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January 11th, 2013

Trails groups, Town raise red flag on geothermal project

January 11, 2013

Meeting of rec user groups set for Jan. 14

One of the thorniest recreation issues in years began to emerge this past week, and it all has to do with the laying of a geothermal pipeline near Shady Rest Park.

“This is huge,” said John Wentworth of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA).

Moberly gets promotion to MLPD sergeant

January 11, 2013


Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson promoted Officer Rick Moberly on Thursday, Jan. 10, the MLPD said in a press release.

Moberly rose to the rank of Sergeant to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sergeant Paul Robles in December.  Sergeant Moberly has been assigned as a patrol watch commander. 

More time to comment on new geothermal plant proposal

January 11, 2013

Note: A meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 at the Mammoth Lakes public library at 2 p.m. to discuss the potential impacts to recreation of the pipeline associated with the proposed new geothermal plant project detailed below.

The Bishop Bureau of Land Management this week extended a public comment period to the end of January for the environmental review documents for a large, 33-megawatt geothermal plant that is planned for a site near the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.

Howell, Borges star in first Village Championships race of the season

January 11, 2013


If the opening day of the Village Championships is any indication, the 2013 season is going to be a doozy.

Racing under clear skies and seasonably warm temperatures, local racers had a fat bed of snow to work with, and some very fast times.

Valerie Borges, a member of the Andies Flying Circus Team, won on overall points, but she wasn’t the only one who blitzed the gates.

A ‘blank slate’ in Mono County

January 11, 2013

New supervisors face challenge on first day

The last thing the three brand new Mono County supervisors who were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, expected to face their first day in office was the imminent loss of the county’s top administrator.

But that is what District 3’s Tim Alpers, District 2’s Fred Stump, and District 4’s Tim Fesko got when County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens—with no advance warning to the supervisors—accepted another job as the CAO in Sutter County.

Jim Arkens to leave Mono County

January 11, 2013


Mono County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens accepted a job as the Sutter County Administrative Officer (CAO) in Yuba City on Tuesday, Jan. 8, announcing his resignation, effective Feb. 4, from Mono County in a letter the following day.

Arkens did not attend Tuesday’s Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, where three new supervisors—Tim Alpers, Fred Stump, and Tim Fesko—were sworn in.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 11 - 17

January 11, 2013


Union advocacy group sues over geothermal plant project

January 11, 2013


A plan to replace an aging geothermal plant at the Casa Diablo site has been sued by a union advocacy group

Mono County’s hopes to host a brand new geothermal facility sometime in the near future might have taken a hit, after a group of renewable energy union advocates and individuals sued the county on Dec. 14 over a lesser geothermal project.

Bracing for the worst flu season in decades

January 11, 2013


‘This is not something to mess with,’ says Mono County health officer

The warning from the county’s top health official is stark.

“It’s coming, it’s inevitable, and it’s going to be a very bad season for the flu,” said Dr. Rick Johnson, the Mono County Public Health Officer. “We have already had six confirmed flu cases since the beginning of this year, and that means it’s already here.”

Mammoth Creek Inn to expand

January 11, 2013


Targets families, larger groups

Suddenly, things are beginning to sizzle along the southern section of the Old Mammoth Road neighborhood.

Once a lonesome outpost for the Cast-Off and the Southern California Edison Building, the area by the end of 2014 could have the new Rock ’n Bowl recreation center/restaurant as well as three new buildings as part of a proposed expansion by the Mammoth Creek Inn.

Fido & Me Commander in Chief

January 11, 2013


“Hey hey hey hey!” Fido yelled over his shoulder. “I am really like-like-LIKING this guy!”

Fido got a big goofy grin on his face.

“We’ve been talking! He likes the same things I do!”

“Wow that’s good to hear, Big Boy. You never know how a cat is going to fit in.”

“He’ll be just GREAT!” Fido said. He nuzzled the cat and whispered something in the cat’s ear.

Kudos for Double Eagle Resort

January 11, 2013


I want to give kudos to Double Eagle Resort and its staff for their efforts and investment in creating a new cross-country skiing opportunity in June Lake. 

The new groomed path in Silver Lake Meadow is great!

Joe Blommer

June Lake

Thank you from the Angel Giving Tree

January 11, 2013


The Angel Giving Tree would like to thank the town of Mammoth Lakes and all of the people who selected names from the tree at Vons and bought presents for those children. 

Special thanks also to those organizations who donated money to help us with certificates and presents for the children, especially Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Sudden Link, Suresave-Self-Storage and the Mammoth and Bridgeport offices of Mono County Office of Education.

Are our airline subsidies working against us?

January 11, 2013


This is our experience-you decide.

Flying home to Mammoth from our vacation, we over-nighted in Dallas.  The next morning, Dec. 19 , we got up at 2:30 a.m. to catch the early flight to LAX in order to make the morning flight on Alaska/Horizon Air to Mammoth.   We purposely had booked that flight so we could get back to work that afternoon during this busy holiday period.

An inspiring evening of poetry

January 11, 2013


I want thank all of those who made last Saturday’s Mono County Finals of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest possible.

It was an inspiring evening of poetry recitation that was moving and thought provoking. Thank you to the judges: Jo Bacon, Malcolm Clark, Stacey Coreless, Noelle Deinken, Bartshe Miller; the accuracy judge Blaire Lee; the prompter and County coach—poet Eva Poole Gilson; the tabulator—Tabby Mannetter; the sound and lighting tech Tim Casey.

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