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September 23rd, 2011
âItâs been a long time coming.â
Thatâs what Mammoth Elementary School Principal Roseanne Lampariello said after learning that her school had jumped 32 points in their state test scores last year.
For anyone in academics, 32 points in one year is a lot. In addition, the 32 points brought the scores past the magical 800 Academic Performance Index number used to determine whether meeting state educational standards â or not.
That historic spike occurred in Mammoth Lakes at the Mono County Department of Social Services this spring. Where normally 15 people seek relief daily, they numbered up to 90, with the majority applying for the CalFresh food program.
Some had never before experienced poverty.
âYouâll see people that are so uncomfortable that I just want to say they break your heart because you know they have really hit a hard time,â said Julie Tiede, Director of Social Services. âYou know they donât want to be there.â
The bear that was tagged in Yosemite but wandered over to the Eastside has an amazing range. Heâs been spotted in Lundy Canyon, Twin Lakes, June Lake and around Mammoth. Heâs easy to spot because of a yellow tag on his ear. Heâs been well behaved say wildlife specialists and has earned the nickname âYosemite Sam.â ...
Says Dan Dawson of the Valentine Reserve: âThere is an abundance of natural food this year.â Berries and currants abound and the bears are lovinâ it. ...
United Airlines on Tuesday did what it said it would do.
That is, the airline announced that it would make a commitment to Mammoth beyond one daily flight from San Francisco.
In addition, the airline tweaked its schedule with SFO in the hopes that it could alleviate a turnback/cancellation rate of over 30 percent last season.
No longer will the jets have to land in the dark and take off from Mammoth in the dark. Rather, the flights have been moved up to earlier in the day
But the big news comes from Down South.
The union representing about 62,000 Southern California grocery workers on Monday reached an agreement with three major chain food outlets, including the Vons stores in Mammoth and Bishop.
The tentative contract agreement also included Albertsons, Ralphs and Pavillion stores.
Negotiations began in February to compose a collective bargaining agreement that would replace the workers' previous contract, which expired in March.
The workers will be asked to ratify the agreement, which includes protections of health care and pension benefits throughout the life of the contract.
A 74-year old man from New York was hauled out of the backcountry last weekend after an all-night hike by members of the Mono County Search and Rescue team.
On Friday September 9, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to rescue an injured backpacker near Iceberg Lake, who was reported as having a leg that was "broken from the knee down," and was also possibly going into shock.
From Dave McCoy, attempting to build a solar-powered off-road vehicle: âLast Thursday we made another big step with the electric UTV when the solar panel was installed onto the roof. Itâs not going to run the machine by itself, but it will be able to provide a bit of electricity when we need it. âNow we are adding bigger motors and finishing the fabrication.â Heâs updating on Facebook, by the way. ...
Congratulations to Mammoth Unbound team riders Kimmy Fasani and Chris Benchetler who got married in Mammoth last Saturday. ...
A fire that began near Big Pine Tuseday and at one point involved more than 2,000 acres, was 95 percent percent contained by Thursday, according to the California Department of Forestry.
The fire, officially called the "John Fire," began Tuesday at about 1:30 in the Crater Mountain area south of Big Pine.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
There was no immediate threat to structures, and the evacuation advisory was lifted Thursday morning.
U.S. 395 remained open throughout the event.
One Mammoth man was killed and another seriously injured after a horrific rear-end collision on Interstate 80 Saturday afternoon in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Highway patrol said William "Bill" Krawisz, 26, was killed in the accident, while Travis Mann was seriously injured.
Mann's dog, Nova, also died in the crash, which occurred on Interstate 80, 10 miles outside of Laramie.
At least two passengers also were injured in the crash.
There will be no Rotary "Local Heroes Luncheon" this Friday, Sept. 16, as stated in the calendar section. The Mammoth Times regrets this error.
Mammoth weather forecaster Howard Sheckter predicts possibly heavy rains this afternoon, and the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting as much as one inch per hour rainfall intervals this afternoon. A NWS "Flashflood Warning" goes into effect at 1 p.m. today.
"Today may be the day for heavy rain," Sheckter wrote on his website today. "A day of heavy rainfall for areas from about Mammoth Lakes to the Alpine County line and on both sides of the crest especially west of the Sierra Crest, west of Bridgeport."
"Not bad for September," he said.
On Wednesday Sept. 7 the Mono County Sheriffâs Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call to search near Mono Lake for an overdue visitor. An Riverside couple became tired while canoeing on Mono Lake. The 71 year old wife opted to walk back to the parking area at Navy Beach, which was only about a half mile to the west. The Mono County Sheriffâs Department sent a sergeant and deputy to the area and tracking was attempted near where the canoes had landed. Lee Vining and June Lake Fire Departments responded and began grid searching areas to the east and west of Navy Beach.
On Thursday, Sept. 8 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Art Torres and Jesse Gorham responded to a call on Lupin Street. They met with a resident who had discovered a smoldering pile of needles on his wooden deck. The resident also observed two 10 to 12-year-old juveniles fleeing the area. The resident also observed three lighters, dry grass, a burnt pen, and what appeared to be school papers.
Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Bridgeport Ranger Station on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be returning to the fall and winter office schedule; the office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends and holidays.
On Monday, Sept. 5 at approximately 11:45 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police and Mono County Paramedics responded to West Bear Lake Road west of Minaret for an injured skateboarder. Brett Bertsch, 18, Irvine, and his younger brother were riding down West Bear Lake Road when Brett fell, landing on his head. He was transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital and subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Nevada where he died.