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June 8th, 2012
Mammoth developer and businessman Paul Rudder, along with real estate investor Drew Hild, pulled a rabbit out of their hats this week.
Mono County voted in two new supervisors Tuesday night, with a third race that will also eventually bring another new supervisor to the table stuck in runoff mode.
Fred Stump, running for elected office for the first time, will replace two-term District 2 incumbent Duane â€śHapâ€ť Hazard. Tim Alpers, a two-time former Mono County supervisor, will replace two-term District 3 incumbent Vikki Bauer.
Two weeks ago, many of us in the Western United States got the opportunity to see a full or partial annular eclipse of the sun. To those a little further north of the Owens Valley, seeing the ring of fire as the moon went in front of the sun was a marvelâ€” but the partial eclipse seen from our own homes was spectacular as well.
Did this leave you wonderingâ€”"What's the next special event in the cosmic dance of our solar system?" Well, wonder no more, for that event is upon us.
Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Postâ€™s High School Challenge Index for the first time this year, according to the school's principal, Roger Yost. The small rural school was ranked 707th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools, placing it in the top 3% of all high schools. It also was placed 90th of the over 1,800 high schools in California.
The Challenge index, created in 1998 by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews, is the simple calculation of Advanced Placement tests given at a school last year divided by the number of graduates.
Among the items in the Town councilâ€™s Budget Reduction plan is a proposal to slice its $65,000 annual commitment to the Whitmore Animal Shelter.
It is so tucked away that the people whom it would impact, not to mention the sheltered hounds and potential pet pusses, donâ€™t really know anything about it.
â€śI have not heard anything about that,â€ť said Supervisor Vikki Bauer. â€śWe havenâ€™t made that leap. Thereâ€™s no decision yet.â€ť
For the seven candidates in the three Mono County Board of Supervisors races, this week is ground zero â€”and it all comes down to who has the most â€śkick.â€ť
Voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 5. By midnight Tuesday, Mono County citizens should know who will occupy the three open county supervisor seats, barring a run-off election in the hot District 4 race.
It will be the end of a long marathon that began in the winter. Now it is up to the runners to provide that last big kick before the finish line.
And now for something completely different.
Having made a career out of newspaper reporting, forest stewardship, pet products, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area marketing, magazine writer, magazine editor and then (whew!) even more forest stewardship, Stacy Corless is going back to where she started.
That would be education.
Corless, 41, is a bona fide lover of Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. She is moving from the Friends of the Inyo in July to become executive director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF).
Joe Walker, a Mammoth man arrested in January for various sex crimes against a juvenile Santa Barbara girl, was sentenced to state prison for five years this morning in Santa Barbara Superior Court, according to Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Barron.
"He was remanded to jail today and they will transport him to state prison" sometime in the next week, Barron said.
Wrangling between Mammoth and LADWP continues, judge chosen
Mammoth and Mono Lake have a new Inyo National Forest deputy district ranger and her name is Sarah Tomsky.
Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Serviceâ€™s Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo.
When heâ€™s not building bridges to Mammothâ€™s Hispanic community, Police Chief Dan Watson is helping build houses for Mexicoâ€™s impoverished.
Two weekends ago, Watson and about 40 members of the Mammoth Rotary Club were in Sierra Azul, a small Mexican village near Tecate, building a house in one day.
â€śThe homes built by Corazon volunteers are humble by U.S. standards,â€ť Watson said. â€śThey have no plumbing or electricity, but they are a big step-up for the recipients and very much appreciated.â€ť
As the Senior Class President, I would like to thank everyone for their help in organizing and fund-raising for the Mammoth High School class of 2012 senior trip to Los Angeles.
Over Memorial Day Weekend, 62 students and eight chaperones had an amazing time.
A teacher, a friend, a parent, a computer, a nursery, a principal, three special volunteers, and a group of motivated students: Do you think this combination could end in five new trees planted at a school? If your answer was yes, you were right.
It all started a few months ago when a Lee Vining Elementary school teacher, Ms. Silliker, assigned the fifth- and sixth-grade class a persuasive writing challenge. Ms. Silliker told us to brainstorm ideas for things we could change at our school and then we would write persuasive essays about the ideas to our principal, Mr. Yost.
Local Mammoth resident and day care provider Monique Foster was an adult woman before she realized that she had been sexually abused as a child.
Today, sheâ€™s become a fierce advocate for children, who like her, have been to hellâ€”but are not yet back.
â€śI was working with these kids, they felt lost, they had no hope, there was no hope,â€ť she said. â€śI could understand, because I realized that thatâ€™s how it was for me, that this was me.â€ť