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Green Church’s lecture hall days could end

October 24, 2013

One of the Eastern Sierra’s most beloved landmarks, the Green Church, may soon change ownership after the University of California builds a new lecture and classroom facility at its existing Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) land south of Convict Lake.

The issue is that the Green Church is located near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, which has a proposed expansion on tap, although not yet completed.

Cast Off celebrates 45 years of service

October 24, 2013

This November marks the 45th anniversary of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, which raises money through the Cast Off thrift store.

The funds raised go to purchasing equipment for the hospital, continuing education for hospital staff, community health programs, college scholarships, and high school achievement awards, said Jan McPherson, parliamentarian for the Cast Off.

Since its start, the Auxiliary has raised almost $3.9 million for these causes, said Judy Bornfeld, president of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary.

Bighorn problems | Domestic sheep pass deadly pathogens to bighorn herds

October 24, 2013

Julie Fought calls herself a backyard sheep raiser. She is ranch operator at De La Cour Ranch, which sits at 5,500 feet in the mountains below Mt.Whitney. They have guest cabins; they grow and sell lavender, vegetables and eggs at farmer’s markets in Lone Pine and Independence; and they produce manure compost.

Mammoth votes for new town look, design

October 23, 2013

Say the word zoning regulations and eyes glaze over in a matter of seconds—unless one or more of those regulations happens to get in the way of building a home or commercial building—or an entire town.

Then, nothing in the world is as important.

Mono County Sheriff’s police horse dies

October 23, 2013

Mono County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its most popular team members this past week.

Abby, the Mustang Police Horse, died Saturday, Oct. 19.

“Abby was an ambassador for and a true testament to the mentality of the wild horses,” said Lt. West. “She was a family companion, and a show and competition horse, in addition to her law enforcement duties.

Abby had a 17-year career span as a mounted patrol horse with partner Lt. Phil West and retired in 2010, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

Deal to create fish hatchery program goes bad

October 17, 2013

There’s nothing like fish to get emotions flowing in Mono County.

Just ask the Mono County Supervisors, now embroiled in a contentious  lawsuit filed against the county by a private aquaculture group after an effort to make the county self sufficient in terms of fish stocking went sour recently.

Supes question high cost of Sheriff’s program

October 17, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff’s Department has the largest budget in Mono County and as such, the Mono County Board of Supervisors requested a look at the overtime costs associated with the program at its Oct. 15 board meeting.

After examining his budget, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger found that it would cost the county more to hire new staff than it does to pay current officers overtime.

New health program wins state award

October 17, 2013

Mono County’s behavioral health department has made a radical change in how it conducts business over the past year or so.

The department has focused on treating every individual who walks through its doors for both physical health and mental health issues.

Once linked to specific services, the department made sure those individuals seeking help did not fall through the cracks, even if it meant escorting them to doctor and/or counseling appointments.

RAW: Yosemite reopens Wednesday night, Oct. 16

October 16, 2013

According to a news release from Yosemite National Park late Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, the park "reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013.

"Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite’s colorful grandeur."

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 10 - 16 | News snippets from here and there

October 11, 2013

A reward is being offered for the return of the Nikon Camo 10X50 Binoculars taken from the June Lake Women’s Club Thrift Store during the “Autumn Beer Festival” held Oct. 5. Proceeds would have gone to a college scholarship fund for local students. Any information, please call 661-400-0922. …

Bear busts into Vons, helps himself at the apple bin

October 11, 2013

Less than a month before Mammoth’s bears go into shutdown mode, some of them still have some shenanigans up their sleeves.

 

Against the odds, a Mammoth Lakes fawn lives

October 11, 2013

 

Sometimes, a shotgun is no match against compassion.

 

RAW: USDA may pull inspectors from Salmonella outbreak plants

October 11, 2013

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has told Foster Farms that it will block operations at facilities in California that have been implicated in a multistate Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak unless the company quickly outlines its plans for making the product safer, according to an Oct 7 letter from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The FSIS asked for a reply from Foster Farms within 3 business days. The FSIS threatened to pull inspectors from the plants, which would prevent the company from selling chicken processed there.

Shutdown effects in Whitney Portal

October 11, 2013

While politicians remain in a stalemate over the partial federal government shutdown, businesses in the Whitney region are stepping up to fill the void.

With Whitney Portal outhouses closed to use and the Visitor Center shuttered, Elevation Sierra Adventure Essentials in Lone Pine and the Whitney Portal Store are handing out portable WAG BAG toilet kits to visitors, free of charge.

“Anything to keep the poo down,” said Elevation owner Jon Turner.

Mammoth students get free iPads

October 11, 2013

 

No computer in the world—Apple or otherwise—would confirm that Christmas happens in October, but it sure felt that way at the Mammoth Middle School this past week.

 

County changes public safety fund formula, faces pushback from DA’s office

October 11, 2013

A clash between the county’s district attorney and several county supervisors over how to spend a voter-approved public safety fund veered into the personal Tuesday after District Attorney Tim Kendall made a case for leaving the fund distribution formula intact.

The fund, generated after Proposition 172 (passed in 1994) is supposed to be set aside to fund public safety needs that the state was not meeting.

The funds are currently distributed between the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s office, and the Probation Department.

June Mountain to open before Christmas, Gregory says

October 11, 2013

June Mountain Ski Area is on scheduled to open this winter as promised, said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory last Tuesday.

Speaking before the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 1, Gregory said he wanted to clear up lingering doubts and to pave the way for a detailed plan that will go before June Lake residents later this month.

“We will open before the Christmas holiday,” he said.

He reiterated what he has said before; MMSA intends June Mountain to become the state’s premier family-oriented ski area.

RAW: Salmonella outbreak originated at California chicken facilities, sickens hundreds

October 9, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of a bacteria known as salmonella are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California, according to a news release. The strain of salmonella has proved to be unusually resistant to treatment with antibiotics, according to the news release.

Vandals strike skate park

October 4, 2013

Mammoth Lakes police were left scratching their heads this past week after an unusual graffiti attack left the Volcom Brothers Skate Park looking like something from the inner city.

“It’s hard to figure,” said MLPD Sgt. Marc Mosowitz. “The graffiti just showed up one day. The public works department tried to clean it up, but couldn’t, and then the very next night it happened again.”

Moscowitz said Officer Andy Lehr was hot on the trail of the vandal or vandals, as of Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Two honored for domestic violence prevention

October 4, 2013

Domestic violence kills three women a day in America, and it keeps the phones ringing in Mono and Inyo County, as well.

According to Wild Iris Women’s services, the agency fielded hundreds of calls for domestic violence this past year, an incomplete number given that some incidents do not get reported, or reported to the agency.

“This is at epidemic levels,” said Susi Baines, the agency’s director.

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