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Archive - Sep 2010


September 29th

Flight times and fares for SFO, LAX, San Jose and Portland released

September 29, 2010

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Wednesday announced winter air schedules and fares, including the new flight to and from San Francisco International.

The flights, to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, begin Dec. 16, according to a news release Tuesday from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

United Airlines will offer non-stop service from San Francisco International to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Flights will be operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines, using 66-seat CRJ700 regional jets. Flights start at $188 round-trip.

Lake Mary Road temporarily closed to all access

September 29, 2010

From Oct. 4 through Nov. 7, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road.

Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.

This portion of the Lake Mary Road will be closed for the construction of a bike and pedestrian underpass, part of the Lake Mary bike path development project.

We're talking bears and a goat tonight in Crowley Lake

September 29, 2010

It’s going to be all about bears this evening at the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee meeting in Crowley Lake.

Mammoth’s wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, will address the committee about halfway through the meeting, which also will feature a discussion about Crowley Lake entrance sign proposals and the Eastern Sierra Interagency Land Tenure Project – a presentation by Wendy Sugimura of the community development department.

September 28th

MLFD to do fuel reduction in Shady Rest Parcel

September 28, 2010

Starting in early October members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel," Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25 acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Dr.

September 27th

Lakes Basin study to be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 30

September 27, 2010

The results of the Lakes Basin Special Study are about to be unveiled in a series of three presentations over the next six weeks.

The first presentation, “State of the Lakes Basin,” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Monache Resort.

The second presentation, scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Westin from 5:30-8:30, is called “Lakes Basin recreation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The third, scheduled for Oct. 28, also at the Westin from 5:30 – 8:30, is called “Lakes Basin Mobility and Transportation.”

$100,000 on the line for Council, Trails group

September 27, 2010

John Wentworth and the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation on Wednesday engaged the Town Council with a bit of political jawboning.

Wentworth, the president/CEO of the foundation, said if the council would commit $100,000 to the MLTPA right away, the foundation would in turn trim its request of the same amount in its application for Measure R funding.

“We don’t want to lose our momentum,” implored Wentworth. “This has been four years in the making. It’s critical we find the resources and staffing. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”

Think Positively- Mammoth Times Editorial

September 27, 2010

The relinquishing of the Beekley Collection by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation strips a vital layer away from Mammoth. The collection has enhanced the ski reputation of the town and ski area. It added considerable cachet to the International Ski History association annual meeting two years ago.

But it’s losing its home in Edison Hall on the campus of Cerro Coso Community College.

September 24th

"Coco" Galvan's late field goal helps Huskies win 10-7 thriller

September 25, 2010

Jorge "Coco" Galvan kicked a 42-yard field goal with 45 seconds to go Friday night, lifting the Mammoth Huskies to a 10-7 victory over the Calvary Murrieta Warriors at Gault/McClure Stadium.

Galvan's dramatic field goal – long by any standard - came just two minutes, three seconds after he shanked an easier attempt, pushing the ball to the right of the north goal posts.

His winning kick was made more improbable because the error-prone Husky offense on the previous play was pushed back five yards because of a procedure penalty.

Squirrel! And that explains our power outages

September 24, 2010

Those power outages we’ve experienced in Mammoth lately?

There’s a reason.

As Dug the Dog (from the movie “Up”) might blurt out, “SQUIRREL!”

“You can imagine the problems we have,” sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.

Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utility’s ongoing battle with the squirrels. This past summer, the critters caused a number of short outages when they came into contact with exposed copper wire on utility poles in the area.

This Mammoth Husky is one tough ... girl?

September 24, 2010

It looks like any other mid-week football practice in any other small town in America. But there’s something different about this Mammoth Huskies junior varsity team this year.

As the team gathers around Coach Noel Looney after a rigorous two-hour session on the high school’s practice field, the players, one by one, take off their helmets, including the rugged and intense interior lineman in the middle of the pack.

Make that linewoman.

“I’ve been told that I’m the first girl who ever played Mammoth High School football,” said Elizabeth Martinez. “I feel really happy about that.”

Are the Bodie Hills wilderness or not?

September 24, 2010

A proposed bill to remove the Bodie Hills from its status as potential wilderness brought Eastern Sierra residents on both side of the issue out of the woodwork Tuesday. More than 50 people piled into the county courthouse to have their say.

At stake was a resolution brought to the county supervisors by District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters that asked the supervisors to support a bill to take the Bodie Hills (behind Bodie State Park) out of its current, semi-protected status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA).

What's Up, Up Here?

September 24, 2010

Tourism director John Urdi, a go-getter from the get-go, snagged town development wonk Mark Wardlaw at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, saying, “I want to talk to you about branding.” The ever-sharp Wardlaw replied, “You show me a young calf and I’ll show you what I know.” ...

All of us pass along heartfelt good wishes to Mayor Skip Harvey, who is battling throat cancer. He should be back in action by mid-November, say those in the know ...

Mono Lake kicks up fierce dust storm, rivaling Owens Dry Lake

September 24, 2010

When people think about dust storms in the Eastern Sierra, they usually think about the Owens Dry Lake dust storms down in Inyo County.

But Mono County’s got its own version and in some ways, it’s even worse.
The blue and aqua Mono Lake is ringed by miles of dusty shores, left behind when the water level dropped after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power started diverting feeder creeks.

Smoky skies may be clearing

September 24, 2010

Eastern Sierra residents can look forward to at least a bit of a break in the smoke this weekend and next week, as the Sheep Fire on the Westside finally dies down after almost two months of pushing smoke over the mountains.

The “let burn” policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.

“They are as tired of the smoke as we are,” said the Eastern Sierra’s air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.

Former Mammoth resident arrested in two stabbing deaths

September 24, 2010

A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams’ Jim Ouimet was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder with a deadly weapon in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev. following the stabbing deaths of the young son of his estranged wife and his wife’s mother on Sept. 17.

Justin Ouimet, 24, was originally arrested by Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.

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