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November 17th

Huskies win a heart-stopper, advance to volleyball playoff semifinals

November 17, 2013

Facing two match points and with their season on the line, Mammoth's girls volleyball team rallied late to win, 3-games-to-2, in a heartstopping quarterfinal playoff match against the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals Saturday evening at Mammoth High School.

With the 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 17-15 victory, the Huskies advance to the semifinals of CIF southern section division 5AA against Pomona Catholic on Tuesday in Pomona.

Having won the first two sets, Mammoth dropped the next two, and fell behind 9-13—just two points away from a Sanata Clarita Chatholic come-from-behind win.

November 15th

Cast Off group will donate next three Saturday proceeds to Mammoth Medical Missions

November 15, 2013

Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary President, Judy Bornfeld, announced that the Auxiliary has pledged all Cast Off proceeds for the next three Saturdays, Nov. 16, 23 and 30, to go to Mammoth Medical Missions to assist with their Philippine relief effort.

In addition, the Auxiliary will match total sales for these three Saturdays, thereby doubling the amount going to them.

Mammoth Medical Missions is a non-profit volunteer organization based in our own town, Bornfeld said in an email.

Mammoth volleyball team wins again, in straight sets; next match on Saturday

November 15, 2013

The Mammoth Huskies Girls volleyball team notched another dominating win Thursday night, Nov. 14, at Mammoth High School against AGBU-Canoga Park in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs.

The Huskies won in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.

The Titans played well in the first set but but the Huskies really started to roll in the second and third sets.

Next up for the Husky girls is another home match on Saturday, against the winner of the match between Coastal Christian and Santa Clarita Christian.

November 14th

Local docs in typhoon disaster zone

November 14, 2013

Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch and a group of 15 Mammoth Hospital surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers are cold, wet and running out of supplies, but still managing to perform as many as 50 surgeries a day in the Philippine disaster zone.

“There are a few times in life when you make a swift, heartfelt decision because you know it’s the right thing to do, even if it means sacrifice, uncertainty and potential danger,” Karch said in a Mammoth Medical Missions update Sunday.

Black Tie celebrates 5 years

November 14, 2013

If there is one thing everyone in Mammoth can agree on, it is that busy holiday weekends tend to be anything but relaxing—for residents and visitors alike.

Just look at any family in line trying to get the entire posse outfitted with skis or boards and boots for a day of fun on the mountain.

Then watch the frantic fleet of employees running a slalom course in the fitting area trying to get the right gear to the right person before their toddler has a meltdown.

Making Mono green

November 14, 2013

BRIDGEPORT—In an effort toward making Mono County more environmentally respectable, the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week moved forward in its bid toward purchasing more efficient vehicles for its fleet, while also examining building code modifications to help “green” construction projects.

November 12th

South Lake Tahoe man arrested for hit and run accident near Mammoth

November 12, 2013

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Sunday after leaving the scene of a car accident on Sunday, Nov. 10 at about 3:45 p.m., according to Mammoth Lake Police officers, who were dispatched to Minaret Road near the Mammoth Scenic Loop for a report of a non-injury traffic collision.

Officers found a full size pickup truck with fresh collision damage, two flat tires and a damaged road sign at that location. Officers discovered that the driver, Brian Bogdanoff, 32, of South Lake Tahoe, had fled the scene of the accident.

November 11th

Veterans gather in Mammoth; low-key ceremony at Fire Station #1

November 11, 2013

Veterans and their families, along with community members and town leaders, gathered Monday, Nov. 11, for the annual Veterans Day flag-raising at Fire Station #1 on Main Street.

Former Mono County Supervisor Duane "Hap" Hazard offered remarks to a gathering of several dozen people, including most of the forces of both the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the Mammoth Lakes Fire District.

The event was at 9 a.m., and did not last long.

UPDATE NOV 12: Karch, local doctors, performing as many as 50 surgeries a day in Philippines

November 11, 2013

Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch and the group of 15 Mammoth Hospital surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers who are still the only medical team on the Philippine island of Leyte are wet and cold, but performing as many as 50 surgeries a day, including an emergency cesarean section in pouring rain, according to Karch's wife, Mammoth Hospital pediatrician Dr. Kim Escudero.

Snowcreek Athletic Club to remain closed for weeks during water damage repairs

November 11, 2013

Snowcreek Athletic Club will be closed at least for the next several weeks, after a massive water main break under the club last week flooded the basement and first floor of the club with more than a million gallons of water.

“At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the water district saw their pressure going down, but they were not sure why,” said Ralph Lockhart, an owner of the Snowcreek club.

November 7th

S.R. 158 closure extended until Nov. 15 due to Digital 395 work, weekdays only

November 7, 2013

Weather permitting, Caltrans will extend the temporary closure of part of Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) until Nov. 15, weekdays only from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This closure will expedite Digital 395 work so that it can be completed before significant snowfall in the area.

The established detour route will continue to be available on North Shore Drive (see attached map) which allows access to June Lake through an alternate route.

Mono County appreciates the public’s cooperation and understanding during this construction work.

RAW: Mammoth Mountain opens with 4 lifts, 6 trails,1,500 vertical feet

November 7, 2013

Skiers and snowboarders took to the hill Thursday morning, Nov. 7, during the first chair banner breakthrough at 8:30 a.m. at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Mammoth claimed a base depth of 12-18 inches of natural and manmade snow, thanks to an early season storm and cold temperatures, which have allowed for pristine snowmaking conditions.

Chairs 1, 3, 6, and 11 are running over 6 trails and covering approximately 1,500 vertical feet.

The Mountain turns 60

November 7, 2013

It’s a good thing that the nights are chilly on Mammoth Mountain.

With temperatures consistently in the 20s but with little to no natural snow on the ground, snow guns have blanketed the main runs off the north face of the mountain at Main Lodge, creating a smooth, white surface for today’s Opening Day.

The first chairlift, Broadway Express (Chair 1), is to lift off on schedule at 8:30 a.m., according to Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.

Weather plays hard to get

November 7, 2013

With Mammoth Mountain opening this weekend, and a healthy dusting already behind us, snow is on the mind. And maybe, just maybe, in the forecast for next week.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty,” said Alex Hoon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “The models keep flip-flopping back and forth.”

There is an area of low pressure moving into California early next week, he said, it’s just a matter of how far south it will reach. Low pressure areas are typically associated with inclement weather.

Officials reveal plan for June Ski Area

November 7, 2013

A slew of Mammoth Mountain bigwigs hit June Lake late Tuesday night, Nov. 5, to roll out an ambitious new plan for June Mountain Ski Area that they say will save the ailing ski area—and set a new industry precedent.

 “We are going to offer kids under 12 ski free,” MMSA Chief Operating Officer Greg Dallas told approximately 120 people crowded into the community center in June Lake.

“That’s a huge deal. No one else is doing this. Most places there are restrictions, there are asterisks in the fine print.”

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