Holidays, Santa arrive Saturday
June Lake joins the holiday festivities tomorrow (Saturday) with its annual “Tree & Village Lighting Celebration.”
The tree lighting is at 5 p.m in the Village, but holiday partyers can come early for appetizers at Sierra Crest Realty, beginning at 3 p.m., and stay late for music and dancing at the Sierra Inn, along with a bit of Christmas caroling, too.
Ken and Flossie ‘surprised and very honored
The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this week named Ken and Flossie Coulter as the first-ever recipients of the “Service Above Self” award.
The award is presented to an individual or couple who model the motto through their actions in providing outstanding service to our community, said Rick Phelps, president of the noon Rotary.
The Mammoth Ice Rink is scheduled to open today (Friday) at 11:30 a.m., the town’s recreation department announced.
An outdoor facility located at 416 Sierra Park Road adjacent to the Mammoth Lakes Library, the rink once again will offer public skating sessions, hockey clinics, pick-up hockey, Friday night lessons, and is available for rental.
A “Skate with Santa” goes off on Thursday, Dec. 20, between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Yes, Virginia Lakes, there is a Santa Claus. That would be Greg Newbry. Not that you’d know it, but that was Newbry out there in the beard and the red suit in the cold night at the Town Christmas Tree Lightinglast week, for the 37th straight year. …
Faced with few hot-button issues more searing than single-family home rentals, the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday took a giant leap â€¦ sideways.
Splitting their votes in a rare display of discord, the commission voted, 3-2, to push the issue directly to the Town Council, but only after the overburdened town staff can complete more research into the ages-old issue.
In addition, the five-member commission decided that any work on the issue should not begin until after the current winter ski and snowboard season.
A new medical marijuana dispensary is in the pipeline for Mammoth.
It is called â€śThe Eastern Sierra Life Cooperative,â€ť owned by Mammoth resident Don Wright.
It is to open in the space formerly occupied by â€śGreen Mammoth Medical Marijuana Dispensaryâ€ť in the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.
The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously passed the application, giving Mammoth its second medical marijuana operation.
Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger was unanimously appointed as Mono County Sheriff by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and sworn in on the same day by Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.
Obenbergerâ€™s term will end in two years, at which point the seat will be up for an election.
He will begin serving on the evening of Dec. 20, after Sheriff Richard â€śRickâ€ť Scholl officially retires.
The Mammoth Times interviewed Obenberger prior to his swearing in.
MT: What do you think are the top three law enforcement challenges facing Mono County in the next two years?
Garbage dumping fees are about to go up next year after the countyâ€™s supervisors voted Tuesday to raise rates a few dollars, or eight percent, a month per ton of garbageâ€”from $68.50 a ton to $74 a ton for municipal wasteâ€”beginning in January. Rates for construction debris will also go upâ€”from $50 a ton to $74 a tonâ€”a 48 percent increase. Dumping fees for organic waste, such as tree branches, lawn clippings, etc., will no longer be free and will now cost $5 per load.
Mammothâ€™s foray into heating its streets got its first test late last month.
A thermal sheet under Lakeview Boulevard at Lake Mary Roadâ€”the notorious â€śVoodoo Chuteâ€ťâ€”clicked into action, with mixed results.
The snowfall, from a wet storm that began on Thursday, Nov. 29, and stretched into the following Sunday, dropped several inches of glop onto the steep, one-block incline.
â€™Tis the season to get psyched.
Mammoth Nordic got the energy and anticipation flowing last weekend as the hosts of the â€śWinter Wildlands Alliance Backcoutry Film Festival: Celebrating the human powered experience.â€ť
There was the requisite eye-candy: the big names hucking big-on-big lines in interesting places you and I may never go (or for many locals: already have!)â€”but you sit, nonetheless, on the edge of your seat, eyes big and jaw slightly agape, thinking of your own big lines for this year.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department lost longtime officer Jesse Gorham this week, and the town wonâ€™t be quite the same.
Gorham, who received his 15-year service award at the last Town Council Meeting, is retiring to Clendenin, W. Va., with his wife, Valerie, and three children, leaving Mammoth with a big gap on the force.
â€śWith his departure, and Marty Thompsonâ€™s departure earlier, that now makes me the largest member of the Police Department,â€ť quipped Chief Dan Watson. â€śIâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s a good thing.â€ť
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area received 16 inches of powder since Wednesday, giving the ski area about 126 inches (or about 10.5 feet) of snow since the season began on Oct. 1. The base depth of the mountain is now at 68 inches, or about 5.5 feet. The measurements were taken by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Ski Patrol at Main Lodge, at about 9,000 feet of elevation.
The totals for Wednesdayâ€™s storm were something of a surprise; most forecasts had put the total snowfall for the area lower than what actually occurred.
Itâ€™s not enough to call it a â€śdump,â€ť per so, but snow is undeniably falling in Mammoth Wednesday.
The National Weather Service is being cagey as to how much precipitation weâ€™ll get, but the five-day precipitation graphic shows as much as 1.25 inches of moisture over the next few days. That translates into about a foot of snow, plus or minus.
This moisture is accompanied by a cold wave. That means the heavy Sierra Cement glop is not a factor.
Whatever snow comes down, it will arrive as powder.
In early November, Sheriff Richard C. Scholl made the announcement that he was going to retire as Sheriff-Coroner as of December 20th, 2012.
â€śI have been honored to be the 21st person to serve as Sheriff-Corner of Mono County. To have the trust of the employees and the citizens over these past six years has truly been a privilege. I know our accomplishments have outweighed the defeats and I believe the Sheriffâ€™s Office is poised to continue moving forward in a positive manner under the direction of Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger,â€ť stated Sheriff Scholl.
The Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday voted for a new government restructuring plan, with an eye to the long-range future but with its thumbs also fixed on vexing, short-term problems.
In making the decision, the council sought to put to bed some of the more controversial elements that have divided the town ever since it began its five-month-long tightrope walk back from the edge of municipal bankruptcy.