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August 13th, 2012

UPDATE Aug. 14: Fire near Mono Lake at 12,574 acres, 100 percent contained

August 13, 2012

The lightning-caused fire near Mono Lake was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday, and firefighters are increasingly being moved from the Indian Fire to other fires in the state and country.

The thunderstorm that sparked the lightning that started the now-12,574-acre passed through the Eastern Sierra Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8 and ignited the fire about five miles southeast of Mono Lake and north of Highway 120 on Bureau of Land Management public lands.

August 12th

Mammoth Olympians fail to medal; Meb fourth in marathon, Uceny falls in 1500m, Hastings 11th in 10,000m

August 12, 2012

Mammoth's Meb Keflezighi finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in London on Sunday, but said he is happy with his performance—23 seconds better than his silver-medal finish in 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Bears are restless, hungry and on the prowl

August 12, 2012

Bear activity has picked up dramatically over the last several weeks, according to wildlife experts up and down the Eastern Sierra.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in this room who hasn’t seen a bear this week,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles during the last open meeting of the Town Council on Aug. 1.

“When I was in front of you two weeks ago, I was saying how proud I was of the community and what a fantastic job they were doing. I’m sad to say that over the last week or 10 days, people may have let down their guard.

August 10th

Crews find dozens of old heaps at Mammoth Track

August 10, 2012

Crews working at the site of the new Mammoth Track have run into just about the last thing they expected.
While leveling the ground for the all-purpose track, they unearthed what appears to have been Mammoth’s first-ever experiment in underground parking. It’s as good an explanation as anything else.

Dozens of old cars, mostly dating from the 40s, 50s and early 60s, lay buried in a stack that runs the entire length of what will be a full-length Olympic-sized track.

No one knows how they got there.

“It’s kind of a big hole,” deadpanned Public Works Director Ray Jarvis.

Two bodies found in mountains after multi-week searches

August 10, 2012

A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.

Officials are currently working to identify the body located by search crews Wednesday night in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but the remains are believed to be those of Gary Dankworth, 60, a physician from Carson City.

Dankworth was reported missing Sunday, Aug. 5.

Digital 395 breaks ground in Bridgeport

August 10, 2012

Digital 395 finally broke ground in Mono County this week, as workers began boring underground to form a
tunnel that will carry the 563-mile-long, high-speed digital cable through the Bridgeport area and other sensitive areas, joining a project that will eventually lay cable from Carson City to Mojave.

“If the weather holds, we hope to get to the California/Nevada border by winter,” project proponent Praxis Associates CEO Michael Ort told the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“We’re hiring,” he said, words that were music to county supervisor ears.

ESLT nature outing at Crowley this weekend

August 10, 2012

Members of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust will host a family exploration of the nature in and around the ESLT’s Crowley Hilltop Preserve tomorrow (Saturday).

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The property hosts five different species of conifer tree species, great views, and important wildlife habitat for bears, deer, and many other animals.

Learn the plants, play games, look for animal tracks and signs, drink pine needle tea, and make nature art.

Students receive college credit through program

August 10, 2012

Mammoth High School students from the Advanced Culinary Arts class received high school units and college units through Kern Community College district last semester through articulation, school officials said.

Articulation is a way for high school students to earn college credit as they build career and technical education skills. A high school student can receive credit if they earn an A or B in their high school course(s) which have been aligned with a college course.

Senior services safe—for this year

August 10, 2012

Mono County Supervisors voted Tuesday to backfill a gap in senior services that will allow Inyo County to continue to offer the current level of services to seniors for the remainder of the fiscal year (June 2013).

Mono County will continue to subcontract with Inyo County, which will continue to administer the contract under the state’s direction.

Inyo and Mono counties were operating under a joint agreement to provide senior services, but that agreement broke down last year and now, Inyo County, whose senior population dwarfs Mono’s senior population, administers the entire program.

Teacher union, school district, declare impasse

August 10, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District issued a press release Thursday stating after months of negotiations with the teachers’ association, it and the Mammoth Education Association have jointly decided to declare impasse in their negotiations. 

“Like all school districts throughout the state, Mammoth Unified has been forced to make deep budget cuts, which significantly compromises its ability to satisfy the teachers’ requests,” the press release stated.  

MMSA says it is not out of compliance with June Mountain permit

August 10, 2012

 There’s only room for two in the ongoing June Mountain boxing match.

Mono County found neither precedent nor legal language it can use to put pressure on Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to keep June Mountain Ski Area open this winter. The special use permit MMSA operates under gives almost all of the discretionary power with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service.

In addition, MMSA does not believe it is out of compliance with its special use permit with the Inyo National Forest.

County agrees to help June Lake this winter

August 10, 2012

Analysts examining the body of June Mountain Ski Area this week found a faint pulse.

June Mountain is still slated for closure this winter, but the Mono County Board of Supervisors committed to supporting the community with at least $100,000 in “bridge” money to help it survive this coming winter.

At the meeting, it was clear that at least some community members and political leaders expect June Mountain to close this winter.

“We need someone with some serious money to come in and do it very soon, and I haven’t seen that yet,” said June’s County Supervisor Vikki Bauer Wednesday.

Four school employees will be laid off

August 10, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District board officials said Tuesday they laid off several district employees in an attempt to lessen an impending $800,000 or more anticipated budget deficit next year.

Four positions were cut from the “classified” (non-certificated) employees roster—a full-time custodian, a full-time bus driver/custodian, a part-time PE teacher and a part-time yard duty aide, district officials said.

These four people have been notified of the decision, triggering a 45-day stay, and will be laid off after that 45 days has passed, later this fall.

August 8th

RAW: Drought conditions means bears are hungry—don't feed them, forest service urges

August 8, 2012

The Eastern Sierra region of California, along with much of the western United States, is suffering from serious drought conditions. As a result of the lack of water and moisture, plants and shrubs are less productive and local wildlife are finding a shortage of natural forage and food.

The black bear populations of the Sierra Nevada rely upon plants and shrubs to survive. A shortage of native food sources for these animals is forcing bears to seek alternative food sources, including human food and trash.

RAW: Family outdoor-oriented theatre show at Mono Lake Friday evening

August 8, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. at the Mammoth Lake Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve and enjoy their natural spaces. The show is full of chaplin-esque physical comedy!

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