By all outward appearances, it should have been a crummy fall season last year for Mono County’s tourism economy.
In spite of the two-weeks-long Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park in September and the 16-day federal government shutdown in October, Mono County turned in its best autumn tourism performance in seven years, according to tax figures given to the Mono County Tourism/Film Commission.
“It’s amazing, considering we had the Rim Fire and the shutdown,” said Alicia Vennos, director of Mono County Tourism.
Good news, sez Fido, to have the Bishop Veterinary Hospital in the Minaret Mall in Mammoth. Leading the effort is Thomas J. Talbot, DVM, giving Mammoth’s pets another medical option, to go along with Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa. Taking calls now at 760-934-2287. …
A 27-year-old Mammoth man was arrested on March 4 on suspicion of several drug related charges, along with a "willful cruelty to a child" charge, after the man was found by law enforcement to be openly smoking marijuana in his home in front of his two-year-old son and after he admitted that he had taken the child with him during prescription narcotic sale transactions.
He was arrested by MLPD Officers and transported to the police station without incident.
The University of California, White Mountain Research Center invites the public to a lecture on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Bishop. Dr. John Wehausen, Retired Research Scientist at White Mountain Research Center, will present a talk entitled: Bighorn Sheep Metapopulation Dynamics in California.
All lectures are FREE to the public. White Mountain Research Center is located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop.
For more information, call (760) 873-4344.
For parents hoping for a quick fix for traffic control at Mammoth elementary, they might not want to hold their breath.
If the school district pushes the boundaries of good luck, a solution to the vexing morning and afternoon traffic jams at the school might be completed by the start of the 2014-15 school year.
However, schools superintendent Lois Klein said recently, such a solution would involve a combination of favorable weather, swift planning by architects and quick action from the Department of California Architects.
The new print edition of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks and in mail boxes, with a wide range of content.
We look at how a “Material Recovery Facility”—a MRF—really works, as Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra hurtle toward a long-range solution to its recycling and garbage issues.
Police blotter for week of March 9 through March 16
High-speed chase, injury
A high-speed chase involving at least two parties through the Sierra Valley Estates the weekend of March 15-16 resulted in at least one serious injury to a resident and a series of 911 calls from concerned residents. The case is still being investigated and few details were available at press time, but Mammoth Lakes Police Sgt. Marc Moscowitz said the incident occurred on Saturday evening, March 16, during â€śan ongoing chase between two rival groups.
The Inyo National Forest is working on its 20-year â€śForest Plan Revisionâ€ť and will be holding a workshop Thursday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Eastern Sierra College Center, Cerro Coso Community College (4090 W. Line Street) in Bishop.
These workshops mark the beginning of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.
A female motorcyclist traveling along S.R. 182 near Bridgeport on March 16 during late morning hours had to be flown to Reno for medical care after she failed to negotiate a curve in the road, collided with a reflective roadway marker, and was ejected her from the motorcycle, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
The highway was closed for 15 minutes while the victim was placed in the helicopter. The rider was wearing appropriate safety gear including a helmet, jacket and gloves. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.
The Metabolic Studio has announced that it will double all donations made at Saturdayâ€™s Owens Valley Committee (OVC) Annual Fundraising Event.
The OVC lecture and social event will include hors dâ€™oeuvres, beverages, live music, a silent auction featuring donations from local artists, photographers, and businesses, and the world premiere of an OVC promotional video done by Bishop production company Bristlecone Media.
As the third, extremely dry year drags on, the toll is beginning to be evident in the Eastern Sierraâ€”most recently at the sprawling, lush Conway Ranch area, nestled at the southern base of Conway Summit and above Mono Lake.
The beautiful, old-time sheep ranch was deemed so critical to the countyâ€™s definition of itself as â€świld by natureâ€ť that years ago, the county bought the ranch to save the 1,000-acre plus ranch from developmentâ€”at considerable cost.
Mammothâ€™s Town Manager says top recreation priorities can be achieved sooner rather than later
When I heard Town Manager Dan Holler say a few weeks ago that Mammoth might not have to choose between three of its top recreation priorities (a recreation center, a outdoor event venue, and an indoor performing art center)â€”and build them all within the next three to five yearsâ€”it seemed too good to be true.
Apparently, it isnâ€™t, according to Holler.
And itâ€™s not rocket science, either.
I sat down with him earlier this week to better understand what it would take.
Two Bishop men were arrested on suspicion of drug charges on Monday, March 17, after they were caught in a drug investigation on Lower Rock Creek Road at the former Paradise Lodge and trailhead to Lower Rock Creek trail.
The two men, David Hale, 30, and Timothy Brooks, 22, were arrested by the Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Office and investigators from the Mono County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, all of whom were following a lead regarding a methamphetamine distributor in Mono and Inyo counties.
A wildfire west of Independence—at about 9,000 feet elevation—this past week is only one sign that the drought’s grip on the Eastern Sierra has not weakened in any appreciable way.
The fire, called the Blackrock Fire and located in the high country above rugged Division Creek and Sawmill Canyon (near Sawmill Meadows,) was first reported on March 14 and didn’t grow beyond an acre.