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February 2nd, 2011

Local climber in hospital after stroke

February 2, 2011

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.

February 1st

Motorized use options at Shady Rest meetings begin Feb. 10

February 1, 2011

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.

January 31st

Teller wins X-Games gold

January 31, 2011

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.

January 29th

Crowley's John Jackson wins awards in Denver

January 29, 2011

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 Men’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 wasn’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.

January 28th

Town Manager Clark heads to Ojai after rough ride in Mammoth Lakes

January 29, 2011

Town Manager Rob Clark rode into town on the wings of prosperity, when Mammoth was on the rise and could do no wrong.

Six years later, he rides into Ojai, under the shadow of the recession, when Mammoth is on the fade and can’t seem to shake out of it.

From Clark’s point of view, there were significant victories in his years here, and also defeats.

“I think getting our air service going in the middle of the recession was rewarding, and I’m proud of the staff. They have kept thing going in spite of these different things.

Mammoth Nordic bows out

January 29, 2011

Mammoth Nordic, which since 2002 has groomed its way into the winter experience here, has now announced it is grooming its way back out.

Its leader, Brian Knox, released the news last Friday, writing in an e-mail,

“Regrettably, our club’s passion, funding, equipment and manpower over the last three years has not created a compelling enough case for community Nordic recreation in the eyes of town government.”

Knox’s announcement immediately sent the town’s recreation department into a scramble.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 28

January 29, 2011

Short clips about what's happening in our mountain aerie.

It’s always a high adrenaline day when the Race Department runs a Village Championships Super G race. And so it was this Tuesday. The snow was hard and fast, and Jimmy Morning was going for it when he caught an edge on Terry’s Run, tumbled and fell, bounced and was knocked out cold. After a night in the hospital, he was released, with orders not to ski for two weeks. Concussion. Nothing broken. ...

Gap between Hispanics, MLPD is bigger than anyone thought

January 28, 2011

We knew we had a problem.

We just didn’t know how far Mammoth has to go in building trust between the Hispanic population and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

Let’s just say it’s a very long way.

In a presentation Tuesday in front of the Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee, Village Lodge manager Luis Villanueva came back with some disturbing news.

The Digital 395 project is as hard as it comes

January 28, 2011

“As hard as it comes.”

That’s what the man in charge of Digital 395 said about the rush to get the massive project completed by its July 2013 deadline.

Not an easy feat – laying 583 miles of spun glass high speed optical cable from Barstow to Reno.

“If we don’t get it done by July 1, 2013, the money goes away,” said Michael Ort, CEO of Praxis Associates and the original mind behind the $101 million Digital 395 project that is right now under way out your back door.

Marine Training Center has powerful ally

January 28, 2011

As the federal government eyeballs even the military as a place to cut costs, some locals wondered if cuts might hit the Bridgeport area Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Probably not, said Rian Gamble, community outreach for the center.

“We are training Marines at full capacity, with some 16,000 to 17,000 a year coming through, doing everything from mountain medicine training to high altitude training, and more,” he said.

Snowmobile crossing of PCT delayed again

January 28, 2011

A decision on whether and where snowmobiles can cross the Pacific Crest Trail near Sonora Pass might not be made this year, according to Mike Crawley, Bridgeport District Ranger for the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest.

The decision, part of a winter recreation plan that aims to increase the economic diversity for northern Mono County, was due out by Crawley early this year.

AT&T saga drags on for Tri-Valley cell phone customers

January 28, 2011

The third time is not the charm.

Despite reports from AT&T that the technical cell service problems were fixed in the Tri-Valley area last week, Mono County supervisor Hap Hazard said they have not been fixed.

In fact, Chalfant still has no service, at least from the northern border of White Mountain Estates north, he said, although Benton now apparently, finally has at least better and more consistent service.

Tenney wants Gateway Monument on S.R. 203

January 28, 2011

Elizabeth Tenney has a new volunteer project up her sleeve.

Having steered the town’s lighting policy into an ordinance, and having succeeded in flowering a park next to the town’s Post Office, she now wants to build a “Gateway Monument” on the left side of S.R. 203 at the entrance to town.

The project, which is to be funded by private donations and donations-in-kind, would be constructed directly across the highway from the current “Mammoth Lakes” structure that has the emblems of the various service clubs below.

The two structures thus would form a “Gateway” to the town.

Candlemas: Day of a thousand candles

January 28, 2011

When it rises swift and cold on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the sun will mark the one day of the year exactly halfway between the past Winter Solstice and the March 20 Spring Equinox.

This day really has nothing to do with groundhogs at all, although Americans celebrate the day, if they think of it at all, as Groundhog Day.

Rather, it’s the Old World’s celebration of the return of the spring.

Candlemas, “Mass of the Candles,” the return of the light, a day once welcomed with a thousand candles, a thousand prayers and thanksgivings.

January 26th

Town Manager Rob Clark gets job in Ojai

January 26, 2011

Mammoth Lakes Town Manager Robert Clark has been selected by the City Council of Ojai to be their next city manager. Ojai is nestled in the northeast corner of Ventura County and is known for its tourist and arts related activities.

Prior to becoming the Town Manager of Mammoth Lakes in 2004, Clark served as city manager of Avalon on Catalina Island and deputy city manager of Laguna Beach. He will assume his new duties on February 21, 2011.

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