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Supes react to Mammoth Town Council slams, say they support fireworks

January 24, 2014

Mammoth still has time to tap Mono County for any shortfalls in funding the Fourth of July Fireworks show at Crowley Lake, the Board of Supervisors indicated this past week, in spite of a perception by Mammoth Town Council members that the supervisors somehow snubbed the event.

Supervisor Fred Stump, whose District 2 includes Crowley Lake, Tom's Place and Tri-Valley, said he was taken aback at the highly critical comments made by the Mammoth Town Council on Jan. 15.
"We have a choice how to respond in a positive way," Stump said.

RAW: Bishop mother and son arrested on meth charges

January 24, 2014

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s office, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), recently concluded a narcotics investigation in Mammoth Lakes that recently resulted in the arrest of a mother and son from Bishop on charges of selling methamphetamines to a minor and other charges.

BofA branch to close in Mammoth on May 2

January 24, 2014

 

The Mammoth Lakes branch of Bank of America will close on May 2 when the lease on the building runs out, according to branch officials.

The Bishop branch will not close, however, officials said.

In this week's Mammoth Times

January 23, 2014

This week's Mammoth Times contains the latest overage of the Fourth of July Crowley Lake Fireworks Show (it's good to go!), plus coverage of the spat that the Mammoth Lakes Town Council began with the Mono County Board of Supervisors over the same subject.

Swine flu returns at epidemic, deadly levels

January 21, 2014

This year’s version of the influenza virus has brought back an old enemy—the so-called “swine flu” of 2009—and it has also reached epidemic levels in California, including Mono County, according to Mono and Inyo County Public Health Officer Rick Johnson.

Johnson calls it an epidemic because 4 percent of the local population has the flu—and has for the past three weeks—compared to the normal about one percent that would have it at this time.

July 4 Fireworks ready for blastoff at Crowley Lake

January 20, 2014

After more than a year of leaving the Fourth of July Fireworks show in limbo, Town Council member Matthew Lehman said he and a consortium of public funders have secured enough funding to keep them going.

"We're still slightly short," he told the Town Council at its meeting on Jan. 15, "but we think we have enough funds and resources to where we can now commit to the Fourth of July for 2014, and the events will move forward as normally scheduled. We're looking forward to that.

Mammoth Council bashes Mono Supervisors; Eastman plays 'lobotomy' card

January 20, 2014

The Fourth of July fireworks began early for members of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council last week.

Council member John Eastman, speaking from the dais on Jan. 15, led a verbal assault on members of the Mono County Board of Supervisors, saying in order to be a supervisor from Mammoth Lakes, “a lobotomy is performed in Bridgeport and from then on, our supervisors have a difficulty in representing the community of Mammoth Lakes.”

Eastman, who has said he will not run again for Town Council when his season opens in the June 3 elections, then asked rhetorically, “Am I missing something?”

Ingrid Braun enters race for Mono Sheriff

January 20, 2014

 

Ingrid Braun, a veteran Los Angeles law enforcement officer who currently serves with her husband as a reserve officer with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, has initiated a campaign for Mono County Sheriff.

Mammoth transit services decreased due to fewer visitors

January 16, 2014

Due to reduced visitation as a result of the low snowfall this winter, transit service in Mammoth will be modified effective Monday, January 20, 2014. The service changes include:

The Red Line will operate from 7:00am until 5:30pm on a 20-minute frequency. Red Line buses will depart Snowcreek Athletic Club at 0:00,:20 and :40 minutes past the hour (1st departure 7:00am, last departure at 5:20pm). The Red Line will depart from Main Lodge at 0:30, :50 and :10 past the hour (1st departure at 7:30am, last departure at 5:30pm).

Snowmaking safe for now, Gregory says

January 16, 2014

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will continue making snow as fast as possible, according to Rusty Gregory, the CEO of the ski area.

Shooting down rumors that the ski hill’s water supply was drying up, Gregory told a group of town leaders that the water levels on the mountain remain high.

“The well drawdowns haven’t been bad,” he reported to members of a liaison committee between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the ski resort on Monday, Jan. 13.

New Eagle Lodge a ‘top priority’ for ski area

January 16, 2014

While executives at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area keep their collective pedal to the metal for a re-making of the Main Lodge area, the development of a new Eagle Lodge is running a close second on the priority list.

