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April 8th, 2011

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 8-14

April 9, 2011

Many tips of the cap to Mammoth Finest, who volunteered at Angels to wait tables on behalf of Disabled Sports. Funny: Many passersby called the restaurant, wonderin’ was wrong, what with all those cop cars. Chief Dan Watson was the maitre d’ and sez he ain’t quitting his day job any tme soon. ...

Did Dr. Mike Karch pull off a miracle at the Mammoth Biathlon? Yes he did, with bad weather, 200 volunteers to manage, many athletes and coaches to herd, etc. “Did you resign your other job?” asked councilman John Eastman. ...

Next year’s biathlon already set for March 23-25. ...

Tip A Cop fund raiser a huge success

April 8, 2011

People driving by on S.R. 203 wanted to know what all the police cars were doing at Angel's Wednesday night, April 6. It was Tip A Cop, a fund raiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

Lines were long, cops were waiters, hamming it up, all to the tune of $2028 raised for DSES.

"Our gracious hosts, owners Todd and Melanie Nagy of Angel’s, along with their fantastic staff, made sure MLPD’s volunteer waiters looked good and got everyone’s order right. They also contributed to the total by pledging 10 percent of the night’s receipts," says an MLPD press release.

April 6th

Wildflower walk Friday

April 6, 2011

The wet winter and warming spring weather promise an excellent wildflower display this year in the Owens and Long Valley areas, beginning now.

The southern end of the Owens Valley, south of Bishop, is already beginning to bloom and wildflower lovers will have a chance to see the spring display in the Alabama Hills this Friday, led by Bureau of Land Management botanist Martin Oliver and Steve McLaughlin, with the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This is one of the Bristlecone Chapter’s annual wildflower walks.

Skiing at Mammoth till Fourth of July

April 6, 2011

Thanks to a record-breaking snow year, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will remain open daily for skiing and snowboarding through July 4, 2011. According to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth received an incredible 606 inches of snow this season, the most the resort has received in a single season.

With 15-25 feet of packed snow, Mammoth has also earned the recognition of having one of the highest recorded base depths of any ski resort in the world according to skiinfo.com. The snow totals will ensure phenomenal spring skiing conditions that will last well into early summer.

April 1st

Sun begins to shine for snowboard accident victim

April 2, 2011

It is hard to find solace in last week’s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.

But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
“I am looking at the positives,” wrote Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita.

Unable to speak, she scribbled notes that were posted to the Internet.

“We get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!”

Worrying about Japan’s radiation reaching Eastside should be last on your to-do list

April 2, 2011

Radiation?

Mammoth knows more about natural radiation than almost any other place in the country.

We sit atop radioactive rock, we ski so high that we are exposed to 70 percent more radiation than people living at sea level.

But calls are still coming into the county health department, people worrying about radiation coming across the ocean on a plume, in the water, through our food.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 1-7

April 2, 2011

Call it what you want (embezzling, theft, fraud, whatever), but attorney and town councilman Rick Wood says there has never been a single criminal case in Mammoth against people who rent out their condos or single-family homes illegally. ...

Spring is blooming, although it’s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...

March 30th

Daycare provider sentenced delayed yet again

March 31, 2011

The sentencing for Lupe Almaguer, a former Mammoth Lakes daycare provider who was arrested last October on child sexual abuse charges, was continued yet again at the request of Almaguer's attorney Tuesday.

Almaguer was on the court calendar to be sentenced March 29, but was granted a continuance to April 26, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.

Graham said earlier that the District Attorney's office would be ready to move forward on March 29. "I will state on the record that I am ready to proceed with the hearing," he said in a March 25 email.

Former Mammoth man arraigned in Nevada double homicide

March 31, 2011

A 24-year-old former Mammoth man was arraigned Tuesday morning on murder and arson charges related to the September killings of his estranged wife’s grandmother and his two-year-old stepson, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday.

Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and his staff will be meeting to decide if they will seek the death penalty against Justin Tu Ouimet, currently of Reno, who is accused of fatally stabbing Lana Stone, 62, and Connor Lawrence, the two year old, the newspaper reported.

March 29th

Grisly accident on Mammoth Mountain

March 29, 2011

It was horrific, in every sense of the word.

A 43-year-old woman snowboarder crashed into the side of a snowcat last week at Mammoth Mountain, losing a leg when she was entangled in the spinning tiller behind the cat.

"Her leg was gone!" said a startled employee at the ski area, who asked for anonymity until investigators could complete their work.

Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, was immediately airlifted to a Reno hospital.

March 28th

Fourth Annual Winter Biathlon pulls off a winner

March 29, 2011

The mountain community of Mammoth Lakes showed its true spirit for the winter sport of Biathlon Sunday in the 4th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon. Amidst heavy snowfall of 5-9 feet over the last week, the townspeople overcame blizzard conditions and mobilized in force Sunday morning beginning at 4 a.m. Volunteers built out a 20-point biathlon stadium in order to host more than 200 racers, making this race the largest winter biathlon in North America.

That's a LOT of snow

March 28, 2011

The Super Sign outside Main Lodge is buried up to its knees by the March snows, which over the past week packed on up to nine feet of snow. According to mammothmountain.com, this has been the snowiest March ever on record.

March 25th

Mammoth High waits for call on Distinguished School status

March 26, 2011

Mammoth High School should know if it becomes one of California’s Distinguished Schools within the “next few weeks” according to district superintendent Rich Boccia.

The announcement, which Boccia said he expects will reveal a “positive outcome” comes on the heels of a state team of administrators that visited the school earlier in March for the formal on-site visitation required by the application process.

“The team spent the day visiting the school, which included an opening meeting with the staff, a meeting with the leadership team and classroom visits,” Boccia said.

Run, play chess, do better at both

March 26, 2011

When Mammoth resident Christian Fuller sits down Monday night at Snowcreek Athletic Club to play 12 simultaneous games of chess with players ranging in age from seven to 77, don’t expect him to lose.

In that room will be everyone from a fifth grade Mammoth Elementary student to someone in their 70s, most students that Fuller has been teaching over the past year since he moved to Mammoth to train as a long distance runner.

Fuller, best known as a winning long distance runner, has also been playing chess competitively as long as he’s been running – and winning at both.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care seeks volunteers to work with animals

March 26, 2011

When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle.

But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Hwy. 6 on Matthew Hill midway between Hammil and Benton.

On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Bahr helped implement it.

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