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RAW: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center opens Sept. 1

August 28, 2012

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening on Sept. 1, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.

Mammoth's grizzled Old Timers gather (again) at Hayden Cabin

August 24, 2012

It is one of those odd summer rites that only the most local of locals acknowledges.

The Old-Timers’ Barbeque at The Hayden Cabin Historical Museum has been going on since the Old Timers were Young Timers—way, way back in the day.

Therefore, it’s a perfect venue for New Timers and visitors. Not only can they chat with the Old Timers, they also can see the new wonders of the cabin and museum.

Mammoth settles $43 million with MLLA; details vague

August 24, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday reached a settlement agreement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition over the town’s $43 million judgment, according to Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.

The main players in the MLLA vs. Town of Mammoth Lakes case

August 24, 2012

The saga of Southern California developer Terry Ballas and the Mammoth Yosemite Airport goes back through several Mammoth Lakes Town Councils and Town Managers to 1997.

That year, the Town Council signed a development agreement with Ballas allowing him to build condominiums and retail facilities at the airport.

Huskies open on poignant note; teammate in hospital with cancer

August 24, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies open their football season this evening at Gault/McClure Stadium, but the rah-rah has been taken out of them.

Their best player, their hardest worker, and the lifeblood of their defense—Matt Graef—has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer at a UC Davis hospital. As they fight to make themselves a football team, Graef is fighting for his life.

Mammoth Festival reigned in the rain

August 24, 2012

An unusual pattern has developed during this summer’s festival season.

The events start out under blue, beautiful skies, are interrupted by the usual thunderstorm and in the end, everyone has a fine time and goes home.

So it was last weekend when the Mammoth Festival opened with a wine walk in the Village on Friday night, and an evening of music at Sam’s Woodsite on Saturday.

The star, Kenny Loggins, was just about the only star anyone could see as he strode on stage, what with the last vestiges of that afternoon’s rain clouds moving off.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 24-30, starring Dave and Roma McCoy, Tom Gault, Alicia Vennos et al

August 24, 2012

Lost in the drama of the last-minute Town Council closed meetings dealing with MLLA was the tale of Councilman Michael Raimondo, who was airlifted to Reno after complaining of chest pains. The Docs cleared him, but not before he conferenced in to the meeting while hooked up to oxygen and whatever else they were giving him via IV. Turned out to be an enzyme reaction, not a heart attack. …

Yosemite celebrates 96th anniversary

August 24, 2012

Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) by holding a series of activities focused on “What NPS Rangers do” on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The activities will be held at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include presentations on search and rescue, fire management, education, resource management and science, and the University of California at Merced Ranger Program.
Additionally, a youth-oriented service project will be led from the visitor center.

Firewood available in June Lake in September

August 24, 2012

Beginning Sept. 7, a special personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop will be opened by the Inyo National Forest. This area is located on the north side of S.R. 158 opposite from the Fern Lake Trailhead.

You must have a valid 2012 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only.

This area will be closed Oct. 31, or sooner, if the Forest Service has determined sufficient firewood has been removed to reduce hazardous fuel conditions.

Dog Sled Adventures gets some attention from county

August 24, 2012

Dog Sled Adventures owner Jim Ouimet got support from most of the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to work with county staff to find a “bare bones” way to give Ouimet a better living situation.Ouimet’s dog sled business is located on county land, under a county lease, off the Casa Diablo Road east of Mammoth Lakes and the S.R. 203/U.S. 395 junction.

County budget hearings next week

August 24, 2012

Mono County holds its annual budget hearings next week, beginning on Monday, Aug. 27 and ending on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The hearings will be held in Bridgeport on Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 at the Mono County Courthouse Board of Supervisors Chambers.

They will be held in Mammoth Lakes on Aug. 28 at the third floor of the Sierra Center Mall (Shogun mall).

The hearings begin at 9 a.m. each day.

June Lake residents move forward on winter activities planning

August 24, 2012

June Lake residents gathered together this past weekend to assign volunteers to work on the coming winter’s plan to keep June alive in the face of the closure of the June Mountain Ski Area. The residents were given $100,000 from Mono County last week toward the effort, with the money funneled through the county’s tourism department.

Swall Meadows, Crowley Lake to get high speed broadband—before Digital 395

August 24, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to approve a $286,398 grant to Verizon California, Inc. to bring high-speed internet broadband service to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake even before the Digital 395 project is completed, according to Steven Kalish.

Kalish is a Swall Meadows resident who has been working on the issue for several years.

The cable must be in place by Jan. 28, Kalish said.

“They are under orders to get it done by then,” he said.

Car break-ins target registration documents

August 24, 2012

Car registration documents seem to be the primary target in a string of car break-ins over the past few months, according to Mammoth Lakes police officers.

Stolen car registrations (along with some low-value items like cell phone chargers and lipstick) concern Mammoth Lakes Police Detective Dan Casabian.

“Your address is on the registration,” he said. “I’m wondering if they might be using this to target other burglaries.”

He said what bothers him most is that all the cars were unlocked.

“I hear it all the time, ‘This is Mammoth Lakes and nothing happens in Mammoth,’” he said.

Come on over! International visitation key to future tourism

August 24, 2012

If Mono County doesn’t grab the incoming wave of international tourists in the next decade or so, it will be stuck as it is now—a weekend and holiday destination for drive-up visitors from the Bay Area and Southern California.

If it does, it will have the opportunity to sharply increase the number of visitors that come on weekdays, during the shoulder season and—most critically—spend a lot of money while they are here, compared to domestic visitors, according to Mono County’s chief economic development manager, Alicia Vennos.

Urdi pushes air service to balky supervisors

August 24, 2012

 
Mammoth Lakes Tourism Director John Urdi came out of Tuesday’s county supervisors meeting looking like a man at the end of his rope.

“I feel like I’ve failed,” he told the five supervisors Tuesday, as he made the case that the county should contribute at least $100,000 toward year-round air service subsidies next year. “If you do not see the value of air service to you, to this county, to your constituents, after two years, I’ve failed.

Graupel storm hits the White Mountains, leaves a coating of white

August 24, 2012

It was supposed to be a hot, sunny week up here.

All week.

All the meteorological models showed relentless sun. None showed thunder, lightening, rain.

Yet at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Eastern Sierra residents sprang from their beds after a crash of thunder started off a spectacular lightning storm that lit the night sky for hours and dumped an inch of rain.

By 7 a.m., when the clouds had cleared, the White Mountains were cloaked in a thick, white blanket that looked very much like snow.

Body of missing boy recovered near Vernal Fall Thursday

August 23, 2012

The body of Jacob Adams, 6, who was swept into the Merced River on Wednesday, August 15, was recovered on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres “Andy” Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Aug. 15 when they were swept downstream. Andy was pulled from the river by a park visitor shortly after the incident but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

Mammoth bears dig didgeridoos

August 17, 2012

It might not pass the sniff test, as it were, but anecdotal evidence suggests our bears like music.

Margarita Festival slams into Mammoth summer scene

August 17, 2012

As first-time events go, last weekend’s Mammoth Margarita Festival entered the summer festival scene with modest expectations.

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