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Yosemite employees could be stationed in Lee Vining Canyon

October 15, 2010

Overcrowded housing in Yosemite National Park could become an economic boon to Lee Vining, if a plan to put park employee housing at the lower end of the canyon at the current forest service site there goes forward.

But that’s only if the project is designed to environmental and aesthetic problems, according to Lee Vining residents who attended a meeting Wednesday night on the subject.

One business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the mood of the 30 or so residents at the meeting was “cautiously optimistic.”

John Adams, running trainer involved in Aug. 9 multi-fatal Bishop crash, dies

October 10, 2010

John Adams, the popular track coach who was hospitalized after the horrific Aug. 9 triple-fatal crash in Bishop, on Saturday died as a result of his injuries, his family announced.

Adams a resident of Cardiff in Southern California, had many friends in Mammoth, including Stuart and Julie Brown, who gave him a sendoff from Mammoth shortly before the crash. Adams was 39 at the time of the crash.

On Friday, Adams' family posted a notice on the website CaringBridge.com, that family members had decided to end Adams' life support at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Big numbers for summer tourism, not so much for busineses

October 8, 2010

Tourism in Mammoth was off the charts, but that didn’t necessarily translate into booming business, say the town’s business people.

“I don’t know that we’ve seen the bottom,” said Dawn Vereuck of Elegant Bath & Kitchen. “There’s still a sense of fear.”

Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports sensed largely the same thing.

“People are just a little more cautious” he said. They’re watching their pennies.”

Is Mammoth a "seat belt trap?"

October 8, 2010

Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson got his back up this week when he learned an Orange County man had dropped off a document to the Mammoth Times claiming the town has deliberately set up “Seat Belt Traps.”

“A law enforcement official parks his police car facing the stop sign waiting for a tourist coming from the L.A. area,” wrote Barry H. Buckser, of Lake Forest.

What's Up, Up Here?

October 8, 2010

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made a big push to land a spot at May’s Amgen Tour of California, but was outpaced by the Tahoe resorts. The cyclists will start at South Lake to Tahoe-Northstar, North Lake to Squaw Valley, then into the central valley, finishing in Thousand Oaks after eight stages. We is bummed but appreciate the effort put in by MMSA. ...

Prescribed Burns Announced

October 8, 2010

The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest and the North Zone for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Bishop Field Office are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months, the forest service announced this week.

Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 120 and 203 as well as from the communities of Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Topaz.

Chamber offers Ambassador Program workshops

October 8, 2010

The Mammoth Ambassador Program is designed to improve the level of hospitality toward visitors to Mammoth.

It offers a community-wide hospitality training program consisting of one six-hour day presented in two modules: Spirit of Hospitality and Host training for the town. Spirit of Hospitality focuses on the culture of guest service, the kind of “active friendliness” that differentiates the best resorts in the United States from the rest.

Food Bank donations needed

October 8, 2010

There are some people living in Lee Vining and June Lake who need assistance. This food often supplements the government food program and is distributed in Food Baskets for Thanksgiving and Easter. Non-perishable food containers are in the Lee Vining and June Lake post offices.

Check donations can be made payable to: Community Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 267 Lee Vining, CA 93541.

Please mark checks with the notation “Food Bank.” For more information call Cathy Lytle (760) 647-6157 or Linda Dore (760) 647-1055.

For the Town Council, short work. Really short.

October 6, 2010

When the Mammoth Lakes Town Council finally adjourned Wednesday night, practically everybody in the council chambers snapped to their cellphones or wristwatches to just see how long the meeting had lasted.

"I make it 14 minutes," said an astonished Police Chief Dan Watson.

Fourteen *minutes?*

This, from a deliberative body that is notorious for dragging things well into the night.

In fact, if there is a single expression that characterizes a Mammoth Town Council meeting, it's the 9:30 p.m. yawn.

Mammoth daycare provider arrested

October 6, 2010

A longtime Mammoth Lakes daycare provider was arrested the evening of Oct. 5 on suspicion of sexual abuse against two children, now adults, who were once in his care, according to local law enforcement officials.

Guadalupe “Lupe” Almaguer, 56, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 5 for crimes of sexual abuse against minors, according to Mono County District Attorney Chief Investigator Wade McCammond.

Almaguer was booked on five counts of Penal Code 288, or “Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14.”

Storm not over yet

October 6, 2010

Mammoth and Mono County residents awoke Wednesday morning to the first real snow of the year on the ground.

