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Possible flashfloods this afternoon

September 12, 2011

Mammoth weather forecaster Howard Sheckter predicts possibly heavy rains this afternoon, and the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting as much as one inch per hour rainfall intervals this afternoon. A NWS "Flashflood Warning" goes into effect at 1 p.m. today.

"Today may be the day for heavy rain," Sheckter wrote on his website today. "A day of heavy rainfall for areas from about Mammoth Lakes to the Alpine County line and on both sides of the crest especially west of the Sierra Crest, west of Bridgeport."

"Not bad for September," he said.

Mono Lake rescue ends well

September 12, 2011

On Wednesday Sept. 7 the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call to search near Mono Lake for an overdue visitor. An Riverside couple became tired while canoeing on Mono Lake. The 71 year old wife opted to walk back to the parking area at Navy Beach, which was only about a half mile to the west. The Mono County Sheriff’s Department sent a sergeant and deputy to the area and tracking was attempted near where the canoes had landed. Lee Vining and June Lake Fire Departments responded and began grid searching areas to the east and west of Navy Beach.

Two Mammoth youth arrested on suspicion of arson

September 12, 2011

On Thursday, Sept. 8 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Art Torres and Jesse Gorham responded to a call on Lupin Street. They met with a resident who had discovered a smoldering pile of needles on his wooden deck. The resident also observed two 10 to 12-year-old juveniles fleeing the area. The resident also observed three lighters, dry grass, a burnt pen, and what appeared to be school papers.

Bridgeport area campgrounds begin to close this week, fall hours for ranger station

September 12, 2011

Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Bridgeport Ranger Station on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be returning to the fall and winter office schedule; the office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends and holidays.

Irvine resident dies after Labor Day skateboard accident in Mammoth

September 9, 2011

On Monday, Sept. 5 at approximately 11:45 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police and Mono County Paramedics responded to West Bear Lake Road west of Minaret for an injured skateboarder. Brett Bertsch, 18, Irvine, and his younger brother were riding down West Bear Lake Road when Brett fell, landing on his head. He was transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital and subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Nevada where he died.

Three bears slaughtered in June Lake

August 27, 2011

Three bears are dead in June Lake and it’s not their fault.

After a rash of bear break-ins in June Lake recently, three bears were shot to death in several separate incidents and the Department of Fish and Game said Thursday that it is investigating reports of a local June Lake resident who may have been feeding bears for some time now.

“I can confirm that we are investigating reports of a woman who is believed to be feeding bears in the area,” said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the department.

A thousand-inch winter? Really?

August 27, 2011

Summer is over and a big winter could be ahead.

There.

It’s been said.

Darker mornings, cooler nights; a subtle shift in the light. A slight tinge of gold, even in the greenest trees and plants. School in session, pre-dawn runs before work, woodpiles sprouting on every deck.

Orion rising. Scorpius setting. Summer is over.

And far too soon for most locals, battered by a long, deep-snowed winter, a cold spring, a summer that only began six short weeks ago.

To make it all worse, the rumor mill about the coming winter is enough to make you break out in chills.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Aug. 26 - Sept. 1

August 27, 2011

Happy 96th to Dave McCoy! …

From tourism chief John Urdi on Wednesday morning: “Nice wake-up call this morning at 5 a.m. with a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.” …

Mike Abbott on Facebook Wednesday morning: “Ummmmm ... was that an East Coast aftershock here?” …
Yep, that was Dan Hansen of MMSA rodding about, here and there. “Just drove a Bentley Continental GT Supersport Convertible. It was a little painful to get back into my truck afterwards.” …

Another death in Yosemite, after climber falls off face of Half Dome

August 24, 2011

Yosemite National Park suffered its 17th death this year, when a climber fell to his death off the face of Half Dome Monday afternoon.

The park normally has about 12 to 15 fatalities a year, making the first eight months of 2011 already a record-breaking year. High, swift, cold rivers and creeks and a record number of visitors to the park this summer have contributed to the deadly year, but park officials recently told the Mammoth Times they are not sure exactly what other factors might be involved, if any.

What happens next with Bodie Hills?

August 12, 2011

Following last week’s heated meeting regarding the Bodie Hills and other national Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), the MT asked all five of the Mono County Supervisors to weigh in on the future of the process. Here is what they had to say, in their own words.

(Supervisor Larry Johnston left for vacation right after that meeting and was not available for comment by press deadline.)

Byng Hunt, District 1 (Mammoth):

Mammoth View Project: Our first geothermal hotel

August 12, 2011

A green light couldn’t get more green.

