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RAW: New, final Tuolumne River Plan released

March 13, 2014

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Final Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The plan is the result of using the best available science, resource stewardship, and public input to create a robust vision for the Tuolumne River Corridor for the next 15-20 years. The Tuolumne River flows through the northern portion of Yosemite National Park and is one of the two federally designated Wild and Scenic rivers within Yosemite.

Mammoth poised for real estate growth

March 13, 2014

Mammoth is poised for growth of large-scale commercial and residential real estate development—if it can create “a new story” that will offset the old story of financial ruin.

And it can, according to some of Mammoth’s longtime real estate experts.

Tim Fesko’s ‘Excellent Adventure’

March 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—It could have been an ordinary, ho-hum trip Back East.

But when Mono County Supervisor Tim Fesko is involved, hardly anything seems ordinary, and there is no ho-hum in his makeup.

Room reservation for the National Association of Counties Convention?

Cancelled, for unexplained reasons.

A five-inch snowfall that paralyzed the federal government?

Check.

The nearly impossible task of educating America on the perils of the Bi-State Sage Grouse Listing?

Don’t get him started.

June Mountain to stay open to April 20

March 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—More cold weather would help, not to mention snow.

But whatever happens in the next five weeks, Mono County Supervisor Tim Alpers said the June Mountain Ski Area will stay open through Easter Sunday, April 20.

“They’re going to make it work, whatever the circumstances are,” Alpers said from the dais at a meeting of the Mono County Board of Supervisors here on Tuesday, March 11.

Eight candidates for council; five for Board of Supervisors

March 13, 2014

Unlike the last go-around, Mammoth will have an actual election this year.

 

Wildlife care volunteers wanted; spring brings influx of new animal babies

March 11, 2014

The non-profit Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care organization has been rescuing injured and orphaned wildlife for almost 20 years here in the Eastern Sierra; everything from golden eagles to squirrels, from ravens and foxes, from baby mink to young hawks that have fallen from the nest too early.

What's up, up here? | March 6-12

March 6, 2014

Overheard on the political front: “OK, Shields and Colin, it’s up to you. Run, or be OK with Bigtime Danger ’round here.” …

 

Mammoth moves to regulate 'E-Cigs'

March 6, 2014

 

Hard on the heels of an emotional vote by the Los Angeles City Council, Mammoth’s legislators this past week charged forward with a plan to regulate electronic cigarettes.

 

Mammoth Times offers exciting, new opportunities

March 6, 2014

I read a business article that struck a chord in me.

The March 6 Mammoth Times is on the racks, in the mail

March 6, 2014

 

The March 6 edition of the Mammoth Times is on news racks and in the mail, and there’s a treat tucked inside.

The new, 32-page issue of Mammoth Sierra Magazine is included, featuring the portrait photography of Joel St. Marie and his “Movers and Shakers” project.

Council gives itself pay raise in split vote; first salary hike since 1985

March 6, 2014

In a municipality where twists and turns have been the norm for three decades, at least one thing has remained constant: members of the Town Council are paid $300 a month, plus some health benefits.

Lehman officially bows out of Town Council race

March 3, 2014

Saying it was "a hard decision for me," Mammoth Town Council Member Matthew Lehman said this past week that he would not seek re-election in the upcoming June 3 town elections.

"It's official," he said on Monday, March 3, in a telephone interview. "I will not be running for re-election."

RAW: Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits available for reservation starting March 1

March 1, 2014

Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2014 hiking season will be available for reservation starting Saturday, March 1, through Monday, March 31. 

In this week's Mammoth Times

February 27, 2014

The Feb. 27 issue of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks throughout the Eastern Sierra, as well as in the mail for subscribers.

This week's paper  is loaded.

We look at the future of snowmaking at the June Mountain Ski Area; how high school kids can get a tuition break to the University of Nevada, Reno; and a fascinating tale of a Long Beach-to-Reno bus that had mechanical difficulties, resulting in the carbon monoxide poisoning that sickened many of its passengers.

Planners pedal toward two-wheeled future

February 27, 2014

With the Main Street Plan in its rearview mirror and town zoning code updates about to follow suit, the town’s planning commission this past week brought back an old chestnut.

The General Bikeway Plan, first unveiled nearly two decades ago and revisited four times since then, got another look on Wednesday, Feb. 26, by the town’s re-named Planning and Economic Development Commission.

New bill aims to create firefighting fund

February 27, 2014

The biggest change in how wildfires are funded in generations could allow firefighters to “get ahead” of potentially catastrophic fires by giving them the funds to do the preventative work that keeps wildfires from spreading, according to National Forest Service officials.

The new rules, proposed this week by President Barack Obama, would set aside a national fund for fighting fire.

About four feet of snow expected by Saturday

February 27, 2014

What is being called “the biggest storm in two years” is forecast to dump as much as four feet of snow on the Sierra crest and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and several feet of snow in the town of Mammoth by the end of this weekend, according to forecasters.

The storm—actually two storms separated by one day—will come in beginning Wednesday afternoon and exit late Saturday, with some lingering snow showers lasting late into the weekend and possibly into Monday as well, according to the National Weather Service.

In this week's Mammoth Times

February 24, 2014

In this week’s Mammoth Times, a report from Town Hall, where the Mammoth Town Council, meeting until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, was set to create a new non-government entity called “Mammoth Lakes Recreation”— a bold move aimed at unifying the town’s recreation assets.

We have the details of the plan as it moved toward a vote.

Carbon monoxide poisoning likely in illnesses on bus bound for Reno

February 24, 2014

A commercial bus bound for Reno from Long Beach may have had a mechanical failure that sickened several of its passengers late Sunday night, Feb. 23, authorities said.

The bus, identified as an Amador Stage Lines vehicle, stopped in Bridgeport, at which point many of the passengers were sent by ambulance to nearby hospitals, where they were treated and released, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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