May 24th, 2011
Itâ€™s Hantavirus season again, and with Mono County one of the country's hotspots, it's time to think ahead about how to prevent the potentially deadly illness from affecting you or your family.
Mono County's health official, Dr. Rick Johnson, had this to say:
When Marianna Marysheva-Martinez throws a fastball, she doesnâ€™t mess around.
The townâ€™s interim town manager fired one at the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night. It was high heat, straight down the middle.
The only thing the council could do was stand at the plate and watch it go by, to the tune of about $2 million.
Marysheva-Martinez said thatâ€™s the best scenario â€“ a $2 million shortfall in the coming budget, and that doesnâ€™t even include funds to pay off the $30-plus million judgment as a result of the Hot Creek litigation.
Itâ€™s been a long winter up here in the northern Eastern Sierra; eight months of snow, a cold, cold April, flowers frozen on the bud in May.
Even the most ski-crazy winter fanatic is beginning to feel cheated, as May gives way to June with more snow predicted for next week.
But there is hope.
Itâ€™s called a car. Yes, cars are gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing monsters that we should feel guilty for driving. But they are also the essence of freedom and adventure and in this case, escape.
Mono Lakeâ€™s Tufa State Natural Reserve is on the chopping block for possibly closure next year, state and local sources confirmed this week.
Bodie State Park is not on the list and Mono Lake and the reserve are open now and will remain open this year.
But if the closure goes into effect next year, it will spell more bad news for Mono County, which is already struggling with economic hits due to the recession.
â€śThe reserve gets a quarter of a million visits every year,â€ť said Geoff McQuilkin, director of the Mono Lake Committee.
Just for the heck of it: According to the U.S. Travel Assn., more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pets to be part of the family, and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. Mammoth would be a good pick, sez us. ...
Some big news about bears in the magazine Science recently. Seems itâ€™s not the mama bears with cubs you really have to watch out for, but the single males if you come between them and their food. Like a morning at the Stove, now that we think about it. ...
Mammothâ€™s bears are out and about again, but that doesnâ€™t mean they are going to go after the pizza crust in your car.
No. This time of year, Mammothâ€™s bears are going green.
As in veggie green, says Steve Searles, Mammothâ€™s own bear whisperer.
â€śThe [bears] have been holed up all winter, and itâ€™s been a long winter. Right now, thereâ€™s little available natural food out. But they need something to purge everything out. So, they arenâ€™t that interested in your pizza, your burgers,â€ť Searles said.
Yosemite National Park is home to more than 400 species of animals,
including a number of species that qualify for listing under the Endangered
Species Act. The park provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife due
to its undisturbed ecosystems in the Central Sierra Nevada. Wildlife
species in Yosemite range from aquatic invertebrates to large mammals.
One of the many mammals that roam Yosemiteâ€™s forests is the Pacific fisher
(Martes pennanti). The fisher, a medium-sized member of the weasel family,
On Saturday, May 14, the Mono County Sheriff volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out in aid of an injured backcountry skier. James McHugh, 38, of Lake Tahoe, was skiing with friends near the third pillar of Mt. Dana, a popular backcountry spring ski descent three miles northeast of Tioga Pass.
When Jim Oâ€™Meally and Mario Aguilar open the doors to the Mono Inn for the first time in several years next Friday, it will be a dream come true.
Oâ€™Meally has loved the Mono Inn since he first played there as pianist while Sarah Adams ran the restaurant (the Ansel Adams family still owns the inn and its acreage).
Although heâ€™s run and/or opened several restaurants and wine bars across the West, and played piano for the Awahnee hotel in Yosemite, itâ€™s been the Eastern Sierra that has held his heart.
One of Mono Countyâ€™s fiercest defenders of the environment, Andrea Mead Lawrence, will likely have a nearby mountain named after her.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Howard P. â€śBuckâ€ť McKeon introduced on Monday the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011, which would name a mountain peak in Mono County â€śMt. Andrea Lawrenceâ€ť in honor and memory of Andrea Lawrence â€“ a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009.
Who wants to pick up dog poop in a blizzard? As it turns out, there was Suzanne Nottingham and just a very few others. The Great Dog Poop Pickup was rescheduled for 11 a.m. this coming Sunday (May 15) along Sherwin Creek Road. â€¦
Speaking of cleanups, the Annual Town Cleanup Day has been moved up to June 11, sez Town Rec Manager Stuart Brown. ...
How many of us are here Up Here? New census figures show 8,237 Mammothites say this is their home, up six percent from the 7,093 measured in 2000. ...
As it turns out, weâ€™re too high for our own good up here.
Not really, but when it comes to World Cup biathlon, Mammoth is way over the limit in terms of elevation regulations, according to Mammoth Winter Biathlon Director Mike Karch.
That does not take Mammoth out of the winter biathlon universe, by any stretch, he said.
But it might make it difficult if Mammoth has any designs on conducting a World Cup event.
At approximately 2:00pm, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies received a call of a female, identified as Gwynneth Brimelow, age 48, of Lee Vining, CA, had possibly committed suicide. The reporting party stated they were missing a .45 caliber handgun and believed Ms. Brimelow had taken the weapon.
A woman who triggered a Code Red alert in Mono City this afternoon after she entered a home and was thought to be possibly armed has been removed from the home, according to Mono City resident Liz Holt.
The MT first heard about the incident at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.