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November 11th, 2011

Obama signs ski area legislation

November 11, 2011

Ski areas in California received good news this past week from the U.S. Forest Service, with the promise of up to 600 new jobs.

The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually sustain up to 600 extra jobs nationwide.

“This is very good news for us,” said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesperson Joani Lynch.
She was not alone in her enthusiasm.

“This is great news for promoting job growth and economic stimulus in California,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore.

Mammoth Mountain takes over tube park

November 11, 2011

Sledz is deadz.

Long live Woolly’s Adventure Summit and the Kids’ Carousel.

Mammoth Mountain snapped up the enterprise from a private owner during the off-season. While the transaction still is in escrow, the ski area is moving ahead with its plans.

The on-again, off-again tubing hill, situated on the right just off Route 203 on the way to Mammoth Mountain, now will be a part of the ski area’s continuing moves toward family-oriented snowplay, according to Mammoth spokesperson Joani Lynch.

Opening Day at ski area looked good, felt right

November 11, 2011

It’s just not in the culture of Mammoth Mountain to miss an Opening Day — natural snow or manufactured, blue skies or gray, rain, snow or fire and brimstone.

This season was no different.

The ski area opened yesterday with five lifts ready to go, including the Lower Gondola.

It also opened with 13 terrain features, said Joani Lynch, ski area spokeswoman.

Working on a base ranging from 18 to 24 inches, the ski area opened Chair 1 (Broadway Express); Chair 6 (Thunder Bound Express); Chair 11 (Discovery Express) and Chair 3 (Facelift).
The first chair left Broadway at 8:30 a.m.

L.A. plans to grab Mammoth Creek water rights

November 11, 2011

The City of Los Angeles has mounted a legal challenge to who owns the water rights to Mammoth Creek.

The challenge, which took the Mammoth Community Water District by surprise, was issued about 14 months ago in a letter from the City, said Greg Norby, the director of the Water District.

Norby paraphrased the essence of the letter at the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday.
His remarks came almost at the end of an exhaustive recap of Water District future plans over the next five to 10 years.

To say that his remarks came out of the blue would be an understatement.

Holy scam! Woman bilked out of $10,000

November 11, 2011

A scam comes in many forms, but this one was over the top.

When Mammoth resident Irene Molloy realized Monday that the man who coerced her to send him $10,000 had been calling her “Grandma” instead of “Nana,” she realized she’d been had.

“I was sitting in a chair afterward, trying to regain my thinking, and I remembered,” she said. “He was the only grandchild I had that called me ‘Nana’ not ‘Grandma.’”

But it was too late. The money, wired to Lima, Peru, where a man claiming to be John Molloy had told her he would go to jail if she didn’t send the money, was gone.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Nov. 11-17

November 11, 2011

While the clock keeps ticking on the judgment payment agreement between the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, the disparity seems to be getting bigger. Insiders in the town office are hearing that the MLLA demand now is $42 million, while Mammoth can spare only $24 million. Conductor, does this train stop at Bankruptcy Station? ...

The Mammoth vs. Desert Christian football game was played Nov. 5 was at Lancaster High School. The reason? Desert Christian doesn’t have its own football field …

November 8th

Measure S passes by wide margin

November 9, 2011

Measure S passed by a wide margin tonight with a 73.76 percent to 26.24 percent ratio, according to preliminary results from the Mono County Elections office.

The vote still has to be certified, but the results of all the voting precincts were in at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when the county released the results. The measure, an extension of an existing $59/year tax on property owners within the Mammoth Unified School District, needed to pass with a two-thirds majority, which it more than met.

What's Up, Up Here, Nov. 4

November 8, 2011

ictor and Dennee Alcala welcomed a baby boy, Ezra Xavier on Sept. 30. “Ezra arrived late but was well worth the wait. He has been welcomed into the world by a large, loving circle of family and friends who have provided support in countless ways,” sez the new parents. …

He flew with heroes

November 8, 2011

Note to the reader: Colonel Bob Waggoner (USAF Retired) will be the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Mammoth Lakes Fire Station on Main Street. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and includes a sponsored pancake breakfast. All Veterans, their families and grateful citizens are welcome to attend.

Four-fatality Bishop area accident report finally released

November 8, 2011

 

November 4th

Another Mammoth man's death under investigation

November 4, 2011

Another Mammoth man has died this week, and again, the cause of death is unclear.

Just Monday, Mammoth local John Tobacco was found dead in a home in Mammoth. His death is still under investigation. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, another Mammoth man, Alexander Viterbi, was found dead in his Mammoth home.

Here's the latest information from the county sheriff's department:

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 2, at approximately 4:45, Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.

November 3rd

Roads to Yosemite to close temporarily, due to winter storm

November 3, 2011

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8:00p.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued and will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. Up to seven inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet in elevation.

All roads are expected to be reassessed for opening by midday Friday, Nov. 4.

Call regarding possible suicide in Chalfant ends well

November 3, 2011

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 1 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding the report of an adult female possibly attempting suicide in the Chalfant area.

California Highway Patrol and Chalfant Fire Department were the first agencies to respond to the scene. CHP attempted to make contact with the female inside her residence to find that she had already left the location.

November 1st

NEW UPDATE: Mammoth man's death Monday may have involved narcotics, police say

November 1, 2011

Narcotics may have been involved in the "suspicious" death of a local Mammoth man who was found dead Monday morning, according to a Thursday morning (Nov.3) press release from the Mono County Sheriff's Department. The man, John Tobacco, 30, was found "unresponsive" Oct. 31 at a residence on Evergreen Street in Old Mammoth.

Here's the updated version of the story, as released at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.

"On the morning of Monday, Oct. 31, at approximately 8:00, Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.

October 31st

Of tangerine trees and lemonade springs

October 31, 2011

After 18 years of seeking out every aspen grove in the Eastern Sierra, I thought I had found them all: Rock Creek and Lundy, McGee and Bishop, Convict and North Lake. Even the lesser known areas like Molybedenite and Birchim and the Parker Bench and the Little Walker.

Been there, done that.

Boy, was I wrong.

This past weekend, the crowds that can turn Lundy Canyon’s tiny trailhead and one-lane road into a virtual Disneyland in the fall color season defeated me and I spun north like a compass, seeking solitude and gold.

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