March 6th, 2014
In a municipality where twists and turns have been the norm for three decades, at least one thing has remained constant: members of the Town Council are paid $300 a month, plus some health benefits.
Saying it was "a hard decision for me," Mammoth Town Council Member Matthew Lehman said this past week that he would not seek re-election in the upcoming June 3 town elections.
"It's official," he said on Monday, March 3, in a telephone interview. "I will not be running for re-election."
Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2014 hiking season will be available for reservation starting Saturday, March 1, through Monday, March 31.
The Feb. 27 issue of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks throughout the Eastern Sierra, as well as in the mail for subscribers.
This week's paper is loaded.
We look at the future of snowmaking at the June Mountain Ski Area; how high school kids can get a tuition break to the University of Nevada, Reno; and a fascinating tale of a Long Beach-to-Reno bus that had mechanical difficulties, resulting in the carbon monoxide poisoning that sickened many of its passengers.
With the Main Street Plan in its rearview mirror and town zoning code updates about to follow suit, the town’s planning commission this past week brought back an old chestnut.
The General Bikeway Plan, first unveiled nearly two decades ago and revisited four times since then, got another look on Wednesday, Feb. 26, by the town’s re-named Planning and Economic Development Commission.
The biggest change in how wildfires are funded in generations could allow firefighters to “get ahead” of potentially catastrophic fires by giving them the funds to do the preventative work that keeps wildfires from spreading, according to National Forest Service officials.
The new rules, proposed this week by President Barack Obama, would set aside a national fund for fighting fire.
What is being called “the biggest storm in two years” is forecast to dump as much as four feet of snow on the Sierra crest and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and several feet of snow in the town of Mammoth by the end of this weekend, according to forecasters.
The storm—actually two storms separated by one day—will come in beginning Wednesday afternoon and exit late Saturday, with some lingering snow showers lasting late into the weekend and possibly into Monday as well, according to the National Weather Service.
Mammoth’s Lucas Underkoffler and Nikita Norton are in Colorado this weekend, after having won spots in the under-18 U.S. Nationals ski races this weekend at Copper Mountain.
Underkoffer and Norton both won spots as a result of their performances in the FIS Elite Wild West Classic at Snow King Mountain, Wyo., last weekend.
Seven other Mammoth Mountain Ski Team racers participated in the Wyoming event.
Norton placed fifth for the U18 ladies in the first slalom and Underkoffler was fifth for the second slalom and seventh in the final GS.
In this week’s Mammoth Times, a report from Town Hall, where the Mammoth Town Council, meeting until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, was set to create a new non-government entity called “Mammoth Lakes Recreation”— a bold move aimed at unifying the town’s recreation assets.
We have the details of the plan as it moved toward a vote.
A commercial bus bound for Reno from Long Beach may have had a mechanical failure that sickened several of its passengers late Sunday night, Feb. 23, authorities said.
The bus, identified as an Amador Stage Lines vehicle, stopped in Bridgeport, at which point many of the passengers were sent by ambulance to nearby hospitals, where they were treated and released, according to the California Highway Patrol.
An Utah fugitive who led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase through two states is still at large and possibly dangerous, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
Geoffrey Guess, 26, was a passenger in a car driven by an Idaho man when the vehicle was stopped for speeding near Coleville on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, according to the sheriff's department.
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.