November 26th, 2010
Welcome. Everything’s open.
For the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2004, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is open from Eagle Express and Cloud Nine Express, all the way over to Outpost 14.
“This,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen, “is huge for us.”
“It’s been an amazing early-season snowfall. Mother Nature has been very good to us.”
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is investigating the circumstances of a single vehicle, roll-over traffic collision resulting in the death of a 30-year-old resident of Summerland, Calif.
On Tuesday, November 23, the police were notified of a vehicle that was off the roadway in the vicinity of Le Verne and Fir Streets in the Bluffs area of Mammoth Lakes. Officers located a Toyota Tacoma on its side approximately 100 feet down an embankment.
Law enforcement officials confirmed a fatality in Mammoth Tuesday, but did not release any other information, pending notification of kin and an on-going investigation.
Updates will be posted as soon as they are available.
The fatality was storm related, other sources said.
The storms of this past weekend came with some drama, when a Bishop man in his forties had to be rescued from a ravine where he had been injured during a fall, below the Campion Sparkplug Mine/ Jeffrey Canyon area in the White Mountains Sunday.
According to a Mono County Search and Rescue Team member, who wished to remain anonymous, the rescue took nine hours due to the steep and snow-slippery and terrain. A break in the weather did cooperate with the rescuers, however, and the man was eventually transported to Northern Inyo Hospital will non-life-threatening injuries.
The snowplows plowed. The tow trucks towed. Police investigators investigated. The skiers skied, the snowboarders rode, the sledders sledded, the snowshoers showeshoed and it was a perfect day.
Last Sunday, it was good to hear the familiar voice of Doug Howell and his snow removal team from Mammoth Firewood come crackling across the scanner. It was like an old shoe.
"Careful coming around that bend, it's a blind corner."
"There's a car parked in the middle of the road!"
"Just about got Canyon cleaned up. Headed to Lakeview."
Winning games helps.
Going to the playoffs is fun and exciting for everyone, from the players and coaches to the supporters of the team and the fans in the stands.
But this yearâ€™s Mammoth High School football team was bigger than that just for having taken the field.
After a lost season in which Mammoth had no team at all, the Huskies returned under the wing of their resolute coach, Tom Gault and his industrial-strength assistant coach Marty Thompson â€“ a former Fresno State and Detroit Lions tight end.
(Updated 9 a.m. Sunday) The other shoe of the Big Storm dropped on Mammoth Saturday night and Sunday.
After a lull in the action on Saturday afternoon, the second wave of the storm kicked into high gear overnight, starting at about 10 p.m. Saturday and running into Sunday. At the top of Mammoth Mountain, a wind gust of 107 miles an hour was recorded at 4 a.m. Sunday
By 8 a.m. Sunday, the wind had calmed to an average wind speed of 32 miles an hour and a foot and a half of new snow was on the ground at the Sesame Snow Study Site, near the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Note: The What's Up item about the Thompsons that ran in Friday's paper has been corrected in this version.
That was the crew of â€śThe Ellen DeGeneres Showâ€ť up on Mammoth Mountain Saturday, which took marketing whiz Joani Lynch a bit by surprise, but she (Joani) is fast on her feet. Ellen didnâ€™t show, but â€śAmyâ€ť (the dorky on-camera cohort in the blue biz suit) came up for 15 hours of taping. The bit aired Wednesday. For two minutes. â€śHollywoodâ€™s rough,â€ť said Joani. ...
If and when the Town of Mammoth Lakes loses its appeal of the $30 million Hot Creek litigation against it, Mammoth could be thrown into a Chapter 9 bankruptcy whose effects could last many years.
But citizens who are anticipating the immediate effects of such a predicament are unlikely to notice anything different at all.
â€śThe notion that the town would be shut down because of bankruptcy is a laymanâ€™s misunderstanding of how it actually works,â€ť said one of the participants in the court battle, who preferred anonymity over concerns in interfering with the ruling.
The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation; and familiarity will make way for ground-breaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierraâ€™s most popular fund raisers returns to Lone Pine.
â€śThere is something very different and exciting about the music for this yearâ€™s Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,â€ť Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.
Mammoth daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, who was arrested in early October on child sexual abuse allegations, was arraigned Nov. 16 in Bridgeport on two additional "criminal complaints" of child sexual abuse, bringing the total number to four complaints, according to Wade McCammond, Mono County District Attorney's chief investigator.
Almageur was present for the arraignment, McCammond said.
The first big storm of the winter is expected to hit Mammoth and Mono County late this week, according to the Reno office of the National Weather Service.
As much as several feet of snow could fall on the Sierra crest with several inches on valley floors, beginning Friday and intensifying over the course of the weekend.
All it took was decent snow cover, blue skies, a federal holiday and ... Voila! Mammoth Mountain recorded nearly 10,000 skier visits onto Mammoth Mountain Ski Area last weekend in its 2010-11 season opening.
According to ski hill officials, 2,152 there were 2,152 visits on Thursday, Opening Day. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, those numbers hit 2,293, 3,101 and 2,154.
The ski visits ran 1,367 ahead of last season's Opening Weekend.