Author Archive | Benett Kessler

MLT up for public hearing in Mammoth

With a focus on economic development from marketing, promotion, recreational activities, air service and administration, the Mammoth Town Council scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday night regarding funds for Mammoth Lakes Tourism. MLT funds come from 2.5% of Transient Occupancy Tax and the entire amount of the Business License Tax, less around $215,000 per year […]

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MCSO gets with earthquake preparedness

Mono County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the 2014 California Great Shakeout  (MCSO press release) The Mono County Sheriff’s Office, along with millions of people, schools and organizations nationwide, will participate in earthquake preparedness, communication and drills as part of the Great Shakeout on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m. Participants will “Drop, Cover […]

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Musil to Clerk; Kendall to Assistant

Mono County Assessor Bob Musil lost his election to Barry Beck but was appointed amoung a field of three to the position of Mono County Clerk-Recorder after Clerk Lynda Roberts left her position. Assistant Clerk Linda Romero also left and now Deputy Clerk Shannon Kendall will take the Assistant spot. All this was scheduled for […]

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Ambulance parcel tax

For the small areas of the Eastern Sierra, it’s sometimes tough providing ambulance service. At today’s Board meeting, Supervisor Matt Kingsley planned to bring up a resolution supporting Measure D on the November 4th ballot to provide funding for a parcel tax for Local Ambulance Service in Area 4 in the vicinity of Lone Pine. […]

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Vagabond Inn rebuilds

In mid-August, fire broke out on the backside of the Vagabond Inn on North Main Street in Bishop. Guests were evacuated. Now, owners of the Inn are at work on major renovation of some 50 rooms that were severely damaged from the flames. An unidentified spokesman at the Vagabond said that 50 rooms, which include […]

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Judge temporarily reinstates Luman

More than two years ago, Mono County fired 15-year Road Department mechanic Dick Luman for an on-the-job dispute. After a failed appeal, his attorney, Katie Bellomo, took the case to Superior Court where Judge Stan Eller ruled that Luman should not have been fired, should be reinstated and given a new penalty hearing. Mono County […]

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Rossy trial continued

The October 6th trial date for Ken and Dawndee Rossy was vacated as the court waits for Ms. Rossy to obtain new counsel. This Bishop couple faces charges of embezzlement of $1.5 million in Inyo County welfare funds. According to public record, last month, Michael Berger, lawyer for Dawndee Rossy, was granted a motion to […]

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NBC writer examines geothermal dispute

A contributing writer to NBC News, Linda Carroll, has examined the conflict between Mammoth Community Water District and Ormat Geothermal. Her story appears online. The Water District shared the information in what they are calling the “In Case You Missed It Series”. While network news writers rarely pay attention to minor water wars in the […]

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Shake-up of management at Bishop Care Center

Last week, reliable, off-the-record sources revealed that the top three managers at Bishop Care Center no longer work there. We contacted corporate headquarters, the Plum Company, and were promised an executive would get back to us. That never happened. We called the center itself where a man named Christian Marcheschi  said he was “helping out […]

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MCWD holds surprise special meeting

Members of the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District Board were surprised when three Mammoth Community Water District Board members showed up at a recent APCD meeting in Alpine County and said they were holding a special meeting of their own right then and there. The Water Board members made their unhappiness clear during public […]

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Officer Robin Henry sworn in.

New officer at MLPD

MLPD ADDS NEW POLICE OFFICER On October 1, 2014, the newest member of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department was sworn in by Police Chief Dan Watson.  Officer Robin Henry will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime MLPD Officer Luke Schwarzkopf, who will be retiring at the end of October. Officer Henry has […]

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Luman case back in court

Dick Luman had worked for 15 years as a mechanic in the Mono County Road Department. After an on-the-job dispute more than two years ago, the County fired him. In recent days, Luman’s attorney, Katie Bellomo, filed a motion for Luman to be reinstated pending an appeal by Mono County. The Judge took that rrequest […]

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