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January 14th, 2014

Monitor Pass reopens—at least for now

January 14, 2014

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened S.R. 89, Monitor Pass, yesterday, Jan. 13.

Caltrans maintenance crews have gone through and repaired any sections that were damage by winter storms, according to Caltrans, and determined that the pass is safe for reopening to the traveling public.

As is often the case this time of year, the opening of S.R. 89 is dependent on favorable weather, Caltrans said. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to reclose the highway.

January 13th

Rim Fire emergency loans available to local ranchers, farmers

January 13, 2014

On December 13, 2013, President Obama declared the Rim Fire a federal "Major Disaster" according to a news release from Mono County today, Monday, Jan. 13. "Pursuant to this declaration, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an emergency loan program to assist local farmers and ranchers who conduct family sized farming operations and had physical or production losses caused by the fire that occurred from August 17 – October 24, 2013," the news release states.

Health officer urges flu vaccination before peak season

January 13, 2014

The flu season is in full swing in California, but it is still not too late to get a flu shot that will give you a much higher chance of avoiding the flu, health officials said.

"While we are seeing an increase in flu activity in California, it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu, said Dr. Rick Johnson this week.

"California, and the Eastern Sierra, is seeing an accelerated increase in flu activity over the past few weeks" he said in a news release. "In fact, as of last week, the flu is now considered widespread throughout California for the first time this season."

January 9th

Fido and Me - Chores

January 9, 2014

 

“Wait a minute!”

“Golly, Fido, I’d be happy to wait a minute, but we have things to do today. We’re doing household chores.”

“I don’t-like, don’t-like household chores.”

“You don’t have to do a thing. Just relax. We have all of December to clean up after.”

“How can you clean up a whole month?”

National Winter Trails Day & the Lakes Basin 15K

January 9, 2014

Depressed about the current lack of snow situation around here?

I have been able to stay motivated and upbeat because I am still skiing on great conditions up at Tamarack. It is going to take a good, old-fashioned three footer to open all the trails in the Lakes Basin, but never mind that for now; the 15 kilometers that are open have good coverage and are manicured every night as if by magic.

And, you can’t beat the warm, sunny days for being outdoors in winter.

Holiday? Not for Mammoth racers

January 9, 2014

While most students spent the past two weeks on winter break, there was no break for members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams.

The athletes used every possible minute to train, including some very early mornings. And for some of the youngsters, Sunday, Jan. 5, the final day of their holiday break, was spent putting all of their hard work to the test. 

Tenney starts a ‘Know-How’ flash-talk series

January 9, 2014

Drawing upon Mammoth’s odd blend of interesting, creative and self-reliant people, Elizabeth Tenney has put together three nights of free, “flash-talk” lectures.

The free lectures, which Tenney said were based on the popular TED Talks series online and in worldwide conferences, open Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:15 p.m. at Rafters Restaurant & Lounge.

A second round of lectures is scheduled for Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, she said.

January 6th

Mammoth man arrested after swinging hatchet at bar patrons

January 6, 2014

On Saturday, Jan. 4 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police officers responded to a call of an intoxicated man swinging a hatchet at patrons at The Tap bar located on Main Street, according to the police. When the first officer arrived, several people pointed to Christopher Alderfer, 32, Mammoth Lakes.

Flu cases likely to increase dramatically

January 6, 2014

Last Friday, three days ago, Dr. Rick Johnson, the public health officer for both Mono and Inyo counties, sent out a flu update talking about the rapid increase in flu activity around the country. According to Johnson, over the weekend, more information about our local situation shows we are most likely on the cusp of a dramatic increase in local flu activity, probably due to travel by locals and visitors.

Here's why, according to Johnson:

Historical talk, Mono Basin

January 6, 2014

“The Life and Times of Norm DeChambeau” will be the slide program at the Monday, Jan. 6 meeting of the Mono Basin Historical Society, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lee Vining Community Center with a potluck dinner followed by the business meeting at 6:45 p.m. and the free program at 7:30 p.m. Long-time resident Norm Dechambeau has family ties to the Mono Basin that go back to the pioneer ranches and he has served as historian, curator, and President of the Historical Society.

Karch, Mammoth Medical Missions give talk at Canyon Wednesday night

January 6, 2014

Please join Mammoth Hospital Dr. Mike Karch and Mammoth Medical Mission team members at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as Karch, CEO of Mammoth Medical Missions, presents stories and photographs from the group’s recent mission to the Central Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a no-host bar and a Q & A will follow the presentation.

For more information, go to www. www.mammothmedicalmissions.org/

December 31st, 2013

Mammoth alpine race teams in non-stop action

December 31, 2013

 

Ski races around the world are being postponed or cancelled on a daily basis due to the current warm and dry weather conditions,  but, the Mammoth Race Department team didn’t let marginal snow conditions stop them from hosting the Mammoth Mountain Open Western Region FIS Series Dec. 19-22. 

The race workers was able to pull off four days of racing for athletes representing the Far West, Northern, Intermountain, Rocky/Central and Eastern divisions.

December 30th

In times of trouble, hamsters to the rescue

December 30, 2013

It was a bitter winter morning and his hands were freezing, but former Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie was in his element.

One hand on a radio handset, another on a yellow legal pad, the sounds of a Vietnamese pop song came across his ham radio from thousands of miles away, tinny and scratchy in the background, he listened intently as orders from Mammoth Hospital came in over the wire.

“We are in lockdown,” came the message. “Only family members will be allowed in. All people must check in to the front desk.”

December 24th

All the world's a stage for Mammoth Mountain athletes

December 24, 2013

 

With the world as their stomping ground, the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams were in full stride these pst couple of weeks.

Here are the results:

Clifford Mann FIS GS_Mammoth Mountain

Local hospitals offer 'balance' classes, emphasis on seniors

December 24, 2013

The SPORT clinic in Mammoth and Bishop Physical Therapy will be hosting a six-week strength and balance program next month for seniors having difficulty with their balance.

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