â€™Tis the season to get psyched.
Mammoth Nordic got the energy and anticipation flowing last weekend as the hosts of the â€śWinter Wildlands Alliance Backcoutry Film Festival: Celebrating the human powered experience.â€ť
There was the requisite eye-candy: the big names hucking big-on-big lines in interesting places you and I may never go (or for many locals: already have!)â€”but you sit, nonetheless, on the edge of your seat, eyes big and jaw slightly agape, thinking of your own big lines for this year.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department lost longtime officer Jesse Gorham this week, and the town wonâ€™t be quite the same.
Gorham, who received his 15-year service award at the last Town Council Meeting, is retiring to Clendenin, W. Va., with his wife, Valerie, and three children, leaving Mammoth with a big gap on the force.
â€śWith his departure, and Marty Thompsonâ€™s departure earlier, that now makes me the largest member of the Police Department,â€ť quipped Chief Dan Watson. â€śIâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s a good thing.â€ť
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area received 16 inches of powder since Wednesday, giving the ski area about 126 inches (or about 10.5 feet) of snow since the season began on Oct. 1. The base depth of the mountain is now at 68 inches, or about 5.5 feet. The measurements were taken by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Ski Patrol at Main Lodge, at about 9,000 feet of elevation.
The totals for Wednesdayâ€™s storm were something of a surprise; most forecasts had put the total snowfall for the area lower than what actually occurred.
Itâ€™s not enough to call it a â€śdump,â€ť per so, but snow is undeniably falling in Mammoth Wednesday.
The National Weather Service is being cagey as to how much precipitation weâ€™ll get, but the five-day precipitation graphic shows as much as 1.25 inches of moisture over the next few days. That translates into about a foot of snow, plus or minus.
This moisture is accompanied by a cold wave. That means the heavy Sierra Cement glop is not a factor.
Whatever snow comes down, it will arrive as powder.
In early November, Sheriff Richard C. Scholl made the announcement that he was going to retire as Sheriff-Coroner as of December 20th, 2012.
â€śI have been honored to be the 21st person to serve as Sheriff-Corner of Mono County. To have the trust of the employees and the citizens over these past six years has truly been a privilege. I know our accomplishments have outweighed the defeats and I believe the Sheriffâ€™s Office is poised to continue moving forward in a positive manner under the direction of Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger,â€ť stated Sheriff Scholl.
The Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday voted for a new government restructuring plan, with an eye to the long-range future but with its thumbs also fixed on vexing, short-term problems.
In making the decision, the council sought to put to bed some of the more controversial elements that have divided the town ever since it began its five-month-long tightrope walk back from the edge of municipal bankruptcy.
Ten years after entering the world stage of ski racing with the U.S. Ski Team, Mammoth racer Stacey Cook last weekend finally got a payoff.
A member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, Cook landed on her first-ever World Cup podiums, finishing second behind superstar Lindsey Vonn in the opening races of the 2012-13 World Cup season.
It hasnâ€™t taken long for the relief generated by last weekâ€™s storm to give way to anxiety in Mammoth.
Whatâ€™s next, everyone wants to know. What will this winter be like?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is anything but clear.
â€śI donâ€™t trust forecasts any longer than 72 hours out,â€ť said Frank Gehrke, the chief snow surveyor for the state Department of Water.
â€śHaving a wet December (as this one is shaping up to be, due to the last series of storms) doesnâ€™t mean a thing for the future. Iâ€™ve learned not to predict and just work on what comes.â€ť
Paradise residents voiced their ire Tuesday about a subdivision and trailhead design on Lower Rock Creek Road that they say is making the road dangerous in the winter.
At issue is a fence that developer John Hooper, who lives on the property at the site of the old Paradise Lodge and Resort, built to funnel hikers from a parking lot to a trailhead.
Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger will likely be appointed Mono County Sheriff by the county supervisors soon, after Sheriff Richard â€śRickâ€ť Scholl recommended Obenberger for the post at Tuesday's county supervisor's meetingâ€”with no oppostition from the supervisors, who were quick to voice their support for Obenberger.
Scholl recently announced he will retire about halfway through his four year term. His last date will be Dec. 20.
â€śIt seems like the logical choice, and Ralph is certainly qualified,â€ť said Supervisor Byng Huntâ€”words echoed by the rest of the supervisors.
The Eastern Sierra made Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, coming in at No. 6. The travel pub gives a shout-out to Bodie, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, Devils Postpile, and Whoa Nellie Deli. Notably absent: Mammoth Lakes. Top 5 are Louisville, Fairbanks, the San Juan Islands, Philly and American Somoa. …
A pair of bobcats are enjoying the early winter in Mammothâ€™s neighborhoods, and wildlife specialist Steve Searles says he is ecstatic.
â€śFor people to be able to observe that in a community, itâ€™s a great indicator of one of the things thatâ€™s going really right in our town,â€ť he said at the Mammoth Town Council meeting Wednesday evening.
â€śTo have local bobcats being observed multiple times a day, itâ€™s something we should be really proud of, and celebrate.â€ť
Searles said there is no reason for people to be alarmed by the two critters.
The Tri-Valley area of Mono County—Hammil, Chafant and Benton—was once the fastest growing part of the county, and developer Bob Stark hopes it is again soon.
He got some help for his vision Tuesday after the Mono County Board of supervisors agreed to make it easier to continue his White Mountain Estates project north of Bishop on S.R 6.
Stark’s 87-unit project was going full-speed prior to 2008, poised to fill a deep need for workforce housing in the county, which at the time was experiencing a real estate price boom.
The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) is scheduled to open Dec. 6 after gaining three and four feet of snow coverage.
The BWRA area is suitable for snowmobiling and other winter sports and is located in the Sonora Pass vicinity off S.R. 108. Recent storms have provided enough snow to meet the minimum requirements for opening, but snow conditions are variable.