Author Archive | Benett Kessler

Colonel David Buckingham

Buckingham donates $4,000 to Bishop groups

Bishop Mayor Jim Ellis confirmed what a letter lines out – Colonel David Buckingham, former candidate for Bishop City Administrator, has donated $4,000 to two Bishop groups. The City of Bishop and Colonel Buckingham had signed an agreement to pay him $38,000 for his losses that resulted from first his acceptance as city administrator and […]

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Grand Jury says Mammoth Town Council went beyond Brown Act

Last year’s Mono Grand Jury received two citizen complaints that laid out accusations that the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the Town Council and staff “pursued a secret plan with Waste Connections Inc” to use money collected in trash bills to buy real property to expand the Solid Waste Transfer Station in the Industrial Park, including […]

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Mono Board faces recommended layoffs

Last week, the Inyo Supervisors approved their new budget of some $88 million with no layoffs. They did accept early retirements and cut positions unfilled. The Inyo CAO fully admits big problems will go on in the future. The Mono Supervisors face approval of their budget Tuesday with the potential for nine layoffs from the Sheriff’s […]

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Mammoth job fair

Polish Your Resume for the Annual Mammoth Lakes Job Fair Annual Fair brings potential employees and employers together in one spot Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (September 15, 2014) — Winter is approaching and the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) wants to match potential employees with local Mammoth Lakes’ employers at the annual Mammoth Lakes Job […]

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June Lake resident has died

A favorite citizen of June Lake has died following a construction accident. Authorities have not provided many details about what local residents say was the death of BZ Miller in recent days. The Mono Sheriff’s Office did say, “BZ Miller had an accident in June Lake. He was taken to Mammoth Hospital and then flown […]

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Letter to the Editor: Sierra Nevada Conservancy

  From: Byng Hunt, Mammoth Lakes, Vice Chairman of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Re: Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s 10 Year Anniversary The month of September 2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.  During the course of that decade, the SNC has accomplished many extraordinary projects which have greatly benefited the 22 counties […]

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No layoffs in Inyo budget

The threat of layoffs has lingered over Inyo County government for several months as the County Administrator warned of a $2 million shortfall. Department heads searched for ways to save money. The CAO recommended budget goes to the Supervisors in budget hearings Wednesday starting at 9am in the boardroom. The CAO’s budget does not include […]

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Labraque plea agreement goes to court

Former Northern Inyo Hospital employee, Cherie Labraque, was scheduled for court Wednesday with a possible plea agreement on charges of accessing confidential medical records without permission. In January, District Attorney Tom Hardy filed a complaint naming 32 instances of violation of the State Penal Code. The complaint said Cherie Labraque of Bishop, who was then […]

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Inyo-Mono water conservation rules

The severe drought in California prompted the State to set down water conservation rules and to require county and city jurisdictions to adopt their own plans. Mammoth Community Water District continues to ask customers to conform to Revised Level 1 Water Restrictions. These rules say even numbered addresses should irrigate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. […]

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Truck hits phone line

(CHP Press Release) On Thursday, August 28, 2014, at approximately 6:45 P.M, a 2009, Kenworth truck, with flatbed trailer combination, was traveling southbound on US Hwy 395, south of Bridgeport near Jack Sawyer Road, when it struck a low hanging telephone wire that crosses the highway.  This resulted in a brief loss in power to the […]

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Schat released; hearing pending

On Monday, a visiting judge denied a request from Sean Singleton to change custody and visitation orders regarding his and Angel Schat’s 4-year-old son. Authorities had issued an Amber Alert last week, alleging that Ms. Schat had abducted her own son. This was apparently based on a call from the father, Sean Singleton, who claimed […]

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MLPD chief recruitment underway

After some reported pressure from the Town Council, Town Manager Dan Holler has moved ahead with recruitment of a new Police Chief. Chief Dan Watson had much earlier announced he would retire at the end of December. Holler said he was working on a process and a recruitment brochure. He said he believes three months […]

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