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Council takes on single-family home rentals

December 21, 2012

 

Disconnect between audience and policy makers

The Mammoth Town Council Wednesday took on the issue of single-family home rentals, but ended up in a circular debate with audience members who did not seem quite clear about the issue at hand.

The issue before the council was whether or not to order the town staff to gather additional research to help move the debate forward.

Paramedic union to vote on cost-cutting agreement

December 21, 2012

 

Mono County’s paramedics have probably saved hundreds of lives since the program came into existence—but like all good things, there has been a cost.

“This program is costing the county about $500,000 a year more every year,” said Mono County Supervisor Vikki Bauer earlier this year. “We have to put the brakes on this growth in cost.”

To that end, the county has been working with the paramedic union, trying to find a way to keep the program without the constant growth in costs.

Boccia on Mammoth schools: ‘I’m not going to build prisons’

December 21, 2012

 

Schools superintendent, police chief, review school safety plans

Mammoth schools superintendent Rich Boccia said this week that he and Police Chief Dan Watson are reviewing safety procedures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre that took the lives of 20 kids and six adults.

Boccia, addressing the Town Council Wednesday evening, said neither he nor Watson will over-react.

‘Mt. Andrea Lawrence’ one signature away

December 21, 2012

 

Congress passes bill, goes to Obama next

The peak in the Eastern Sierra that is to be named after the late Andrea Mead Lawrence is almost a designated peak.

The only thing it lacks is a sign-off by President Obama.

The Senate passed the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011 last year, and the House of Representatives signed off on it Thursday.

Town credit rating improves; MLLA loan could be affected

December 21, 2012

Mammoth is back in the pink.

A major national credit ratings service on Wednesday declared Mammoth “stable,” lifting the town from the dregs of a “highly vulnerable” credit rating in the wake of settling its legal battle against Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).

Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez delivered the news to the Town Council at its meeting Wednesday evening, just hours after Standard & Poor’s Rating Services raised Mammoth from a “C” rating to “BB+.”

Land Trust identifies 15 species in migration corridor

December 21, 2012

Using a motion sensor activated camera in Round Valley, members of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust have made a startling discovery.

With a camera purchased with grant funds from the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, ESLT documented 15 different species over a period of five months, ranging from tiny deer mice to the tawny mountain lion.
“Wildlife migration corridors are defined as historic routes that many different wildlife species use to travel between different types of crucial habitats,” said the ESLT’s Karen Ferrell-Ingram.

Mammoth Dog Teams hopes New Year will offer answers

December 21, 2012

Mammoth Dog Teams owner Jim Ouimet and his several dozen husky dogs have been without a permanent place to call home since 2003—and he’s going to have to wait until at least 2013 for that to change.

“We will be bringing this up to the supervisors probably around the middle of January, with a staff analysis and the bids we have already done in hand,” said Jim Arkens, Mono County’s administrator.

Arkens spoke this week, after the outgoing board of supervisors punted another decision about the dogsled business to the incoming board that will take its seat in January.

Search continues for missing airplane over Yosemite National Park

December 20, 2012

 

Search efforts continue for the single engine plane that may have gone missing over Yosemite National Park on Monday, December 17. 

The pilot, recently identified as 68 year-old Nicol Wilson of Solvang, CA, was flying alone from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes when he was last detected via radar in the afternoon of Dec. 17 near the North Dome area of the park.  The plane, a 1966 Single-Engine Mooney, was reported missing by Wilson’s family when he didn’t arrive in Mammoth Monday night.

RAW: Drunk man arrested for burglary, arson, at Jalapeño's restaurant

December 19, 2012

Police arrested an 18-year-old Mammoth man during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 19, after responding to a call of an intoxicated man who had just left a local hotel.

While searching for the person in sub-zero temperatures, the two officers were called away to handle a domestic violence in progress, police said in a news release. After handling that, they returned to the area of South Frontage Road to continue their search.

RAW: Another loss for DWP in fight with local air pollution control district

December 19, 2012

On Dec. 17, in another setback for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Kern County Superior Court ruled that LADWP must pay more than one million dollars in fees that itdeliberately withheld related to air pollution control measures for the dried Owens Lake bed.

Chief Watson: "This was their 9/11."

December 16, 2012

It felt just like any other morning to Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson.

Chief Watson, Supt. Boccia: Joint Statement on the Newtown massacre

December 16, 2012

 

Like all of you, we are shocked and saddened by the horrific school shootings that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday and the tragic loss of life. 

One cannot begin to wonder what goes through a person’s mind that pushes them to the edge to take such violent action on innocent people and in this case, teachers and kindergarten students.  We share in the grief that all our community has for the victims, their families, and the people of Newton.

Times promotes Shirk, Tyree, Hoxie, Garcia

December 14, 2012

 

Four changes to the Mammoth Times staff were announced this week by publisher and editor-in-chief Aleksandra Gajewski.

George Shirk, currently news editor of the Times and Managing Editor of Mammoth Sierra Magazine, was named Managing Editor across the suite of the newspaper company’s publications.

Concurrently, Tiffany Tyree was named business manager, while Lesley-Anne Hoxie was named business assistant/classified sales representative. Finally, Alex Garcia assumes the duties of editorial assistant.

What A Dickens!

December 14, 2012

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage. 

Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!

A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.

‘No shooting’ ordinance for Conway Ranch removed

December 14, 2012

 

A “no shooting” ordinance covering the Conway Ranch property has been amended and shooting, camping, snowmobiling and night time use will soon be allowed on the property after raising little resistance at a Tuesday Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mono County owns the Conway Ranch, a scenic swathe of open space at the base of Conway Summit, and had put in place rules prohibiting these activities when it bought the property more than a decade ago.

Dog Sled Adventures fate again in limbo

December 14, 2012

 

The fate of Dog Sled Adventures is still in limbo after an emotional exchange between the county supervisors Tuesday that ended—once again and after years of waffling—in no action.

Aussie Stuart Brown leaves AYSO, passes ball to Kiwi Stuart Reed

December 14, 2012

 

Stuart Brown, the affable Aussie who for four years has served as the regional commissioner of AYSO youth soccer, announced this week he is leaving his post.

“Hopefully, you’re leaving something in better shape than when you started,” he said.

Brown, 46, served two terms and earned respect and kudos from the players as well as the AYSO Board of Directors.

Fish rearing group claims millions in damages against county

December 14, 2012

 

 

A private aquaculture group that had hoped to create a commercial fish hatchery on Mono County property on the Conway Ranch has filed a claim for more than $4 million in past and future damages against the county, according to the county.

Inland Aquaculture Group, headed by John Frederickson, has been trying to make a viable fishery at the site, with the county’s blessing, for the past several years.

But in the past few years, the relationship between the county and IAG has soured.

June Lake to light its tree

December 14, 2012

 

Holidays, Santa arrive Saturday

June Lake joins the holiday festivities tomorrow (Saturday) with its annual “Tree & Village Lighting Celebration.”

The tree lighting is at 5 p.m in the Village, but holiday partyers can come early for appetizers at Sierra Crest Realty, beginning at 3 p.m., and stay late for music and dancing at the Sierra Inn, along with a bit of Christmas caroling, too.

Coulters reveive Rotary recognition

December 14, 2012

 

Ken and Flossie ‘surprised and very honored

The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this week named Ken and Flossie Coulter as the first-ever recipients of the  “Service Above Self” award.

The award is presented to an individual or couple who model the motto through their actions in providing outstanding service to our community, said Rick Phelps, president of the noon Rotary.

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