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April 14th, 2014

Crowley man arrested after driving with four times legal limit blood alcohol

April 14, 2014

A Crowley Lake man driving a Toyota Tundra was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk on Sunday, April 13 after he was found stopped in the middle of the road on Willow Brook Road in Crowley Lake, according to the California Highway Patrol.

When the 52-year-old man was contacted by law enforcement at about 6:44 p.m., a sobriety test revealed he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

The man was arrested, his driver license was suspended and he was booked at the Mono County Jail.

April 11th

Rock Creek Road reconstruction project has begun

April 11, 2014

Rock Creek Road Reconstruction Project has begun, and will continue, weather permitting, through the 2014/2015 seasons.

This project to repair and restore the Rock Creek Road includes the development of a bike lane and these much-needed improvements mean greater accessibility to visitors and locals alike.

April 10th

Youth Hockey takes center ice

April 10, 2014

Eight youth sports organizations applied for funding this year, spreading the Recreation Commission’s already lean budget even thinner.

“Funding is small,” said Recreation Manager Stuart Brown. “It’s obviously not enough. But it keeps [the organizations] afloat.”

Two new applicants for funding emerged this year, the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association and Mammoth Youth Hockey.

Tamarack slammed; problems emerge

April 10, 2014

Droves of people discovered the Lakes Basin this past winter, but that was not altogether a good thing, according to the general manager of the Tamarack Lodge and Cross Country Ski Center.

“We’ve had problems before, but it’s gotten worse,” said Roy Moyer, who brought his concerns to a meeting of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Committee on Monday, April 7.

“Three years ago, when we also didn’t have a lot of snow, it wasn’t as big an issue. This year was just really hard.”

April 9th

Beck, Musil in hot race for Mono County Assessor

April 10, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—It’s just a guess, but it’s doubtful that Mono County’s voters are sitting around the hot stove during this campaign season arguing the ins and outs of assessed valuations, possessory interests or appraisal appeals.

What the county assessor does

April 10, 2014

There is very little wiggle room for a county assessor in terms of setting policy. 

 

Who is Barry Beck?

April 10, 2014

Barry Beck has lived on or near the U.S. 395 Corridor his entire life, attending Round Valley Elementary School as a youngster and following a career path leading to Reno, then back to Mono County.

 

Who is Robert Musil?

April 10, 2014

A native of San Jose, Musil went through his formative years in Torrance, Los Angeles County, then followed a career that took him to Nevada, Long Beach and, finally, Mono County.

 

Death Valley National Park will be free April 19-27

April 9, 2014

Free entrance to Death Valley National Park to celebrate National Park Week

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

April 8th

Cops vs. Kids: Basketball game fundraiser, Lee Vining High School

April 8, 2014

It’s that time again! With the cops coming off a recent win with the Coleville High School boys’ basketball team, the Cops vs Kids game is back! Who will be victorious this time?

On Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m., join the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol as deputies and officers take on the Lee Vining High School boys’ basketball team. That’s right! It’s another “cops versus kids” in a friendly competition to raise money for the Lee Vining High School Booster Club.

Drought assistance available to local ranchers, farmers

April 8, 2014

Mono and Inyo are eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for certain counties in the Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Countiea. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.

April 7th

Bighorn move toward recovery; reintroductions expand species back into historical range

April 7, 2014

The recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep took one more step forward last month with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s second reintroduction effort since 1986.

In late March, they translocated 14 bighorn to a remote part of Sequoia National Park, which has been devoid of bighorn since the early 20th century.

“It was such a huge milestone to get these [bighorn] sheep into the Kern,” said biologist Tom Stephenson, program leader for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program.

April 3rd

What's up, up here? April 3-9 | News snippets from here and there ...

April 3, 2014

Death Valley bucks the drought, good wildflower show on right now

April 3, 2014

Headslapper!

About the only place around that isn't in a drought is the hottest, driest place in the country—Death Valley National Park, where the wildflowers are turning out quite a show. Rainfall in the higher elevations—especially in the Panamint Mountains—are allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher up as the temperatures warm. Although the bloom isn't one of the park's epic and infrequent blooms, it's still a very good show, according to the park.

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‘MVP Monday’

April 3, 2014

Barack Obama, meet Rusty Gregory.

On the same day computers across America froze because of the deadline to sign up for the federal Affordable Care Act, computers at Mammoth Mountain froze during a surprise cash/credit giveaway to MVP Passholders.

“Despite our upgrades to the system, traffic to the website completely overloaded our increased capacity,” said Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.

“By 8:30 a.m. we had a 10-fold increase over our largest web traffic in history.”

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