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April 5th

Town events tap Measure U

April 5, 2013


‘We need a new app,” Rec Commissioner Sauser says

Having already dipped its toe in the untested waters of Measure U tax distribution, the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission this past week ventured into even murkier depths.

In a workshop on Tuesday morning, April 2, the five-member commission invited representatives of Mammoth’s various special events to a special conclave at the town offices.

April 4th

RAW: MCWD Board Welcomes New District General Manager

April 4, 2013

The Mammoth Community Water District is happy to announce the selection of Patrick Hayes as the new General Manager. Hayes will be starting at the district on April 15. The selection of Hayes was approved at a special board meeting held on March 13.

He will be succeeding Greg Norby who left the district on January 30 of this year. Since Norby’s departure, District Engineer John Pedersen has filled the role as the Interim general manager.

April 1st

RAW: Early spring means snowmobile trails closed, dangerous lake ice, other changes

April 1, 2013

A below average snowpack and unseasonably warm temperatures are rapidly changing the mix of recreation opportunities on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts. Excellent skiing conditions remain above 8500 feet, including skiing opportunities at Mammoth Mountain and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Areas. However, lower elevations and areas further from the Sierra Crest are seeing signs of an early spring. Recreation opportunities usually pursued in the summer months, such as, hiking, off-highway vehicle riding and mountain biking are quickly becoming available.

Bears and ravens learn to live with new rules at water treatment plant

April 1, 2013


It doesn’t sound appetizing to us humans, but the Mammoth Community Water District wastewater treatment plant has proven irresistible to local critters—and that has created a problem for the water district.

The wastewater treatment plant contains large, open pit water treatment pools—and a banquet of alluring smells and a steady supply of fats and grease.

It is thus a popular spot for local animals, particularly bears and ravens, presenting a unique challenge for the district.

Deer on the move

April 1, 2013


Searles cautions motorists in Mammoth area

The Round Valley deer herd is on the move near the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, signaling the start of the spring migration, according to wildlife specialist Steve Searles.

While the migration is far from full speed, Searles told the Mammoth Town Council on March 20 that conditions are starting to be more conducive for the herd, which numbers up to 3,000 animals.

Mammoth Mountain promotes Cohen

April 1, 2013


As Vice President, he will oversee Human Resources

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory announced this week Ron Cohen has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Human Resources and Administration. 

This newly created job adds the critical function of Human Resources to Cohen’s existing portfolio of responsibilities, Gregory said in a news release. 

What's Up, Up Here? Mar. 29 - Apr. 5

April 1, 2013


The lineup for next August’s Bluesapaloozais in, with Joan Osborneand John Hammondheadlining, along with a spate of other wowsers. Festival is Aug 1-4in case you forgot. ...

New at Mammoth Mountain is brand-man Neil Sogard, a veteran ski industry insider, whose brother, Eric, just so happens to be a second baseman for the Oakland Athletics. …

March 29th

RAW: Forest service seeks public input on new forest plan April 4

March 29, 2013

The Inyo National Forest surrounds the entire town of Mammoth Lakes and contains almost all of the Eastern Sierra within its borders, including most of the trails, roads, ski resorts and other recreational facilities locals and visitors use.

That is why revising an old management plan for the forest, which is underway as of this month, is such a big undertaking—and that is why forest officials are asking for public input about how to do it, with a public meeting on April 4 in Bishop.

Ski Patrol Appreciation Day set

March 29, 2013


April 6 barbeque marks seven years since Mammoth tragedy

It has been seven years, but for those who were in Mammoth on that day, April 6 will always be indelibly—and tragically—marked.

Winter could hit again, just in time for spring

March 29, 2013


A large high-pressure ridge is breaking down

Just in time for spring, winter weather could come back.

For the past three months, almost every storm heading to the Eastern Sierra didn’t.

Instead, blocked by a persistent and massive high-pressure ridge, the storms have funneled east, keeping California high and dry and giving the Great Plains and eastern United States a winter to remember.

China dust storm hits Eastern Sierra

March 29, 2013


Last Friday’s terrible air quality was due to a huge dust storm that arose in China’s Gobi Desert

Last Friday, the Mammoth Times stated on its website that the poor air that day was due to a prescribed burn near Tom’s Place.

It seemed the logical explanation, since we had just received a press release about the burn that morning.

June Lakers won’t drop land swap case

March 29, 2013


MMSA now says land trade is on backburner, residents push back

Some June Lake residents are still frustrated over June Mountain Ski Area’s uncertain future and they were not assuaged this past week when they discovered that a proposed land trade had been assigned to a Congressional committee for review—without their knowing.

March 28th

Suspects at large after possible burglary attempt in Walker

March 28, 2013

There are no suspects in a possible attempted burglary in Walker that occurred Tuesday, March 19, and the Mono County Sheriff’s department wants local residents to remember to lock their doors and be alert.

The call about the possible burglary came in at about 11:30 a.m., according to a sheriff’s department news release.

“Deputies were dispatched to Walker for the report of two unknown suspects, dressed in dark clothing, who had entered a residence through an unlocked door,” the news release stated.

Mammoth cops bust 17-year-old in robbery case

March 28, 2013

A 17-year-old Mammoth resident is facing robbery charges after allegedly holding up a pair of 12-year-old skateboarders at a bus stop.

The suspect, whose name was not released by the MLPD, was taken to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Independence following his arrest.

According to a news release distributed by the MLPD, the crime occurred on Saturday, March 23.

The victims were waiting at the stop in front of the Mammoth Lakes Rite Aid when the suspect approached and demanded money and threatened to take their skateboards if they didn’t comply.

March 27th

Council eyes Mayor Lehman’s San Diego trip

March 27, 2013


Taxpayers absorb $199 expense

After years of arguing over hundred of thousands of dollars—millions, even—the Mammoth Town Council this past week dealt with a much more manageable expense item of $199.

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