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March 15th, 2011
Saturday night, March 12, the first Mardi Gras night at Rafters brought out revelers in costume. New Orleans food was served and Lisa Haley and the Zydekats provided lively music for dancing.
Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.
What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasnâ€™t.
Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half â€“ with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses â€“ just about everyone was none too pleased.
And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didnâ€™t help either.
Despite another round of pleas from Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday for air flight subsidies, county supervisors once again said, â€śNot so fast.â€ť
For the second time in about as many months, Town and Mountain officials came to the county for help, asking for between $215,000 and $289,000 a year to help bridge a gap in subsidizing year around air service (winter air service subsidies are already covered by the Mountain.)
Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH), dedicated to providing housing for low-income families, has turned a radical corner.
Rather than building new structures, the non-profit organization has its eye on acquiring and rehabilitating older structures in Mammoth.
â€śThis is our first step into it, so weâ€™re dealing with some new processes,â€ť said MLH executive director Pam Hennarty, â€śbut I think weâ€™re handling it pretty well. Weâ€™re excited about the process.â€ť
Those really were the actors, Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World), in town last weekend. ...
While weâ€™re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman, co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...
Is there any bigger fan of March Madness than Bob Sollima? Donâ€™t think so. On his behalf, Go Zags! ...
While weâ€™re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...
An illegally created motocross-like track in Chalfant goes to the county planning commission Thursday for debate, after a private property owner family bull-dozed a roughly one-acre area on their 18 acres into a rough, motocross-like track.
The family is arguing that the motocross like track is a suitable use of their property.
Dividing the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) roughly in half and creating true wilderness out of one half and a multiple use area out of the other is Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard solution to the Bodie Hills issue, one that he will take to the board Tuesday.
The Inyo National Forest will be sponsoring a Job Fair for local people interested in getting a temporary job with the Forest Service this summer and fall. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM Interagency Building, behind the DMV, on West Line Street in Bishop.
Temporary jobs are available in such fields as firefighting, trail maintenance and engineering. At the Job Fair, Forest Service staff will be there to discuss the jobs, and to help people with the online federal job application process.
Riders got big air this weekend at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, like this competitor in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle on Sunday.
A motocross-like track on private land in Chalfant has some neighbors upset even as others signed a petition of support for the track.
The issue goes before the Mono County Planning Commission next week, on March 10 in Mammoth.
The track was bulldozed onto an approximately one-acre portion of an 18-acre parcel belonging to Sue Jenson, her daughter Naomi Garcia and son-in-law Adam Garcia, all residents of the community of West Chalfant.
The Recreation Strategies team opened its string of workshops on Wednesday and Thursday at the Community Center, and it sure felt different than most meetings.
The first difference was that the team, consultants from the Strategic Marketing Group of South Lake Tahoe, laid down some strict rules â€“ which one of them promptly broke.
It was a moment of levity that loosened up an audience of several dozen people who had slogged their way through the slush for the four-oâ€™clock session.
Bishop was rocking and rolling Wednesday, with three earthquakes in a row: a 3.5 at about 7 p.m., a 3.1 at 4: 40 and a 2.5 at about 8 p.m. The quakes were only a few miles from Bishop, in the Laws area, meaning Bishopites certainly noticed them, although no serious damage was reported. ...
That was some Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Nothing on the agenda, nobody in the audience save for an MT staffer, nobody offering public comments. It was the Pledge of Allegiance, then a closed session with the new interim town manager. Like covering vapor. ...
Spiking gas prices should not affect Mammothâ€™s summer tourism as much as many might think, says Mammothâ€™s Tourism Director, John Urdi.
â€śItâ€™s not a deal breaker,â€ť he said.
Average retail gasoline prices in California rose 17.5 cents a gallon in one week, averaging $3.72 on Monday, Feb. 28, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.
In Mammoth, Lee Vining and Bridgeport, gas prices were well above $4 a gallon and still rising. On Thursday in Mammoth Chevronâ€™s regular was at $4.39 a gallon.
The Ranch Road Peace Accords got another piece of reinforcement this week.
Five years after homeowners on Ranch Road and backcountry enthusiasts clashed over egress from the mountains, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation announced that new signs are in the ground, guiding skiers and snowboarders to the public access easement at the Ranch Road Gate.
Much of the route runs on top of Snowcreek Golf Course, which two years ago placed directional signs on the route as a result of Snowcreek VIII Master Development Plan.
The Ranch Road war was over.