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The Sierra Center Mall and Mono County Superior Court will open again Thursday for business, after emergency officials found and fixed two propane leaks and opened vents blocked by heavy wet, snow.
The mall was closed all day Wednesday, due to the problem.
Citing heavy snow, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department locked down the Sierra Center Mall on Wednesday morning, effectively closing the Mono County Courts as well as several businesses.
The cause was a "heavy smell of propane," caused by the blockage of vents on the rooftop, said a city official.
Mammoth Mountain received a total of between nine and a half and fifteen feet of snow from the four day storm that ended early this Winter Solstice morning.
Another storm is forecast for later this evening and into Wednesday, with Thursday predicted to be the clearest day in a week.
Mammoth Mountain added another 12.5 feet between Friday and Monday, making the four-day storm something to remember.
And it's not over yet.
More snow is on the way for the Central Sierra, with another 18" to 24" expected above 7,000 feet by Wednesday evening. Another storm is expected after Thursday and into the Christmas weekend, as well, although forecasters are waiting to refine their forecast for that one.
The end result has been, and will be, a whole lot of snow.
Eager snowmobilers and wary wilderness watchers are going to have to wait a bit longer for a final decision on a long-awaited snowmobile crossing of the Sonora Pass area Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) â€“ but just a little longer.
â€śIâ€™m can confidently say that we will approve the option with the two crossings, (by the end of the year)â€ť said Humboldt Toiyabe National Forestâ€™s Bridgeport District Ranger Mike Crawley Tuesday.
â€śI know that will be unpopular with some but we are trying to meet Congressâ€™ requirements for public safety (and the two crossings are deemed to be the safest),â€ť he said.
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.
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).
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.
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 â€śLupeâ€ť 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.
Mammothâ€™s newest venue in the art world couldnâ€™t be in a more unusual â€“ or enticing â€“ spot.
On Saturday, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will open an â€śArt Parkâ€ť 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.
â€śIâ€™m really stoked,â€ť said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen. â€śIâ€™ve never seen any other mountain do this kind of thing. Itâ€™s a cool way to combine art and snowboarding and skiing.
â€śThe two cultures kind of go together. With the art on snowboards and skis, theyâ€™re interconnected.â€ť
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.
Mark Brownlie is making his way up the mountain, and heâ€™s darned near the top.
The head coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski team last week earned a promotion, becoming the ski areaâ€™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."
Camber is in. Camber is out. Rocker is in. Rocker is out.
No, wait! Theyâ€™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.
â€śIn the last two years, thereâ€™s been more redesign work on snowboards than in the 10 years before,â€ť said Steve Klassen, owner of the Wave Rave Snowboard Shop and a world-class rider.
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.
Fridayâ€™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 Copelandâ€™s Island Extravaganza Saturday at Canyon Lodge. Always the best party in December, particular for the Hawaiian shirt crowd. ...
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.