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October 12th, 2012
Maybe it was the vice presidential debate. Maybe it was that snow was falling for the first time in six months in Mammoth.
Whatever it was, Thursday night’s school board and county supervisor candidate’s forum was sparsely attended, even as the candidates themselves threw their considerable energy into it.
At the table sat Mono County District 4 Supervisor candidates Tim Fesko and Bob Peters, who have been locked in a runoff fight since June, and an election fight since almost the beginning of the year.
U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley next week.
When the analysis of the data is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art 3D subsurface geologic map will improve assessment of both volcanic and earthquake hazards in the Mono Basin-Long Valley region. The map will be published by the USGS and made available to the public via the USGS California Volcano Observatory website.
The first snow of the season brushed Mammoth Thursday, dumping a few inches on the high country and leaving the ground in town white for the first time since June.
It was a welcome sight to snow-starved Mammothitesâ€”and they were the â€ślucky onesâ€ť in this storm, receiving the brunt of the moisture compared to other parts of the stateâ€”but itâ€™s not likely to last, according to the National Weather Service.
Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Eastern Sierra Unified School District board of directors.
The district covers all of the schools and communities north of Mammoth to the Nevada border, including Walker, Coleville, Lee Vining, June Lake and the Tri and Antelope Valley areas.
Two years ago, the district nearly imploded as an eleventh-hour budget fiasco led to the elimination of at least one school and the loss of several teachers. Meetings were filled with fury and frustration and neighbors stopped talking to each other.
Mono Countyâ€™s finance officer Brian Muir will leave Mono County to become Shasta Countyâ€™s auditor-controller sometime near the end of this year, Mono County officials confirmed Thursday.
Muir has been with Mono County through boom and bust and is credited by many for helping keep Mono County in good financial order.
His experience and professionalism will be deeply missed, said Supervisor Vikki Bauer.
A feisty and sometimes cranky Recreation Commission got to its regular meeting on Tuesday and immediately cut to the chase. To close, or not to close, the Whitmore Pool.
Northern Inyo Hospital, having passed an inspection earlier this week, is set to open on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. for surgery check-in.
At 7 a.m., the Bishop facility will open its Blood Draw Lab, and at 8 a.m., patients will begin moving to the new facility. Visiting hours will begin at 10 a.m.
The hospital is a small, 25-bed critical access, not-for-profit facility. The Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District has been providing healthcare in the Eastern Sierra since 1946.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes is seeking input from residents and business owners through an online resident survey.
The survey seeks comments on the proposed restructuring plan, which calls for significant reductions in expenditures to help pay the $2 million a year for the next 23 years in the settlement reached with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and divert over $111,000 annually to the Ballas entities.
Community members are asked to complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than the evening of Sunday, Oct. 21.
An old, disagreeable friend of Mammoth showed up at the door last week in the form of a familiar issue that suddenly has been made new again.
The issue is whether the town should legalize renting single-family homes.
Jaymin, the ubiquitous and adorable yellow lab who has been at Mammoth resident Leigh Gaasch’s side for more than a year, is leaving for college.
A “Puppy in Training,” Jaymin was recalled to the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael to begin her formal guide work training.
Pressed on all sides by a $2 million-a-year squeeze, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday questioned if it pays its cops too much.
Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the Mammoth Unified School District.
John Stavlo, a retired aerospace executive and electrical engineer, comes in as an incumbent, appointed to the school board early this past winter to fill the seat vacated by the late Dr. Andrew Bourne.
Incumbent Greg Newbry is not seeking reelection, vacating a second seat.
Shana Stapp, a special education teacher with Mono County, and Luis Villanueva, the general manager of the Village Lodge, are the other candidates for the two open seats.
Two people were found dead at a Bishop residence Sept. 23 and investigators are trying to find out why. At about 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, according to a press release.
Inyo County Coroner Leon Brune released the following names: Helena Spratt, 18, Bishop and Chase Tague, 27, Bishop.
The annual Mammoth Middle School Organization Ski & Sports Swap comes to Mammoth Oct. 13. Here are the details.
When: Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Mammoth Middle School.
What: Come and shop for deals on skis, snowboards, skates, soccer gear and sports equipment of all kinds. Admission is $5 per family. Proceeds go to MMSO.
If you have a pile of gear clogging up your closets and garage, then rent a table at the Swap and sell your stuff. Tables are $25 or $50 for businesses.
A bill that might have put more money into the state’s fish hatchery program passed late last month and Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a provision allowing $1 million to go toward the hatchery program infrastructure.
“I hope and pray this bill turns out to be the panacea that (CalTrout) would like us to believe, but I sincerely doubt it,” said local aquaculturist Tim Alpers.