Archive - Feb 2014 - News Article
The Feb. 27 issue of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks throughout the Eastern Sierra, as well as in the mail for subscribers.
This week's paper is loaded.
We look at the future of snowmaking at the June Mountain Ski Area; how high school kids can get a tuition break to the University of Nevada, Reno; and a fascinating tale of a Long Beach-to-Reno bus that had mechanical difficulties, resulting in the carbon monoxide poisoning that sickened many of its passengers.
With the Main Street Plan in its rearview mirror and town zoning code updates about to follow suit, the town’s planning commission this past week brought back an old chestnut.
The General Bikeway Plan, first unveiled nearly two decades ago and revisited four times since then, got another look on Wednesday, Feb. 26, by the town’s re-named Planning and Economic Development Commission.
The biggest change in how wildfires are funded in generations could allow firefighters to “get ahead” of potentially catastrophic fires by giving them the funds to do the preventative work that keeps wildfires from spreading, according to National Forest Service officials.
The new rules, proposed this week by President Barack Obama, would set aside a national fund for fighting fire.
What is being called “the biggest storm in two years” is forecast to dump as much as four feet of snow on the Sierra crest and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and several feet of snow in the town of Mammoth by the end of this weekend, according to forecasters.
The storm—actually two storms separated by one day—will come in beginning Wednesday afternoon and exit late Saturday, with some lingering snow showers lasting late into the weekend and possibly into Monday as well, according to the National Weather Service.
In this week’s Mammoth Times, a report from Town Hall, where the Mammoth Town Council, meeting until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, was set to create a new non-government entity called “Mammoth Lakes Recreation”— a bold move aimed at unifying the town’s recreation assets.
We have the details of the plan as it moved toward a vote.
A commercial bus bound for Reno from Long Beach may have had a mechanical failure that sickened several of its passengers late Sunday night, Feb. 23, authorities said.
The bus, identified as an Amador Stage Lines vehicle, stopped in Bridgeport, at which point many of the passengers were sent by ambulance to nearby hospitals, where they were treated and released, according to the California Highway Patrol.
An Utah fugitive who led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase through two states is still at large and possibly dangerous, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
Geoffrey Guess, 26, was a passenger in a car driven by an Idaho man when the vehicle was stopped for speeding near Coleville on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, according to the sheriff's department.
For the first time since last September, Mammoth has a permanent Town Manager.
Finally, after a year of planning, vetting and future visioning, Mammoth has a plan to change its weird, 1.5-mile Main Street.
With a tough campaign for county supervisor ahead of her, Stacy Corless is stepping down as the director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, say those in the know. She’ll help in the transition, but the members of the board say they’re going to start putting out feelers for a new leader soonly. …
Weather forecasters are pointing toward a possible big break in the high- pressure ridge blocking the storm track next week, giving the Eastern Sierra its best chance at another significant storm.
"The global models all have pretty much the same scenario with a break through of the westerlies next Wednesday night..." wrote Mammoth's amateur weather forecaster Howard Scheckter. "The EC this morning has two important waves for consideration. One Wednesday night, (Feb. 26), and the other, Saturday night, March 1," he said.
WHERE TO GET FREE FOOD IF YOU NEED IT:
The biggest free food distributer in Mammoth is though the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA), which is located off of Old Mammoth Road in the Plaza Mall that holds Country Liquor. It is across the street from The Stove. There are also a variety of food drops in most of the outlying communities of the county, during certain days and times during the month. Go to imaca.net for more information. Click on the âFood and Gardenâ tab.
IMACA Food Pantry
Available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week authorized the formation of “Mammoth Lakes Recreation,” a non-governmental organization that would oversee nearly all aspects of recreation in the town.
The formation of the new NGO, which Mayor Rick Wood called the most important piece of legislation in Mammoth since the founding of Mammoth Lakes Tourism in 2010, is scheduled to lift off on June 1.
The warm, dry weather has changed some wildlife behavior this winter—some of Mammoth’s bears are still up and about part of the days—and more changes could be on the way, according to Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.
“Given the situation of the three drought years, is it reasonable to expect that something unique could happen this spring?” Searles said.
“Sure. We don’t have any snow. It’s just incredible. It would be obvious to think that we will have massive changes.”
Late Saturday night, Feb. 15, someone turned on the washing machine in one of the old wooden buildings at Tamarack Lodge—or so thought Bob Thompson, an attorney and mountaineer visiting from Los Angeles.
Then he thought it might have been an avalanche rumbling outside after the fresh snowfall.
“There was some serious creaking,” he said.
What Bob felt was a magnitude 2.4 earthquake that occurred at 8:30 p.m., one of many small earthquakes in a swarm centered beneath Mammoth Mountain that started on Feb. 3.