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Daycare provider sentencing delayed- again

March 3, 2011

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested in October for sexually abusing at least four children in his care, Lupe Almaguer, was expected to face a judge March 8, but that sentenceing will “likely be continued” according to Mono County Deputy District attorney Todd Graham said Thursday.

The sentencing was originally set for Feb. 15 but was continued to March 8 and, as of Thursday, looks to be continued again.

Almaguer, 56, pled guilty to several counts of felony child molestation in December 2010.
He was arrested in October 2010 after an investigation.

Inyo National Forest names its new supervisor

March 2, 2011

Ed Armenta, who spent his youth in Southern California and hiked, fished and camped in the Eastern Sierra, is coming home to the Inyo National Forest.

This time, it is as its new supervisor, replacing Jim Upchurch, who left last October.

“It has been a lifelong dream to live and work in the Eastern Sierra,” Armenta said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the supervisor of one of the most beautiful national forests in the nation, with the huge abundance of recreation opportunities that it offers.”

Dan Haydon, longtime Mammothite, dies

February 28, 2011

Dan Haydon was among the nicest human beings you could ever meet.

This is the consensus of many people who have lived in Mammoth and eaten at his restaurant, the Mogul, since the early 1970s and who knew Haydon well.

He died on Feb. 26. The 40-plus year Mammoth resident and businessman was not only a beloved member of the community, he was also an inspirational man whom many revered.

Mammoth looks to Oakland for new town manager

February 26, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council and legal staff went looking for a major leaguer to fill the Town Manager’s job, and they may have found one in Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.

She’s dynamic, and has big-city smarts, as the town staff will discover Wednesday, when she takes over as Interim Town Manager.

Gov. Jerry Brown, then the mayor of chaotic Oakland, turned to Marysheva-Martinez to be his budget director for five years. She then served for five years as an assistant city administrator in Oakland’s Ron Dellums Administration.

Goodbye to Postmaster Gary Fultz

February 26, 2011

Gary Fultz has left the fold, and the Mammoth Lakes Post Office will not be the same.

The convivial postmaster served his last day in Mammoth this week. Next, he and his wife Kristin will tow their sports trailer back to Ludington, Mich., which they left five years ago for a life in the Sierra Nevada.

“We’d never even heard of Mammoth Lakes until the job came up,” Fultz said. “In fact, all the people in Ludington were kind of upset I took it, because I was the one in line for the postmaster’s job there.”

Fultz will turn 55 on Monday, the retirement age for postal workers.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 25

February 26, 2011

Mammoth’s Deena Kastor, the Olympic Marathon bronze medalist and American record holder in the marathon and half marathon, gave birth to a baby girl on Monday night, tweeted her Mammoth Track Club teammate, Josh Cox.

“HUGE CONGRATS to Andrew & Deena Kastor on the birth of a healthy baby girl! Piper Bloom Kastor, 6-lbs 5-oz. 19in! WOW!” Cox tweeted just after 9 p.m. PST on Monday. This is the first child for Kastor and her husband Andrew. Kastor, who turned 38 last week, will be aiming to make her fourth Olympic team in 2012. ...

Bishop man found safe after search called in Reds Meadow area

February 24, 2011

A Bishop man was found safe, after a search was called in the Reds Meadow area yesterday.

On the morning of Feb. 23 the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to check on the welfare of an overdue snowshoer.

Michael Gaffney, 47, of Bishop, began a snowshoeing trip on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from the Mammoth Lakes Basin to Reds Meadow to Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge. He intended his trip to be relatively non-stop, without a planned camp.

Nevadans arrested near Bridgeport for drug violations

February 24, 2011

On Wednesday, Feb. 23 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped a vehicle with no license plates and no displayed temporary registration paperwork traveling northbound on U.S. 395 north of Bridgeport.

The deputy made contact with the two individuals inside of the vehicle, identified as Rae Dean Anderson, 42, of Sun Valley, Nev., and Dennis Shay,34, of Winnemucca, Nev. They stated they were traveling from Mexico to the Reno area.

Interim Town manager appointed

February 24, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council reconvened from closed session on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and announced that they had appointed Marianna Marysheva-Martinez as the Interim Town manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Ms. Marysheva-Martinez begins her employment with the Town of Mammoth Lakes on March 2, 2011 pending the execution of the employment contract by Mayor Skip Harvey and review by the Town attorney.

Mammoth Winter Biathlon: Effort of blood, sweat, joy

February 19, 2011

One look at the course map for the 2011 Mammoth Winter Biathlon and you know this is serious business.

It resembles an Olympic course.

It has a stadium built into the hill that looks out to the shooting lanes and across the lanes where competitors will pass three times during the course of the race.

