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February 20th, 2014
Late Saturday night, Feb. 15, someone turned on the washing machine in one of the old wooden buildings at Tamarack Lodge—or so thought Bob Thompson, an attorney and mountaineer visiting from Los Angeles.
Then he thought it might have been an avalanche rumbling outside after the fresh snowfall.
“There was some serious creaking,” he said.
What Bob felt was a magnitude 2.4 earthquake that occurred at 8:30 p.m., one of many small earthquakes in a swarm centered beneath Mammoth Mountain that started on Feb. 3.
The Mammoth Town Council is poised to offer Interim Town Manager Dan Holler permanent status, so long as they agree on the terms by which he would be fired.
“I want us to be in position where we can have a contract that benefits the community as well as the individual entering into the contract,” said Council Member Jo Bacon, “specifically in some of the areas about giving us stability, but not tying us into egregious severance pay and things like that that we've had to deal with in the past.”
BRIDGEPORT—Mono County will send two representatives to Washington, D.C., for a five-day legislative conference in March, but the Board of Supervisors is less than enthusiastic about the trip.
Donâ€™t let the snow on the ground fool youâ€”the Eastern Sierra is a very long way from being out of the drought.
It will take about another 20 inches of precipitationâ€”somewhere between 15 and 25 feet of snowâ€”to make up for the last few dry months, according to state data, then another 15 inches in March and April to stay out of a drought.
Thatâ€™s not impossible.
Minaret Vista, Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area, other areas, now covered in snow
Last weekendâ€™s storm brought enough snow to higher elevations to open more terrain to the publicâ€”specifically cross-country ski and snowmobile areas.
From the unplowed road that leads past Mammoth Mountain Ski Areas Main Lodge to gorgeous Minaret Vista to the snow-drenched Mammoth Lakes Basin and the high country around Bridgeport, there are plenty of places to ski and snowmobile once againâ€”with a little bit of effort.
BRIDGEPORT—The Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week drew a packed house in both Bridgeport and Mammoth, but it wasn’t exactly much of a party.
The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) is not a tax, though it walks and talks like one in Mammoth Lakes.
It’s official! Dr. Mike Karch announced this week that the Mammoth Lakes Biathlon for 2014 will be March 21-23 with more details to emerge in the coming weeks. So get your cross country skis and biathlon rifles out and start practicing! Ski fast, shoot straight! …
The first big storm of the winter dropped about four feet of snow on the top of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and a couple of feet of heavy snow between 11,000 and 9,000 feet.
It was enough to open all of the ski area’s runs, and just in time for one of the three biggest weekends of the year—Presidents Day weekend.
The storm also helped to bring the snowpack at Mammoth Pass from about 20 percent of normal to about 37 percent of normal for this time of year (according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power data).
By now, most Mammoth Lakes residents probably know someone who has recently been through the latest winter affliction to hit the area, the “norovirus,” sometimes called the winter vomiting disease and/or food poisoning.
It is not dangerous, most of the time, but it is a particularly nasty stomach virus most common in the winter when people are stuck together in small, enclosed spaces for long periods of time.
Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.
Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.
The Mono County Health Department said it was notified late last week that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection, according to a news release from the department.
"Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy." the news release states. "Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.
The second in the series of "Eastside Know-How"talks is this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and a large turnout is expectedâ€”large enough that it is a good idea to make reservations for Rafters, if you intend to attend, according to event organizer Elizabeth Tenney.
"We anticipate even more people tomorrow night at Rafters, but maximum occupancy is 175," she wrote in an email. "To guarantee a spot, consider making reservations for a table."
Contact Rafters 760-934-3131 orwww.opentable.com and click on "Rafters", she said.
For the first time this season, Mammoth Mountain will be fully operational, just in time for the upcoming three-day Presidents Day Weekend.
After suffering through the driest year on recordâ€”some say the driest in 500 yearsâ€”a significant storm is on the way to the Eastern Sierra this weekend.
Although the bulk of the incoming storm will go north of Mammoth, Mono County is still on track to receive anywhere from two to four feet of snow, beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.