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May 30th

What’s that smell?

May 30, 2013

Wastewater treatment plant gives tour to locals, explains where it ends up

It’s a windy cool day just outside of Mammoth proper and spring is in the air. Pine, sage, blooming rabbitbrush and the clean, bright smell of lilac and aspen fill the morning.

Then, the north wind takes a quick turn and shifts to the south.

Spring vanishes. From the south, behind the Mammoth Community Water District front office building parking lot, traveling at wind speed, comes the unmistakable smell of human poop.

Forest hit with 5 percent budget cut

May 30, 2013

Campgrounds, visitor centers stay open, public could see slower service in some areas

A 5 percent cut to the Inyo National Forest budget this year (compared to last year) will not result in campground or visitor center closures or reduced hours, according to local forest officials.

It will, however, likely affect how often some maintenance, monitoring, and other forest work gets done, and it means several top and mid-level administrative positions currently vacant may stay that way.

Man attacks coyote, saves his cat

May 30, 2013

Local veterinarian says only cat to be grabbed by a coyote and returned alive

It was a quiet Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend and Mammoth Lakes resident William “Billy” Silva was out early walking his two cats.

It was early, before sunrise; “dark thirty” as the former Army paratrooper and pathfinder called it.

The streets of Mammoth were seemingly empty, which is why Silva was out with his cats in the first place—no bears, no coyotes, no ravens, no hawks—no cat killers, in other words.

Big fish for Lower Owens

May 30, 2013

DFW helping to re-establish fishery in southern stretches of river by planting broodstock

Blackrock Fish Hatchery broodstock, those big trout used for spawning to propagate future generations, are being released in the Lower Owens River.

Last week marked the second large-scale release of the hatchery’s broodstock in as many months—and officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there is going to be at least one more release in the coming month.

Public meetings on forest travel management program this year

May 30, 2013

Controversial system to close, open roads up for public input

 Nearly a decade ago, in response to growth in Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation on public lands across the country, inventories and planning for motorized travel management on the Inyo National Forest began, according to an Inyo National Forest news release. 

This summer, the forest will host two public meetings to update the public on the status of the “travel management” program this year: June 11 in Mammoth and June 13 in Bishop.

Fuelwood collection open in Reds Meadow June 4-9

May 30, 2013

The Inyo National Forest announced a special opportunity for personal use fuelwood collection in the Reds Meadow area, June 4-9.

The area will open for fuelwood collection at 9 a.m. and all firewood collection activities must be completed by 4 p.m. each day.

 Woodcutters will need to present their 2013 fuelwood permit and tags at Minaret Vista Entrance Station, one mile from the Mammoth Mountain Inn, for entry into the area. This is a one-time event for these six days only.

May 29th

RAW: Vaccination clinic this Saturday, Mammoth

May 29, 2013

It’s time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 1 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $50 if it is not. You don’t need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.

Presto! Mammoth Lakes Rotary builds a house in Mexico

May 29, 2013

In one day, a new home for needy Tecate family

Forty-eight Mammoth Rotary Club members and 10 Mammoth and Bishop High School students last Saturday built a house in a single day.

Working in Tecate, Mexico, the Noon Rotary Club put together a home for a deserving Mexican family of three, said Rotarian Dan Watson.

‘Food & Wine Experience’ officials unveil schedule

May 29, 2013

The 2013 Mammoth Food & Wine Experience has unveiled its selection of seminars, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6.

Participation at the seminars does not require a ticket to the Saturday night Grand Tasting event or a VIP ticket to the overall event.

May 28th

RAW: Erik Forsell, ASICS America, tapped as new chief marketing officer for MMSA

May 28, 2013

Erik Forsell was named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area this week by Rusty Gregory, the company's chairman and CEO.

In his new position, Forsell will drive all aspects of marketing for the resort including strategy, brand, product development, pricing, distribution and advertising.

“I look forward to the vision and keen perspective I know he will bring to the Marketing team and to the senior leadership of the company,” said Gregory. “We look forward to Erik increasing market demand and materially growing winter and summer visitation to Mammoth.”

Finding the Devils Windstorm

May 28, 2013

Local man on backcountry ice skating trip initially reported the damage

It was a clear, starlit night in the second week of December 2011, and long-time Eastern Sierra photographer John Dittli was hiking from June Lake to Reds Meadow after a backcountry ice-skating trip when he started to notice something strange.

Trees—huge, thick-barked, three-and four-feet-in-diameter trees—down across the trail.

Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery tonight's Green Church talk

May 28, 2013

Bringing back one of California's iconic native trout—under much pressure, controversy, and change—is the subject of the Tuesday, May 28, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) "Green Church lecture."

WHAT: "Lahonton Cutthroat Trout Recovery in the Face of Climate Change" by Dawne Becker Emery, Environmental Scientist, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Green Church, corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S. 395

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited
For more information contact: Leslie Dawson,

Recreation Commish paints a big picture

May 28, 2013

 The future is … in the future

There was no hand-wringing or shortened breaths; no anxiety or rattled nerves.

Rather, the Mammoth Recreation Commission on Tuesday, May 21, engaged in a kind of recreational cartography, aimed ultimately at putting Mammoth’s recreation priorities on a single, easy-to-read map.

“We’re trying to see what the process is going to be,” said Sean Turner, a commission member who was in on the think tank.

Bridgeport visitor center supported

May 28, 2013

After years of wrangling over location and scope, players draft first plan

Bridgeport may get a brand new high-tech, multi-use, multi-agency visitor center sometime in the next few years after years of arguments and disagreements finally gave way to a new spirit of cooperation.

Even better, according to a report by the organizers and proposed anchor tenants, there is a clear consensus that the new facility will be as much a cultural center as an interpretive center; a place for music, art and even an artist in residence.

ATV jamboree offers more backcountry June 11-15

May 28, 2013

Snow has melted from most Eastern Sierra trails, clearing the way for the annual ATV & UTV Jamboree from June 11 to 15.

Based in Walker and Coleville in northern Mono County, there are 20 different guided trail rides, leading riders to summit peaks, scenic vistas, and meadows teeming with wildflowers.

Guests will also learn about the area’s history and enjoy camaraderie with fellow ATV and UTV (all-terrain and utility vehicle) enthusiasts.

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