Thus, spectators will be able to keep up on who’s in the lead, how often
the lead changes, who is shooting when and who’s taking their penalty laps.

“Biathlon is changing and becoming much more spectator friendly,” said Race Director Mike Karch.

Cougar Gold seeks support for more exploratory drilling in Bodie Hills

February 18, 2011

A gold mining exploration company with ties to Sarah Palin, the George W. Bush Administration and claims in the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area, came to town this week asking for support for a possible gold mine in the hills.

The mining executives got a mixed welcome at the two meetings they attended, depending on the audience of the hour.

Profile: Cougar Gold's Mark D. Wallace, a Sarah Palin pal with ties to Bush Administration

February 18, 2011

• American businessman, former diplomat and lawyer who has served in a variety of government, political and private sector posts.

• He is the President of Tigris Financial Group Ltd. (Tigris) and President of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI).
• He served in several positions during the administration of George W. Bush, including as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for UN Management and Reform.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 18

February 18, 2011

Chance encounters can be groovy and special, or they can be downright icy. Yep, that was Mammoth Green’s Steve Klassen and D.A. George Booth sharing the waters together at Keough’s Hot Springs last weekend. Rumors to the contrary, no fists – or even gestures were thrown. ...

We were talking to Public Works Director Ray Jarvis the other day about the deterioration of lane stripes along Old Mammoth Road. He said the town can’t do anything about it until it gets warm enough for new paint to stick. That’ll be in the late spring. ...

Mayor Skip Harvey wantz t change the town govt.

February 18, 2011

Mammoth Lakes Mayor Skip Harvey has a few ideas about how government works – or doesn’t – in this town.

Make that a lot of ideas, some of which he tossed out to the town council on Wednesday night.

One of them was easy enough – a proposal to change the structure of town council meetings.

The second one got most of the attention – changing the very structure of the government.

Councilman Rick Wood hopping mad at E. Sierra Community Bank

February 18, 2011

When Mammoth councilman Rick Wood gets angry, he does not pull many punches.

Wood is angry.

At Wednesday’s town council meeting he jumped all over the Eastern Sierra Community Bank, and urged its current customers to “use your best judgment as whether you ought to continue.”

At the heart of his rant was the bank’s policy toward seven unsold condominium units at Aspen Village – the condo project on Old Mammoth Road built with the assistance by Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH).

Mono Craters hiker rescued

February 17, 2011

On the night of February 11, 2011, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out to assist Betsy Rieke, 67, of Carson City, Nev., who became lost and stranded above a cliff while on a solo hike in the Mono Craters.

She made cell phone contact with the persons with whom she had discussed the hike with, who in turn, reported the situation to the Sheriff’s Department before they began to hike to Ms. Rieke’s location.

The Sheriff’s Department dispatched personnel to the area where it was determined that SAR should also respond.

Cougar Gold says won't mine unless wilderness protection removed, county supervisors divided

February 16, 2011

Cougar Gold, a gold mining exploration company with claims in the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area, said yesterday that they won't continue their exploratory drilling until the "regulatory purgatory" of the Wilderness Study Area designation is removed from the hills.

Despite their request for support for this from the Mono County Board of Supervisors, who, regardless, cannot change the designation (but could support a bid by Congress to do so) the supervisors gave the mining company executives who attended the meeting no clear answer.

Whitmore Track Project halted; rare species of blooms stand in its way

February 12, 2011

The Whitmore Track project has been stopped in its tracks.

Fast-tracked by the Mammoth Lakes Town Council for an anticipated construction and completion by the end of the dry season, the project has no chance of that, due to a request by the Department of Fish and Game for a new plant survey.

The DFG, which regulates habitat issues in addition to critters, said it wants the survey to determine if the construction of the track would harm three “rare species” of blooms.

“We’re not happy about it,” said Elaine Smith of the High Sierra Striders, “but we’re going to accommodate the DFG.

Planning Commission tackles sign ordinance

February 12, 2011

Mark Wardlaw likes to tell the story about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest visit to Mammoth.

“This place hasn’t changed since the 80s!”the former California governor was to have said.

Well, that’s obviously stretching it, the town’s community development director said. Then again, Wardlaw said that maybe Arnold was merely looking at the town’s signs and condos, which haven’t changed much since, um, the ’80s.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 11

February 12, 2011

Mammoth speed racer Stacey Cook this week crashed out of the World Super G in the World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in fast-fast-fast conditions. After a cycle of freeze-thaw-freeze days, the Super G course was so slick that she said, “It was the first time I could see my reflection in the snow.” ...

Olympic champion Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley finished second, BTW, behind Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl. ...

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