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Tuolumne, Merced River plans ready for comment

January 18, 2013


Yosemite National Park announced the release of two Wild and Scenic River Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statements; one for the Merced River (MRP) and one for the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. 

The public comment period for the MRP is open now through Thursday, April 18. The public comment period for the TRP is open now through Monday, March 18. 

Supervisors to continue to meet in Mammoth once a month

January 18, 2013


Mono County supervisors will continue to meet in Mammoth Lakes one Tuesday out of their regular three meetings every month. The policy to meet once a month in Mammoth—which has most of the county’s population—has been in place for several years, after decades of meetings only in Bridgeport, which is the county seat.

Parking restriction near the Village removed during this holiday weekend

January 18, 2013


In an effort to provide additional parking for Village patrons this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the town will temporarily remove parking restrictions on Hillside Drive and Berner Street, town officials said. From Jan. 17-21, the existing “no parking” signs will be covered or bagged, with new signs placed allowing two-hour parking from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

Local high school poets complete competition

January 18, 2013


Mammoth’s Kate Wilson wins; Taylor Sanders second

There might not have been a lot of reason to it, but there sure was a lot of rhyme when eight competitors in the Mono County “Poetry Out Loud” contest took to the Edison Theatre stage on Jan. 5.

The students, representing Coleville, Lee Vining, and Mammoth high schools, presented two poems each.

According to the rules, they memorized the poems from the selection of published poems eligible for this year’s contest.

New geothermal plant would bring benefits, risks

January 18, 2013


Public comment period extends to Jan. 30

Residents now have more time to weigh in on what could be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Mono County’s history.

A brand new geothermal plant that will generate as much power as all three existing Ormat Technologies power plants east of Mammoth Lake is in the works. Last week, the Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extended the time to comment on the project to Jan. 30.

‘Sheriff O.B.’ to the rescue

January 18, 2013


Stranded motorists in June Lake surprised by helping hand

When a pair of urban-dwelling visitors found themselves stranded on a June Lake road in the dark in the middle of a storm last weekend, they knew they were in trouble.

What the two women did not know, though, was that a helping hand was on the way in the form of new Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger—“O.B.” to his pals and colleagues.

These skiers are 'pretty in pink' | British airmen support breast cancer research on Mammoth Mountain

January 18, 2013


These were not ordinary blokes, even by Mammoth standards.


TRANSIT BEAT: Red Line goes high tech with 'NextBus'

January 18, 2013


The Red Line bus route in Mammoth just became a bit easier to use.


Teller stomps the field, wins World Cup gold in France

January 16, 2013

The first thing Marlene Fiebiger did on Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, was to find a big American flag, then hang it at the front of the Alpine Garage in Mammoth.

Transit meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 15

January 14, 2013


Even though the Mammoth Lakes Town Council eliminated the Mobility Commission, there is still unfinished business on the table, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Members of the public and business community are encouraged to attend the Mobility Commission Transit Workshop in Suite Z of the town offices, beginning at 4 p.m. This workshop will provide the opportunity for the public to respond to the reduction in transit services as a result of the Town’s recently adopted restructuring plan. 

RAW: New payment scam targets Southern California Edison customers

January 11, 2013

According to Southern California Edison officials, a telephone scam is trying to bilk customers of money, after the scammers claim the customer's electricity will be disconnected if they do not pay for alleged past due bills.

Here are the details, according to a recent press release from SCE.

Imposters have been calling SCE customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their electric service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.

Snowfalls add up to some big numbers

January 11, 2013


Wednesday’s storm added 7.5 inches of snow to Mammoth Mountain

Slowly but surely, the recent snowstorms are adding inches to an already good winter.

Mammoth Mountain reported 3.5 new inches of snow early this week and 7.5 inches from the Wednesday/Thursday storm, for a total of 11 inches since last Sunday, according to MMSA Ski Patrol data.

Last week, Mammoth Pass stood at 100 percent of normal for this time of year, according to measurements taken by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Trails groups, Town raise red flag on geothermal project

January 11, 2013

Meeting of rec user groups set for Jan. 14

One of the thorniest recreation issues in years began to emerge this past week, and it all has to do with the laying of a geothermal pipeline near Shady Rest Park.

“This is huge,” said John Wentworth of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA).

Moberly gets promotion to MLPD sergeant

January 11, 2013


Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson promoted Officer Rick Moberly on Thursday, Jan. 10, the MLPD said in a press release.

Moberly rose to the rank of Sergeant to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sergeant Paul Robles in December.  Sergeant Moberly has been assigned as a patrol watch commander. 

More time to comment on new geothermal plant proposal

January 11, 2013

Note: A meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 at the Mammoth Lakes public library at 2 p.m. to discuss the potential impacts to recreation of the pipeline associated with the proposed new geothermal plant project detailed below.

The Bishop Bureau of Land Management this week extended a public comment period to the end of January for the environmental review documents for a large, 33-megawatt geothermal plant that is planned for a site near the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.

A ‘blank slate’ in Mono County

January 11, 2013

New supervisors face challenge on first day

The last thing the three brand new Mono County supervisors who were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8, expected to face their first day in office was the imminent loss of the county’s top administrator.

But that is what District 3’s Tim Alpers, District 2’s Fred Stump, and District 4’s Tim Fesko got when County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens—with no advance warning to the supervisors—accepted another job as the CAO in Sutter County.

Jim Arkens to leave Mono County

January 11, 2013


Mono County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens accepted a job as the Sutter County Administrative Officer (CAO) in Yuba City on Tuesday, Jan. 8, announcing his resignation, effective Feb. 4, from Mono County in a letter the following day.

Arkens did not attend Tuesday’s Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, where three new supervisors—Tim Alpers, Fred Stump, and Tim Fesko—were sworn in.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 11 - 17

January 11, 2013


Union advocacy group sues over geothermal plant project

January 11, 2013


A plan to replace an aging geothermal plant at the Casa Diablo site has been sued by a union advocacy group

Mono County’s hopes to host a brand new geothermal facility sometime in the near future might have taken a hit, after a group of renewable energy union advocates and individuals sued the county on Dec. 14 over a lesser geothermal project.

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