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October 24th, 2013

Green Church’s lecture hall days could end

October 24, 2013

One of the Eastern Sierra’s most beloved landmarks, the Green Church, may soon change ownership after the University of California builds a new lecture and classroom facility at its existing Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) land south of Convict Lake.

The issue is that the Green Church is located near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, which has a proposed expansion on tap, although not yet completed.

Cast Off celebrates 45 years of service

October 24, 2013

This November marks the 45th anniversary of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, which raises money through the Cast Off thrift store.

The funds raised go to purchasing equipment for the hospital, continuing education for hospital staff, community health programs, college scholarships, and high school achievement awards, said Jan McPherson, parliamentarian for the Cast Off.

Since its start, the Auxiliary has raised almost $3.9 million for these causes, said Judy Bornfeld, president of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary.

October 23rd

Mammoth votes for new town look, design

October 23, 2013

Say the word zoning regulations and eyes glaze over in a matter of seconds—unless one or more of those regulations happens to get in the way of building a home or commercial building—or an entire town.

Then, nothing in the world is as important.

Mono County Sheriff’s police horse dies

October 23, 2013

Mono County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its most popular team members this past week.

Abby, the Mustang Police Horse, died Saturday, Oct. 19.

“Abby was an ambassador for and a true testament to the mentality of the wild horses,” said Lt. West. “She was a family companion, and a show and competition horse, in addition to her law enforcement duties.

Abby had a 17-year career span as a mounted patrol horse with partner Lt. Phil West and retired in 2010, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

October 17th

Volleyball teams win over Boron, Vasquez, Lone Pine

October 17, 2013

 

The Mammoth High School Girls’ Volleyball teams continued their winning ways this past week with home wins over Boron, Vasquez, and Lone Pine, improving their league records to 7-1 in the Desert Mountain League.

On Oct. 10, the JV Huskies defeated the Boron Ladycats 25-21, 25-20. They followed up that victory with a close match against the Mustangs of Vasquez, losing the first game 20-25, but rebounding to take the next two games 25-20 and 15-11.

County attractions

October 17, 2013

It is common knowledge Mono County has a tourism-based economy.

Although Mammoth Lakes contributes the most money to the county’s coffers, the rest of Mono County also houses unique tourism gems it needs to keep as shiny as possible to attract visitors.

While the county itself has strong recreation-based economic elements, there are nuanced differences that currently help to define each region—each region offering slightly different appeals.

In Bridgeport, we have Bodie and the Twin Lakes area.

Fido and Me - Cats

October 17, 2013

“Tell me about cats.”

“Gosh, Fido, there’s not a lot to say. And anyway, you live with Chief, and he’s a cat. Why don’t you ask him?”

“I don’t think Chief knows anything.”

“Sure he does. He has a brain.”

“It is the size of a walnut!”

“Fido, your own brain isn’t what I would call overwhelming.”

“But it’s bigger than a walnut.”

Deal to create fish hatchery program goes bad

October 17, 2013

There’s nothing like fish to get emotions flowing in Mono County.

Just ask the Mono County Supervisors, now embroiled in a contentious  lawsuit filed against the county by a private aquaculture group after an effort to make the county self sufficient in terms of fish stocking went sour recently.

Supes question high cost of Sheriff’s program

October 17, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff’s Department has the largest budget in Mono County and as such, the Mono County Board of Supervisors requested a look at the overtime costs associated with the program at its Oct. 15 board meeting.

After examining his budget, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger found that it would cost the county more to hire new staff than it does to pay current officers overtime.

New health program wins state award

October 17, 2013

Mono County’s behavioral health department has made a radical change in how it conducts business over the past year or so.

The department has focused on treating every individual who walks through its doors for both physical health and mental health issues.

Once linked to specific services, the department made sure those individuals seeking help did not fall through the cracks, even if it meant escorting them to doctor and/or counseling appointments.

October 16th

RAW: Yosemite reopens Wednesday night, Oct. 16

October 16, 2013

According to a news release from Yosemite National Park late Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, the park "reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013.

"Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite’s colorful grandeur."

October 14th

Congratulations from Del Norte

October 14, 2013

I’d like to offer my congratulations to Mono County for being honored with a special award from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), which annually recognizes innovative, cost-effective county programs that improve service.

Mono County, specifically the behavioral health department, was honored at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting for an innovative program that started with taking the blood pressure of every behavioral health consumer who walked into the office.

Thank you Mammoth Disposal drivers!

October 14, 2013

In the spirit of the recently launched Choose Civility campaign, I would li ke to publicly acknowledge people who have “just been nice” all summer long. 

I am referring to the Mammoth Disposal drivers who make the daily trek (multiple times) on the Green Church road (Benton Crossing). 

As a new road cyclist, I was nervous about riding along this stretch of road with big trucks. 

Take your TVs to the dump, people!

October 14, 2013

I was just at the Cast-Off dropping off some donations and I was dismayed by the dozen or so TVs that people had thoughtlessly dumped behind the store.

What an act of cowardice!  

If you have a vehicle big enough to transport these TVs, you should go just a few miles south down U.S. 395, turn left at Benton Crossing, and dispose of these unwanted TVs in a responsible way.

It only costs a few dollars.  

Mammoth is full of kind, caring people

October 14, 2013

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, my husband and I were visiting Minaret Vista.  

I fell and hit my head on the ledge of the flagstone step.  

I thought I was fine but after a second I realized I had a very bad gash on my scalp.  

There was a very nice lady there with her parents who went to her car and got a first aid kit.  

She packed my wound with gauze and put tape on it to hold it in place, and then she helped my husband get me to our car.  

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