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MMSA says it is not out of compliance with June Mountain permit

August 10, 2012

 There’s only room for two in the ongoing June Mountain boxing match.

Mono County found neither precedent nor legal language it can use to put pressure on Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to keep June Mountain Ski Area open this winter. The special use permit MMSA operates under gives almost all of the discretionary power with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service.

In addition, MMSA does not believe it is out of compliance with its special use permit with the Inyo National Forest.

County agrees to help June Lake this winter

August 10, 2012

Analysts examining the body of June Mountain Ski Area this week found a faint pulse.

June Mountain is still slated for closure this winter, but the Mono County Board of Supervisors committed to supporting the community with at least $100,000 in “bridge” money to help it survive this coming winter.

At the meeting, it was clear that at least some community members and political leaders expect June Mountain to close this winter.

“We need someone with some serious money to come in and do it very soon, and I haven’t seen that yet,” said June’s County Supervisor Vikki Bauer Wednesday.

Four school employees will be laid off

August 10, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District board officials said Tuesday they laid off several district employees in an attempt to lessen an impending $800,000 or more anticipated budget deficit next year.

Four positions were cut from the “classified” (non-certificated) employees roster—a full-time custodian, a full-time bus driver/custodian, a part-time PE teacher and a part-time yard duty aide, district officials said.

These four people have been notified of the decision, triggering a 45-day stay, and will be laid off after that 45 days has passed, later this fall.

RAW: Drought conditions means bears are hungry—don't feed them, forest service urges

August 8, 2012

The Eastern Sierra region of California, along with much of the western United States, is suffering from serious drought conditions. As a result of the lack of water and moisture, plants and shrubs are less productive and local wildlife are finding a shortage of natural forage and food.

The black bear populations of the Sierra Nevada rely upon plants and shrubs to survive. A shortage of native food sources for these animals is forcing bears to seek alternative food sources, including human food and trash.

RAW: Family outdoor-oriented theatre show at Mono Lake Friday evening

August 8, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. at the Mammoth Lake Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve and enjoy their natural spaces. The show is full of chaplin-esque physical comedy!

Search and Rescue teams find two hikers' bodies, including missing Carson City doctor

August 6, 2012

A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.

RAW: Several hikers evacuated by Search and Rescue over weekend

August 6, 2012

At least three different hikers in three different locations had to be evacuated by Mono County Search and Rescue teams over the past weekend, following accidents that caused minor injuries.

RAW: Missing girl found safe near Bridgeport

August 6, 2012

On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 8:00 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding the report of a missing 11-year old girl from the Mountain View, CA area.

RAW: Twenty-year drought conditions could mean water rationing

August 6, 2012

The lack of snow on the Sierra and the hot summer temperatures have significantly impacted surface water availability to the Mammoth Lakes community. Typically, the mountain snowpack functions as a reservoir of fresh water during our dry summers; however, this winter’s snowpack left little water to feed the lakes and creeks during the summer and replenishing summer rains have also been absent.
The Mammoth Lakes watershed is experiencing a roughly 1 in 20 year drought condition due to the meager winter.

Top-10, All-time bear shenanigan

August 3, 2012

round here, but this one might make the Top 10, All-Time.

A 129-pound, second-year bear, rummaging around in a trash bin at behind A-Frame Liquor in the Shady Rest parcel near Main Street, got its head stuck inside the bin, pulled the lid loose with its head, and then went for a walk—wearing the trash bin lid as a collar.

Video of the spectacle immediately went viral on the Internet, and still photographs, taken from the movie, also went viral.

Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles came to the rescue, according to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

Dead mules puzzle officers

August 3, 2012

Mono County deputies are investigating the deaths of two mules, found last weekend inside their holding areas.

Although a sheriff’s department spokesperson said, “there was no evidence of foul play, the deaths still puzzled the officers, along with members of the Frontier Pack Train team.

The pack train team told officers they received a call informing them that it appeared two mules were lying dead in their holding area that was set up eight days previously.