The “Mammoth View” project, an innovative, 54-room hotel with 24 townhouses and 28 freestanding cabins, complete with a spa building, hot tubs and picnic areas, won a complete victory from the town this past week.

It will have a restaurant and bar, public art, walking areas for just anybody-old-who, and a trolley stop.

It’ll have a walkway in front, along Main Street, a reconfiguration of the stoplight at Main Street and Minaret Road, and bring in about a trillion billion gazillion dollars in transient occupancy tax.

So they say.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for Aug. 12-18

August 12, 2011

An estimated 520 cars entered the Crowley Lake Fish Camp to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks. The Town received $2,600 (20 percent of the $25 entrance fee), which ain’t bad. But that won’t erase The Judgment…

Heads up! On Sept. 10, the Whitmore Pool closes for the season and this has been a darned short summer season…

Mammoth Mountain recorded 1,293,341 skier visits for the 2010/11 season, just so’s you know. Darned long winter season…

Town Council swats down Development Impact Fees, but only for one year

August 6, 2011

The contractors won the pennant! The contractors won the pennant!

All right, so it wasn’t exactly that dramatic at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, but to Mammoth builders it must have seemed like Bobby Thomson had just stepped to the plate and swatted a drive into the lower deck of the left field stands.

When they walked out of the Council Chambers, they had a victory, although not a total, hands-down victory.

First of all, there was no actual action.

Bodie Hills resolution dies in county supervisors' chambers

August 6, 2011

“No.”

That was the Mono County Supervisors’ almost united response to Tuesday’s request by a Bridgeport community group to take the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area out of its semi-protected status.

In fact, the board was so irritated by the resolution and the way it ended up on the agenda, they refused to vote on it, leaving it to die an undignified death.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for Aug. 5-11

August 6, 2011

“Fireball,” the iconoclastic checker at Vons, showed up the other day with a hairnet over his shaved pate. Didn’t slow him down a whit…

Our own Shaylyn Riley and boyfriend Scott Smith came in second in the first heat of the co-ed canoe race last Saturday at the Firemen’s BBQ Yeah!…

Bodie Hills, redistricting go to supervisors today; meeting accessible in Mammoth

August 2, 2011

Two controversial issues, redistricting and the Bodie Hills, go before the Mono County Supervisors today and both can be viewed and participated in in Mammoth via videoconference as well as in Bridgeport, at the county courthouse, second floor, Supervisor's Chambers.

The Mammoth meeting room is in the Shogun mall, on the third floor, at the far south end of the building, on the left. It will be obvious when you get there, if you just follow the hallway almost all the way south to the end, and turn left.

Nation's wilderness study areas, including Bodie, in local crosshairs Tuesday

July 29, 2011

Say it isn’t so.

After more than a decade of divisive debate over the fate of Mono County’s federal Wilderness Study Areaswith no clean solution, the argument comes back again next week.

A Bridgeport community group has put a resolution on the county supervisor’s agenda Tuesday that will ask the supervisors to support releasing some of the county — and the nation’s — wilderness study areas from the federal protection they now have.

Commissioners gather in grand sit-down. 'Resort Investment' plan on the table

July 29, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes government tribes gathered Wednesday evening in a Woodstock moment.

If they had held hands and sung “Kumbaya,” no one would have been much surprised.

The sit-down was to approve a “Resort Investment Element” – basically an amendment to the town’s 2007 General Plan.

Its importance could not be overstated:

“Let’s build a Big Top,” said community development director Mark Wardlaw to the assembled commissioners.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 29-Aug. 3

July 29, 2011

From the True Love files: Kathy Johnson, the superb (and athletic) cosmetologist at the Profiles Salon, was busy snipping on Tuesday when Bruce Bartlett walked in with a dozen red roses and plopped them on the front desk. Just for the heck of it. …

More True Love: Have there ever been newlyweds as radiant as Teresa Aragon and new hubby Jimmy? The former Miss Brooks and Jimmy hitched on the shores of Convict Lake last weekend. Yay!…

Skeptical Council gets look at Lehman's Economic Stimulus Package

July 22, 2011

When Matthew Lehman gets a hot idea, he sure doesn’t waste much time between “floating” it and kicking it into action.

Mammoth’s councilman and Mayor Pro Tem suggested two weeks ago that Mammoth should perhaps devise some sort of “economic stimulus plan."

By Wednesday night’s regular Town Council meeting, he had legislation on the table in the form of a plan prepared by the town staff. He also had a list of immediate action items, delivered by letter. Lehman had to be out of town for Wednesday’s meeting and so was not present.

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