About an inch of wet snow covered the lower reaches of the county all the way down to the county line on the Sherwin Grade with far more above the 10,000 foot line, and local weatherman Howard Sheckter said it isn’t over yet.

Attempted murder in Mammoth's 'Ghetto'

October 5, 2010

A 24-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident was booked on charges of attempted murder Tuesday, after a wild, confusing episode in the town’s “Ghetto” neighborhood.

Jonathon Anderson also was charged with felony domestic violence, parole violation, resisting arrest and destroying a cell phone when used to make an emergency call.

Anderson, who was pulled from under the victim’s bed during the arrest, is behing held without bail at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.

Gloppy weather continues for Mammoth

October 5, 2010

Gloppy weather continued in Mammoth on Tuesday, but in mid-afternoon, bright stabs of sunshine burst through the rain- and snow-sodden skies.

Despite the afternoon sun, the National Weather Service wasn't buying it.

For the rest of the afternoon and early evening, forecasters at the weather service predicted more snow. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass are closed

October 4, 2010

UPDATED 3 p.m. Monday. The "Granite Curtain" descended in the High Sierra Monday, when snow, wind and general "inclement weather" forced Caltrans to close both Tioga Pass (S.R. 120) and Sonora Pass (S.R. 108).

Forecasters predicted four to eight 4 to 8 inches of snow are possible in the Sierra above 8,500 feet through Tuesday morning.

Snow levels near 11,000 feet will drop to near 9,000 feet later today and fall near 8,000 feet late tonight.

Snow may affect the higher passes along U.S. 395 tonight in Mono county but accumulations are unlikely to occur.

Search and Rescue team in dramatic action in White Mountains

October 1, 2010

There might be worse places to crash a paraglider, but it’s hard to imagine.

A 37-year-old Santa Cruz man on Monday evening went down two miles west of the White Mountain Research Station’s Barcroft Laboratory near Barcroft Peak, breaking his back and lying in the darkness – helpless in steep, rocky, unforgiving terrain.

“Fortunately he didn’t land in a rock ditch or in a cliff band or truly challenging terrain,” said Jeff Holmquist, a member of the rescue team.

“We caught a huge break because of that, and obviously, so did he.”

Crowley Lake residents hear Searles take on goat murder

October 1, 2010

If there’s one thing that gets the goat of Crowley Lakers, it’s when a bear gets their goat.

About a dozen people showed up at Wednesday’s meeting of the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee to hear Steve Searles’ take on a bear assault on a pygmy goat on July 31.

For Crowley Lake residents, who usually don’t have to deal with bears, the mauling of the goat was a strange and gruesome event, and Searles acknowledged that the bear had “crossed the line.”

He said if he had been there, and if he had jurisdictional authority (he doesn’t), “I’d have shot the bear.”

What's Up, Up Here?

October 1, 2010

 

Maybe Dave McCoy didn’t know what he was getting into when he signed up for a Facebook account. Within days, Dave had 550 friends, forcing him and his assistant, Brandon Russell, to do some serious gardening to his account. ...

Eastern Sierra Unified not yet ready to put away boxing gloves

October 1, 2010

A proposal Wednesday to amend the troubled Eastern Sierra Unified School District’s superintendent’s employment contract met with resistance from two board members, but passed on a 3-2 vote.

The amendment was created to settle a “dispute” that arose when at least one member of the school board, Doug Northington, said he was concerned about how Superintendent Don Clark’s vacation days were being paid out to Clark.

Flight skeds, fares released for SFO, LAX, San Jose, Portland

October 1, 2010

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Wednesday announced winter air schedules and fares, including the new flight to and from San Francisco International.

The flights, to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, begin Dec. 16, according to a news release Tuesday from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

United Airlines will offer nonstop service from San Francisco International to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Flights will be operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines, using 66-seat CRJ700 regional jets. Flights start at $188 round-trip.

July TOT was busting out all over

October 1, 2010

Mammoth’s merchants, hoteliers and restaurateurs may have varying opinions on the success of their summers, but the town government is calling Summer 2010 a winner.
Judging by the latest Transient Occupancy Tax figures, July 2010 was the biggest July in town history, according to Brad Koehn, the town’s finance director.

“It’s the best July we’ve ever had in terms of TOT collections, and this only reflects the monthly remittances,” he said. “There are other condo owners who remit quarterly, so this will continue to grow.”

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