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Mono County Seek to Mitigate Wildlife Deaths With Grant Money

The Mono County Board of Supervisors expressed support in their letter to Caltrans District 9, and encourage the transportation organization to apply for funding which would help mitigate wildlife deaths from vehicles.

Proposition 68 is an ordinance that provides organizations with funding to help reduce the amount vehicle collisions with animals across the state.

Currently, Caltrans District 9 is requesting $2,000,000 from the state to complete the environmental planning report. In total, the cost of completing the entire project is estimated to cost between $50,000,000-$70,000,000.

Most of the funding would go toward the seven mile stretch from Crowley Lake and the Mammoth Lakes turnoff. “The seven mile stretch of US Highway 395 from Crowley Lake Dr. to the Junction with state route 203 accounts for more than double the number of deceased deer removed by Caltrans Maintenance forces compared to any other seven mile stretch of US 395 within District 9. The letter from the supervisors went on to say “This [area] accounts for 43% of reported collisions for this area of US 395, the stretch of highway also contains the largest hotspot of deer collisions within the district.”

Not only did the supervisors express concern for deer crossing the corridor, they also noted the presence of other species including the Bi-State sage grouse. The letter says, “The areas along these roadways host significant wildlife habitat, supporting populations of resident and migratory species, including the Bi-State sage grouse which is proposed to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and play a critical role for migrating mule deer in the spring and fall.”

In order to obtain the rest of the necessary funding, Mono County will seek money from other state and federal agencies. “If awarded, funding will also allow Caltrans District 9 and their partners to seek additional state and Federal Funding to support the completion of subsequent project development phases.”

Mammoth water board appoints a new member

Mammoth Community Water District Board of Directors Appoint New Member

Local architect and 14-year community member, Robert Creasy fills vacant Board of Director seat

submitted by the Mammoth Community Water District

At a special board meeting on October 15, the Mammoth Community Water District’s Board of Directors appointed Robert Creasy to fill the vacant board position following the passing of Director Gordon Alper.  Mr. Creasy is an architect and has in lived in Mammoth the past 14 years.

Mr. Creasy is a graduate of Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy after which he received a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. His education focused on the principles of water and energy sustainability, their economic influences, their engineering solutions, and their architectural applications. Mr. Creasy is excited to serve the community by applying his knowledge and experiences as an MCWD board member.

The MCWD welcomes Mr. Creasy to the board and is confident his skills will help to represent the community of Mammoth Lakes and to benefit the Mammoth Community Water District.

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Robert Creasy, photo submitted

About Mammoth Community Water District
MCWD provides water and wastewater utility service to the Town of Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas. MCWD strives to provide reliable, affordable utility service to our customers and to conduct our operations in a manner reflecting our stewardship role. We encourage our customers to practice responsible use of our limited water resources, and to take advantage of the information and services available to support this goal.

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Forest planning Prescribed Fires

Inyo National Forest Plans Fall Prescribed Fires

The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months.

Prescribed fires will be conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces forest competition, opens gaps in the forest canopy for sunlight to shine through, and recycles nutrients to the soil for re-growth.

Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 158, 167, 120 and 203, as well as the communities of Bridgeport, Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Crowley Lake. All prescribed fire activities will be coordinated with Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District in accordance with air resource objectives.

Understory burning in the Jeffrey pine forest is expected to begin in late October or early November:

1. East of Highway 395 on National Forest lands near Bald Mountain.

2. West of the Oh Ridge Gun Range near June Lake.

Following the accumulation of snow from fall storms, pile burning will be conducted, and is expected to continue into early winter.

Pile burning is planned on National Forest lands in the Mammoth District in the Reds Meadow Valley, north of Panorama Dome, west of Mammoth Lakes, east and west of Highway 395 near Smokey Bear Flat, around Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit, west of the Crestview Rest Stop on Highway 395, west of Highway 395 along Deadman Creek Road north to Wilson Butte, southeast of the Town of Mammoth Lakes along Mammoth and Sherwin Creek Roads.

