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Mammoth, Mono voters go to the polls

June 3, 2014

Mammoth and Mono County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, June 3, under sunny skies and warm temperatures.

It was impossible to gauge voter turnout, said poll worker Jay Dienken.

“It’s quiet now,” he said at the Community Center polling station on Forest Trail, “but they come in waves.”

As he spoke, Town Council candidate John Wentworth rode up on his mountain bike to vote, while Mammoth District Ranger Jon Regelbrugge of the U.S. Forest Service was in a voting booth nearby.

The (Ongoing) 2014 Election Handbook

June 2, 2014

Political observers haven’t seen anything quite like it.

It has been 20 years since Mammoth has had eight non-incumbent candidates running for three open Town Council seats. The race for Mono County Sheriff started out as a volatile contest, and then just kept getting more so.

Three candidates—Stacy Corless, Greg Eckert and Kirk Stapp—are running for an open seat on the Board of Supervisors from the Mammoth-only District 5.

Town names directors for public works, finance

May 29, 2014

Two staff positions, both described by Mammoth Town Manager Dan Holler as critically important, are no longer vacant.

 

New issues emerge at Council candidate forum

May 29, 2014

With just one week until Election Day, the eight candidates for Town Council threw a little more gas on the fire this past week, introducing new campaign issues at a candidates forum at the Forest Service Auditorium.

Small plane goes down on Sherwin Creek Road; couple, dog, survive

May 27, 2014

A San Jose couple and their dog walked away from a plane crash with only minor injuries after the pilot crash-landed the plane on Sherwin Creek Road Saturday, May 24.

His Cessna 182 experienced engine trouble while flying from the Bishop airport over Mammoth Pass toward San Jose.

According to Mammoth Lakes Fire Chief Brent Harper, the pilot, Paul Cianci, San Jose, knew he had engine trouble while flying over the pass around 3 p.m. and started to look for an open spot to land the plane.

Council winners face steep learning curve

May 22, 2014

Whoever wins the race for the three open Town Council seats on June 3, the “new majority” will come face-to-face with a steep learning curve.

 

MLR reaches the finish line; Council passes it, 5-0

May 22, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Recreation, 11 months in the making, won a crucial victory this week when the Town Councl voted unanimously to move it into its final fomation stage.

The council's 5-0 vote came despite some citizen criticism that the formation of the non-governmental organization (NGO) it was too much, too soon.

Another year of double normal snow needed

May 22, 2014

Reno National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Smallcomb gave the latest update on the three-year drought and what it will take to bring it to its knees Tuesday, May 20.

It wasn’t pretty.

“We have what we call a ‘structural deficit’ in terms of moisture that is very deep,” Smallcomb said in an interview prior to his talk at the Green Church Tuesday.

That deficit is so deep that it will take a huge winter to simply catch up, he said.

Snowmaking process begins for June Mtn.

May 22, 2014

 

Note: A previous version of this story state that the Mono County Board of Supervisors would eventually have to vote on whether or not to approve the environmental analysis for the proposed test wells. The final decision is made by the U.S. Forest Service, Inyo National Forest. The Times regrets the error.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area recently triggered the search for water for snowmaking on June Mountain Ski Area and the Inyo National Forest is now taking comments about the proposal, according to forest authorities.

Pierrel undaunted in council campaign

May 21, 2014

Town Council candidate Deb Pierrel this past week said her campaign is stronger than ever, despite a public kerfuffle involving her business debts.

 

'Absentee' candidates Richardson, Fernie return to the fray

May 21, 2014

Two of the heavyweight candidates for Town Council returned to their campaigns this past week, after having missed a combined 33 days of on-the-ground campaigning.

 

Who is Shields Richardson?

May 21, 2014

Richardson, 60, first started visiting Mammoth when he was 14, making the trip from Newport Beach with his dad, Jack, and skiing Mammoth Mountain on (now) impossibly long skis.

 

Who is Colin Fernie?

May 21, 2014

Fernie, 30, is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught childhood education in the graduate school at Ohio State University.

 

Low cost dog vaccination, license clinic set for June 21

May 20, 2014

It's time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year.

Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 21 from 4 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $50 if it is not.

You don't need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update.

Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.

Big sage grouse meeting May 27, two more on May 28 and May 29 in Minden, Bishop

May 20, 2014

A big, Nevada/California group that has been woking to prevent the sage grouse from being listed for federal protection will meet in Bridgeport next week, and the public, especially landowners who might be affected by the federal protection if it is granted, are invited to attend the meeting.

Latest comprehensive update on local campgrounds, roads

May 16, 2014

The latest update on all the roads and campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest shows a few more roads and campgrounds open, although the opening date for the road into Reds Meadow has been pushed to next week, according to forest officials.

There are some big changes since last week, including the Saddlebag Road opening today, the Reds Meadow Road estimated opening pushed to May 23 for road, water, and sewer line repair, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is opening for weekend hours starting tomorrow.

Here's the full list, current as of May 16

Let nature have its way, scientist says

May 15, 2014

When the Rim Fire blackened about 400 square miles of rugged, wild county at the west entrance to Yosemite National Park last year—including some of the park itself—the predictions for the aftermath were mostly dire.

The fire was one of the largest in recorded California history and pundits and the media predicted massive erosion, a loss of animal habitat, and fouled rivers and streams.

Not so fast, said ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson, who spoke Tuesday at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory’s Green Church before a packed house.

Mammoth Times wins in newspaper contest

May 15, 2014

The Mammoth Times won five first-place awards in the 2013 “Better Newspapers Contest,” the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) announced earlier this month.

The Times also won two second-place awards, and two Blue Ribbon Finalist awards.

It was the largest haul for the newspaper in its 26-year history. The awards ranged from reporting and sportswriting to editorial writing and photography.

Mono voter turnout historically high

May 15, 2014

Predicting voter turnout in off-year statewide elections is notoriously risky, but if recent history teaches anything, it’s that Mono County will pack the polls in the June 3 primary elections.

In the last off-year statewide election, in 2010, a full 70.7 percent of Mono County’s registered voters turned out to vote. It was the fourth-largest percentage showing among counties in California, state election records show.

Statewide, only 33 percent of registered voters cast ballots in 2010.

Hoff, Murray, Pierrel offer broad brushstrokes in Town Council campaign

May 15, 2014

In a race that features no incumbents, and hence no candidates with positions to defend, the June 3 Town Council campaigns have at least one thing in common.

 

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