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February 1st, 2013

Between winter and spring

February 1, 2013

This past week, Mammoth residents may have startled a squirrel or two at the bird feeders, chattering away in raucous irritation. The dogs went nuts, of course, and up the tree the squirrels shot, tails flaming in indignation.

Seeing a squirrel in a tree in Mammoth isn’t strange. It’s not a guaranteed thing of wonder (although to the dogs it always is), but when was the last time you saw a squirrel this winter?

Saturday, Feb. 2, popularly called, Groundhog Day, is the day that marks the halfway point between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.

School Safety

February 1, 2013

We’re so busy being relaxed around here that we sometimes we forget that the so-called “real world” exists.

RAW: Tioga Road rehabilitation plan available

February 1, 2013

According to the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park has signed the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 1-7 | News snippets from here and there

February 1, 2013

 

Whoops! Last week we reported in this column that the Pita Pit had changed ownership to Mammoth Mountain, but that was wrong, wrong and wrong. It’s still the same owners. We regret the error, and offer apologies all around…

Stolen petroglyphs recovered, culprits still at large

February 1, 2013

A set of petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall have been returned to the Bureau of Land Management but authorities are still looking for those responsible for the theft and the damage at the site.

Phone calls to the BLM seeking comment on how the petroglyph panels were recovered were not returned.
The damaged petroglyph site was first reported in October, 2012, at which time authorities said six panels had been removed by rock saws and chisels.

January 31st

Man apparently attempts suicide Thursday at Mono Basin visitor center

January 31, 2013

The male victim of an apparent suicide attempt Thursday morning at the Mono Basin Visitor's Center has been flown to Reno for further treatment, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

According to Jennifer Hansen, the public information officer for the sheriff's department, at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, the sheriff's department received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the parking lot of the Visitor's Center, which is located just north of Lee Vining, off of U.S. 395.

January 30th

June Lake hosts first Winter Festival and triathlon Feb 1-Feb. 3

January 30, 2013

Giant blocks of snow have been delivered to 19 businesses and organizations along June Lake's Main Street for the community-wide Snow Sculpture Competition this Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2—all part of the inaugural June Lake Winter Festival & Triple Threat Triathlon, Feb. 1-3.

Mono County Board of Supervisors Appoints Acting CAO

January 30, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynda Salcido as “Acting County Administrative Officer (CAO),” Tuesday, Jan. 29.

A long-term county employee, Salcido is also Mono County’s Director of Public Health, a position she has held for 13 years. She will serve in the additional capacity of Acting CAO following the last day of employment of the county’s current CAO, James Arkens on Feb. 3, and until an “Interim CAO” is recruited and appointed, which may take a few weeks. Arkens was recently hired as CAO for Sutter County in central California.

January 28th

Jeanne Standley "Celebration of Life" on Wednesday, Jan. 30

January 28, 2013

 

Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary invites the community to join us as we share happy memories and celebrate the life of Jeanne Standley who passed away on December 24, 2012.  It will be Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Mammoth Lakes Community Center on Forest Trail, just east of Minaret.

January 25th

Fido & Me - Dinner Party!

January 25, 2013

 

“Whatcha makin’ up there?” Fido wanted to know.

The Beeg Boy lay underfoot, as is usual when I’m in the kitchen. He’s always interested in what is on the chopping block.

“I’m chopping stuff for tonight’s dinner party.”

“A DINNER PARTY? Hey hey hey hey! I love-love-love dinner parties!”

“Me too, Fido. A great dinner for others is a gift—an act of love. Chef Marc says that, and I totally agree with him.”

Putting the cart before the horse

January 25, 2013

 

Regarding short-term single-family rentals, Sandy Hogan writes, “A detailed inventory of what we have would therefore be the first step...”

I gently suggest that this is putting the cart before the horse.

Misrepresentation

January 25, 2013

 

I have been very naive in believing that the National Rifle Association represented gun owners of America in protection of the Second Amendment.

But the leadership, in response to the slaughter of innocent children with an assault rifle, while proposing more armed guards in schools, has revealed their true loyalty.

The NRA represents the manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction, not only in the United States, but also in the world.

Dog (sled) days

January 25, 2013

 

We are pleased to hear that Mammoth Dog Teams owner Jim Ouimet finally got word this week that he will soon be able to move his dog sleds and gear into a covered indoor space instead of storing the irreplaceable and historical items in sheds and outdoors in the snows of winter and heat of summer.

It’s about time.

Vons to undergo $4.5 million exterior remodel

January 25, 2013

 

Exterior has not been touched in 23 years

Vons supermarket, characterized by one town official as “the center of the universe” in Mammoth, is about to undergo its first major revamping.

Starting in April and lasting through Labor Day, the supermarket would get a new exterior and move its pharmacy and Starbucks franchises to new locations, according to plans for the $4.5 million project.

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