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September 28th, 2012

Felici Trio and star violinist open winter concert series

September 28, 2012

Chamber Music Unbound opens its 2012-13 winter season this weekend with “Fantasia,” performed by the resident Felici Piano Trio and renowned violinist, Corey Cerovsek.

The program begins tonight (Friday) at Bishop Union High School, and then repeats at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adult, $17/senior and $7/student and can be purchased at the door after 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are online at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org, at the Booky Joint and at The Inyo Council for the Arts.

Local schools receive $300k boost

September 28, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District this week received $300,000 for alleviating problems and/or enhancing programs, according to foundation executive director Stacy Corless.

She said the money will go toward increased class offerings/ academic flexibility; technology; language path- ways, and visual/performing arts.

“It’s a win-win,” Corless said in a press release, “allowing MMCF to bring additional resources to Mammoth’s schools while also creating a program that supports student athletes on Mammoth Mountain teams.”

September 27th

Young students get gift of iPads, laptops

September 27, 2012

A gift of brand new iPads and laptops for Mammoth Elementary School students last year has allowed students to jump-start their roles as technologically savvy global citizens.

Even students as young as kindergarteners can now learn how to use the digital devices, whether their families at home have them, or can afford them or not, according to former Mammoth Elementary PTO member and president Pamela Bold.

New charter school offers alternative education option

September 27, 2012

A new virtual charter school is available in the Bishop/Mammoth area and it’s free and open to most students.

The new, 501c3 nonprofit academy is called Golden State Virtual Academy. It’s a state-sponsored school and is thus free to students. It already has about 80 students, according to Principal Randy Cook.

Bullying awareness movie to be shown at Edison Theatre Saturday

September 27, 2012

It might begin with something as simple as an insult. “You’re fat.”

“You can’t do anything.”

“You are ugly.”


“Nobody likes you.”


The abuse might worsen—getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.

It might get even worse—midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.

It all might sound like no big deal. After all, “kids will be kids,” right? They will grow out of it, right? They are just words, right?

County braces for impacts after MLLA judgement

September 27, 2012

As the Town of Mammoth Lakes comes to terms with a $29.5 million lawsuit judgment, Mono County Supervisors weighed in on the possible effects it will have on the county.

Counties and incorporated municipalities have very different functions. Cities and towns create their own wealth through property taxes and use some of that money to improve their area—by building a recreation center, a park, public art displays—but by law, a chunk of that property tax revenue also goes to the county.

September 24th

RAW: Two found dead in Bishop residence, officials seek more information

September 24, 2012

At approximately 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s Investigators received notification of two deceased bodies in a home on Pa-Ha Lane, Bishop. Inyo County Coroner, Leon Brune has released the following names: Helena Spratt, an 18 year old Bishop woman; and Chase Tague, a 27 year old Bishop man. The bodies were discovered by a neighbor.

September 21st

RAW: Mammoth Lakes settles with MLLA: $29.5 million over 23 years

September 21, 2012

NEWS RELEASE
From the Town of Mammoth Lakes

Following up on their announcement of the signing of a term sheet on August 21, 2012, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition LLC (MLLA) jointly announced today the settlement’s specific terms, executed by parties on Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012.)

Also parties to the settlement are the Airport Developer, Terrence Ballas and his related development entities (“Ballas entities”). The settlement amount is $29.5 million, substantially less than the $43 million judgment held by MLLA against the Town.

RAW: Fees waived at Forest Service locations Sept 29

September 21, 2012

The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at hundreds of recreation sites across the country on Saturday, September 29, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

Here locally on the Inyo National Forest day-use fees will be waived at South Tufa in the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile, and Schulman Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Fees regularly collected at these sites contribute significantly to improving facilities and vistor services in the specific area where the fees are collected.

What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 21-27, starring Yosemite Steve, Outdoor Writers, Dan Wright et al

September 21, 2012

As fundraisers go, it’s hard to imagine we’ll see one that’s much better than the benefit for Matt Graef at Z-Ranch on Tuesday. Fabulous raffle prizes, great food, and much needed money to the family of Graef, our Mammoth High School football player who is battling cancer. That was small-town Mammoth at its best, we say. …

RAW: Firewood available in Mammoth Lakes Basin one weekend only, Sept. 28-30

September 21, 2012

Changing aspens mark first week of fall, but aspen show faces some trouble this year

September 21, 2012

The long, hot, seemingly endless summer of 2012 comes to an end Saturday, the day of the Autumnal Equinox when night and day are equally long.

Beginning Saturday, the nights are longer than the days for the first time since the Vernal Equinox in March. From now on, the cold bite of winter will likely be felt in the cold, darkening mornings, as shirts and shorts give way to coats and pants.

Ribbon cutting for new trail system planned for October 20

September 21, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Trail System, a long-term project that finally is near completion, gets a ribbon cutting next month at the Visitors Center off Main St./S.R. 203.

It is a ceremony that many trail advocates, working on it since the 1980s, thought might never happen.

Yet a combination of funding sources from various levels of government, then brokered by local public agencies, somehow put together a plan, then found the money.

June Lake disagrees on how to spend $25K

September 21, 2012

Not everyone in June Lake is happy about how the community will spend all of the $100,000 in “bridge” money Mono County gave it to survive a winter without June Mountain Ski Area.

“We are in agreement as a community about how to spend about $75,000 to $85,000 of the money,” said Ralph Lockhart, current president of the June Lake Revitalization Committee and the June Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The money will go toward marketing the community and all the events planned for the winter, and the county tourism department will administer it.

But the rest of the money is another story.

Helicopter crash injures two, starts small fire

September 21, 2012

A helicopter crash Southeast of Mammoth injured two and started a small brush fire Wednesday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.

The crash occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at about 12:30 p.m., when Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash. The reports also indicated the helicopter was on fire.

The helicopter crashed on Pole Line Road, southeast of Mammoth Lakes, near Deer Springs Road, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

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