May 13th, 2013
Mono County Supervisors discuss at length whether to fix historic clock in Bridgeport courthouse
It took the county supervisors almost as long to decide whether to fix—well, sort of decide—an antique clock in the supervisor’s chambers as it did to agree to an historic cooperative agreement between the county and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday (see story on P. 13)
High-speed broadband project will be operational by July 31 deadline, developer says
It’s really going to happen.
The huge infrastructure project called Digital 395 that will connect the Eastern Sierra to the rest of the world—with enough of the fastest broadband speeds available to last the region a decade—will be finished on time, according to its developer, Praxis Associate CEO Michael Ort.
Agreement to share IT survives county criticism, complaints
Agreeing to share IT services between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County might not seem like a big deal.
Counties and communities do it all the time.
But those counties and communities aren’t Mono County and Mammoth, with their checkered history of fighting over just about everything, from airports to garbage.
California judge dismisses case regarding dust control on Owens Dry Lake
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s high-profile lawsuit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and other environmental agencies last week on May 2.
The city’s federal court lawsuit, filed in Fresno last year, attempted to prevent Great Basin from issuing more dust control measures on Owens Lake.
County agrees to help fund the project
The power lines along a section of Main Street will get buried beginning in 2015 after Mono County agreed Tuesday, May 7, to help the Town of Mammoth Lakes take on the unsightly—and dangerous—overhead power lines.
The power lines—old and deteriorating—are vulnerable to the next storm or blizzard, according to town public works officials.
State’s counties call fees unfair to the average family, individual
A bill that could cost anyone who refinances their property hundreds of dollars more in recording fees goes before the state legislature next week, but it is meeting strong resistance from counties across the state, including both Mono and Inyo counties.
Top officials at both counties state that the bill will unfairly target the average family or individual trying to refinance a home.
Sharp reaction to budget shortfall projection
Two members of the Mammoth Town Council last week were sharply critical of Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez following the revelation that the town would face a budget shortfall of $562,527 in the next fiscal year.
“You can count me in the category of being both frustrated and confused, as some other people have expressed,” said council member John Eastman at the Town Council meeting on May 1.
First-ever partnership would begin July 1
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce would be absorbed by Mammoth Lakes Tourism under a plan that both entities approved this past week.
The merger, unprecedented in Mammoth, would result in the creation of a $75,000-a-year chamber executive who would report directly to MLT’s director, John Urdi.
Funds for the new position, Urdi said, would come from business license tax money.
Collections could begin Aug. 1
The push to establish a so-called “Tourism Business Investment District” (TBID) hit the road in earnest this week, according to John Urdi, the leader of Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
Beginning with an Open House scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at Rafters on Old Mammoth Road, the TBID’s six-step march forward could result in $4.7 million in annual collections beginning as early as Aug. 1.
Maverick Signs donates an identity
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department, occupying a former retail store on Old Mammoth Road since 1986, has a new name.
The sign on the building at 568 Old Mammoth Road had a sign identifying it as the “Police Department,” but never which police department.
The oversight has stuck in the craw of Chief Dan Watson.
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Mammoth’s Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza promises an incomparable lineup of musical talent and a grand tasting of craft brews from around the country beginning Aug.1 through Aug. 4 outdoors among the pines at Sam’s Wood Site in Mammoth Lakes.
Reds Meadow plowing started Wednesday, May 1, and is still on track to be open by Memorial Day, weather permitting, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Yosemite National Park Rangers have recovered the body of missing hiker Kenneth Stensby near the base of Vernal Fall. Stensby was fatally injured after falling from a cliff near the top of the waterfall. His body was discovered by Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Ranger personnel and was extricated at about 1:00 p.m. today.
Tonight's lecture at the Green Church is at 7 p.m. and is about the wild and wonderful Sierra mushrooms. Dr. Jonathan Bourne will share his knowledge of the surprising variety of local mushrooms. Come on time, as the doors to the Green Church, located on the intersection of U.S. 395 and the Bnton Crosiing Road, will close once the room is full.
Also find below a list of the rest of the Tuesday night lecture series:
May 7 Introduction to the Mushrooms of the Eastern Sierra
Dr. Jonathan Bourne M.D., Mammoth Hospital