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August 10th, 2012

Senior services safe—for this year

August 10, 2012

Mono County Supervisors voted Tuesday to backfill a gap in senior services that will allow Inyo County to continue to offer the current level of services to seniors for the remainder of the fiscal year (June 2013).

Mono County will continue to subcontract with Inyo County, which will continue to administer the contract under the state’s direction.

Inyo and Mono counties were operating under a joint agreement to provide senior services, but that agreement broke down last year and now, Inyo County, whose senior population dwarfs Mono’s senior population, administers the entire program.

Teacher union, school district, declare impasse

August 10, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District issued a press release Thursday stating after months of negotiations with the teachers’ association, it and the Mammoth Education Association have jointly decided to declare impasse in their negotiations. 

“Like all school districts throughout the state, Mammoth Unified has been forced to make deep budget cuts, which significantly compromises its ability to satisfy the teachers’ requests,” the press release stated.  

MMSA says it is not out of compliance with June Mountain permit

August 10, 2012

 There’s only room for two in the ongoing June Mountain boxing match.

Mono County found neither precedent nor legal language it can use to put pressure on Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to keep June Mountain Ski Area open this winter. The special use permit MMSA operates under gives almost all of the discretionary power with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service.

In addition, MMSA does not believe it is out of compliance with its special use permit with the Inyo National Forest.

Goodbye, Maestro

August 10, 2012

It would be natural to think Bogidar Avramov might feel a poignant tinge of melancholy this weekend.

Not so.

The creator and artistic director of the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, who will leave his post this season, bounced into the Mammoth Times offices the other day with his wife, Ilka, and their little poodle, Piccolo, showing nothing less than joy.

“Mammoth has been a part of our lives for over 40 years,” he said in his charming Austrian accent.

“We have seen it in its heyday and in its economic woes, but we believe in its future and we want to participate in it.

County agrees to help June Lake this winter

August 10, 2012

Analysts examining the body of June Mountain Ski Area this week found a faint pulse.

June Mountain is still slated for closure this winter, but the Mono County Board of Supervisors committed to supporting the community with at least $100,000 in “bridge” money to help it survive this coming winter.

At the meeting, it was clear that at least some community members and political leaders expect June Mountain to close this winter.

“We need someone with some serious money to come in and do it very soon, and I haven’t seen that yet,” said June’s County Supervisor Vikki Bauer Wednesday.

Four school employees will be laid off

August 10, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District board officials said Tuesday they laid off several district employees in an attempt to lessen an impending $800,000 or more anticipated budget deficit next year.

Four positions were cut from the “classified” (non-certificated) employees roster—a full-time custodian, a full-time bus driver/custodian, a part-time PE teacher and a part-time yard duty aide, district officials said.

These four people have been notified of the decision, triggering a 45-day stay, and will be laid off after that 45 days has passed, later this fall.

August 8th

RAW: Drought conditions means bears are hungry—don't feed them, forest service urges

August 8, 2012

The Eastern Sierra region of California, along with much of the western United States, is suffering from serious drought conditions. As a result of the lack of water and moisture, plants and shrubs are less productive and local wildlife are finding a shortage of natural forage and food.

The black bear populations of the Sierra Nevada rely upon plants and shrubs to survive. A shortage of native food sources for these animals is forcing bears to seek alternative food sources, including human food and trash.

RAW: Family outdoor-oriented theatre show at Mono Lake Friday evening

August 8, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. at the Mammoth Lake Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve and enjoy their natural spaces. The show is full of chaplin-esque physical comedy!

August 6th

Search and Rescue teams find two hikers' bodies, including missing Carson City doctor

August 6, 2012

A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.

RAW: Several hikers evacuated by Search and Rescue over weekend

August 6, 2012

At least three different hikers in three different locations had to be evacuated by Mono County Search and Rescue teams over the past weekend, following accidents that caused minor injuries.

RAW: Missing girl found safe near Bridgeport

August 6, 2012

On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 8:00 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding the report of a missing 11-year old girl from the Mountain View, CA area.

RAW: Twenty-year drought conditions could mean water rationing

August 6, 2012

The lack of snow on the Sierra and the hot summer temperatures have significantly impacted surface water availability to the Mammoth Lakes community. Typically, the mountain snowpack functions as a reservoir of fresh water during our dry summers; however, this winter’s snowpack left little water to feed the lakes and creeks during the summer and replenishing summer rains have also been absent.
The Mammoth Lakes watershed is experiencing a roughly 1 in 20 year drought condition due to the meager winter.

August 3rd

Oolation! singers at Mammoth Basin in free vocal concert

August 3, 2012

The Oolation! singers, a group of unique and powerful young singers from across the country who live in the mountains above the Mono Basin for two intense weeks of singing, percussion, and performance, bring their show to the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center this Sunday evening (Aug. 5).

It's one of those can't-miss shows, unique to the mountains, and it's free.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the patio, and organizers say it would be a good idea to bring a seat or arrive early to get one.

Joe Louis Walker at Bluesapalooza

August 3, 2012

This weekend’s Bluesapalooza is so full of top-drawer talent that it is hard to just pull a single thing out of the hat and call it THE highlight.

But concertgoers at Sam’s Woodsite on Sunday would not be far off if they gave the nod to Joe Louis Walker.

Walker, now 62, is a journeyman’s journeyman in the blues world, but he shows no sign of slowing down.

Touring in support of his new record, “Hellfire,” Walker brings an eclectic mix of musical influences to the stage, from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones on the rock ‘n’ roll end of the spectrum to hard-core blues on the other.

Top-10, All-time bear shenanigan

August 3, 2012

round here, but this one might make the Top 10, All-Time.

A 129-pound, second-year bear, rummaging around in a trash bin at behind A-Frame Liquor in the Shady Rest parcel near Main Street, got its head stuck inside the bin, pulled the lid loose with its head, and then went for a walk—wearing the trash bin lid as a collar.

Video of the spectacle immediately went viral on the Internet, and still photographs, taken from the movie, also went viral.

Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles came to the rescue, according to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

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