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April 9th, 2014

Death Valley National Park will be free April 19-27

April 9, 2014

Free entrance to Death Valley National Park to celebrate National Park Week

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

April 8th

Cops vs. Kids: Basketball game fundraiser, Lee Vining High School

April 8, 2014

It’s that time again! With the cops coming off a recent win with the Coleville High School boys’ basketball team, the Cops vs Kids game is back! Who will be victorious this time?

On Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m., join the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol as deputies and officers take on the Lee Vining High School boys’ basketball team. That’s right! It’s another “cops versus kids” in a friendly competition to raise money for the Lee Vining High School Booster Club.

Drought assistance available to local ranchers, farmers

April 8, 2014

Mono and Inyo are eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for certain counties in the Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Countiea. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.

April 7th

Bighorn move toward recovery; reintroductions expand species back into historical range

April 7, 2014

The recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep took one more step forward last month with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s second reintroduction effort since 1986.

In late March, they translocated 14 bighorn to a remote part of Sequoia National Park, which has been devoid of bighorn since the early 20th century.

“It was such a huge milestone to get these [bighorn] sheep into the Kern,” said biologist Tom Stephenson, program leader for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program.

April 6th

Off the Trail: Snowseeker

April 6, 2014

The metal-edged Kahru skis snapped to my old leather three-pin boots, gold and grey and well acquainted with rocks.

They need to be.

It has taken me an hour to get from the “Snopark” trailhead to this snowy meadow near Rock Creek Lake, a mile that would normally take about five minutes of easy skiing.

But it has hardly snowed this winter and even with the past week of storms we’ve only received a measly 18 feet since November where there should be 40.

April 3rd

What's up, up here? April 3-9 | News snippets from here and there ...

April 3, 2014

Don’t like-don’t like-don’t-like!

April 3, 2014

I really miss the Fido & Me article. It was the first thing I read in every issue and I even have a few cut out and hanging on the refrigerator. Miss all the adventures of “Mr. Beeg” and “Chief-the-Cat”, and especially miss his point of view. Please tell me you are going to bring it back!!

Linda Roth

A Fan from the East Coast

Eight years in the making

April 3, 2014

Eight years ago Drs. Mike Karch and Kim Escudero set out to create a grass roots movement to generate excitement about Nordic sports and thought that biathlon was the perfect sport considering its popularity in Europe and its combination of challenging skills. 

The biathlon movement that they started has grown into one of the annual premier events in our area.  This year, even with a late announcement due to lack of early snow, 236 athletes participated, including 70+ youth, disabled and Wounded Warriors, beginner adults, Masters, elite and Olympian racers. 

Rest in peace Uncle Robert

April 3, 2014

My name is Scott Stewart. I no longer live in Mammoth, but it was a place I grew up and called home frequently. 

My uncle, Robert Baillie, saw the biathlon competitions during the last Olympics and knew it was something he had to try.

Robert appeared to be in supreme health. He was definitely the adventurous type. From skiing to motocross, he certainly left nothing behind. Go big or go home, if you know what I mean.

Customer Service

April 3, 2014

We’re betting Mammoth Mountain Ski Area employees learned a lot this week.

It’s the same lesson a lot of people in Washington D.C. learned this year with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

That is, when you’re going to throw a good deal someone’s way, and it’s with an online transaction, you’d better add plenty of muscle to the back end if you want to avoid a Noah Moment.

Floods, whether in fact or in technology, aren’t any fun, even if everything turns out well in the end.

Death Valley bucks the drought, good wildflower show on right now

April 3, 2014

Headslapper!

About the only place around that isn't in a drought is the hottest, driest place in the country—Death Valley National Park, where the wildflowers are turning out quite a show. Rainfall in the higher elevations—especially in the Panamint Mountains—are allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher up as the temperatures warm. Although the bloom isn't one of the park's epic and infrequent blooms, it's still a very good show, according to the park.

Here's where to go:

On paved roads:

‘MVP Monday’

April 3, 2014

Barack Obama, meet Rusty Gregory.

On the same day computers across America froze because of the deadline to sign up for the federal Affordable Care Act, computers at Mammoth Mountain froze during a surprise cash/credit giveaway to MVP Passholders.

“Despite our upgrades to the system, traffic to the website completely overloaded our increased capacity,” said Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.

“By 8:30 a.m. we had a 10-fold increase over our largest web traffic in history.”

The April 3 Mammoth Times is on the racks

April 3, 2014

 

The new edition of the Mammoth Times is on the racks and in the mail, with our reporters roaming all over the place, covering all kinds of events and issues.

The paper offers, in our opinion, a rich potpourri of advertising and content, starting with the front page.

Alongside the Eastern Sierra, state wildlife officials have been engaged in their further efforts to protect our bighorn sheep population. And get a load of that picture: a bighorn ram being airlifted to its natural habitat.

A little too little, too late

April 3, 2014

Despite appearances in the aftermath of the last three snowstorms, the Eastern Sierra is still in its second driest winter on record after the last snow survey of the winter came in at a paltry 18.3 inches of water content, or roughly 18 feet of snow since the winter began.

That comes out to be about 42 percent of normal.

Only the winter of 1976-77 was drier, with about 10 inches of water content.

April 2nd

High school "Mock Rock" talent show April 8

April 2, 2014

It’s time for the annual Mammoth High School Associated Student Body “Mock Rock, Talent, and Visual Arts show” next Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Mammoth High School Multi-Purpose Room.

All ages are welcome to attend; children under ten years of age are free.

This fun-filled evening will highlight the high school’s creative and artistic talent.

An entrance donation of $5 is appreciated, but not necessary. Come out for a great night of family fun and support our Mammoth students!

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