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December 28th

What's up, up here? Dec. 28 - Jan. 2

December 28, 2012

That was nasty businessat Alpine Meadowslast week when longtime ski patroller Bill Foster, 53, a veteran member of the Alpine ski patrol teamwas killed in an avalanche. He died on Christmas Day at Renown Regional Medical Centerin Reno after being caught in an intentionally triggered slidethe day before. Our advice: Don’t ever, ever, ever take the patrollers for granted. Bill had logged 28 years at Alpine. …

Avalanche danger high throughout Eastern Sierra

December 28, 2012


Leeward side, ridgelines especially hazardous

The latest rounds of new storms were welcome for many people in the Eastern Sierra, but the Mono County Search and Rescue teams are on high alert for avalanches, a spokesman for the county’s Sheriff’s Department said.

“During the last series of storms to arrive in Mono County, a substantial amount of snow has fallen in the backcountry of Mono County,” the spokesperson said in a news release.

Search for missing Mammoth-bound plane called off in Yosemite

December 28, 2012


Crews will wait for spring to solve case

Yosemite National Park officials on Thursday suspended the multi-agency search for a lost airplane that went missing over the park on Dec. 17, said park spokesperson Kari Cobb.

Cobb said the single-engine plane was last detected via radar over the North Dome area in the park.

Weather report: Baby, it’s cold outside

December 28, 2012


No big snowstorms in forecasts


After producing six feet of snow in six days, Ullr, the Norse god of snow, is about to take a rest.

But Höðr, the Norse god of cold, strode into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra Wednesday night and it looks like he’s setting up camp for a while.

December 25th

BULLSEYE! Another storm making mayhem in Mammoth

December 25, 2012

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters called for up to two feet of fresh snow west of U.S. 395 and six to 10 inches east of the highway.

Snow is to begin Tuesday afternoon, becoming moderate to heavy at times Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

As for wind, the weather service predicted wind gusts to 50 mph along Highway 395 and gusts to 90 mph
over the Sierra ridges.

December 21st

RAW: Trolley to run until 2 a.m. beginning Dec. 21

December 21, 2012

‘Atmospheric river’ pattern threatens to flood California

December 21, 2012


Scientists say the state should brace for more devastating storms to come

As the Eastern Sierra braces for a big winter storm this weekend, no one here in snow country is complaining about the forecast.

Enjoy it while you can.

Caused by something meteorologists call an “atmospheric river,” warmer, wet storms are predicted to be come more common in the near future, giving the Sierra comparatively more of its moisture in storms that are dominated by rain, not snow.

Mammoth Mountain High Altitude Training Center a reality at last

December 21, 2012


‘Slopeside Center’ revamped; hundreds of athletes here

Sometimes, dreams really do come true.

Dave McCoy’s vision of a high-altitude training center at Mammoth Mountain—a dream that has passed through generations of racers and coaches—will come to fruition Thursday afternoon (Dec. 27).

Mammoth Ski Cross against the world

December 21, 2012


Mammoth’s newly formed SX Team was on the road the past two weeks competing in the opening two Ski Cross World Cups of the 2013 season; Dec 7 at Nakiska, Alberta, and Dec. 12 at Telluride, Colo.

Lead by John Teller, Mammoth local and XGames Gold Medalist, the team brought back a host of results.

Mammoth gets new Assistant Fire Chief

December 21, 2012


Frievalt comes from Sparks

It didn’t take long for fireman Frank Frievalt to spring into action.

Less than 12 hours after he was introduced to the Mammoth Town Council as the fire district’s new assistant chief, the former Sparks operations chief was spotted along some businesses on Old Mammoth Road.

Dressed in his Mammoth Fire District uniform, Frievalt was engaged in explaining why some water systems were on the blink, and to be aware that some sprinkler systems might not be up to snuff.

June Mountain may be harder to close than to open again

December 21, 2012


Opens Forest Service, Mammoth Mountain to potential liability

June Mountain Ski Area just might be more difficult to keep closed than it is to keep open.

Although the ski area will not open this winter, the mountain itself is still there—big, gorgeous, tree-free, covered in a deep blanket of white—and it’s proving irresistible to some snowmobilers and backcountry skiers.

There’s only one problem.

It might get them hurt, or even killed.

Making a difference, one vote at a time

December 21, 2012


Three of the five Mono County supervisors leave at the end of the year, but not without making changes to the region that will likely be felt for generations 


Tuesday, Dec. 18 was the last day at the dais for three of Mono County’s five county supervisors—Vikki Magee Bauer, Duane “Hap” Hazard and Tim Hansen—but it was not the end of their influence on the local region.

Far from it.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 21-27

December 21, 2012


That was some commotionthis week when none other than Sealhimself got off the plane at the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, giving us some early-season celebrity cred. …

Loved the terrific holiday bash by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, which rightly honored Sharon Clarkas Volunteer of the Year and Judy Bornfeldas its Founder of the Year. …

Win a trip to Sun Valley Nordic Festival

December 21, 2012


Local nonprofit Mammoth Nordic is selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser and the grand prize is a weeklong trip to Sun Valley, Idaho for its Sun Valley Nordic Festival.

The grand prize includes: accommodations for two for seven nights in a two bedroom suite in a private residence minutes north of Ketchum-Sun Valley, Idaho. The home is located close to the Nordic Trails as well as world famous Sun Valley Ski Resort.

E-readers now available at Booky Joint

December 21, 2012


Mammoth’s only locally-owned bookstore, the Booky Joint, now carries an electronic reader designed for independent bookstores, according to owner Dave Leonard.

Called the Kobo, the readers range in price from $80 to $121, with a $49.99 sale on the Kobo Mini scheduled for this weekend, Dec. 21-23.

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