With bears awake and about in the Mammoth Lakes area, Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles gave a report to the Town Council last week. Searles explained a situation with a “special needs bear.” Searles said there is a little cub wandering around the south Old Mammoth area. The bear, he said, is about 15 or 16 [...]
About Benett KesslerAlways interested in writing, Benett was the editor of her high school paper, proceeded to the University of Chicago and then out West where she and John Heston formed Eastern Sierra News Service in Inyo County. They fed film to KNXT in Los Angeles and co-wrote and produced the first daily radio news in the Eastern Sierra. Their work ranged from a published news magazine to the first television newscast. They continued to provide videotaped news to KABC and other news outlets. After a seat on the Mammoth Times board and work as newswriter, Benett formed her own company, Sierra Broadcasters and launched an FM radio station, now KSRW and a broadcast television station, KSRW-TV33. The latest addition - Sierrawave.net. Her company motto: Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
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Inyo County’s response to the Department of Water and Power pumping plan reveals that water levels in all well fields are below the baseline expected to protect the environment. The letter also reveals that vegetation is below baseline in five of seven well fields. Is this a condition that can go on without serious consequences? [...]
Ballots were expected to go out to Mammoth Lakes businesses to vote on whether they support a new Business Improvement District with a new assessment on their revenue. The BID, as it’s called, would raise some $5 million for various kinds of marketing. An open house on this issue was scheduled for Thursday, May 9th [...]
Two road projects in Inyo County have reached the environmental phase and are expected to move forward. Both projects are listed as categorically exempt from environmental review. One project involves a bicycle lane on Ed Powers Road from Highway 395 to Highway 168. According to County documents, the project includes widening the pavement from 24 [...]
Expansion construction at the Mammoth Lakes Vons is underway. Some spokesmen said that the plan is to have the $4.5 million project finished this summer. Vons Real Estate Vice President Brian Braaten had told Sierra Wave Media that the new plans will move the Vons Pharmacy to the adjacent mall and double it in size. [...]
Citizens and members of the Town Council expressed frustration at the fact that next fiscal year’s budget is some $562,000 short. Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez said the shortfall is not an emergency and that Town Staff needs credit for what they have done in the past couple of years. Martinez had sent out the word [...]
CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW TRAILS END PARK PLAYGROUND Mammoth Lakes, CA – The new Trails End Park Playground will officially open to the public on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate the opening of this new public amenity with members of Town Council, Recreation Commission, the Town Manager, Town staff, and [...]
Will the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power start to charge Bishop and Lone Pine golf courses for the water they use? DWP Aqueduct Manager Jim Yannotta said he does not know yet whether the new golf course leases will require payment for water or not. He also spoke at length about the importance [...]
When the Inyo Supervisors sat down to talk about the Department of Water and Power’s proposed groundwater pumping plan for this runoff year, Supervisor Rick Pucci, clearly disturbed, brought up the privately discussed issue of the Bishop and Lone Pine golf courses pushed by DWP to pay for their water. He pointed to the Bishop [...]
When the Mammoth Community Water District Board recently met, the Board members voted to keep in effect a resolution that declares a threat of a water shortage and Level 1 water restrictions. In a press release from the District, officials said they considered aquifer conditions, weather forecasts and other water resource demands and “determined [...]
Mammoth Lakes Police Department: ** NEWS RELEASE ** Motorists Urged to Use Caution The Deer are Migrating in Full Force The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to caution motorists to be extra alert for migrating deer on Highway 395 and Highway 203. Large numbers of deer are on the move at this time of [...]
For those who might have thought the Town of Mammoth’s money problems were over, not so. When they meet Wednesday at 5pm, the Town Council will face the fact that the next fiscal year’s budget is short more than half a million dollars compared to the five-year financial plan. Officials point to unknowns in the [...]
Image of the Week
University Peak (to the left), as seen from the largely still frozen Gilbert Lake, on 28April2013. Photographer Andrew Kirk said it was his intent "to balance sky, mountains, frozen lake, and thawed lake."