Archive - 2013 - News Article
Editor's note: This letter was sent to the MT on Monday, July 22, by local recycling expert and Mono County Solid Waste Task Force member Lisa Isaacs. Since we go to press after the meeting tomorrow night where the Town council may vote on a private property item related to this letter (votes on "property negotiations" are allowed in closed session, according to Town officials), Isaac's letter is printed here in full.
Mammoth Lakes Community Members:
Music Festival offers piece of 1952 history
A rucksack used by Andrea Lawrence during her historic performance at the 1952 Winter Olympics has found its way to an auction.
Along with a hand painted violin from Lady Jill Mueller, which is signed by Dave McCoy, the rucksack is part of the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival fundraising drive.
The drive, which accompanies the three-week music festival, also offers other auction items, including a Hollywood Bowl package as well as a weekend stay at a Southern California beachfront house.
On the evening of Saturday, July 20, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch received an emergency call from a SPOT satellite device warning of an ill and/or injured hiker on the John Muir Trail.
The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team was dispatched to the area. A father, age 52, and son, age 22, from Clovis, CA, were backpacking from Lake Edison to Tuolumne Meadows when the father became ill and activated his emergency notification device.
Ken and Flossie Coulter step away from Jazz Jubilee
Two days after the last trumpet blew at the 2013 Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, Ken and Flossie Coulter were still at it.
“This morning I found a bass amplifier that someone forgot to take home,” said Ken Coulter as he made his rounds through Sam’s Woodsite (“The Holler”) and the other venues that featured last weekend’s 25th annual festival.
“You wouldn’t believe how long it takes to wrap things up,” he said.
Tourism expert proposes TBID for county, region
Mammoth and Mono County are making a mistake if they assume that the future lies mostly in skiing and snowboarding, according to a recent economic study commissioned by the county.
“Of the $646 billion that is generated in the country from outdoor recreation spending, only $6 billion comes from the ski and snowboard industry,” said Carl Ribaudo, a consultant with Strategic Marketing Group.
Owner forecasts mid-February opening
Dan O’Connell walked across the dry, dusty parking lot on Chateau Road, popped through an entry way of his brand new Rock ‘n’ Bowl, and looked as if even he could not believe what he saw.
“It’s real!” he said. “It’s going to happen!”
O’Connell, 52, a Mammoth resident since 2009, this past week led a private tour around the two-story, 26,000-square-foot-structure.
It took a while.
Research with Major League Baseball over shattered bats
As the major league baseball season slides past the All-Star break, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the results of research by the U.S. Forest Service, and funded by MLB, that will result in significantly fewer shattered baseball bats.
“This innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service will make baseball games safer for players and fans across the nation,” said Vilsack in a news release.
Trails residents vent fears about ‘stinky, ugly’ recycling facility
The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County have been at opposing sides of the garbage issue for a long time and last week, it was easy to see why.
A Town/County Liaison meeting on July 11 turned personal when Town Council member John Eastman took umbrage with a comment made by the county’s new county administrative officer, Jim Leddy.
Official says new system must be tested first
Although there have been delays on some sections of the Digital 395 high speed broadband fiber installation project, a Suddenlink representative said Wednesday that vastly improved broadband speed for its customers is expected after the Digital 395 infrastructure is in place at the end of the month—but he could not give an exact date for the service.
Agreement will ensure enough water for Mammoth’s projected final population
Mammoth Lakes will continue to have access to the amount of water from Mammoth Creek granted to it by the state for at least another century and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will get about $5.8 million in return after both sides reached an out-of-court settlement earlier this month.
Limited space is still available on these Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Walks and Talks this week:
The Geology of Valentine Reserve
Carole Lester 9:30-12:00 pm; moderately strenuous hike
New finance director aims to continue belt tightening
The rest of the country might be pulling out of the Great Recession, but Mono County is still sitting tight, budget wise.
“It’s flat,” said the county’s finance director, Leslie Chapman. “That’s the best way I can describe it.”
Fesko: ‘We need to keep this momentum going’
The community of Bridgeport is hoping a proposed new visitor center can help it join the rest of the Eastern Sierra communities that have had to reinvent themselves in the past decade to survive—but first, it had to get past its own internal disagreements about the project.
New, stiffer state standards for arsenic in drinking water are putting the squeeze on small water districts
Arsenic in drinking water is undoubtably a bad thing.
How bad, though, depends on the amount of arsenic. Naturally occurring arsenic is common in small amounts in Eastern Sierra waters due to local geology.
In recent years, the state has set higher standards for arsenic in public drinking water systems, meaning less arsenic is allowed than before.
Elsewhere, red mother bear totals car in feeding rampage
A 19-month-old, black-on-black bear, described by Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles as “cute,” could face the executioner unless people in Old Mammoth can figure out a way to stop his felonious behavior.
At the same time, a mother bear with two cubs is rapidly learning the art of vehicle break-ins near Canyon Lodge, where she and the youngsters totaled a “fairly new” car this past week after being trapped in it for about six hours.