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September 21st, 2012

Helicopter crash injures two, starts small fire

September 21, 2012

A helicopter crash Southeast of Mammoth injured two and started a small brush fire Wednesday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.

The crash occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at about 12:30 p.m., when Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash. The reports also indicated the helicopter was on fire.

The helicopter crashed on Pole Line Road, southeast of Mammoth Lakes, near Deer Springs Road, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

School board elections, supervisor runoff race dominates local election scene

September 21, 2012

This Nov. 6, Mono County will hold three local elections—a runoff election for North County’s District 4 County Supervisor seat, and school board elections for both Mammoth Unified School District and for the Eastern Sierra Unified School District.

Here is a brief look at who is running in the local races.

Candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko will be facing off for the Mono County Board Of Supervisors District 4 runoff election.

Candidates Shana Stapp, John Stavlo, and Luis Villanueva are running for Mammoth Unified School District, where two seats are available.

Mammoth spinners say 'Thank you' to Fall Century

September 21, 2012

We wanted to say thank you to the Fall Century Organizing Committee for providing another fantastic cycling event this year!

Please accept our sincere thanks for selecting The Multiple Sclerosis Society as a beneficiary of the 18th Annual High Sierra Fall Century.

Your commitment piled up $1,700 that will help 2.1 million people worldwide and over 400,000 people in the U.S. alone.

Thank you so much for all you do to make Mammoth a great place to live!

District 4 supervisor race heads toward the finish line

September 21, 2012

North County residents Bob Peters and Tim Fesko have been fighting since almost the beginning of the year for the open District 4 Mono County Supervisor seat, after the June election resulted in neither of them getting 50 percent plus one of the vote.

The campaigns are headed into their final six weeks, and both men are pounding the pavement again, trying to keep the race fresh and memorable some nine months after it started.

Twelve participants walk during first Mammoth Moves event

September 21, 2012

Thank you to all who participated in Wednesday’s first session of Mammoth Moves! We had a total of 12 participants, representing the following agencies, organizations, and businesses: CERT, Environmental Health, Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mammoth Village Properties, Mono County Behavioral Health, Mono County Health Department, Nutrition & Physical Activity Taskforce, Recreation Commission, The Westin, Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program, among other community members.

You snooze you lose on Digital 395; Study says Eastsiders should hone a digital strategy now

September 21, 2012

One of these days, the Digital 395 project will be completed.

It might take a year to get the big, fat Internet broadband pipe working at top efficiency—maybe even a little bit longer than that.

But when more high-speed access becomes available to Eastern Sierra residents and businesses, the question is if people will be ready to take advantage of it.

Small-business owners' income decreases

September 21, 2012

Forty years ago, a small business owner in the Eastern Sierra could make a good, middle class living.

Today, that same business owner’s income has been decreased by 50 percent (adjusted for inflation), according to a recent study, meaning most small-business owners struggle to make ends meet every year.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Now is the time to plan ahead,” said Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council Tuesday, as he gave the Mono County Board of Supervisors a briefing on a Mono/Inyo County economic report.

Fido & Me — Fido the writer

September 21, 2012

“I’d like to make a paragraph but I don’t know how to do it,” Fido said.

“It’s not too hard, Fido. Just press the ‘return’ key and then hit the ‘tab’ key and you’re hunky dory. Do you mind if I ask what you’re doing?”

Fido was quite a sight. He had managed to pull on a green copy-editor visor and was now scrunched over the keyboard.

“I am going to be the first dog member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California!” he cried.

He had all the necessary stuff. Where and how he learned to pack a notebook, a digital camera, and a GoPro, I have no idea.

Rental housing demand still robust, points to the slow, local economy

September 21, 2012

The demand for rentals in Mono County has dropped somewhat since the recession hit the Mammoth Lakes area in 2009 but it is still high, even as the economy slowly recovers, according to county officials.

According to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt, who sits on a housing advisory board, the reasons might include such factors as having to move out of a foreclosed home, tight credit, unsteady finances, and still-high employment.

New diesel regulations could hurt local farmers, ranchers

September 21, 2012

New regulations forcing farmers and ranchers to cut back on their use of diesel fuel in their farm equipment could decimate the Eastern Sierra’s—and all of the state of California’s—agriculture industry within the next decade or two, according to Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard. Hazard represents the Tri-Valley area, the heart of the county’s farms.

Council postpones Measure U funding

September 21, 2012

Due to insufficient Measure U funds available for award in December, the Town Council Wednesday evening asked the staff to draft a new timeline for a spring award and determine an award amount (cap) for appropriation.

This item will be added to the Oct. 16 meeting of the Measure U Application Committee, and be returned to Town Council on Nov. 7.

Huskies home tonight

September 21, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement last Friday night (Sept. 14) in Rosamond, but it wasn’t enough to get them their first victory of the season.

Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season. So far, the team has been out scored 190-52, but there’s still plenty of football left.

Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth’s Gault/McClure Stadium tonight (Friday) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The JV kickoff is at 4 p.m.

September 19th

RAW: UPDATE THUR. SEPT. 20 Helicopter crash near Benton under investigation

September 19, 2012

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash with reports that the helicopter was on fire.

September 15th

WARREN MILLER: Jeff Jobe—the first person to fly with skis

September 15, 2012

The noise increased rapidly from the south until I could make out a fire-engine-red Hughes 500 helicopter that flared out and settled on the tarmac at our small local airport. 

Huskies drop to 0-4 after 35-13 loss at Rosamond

September 15, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement Friday night in Rosamond, but it wasn't enough to get them their first victory of the season.

Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season.

So far, the team has been outscored 190-52, but there's still plenty of football left.

Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth's Gault/McClure Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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