May 9th, 2014
Local campgrounds and roads are slowly being cleared of snow and other debris and opened for the season. Below is a summary of the conditions on the Inyo National Forest's facilities and roads. beginning in the northern part of Mono County and ending with the southern half of the county.
Forget the roses; it’s the war of the grouse.
It might be hard to understand how a small, chicken-sized bird called the Bi-State sage grouse could trigger so much local and Western states-wide controversy and angst for the past decade—until the whole thing is laid bare in a few words at the local board of supervisors meeting.
The Town Council on Wednesday night, May 7, was set to consider new timelines for replacing woodstove inserts, after the town’s Board of Realtors raised objections.
Under a new ordinance passed last year, old woodstove inserts are to be replaced with code compliant stoves, or replaced with pellet stoves, within 60 days of a real estate transaction.
In 10 years, all non-compliant woodstoves in Mammoth are to be replaced, according to the ordinance.
As the Town Council campaign for three open seats evolves, the eight candidates have tried hard to hone their core platform planks in advance of the June 3 primary election.
At the latest Town Council Candidates Forum this past week, Byng Hunt sat alone, time traveling over the past 20 years.
A motor sports advocate, road cyclist and climber, Blomgren, 45, began visiting Mammoth as a young girl, staying with her uncle on ski trips.
Sibert, 51 and the mother of three daughters and a son, grew up in a U.S. Navy family, mostly in Pacific Grove (Monterey Peninsula) and in Connecticut.
An Oregon native who grew up in Washington, D.C., Wentworth, 55, is a graduate of Brown University and a skilled project manager, much of it in the film industry, in which he worked with, among others, David Lynch (“Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive”) before moving to Mammoth in 2000.
On the morning May 5, 2014, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area investigated two injury traffic collisions involving deer within an hour.
In the wake of the third drought spring in a row, Mammoth’s wildlife specialist and “Bear Whisperer” Steve Searles recently made it clear that the party for people who repeatedly leave dumpsters unlocked or otherwise feed Mammoth’s bears and wildlife is over.
“It’s always been voluntary but this year, if you live here, you’ve been warned. I am going to write you a ticket,” he said at a recent Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting.
Video photographers who have turned to drone technology are no longer welcome to use their tetherless, flying rigs in Yosemite National Park.
According to Yosemite National Park, Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season at noon tomorrow, Friday, May 2. All facilities along the road, such as rest rooms, are still closed.
Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.
The May 2 date is the earliest Tioga Road opening since records were kept, beginning in 1980, according to park data.
The Bank of America branch in Mammoth closes its doors tomorrow, Friday, May 2. There are two ATM machines located in the "Vons mall" (the Minaret Village Shopping Center) between Another T-Shirt Shop and the Booky Joint.
It's May! And that means politics, crime and bears.