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October 8th, 2010
Tourism in Mammoth was off the charts, but that didnâ€™t necessarily translate into booming business, say the townâ€™s business people.
â€śI donâ€™t know that weâ€™ve seen the bottom,â€ť said Dawn Vereuck of Elegant Bath & Kitchen. â€śThereâ€™s still a sense of fear.â€ť
Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports sensed largely the same thing.
â€śPeople are just a little more cautiousâ€ť he said. Theyâ€™re watching their pennies.â€ť
Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson got his back up this week when he learned an Orange County man had dropped off a document to the Mammoth Times claiming the town has deliberately set up â€śSeat Belt Traps.â€ť
â€śA law enforcement official parks his police car facing the stop sign waiting for a tourist coming from the L.A. area,â€ť wrote Barry H. Buckser, of Lake Forest.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made a big push to land a spot at Mayâ€™s Amgen Tour of California, but was outpaced by the Tahoe resorts. The cyclists will start at South Lake to Tahoe-Northstar, North Lake to Squaw Valley, then into the central valley, finishing in Thousand Oaks after eight stages. We is bummed but appreciate the effort put in by MMSA. ...
The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest and the North Zone for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Bishop Field Office are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months, the forest service announced this week.
Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 120 and 203 as well as from the communities of Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Topaz.
The Mammoth Ambassador Program is designed to improve the level of hospitality toward visitors to Mammoth.
It offers a community-wide hospitality training program consisting of one six-hour day presented in two modules: Spirit of Hospitality and Host training for the town. Spirit of Hospitality focuses on the culture of guest service, the kind of â€śactive friendlinessâ€ť that differentiates the best resorts in the United States from the rest.
There are some people living in Lee Vining and June Lake who need assistance. This food often supplements the government food program and is distributed in Food Baskets for Thanksgiving and Easter. Non-perishable food containers are in the Lee Vining and June Lake post offices.
Check donations can be made payable to: Community Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 267 Lee Vining, CA 93541.
Please mark checks with the notation â€śFood Bank.â€ť For more information call Cathy Lytle (760) 647-6157 or Linda Dore (760) 647-1055.
When the Mammoth Lakes Town Council finally adjourned Wednesday night, practically everybody in the council chambers snapped to their cellphones or wristwatches to just see how long the meeting had lasted.
"I make it 14 minutes," said an astonished Police Chief Dan Watson.
This, from a deliberative body that is notorious for dragging things well into the night.
In fact, if there is a single expression that characterizes a Mammoth Town Council meeting, it's the 9:30 p.m. yawn.
A longtime Mammoth Lakes daycare provider was arrested the evening of Oct. 5 on suspicion of sexual abuse against two children, now adults, who were once in his care, according to local law enforcement officials.
Guadalupe â€śLupeâ€ť Almaguer, 56, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 5 for crimes of sexual abuse against minors, according to Mono County District Attorney Chief Investigator Wade McCammond.
Almaguer was booked on five counts of Penal Code 288, or â€śLewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14.â€ť
Mammoth and Mono County residents awoke Wednesday morning to the first real snow of the year on the ground.
About an inch of wet snow covered the lower reaches of the county all the way down to the county line on the Sherwin Grade with far more above the 10,000 foot line, and local weatherman Howard Sheckter said it isnâ€™t over yet.
A 24-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident was booked on charges of attempted murder Tuesday, after a wild, confusing episode in the town’s “Ghetto” neighborhood.
Jonathon Anderson also was charged with felony domestic violence, parole violation, resisting arrest and destroying a cell phone when used to make an emergency call.
Anderson, who was pulled from under the victim’s bed during the arrest, is behing held without bail at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.
Gloppy weather continued in Mammoth on Tuesday, but in mid-afternoon, bright stabs of sunshine burst through the rain- and snow-sodden skies.
Despite the afternoon sun, the National Weather Service wasn't buying it.
For the rest of the afternoon and early evening, forecasters at the weather service predicted more snow. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
UPDATED 3 p.m. Monday. The "Granite Curtain" descended in the High Sierra Monday, when snow, wind and general "inclement weather" forced Caltrans to close both Tioga Pass (S.R. 120) and Sonora Pass (S.R. 108).
Forecasters predicted four to eight 4 to 8 inches of snow are possible in the Sierra above 8,500 feet through Tuesday morning.
Snow levels near 11,000 feet will drop to near 9,000 feet later today and fall near 8,000 feet late tonight.
Snow may affect the higher passes along U.S. 395 tonight in Mono county but accumulations are unlikely to occur.
There might be worse places to crash a paraglider, but itâ€™s hard to imagine.
A 37-year-old Santa Cruz man on Monday evening went down two miles west of the White Mountain Research Stationâ€™s Barcroft Laboratory near Barcroft Peak, breaking his back and lying in the darkness â€“ helpless in steep, rocky, unforgiving terrain.
â€śFortunately he didnâ€™t land in a rock ditch or in a cliff band or truly challenging terrain,â€ť said Jeff Holmquist, a member of the rescue team.
â€śWe caught a huge break because of that, and obviously, so did he.â€ť
If thereâ€™s one thing that gets the goat of Crowley Lakers, itâ€™s when a bear gets their goat.
About a dozen people showed up at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting of the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee to hear Steve Searlesâ€™ take on a bear assault on a pygmy goat on July 31.
For Crowley Lake residents, who usually donâ€™t have to deal with bears, the mauling of the goat was a strange and gruesome event, and Searles acknowledged that the bear had â€ścrossed the line.â€ť
He said if he had been there, and if he had jurisdictional authority (he doesnâ€™t), â€śIâ€™d have shot the bear.â€ť
Maybe Dave McCoy didn’t know what he was getting into when he signed up for a Facebook account. Within days, Dave had 550 friends, forcing him and his assistant, Brandon Russell, to do some serious gardening to his account. ...