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Mammoth, Mono voters create a ‘do-over’

June 12, 2014

Thirty years after Mammoth broke away from Bridgeport and incorporated, the town has reached a do-over point.

As the dust settles over the 2014 elections in Mammoth and Mono County, residents and visitors are looking at what is essentially a blank canvas.

There have been great advances and there have been serious setbacks. The town’s short history is heavy on family division, boom-and-bust cycles, great snow years and bad snow years.

French man dies in Death Valley after leaving tour bus in 115 degree heat

June 9, 2014

A 54-year-old French national died in Death Valley National Park this weekend after he spent about an hour exposed to 115-degree temperatures, although the exact cause of his death has not been identified.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, Guy Brossart was found dead on June 6 at about 3:30 p.m. after failing to return to a tour bus, following a brief stop at the Mesquite Dunes. 

The 2014 Election: It’s a wrap

June 5, 2014

The 2014 Election closed this past week, with a landslide decision in the race for Mono County Sheriff, a surprise victory in Supervisors District 5 and three new members of the Mammoth Town Council.

Ingrid Braun, 46, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who last year was dismissed from her deputy’s position by Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, won election against Obenberger Tuesday night, June 3.

Braun eyes transition in next six months

June 5, 2014

Ingrid Braun, the new Sheriff-elect of Mono County, said this past week she had no intention of waiting until January to begin a transition.

“Hopefully, there will be a transition that happens smoothly,” she said. “At least that’s what I would want.”

Under the current budget, she will inherit an undersheriff, a lieutenant, four sergeants, 14 deputies and eight court screeners.

The 2014 primary election is not officially over

June 5, 2014

Seventeen candidates have been whittled down to nine office holders.

The parties are over.

The signs are coming down.

None of the races, with the slimmest possibility of the District 1 County Supervisor race where 49 votes separate winner Larry Johnston from Bill Sauser (see below), are going to a runoff election.

About 54 percent of Mono County’s 5,802 registered voters—3,114 voters—made their choices Tuesday night.

Election 2014: Braun wins Sheriff's seat in landslide; Corless, Johnston win Supes races; Wentworth, Richardson, Fernie win for Town Council, Beck takes Assessor's office

June 4, 2014

Ingrid Braun, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who last year was dismissed by Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, easily won election against Obenberger Tuesday night.

Summer road construction on Tioga Road, weekday delays expected

June 3, 2014

Road construction on the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park began this week, and will continue through September 30, 2015. This two-year rehabilitation project is a multi-phased construction project that encompasses improvements to the Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot and the Tioga Road Corridor. This phase of the rehabilitation work will include a 15 mile segment along the road from the Crane Flat Intersection to just east of White Wolf. The construction work will include improvements to culvert drainages, road grading and pavement resurfacing, new signage, and road striping.

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.

 

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