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Ski Area evacuates Canyon Lodge briefly; scent of propane causes a scramble

February 8, 2013

Officials evacuated Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at mid-afternoon Friday, Feb. 8, ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch confirmed.

‘Snow Biking’ makes tracks in Mammoth

February 8, 2013


Users argue for change  of 21-year-old rule

A new recreation activity is beginning to emerge in Mammoth, but “snow biking” has some bumpy bureaucratic rules to clear before it can break into the trails system of the Inyo National Forest.

June Lake struggles despite new events, opportunities

February 8, 2013

Even with the efforts of the community, no one says June Lake is better off without June Mountain Ski Area


Although the U.S. Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finally completed a winter operating plan for the June Mountain Ski Area, the closed ski area continues to present a big challenge to the community of June Lake.

First-ever June Lake Festival results

February 8, 2013


Organizers promise event to return next year

Event organizers of the June Lake Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon announced on the heels of a first run, that the family-oriented winter outdoor event would return next year. 

Largest glacier in Yosemite stops moving

February 8, 2013


The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado.

The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch a day.

 Glaciers are defined as long-lasting ice masses that arise from the accumulation of snow, and move downhill by flowing and sliding, according to the park.

Winter snowpack growth stalls following dry spell

February 8, 2013

This winter started off with a big, snowy bang and raised hopes that it would compensate for last year’s drought conditions, but a dry January and a so-far dry February are tempering expectations for this winter’s snowpack.

The first snowpack survey of the Sierra was completed at the beginning of the month and it puts the Sierra at about 55 percent of normal for the whole winter, according to state data.

Mammoth proposes Whitmore Track fees, regulations

February 8, 2013


Two-hour minimum rental at $25 an hour

The Whitmore Track and Sports Field are finished, but it is not a free ride for organizations or for groups who want to use it.

Under a set of new rules and payment schedules, sports groups would be dinged $25 an hour, with a two-hour minimum, for the use of the nine-lane, polyurethane, 400-meter track and/or the full-sized synthetic turf field.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 8-14

February 8, 2013


Parksman Dennis Rottner, the town’s “Go-to Gadet Man,” says polyurethane and synthetic grass do not make for a good dog experiencefor anyone involved, and with a short staff, he and his parks crew have other things that need more attention than cleaning up after recalcitrant dog owners. …

Rotary Winterfest ‘Poker Run’ at Ski Area

February 8, 2013


Benefits youth and education

A Poker Run — open to all skiers and riders — is being hosted by the Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this Saturday, Feb 9, according to Rotary President Rick Phelps

Registration begins at 9 a.m. outside the The Mill at the base of Stump Alley.  The entry fee for this event is $20, with all proceeds benefitting Mammoth Lakes’ youth and education activities supported by the Rotary Club.

Metabolic Studio to host 100 conversations about water

February 8, 2013


The Metabolic Studio IOU Garden will host “100 Conversations About Water” as a commemorative action during the centenary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Nov. 5 marks one hundred years since the opening of the L.A. Aqueduct.

Conversation Number One:  What Do Seeds have in Common with Water? 

Discuss issues around GMO Seeds, the Commons, and How we can Protect our Food Sources, Saturday, Feb.16 at 10 a.m., Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Main St. at Willow in Lone Pine.

Wilbrecht out as Town Manager

February 8, 2013


Cites health issues; Marysheva-Martinez new boss

The axe fell on Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht Wednesday evening in circumstances cloaked in mystery.

Following a closed Town Council meeting that followed its regularly scheduled Feb. 6 meeting, the town announced that Wilbrecht resigned his position, but offered no explanation as to the reasons why the former Mono County Administrative Officer and Mammoth Parks director quit.

Mammoth, LADWP may be near settlement over water rights issue

February 8, 2013


Agreement could end litigation threat

After months of wrangling, a solution to the recent water war between Mammoth’s municipal water district and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power may be at hand—and perhaps as soon as Feb. 14.

Police to expand ‘reserve’ program

February 8, 2013


Two officers are ready immediately

In the wake of budget cuts that left the Mammoth Lakes Police Department shorthanded, MLPD Dan Watson said he is moving ahead on establishing a reserve program.

Two top reserves are ready to go, he said at the Town Council meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6. One of them, retired Sergeant Karen Smart, is familiar to longtime Mammoth residents and visitors.

Court denies LADWP’s request to dismiss Owens Dry Lake lawsuit

February 8, 2013


In another blow to the City of Los Angeles’ attempt to cut costs and avoid more dust mitigation on the Owens Dry Lake, on Feb.5, the Kern County Superior Court denied the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.

It was filed for repeated violations of orders issued by both the court and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.

Verizon’s request for broadband service extension denied

February 8, 2013


The state Public Utilities Commission denied Verizon’s recent request for a three-month extension in providing high-speed broadband capacity to Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake.

The communications company was under an order to provide service to the small, hard-to-serve communities, after it violated a Scenic Highway regulation requiring a waiver if cables were not buried along the highway.

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