Actually, according to CEO Rusty Gregory, the new Eagle is even more top of mind than anything that might happen at the Main Lodge in the near future.

“It’s a higher priority from a timing standpoint,” he said this past week at a Town-MMSA Liaison Committee meeting.

Mammoth woman dies in collision on U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport

January 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—An 86-year old Mammoth Lakes woman was killed in a two-car collision on U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport shorty before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Dead was Suzanne Stokes, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. She was driving a 1996 Subaru, which collided with a GMC van driven by a 62-year-old Minden, Nev., woman identified as Barbara Koehler.

Koehler was taken to Bridgeport. A Life Flight air ambulance transported Koehler from Bridgeport to Renown Hospital in Reno. The CHP listed her injuries as "moderate."

Monitor Pass reopens—at least for now

January 14, 2014

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened S.R. 89, Monitor Pass, yesterday, Jan. 13.

Caltrans maintenance crews have gone through and repaired any sections that were damage by winter storms, according to Caltrans, and determined that the pass is safe for reopening to the traveling public.

As is often the case this time of year, the opening of S.R. 89 is dependent on favorable weather, Caltrans said. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to reclose the highway.

Rim Fire emergency loans available to local ranchers, farmers

January 13, 2014

On December 13, 2013, President Obama declared the Rim Fire a federal "Major Disaster" according to a news release from Mono County today, Monday, Jan. 13. "Pursuant to this declaration, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an emergency loan program to assist local farmers and ranchers who conduct family sized farming operations and had physical or production losses caused by the fire that occurred from August 17 – October 24, 2013," the news release states.

Health officer urges flu vaccination before peak season

January 13, 2014

The flu season is in full swing in California, but it is still not too late to get a flu shot that will give you a much higher chance of avoiding the flu, health officials said.

"While we are seeing an increase in flu activity in California, it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu, said Dr. Rick Johnson this week.

"California, and the Eastern Sierra, is seeing an accelerated increase in flu activity over the past few weeks" he said in a news release. "In fact, as of last week, the flu is now considered widespread throughout California for the first time this season."

Tenney starts a ‘Know-How’ flash-talk series

January 9, 2014

Drawing upon Mammoth’s odd blend of interesting, creative and self-reliant people, Elizabeth Tenney has put together three nights of free, “flash-talk” lectures.

The free lectures, which Tenney said were based on the popular TED Talks series online and in worldwide conferences, open Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:15 p.m. at Rafters Restaurant & Lounge.

A second round of lectures is scheduled for Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, she said.

Mammoth man arrested after swinging hatchet at bar patrons

January 6, 2014

On Saturday, Jan. 4 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police officers responded to a call of an intoxicated man swinging a hatchet at patrons at The Tap bar located on Main Street, according to the police. When the first officer arrived, several people pointed to Christopher Alderfer, 32, Mammoth Lakes.

Flu cases likely to increase dramatically

January 6, 2014

Last Friday, three days ago, Dr. Rick Johnson, the public health officer for both Mono and Inyo counties, sent out a flu update talking about the rapid increase in flu activity around the country. According to Johnson, over the weekend, more information about our local situation shows we are most likely on the cusp of a dramatic increase in local flu activity, probably due to travel by locals and visitors.

Here's why, according to Johnson:

Historical talk, Mono Basin

January 6, 2014

“The Life and Times of Norm DeChambeau” will be the slide program at the Monday, Jan. 6 meeting of the Mono Basin Historical Society, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lee Vining Community Center with a potluck dinner followed by the business meeting at 6:45 p.m. and the free program at 7:30 p.m. Long-time resident Norm Dechambeau has family ties to the Mono Basin that go back to the pioneer ranches and he has served as historian, curator, and President of the Historical Society.

Karch, Mammoth Medical Missions give talk at Canyon Wednesday night

January 6, 2014

Please join Mammoth Hospital Dr. Mike Karch and Mammoth Medical Mission team members at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as Karch, CEO of Mammoth Medical Missions, presents stories and photographs from the group’s recent mission to the Central Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a no-host bar and a Q & A will follow the presentation.

For more information, go to www. www.mammothmedicalmissions.org/

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