Archive - Feb 4, 2013
This is just in from the National Park Service:
"The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado. The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch per day.
The US Forest Service (USFS) and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, (MMSA) have finalized an operating plan for the June Mountain Ski Area that guides management of the area for the remainder of the winter season while the resort is in a non-operational status, according to the Inyo National Forest.
"The plan considers many complicated factors regarding public access, administrative access to facilities and communication sites, avalanche control, ski patrol duties, and â€“ most importantly â€“safety concerns," a recent press release states.
Current Mammoth Community Water District Engineer, John Pedersen, was appointed Interim General Manger of the Mammoth Community Water District by the Board of Directors at a special board meeting held on Jan. 31.
Greg Norby, General Manager since November 2008, resigned recently to reside closer to family and friends. Mr. Pedersenâ€™s Interim General Manager appointment starts on Feb. 1, and continues until a new General Manager is appointed. Mr. Pedersenâ€™s interim role is greatly enhanced by his 25 years of engineering experience at the District.
A 49-year-old skier died Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mammoth Mountain after a nasty fall in one of the two Wipe Out chutes near the top of the mountain, according to a statement issued Monday by the ski area.
The accident happened at approximately 12:40 p.m., according to the statement.
A male skier, 49, lost control and fell in upper Wipe Out 2 (a Double Black Diamond run at the top of Mammoth Mountain).
According to witnesses, the guest fell, slid down the chute, collided with a rock and continued to slide.