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Mammoth alpine race teams in non-stop action

December 31, 2013

 

Ski races around the world are being postponed or cancelled on a daily basis due to the current warm and dry weather conditions,  but, the Mammoth Race Department team didn’t let marginal snow conditions stop them from hosting the Mammoth Mountain Open Western Region FIS Series Dec. 19-22. 

The race workers was able to pull off four days of racing for athletes representing the Far West, Northern, Intermountain, Rocky/Central and Eastern divisions.

December 30th

In times of trouble, hamsters to the rescue

December 30, 2013

It was a bitter winter morning and his hands were freezing, but former Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie was in his element.

One hand on a radio handset, another on a yellow legal pad, the sounds of a Vietnamese pop song came across his ham radio from thousands of miles away, tinny and scratchy in the background, he listened intently as orders from Mammoth Hospital came in over the wire.

“We are in lockdown,” came the message. “Only family members will be allowed in. All people must check in to the front desk.”

December 24th

All the world's a stage for Mammoth Mountain athletes

December 24, 2013

 

With the world as their stomping ground, the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams were in full stride these pst couple of weeks.

Here are the results:

Clifford Mann FIS GS_Mammoth Mountain

Local hospitals offer 'balance' classes, emphasis on seniors

December 24, 2013

The SPORT clinic in Mammoth and Bishop Physical Therapy will be hosting a six-week strength and balance program next month for seniors having difficulty with their balance.

CHP busts passenger for pot on U.S. 395; vows continued 'aggressive' enforcement

December 24, 2013

Highway Patrol officers arrested a 29-year-old Oceanside man this past week near Crowley Lake, taking him to the Mono County Jail on marijuana-related charges.

The man, identified by police as Ronald Ricky Moore, Jr., presented officers with a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but the arresting officer wrote in his report that he believed Moore "intended to make the marijuana available for sale."

Lt. R.D. Cohan, Commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, said the bust was illustrative of “professional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.”

December 19th

Mammoth hoopsters prep for league play

December 19, 2013

The Mammoth Huskies basketball team, fresh off “character builder” losses at last weekend’s Whittell (Nev.) Tournament, is putting together the finishing touches before they begin play in the Desert Mountain League on Dec. 27.

If their 73-47 loss to Incline and their 71-38 loss to host school Whittell on Saturday was tough to take, their 56-48 victory against Lee Vining might have ameliorated the sting of the losses.

The bright spot in Nevada belonged to Fox Kailiawa.

Tannenbaum launches XC ski racing season

December 19, 2013

The Tannenbaum Classic Nordic Ski Race started off the cross-country ski season Dec. 15 at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center with a crowd of nearly 80 racers, ranging from youngsters who were on cross country skis for the first time to college athletes and a two-time Olympian.

Adults raced a 10km race, high school athletes a 5km, and juniors raced in either a 2km or 1km race. A large contingent of junior alpine racers came to test their skills in “uphill” skiing. 

Mostly dry weather expected to persist ’til end of month

December 19, 2013

It’s hard to put a damper on Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter’s optimism when it comes to winter weather, but the forecast for the next few weeks might have done so.

“It’s not good, it’s horrible,” he said. “It’s as bad as it can get by this time of year.”

He is not talking just about the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday weeks, either.

December 16th

Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue honors several team members

December 16, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to saving lives. They do searches and rescues at any time, in any weather, for as long as it takes, for free.

Each year, the team honors members for their individual excellence and public service.

The team's highest honor, election to status as a Lifetime Member, is only rarely conferred by the team to a rescue member who has made unusual, faithful, and regular contributions to the team and to the welfare of victims over a significant number of years.

December 12th

RAW: Tioga Pass closed for the season

December 12, 2013

Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park.

June Mountain opens this Friday

December 12, 2013

June Mountain Ski Area will open as scheduled this Friday and the first riders on the first chair will include a group of Lee Vining students who sold lemonade last year in an attempt to keep their beloved ski area open.

“We invited the lemonade stand kids to join us and to play hooky and they accepted,” said Julie Brown, June Mountain’s new activities director.

Snowmobile lawsuits alarm USFS

December 12, 2013

Two lawsuits, neither of which is directly aimed at the Inyo National Forest, have appeared on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger District’s radar screens, with implications that could affect snowmobile use in years to come.

“There are a lot of moving pieces, and we’re trying to figure out exactly where we’re going to land and what we’re going to have to do to approve future snowmobile and grooming use on the forest,” said Jon Kazmierski, the recreation officer of the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts.

Supes look at ‘Legislative Platform’

December 12, 2013

As funding for Mono County programs continue to wobble in the face of ongoing state and federal instability, the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week took the first step in passing a first-of-its kind “State and Federal Legislative Platform.”

“There are decisions being made by people who don’t live in Mono County,” said Jim Leddy, the county administrator, who introduced the document on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Bridgeport.

December 10th

RAW: ICARE benefit at Spellbinder Books Saturday, Dec. 14

December 10, 2013

Spellbinder Books and the region's biggest non-profit animal advocate agency, ICARE, invite you to the 14th Annual ICARE Shopping Day on Saturday, Dec. 14, according to ICARE.

Simply purchase a $5 ICARE Donation Ticket at the store between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and receive 20 percent off a wonderful selection of books, calendars, greeting cards and assorted gifts. There will also be a drawing for prizes.

Your $5 donation goes directly to ICARE and helps the Eastern Sierra’s homeless pets in need. Happy Holidays!

RAW: Nordic ski trails near Shady Rest will be groomed again—when it snows more

December 10, 2013

Recent snowstorms have left the ground covered but are not providing the snow base required to use grooming equipment on the public Nordic and snowmobile trails on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, according to forest officials, who said once there is sufficient snowfall, grooming of the Shady Rest and Obsidian Dome Nordic Trails and the groomed snowmobile trail system will begin.

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