May 6th, 2011
Mammoth has a brand new face.
If not a new face, then at least a brand new brand.
Itâ€™s blue and white and evokes the letter M, water, and mountains. Before long, it will be ubiquitous around town, on brochures and other mailings.
It will be on streetside banners, wayfinding markers, city vehicles and behind the Town Council dais.
No one would be surprised if it also werenâ€™t tattooed on John Urdiâ€™s forehead.
Urdi, Mammothâ€™s tourism director, showed up at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday and pushed through a proposal to re-brand the town.
A quiet but critical requirement to change the boundaries of the countyâ€™s five supervisor districts after the last Census gets under way this spring, as a citizen commission wrestles with the best way to divide the county into districts of equal population size.
That means some districts will lose and some will gain people, since the law requires all supervisor districts to be almost equal in population.
The law allows for no more than a 10 percent difference between districts, meaning districts can only have 10 percent less or 10 percent more people than all other districts.
Nothing quite like spending Mothers Day picking up dog poop, then heading for brunch, but thatâ€™s the plan along Sherwin Creek Road, says citizen activist Suzanne Nottingham, who will be at Mammothâ€™s â€śUnofficial Dog Parkâ€ť at 11 a.m. ...
Longtime Mammoth resident and writer Georgia Lowe is up for the Independent Book Publishers Benjamin Franklin Award. Her book, â€śThe Bonus,â€ť an examination of the Depression-era Bonus March, is a finalist in the category of historical fiction. Not only that, she gets to go to New York City for the May 23 ceremony. ...
A press release from Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson reports that there was a 27 percent reduction in crime in Mammoth Lakes in 2010 when compared to 2009.
Further, Watson says, a review of traffic collision data shows that there was an 18 percent increase in injury collisions and hit and run collisions in 2010 over 2009.
On thursday, May 5, there will be a Meet and Greet with Ed Armenta, new Inyo National Forest Supervisor, from 4-6 p.m. at the Mammoth Welcome Center on SR 203.
Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but finally, some of the victims of day care provider Guadalupe Almaguer know what power â€“ and justice â€“ feel like.
On Tuesday, Mono County Superior Court Judge Mark Magit sentenced former Mammoth day care provider â€śLupeâ€ť Almaguer, 58, to 60 years to life in prison, following his arrest in early October 2010 on suspicion of child sexual abuse.
The weatherman says yes. Mostly.
According to Mammothâ€™s weather forecaster, Howard Sheckter, the long, cold, snowy winter of 2010-11 is finally over â€“ mostly.
With 618 - 637 inches measured up at the 9,200 foot elevation on Mammoth Mountain now, the winter goes down in the record books as Mammothâ€™s snowiest, though not wettest, winter ever.
It started snowing on Oct. 5, making it seven months of snow, although an abnormally dry January and February gave us something of a break for a short time.
Former Mammoth Track Club distance runner Ryan Hall ran the best Boston Marathon by an American last week. Way to go, Ryan, and this amazing tweet on Wednesday: â€śHappy to be alive after our plane was hit by lightning.â€ť ...
Mammoth resident and Mammoth Mountain junior race team member Scott Busche took the silver medal at USASA nationals, boys 10-12 skiercross on April 10 at Copper Mountain, Colo. He was presented with the Cholula â€śHot Shotâ€ť award of the day for having the dayâ€™s fastest skiercross qualification time and for his â€śhotâ€ť racer style. ...
On the afternoon of April 24, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to search for a lost snowboarder.
Tiffany Pridanonda, age 21, of Walnut, CA, was snowboarding on June Mountain with a group of friends when she became separated and went out of bounds from the top of Chair 6. She went downhill to the east but could not climb back up.
She sent cell phone text messages to her friends and attempted to navigate to Highway 395. She went as far as the Hartley Springs campground, called 911, and was advised to stay where she was until the SAR team arrived.
Mono County Superior Court Judge Mark Magit on Tuesday sentenced former Mammoth day care provider Guadalupe "Lupe" Almaguer, 58, to 60 years to life in prison, following Almaguer's arrest in early October of last year on suspicion of child sexual abuse. Since that time, Almaguer has admitted he is guilty of sexually molesting four children, a confession he made after at least one victim and the victim's mother confronted him in person in October. The confrontation was taped under the guidance of the Mono County District Attorney's office and later used as evidence.
Ready for another strike at Vons?
It could happen.
The union representing Vons, as well as Ralphs, Albertsons, Safeway and other Pavilions stores last week voted to authorize a strike
The labor contract between the union and their employers, ratified four years ago, expired on March 6, and workers have continued on a day-to-day basis since then.
While a work stoppage isnâ€™t a foregone conclusion, the threat recalls memories of 2003-2004â€™s protracted strike and lockout, which lasted 142 days and cost the stores roughly $2 billion.
Although the Mono Basin Visitor Center will open this week, Reds Meadow and the Lakes Basin are still under heavy snow and will open later than usual, according to the Inyo National Forest. The Lakes Basin is projected to be open by Memorial Day and Reds is projected to be open in late June, although conditions could change those dates.
Here's a summary of the conditions and opening dates, as projected by the forest service today:
MONO BASIN SCENIC AREA VISITOR CENTER OPEN
There are so many puzzles attached to Meridian Boulevard that Mammothâ€™s town staff and planners hardly know where to start.
There is repaving, for example, and traffic calming.
But one problem is perfectly clear.
School kids using the four-lane street as a route to and from school have nowhere to go except for the street in winter. The snowbanks grow. The traffic gets heavy.
â€śFrom Old Mammoth Road to Azimuth we have a sidewalk, but itâ€™s not wide enough to get snow removal equipment in there,â€ť said Public Works Director Ray Jarvis.
Rick Wood is not exactly carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he certainly is carrying a very heavy heart.
The veteran town councilman and former mayor delivered an emotional speech to the town at Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting, trying to put into harsh perspective the effects the $30 million judgment against the town in the Hot Creek litigation case.
â€śNever again,â€ť he intoned.
â€śNever again should we put ourselves in a situation where we donâ€™t explore all the opportunities.â€ť
Not that long ago, the town government was split on Steve Searles.
Not any more.
Searles, who is Mammothâ€™s wildlife specialist (and sudden television star, with â€śThe Bear Whispererâ€ť) won a $74,315-a-year contract for three years on Wednesday when the Town Council approved it.
â€śEveryone needs a hero,â€ť said councilman John Eastman, â€śand every community needs a hero. Steve Searles is a hero for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
â€śWe need him as our wildlife specialist in Mammoth Lakes.â€ť