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April 6th, 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.
It is hard to find solace in last weekâ€™s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.
But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
â€śI am looking at the positives,â€ť 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.
â€śWe get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!â€ť
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.
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 itâ€™s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...
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.
A 24-year-old former Mammoth man was arraigned Tuesday morning on murder and arson charges related to the September killings of his estranged wifeâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
Mammoth High School should know if it becomes one of Californiaâ€™s Distinguished Schools within the â€śnext few weeksâ€ť according to district superintendent Rich Boccia.
The announcement, which Boccia said he expects will reveal a â€śpositive outcomeâ€ť 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.
â€śThe team spent the day visiting the school, which included an opening meeting with the staff, a meeting with the leadership team and classroom visits,â€ť Boccia said.
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, donâ€™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 heâ€™s been running â€“ and winning at both.
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.
When the news that Mammoth had lost its bid to the state Supreme Court to review the airport lawsuit finally came down Wednesday afternoon, it was as expected as it was deeply disappointing.
The court typically only hears about five percent of the cases that reach its doors. But Mammoth had hoped to buck that percentage, arguing that the outcome of the case would negatively affect the ability of cities and counties across the state to do business with developers.
But the Court didnâ€™t see it that way.
As Big Pine residents mourned the loss of homes and property due to a windblown fire this past weekend, Mammoth residents â€“ already buried after a winter that has dumped 44.7 feet (561 inches) of snow on the higher elevations â€“ are waiting out another three to four feet of the white stuff thatâ€™s expected to fall by Sunday night.
When Mammoth headed into the second storm of the week early Thursday, it was only 17 inches from becoming the biggest snowfall winter on record â€“ 578.5 inches set in 2005-06 â€“ and itâ€™s not over yet.
Ryan Hallâ€™s favorite coffee is Peetâ€™s Au Lait, he tweets, so if you wanna run fast and long, thereâ€™s a tip. ...
The Fred Hall Show in San Diego is this weekend, and Quiz for the Week: â€śWho the heck is/was Fred Hall?â€ť
Our faithful tweeters, meanwhile, say that if you havenâ€™t latched on to Steven M. Bumgardner (YosemiteSteve), youâ€™re missing out. ...
MLPD Sergeant John Mair will be sworn in as the newest lieutenant on today at one oâ€™clock at the Cop Shop. ...