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September 7th, 2012

'Rock 'n' Bowl' breaks ground on Old Mammoth Road

September 7, 2012

The first new “community” project since the construction of The Village broke ground Tuesday.

It is the Mammoth Rock ‘N’ Bowl, a two-level entertainment/dining facility pushed forward by Mammoth attorney and developer Dan O’Connell and his wife, Andrea, and others in the Mammoth Rock Holding Co.

“This is indoor entertainment with a community feel to it,” said Andrea O’Connell. “There’s really nothing to do at night, especially for teenagers. This will help provide a little more of a sense of community.”

What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 7-13, starring Scobie & Smalley and the "Slam Bam Thank You Mammoth" pizza

September 7, 2012

Tourism potentate John Urdi says his peeps have partnered up with, among many others, the Bay Area-based Extreme Pizza, which has a top-of-the-menu new pie called the “Wham, Bam, Thank You Mammoth,” a concoction of Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, parmesan, tomato sauce and mozzarella. …

Tree removal in Reds Meadow area to begin as soon as Monday

September 7, 2012

Removal of some of the dead and down trees in Reds Meadow that were dropped by the enormous windstorm last year begins Monday, according to the Inyo National Forest. 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, according to a press release from the forest service.

Another death, two more victims infected with hantavirus

September 7, 2012

Three people have died and a total of eight people have been infected after contact with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in Yosemite National Park.

According to park service officials, efforts to contact former visitors who stayed in certain areas of the park are picking up.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the park released another press release stating that yet another victim had died since last week and two more have been found to be infected with the virus.

Free after-school program comes to Mammoth

September 7, 2012

A free after-school program has been created for middle and high school youth called Clubhouse Live. The club was established to give kids a place to hang out, finish homework, socialize, and get involved in positive community activities.

The program will begin with a dance party Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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.

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