April 6th, 2014
The metal-edged Kahru skis snapped to my old leather three-pin boots, gold and grey and well acquainted with rocks.
They need to be.
It has taken me an hour to get from the âSnoparkâ trailhead to this snowy meadow near Rock Creek Lake, a mile that would normally take about five minutes of easy skiing.
But it has hardly snowed this winter and even with the past week of storms weâve only received a measly 18 feet since November where there should be 40.
About the only place around that isn't in a drought is the hottest, driest place in the countryâDeath Valley National Park, where the wildflowers are turning out quite a show. Rainfall in the higher elevationsâespecially in the Panamint Mountainsâare allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher up as the temperatures warm. Although the bloom isn't one of the park's epic and infrequent blooms, it's still a very good show, according to the park.
Here's where to go:
On paved roads:
Barack Obama, meet Rusty Gregory.
On the same day computers across America froze because of the deadline to sign up for the federal Affordable Care Act, computers at Mammoth Mountain froze during a surprise cash/credit giveaway to MVP Passholders.
“Despite our upgrades to the system, traffic to the website completely overloaded our increased capacity,” said Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.
“By 8:30 a.m. we had a 10-fold increase over our largest web traffic in history.”
The new edition of the Mammoth Times is on the racks and in the mail, with our reporters roaming all over the place, covering all kinds of events and issues.
The paper offers, in our opinion, a rich potpourri of advertising and content, starting with the front page.
Alongside the Eastern Sierra, state wildlife officials have been engaged in their further efforts to protect our bighorn sheep population. And get a load of that picture: a bighorn ram being airlifted to its natural habitat.
Despite appearances in the aftermath of the last three snowstorms, the Eastern Sierra is still in its second driest winter on record after the last snow survey of the winter came in at a paltry 18.3 inches of water content, or roughly 18 feet of snow since the winter began.
That comes out to be about 42 percent of normal.
Only the winter of 1976-77 was drier, with about 10 inches of water content.
Itâs time for the annual Mammoth High School Associated Student Body âMock Rock, Talent, and Visual Arts showâ next Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Mammoth High School Multi-Purpose Room.
All ages are welcome to attend; children under ten years of age are free.
This fun-filled evening will highlight the high schoolâs creative and artistic talent.
An entrance donation of $5 is appreciated, but not necessary. Come out for a great night of family fun and support our Mammoth students!
The Mammoth Community Water District will be doing some construction this summer in an effort to replace aging water mains, thereby preventing leaks and saving water. The construction will occur in several Mammoth neighborhoods and is scheduled to start May 1 in the Majestic Pines neighborhoods, where the MCWD construction crew will be continuing to replace water service laterals. Construction should be completed in the Majestic Pines neighborhood around the end of July.
The Sierra Conservation Project, Inc. (SCP) and Town of Mammoth Lakes are pleased to announce the expansion of the current condominium, commercial and recreational area recycling programs in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
A Mammoth man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after he led police on a high speed chase through Mammoth last Thursday, then had to be pepper sprayed before he could be arrested.
According to the Mono County Sheriffâs department, the office first received a call from an employee at the McDonaldâs in Mammoth Lakes on Thursday, March 27 at about 8:20 p.m. reporting a possible drunk driver in their drive thru.
Neither a low snow year nor a three-year drought is going to hold back Mammoth Mountain from being mammoth this spring.
Blessed by very late snowfalls in March and with more snow in the forecast for April, the ski hill announced last week that it would commit to stay open at least through the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.