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Crowley Lake says: X Cells – no towers for now

April 15, 2011

Some Crowley Lake residents would rather remain in their cell phone dead zone than put up with two towers smack dab in the middle of their neighborhood. Mono County Planning commissioners supported them when they denied a permit to build the towers on Crowley Lake Drive, concluding a meeting last night (Thursday, April 14) at the Crowley Lake Community Center. Area residents who spoke at the meeting sided 14 to 9 against the permit, as they addressed a standing-room-only crowd of more than 60 concerned residents.

Mono County Public Health Officer position statement on Crowley cell tower issue

April 13, 2011

Dr. Rick Johnson, Mono County Public Health Officer, has today (April 13, 2011) submitted the following statement on the cell tower issue in Crowley Lake. He emphasizes it is separate from the Planning/approval process of any individual tower or base station, and simply expresses his opinion as the Health Officer in response to requests for information regarding RF emissions:

"It Shouldn’t Be About The Tower!

Mammoth High awarded California Distinguished School status

April 13, 2011

It's been a long wait for Mammoth High School, but late this afternoon, the school finally found out that it is now a California Distinguished School, one of only 97 other schools to get the award this year.

The award is a reflection of several years of higher test scores and other academic accomplishments for the high school, much of it accomplished under the leadership of former Mammoth High principal Mike Agnitch. The MT will update this story as soon as possible.

In the meantime, here's the state's announcement:

UPDATED: Mammoth gets new manager, county loses theirs as Wilbrecht takes top Town job

April 12, 2011

The Town Council of Mammoth Lakes has selected a permanent Town Manager.

The new manager, Dave Wilbrecht, currently serves as Mono County's administrator, and is well known in Mammoth Lakes both due to his current position with the county and previous service with the Town.

Wilbrecht's employment agreement is scheduled for approval by the Town Council in an open session on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. His first day on the job is going to be Wednesday, June 1.

FAA Investigation finds Mammoth Airport compliant with federal regulations

April 12, 2011

The Town of Mammoth Lakes has announced a positive outcome of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation relating to an allegation by a former employee that the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) failed to carry sufficient amounts of fire suppressing agent and failed to notify air carriers of the insufficient amounts in October 2010.

Remains found in Death Valley belong to Carson City man, others possibly to German tourist

April 12, 2011

Inyo County authorities have positively identified one of three sets of human remains located in southeast Inyo County in the past several months.

Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour announced last week that remains located in the Badwater region of Death Valley are those of Carson City resident Norman Cox.

Cox was reported missing in August of 2010 after his family received a suicide note posted from Death Valley.

Local law enforcement conducted a search of the Death Valley area in August of that year, but was unable to locate any signs of Cox and eventually called off the search.

Limited access to South Lake shoreline until June, due to work on dam

April 12, 2011

Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced that work to upgrade the dam face at South Lake Reservoir is expected to commence on April 15, weather conditions permitting. At this time, SCE will clear snow from access roads to the dam and mobilize equipment and materials needed at the work site.

The South Lake Reservoir upgrade involves the installation of a new geomembrane liner to protect the dam face from current and future leaks. The liner is expected to extend the life span of the dam by up to thirty years.

2011 Mammoth Invitational is under way

April 9, 2011

Early Friday morning, Ueli Luthi, starter for the biathlon portion of the 2011 Mammoth Invitational, counts down to send off Mark Eisen, Neave Anderson, Lachlan Anderson and Miles Anderson.

April is Child Abuse Protection Month

April 9, 2011

There is no test of society more important than its treatment of children, our most precious resource. Our children are our future leaders, and all residents of Mono County have a compelling interest in the health, well-being and development of our future business people, professionals, public servants, workers, neighbors, friends and loved ones.

Mono County and Town of Mammoth Lakes are talking trash

April 9, 2011

It could certainly be considered a case of strange bedfellows.

On one side of the bed, Mammoth Lakes, supposedly filled with affluence and arrogance.

On the other side, Mono County, supposedly rural, not rich, resentful.

When it suits them both, they get along fine.

When it does not, they do not.

Such was the case Tuesday, April 5, when the subject of smelly, dirty garbage revealed the ongoing tension between Town and County.

