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June 8th, 2012

Down and Out in Mammoth Lakes—Council gets blistering economic report

June 8, 2012

Already feeling the slings and arrows of its restive citizens, the Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday received an unsparing, stinging report on the town’s economic future.

Council blasts Forest Service over closures

June 8, 2012


Many of the restrooms are locked. Many of the trash bins are locked. Many of the campgrounds are closed and the reservation system for the Lakes Basin is in its annual state of confusion.

Harvey leaves council in bittersweet goodbye

June 8, 2012

When Skip Harvey joined the Town council eight years ago, Mammoth Lakes was in good shape, the snow came in bucket loads and the future was as bright as the sun.

But on Wednesday evening, when Harvey stepped down, everything was upside down, including the $40 million MLLA judgment against the town at the same time that Mammoth endured its worst snow year in decades. 

Wherefore the new Transportation Commission?

June 8, 2012


It was supposed to be easy.

Pot applications will cost (a lot) more

June 8, 2012


With one spot open for another medical marijuana dispensary, the cost of a mere application took a leap on Wednesday.

Whitmore Track moves ahead

June 8, 2012


The Town Council Wednesday evening gave the go-ahead to the Whitmore Track project, five years after Elaine Smith and her High Sierra Striders floated the idea.

CARMA open house this Saturday

June 8, 2012


CARMA, the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy facility east of Big Pine, will be holding its annual and much-anticipated Open House on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Rudder buys back Sierra Center mall

June 8, 2012


Mammoth developer and businessman Paul Rudder, along with real estate investor Drew Hild, pulled a rabbit out of their hats this week.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth News and gossip for June 8-14

June 8, 2012

June 5th

Stump, Alpers win, Fesko and Peters face runoff election in November

June 6, 2012

Mono County voted in two new supervisors Tuesday night, with a third race that will also eventually bring another new supervisor to the table stuck in runoff mode.

Fred Stump, running for elected office for the first time, will replace two-term District 2 incumbent Duane “Hap” Hazard. Tim Alpers, a two-time former Mono County supervisor, will replace two-term District 3 incumbent Vikki Bauer.

June 4th

RAW: Telescope available at Laws tomorrow to view transit of Venus

June 4, 2012

Two weeks ago, many of us in the Western United States got the opportunity to see a full or partial annular eclipse of the sun. To those a little further north of the Owens Valley, seeing the ring of fire as the moon went in front of the sun was a marvel— but the partial eclipse seen from our own homes was spectacular as well.

Did this leave you wondering—"What's the next special event in the cosmic dance of our solar system?" Well, wonder no more, for that event is upon us.

June 1st

RAW: Lee Vining High places in top 3 percent of state's high schools under the Challenge index

June 1, 2012

Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Post’s High School Challenge Index for the first time this year, according to the school's principal, Roger Yost. The small rural school was ranked 707th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools, placing it in the top 3% of all high schools. It also was placed 90th of the over 1,800 high schools in California.

The Challenge index, created in 1998 by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews, is the simple calculation of Advanced Placement tests given at a school last year divided by the number of graduates.

Town Council considers cut to Whitmore Shelter

June 1, 2012

Among the items in the Town council’s Budget Reduction plan is a proposal to slice its $65,000 annual commitment to the Whitmore Animal Shelter.

It is so tucked away that the people whom it would impact, not to mention the sheltered hounds and potential pet pusses, don’t really know anything about it.

“I have not heard anything about that,” said Supervisor Vikki Bauer. “We haven’t made that leap. There’s no decision yet.”

Last gasp for Mono candidates

June 1, 2012

For the seven candidates in the three Mono County Board of Supervisors races, this week is ground zero —and it all comes down to who has the most “kick.”

Voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 5. By midnight Tuesday, Mono County citizens should know who will occupy the three open county supervisor seats, barring a run-off election in the hot District 4 race.
It will be the end of a long marathon that began in the winter. Now it is up to the runners to provide that last big kick before the finish line.

Leaving the trees for the mountaintop

June 1, 2012

And now for something completely different.

Having made a career out of newspaper reporting, forest stewardship, pet products, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area marketing, magazine writer, magazine editor and then (whew!) even more forest stewardship, Stacy Corless is going back to where she started.

That would be education.

Corless, 41, is a bona fide lover of Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. She is moving from the Friends of the Inyo in July to become executive director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF).

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