Archive | January, 2009

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Mono Hazmat Team Handles Chemical Spill on 395

The Mono County Hazmat Team was called out after a semi truck rolled over on highway 395. Thom Heller with Mammoth Fire reports that on Friday, a semi truck and trailer carrying a mixed load of items rolled onto its side just north of the Crestview Rest Area on the northbound lane of Highway 395. […]

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Mammoth Pain, Bishop Void and Greek Retribution

The news about Mammoth Mountain’s cutbacks and lay-offs was really a story about all of us. As Rusty Gregory said candidly, “The recession is severe and deepening.” He regretfully listed the cuts the Mountain made this week, with cuts in Gregory’s own pay and other senior managers, along with 101 lay-offs. Rusty pointed to the […]

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Mammoth Chamber of Commerce Assesses Economy

With the sad news that Mammoth Mountain laid off more than 100 workers this week, we talked to Mammoth Chamber of Commerce President and local financial advisor Erick Wasserman. He agreed with the Ski Area that things are not good and unemployment is rising rapidly in Mammoth. Wasserman said the Chamber is pulling together a […]

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Peanut Butter Recall Expaned to Eastern Sierra Schools

Inyo/Mono Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson has updated the recent voluntary recall of peanut butter products. The new list of products affected by the voluntary recall includes products distributed to the Mammoth, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Owens Valley, and Round Valley school districts. The Peanut Corporation of America, the company that sells peanut products to […]

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Comment Sought For Inyo Forest Road Plan

A newly released Draft Environmental Impact Statement could shed light on plans for dirt roads and tracks on the Inyo National Forest. After years of public meetings, discussions, and work, people will now have 60 days to comment on the plans. Currently 3600 miles of dirt roads and vehicle trails on the Inyo National Forest […]

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395: Four-Lanes Go In and Trees Come Down

The good news – the treacherous two-lane sections of Highway 395 north and south of Independence now move forward to become four lanes. The bad news – many 100 year old trees and younger have fallen to chain saws so Caltrans can build sidewalks in rural Independence. First the four-lane good news. Caltrans announced that […]

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Mammoth Mountain Cuts Pay, Lays Off 101 Employees

The recession has hit hard at home. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area cut the pay of senior management, cut expenses and some benefits, and this week the Ski Area laid off 101 employees. Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory talked to us from San Francisco after attending a California Tourism Commission meeting where he heard repeated stories […]

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Mammoth News Briefs: Housing, Music, Travel News

Have a view on how affordable housing should work in Mammoth Lakes? Mammoth Housing, Inc. wants to hear from you. The group will put together a local Community Housing Strategy. Along these lines, Mammoth Housing wants to hear your opinions next Monday, February 2nd between 9am and 6pm at the Mammoth Housing office on Old […]

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Bear Management Plan in the Works

While two Mammoth councilmen wrangle over a contract to hire Steve Searles to manage bears, two other councilmembers focus on a bear management plan. Town Manager Rob Clark seems to think the two will not conflict. Clark said that the Town Council Wildlife Committee came up with a comprehensive plan – education, outreach and work […]

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Eastern Sierra Unemployment Continues To Rise

While lower then the state average unemployment in the Eastern Sierra continues to rise. For the year 2008, the unemployment rate for Inyo County averaged 6.7%. Mono County checked in with 6.5% unemployment for the past year. Both Inyo and Mono checked in below the statewide 2008 average of 7.2%, but unemployment in the Eastern […]

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Vehicle Accidents Down in Bishop

One year ago, Bishop Police Chief Kathleen Sheehan pushed an effort to reduce traffic accidents in the City of Bishop. 2008 has come and gone. While there were two bad accidents on Main Street, overall the number of wrecks in Bishop has dropped. In 2007, Chief Sheehan reports there were 68 collisions. 8 people suffered […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Workout

Mammoth locals and world-renowned fitness gurus, Candice and Douglas Brooks, spoke Monday evening as part of Snowcreek Athletic Club's "Fit and Healthy Lecture Series." The theme of the lecture was learning how to make all the components of your workout align. In a town where, as Douglas put it, "most people are passionate about some […]

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