In the June Lake area pile burning is planned on National Forest Lands on Reversed Peak and in the Down Canyon and Peterson Tract areas, and east of Highway 395 at the June Lake Junction.

In the Lee Vining area, pile burning is planned on National Forest lands at the Lee Vining Ranger Station on Tioga Pass Road and on BLM lands west of Highway 395 at Green Creek Road (south of Bridgeport).

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Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

Run of “Of Mice and Men” starting in Mammoth

Of Mice and Men

October 8-25
Thurs – Sat at 7pm | Sun at 4pm
Edison Theatre, Mammoth

 

Nobel Prize-winning author, John Steinbecks’s classic comes to the stage. Following two migrant workers as they struggle to realize their own version of the American Dream during the Great Depression.

Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land,” have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss’ promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it’s obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can’t run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.

Tickets online: $20/$18/$10
Tickets at the door: $22

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit: http://www.edisontheatre.org

cover photo provided

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Mono County Budget Meetings

Mono County Sets Town Hall Meetings

Mono County leadership is encouraging folks to get involved in the County’s Budget process. Town hall budget and strategic planning meetings will be held in Crowley, Bridgeport, Walker, Chalfant, June Lake, and Mammoth. The sessions will include a look at the Mono County economic outlook, a budget overview and a discussion of the status of Mono Counties strategic plan. Public comments are encouraged and responses will be incorporated into the budget hearings in August.

Meeting Schedule.
Monday, July 6, Crowley Lake Community Center.
Tuesday, July 7, Bridgeport Memorial Hall.
Thursday, July 9, Antelope Valley Community Center.
Monday, July 13, Chalfant Community Center.
Thursday, July 16, June Lake Community Center.
Tuesday, July 21, Mammoth Lakes at Minaret Mall, suite Z.
All meeting are set for 6-8pm.

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Mammoth Fire Marshal issues Fireworks warning

Fireworks Prohibited in the Town of Mammoth Lakes

Thom Heller, Fire Marshall for the Mammoth lakes fire protection district,  is passing along the following fireworks information.

All fireworks are prohibited in the Town of Mammoth Lakes, regardless if “safe and sane” or not. In addition, personal use of fireworks is prohibited in the non-incorporated areas of Mono County, on the Inyo National Forest (INF), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

Due to VERY HIGH TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER, both the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District and Mammoth Lakes Police Department will enforce a “zero tolerance” policy with respect to the possession and use of fireworks. Fireworks violations will be strictly enforced.

Enjoy and celebrate the holiday in a safe and responsible manner, and feel free to attend the scheduled Fourth of July firework shows. There will be a fireworks show on Saturday, July 4 at Crowley Lake and in The Village at Mammoth on Sunday, July 5.

For additional information on the fireworks restrictions, please contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300 or the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011. Please enjoy our national holiday in a safe and responsible manner.

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Arrest in Mammoth Marijuana break in

Arrest made in the Mammoth marijuana dispensary burglary

Submitted by The Mammoth Police Department

On Wednesday March 18th, at about 9:45 p.m., Justin Alan PLATT, an 18 year old Mammoth Lakes resident was brought to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department by his father, to turn himself in for the Burglary at Mammoth Lakes Wellness.

Mammoth Lakes Police Officers have been diligently working on this case since it was reported during the early morning hours of March 9th, 2015. Platt was eventually identified as one of the suspects and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Platt has been out of the area, but was in contact with Officers to negotiate his surrender. Although Platt was taken into custody, the investigation into the burglary and subsequent threats to the employee continues and additional arrests are possible.

Platt was processed at the Mammoth Lakes police station, and then booked into the Mono County jail. His charges are 459 PC/ Burglary and 422 PC/Criminal Threats and bail has been set at $50,000. Additional charges of conspiracy to commit burglary may be considered by the District Attorney’s office based on the investigation

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to thank the community for being so involved in this investigation and for providing numerous tips, some of which ultimately led to a successful conclusion.

