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Conway Ranch hatchery forced by drought to let all fish go

March 20, 2014

As the third, extremely dry year drags on, the toll is beginning to be evident in the Eastern Sierra—most recently at the sprawling, lush Conway Ranch area, nestled at the southern base of Conway Summit and above Mono Lake.

The beautiful, old-time sheep ranch was deemed so critical to the county’s definition of itself as “wild by nature” that years ago, the county bought the ranch to save the 1,000-acre plus ranch from development—at considerable cost.

Holler: Mammoth can have it all

March 20, 2014

Mammoth’s Town Manager says top recreation priorities can be achieved sooner rather than later

When I heard Town Manager Dan Holler say a few weeks ago that Mammoth might not have to choose between three of its top recreation priorities (a recreation center, a outdoor event venue, and an indoor performing art center)—and build them all within the next three to five years—it seemed too good to be true.

Apparently, it isn’t, according to Holler.

And it’s not rocket science, either.

I sat down with him earlier this week to better understand what it would take.

Two Bishop men arrested on meth charges on Lower Rock Creek Road Monday

March 20, 2014

Two Bishop men were arrested on suspicion of drug charges on Monday, March 17, after they were caught in a drug investigation on Lower Rock Creek Road at the former Paradise Lodge and trailhead to Lower Rock Creek trail.

The two men, David Hale, 30, and Timothy Brooks, 22, were arrested by the Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, all of whom were following a lead regarding a methamphetamine distributor in Mono and Inyo counties.

High elevation fire above Independence reveals drought

March 20, 2014

A wildfire west of Independence—at about 9,000 feet elevation—this past week is only one sign that the drought’s grip on the Eastern Sierra has not weakened in any appreciable way.

The fire, called the Blackrock Fire and located in the high country above rugged Division Creek and Sawmill Canyon (near Sawmill Meadows,) was first reported on March 14 and didn’t grow beyond an acre.

‘Mammoth Lakes Recreation’ explains itself to public

March 20, 2014

Despite nine months of meetings, passage by the Town Council and a month’s worth of scoping, the nascent “Mammoth Lakes Recreation” NGO still has a problem.

That is, most people really don’t know what it is.

“It’s a little tricky,” said Mammoth Mayor Rick Wood, a member of the MLR Formation Committee, which completed its third meeting on Monday, March 17.

RAW: Search and Rescue team seeks volunteers; recruitment night Wednesday, March 19

March 18, 2014

The all-volunteer Mono County Search and Rescue team saves, rescues, finds, or helps dozens of people every year in some of the most extreme conditions and terrain the Eastern Sierra has to offer. It is one of the hardest working, most rewarding jobs out there, and this Wednesday, March 19, the annual recruitment night will show you why.

Who should come?
Mono County residents, at least 18 years of age.
Avid outdoorsman/woman who enjoys all the Eastern Sierra has to offer in terms of outdoor recreation.
Someone who wonders if you could be doing more.

RAW: Big plans for rec center, Whitmore area need public input this Thursday, March 20

March 17, 2014

Get involved and help us make recreation in Mammoth Lakes better now and in the future by showing up this week to help prioritize a recreation center, outdoor events venue, a performing arts center, how to complete the Whitmore recreation area, how to finish planning for Mammoth Creek Park and more.

RAW: Steve Searles, the 'Bear Whisperer,' launches new bear awareness social media outreach effort

March 13, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles, better known as The Bear Whisperer, isn’t afraid to make a fool of himself in the name of coexistence with bears, especially this year when a winter drought will make food sources for bears, scarce.

Join the technology-challenged Searles as he navigates his new smartphone and social media of the 21st century.

The March 13 Mammoth Times is on the racks

March 13, 2014

The March 13 edition of the Mammoth Times is on news racks and in the mail.

This week, we take a look at the Mammoth real estate situation. Mammoth is on the brink of a surge in the market, reports Wendilyn Grasseschi in a P. 1 lead story.

Large DWP solar project proposed near Manzanar outrages locals

March 13, 2014

In the face of sustained public outcry over a potential deluge of large-scale, industrial solar and wind projects throughout Inyo County, the county board of supervisors agreed Tuesday to postpone a March 18 vote on a county General Plan amendment that many fear will open the flood gates to such development.

RAW: New, final Tuolumne River Plan released

March 13, 2014

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Final Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The plan is the result of using the best available science, resource stewardship, and public input to create a robust vision for the Tuolumne River Corridor for the next 15-20 years. The Tuolumne River flows through the northern portion of Yosemite National Park and is one of the two federally designated Wild and Scenic rivers within Yosemite.

Mammoth poised for real estate growth

March 13, 2014

Mammoth is poised for growth of large-scale commercial and residential real estate development—if it can create “a new story” that will offset the old story of financial ruin.

And it can, according to some of Mammoth’s longtime real estate experts.

Tim Fesko’s ‘Excellent Adventure’

March 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—It could have been an ordinary, ho-hum trip Back East.

But when Mono County Supervisor Tim Fesko is involved, hardly anything seems ordinary, and there is no ho-hum in his makeup.

Room reservation for the National Association of Counties Convention?

Cancelled, for unexplained reasons.

A five-inch snowfall that paralyzed the federal government?


The nearly impossible task of educating America on the perils of the Bi-State Sage Grouse Listing?

Don’t get him started.

June Mountain to stay open to April 20

March 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—More cold weather would help, not to mention snow.

But whatever happens in the next five weeks, Mono County Supervisor Tim Alpers said the June Mountain Ski Area will stay open through Easter Sunday, April 20.

“They’re going to make it work, whatever the circumstances are,” Alpers said from the dais at a meeting of the Mono County Board of Supervisors here on Tuesday, March 11.

Eight candidates for council; five for Board of Supervisors

March 12, 2014

Unlike the last go-around, Mammoth will have an actual election this year.


Wildlife care volunteers wanted; spring brings influx of new animal babies

March 11, 2014

The non-profit Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care organization has been rescuing injured and orphaned wildlife for almost 20 years here in the Eastern Sierra; everything from golden eagles to squirrels, from ravens and foxes, from baby mink to young hawks that have fallen from the nest too early.

What's up, up here? | March 6-12

March 6, 2014

Overheard on the political front: “OK, Shields and Colin, it’s up to you. Run, or be OK with Bigtime Danger ’round here.” …


Mammoth moves to regulate 'E-Cigs'

March 6, 2014


Hard on the heels of an emotional vote by the Los Angeles City Council, Mammoth’s legislators this past week charged forward with a plan to regulate electronic cigarettes.


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March 6, 2014

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