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October 27th, 2010

There's an Oprah in our midst

October 27, 2010

In a national park loaded with unusual and fascinating sights, people camping in Yosemite earlier this month saw an unusual sight in the form of ... Oprah Winfrey?!?!?

In the park in early October to film two shows based on her experiences in the park, the media megastar and her friend spent two days and one night in and around Yosemite Valley, according to Donna Sisson, the branch chief for public involvement and outreach.

The shows are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Nov. 1.

Hilarious pot bust in Mammoth

October 27, 2010

As pot busts go, the Tuesday arrest of Mammoth resident James Carlson was over the top.

The bust was by Mono County sheriff deputies assigned to the Mono Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), according to a press release from the sheriff's office. One deputy as wearing in street clothes. The other deputy was wearing sweater over his uniform and a portion of his duty gun belt. Yet another, a specialist from the California Drug Enforcement Section, were traveling in an unmarked MONET vehicle on Frontage Road in Mammoth.

October 26th

Sansom's Cash for Candy enters second year

October 26, 2010

Following All Hallows Eve, trick-or-treaters trickle into the dentist’s office to trade in their loot. At times, “we’ve seen great reluctance,” said local dentist Byron Sansom.

“Last year, a child came in with two bags. He said, ‘you can have this bag, but you can’t have the other one,’” referring to his personal stash.

Dr. Sansom transforms trick-or-treat with his second annual ‘cash for candy’ event that captures the hearts of local kids, their parents, and military personnel. This year, he joins forces with a newly formed movement to focus on the troops who call Mono County home.

Mammoth Mountain starts snowmaking

October 26, 2010

Workers at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area began making snow Monday night after temperatures dipped well into the 20s – cold enough to start.

The snowmaking operation was still underway Tuesday afternoon on Broadway, with temperatures steady at 36 degrees and calm winds.

Snowmaking is possible only when the outside temperature is below 42.8 degrees F (six degrees C). On Monday night, the temperature at Main Lodge hovered in the mid- to low 30s for most of night, hitting its nadir at 29 degrees.

October 25th

Hyland's Teething Tablets may pose risk to children, says FDA

October 25, 2010

FDA Issues Consumer Safety Alert: Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children, according to an FDA release forwarded by Mono County Public Health Officer Richard Johnson.

The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.

Tioga Road re-opened after icy conditions ease

October 25, 2010

Yosemite National Park on Monday afternoon re-opened the Tioga Road after snow and icy conditions closed Tioga Pass on Saturday, according to Yosemite National Park's road information hotline.

The road is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada through the park.

Town anticipates loss in Hot Creek suit

October 25, 2010

The Mammoth Town Council is now officially girding for a loss in the $30 million ongoing “Hot Creek” airport litigation.

Based on the comments and questions made at a Sacramento hearing by a panel of judges, the Town Council concluded Wednesday that there is a significant risk that the trial court verdict will be upheld. A decision is expected within 90 days.

In preparation for a potential negative ruling, the Council is exploring options, town officials said in a press release Thursday afternoon.
Among them are:

Mammoth volleyballers sweep past Desert Christian

October 25, 2010

The Mammoth Huskies volleyball team raised its record to 7-3 on the season with a victory in four games over Desert Christian on Friday.

After dropping the first game, 25-20, the Huskies reeled off three straight wins, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15.

Coach Megan Duffey singled out Jenny Clark for kudos. Clark had 10 digs, one kill and "really played a great defensive game," she said.

In addition:

* Kate Desalvo: 2 aces, 7 digs, 22 kills, 1 block

* Aly Vanko: 1 ace, 10 digs, 2 kills, 28 assists

* Sam Knadler: 11 digs, 6 kills

* Arely Bramona-Fierro: 1 ace, 5 digs, 3 assists

Big wind blows over tractor, trailer on U.S. 395

October 25, 2010

It was blustery. It was tempestuous. Sunday's windstorm also was dangerous, as a Fresno truck driver and his female passenger found out when they blown right off the road.

The accident happened as the man's tractor-trailer was northbound on U.S. 395 near Mammoth Yosemite Airport. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol in Bishop, the accident happened Sunday at about 11 p.m.

A strong gust of wind blew the empty truck-and-trailer combination onto its right side and onto the right shoulder.

October 23rd

Huskies lose at Mojave, 29-9

October 23, 2010

The Mammoth Huskies dropped to 3-4 on the season Friday night when they lost, 29-9, at Mojave.

It was the final road game of the season for Mammoth, which returns home next week to face Vasquez.

October 22nd

Skier Stacey Cook begins road to redemption

October 22, 2010

Stacey Cook’s road to redemption stretches out ahead, four years long.

She knows it is going to be a difficult journey, both physically and psychologically, but if all goes well, the road will end at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

The 26-year-old downhill racer, Mammoth’s best hope on the U.S. Women’s Ski team, said she enters the 2010-2011 ski season as determined as ever, in spite of her horrific crash at last February’s Vancouver Games.

Win two round trip tickets, Mammoth-to-LA

October 22, 2010

Win two round trip tickets for two from Mammoth to Los Angeles. See the entry form in this week's Mammoth Times, page 13, and weekly through Nov. 5.

Take your coupon to the Mammoth Times office, the Quiksilver store or McCoy Sports in the Village at Mammoth, to enter for a chance to win one pair out of nine free pairs (18 tickets) to be awarded to Mammoth-area residents for Horizon’s Mammoth to Los Angeles round trips.

If you just can’t wait to win, Horizon Air is offering a $59 one-way fare between Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) and Los Angeles International (LAX) through Dec. 15.

$95,000 expense blindsides Town

October 22, 2010

It’s one thing to find a fly in the ointment. It’s quite another when that fly hits you up for $95,000, which is what happened Wednesday night, when the Mammoth Lakes Town Council found aforesaid fly sitting right in the middle of its airport runway.

Sky West, the United Airlines subsidiary that is to fly daily to and from Mammoth and San Francisco starting in December, hit up the town with a surprise demand for two pricey pieces of ground equipment, catching the council, Town Manager Rob Clark and Airport Director Bill Manning off guard.

Got gas? Scientist finds both problem and solution in Horseshoe Lake greenhouse gas

October 22, 2010

While the ghostly white trees hovering around stark Horseshoe Lake may unnerve some people, a Massachusetts scientist found the greenhouse gas that strangled them could actually lead to a solution to climate change problems.

Working under a four-year, $2.3 million grant from the Department of Energy, Dr. Bruno Marino came to Mammoth last week, hoping to refine a high-tech laser he believes will some day soon be absolutely critical in the fight against climate change.

What's Up Up Here

October 22, 2010

SKI magazine says Mammoth Mountain Ski Area ranks 12th nationally and first in California. Coming in first in its annual “Best” issue, Mammoth was hands-down winner of Terrain Parks, for years under the stewardship of Oren Tanzer and now in Josh Chauvet’s hands. ...

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