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September 7th, 2012

Los Angeles, Mono County try to find common ground

September 7, 2012

The county’s largest landfill, the Benton Crossing landfill, is living on borrowed time.The landfill sits on Los Angeles Department of Water and Power land, and in the past few years, the city has made it clear it wants the site to be rehabilitated as soon as possible after the landfill is full in 2023—with no hope of expanding the site to accommodate growth.

This means a new landfill, or exporting waste out of the area, both of which will be expensive.

Local cyclists publish guidebook

September 7, 2012

It started with a climbing accident that left local climber and teacher Jim Barnes too injured to climb for a while.

Things did not improve when he stepped on a stingray and his foot got infected.

Not only couldn’t he climb, he couldn’t walk very far.

For a man accustomed to constant physical activity, it was a time of sheer frustration.

He decided to hop on a road bike and that’s when the love affair started.

Conversations have slowed between MMSA and Forest Service

September 7, 2012

A letter that would alert Mammoth Mountain Ski Area that it is “out of compliance” with its federal permit to run June Mountain as a ski area is still winding its way through local, regional and Washington D.C. U. S. Forest Service offices and has not been delivered to MMSA, according to forest officials.

Rubber chicken travels to space

September 7, 2012

Thirty-five years ago Wednesday, something extraordinary in the course of human history occurred.
A tiny, nondescript—but powerful—space-faring craft, called Voyager, took to the stars, loaded with greetings, images, music, and art gathered from across the planet Earth and imprinted on an old-fashioned record.

Its mission was simple—to say hello to anyone, anything, that might be listening.

September 5th

RAW: Reds Meadow blowdown trees to be removed, traffic delays expected

September 6, 2012

The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District is announcing the beginning of the wind-fallen tree removal work in Reds Meadow Valley, for hazardous fuels reduction. The tree removal work will take place on approximately 220 acres and will be accomplished under a contract known as the Red Devil Stewardship Sale.

For safety, visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley are urged to not enter areas where tree removal work is in progress and to drive slowly on the Reds Meadow Road because of increased traffic associated with tree removal activities.

September 1st

Supes give $85,000 toward air service

September 1, 2012

After months of wavering, the Mono County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to fund air service subsidies, joining the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

August 31st

RAW - UPDATE AUG. 31: Two dead, four more infected with Hantavirus, after staying in Yosemite Valley tent cabins

August 31, 2012

Four additional cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) stemming from infections that occurred after staying in cabins in Yosemite National Park were reported today, Friday, Aug. 31, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Two others have now died of the Hantavirus, three have recovered and one is hospitalized but improving, according to park officials. This brings the total number of people infected with the hantavirus who visited Yosemite National Park to six.



June Lake dives deep into winter plans

August 31, 2012

The June Lake community is alive with ambitious plans for this winter, despite a brief tussle between Mono County Supervisors over how to monitor and allocate the $100,000 the supervisors gave the community as “bridge” money.

At the top of the list are expanded cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, a snow play area, a Holiday Village atmosphere, an ice-skating area and, even, dog sled rides.

County in decent fiscal shape... for now

August 31, 2012

Mono County is still in relatively good financial shape compared to most counties in California, but its emergency reserve fund is down sharply since 2008.

On top of that, current anemic property tax revenues mean tight times ahead.

“We are in pretty good shape, but since the housing crisis hit in 2008, we have cut the reserve from $5.8 million to its current number of $1.6 million and I believe it’s time to begin rebuilding,” said Brian Muir, the county’s finance director.

“It’s all right that we have done this; that’s what the reserve is for. But it is time to rebuild.”

New smartphone application for Sierra region includes Eastern Sierra locals' input

August 31, 2012

Travelers and visitors headed into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone app for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide by searching for the “Sierra MapGuide” on your iPhone or Android mobile device.

Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smartphone thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.

Wet August takes edge off drought, but fire danger still not over

August 31, 2012

Fire danger in the Eastern Sierra has eased somewhat following an unusually wet August, but that doesn’t mean it is time to relax.

According to fire officials, September can be one of the warmest and driest months. If that pattern holds, it could erase much of the gains made in August, when almost three weeks of heavy rain took the sharp edge off the drought.

Bristlecone Pine Forest Center to open Saturday

August 31, 2012

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening tomorrow, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.

The grand opening celebration is sure to be an enjoyable event for visitors and locals alike who have donated to and supported the reconstruction effort, and for those who have been waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new facility.

The celebration will include guest speakers, music, an art exhibit, and a ribbon cutting for the new visitor center.

Big dump of Alpers trout hit local waters for the weekend

August 31, 2012

The following locations have been stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch in time for the Labor Day weekend, beginning with the areas near Bishop and moving north toward Bridgeport.

• Intake II
• South Lake
• Sabrina
• Bishop Creek
• Tinnemaha Creek
• Taboose Creek
• Independence Creek
• Lower Twin Bridgeport
• Upper Twin Bridgeport
• Bridgeport Reservoir
• Convict Lake
• Grant Lake
• Gull Lake
• June Lake
• Silver Lake
• Lundy Lake
• Mammoth Lakes Basin—Mary, Mamie, Georg and Twin
• Rock Creek
• Rock Creek Lake
• Little Virginia

Saving 10 percent on fuel could help county cut costs, supervisor says

August 31, 2012

One way to cut county expenses is to cut fuel use by the county by 10 percent, says Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston. He pushed the idea during this week’s county budget hearings, hoping to gain some traction.

Although the supervisors did not immediately endorse Johnston’s idea, they said the idea merited further discussion.

Measure S needs citizen oversight committee members

August 31, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District is soliciting letters of interest from interested community members and staff to service on the district’s Measure S Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to inform the community concerning the expenditure of the Measure S parcel tax revenue. Anyone interested should direct a letter of interest to the district office by the close of business today (Friday).

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