Archive | August, 2009

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Inyo County Responds to the Grand Jury

Earlier this summer, the Grand Jury reported that there were problems with the way that Inyo County fired employees during their probationary period. The Inyo Supervisors have now approved their response to the 2008-2009 Inyo County Grand Jury report. After the response was approved, the board also made a few minor changes to county government […]

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Celebration of 100-Year-Old Whitney Hut

Originally designed to study the planet Mars, the stone hut on top of the Mt. Whitney Summit, turned into a place of shelter for many of those who made the trek to the top. Thursday, the Forest Service and others arranged for a centennial celebration. Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch performed as the Master of Ceremonies. […]

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Mammoth School Board Questions Assessor on Tax Money

To answer questions about property taxes in Mono County and how they are distributed to the schools, Mono County Assessor Jody Henning and Assistant Finance Director Roberta Reed attended this week’s Mammoth School Board meeting. The Board asked them to place a special emphasis on when money from the sale and re-evaluation of Mammoth Mountain […]

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Decision on Inyo National Forest Road Plan

Inyo National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch has reached a decision on the long and often contentious issue of how to manage dirt roads and vehicle trails. After all the often contentious public meetings over the years, Upchurch chose the compromise plan, known as Alternative 6. This Alternative was the plan that a group made up […]

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West Nile Virus Found in Crowley Mosquito

For the first time this summer, mosquito control officials have detected a mosquito that tested positive for West Nile Virus infection. The mosquito pool was collected on August 20th from a trap behind the Mono County maintenance yard off South Landing Road in the Crowley Lake area. The Hilton Creek Community Services District hired Steve […]

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H1N1 Vaccine Safety Concerns Answered

As many people prepare to take the new Swine Flu or H1N1 Flu vaccine, questions have come up over the safety of those immunizations. We asked Inyo-Mono Health Director Dr. Rick Johnson about a syndrome believed connected to a Swine Flu vaccine back in the 70s. Dr. Johnson said, “You may remember that in 1976 […]

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Yosemite Fire Update- Tioga Closed Through Labor Day

Updated at 1:30 PM, Wednesday September 2. The Big Meadow Fire continues to burn toward the Tioga Pass road, which remains closed past White Wolf. Now Park Officials say that 120 between Crane Flat and White Wolf will remain closed through Labor Day Weekend and perhaps longer. At last word the Big Meadow Fire in […]

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Three Alleged Poachers Caught By Local Warden

A local Fish and Game Warden out of Mono County went the extra mile to catch three poachers in Yosemite National Park. Game Wardens and National Park Service Rangers have arrested three Southern California residents for allegedly poaching trophy deer in Yosemite. Kari Cobb with Yosemite National Park reports that Chad Gierlich, Chris Gierlich, and […]

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Citizens Still Vexed Over Lack of Use at Klondike Lake

Now they’re angry. Hundreds of citizens, in fact around 2,000, had signed petitions to keep Klondike Lake open to boating and jet skiing. DWP, concerned about invasion of quagga mussels, did agree to provide access three days a week, but as the season winds to an end residents want more of Klondike. Russ Markman, who […]

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