March 25th, 2014
Although most Mammothites might not notice it, the air quality over much of Long Valley for the past week has been less than crystal-clear, with a white haze obscuring the details of the White Mountains for many hours of many days.
Note: This story was printed in the Mammoth Times on March 20 and was updated on March 25 to reflect new information.
A wildfire west of Independence at about 9,000 feet elevation that started in mid-March is only one sign that the droughtâ€™s grip on the Eastern Sierra has not weakened in any appreciable way.
Drought, Water Resources, and Climate Change with Holly Alpert, Program Manager, Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program, Saturday, April 5 at 10 am., sponsored by the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Willow and Main St., Lone Pine. For more information call 510-468-7113.
Deena Kastor might be 41 years old, but she can still run with the best of them.
Amid chilly and windy conditions Sunday in Dallas, Mammoth’s three-time Olympian and American record-holder turned in the fifth-fastest half-marathon time by a U.S. runner in 2014 with a new course record at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon.
“Going to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas half marathon, I knew I was in good fitness,” she said afterward, “but all other aspects need to fall into place in order to break records.
Two storms are taking aim at the Eastern Sierra during the coming week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as a few feet on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.
The storms will begin their approach tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 25, with a slow moving storm that will last until Thursday morning, leaving the Mammoth area with about 12-18 inches of snow at the highest elevations, according to the National Weather Service.
Property owners in Mammoth who would like to replace old wood stoves with more efficient and cleaner heating systems may now qualify for up to $2,000 toward the cost of the new heating system, according to a spokesperson from the Clean Air Products Program.
To qualify for replacement costs, the existing wood-burning system (wood stove or open fireplace) must be a building’s primary heat source, it must be located within Town limits, and it must fall into one of two qualifying categories:
By all outward appearances, it should have been a crummy fall season last year for Mono County’s tourism economy.
In spite of the two-weeks-long Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park in September and the 16-day federal government shutdown in October, Mono County turned in its best autumn tourism performance in seven years, according to tax figures given to the Mono County Tourism/Film Commission.
“It’s amazing, considering we had the Rim Fire and the shutdown,” said Alicia Vennos, director of Mono County Tourism.
Good news, sez Fido, to have the Bishop Veterinary Hospital in the Minaret Mall in Mammoth. Leading the effort is Thomas J. Talbot, DVM, giving Mammoth’s pets another medical option, to go along with Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa. Taking calls now at 760-934-2287. …
A 27-year-old Mammoth man was arrested on March 4 on suspicion of several drug related charges, along with a "willful cruelty to a child" charge, after the man was found by law enforcement to be openly smoking marijuana in his home in front of his two-year-old son and after he admitted that he had taken the child with him during prescription narcotic sale transactions.
He was arrested by MLPD Officers and transported to the police station without incident.
The University of California, White Mountain Research Center invites the public to a lecture on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Bishop. Dr. John Wehausen, Retired Research Scientist at White Mountain Research Center, will present a talk entitled: Bighorn Sheep Metapopulation Dynamics in California.
All lectures are FREE to the public. White Mountain Research Center is located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop.
For more information, call (760) 873-4344.
For parents hoping for a quick fix for traffic control at Mammoth elementary, they might not want to hold their breath.
If the school district pushes the boundaries of good luck, a solution to the vexing morning and afternoon traffic jams at the school might be completed by the start of the 2014-15 school year.
However, schools superintendent Lois Klein said recently, such a solution would involve a combination of favorable weather, swift planning by architects and quick action from the Department of California Architects.
The new print edition of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks and in mail boxes, with a wide range of content.
We look at how a “Material Recovery Facility”—a MRF—really works, as Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra hurtle toward a long-range solution to its recycling and garbage issues.
Police blotter for week of March 9 through March 16
High-speed chase, injury
A high-speed chase involving at least two parties through the Sierra Valley Estates the weekend of March 15-16 resulted in at least one serious injury to a resident and a series of 911 calls from concerned residents. The case is still being investigated and few details were available at press time, but Mammoth Lakes Police Sgt. Marc Moscowitz said the incident occurred on Saturday evening, March 16, during â€śan ongoing chase between two rival groups.
The Inyo National Forest is working on its 20-year â€śForest Plan Revisionâ€ť and will be holding a workshop Thursday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Eastern Sierra College Center, Cerro Coso Community College (4090 W. Line Street) in Bishop.
These workshops mark the beginning of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.