October 3rd, 2013
The cold reality of policing Mammoth’s streets hit Officer Jack Loera right off the bat.
Almost as soon as Loera, 52, arrived from the Banning Police Department this past week, members of the MLPD were busy trying on new winter gear.
Gloves, insulated jacket, snow pants, and boots, were about as familiar to Loera as an encounter with a bear, which is to say, not very.
On the list of endurance sports, volleyball traditionally doesn't get much of a mention.
Mammoth’s new interim town manager has agreed in principle to a $158,000 annual salary, according to town documents.
Daniel C. Holler, who is to begin work on Tuesday, Oct. 1, is expected to agree to the terms one day later when the Town Council approves the contract at its regular meeting.
Holler, 52, arrives from Grass Valley, where he was city administrator.
Holler’s contract is $25,000 a year less than the salary given to outgoing Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez. That works out to be about 24 percent less.
For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negotiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam’s Woodsite.
The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth’s most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.
The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.
The strength of any community during a disaster is in its people, a fact recognized by professional first responders across the country who rely on teams of trained community members for everything from disaster field reports to traffic control.
Mammoth Lakes is no different and beginning next week, a new round of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training kicks off, with an introduction to the training on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Best Western Conference Room from 6-7:30 p.m.
Three all-day Saturday sessions will follow, beginning on Oct. 19.
In a move that ought to make local food growers egg-static, Mammoth is forging ahead with creating a policy for raising and keeping chickens.
“The existing zoning code provides no guidance with regard to the raising of chickens for egg-laying purposes within the town limits,” wrote associate planner Jessica Morriss of the town staff.
The first dusting of snow for the Eastern Sierra came right on schedule last weekend, heralding the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area took on a few inches of snow, golden aspens turned a deeper gold, flowers shriveled on their stalks and gardeners across the county rushed to cover their cucumbers and late-ripening squash as temperatures dipped into the mid-twenties by Thursday morning.
It is, however, probably a good idea not to get too excited about it all.
The new Mammoth Lakes interim town manager is Dan Holler, formerly city administrator for Grass Valley, Calif., a Gold Country Sierra community near Nevada City.
For the second straight weekend, the California High Patrol this past week used aircraft to nab speeders on U.S. 395, this time in a stretch between Lee Vining and June Lake.
According to a news release issued on Monday, Sept. 23, the CHP said it busted 13 speeders and made 16 stops in a 2-hour, 30-minute air operation the previous day.
Officers and pilots in the air coordinated with officers and units on the ground, according to spokesperson Officer Anne Morin, the public information officer of the California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area.
To hear coach John Morris tell it, the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team is fired up and ready to go.
Following a third-place finish last weekendâ€™s Cal City Tournament, the Huskies begin High Desert League play on Friday, Sept. 27 against Desert at 4 p.m. and Desert Christian on Saturday at noon.
Both matches will be in the MHS gym.
The team, Morris said, is on a nice roll, following its fourth-place at the Mammoth Invitational on Sept. 13-14 with a third-place finish at Cal City on Sept. 20-21.