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December 17th

Town council to top cop Watson: NO

December 17, 2010

Police Chief Dan Watson came to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night with his stars on his uniform shirt, a plea for staffing and his hat in hand.

The council said sorry, but see ya.

“I came forward with some recommendations that I think shouldn’t wait until the next budget year,” Watson said after the council turned back his suggestions, at least until the regularly scheduled council meeting in the second week of January.

Salcido appointed to hospital board

December 17, 2010

Lynda Salcido has been appointed to the open seat on the Mammoth Hospital recently vacated by Dr. Don Sage.

The appointment was filled at the Dec. 16 2010 Southern Mono Healthcare District (SMHD) Board of Directors meeting, with a majority vote of 3:1 with five candidates applying for the seat (Salcido, Richard Vroman, Jon King, Michelle Mather and Kiara Raazi).

Storm comes in early, snow total forecasts increased

December 17, 2010

The winter storm forecast to come in later this afternoon got an early head start this morning. Even though Mammoth residents went to bed with bright stars out their windows, by 8 a.m., several inches of snow had fallen on the town of Mammoth and there was no sign of its stopping.

The snowfall total has also increased since yesterday, with the storm coming in colder than forecast, from three to six feet for Mammoth to three to eight feet above 7,000 feet by Sunday.

December 15th

Daycare provider pleads guilty to four counts of child molestation

December 15, 2010

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested on alleged child sexual abuse charges in early October, Guadalupe "Lupe" Almaguer, plead guilty to four counts of child molestation at a Dec. 13 court hearing, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.

"Mr. Guadalupe “Lupe” Almaguer pled guilty to four felony counts of child molestation of four victims while each victim was under the age of 14," Graham said in a press release.

December 14th

New "Art Park" to open this weekend on Mammoth Mountain

December 14, 2010

Mammoth’s newest venue in the art world couldn’t be in a more unusual – or enticing – spot.

On Saturday, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will open an “Art Park” in a new terrain park above Canyon Lodge.

The new terrain park seeks to introduce the worlds of skiing and snowboarding to the world of street art.

“I’m really stoked,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen. “I’ve never seen any other mountain do this kind of thing. It’s a cool way to combine art and snowboarding and skiing.

“The two cultures kind of go together. With the art on snowboards and skis, they’re interconnected.”

AT&T says Tri-Valley will have cell service by Dec. 15

December 14, 2010

Problems with AT&T cell service in the Tri-Valley area will continue for another few days, but should clear up after that, according to AT&T. The problems, in the form of an almost total blackout for most Tri-Valley communities, began at the end of November and have angered resident, including emergency service providers worried about the lack of cell service.

December 13th

Mark Brownlie is movin' on up ... the ski hill

December 13, 2010

Mark Brownlie is making his way up the mountain, and he’s darned near the top.

The head coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski team last week earned a promotion, becoming the ski area’s Managing Director of Athletics.

"It's a great honor," Brownlie said in his signature Scottish accent.

"I look forward to creating new possibilities for the Community Foundation and to keep the goal of having the best race department and race team in the country."

December 10th

New designs are out in snowboards, skis

December 10, 2010

Camber is in. Camber is out. Rocker is in. Rocker is out.

No, wait! They’re both in! And howzabout them tips, eh?

In the world of snowboard and ski design, big things are happening lately, say those in the know.

“In the last two years, there’s been more redesign work on snowboards than in the 10 years before,” said Steve Klassen, owner of the Wave Rave Snowboard Shop and a world-class rider.

Geminid meteor show will burn bright on Monday, Dec. 13

December 10, 2010

In a couple of nights, the best meteor shower of the year will sweep down on the High Sierra, bringing stars to earth, as 60 to 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower, one of some half-dozen, annual, prominent meteor showers, begins in earnest in the very late evening of Dec. 13, although many meteor lovers have been seeing impatient Geminids for the past week.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 10

December 10, 2010

Friday’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival was a gathering of like-minded souls and the films were superb. The film on reintroduction of wolves was a fascinating look at what happens when the predator-prey balance is knocked sideways. Emcee Stacy Corless was brilliant in her introductions. ...

See you at Kathy Copeland’s Island Extravaganza Saturday at Canyon Lodge. Always the best party in December, particular for the Hawaiian shirt crowd. ...

December 8th

Rock Creek/Paradise Lodge development public hearing this Friday

December 8, 2010

The controversial Rock Creek area development project proposed by developer John Hooper for the old Paradise Lodge property goes to the county planning commission again this Friday.

The meeting will held be held at the Crowley Lake Community Center at 1 p.m., in the form of a public hearing on the project's environmental impact document and on the specific plan for the project.

December 6th

Mammoth man busted for break-ins at Roberto's, Grumpy's

December 6, 2010

Mammoth police on Sunday busted a 22-year-old Mammoth man for Saturday night burglaries at both Roberto's and Grumpy's restaurants.

Eduardo Barrios Navarro, 22, was booked for commercial burglary at Mono County Jail with a bail of $50,000.

On Sunday, at approximately 8 a.m. MLPD officers responded to Roberto’s for a burglary investigation.

An employee discovered the crime when she reported to work at 7:20 a.m. and observed cash registers open and other evidence of a burglary. The investigation revealed that the suspect broke a window to enter the restaurant.

December 5th

Town of Mammoth gets second chance to argue Hot Creek Aviation appeal

December 5, 2010

On Friday Dec. 3, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, advised the Town of Mammoth Lakes that it will be given the opportunity to re-argue the “Hot Creek” appeal because of the retirement of one of the justices who was present for the original oral argument.

A new argument date has been set in Sacramento on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

December 3rd

The bears are still out, but wow are they s-l-o-w

December 3, 2010

No it’s not your imagination.

The bears, at least some bears, are indeed still out.

Although most bears in Mammoth and the surrounding area have bedded down for the winter, not all of them have, said Mammoth’s Wildlife Management Specialist Steve Searles.

“It’s as if every bear has a different barometric pressure point,” he said. “They each need to reach a certain weight so they can survive the winter, and each responds to different temperatures and other factors differently.”

The bears are like some football players, he said.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

In the Say It Ain’t So department, there will be no girls basketball this season for Mammoth High School. Blame it on a lack of interest. Reminds us of the 2009 football season that wasn’t. ...

Gosh it was great to see Skip Harvey back in the Mayor’s chair this past week (see P. 1). He’s been battling bad illness and had to leave us for a while. “Always good to get out of L.A.,” said he. And out of the hospitals, too. ...

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