July 10th, 2014
The sound of rain on windows and roofs this weekend ushered in what could be a wetter than normal July, according to the National Weather Service.
As much as 200 percent of normal precipitation could occur, according to the National Center for Environmental Prediction.
In a major new report on earthquake scenarios in the Mammoth area, geologists say they have identified five faults in Long Valley capable of producing temblors of 6.7 or greater—roughly as strong as the 1994 Northridge quake.
Along with scientific data, the scientists say planners in the area should include the data in preparing future scenarios that would impact everything from property destruction to emergency health care.
A San Diego motorcyclist who led police on a 130-mph chase on U.S. 395 south between the Mammoth Yosemite Airport and Bishop was arrested on July 6 near the Pine Creek Road turnoff on suspicion of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
The chase started at about 8:03 p.m. when California Highway Patrol officers saw a red sport motorcycle traveling southbound on the highway near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
Pulling over a couple of Reds Meadow shuttle buses for unannounced vehicle inspections on the busiest day on the busiest road of the entire summer season wasn’t exactly guaranteed to make the California Highway Patrol the most popular player in town.
It happened on Saturday, July 5, and the lines to get on the shuttle buses that take visitors and hikers to Devils Postpile National Monument from Mammoth Mountain’s Adventure Center were dozens deep and yards long.
BRIDGEPORT—Fred Stump might have thought it was going to be a routine Fourth of July at Crowley Lake.
Stump, the supervisor representing South County and Crowley Lake, instead found himself in charge of a makeshift emergency command post after Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, citing budget concerns over overtime pay, held back the county’s mobile command post.
People clad in red, white, and blue attire lined Old Mammoth Road last week in anticipation of the annual Independence Day Parade, but first they watched nearly 450 runners competing for top honors in the Ninth Annual Footloose Freedom Mile.
“We weren’t just competing for the win—we were competing for pie,” said race winner Gabe Proctor, 24. “When I heard Deena was making pies for the winners, I knew I had to race.”
Home sales have increased over the past year in almost all segments in Mammoth and the surrounding areas.
During the last hour before the sun sets on the longest day of the year, the shadows cast on the rock-ribbed ground of this high alpine pass are long and lean and cleanly drawn.
Mountain Bike racers were back in action Tuesday, July 1 at Shady Rest Park with another round of racing.
On a lovely, late June morning under cloudless skies, Larry and Karen Johnston both showed growing signs of alarm.
A solo hiker from Florida who became lost near the Silver Peak area southwest of Mammoth had to be flown out of the backcountry early last week after she was located by Mono County Search and Rescue team members.
The female hiker became lost during a solo, multi-day backpack trip sometime during the day on June 23 while traversing the Cascade Valley area, around Silver Peak.
According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, for a 24-hour period, the hiker attempted to relocate the trail, but she then became ill and she stayed in place overnight.
The next two weeks are shaping up to be the two hottest weeks of the high country summer and there is little relief in sight, forecasters say.
Although Mammoth is unlikely to break any records, it will be close, according to Chris Smallcomb, a meteorologist with the national weather service in Reno.
“You will get within a degree or two of breaking records, likely,” Smallcomb said.
The hottest days will likely be the first three days of July and then the first three days of the second week of July, he said.
There isn’t much that is Mammoth that entrepreneur, business owner and resident Sam Walker hasn’t had his fingerprints on in the past 50 years.
Whiskey Creek Restaurant—“the place to be” in Mammoth for decades—complete with Joe Sample singing Christmas songs every holiday season? Check.
Angels Restaurant? Check.
Sam’s Woodsite (yes, he’s that Sam)? Check.
The Mammoth Brewery? Check.
Rafters, which he opened with Jerry Buss in 1967? Check.