Archive - News Article
July 27th, 2012
When Lee Vining Elementary School teacher Anna Strathman agreed to help some of her students raise money to help June Mountain stay open by selling lemonade, she didnâ€™t know what to expect.
But within a few days, the students hand-delivered a $147 check to Rusty Gregory, the CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
A few weeks later, they had collected another several hundred dollars, and as of this week, they show no signs of stopping.
The mountain biking loop trails, the primary hiking trail, and the parking areas used to access the â€śPanorama Domeâ€ť will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1.
The round of thunderstorms yesterday and today brought some much-needed moisture to the areaâ€” and a few lightning strikes that set off some small fires.
So far, none of the strikes have resulted in fires that are threatening life or property in the Eastern Sierra.
Nancy Upham, the public information specialist with the Inyo National Forest, said the rain helped keep the fires that did start from spreading, and that crews have been working or monitoring all the fires.
The big bears are out of the mountains and back in the dumpsters. The second-year bears are scrambling around in their wake.
June Lake community members met with both Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO/June Mountain Ski Area owner Rusty Gregory and Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta individually in the past week, but there is still no concrete answer as to June Mountainâ€™s fate.
The spectre of a shuttered June Mountain ski area has spurred the June Lake community, but Connie Black, owner of the Double Eagle Resort and Spaâ€”and now a member of the newly formed â€śKeep June Mountain Open Coalitionâ€ťâ€”said itâ€™s still too soon to conclude what will happen.
Services for Skip Harvey have been set for tomorrow (Saturday) at Canyon Lodge.
The service will begin at 3 p.m.
Harvey, who left an indelible mark on Mammoth as a restaurateur, ski instructor and, most recently, a town council member, died early Monday, according to town public information officer Stuart Brown.
â€śMayor Harvey had been battling cancer for several years,â€ť Brown wrote in a press release Monday evening.
â€śFamily members and close friends were with Skip at the time of his passing.â€ť
The annual White Mountain Research Station (now called White Mountain Research Center) Barcroft station open house held at the 12,500-feet high altitude research site on the flanks of White Mountain has been cancelled. However, the gate about two miles below the station will be open, cutting a few miles off the hike to the third highest peak in California, White Mountain peak, for that day (Mt. Whitney and Mt. Williamson are both higher).
Mono County now has a graffiti ordinance in the preliminary stages, after an incident near Crowley Lake sparked the areaâ€™s county supervisor, Hap Hazard, to push for one.
The ordinance still has to pass through a second and third reading to become law. A few changes were made to an original ordinance proposed by county staff, mostly to protect property owners from too much liability and to protect minors that might be using or carrying a spray paint can for non-graffiti uses.
The final hurdles for the Digital 395 project have been nearly cleared, with one last appeal deadline and some last minute negotiations with Native American tribes still remaining, according to Michael Ort, the CEO for the private developer for the 563-mile long digital cable project that wills stretch from Mojave to Carson City.
â€śGroundbreaking on the Digital 395 project in Mono County is on schedule for the end of July, if I have to bring a pickaxe and start digging myself,â€ť he said.
Mono County Mental Health will be hiring a bilingual case manager and a full-time psychiatric nurse in a move that mental health officials said will increase the amount of mental health care the county can provideâ€”and save as much as $20,000 a year, beginning next year.
A battle between five taxi/limo operators reached fever pitch Tuesday afternoon.
The final say regarding June Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s destinyâ€”this coming winter and from here onâ€”lies as much with Inyo National Forest supervisor Ed Armenta as it does with MMSA CEO Rusty Gregory.
Although Gregory was the focus of much of the publicâ€™s ire at last weekâ€™s meeting between the June Lake community and Gregory, Armenta was the other real power in the room. He had just returned from his first meeting with Gregory earlier that day, July 10. Armenta said it was very clear to him how critical to the community of June Lake and to Mono County it is to keep June Mountain open.
A memorial service for Skip Harvey has been set for Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Canyon Lodge, according to Police Chief Dan Watson.