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August 24th, 2012
June Lake residents gathered together this past weekend to assign volunteers to work on the coming winterâs plan to keep June alive in the face of the closure of the June Mountain Ski Area. The residents were given $100,000 from Mono County last week toward the effort, with the money funneled through the countyâs tourism department.
The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to approve a $286,398 grant to Verizon California, Inc. to bring high-speed internet broadband service to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake even before the Digital 395 project is completed, according to Steven Kalish.
Kalish is a Swall Meadows resident who has been working on the issue for several years.
The cable must be in place by Jan. 28, Kalish said.
âThey are under orders to get it done by then,â he said.
Car registration documents seem to be the primary target in a string of car break-ins over the past few months, according to Mammoth Lakes police officers.
Stolen car registrations (along with some low-value items like cell phone chargers and lipstick) concern Mammoth Lakes Police Detective Dan Casabian.
âYour address is on the registration,â he said. âIâm wondering if they might be using this to target other burglaries.â
He said what bothers him most is that all the cars were unlocked.
âI hear it all the time, âThis is Mammoth Lakes and nothing happens in Mammoth,ââ he said.
If Mono County doesnât grab the incoming wave of international tourists in the next decade or so, it will be stuck as it is nowâa weekend and holiday destination for drive-up visitors from the Bay Area and Southern California.
If it does, it will have the opportunity to sharply increase the number of visitors that come on weekdays, during the shoulder season andâmost criticallyâspend a lot of money while they are here, compared to domestic visitors, according to Mono Countyâs chief economic development manager, Alicia Vennos.
Mammoth Lakes Tourism Director John Urdi came out of Tuesdayâs county supervisors meeting looking like a man at the end of his rope.
âI feel like Iâve failed,â he told the five supervisors Tuesday, as he made the case that the county should contribute at least $100,000 toward year-round air service subsidies next year. âIf you do not see the value of air service to you, to this county, to your constituents, after two years, Iâve failed.
It was supposed to be a hot, sunny week up here.
All the meteorological models showed relentless sun. None showed thunder, lightening, rain.
Yet at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Eastern Sierra residents sprang from their beds after a crash of thunder started off a spectacular lightning storm that lit the night sky for hours and dumped an inch of rain.
By 7 a.m., when the clouds had cleared, the White Mountains were cloaked in a thick, white blanket that looked very much like snow.
The body of Jacob Adams, 6, who was swept into the Merced River on Wednesday, August 15, was recovered on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres “Andy” Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Aug. 15 when they were swept downstream. Andy was pulled from the river by a park visitor shortly after the incident but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
It might not pass the sniff test, as it were, but anecdotal evidence suggests our bears like music.
As first-time events go, last weekend’s Mammoth Margarita Festival entered the summer festival scene with modest expectations.
It is going to take about $1.2 million a year to maintain year-round air service and Mammoth’s tourism chief thinks the best way to pay for it is to add a small fee to every transaction to go toward an air-service fund.
A severe and largely unanticipated drop in lake levels at Lake Mary due to evaporation and other factors may push Mammoth into some outdoor watering restrictions as soon as this week.
The future of a land trade that Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is pursuing for land at the base of Main Lodge may be at risk, according to Mono County Supervisor Vikki Bauer.
A proposed land trade with the U.S. Forest Service for the parcel of federal land needs the approval of Congress, since the forest service does not have enough land to trade to match the value of the property, she said. Congress must get involved when it takes a certain amount of cash to make up the difference in value and land available.
Mammoth Lakes Tourism on Thursday announced a partnership with Nalgene, the American Park Network, and Brita Hydration Station on a plastic bottle trade-in program in support of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA).
Mammoth is not the only place in the county facing increasing bear problems these days, as the dry summer forces hungry bears out of the woods and into human communities.
Walker residents found that out first hand recently, when they tried to drop off their garbage at the county dump.
At least one bear has been active at the dump this year, to the point that the dump has been closed a few times to avoid human and bear encounters.
The Gateway âWelcomeâ project is $108,395 over budget estimates, but it still is moving forward.
Construction could begin as early as September for the two signs on both sides of S.R. 203 after the Town Council Wednesday evening approved more public art funds to the project.
Those funds are earmarked and not a part of the general fund, the council emphasized in explaining the move, although that did not mollify the concerns of Councilmember Joe Bacon.