February 20th, 2014
For the first time since last September, Mammoth has a permanent Town Manager.
Finally, after a year of planning, vetting and future visioning, Mammoth has a plan to change its weird, 1.5-mile Main Street.
With a tough campaign for county supervisor ahead of her, Stacy Corless is stepping down as the director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, say those in the know. She’ll help in the transition, but the members of the board say they’re going to start putting out feelers for a new leader soonly. …
Weather forecasters are pointing toward a possible big break in the high- pressure ridge blocking the storm track next week, giving the Eastern Sierra its best chance at another significant storm.
"The global models all have pretty much the same scenario with a break through of the westerlies next Wednesday night..." wrote Mammoth's amateur weather forecaster Howard Scheckter. "The EC this morning has two important waves for consideration. One Wednesday night, (Feb. 26), and the other, Saturday night, March 1," he said.
WHERE TO GET FREE FOOD IF YOU NEED IT:
The biggest free food distributer in Mammoth is though the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA), which is located off of Old Mammoth Road in the Plaza Mall that holds Country Liquor. It is across the street from The Stove. There are also a variety of food drops in most of the outlying communities of the county, during certain days and times during the month. Go to imaca.net for more information. Click on the âFood and Gardenâ tab.
IMACA Food Pantry
Available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
John Teller's Olympics were over almost before they started.
Teller, the mechanic who works for his Uncle Mike Fiebiger at the Alpine Garage, crashed out of the Olympic ski cross early, finishing 28th in a field of 32.
In a Facebook quote posted by his mother, Teller seemed to take the loss with a fair measure of philosophy.
"That's ski racing ... sometimes you win and sometimes you lose; just wasn't my day today."
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week authorized the formation of “Mammoth Lakes Recreation,” a non-governmental organization that would oversee nearly all aspects of recreation in the town.
The formation of the new NGO, which Mayor Rick Wood called the most important piece of legislation in Mammoth since the founding of Mammoth Lakes Tourism in 2010, is scheduled to lift off on June 1.
The warm, dry weather has changed some wildlife behavior this winter—some of Mammoth’s bears are still up and about part of the days—and more changes could be on the way, according to Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.
“Given the situation of the three drought years, is it reasonable to expect that something unique could happen this spring?” Searles said.
“Sure. We don’t have any snow. It’s just incredible. It would be obvious to think that we will have massive changes.”
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.
Donât let the snow on the ground fool youâthe Eastern Sierra is a very long way from being out of the drought.
It will take about another 20 inches of precipitationâsomewhere between 15 and 25 feet of snowâto 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.
Thatâs not impossible.
Minaret Vista, Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area, other areas, now covered in snow
Last weekendâs storm brought enough snow to higher elevations to open more terrain to the publicâspecifically 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 againâwith a little bit of effort.
There’s an old saying around here, that “if you put a speed race on the calendar, it will snow.”
Once again the old urban legend was on the money last week when snowy weather forced the Mammoth Mountain Race Department to scramble.
Pete Korfiatis, Head MMST FIS coach, described the scenario like this:
“Though the MMRD was ready to race, Mother Nature had different ideas. She came in with fury, and knowing how badly the mountain needed the snowfall no one was upset.