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MLPD photo
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Busy Day for Mammoth PD

Mammoth PD involved in Pursuit

submitted by the Mammoth Police Department

On Monday,  at about 3:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck while on routine patrol stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Blvd entrance to the Gateway Mall. Beginning with a consensual encounter, the Officer Hornbeck conducted a ‘Field Interview’ or ‘F.I.’ in an effort to identify and learn more about the subject. The subject gave Officer Hornbeck different names and began acting suspiciously. Officer Hornbeck observed a knife on the subject’s belt and began to frisk the subject to secure that knife and to check for other weapons to protect both himself and the public. The subject suddenly pulled away and ran, with Officer Hornbeck giving chase and he immediately let other officers know he was in foot pursuit. MLPD Officers as well as MCSO Undersheriff Moriarty chased the subject for approximately 15 minutes, through the Shady Rest Tract forest, to Manzanita, around several apartment and condo buildings near Sierra Nevada and Chaparral, through backyards north of Sierra Nevada Rd eventually taking him into custody behind the Arrowhead Apartments at the Corner of Arrowhead and Sierra Nevada. Several citizens along the way pointed officers in the direction he had fled, which greatly assisted officers staying on the trail of the subject. The suspect, eventually identified as Cody Alan TERRELL, 22, from Irving Texas also got to meet the new police chief, Al Davis, as it was Chief Davis who ultimately caught and handcuffed him. Terrell was charged with 148(a) PC/Resisting, delaying or obstructing police officers and 148.9 PC/Giving false information to police officers. Terrell gave no explanation as to why he ran from Officer Hornbeck.

At the same time this incident was occurring, the Mono County dispatcher received a call regarding a subject who was deceased. Mammoth PD officers were still chasing Terrell, so Mammoth Fire and Mono County Paramedics responded to Sierra Manors Condos and confirmed that the subject was deceased. For some of the officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and CHP who were responding from out of the area to back-up Mammoth PD, and for some listening on scanners, there was initial confusion that the two incidents were related, however they were not. The death appeared to be from natural causes, but is pending the Mono County Coroner’s report.

The Mammoth PD would like to remind the public that per the California Vehicle Code, you must pull to the right for Emergency Vehicles displaying red lights and siren. Responding officers encountered several cars that complied with this law, however there were several motorists that maintained driving in the number one lane and some actually pulled to the left. This is extremely unsafe and against the law. Emergency Personal responding with lights and sirens cannot legally pass a car on the right. The MLPD, MCSO and FIRE/EMS personnel ask for the public’s cooperation in this very important requirement. This will allow emergency personnel to respond quicker to emergency situations as well as keep motorists safe.

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Mammoth Fire Dept Training

Mammoth Wildland Firefighting Training

Over the next couple of weeks, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department will be conducting some wildland firefighting training with its members in several neighborhoods in town. Exercises of this nature are invaluable when it comes to pre-planning the tactics and strategies of fighting a moving wildfire front in a community such as Mammoth Lakes. The Department does not want to alarm anyone and wants to get the word out that these exercises are going to take place.

The exercises will occur in the Juniper Ridge, Lower Majestic Pines neighborhood, the area between Snowcreek Crest and Snowcreek 1, 2, and 3, and in the entire Old Mammoth area west of Waterford and Ski Trail. The training activities will occur on March 19 and 26 in the evenings from approximately 7pm to 9pm and will involve numerous pieces of equipment and personnel. In some cases hoselines will be deployed between homes and minimal amounts of water flowed. Also, to simulate spot fires, colored “Cyalume” light sticks will be placed and retrieved during the training. Areas selected will be locations that will have little or no vegetative impacts. Different techniques will be practiced that allow a crew to train in the tactical actions used to defend structures in the Wildland/Urban Interface.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire related matters, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

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