Garbage, of all things.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 8-14

April 9, 2011

Many tips of the cap to Mammoth Finest, who volunteered at Angels to wait tables on behalf of Disabled Sports. Funny: Many passersby called the restaurant, wonderin’ was wrong, what with all those cop cars. Chief Dan Watson was the maitre d’ and sez he ain’t quitting his day job any tme soon. ...

Did Dr. Mike Karch pull off a miracle at the Mammoth Biathlon? Yes he did, with bad weather, 200 volunteers to manage, many athletes and coaches to herd, etc. “Did you resign your other job?” asked councilman John Eastman. ...

Next year’s biathlon already set for March 23-25. ...

Tip A Cop fund raiser a huge success

April 8, 2011

People driving by on S.R. 203 wanted to know what all the police cars were doing at Angel's Wednesday night, April 6. It was Tip A Cop, a fund raiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

Lines were long, cops were waiters, hamming it up, all to the tune of $2028 raised for DSES.

"Our gracious hosts, owners Todd and Melanie Nagy of Angel’s, along with their fantastic staff, made sure MLPD’s volunteer waiters looked good and got everyone’s order right. They also contributed to the total by pledging 10 percent of the night’s receipts," says an MLPD press release.

Wildflower walk Friday

April 6, 2011

The wet winter and warming spring weather promise an excellent wildflower display this year in the Owens and Long Valley areas, beginning now.

The southern end of the Owens Valley, south of Bishop, is already beginning to bloom and wildflower lovers will have a chance to see the spring display in the Alabama Hills this Friday, led by Bureau of Land Management botanist Martin Oliver and Steve McLaughlin, with the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This is one of the Bristlecone Chapter’s annual wildflower walks.

Skiing at Mammoth till Fourth of July

April 6, 2011

Thanks to a record-breaking snow year, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will remain open daily for skiing and snowboarding through July 4, 2011. According to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth received an incredible 606 inches of snow this season, the most the resort has received in a single season.

With 15-25 feet of packed snow, Mammoth has also earned the recognition of having one of the highest recorded base depths of any ski resort in the world according to skiinfo.com. The snow totals will ensure phenomenal spring skiing conditions that will last well into early summer.

Sun begins to shine for snowboard accident victim

April 2, 2011

It is hard to find solace in last week’s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.

But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
“I am looking at the positives,” wrote Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita.

Unable to speak, she scribbled notes that were posted to the Internet.

“We get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!”

Worrying about Japan’s radiation reaching Eastside should be last on your to-do list

April 2, 2011

Radiation?

Mammoth knows more about natural radiation than almost any other place in the country.

We sit atop radioactive rock, we ski so high that we are exposed to 70 percent more radiation than people living at sea level.

But calls are still coming into the county health department, people worrying about radiation coming across the ocean on a plume, in the water, through our food.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 1-7

April 2, 2011

Call it what you want (embezzling, theft, fraud, whatever), but attorney and town councilman Rick Wood says there has never been a single criminal case in Mammoth against people who rent out their condos or single-family homes illegally. ...

Spring is blooming, although it’s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...

Daycare provider sentenced delayed yet again

March 31, 2011

The sentencing for Lupe Almaguer, a former Mammoth Lakes daycare provider who was arrested last October on child sexual abuse charges, was continued yet again at the request of Almaguer's attorney Tuesday.

Almaguer was on the court calendar to be sentenced March 29, but was granted a continuance to April 26, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.

Graham said earlier that the District Attorney's office would be ready to move forward on March 29. "I will state on the record that I am ready to proceed with the hearing," he said in a March 25 email.

Former Mammoth man arraigned in Nevada double homicide

March 31, 2011

A 24-year-old former Mammoth man was arraigned Tuesday morning on murder and arson charges related to the September killings of his estranged wife’s grandmother and his two-year-old stepson, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday.

Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and his staff will be meeting to decide if they will seek the death penalty against Justin Tu Ouimet, currently of Reno, who is accused of fatally stabbing Lana Stone, 62, and Connor Lawrence, the two year old, the newspaper reported.

Grisly accident on Mammoth Mountain

March 29, 2011

It was horrific, in every sense of the word.

A 43-year-old woman snowboarder crashed into the side of a snowcat last week at Mammoth Mountain, losing a leg when she was entangled in the spinning tiller behind the cat.

"Her leg was gone!" said a startled employee at the ski area, who asked for anonymity until investigators could complete their work.

Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, was immediately airlifted to a Reno hospital.

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