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February 11th, 2011
Mammoth welcomed back a couple of its in-the-news athletes on Sunday, giving locals a chance to meet and ski with ski cross mega-star Johnny Teller and slopestyle skier Kaya Turski.
Hundreds of people jammed the Main Lodge sun deck for autographs, handshakes and high-fives, and if there were passers-by or out-of-towners who wondered what the fuss was about, hereâ€™s why:
Teller, coming off an X-Games gold medal and a couple of World Cup podiums, was just back from the FIS World Championships in Utah, where he placed fifth but won the so-called â€śsmall finalsâ€ť in his event.
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area hosted the fifth annual winter Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project.
Thirty-five wounded marines, soldiers and veterans, their family members and military staff enjoyed five days of recreation catered by DSES.
Participants joined DSES from hospitals and rehabilitation centers at San Diego and Arizona and Hawaii.
Veterans joined the program from as far away as Washington and Virginia.
The relatively recent discovery of geothermal energy literally right below the Shady Rest Park area has only complicated an already very complicated issue in Mammoth â€“ how best to utilize one of the town's visitors and locals favorite locations that is already highly popular with snowmobilers, cross country skiers, dog-walkers and more.
The bottom line is that the Shady Rest area is literally in danger of being loved to death, with locals and visitors alike piling into the area to cross-country ski, snowmobile, walk dogs, hike, mountain bike, walk, snowshoe, skate ski.
The Mammoth daycare provider arrested in October for sexually abusing at least four children in his care, Lupe Almaguer, will not face a judge again until March 8, after his sentencing was continued at his attorney's request yesterday.
Judge Stan Eller granted the request, according to an investigator for the Mono County Deputy Attorney's office, Wade McCammond.
The sentencing was originally set for next week, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m., in Bridgeport.
"Mr. Almaguer is expected to be present for the pronouncement of sentence," McCammond said.
The body of an Elk Grove man that was discovered by a National Forest Service employee on patrol at Mt Morrison Cemetery Saturday was likely a suicide, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
According to the sheriff's department, the details go like this.
Even as Mammothâ€™s town council moved to approve an agreement to subsidize some air service flights this week, county supervisors had three words to say:
â€śNot so fast.â€ť
At a Tuesday discussion centered around Mammoth Mountainâ€™s request that the county help subsidize air service, splitting it three ways with the town government and the Mountain, it was clear the supervisors arenâ€™t ready to go there, not yet and perhaps, not at all.
Herre's the latest in gossip, news and idle speculations from our cozy little burg.
Hot rumor around town is that by 2012 weâ€™ll have a state-of-the-art 10- to 12-lane bowling alley, with restaurant and lounge and three upstairs bays for simulated golf. How hot is the rumor? Scalding. ..
Why the S.F. flight matters: John Eastman was at the airport this past week, catching a flight to L.A., when he ran into a passel of New Jersey club skiers who always wanted to try Mammoth. One connection to SFO, then the non-stopper to Newark. ...
Police Chief Dan Watson didnâ€™t get exactly what he wanted from the Town Council Wednesday evening, but at least he got something.
Thatâ€™s more than he got in his first two tries before the council, on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19, when the chief tried to figure out a way to add some muscle to his force.
On both those occasions, the council turned him down flat.
But on Wednesday, after yet another proposal from Watson, the council approved filling the MLPDâ€™s open lieutenant position from within and adding a sergeant.
While much of the rest of the country got walloped by a massive winter storm this week, the Sierra remained stuck in a stubborn dry pattern that shows no signs of breaking anytime soon.
Even the groundhog in Punxsutawney didnâ€™t see his shadow meaning, if groundhogs can be believed, that winter will end soon.
But the huge snows that hit the Sierra back in December were enough to, so far at least, protect the state of California, which gets 30 percent of its water from the Sierra Nevada mountains.
How do we know?
Members of the Recreation Commission began to wrap their heads around implementing the townâ€™s recreation vision on Wednesday afternoon.
The commission met with Carl Ribaldo and Austin McInerney of the Strategic Marketing Group, along with facilitator, former Tourism and Recreation director Danna Stroud.
The consulting group walked the commission through the steps and guidelines that would make the so-called â€śRecStratsâ€ť document a viable recreation road map by August.
A Crowley Lake local, Jeff Wheeler, died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound last Thursday, according to the The Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
On Thursday, Jan. 27, at approximately 8:20 am, a Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy was dispatched to 325 Sierra Springs Drive for a welfare check. Jeff Wheeler, 40, was found deceased in his bed from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head.
Further death details are under investigation.
Source: Mono County Sheriff's Department
Local climber and June Lake resident Doug Nidever is in a Reno hospital after suffering a stroke and possible heart attack last week, according to a climbing partner, Bruce Bartlett.
Bartlett said Nidever, also known as "Flanders" by his climbing community, was awake and responsive, but is in serious condition. Nidever can speak, but still is battling blood clots and other complications.
Bartlett was headed to Reno to visit Nidever, with another climbing partner.
Mammoth's highly used Shady Rest area has a long history of sometimes conflicting uses, especially in the winter when snowmobilers and skiers, dog walkers and snowshoers vie for the trail system. Although the conflicts have died down somewhat over the years, due mostly to hard work by both user groups in educating their members, the need for a final solution for winter use in the area, still remains.
That opportunity might be available finally.
Mammoth skier John Teller only needed an inch or two to win a gold medal in Ski Cross at the X-Games Sunday in Aspen, but he had the speed and he had the inch.
Teller, who has two World Cup podium finishes, including a gold medal in St. Johann, Austria on January 7, narrowly edged out Chris Del Bosco, who led the majority of the race.
TransworldWorld SNOWboarding loves John Jackson.
One of the leading voices in the sport gave the Crowley Lake resident its Rider of the Year award, along with the Menâ€™s Video Part of the Year.
It was the second straight year the magazine gave him the two awards, making him a downright celebrity, if he wasnâ€™t already.
The awards were announced last Friday at the 2011 TransWorld SNOWboarding Poll Award show in Denver.
In another era, Jackson might have wanted to call home to tell the news to his mom, Shirley, and track down brother Eric, too.