The chief doctor of the Mono and Inyo counties health department this week urged Eastern Sierra residents protect themselves from what appears to be a bad wave of influenza sweeping the United States.
Dr. Richard Johnson said there have been no documented cases in the area, but the flu activity "is showing signs of increasing across the country."
"Significant increases in flu activity in the United States have occurred in the last two weeks, indicating that an early flu season is upon us," he said in a news release.
The granite curtain has fallen.
Yosemite National Park closed Tioga Pass for the season last weekend, along with the Glacier Point Road.
The significant storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the weekend resulted in an estimated five and a half feet of snow accumulation in Tuolumne Meadows.
These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.
Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park.
Mammoth downhiller Stacey Cook broke onto the World Cup stage this past weekend, putting together back-to-back second-place finishes in the first podium finishes of her career.
Wearing a purple Mammoth knit hat, Cook mounted the podium twice behind winner Lindsey Vonn at Lake Louise, eight years after finishing fourth in that particular race.
Members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams gathered in the ski areaâs Slopeside Center to watch the races on television. They were joined by members of the U.S. Snowboard Team and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, in Mammoth for training.
With stories spanning everything from science to skiing, women on snow to a guide to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the winter preview edition of Mammoth Sierra Magazine is about to hit the racks
The magazine, free at selected locations and to subscribers of the Mammoth Times, is the 58th edition of the bimonthly publication. The new edition hits newstands on Friday, Dec. 7.
Featured is a mysterious cover image from the Beekley Collection of Ski Art.
Somehow, it seems like Brent Truax has been leading the Chamber of Commerce forever, such has been his impact on putting a face on the organization. He steps aside in December to focus on running the Westin Monache Resort, and we’ll miss him.
If the Mammoth Lakes committee on trails has its way, future visitors to the townâs trail system will do less head scratching and more learning.
The committee, made up of members from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, along with nonprofit entities, accepted a sweeping, 92-page outline of how to enhance Mammothâs trails with a series of trail-side education pieces on Wednesday.
âThis document is a great start,â said Jon Kazmierski, the recreation officer of the Inyo National Forest.
It might be the most madcap carnival ride in all of California.
Chair 23, a fixed-grip triple that recently was named among the âTop Seven Iconic Chairlifts in the Worldâ by a notable ski website, rises to the top of the Mammoth Mountain crest as one of the hairiest rides on any ski hill anywhere.
âItâs definitively a sphincter-tightening ride,â said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory, who as a young strapper on his way up the chain of command helped build the lift in 1982.
A series of three wet, warm storms were set to hit Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra before Monday, dumping several inches of rain on lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains.
Meteorologists on Thursday projected winds that could kick up to 60- to 100-miles-an-hour.
Weather watchers also had their eyes on the possibility of localized flooding.
Imagine lining up dollar bills stretching from Mammoth Lakes to Staten Island, N.Y., and that would be just short of the amount of money the local Rotarians are sending to Superstorm Sandy victims.
âRotary is all about helping people and placing âservice above self,ââ said Mammoth attorney Mike Bornfeld after he led an effort to send $2,500 to hard-hit Staten Island.
The Mammoth Rotary Club raised the money Nov. 3 at its poker tournament. The following week, the club sent a check to the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island.
A local woman who believes Mammoth Lakes has had more than its share of child sexual abuse is stepping up to offer a class to prevent the crime.
Donna Lisa Knowles, a mother and local real estate agent, said she has had enough of the silence and the reality of child sexual abuse in Mammoth.
As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.âš
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.
The permits, the arguments, the appeals, and the âMono pineâ discussion that divided Crowley Lake the last time a cell tower was proposed are long gone, and Crowley Lake should get cell service early next month.
The power to the site was turned on this week. Residents now have to wait for Verizon, the service provider, to finish some last minute equipment testing, said Robert MacLachlan, project manager for Vista Towers, the private developer and builder for the tower.
âMy understanding is that Verizon is aiming for Dec. 10,â he said.
âA new cummerbund and bow tie!â Fido yowled. âThat can mean only one thing! Hey hey hey hey! Itâs party season!â
Fido pawed the flat box in delight. He tossed the green and red ribbon into the air.
âItâs my favorite-favorite-favorite time of the season!â
âI know, Old Boy,â I said. âI take it youâre all set for some holiday cheer, and now you have a brand new set-up for your black tie events.â
âThese are just the right color,â he muttered. âHow did you know?â
âIt was just last week, Fido. You remember Bark Friday, donât you?â
âBut there was so much going on!â