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November 16th, 2012

There's no business like snow business

November 16, 2012

A series of three winter storms are expected to hit the Eastern Sierra this week, beginning early Thursday evening and extending into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow is to come in three pulses, one Thursday night into Friday, one Friday evening into Saturday, and the last, Saturday evening into Monday.

“It will be a wet pattern, that we have high confidence in,” said Edan Lindaman, a forecaster with the Reno office of the weather service.

But it’s too soon to know one critical fact—where the storm will hit the Pacific Coast.

'Old Mammoth Road Jam' set for mid-December

November 16, 2012

The owner of Mammoth Outdoor Sports is set to produce a new event next month in the parking lot of the Sierra Center Mall, but town officials said it fell short of a slam-dunk.

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 16-22 starring Stu Brown, Bill Sauser, Joani Lynch and Team Supershred

November 16, 2012

The peeps at Mammoth Tourism aren’t just sitting around, you know. Expect some big news soon from John Urdi’s team regarding air packages. Mum’s the word for now, but we’d be keeping our eyes peeled for some pretty great bundling options. …

November 15th

Ski hill opens Stump Alley Express, High Five, Goldrush and 23

November 15, 2012

Mammoth Mountain on Thursday opened another section of trails and lifts, while busy employees scrambled to open runs and lifts out of Canyon and Eagle lodges by Thanksgiving.

Ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch said a Thanksgiving Day push was steamrolling, in advance of an expected weekend of snowfall that could drop about two feet of heavy snow above 9,000 feet, perhaps more above mid-mountain.

November 14th

Snow in forecast for this weekend

November 14, 2012

Snow entered the upcoming weekend forecasts for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, athough snowfall amounts remain a bit on the vague side.

By the time the weekend is finished, new snow could be measured in feet, not inches.

November 13th

Town Council moves meeting to TONIGHT (Tuesday)

November 13, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council has moved its special meeting from Wednesday, Nov. 14 to tonight, Nov. 13, according to Town Clerk Jaimie Gray.

The reason is because of schedule conflicts by some members of the council.

Last week, the council called a special meeting so it could discuss further its proposed "restructuring" methods to help pay the first wave of $2 million-a-year annual payments to Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition. The town earlier this year accepted a settlement of a $29.5 million, 23-year breach of contract lawsuit as a result of a case that began more than a decade ago.

November 9th

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 9-15 starring DSES, John Connolly, Elizabeth Tenney, Chair 23, et al

November 9, 2012

Congrats to Elizabeth Tenney, who sure can pack a punch in 95 words. She won a 95-word essay contest sponsored by the Reno Gazette-Journal. …

Gregory promises "fundamental change" at Mammoth Mountain; delivers jaw-dropping speech at Town Council

November 9, 2012

Rusty Gregory says he knows what one of Mammoth’s problem is, and that it is he himself.

In a carefully crafted speech in front of the Town Council on Wednesday night, the CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made good on his promise, made early in the week, to step into the murky, tempestuous waters of town politics.

He also promised to throw the weight of the Eastern Sierra’s biggest economic engine—the ski area—into the town’s effort to survive its daunting, short-term financial obstacles, creating in the end a solid growth cycle.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens 2012-13 season; winter returns, just in time

November 9, 2012

The snow fell, the wind blew, the temperatures dropped and the chairlifts ran.

Mammoth Mountain opened its new ski season yesterday (Thursday) with modest enthusiasm on the wind-blown ski hill and with cautious enthusiasm in the executive suites at Main Lodge.

“The most important thing,” said CEO Rusty Gregory, when asked about the new season, “is snow. It’s snow and the return of enthusiasm on the part of our Southern California marketplace to visit it because of it.

'The best for the most'; training our own for a mass casualty event

November 9, 2012

It is a cold November morning.

It is 3 a.m., 29 minutes after a 6.0 earthquake hit the Mammoth Lakes area hard and sharp.

Unlike many buildings, Mammoth Hospital is standing, but the lights are out and the power is out.
Somewhere outside the building, a fire burns, filling the air with smoke.

People panic, and screams are heard from all over.

Council begins restructuring deliberations; Lehman sounds off

November 9, 2012

After more than a month of hearing testimony, issuing surveys and taking soundings from the town’s department heads, the Town Council on Wednesday began deliberating which cuts will be put in place on Dec. 5.

Though the deliberations are in an early stage—the council announced a special, unscheduled meeting for Nov. 14 to do more work—Mayor Matthew Lehman seems to have made up his mind.

At the top of his list is to stick by the proposed cuts to the Police Department, and to use Measure R funds for a period of two years to keep the Whitmore Pool open.

Eastern Sierra Unified gets to keep $191,000

November 9, 2012

If there was ever an example of how much of a difference an election can make, head over to the Eastern Sierra Unified School District and talk to Mollie Nugent, the district’s chief financial officer.

“It’s allowed us to keep $191,000 that we would otherwise be deficit spending,” she said. “It means we don’t have to take things way from the students, the teachers at mid-year. It means we have options.”
“It’s a windfall,” said Superintendent Don Clark.

Mono County could lead the way in digital medicine, technology

November 9, 2012

Imagine your 85-year-old father living at home alone, but monitored 24 hours a day with sensitive devices that let his doctor or caretaker—or you—know in real time if he’s fallen or had a heart attack.

Imagine a prisoner in the Mono County Jail who falls sick with strep throat and needs to be transported to Mammoth for treatment, requiring a sheriff’s escort, paramedics, security—everything paid for by taxpayers.

November 8th

RAW: Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl to retire before term ends

November 8, 2012

A letter from Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl announcing his retirement on Dec. 20

This decision does not come lightly, as those closest to me would agree, but after deep consideration and weighing all the options, I have made the decision to retire.

November 7th

Hold onto yer hats! High wind warning for Mammoth, Mono

November 7, 2012

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a High Wind
Warning for 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

From the horse's mouth:

* Timing: early Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Strongest winds expected Thursday afternoon.

* Winds: southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph Thursday morning increasing to 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts up to 80 mph in wind prone
locations.

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