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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.”

Limited access to Lakes Basin during October

October 1, 2010

From Oct. 4, 2010 through Nov. 7, 2010, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road. Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.

Fuel reduction operation at Shady Rest Parcel

October 1, 2010

Starting in early October mem-bers of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel, Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25-acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Drive.

Sierra Star goes green

October 1, 2010

The green fairways of the Sierra Star Golf Course are, at last, truly green. And purple.

This past week, the golf course completed a long-term project to use recycled water from the Mammoth Community Water District to irrigate the turf at the golf course.

Purple is the universal color identifying facilities that contain or are using recycled water. These purple pipes and sprinkler heads can now be seen at Sierra.

Conservation-minded people sought for Nevada AmeriCorps

October 1, 2010

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is calling all interested people to apply to be part of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) based in Bishop, Calif. The SNAP program places 27 AmeriCorps members at different conservation agencies and organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.

ESLT is seeking enthusiastic conservation-minded people to devote a year to to the preservation of Eastern Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities.

Flight times and fares for SFO, LAX, San Jose and Portland released

September 29, 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 non-stop 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.

Lake Mary Road temporarily closed to all access

September 29, 2010

From Oct. 4 through Nov. 7, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road.

Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.

This portion of the Lake Mary Road will be closed for the construction of a bike and pedestrian underpass, part of the Lake Mary bike path development project.

We're talking bears and a goat tonight in Crowley Lake

September 29, 2010

It’s going to be all about bears this evening at the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee meeting in Crowley Lake.

Mammoth’s wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, will address the committee about halfway through the meeting, which also will feature a discussion about Crowley Lake entrance sign proposals and the Eastern Sierra Interagency Land Tenure Project – a presentation by Wendy Sugimura of the community development department.

MLFD to do fuel reduction in Shady Rest Parcel

September 28, 2010

Starting in early October members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel," Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25 acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Dr.

Lakes Basin study to be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 30

September 27, 2010

The results of the Lakes Basin Special Study are about to be unveiled in a series of three presentations over the next six weeks.

The first presentation, “State of the Lakes Basin,” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Monache Resort.

The second presentation, scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Westin from 5:30-8:30, is called “Lakes Basin recreation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The third, scheduled for Oct. 28, also at the Westin from 5:30 – 8:30, is called “Lakes Basin Mobility and Transportation.”

$100,000 on the line for Council, Trails group

September 27, 2010

John Wentworth and the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation on Wednesday engaged the Town Council with a bit of political jawboning.

Wentworth, the president/CEO of the foundation, said if the council would commit $100,000 to the MLTPA right away, the foundation would in turn trim its request of the same amount in its application for Measure R funding.

“We don’t want to lose our momentum,” implored Wentworth. “This has been four years in the making. It’s critical we find the resources and staffing. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”

Squirrel! And that explains our power outages

September 24, 2010

Those power outages we’ve experienced in Mammoth lately?

There’s a reason.

As Dug the Dog (from the movie “Up”) might blurt out, “SQUIRREL!”

“You can imagine the problems we have,” sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.

Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utility’s ongoing battle with the squirrels. This past summer, the critters caused a number of short outages when they came into contact with exposed copper wire on utility poles in the area.

Are the Bodie Hills wilderness or not?

September 24, 2010

A proposed bill to remove the Bodie Hills from its status as potential wilderness brought Eastern Sierra residents on both side of the issue out of the woodwork Tuesday. More than 50 people piled into the county courthouse to have their say.

At stake was a resolution brought to the county supervisors by District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters that asked the supervisors to support a bill to take the Bodie Hills (behind Bodie State Park) out of its current, semi-protected status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA).

What's Up, Up Here?

September 24, 2010

Tourism director John Urdi, a go-getter from the get-go, snagged town development wonk Mark Wardlaw at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, saying, “I want to talk to you about branding.” The ever-sharp Wardlaw replied, “You show me a young calf and I’ll show you what I know.” ...

All of us pass along heartfelt good wishes to Mayor Skip Harvey, who is battling throat cancer. He should be back in action by mid-November, say those in the know ...

Mono Lake kicks up fierce dust storm, rivaling Owens Dry Lake

September 24, 2010

When people think about dust storms in the Eastern Sierra, they usually think about the Owens Dry Lake dust storms down in Inyo County.

But Mono County’s got its own version and in some ways, it’s even worse.
The blue and aqua Mono Lake is ringed by miles of dusty shores, left behind when the water level dropped after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power started diverting feeder creeks.

Smoky skies may be clearing

September 24, 2010

Eastern Sierra residents can look forward to at least a bit of a break in the smoke this weekend and next week, as the Sheep Fire on the Westside finally dies down after almost two months of pushing smoke over the mountains.

The “let burn” policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.

“They are as tired of the smoke as we are,” said the Eastern Sierra’s air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.

Former Mammoth resident arrested in two stabbing deaths

September 24, 2010

A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams’ Jim Ouimet was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder with a deadly weapon in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev. following the stabbing deaths of the young son of his estranged wife and his wife’s mother on Sept. 17.

Justin Ouimet, 24, was originally arrested by Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.

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