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February 1st

Stolen petroglyphs recovered, culprits still at large

February 1, 2013

A set of petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall have been returned to the Bureau of Land Management but authorities are still looking for those responsible for the theft and the damage at the site.

Phone calls to the BLM seeking comment on how the petroglyph panels were recovered were not returned.
The damaged petroglyph site was first reported in October, 2012, at which time authorities said six panels had been removed by rock saws and chisels.

January 31st

Man apparently attempts suicide Thursday at Mono Basin visitor center

January 31, 2013

The male victim of an apparent suicide attempt Thursday morning at the Mono Basin Visitor's Center has been flown to Reno for further treatment, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

According to Jennifer Hansen, the public information officer for the sheriff's department, at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, the sheriff's department received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the parking lot of the Visitor's Center, which is located just north of Lee Vining, off of U.S. 395.

January 30th

June Lake hosts first Winter Festival and triathlon Feb 1-Feb. 3

January 30, 2013

Giant blocks of snow have been delivered to 19 businesses and organizations along June Lake's Main Street for the community-wide Snow Sculpture Competition this Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2—all part of the inaugural June Lake Winter Festival & Triple Threat Triathlon, Feb. 1-3.

Mono County Board of Supervisors Appoints Acting CAO

January 30, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynda Salcido as “Acting County Administrative Officer (CAO),” Tuesday, Jan. 29.

A long-term county employee, Salcido is also Mono County’s Director of Public Health, a position she has held for 13 years. She will serve in the additional capacity of Acting CAO following the last day of employment of the county’s current CAO, James Arkens on Feb. 3, and until an “Interim CAO” is recruited and appointed, which may take a few weeks. Arkens was recently hired as CAO for Sutter County in central California.

January 28th

Jeanne Standley "Celebration of Life" on Wednesday, Jan. 30

January 28, 2013


Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary invites the community to join us as we share happy memories and celebrate the life of Jeanne Standley who passed away on December 24, 2012.  It will be Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Mammoth Lakes Community Center on Forest Trail, just east of Minaret.

January 25th

Vons to undergo $4.5 million exterior remodel

January 25, 2013


Exterior has not been touched in 23 years

Vons supermarket, characterized by one town official as “the center of the universe” in Mammoth, is about to undergo its first major revamping.

Starting in April and lasting through Labor Day, the supermarket would get a new exterior and move its pharmacy and Starbucks franchises to new locations, according to plans for the $4.5 million project.

‘One Day in Yosemite’

January 25, 2013


Filmmaker Bumgardner completes ambitious video

Last June 26 was not a particularly unusual day in Yosemite National Park. It was a bit crowded in the Valley and along the Tioga Road features, but it was not weekend heavy.

Ho hum.

But to filmmaker Steve Bumgardner, no day is ever a ho-hum day in the park. On June 26, 2012, he made it extraordinary.

Weather to remain unsettled until mid next week

January 25, 2013


More snow to come, but forecast models can’t seem to agree on how much

The Mammoth area might receive another foot or more of snow over the highest elevations by Monday, according to weather forecasters.

Then again, it might not.

Dramatic theater breaks out at Planning Commission

January 25, 2013


Klassen dons boxing gloves, challenges Hertzog to fight

If they’d known what was coming, the members of the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission might have wanted to sell tickets to their meeting Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 23.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 25-31

January 25, 2013


Influenza arrives in Mono County

January 25, 2013



No deaths, vaccines are still available

Flu season in Mono County has officially begun.

The number of influenza cases steadily increased this past week, according to Mono County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson, and along with it, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Deputy graduates top of his class

January 25, 2013


One of the Mono County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Wesley Hoskins, recently graduated at the top of his Riverside County Sheriffs Academy class and is now beginning a rigorous field-training program, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputy Hoskins was hired and promoted through the ranks of the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

After beginning his work at the department as a Public Safety Officer in 2009, which included the duties of jailer and dispatcher, Hoskins was promoted to deputy sheriff in July.

Mammoth gives mobile food trucks a new look

January 25, 2013


Current ordinances conflict with state law

When Mammoth became a town, the town founders were adamant in their opposition to having mobile food trucks in town.


Since Mammoth incorporated in the mid-1980s, both the nature of mobile food trucks—the infamous “roach coaches” of the day—and California state law have come a long way.

Another county employee to leave, candidate for CAO declines offer

January 25, 2013



‘We are back at square one,’ says Supervisor Byng Hunt

Mono County is facing more upheaval this week after another top county official announced she would leave Feb. 5 and an interim County Administrative Officer (CAO) candidate pulled out at the last minute.

Memorial service for Jeanne Standley Jan. 30

January 25, 2013


Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary members invite the community to join  them as they share happy memories and celebrate the life of Jeanne Standley who passed away on Dec.  24.

It will be Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mammoth Lakes Community Center on Forest Trail. Standley was a charter and founding member of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary and served on the Board until 2012.

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