David Carle releases new book

August 3, 2012

Local writer and former Mono Lake ranger David Carle’s new book is out on local shelves.

“The Spotting Scope,” a murder mystery based loosely in the Mono Lake area, is the prolific author’s second book of fiction after publishing 12 successful nonfiction books.

“I read mysteries for relaxation, and I wanted to try my hand at one,” Carle, 61, said. “I especially wanted to portray a protagonist that enjoys life. It’s not a humorous or light book, necessarily, but it’s not as dark as some mysteries, either.”

"Halp!" Mammoth schools in math, science crisis

August 3, 2012

The news is dismal.

American kids are terrible at science and math—17th and 25th respectively—out of 65 countries tested in 2011.

And while Mammoth students fare better overall, it is not always by much. That fact has prompted John Stavlo, a retired engineer and a school board member, to do something.

Mono Lake, Bodie not likely to be affected by state parks scandal

August 3, 2012

A scandal that broke after a California paper discovered the State Park system has been sitting on $53 million while pleading a budget crisis and closing parks will likely have little effect on the Mono Lake and Bodie state parks, according to local officials.

“We don’t see any effects at this time,” said Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve ranger Dave Marquart. “That said, it’s still too soon to tell what the final effects will be. We don’t know enough yet about this to determine what will happen in the long run.”

Barcroft station closes Open House this summer

August 3, 2012

The annual Barcroft Research Station Open House held at 12,500 feet high in the White Mountains has been cancelled this summer due to a funding shortage.

The once-a-year open gate that allows easier access to the third highest peak in the state, White Mountain, will still be open to those interested in hiking.

In past years, the high altitude research center opened its doors every August and allowed citizens a glimpse into the lives and work of scientists who study and live in the strange, windswept, wild world more than two miles above sea level.

June Mountain backers are back at it

August 3, 2012

With little or no time left on the clock, June Mountain Ski Area advocates this week continued to hammer away at finding a way to keep it open.

But after four hours of trying to find a way, June Lake residents and members of the “Keep June Mountain Open Coalition” were right back where they started.

The ski area, which closed earlier this summer amid financial shortfalls, remains closed.

Bankruptcy timetable holds firm; Action begins on Monday, Aug. 6

August 3, 2012

Nothing in the past week has changed the schedule for Mammoth’s journey into bankruptcy protection.

That does not mean the town staff has just been sitting around, waiting for events to unfold.

Behind the scenes this week, the staff has been working at a frantic pitch as staffers gather documents requested by Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA) as well as federal mediator Elizabeth Perris.

Those documents may come into play as early as Monday, when the town and MLLA face each other for the first time in a scheduled two-day face-to-face mediation session.

Mammoth Olympians Keflezighi, Hastings, Uceny take world stage

August 3, 2012

The track and field portion of the Olympic Games begin this weekend in London and for Mammoth Track Club athletes and their specialty disciplines, the four-year wait is just about over.

Morgan Uceny, in the women’s 1,500 meters, Amy Hastings in the 10,000 meters, and marathoner Meb Keflezighi all run on different days, most of them live but some on delayed broadcast.

Former Mammoth Track Club members Ryan Hall and Alistair Cragg, running for Ireland, also will run the marathon, on the final day of the Olympics on Aug. 12.

Freeker by the Speaker: KMMT music director "Katie Mac" rocks the house

August 3, 2012

You might have seen Katie McWilliams last weekend at the Pink Froyd show in the Village.

She was hard to miss, once you noticed.

“You know that Keller Williams song, ‘Freeker by the Speaker?’” she said afterward. “I was a freeker by the left speaker at Pink Froyd. What a great show. I was getting after it.

“I had to take my shoes off because they didn’t want to move as fast as my feet!”

McWilliams, aka “Katie Mac,” is the music director on Mammoth’s KMMT radio (106.5 FM) and the architect behind its new, indescribable music format.

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