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Tenney moves to take down banner signs for good

February 15, 2013

 

Says Mammoth ‘looks like a swap meet’ in summer months

After years of wrangling over what to do about the proliferation of what she considers unsightly banner signs in Mammoth, Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney said she has a solution.

“We should eliminate all banners except for special events,” she said at a commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “We should eliminate all ‘temporary’ signs, too.”

Out of area union groups file comments opposing geothermal plant

February 15, 2013

 

‘Here we go again,’ says a Roseville-based construction worker advocate

It didn’t take long for two mostly non-local membership union advocacy groups to dump hundreds of pages of comments challenging the proposed new geothermal plant slated for construction in the next few years off of Casa Diablo Road.

County supes vote against Mammoth Mountain funding of ‘peer resort’ trip

February 15, 2013

 

‘I don’t want it to look like a junket,’ Fesko says

It didn’t take long for the Mono County supervisors to figure out Tuesday that allowing Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to pay for travel expenses for the supervisors on a “peer resorts” tour was a bad idea.

County begins filling four vacant positions

February 15, 2013

 

Mono County lost all three of its top administrators in the last few months, but none of the vacancies will be permanent and efforts are underway now to re-fill all the positions, according to county officials.

A ‘grow house’ grows in Mammoth

February 15, 2013

 

Legal cannabis nursery approved for Mammoth Lakes Wellness

Long after the resolution of rules in connection with marijuana dispensaries in Mammoth, the town this past week tackled the related issue of legal cannabis nurseries to supply them.

The town’s response: “Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow.”

Fight over Mammoth Creek could be headed to court

February 15, 2013

 

“Settlement” talks between Mammoth’s community water district and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power appear to have broken down Thursday and the two sides could be headed to court.

According to Mammoth Community Water District attorney Alan Lilly, a hearing date has now been set for Sept. 6, barring a possible settlement between now and then.

Search and Rescue team honors Holmquist, Guffey

February 15, 2013

 

Each year, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team honors one of its members for his or her individual excellence and public service. This year, the Pete Schoerner Rescue Member of the Year for 2012 was awarded to Jeff Holmquist.

‘Alabama Hills Day’ set for April

February 15, 2013

 

The “Second Annual Alabama Hills Day” has been scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lone Pine. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups/activities that access and interface with the Alabamas.

Over 30 different sponsors/exhibitors will be at the event with their displays that will be promoting their activity and use of the Alabama Hills.

DSES Paralympic Sport Camp a success

February 15, 2013

 

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra wrapped up its third Paralympic Sport Camp of this winter season, and organizers said they were thrilled with the prospective Paralympic talent the camp produced The Alpine Ski and Race Camp is one of several DSES Paralympic Sport camps, which are geared as recruitment camps for further Paralympic training.

Small business webinars held on Wednesdays

February 15, 2013

 

Mono County will be hosting a Wednesday lunchtime webinar series in the Mammoth Lakes Board of Supervisor’s Meeting Room on the 3rd Floor of Sierra Center Mall. More information can be found online at http://escrbconsortium.org/business_webinars/.

The Webinars will be every other Wednesday during the lunch hour from 12:05 to 1:00 p.m., throughout 2013. The webinars are free to business owners and residents in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties; others must pay a $ 39 fee to attend.

Objection period set for Sherwin-Scenic Loop Project

February 15, 2013

 

The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District, has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Sherwin-Scenic Loop Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. This project proposes to conduct fuels treatments by mowing brush and thinning trees on approximately 1,100 acres managed by the Inyo National Forest around Sherwin Creek, Mammoth Creek, and Mammoth Scenic Loop areas, in and around the town of Mammoth Lakes.

Double trouble

February 15, 2013

 

There is still widespread influenza activity in California, with levels above epidemic thresholds for the seventh straight week, according to county health officials.

Although evidence shows decreased activity on the East Coast and the Southeast where it started this year, the West Coast, including the Eastern Sierra, is still showing high levels of activity.

Biggest weekend of the ski season

February 15, 2013

 

Mammoth will have its biggest weekend of the ski season, according to projections released by Mammoth Lakes Tourism on Thursday.

According to the projections, the three-day Presidents Day weekend totals were set at 92 percent of capacity, well ahead of the same weekend of a year ago, when skier visits slipped to 76 percent.

As for the mid-week, the tourism bureau projected Mammoth to be filled to 64 percent capacity, compared to 50 percent a year ago, when sketchy snow depths affected all but the Pacific Northwest ski areas.

RAW: Walters appointed acting public works director for county

February 14, 2013

The Mono County Board of Supervisors has appointed Jeff Walters to serve as the Acting Public Works Director.

The position of public works director was held by former CAO Jim Arkens for several years, until Arkens resigned in early February

The board made this appointment during their regular meeting of Feb 12.

Walters started working for Mono County on April 7, 2008, as operations superintendent, and was promoted to Assistant Public Works Director on Nov. 4, 2008.

Supervisors call for an end to fish wars

February 12, 2013

 

There’s been something of a low-grade battle going on for years at Conway Ranch—a battle over fish, of all things.

It’s a battle over who pays to raise the fish that are being raised out there, and who doesn’t, over who is responsible when things go wrong, and who isn’t.

Ski Area evacuates Canyon Lodge briefly; scent of propane causes a scramble

February 8, 2013

Officials evacuated Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at mid-afternoon Friday, Feb. 8, ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch confirmed.

‘Snow Biking’ makes tracks in Mammoth

February 8, 2013

 

Users argue for change  of 21-year-old rule

A new recreation activity is beginning to emerge in Mammoth, but “snow biking” has some bumpy bureaucratic rules to clear before it can break into the trails system of the Inyo National Forest.

June Lake struggles despite new events, opportunities

February 8, 2013

Even with the efforts of the community, no one says June Lake is better off without June Mountain Ski Area

 

Although the U.S. Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finally completed a winter operating plan for the June Mountain Ski Area, the closed ski area continues to present a big challenge to the community of June Lake.

First-ever June Lake Festival results

February 8, 2013

 

Organizers promise event to return next year

Event organizers of the June Lake Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon announced on the heels of a first run, that the family-oriented winter outdoor event would return next year. 

Largest glacier in Yosemite stops moving

February 8, 2013

 

The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado.

The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch a day.

 Glaciers are defined as long-lasting ice masses that arise from the accumulation of snow, and move downhill by flowing and sliding, according to the park.

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