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November 26th, 2010
In an incident that easily could have turned tragic, a 47-year-old Bishop man spent Saturday night alone and without a sleeping bag, in a steep ravine below White Mountain, after two hiking companions abandoned him there.
The hiking companions then continued their hike up to the old, restored cabins at the Champion Sparkplug Mine, where they spent the night â€“ with sleeping bags and under a roof.
Bishop resident Patrick Toon was hiking in on the trail to the mine Saturday when he became separated from his group, according to Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Pete De George.
Welcome. Everything’s open.
For the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2004, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is open from Eagle Express and Cloud Nine Express, all the way over to Outpost 14.
“This,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen, “is huge for us.”
“It’s been an amazing early-season snowfall. Mother Nature has been very good to us.”
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is investigating the circumstances of a single vehicle, roll-over traffic collision resulting in the death of a 30-year-old resident of Summerland, Calif.
On Tuesday, November 23, the police were notified of a vehicle that was off the roadway in the vicinity of Le Verne and Fir Streets in the Bluffs area of Mammoth Lakes. Officers located a Toyota Tacoma on its side approximately 100 feet down an embankment.
Law enforcement officials confirmed a fatality in Mammoth Tuesday, but did not release any other information, pending notification of kin and an on-going investigation.
Updates will be posted as soon as they are available.
The fatality was storm related, other sources said.
The storms of this past weekend came with some drama, when a Bishop man in his forties had to be rescued from a ravine where he had been injured during a fall, below the Campion Sparkplug Mine/ Jeffrey Canyon area in the White Mountains Sunday.
According to a Mono County Search and Rescue Team member, who wished to remain anonymous, the rescue took nine hours due to the steep and snow-slippery and terrain. A break in the weather did cooperate with the rescuers, however, and the man was eventually transported to Northern Inyo Hospital will non-life-threatening injuries.
The snowplows plowed. The tow trucks towed. Police investigators investigated. The skiers skied, the snowboarders rode, the sledders sledded, the snowshoers showeshoed and it was a perfect day.
Last Sunday, it was good to hear the familiar voice of Doug Howell and his snow removal team from Mammoth Firewood come crackling across the scanner. It was like an old shoe.
"Careful coming around that bend, it's a blind corner."
"There's a car parked in the middle of the road!"
"Just about got Canyon cleaned up. Headed to Lakeview."
(Updated 9 a.m. Sunday) The other shoe of the Big Storm dropped on Mammoth Saturday night and Sunday.
After a lull in the action on Saturday afternoon, the second wave of the storm kicked into high gear overnight, starting at about 10 p.m. Saturday and running into Sunday. At the top of Mammoth Mountain, a wind gust of 107 miles an hour was recorded at 4 a.m. Sunday
By 8 a.m. Sunday, the wind had calmed to an average wind speed of 32 miles an hour and a foot and a half of new snow was on the ground at the Sesame Snow Study Site, near the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Note: The What's Up item about the Thompsons that ran in Friday's paper has been corrected in this version.
That was the crew of â€śThe Ellen DeGeneres Showâ€ť up on Mammoth Mountain Saturday, which took marketing whiz Joani Lynch a bit by surprise, but she (Joani) is fast on her feet. Ellen didnâ€™t show, but â€śAmyâ€ť (the dorky on-camera cohort in the blue biz suit) came up for 15 hours of taping. The bit aired Wednesday. For two minutes. â€śHollywoodâ€™s rough,â€ť said Joani. ...
If and when the Town of Mammoth Lakes loses its appeal of the $30 million Hot Creek litigation against it, Mammoth could be thrown into a Chapter 9 bankruptcy whose effects could last many years.
But citizens who are anticipating the immediate effects of such a predicament are unlikely to notice anything different at all.
â€śThe notion that the town would be shut down because of bankruptcy is a laymanâ€™s misunderstanding of how it actually works,â€ť said one of the participants in the court battle, who preferred anonymity over concerns in interfering with the ruling.
Mammoth daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, who was arrested in early October on child sexual abuse allegations, was arraigned Nov. 16 in Bridgeport on two additional "criminal complaints" of child sexual abuse, bringing the total number to four complaints, according to Wade McCammond, Mono County District Attorney's chief investigator.
Almageur was present for the arraignment, McCammond said.
The first big storm of the winter is expected to hit Mammoth and Mono County late this week, according to the Reno office of the National Weather Service.
As much as several feet of snow could fall on the Sierra crest with several inches on valley floors, beginning Friday and intensifying over the course of the weekend.
As if controversy over a proposed gold mine werenâ€™t enough action, the Bodie area found itself in the firing line once again recently, caught squarely in the middle of a battle between cattle and sage grouse.
Western Watersheds Project, an Idaho-based environmental group, filed a lawsuit Nov. 4 against the Bishop office of the Bureau of Land Management challenging the agencyâ€™s decision to renew 133,000 acres of cattle grazing allotments near the Bodie Hills area.
All it took was decent snow cover, blue skies, a federal holiday and ... Voila! Mammoth Mountain recorded nearly 10,000 skier visits onto Mammoth Mountain Ski Area last weekend in its 2010-11 season opening.
According to ski hill officials, 2,152 there were 2,152 visits on Thursday, Opening Day. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, those numbers hit 2,293, 3,101 and 2,154.
The ski visits ran 1,367 ahead of last season's Opening Weekend.
Daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, arrested for alleged child sexual abuse Oct. 5, is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeport at 10:30 a.m, Nov. 16 for a pre-trial status conference, according to court documents.
The 56-year-old Almaguer was arrested on several charges of sexual abuse against children once in his care who are now adults, with bail set at $500,000.
He has been in the Mono County Jail ever since, and has been prohibited from contact with any alleged victims.
Public defender Dave Hammond will represent Almaguer.
Over in the Minaret Village Mall, theyâ€™ve got a resident squirrel, looking to score some feed from Tailwaggers and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. So enticing are the scents that the squirrel, caught in a wildlife trap and carted many, many miles away to a deep woods, found its way back in one day to forage again. ...
Hey is that Tess Adler with Brian Schuldt of the Felici Trio on the February page from the Friends of the Library 2011 calendar? Do you recognize anyone else? Maybe Edyth Irvine and Stella Anderson at a tea party. ...