintenance of a wireless telecommunications facility in the community of Crowley Lake:

Planned power outages will affect small areas of Mammoth July 21

July 18, 2011

Southern California Edison will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical
system in the areas identified below. In order to perform this work safely, SCE must
temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow SCE
to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other
repairs.

This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and
SCE appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the
future.

July 15th

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Director Dave Geirman is undaunted, as usual

July 15, 2011

The face of audacity at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park looks exactly like Dave Geirman.

He looks like the kind of guy who will let nothing stop him, and nothing does. His face is tanned and leathery, suggesting a man who has lived a career in the outdoors, at altitude. He doesn't brag on himself. When questions get a little too close, he deflects them.

He's tough. Rugged.

Geirman is in charge of lift operations at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area during the winter. After last winter, Geirman might have thought he was going to relax a bit in the summer.

No.

Fido and Me for July 15

July 15, 2011

Fido and I are playing checkers.

Most people think checkers is a kids' game, but checkers is more complicated than you'd think. Even more than that, checkers is a convivial game. It' not like chess. Chess is played by erudite and bloodthirsty combatants; Germany and France and all of that.

Fido is neither erudite nor bloodthirsty and checkers is the game for him.

Being a red dog, he always chooses the red pieces, so he gets the first move.

Mono County wind project has few supporters

July 15, 2011

A wind energy project proposed for an area north of Benton will be a hard sell, if recent public outcry is any indication.

Two public meetings and a field trip to the proposed test tower sites this past week and a half has done little to calm a skeptical public, even after one of the two proposed projects, the one with the largest potential footprint, was pulled July 5.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip from Mammoth, July 15-21

July 15, 2011

OMG the End of the World is at hand: They're re-paving and re-striping the Minaret Village Mall (including Vons!) just in time for Jazz Jubilee. You don't want one of those folks weaving around the parking lot, without stripes, that's for sure. ...

Reinforcing the End of the World concept is that Public Works is doing its duty on Minaret Boulevard, fixing this, smoothing that, and praying that it will hold up for another year. Good luck with that, we say. ...

July 13th

Smoky skies due to Sequoia wilderness fire

July 13, 2011

Forest officials are managing the Lion Fire in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. This lightning-caused fire was found July 8 at 1:30 p.m., one half mile to the west of Lion Meadow and east of the Little Kern River. Since then it has grown to approximately 200 acres. There are currently no threats to life or property. The Sequoia National Forest is in command of the fire.

July 11th

Devils Postpile: A century of conservation

July 11, 2011

By Byng Hunt

Anyone taking in the impressive vistas of the Grand Canyon, or awed by the towering majesty of the Statue of Liberty, can attest to the natural and historic value before them. Ever wonder what our country would be like if these icons had not been preserved for public enjoyment and the benefit of future generations? Fortunately, the power of the Antiquities Act to designate these lands as National Monuments has protected these jewels for posterity.

One wind project withdrawn, one still on table

July 11, 2011

One of the wind farm proposals for the Glass Mountains and Benton area was withdrawn last week on July 5, according to Bureau of Land Management officials. EWind Farms Inc. withdrew their wind
energy monitoring and project area (24,000 acre) proposal as of July 5, Larry Primosch, the agency's realty specialist, wrote in an email.
The agency held a field trip to the proposed wind energy sites this weekend and two public meetings are still scheduled to occur this week.

Valentine Reserve's popular summer talks still have some openings this week

July 11, 2011

Outdoor education director for the Valentine Reserve Leslie Dawson said there is still room on the wildflower walk this Wednesday and Friday (July 13 and 15) and on the Forest talk on Thursday, July 14 and on the history talk on July 16.

The Black Bear talk on Tuesday, July 13 is completely full, she said.

Here's more details.

Wildflowers of Valentine Reserve
July 13 and 15: (same talk each day)
Sherryl Taylor 10:00-12:30 pm; moderately strenuous hike

July 10th

Fido and Me

July 10, 2011

I am trying to teach Fido baseball.

He’s doing pretty well since April, but he’s got a ways to go.

There is no set way to teach a dog baseball. For that matter, there’s no set way to teach a human, either. It’s an acquired thing, based on repetition.

“Wanna learn baseball?” I says to Fido as the season began. Snow was falling outside.

Fido says,”Hey Hey Hey Hey!”

So we began.

July 8th

Officer Tim Smalley logs 25 years on the MLPD

July 8, 2011

On the very first day of the very first week of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, 24-year-old Tim Smalley signed up.

It was 1986. Mammoth had just incorporated. It was a brand new job in a brand new town. He’s still here. “The first five days were good,” he said. “We just drove around town to get the lay of the land. We just checked it out.”

'Munchie' takes Chihuahua crown

July 8, 2011

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon of Chihuahua races at the Village.

The crowd begins to pulse about an hour before the heats begin. Big men, such as Alpine Garage’s Mike Fiebigger, hold their tiny dogs close. His wife, Karen, was alongside. In the Fiebigers’ case, this was an unusual hairless Chihuahua, named Klein.

“He’s like a Billy Idol,” said Fiebiger. (There are three more Chihuahuas in the Fiebiger clan, named Juicy, Dolce and Lelo, but that’s beside the point.)

Tom Shepard, holding the appropriately named Smidgen, strolled by, showing off.

Police Sergeant Karen Smart to retire as a result of budget cuts

July 8, 2011

The cop shop won’t ever be the same.

Sergeant Karen Smart, on the Mammoth Lakes Police Department force for 25 years, said earlier this week she will retire so that the department can save a job for one of the younger officers.

“My time is done,” she said in a poignant interview early this week. “The younger guys are the future of the department and the future of the town.”

Lehman: Shift Fourth of July festivities to Village

July 8, 2011

Now that the Fourth of July is over, at least one town councilman is already looking at the next Fourth of July.

Time is short. Matthew Lehman has only a year to figure out what the holiday should look like.

At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, Lehman floated the idea of moving the center of attention to the Village rather than Crowley Lake.

He said he knows he’ll hear gasps all over town.
“My primary goal is to help the business community,” he said.

“Instead of being one of the worst nights of the year in Mammoth, I’d like it to be one of the best.”

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