April 6th, 2011
The Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land will be given to the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society in recognition of its critical efforts to support the Owens Lakebed Master Plan, the Mono Lake Committee announced today.
The wet winter and warming spring weather promise an excellent wildflower display this year in the Owens and Long Valley areas, beginning now.
The southern end of the Owens Valley, south of Bishop, is already beginning to bloom and wildflower lovers will have a chance to see the spring display in the Alabama Hills this Friday, led by Bureau of Land Management botanist Martin Oliver and Steve McLaughlin, with the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This is one of the Bristlecone Chapterâ€™s annual wildflower walks.
Thanks to a record-breaking snow year, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will remain open daily for skiing and snowboarding through July 4, 2011. According to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth received an incredible 606 inches of snow this season, the most the resort has received in a single season.
With 15-25 feet of packed snow, Mammoth has also earned the recognition of having one of the highest recorded base depths of any ski resort in the world according to skiinfo.com. The snow totals will ensure phenomenal spring skiing conditions that will last well into early summer.
It is hard to find solace in last weekâ€™s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.
But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
â€śI am looking at the positives,â€ť wrote Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita.
Unable to speak, she scribbled notes that were posted to the Internet.
â€śWe get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!â€ť
As if by magic, Sunday morning dawned clear.
And Mike Karchâ€™s vision of winter biathlon shone in the morning light.
â€śIt was an amazing vision,â€ť said Alana Levin. â€śHe (Karch) created the whole thing.â€ť
After a week of heavy snows in the Eastern Sierra, volunteers cleared the course and the fourth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon got under way.
Three divisions of two waves each came out for Sundayâ€™s race: Intermediate, Elite/National Guard and Advanced.
Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.
The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.
Mammoth knows more about natural radiation than almost any other place in the country.
We sit atop radioactive rock, we ski so high that we are exposed to 70 percent more radiation than people living at sea level.
But calls are still coming into the county health department, people worrying about radiation coming across the ocean on a plume, in the water, through our food.
Call it what you want (embezzling, theft, fraud, whatever), but attorney and town councilman Rick Wood says there has never been a single criminal case in Mammoth against people who rent out their condos or single-family homes illegally. ...
Spring is blooming, although itâ€™s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...
The sentencing for Lupe Almaguer, a former Mammoth Lakes daycare provider who was arrested last October on child sexual abuse charges, was continued yet again at the request of Almaguer's attorney Tuesday.
Almaguer was on the court calendar to be sentenced March 29, but was granted a continuance to April 26, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.
Graham said earlier that the District Attorney's office would be ready to move forward on March 29. "I will state on the record that I am ready to proceed with the hearing," he said in a March 25 email.
A 24-year-old former Mammoth man was arraigned Tuesday morning on murder and arson charges related to the September killings of his estranged wifeâ€™s grandmother and his two-year-old stepson, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday.
Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and his staff will be meeting to decide if they will seek the death penalty against Justin Tu Ouimet, currently of Reno, who is accused of fatally stabbing Lana Stone, 62, and Connor Lawrence, the two year old, the newspaper reported.
It was horrific, in every sense of the word.
A 43-year-old woman snowboarder crashed into the side of a snowcat last week at Mammoth Mountain, losing a leg when she was entangled in the spinning tiller behind the cat.
"Her leg was gone!" said a startled employee at the ski area, who asked for anonymity until investigators could complete their work.
Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, was immediately airlifted to a Reno hospital.
The mountain community of Mammoth Lakes showed its true spirit for the winter sport of Biathlon Sunday in the 4th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon. Amidst heavy snowfall of 5-9 feet over the last week, the townspeople overcame blizzard conditions and mobilized in force Sunday morning beginning at 4 a.m. Volunteers built out a 20-point biathlon stadium in order to host more than 200 racers, making this race the largest winter biathlon in North America.
The Super Sign outside Main Lodge is buried up to its knees by the March snows, which over the past week packed on up to nine feet of snow. According to mammothmountain.com, this has been the snowiest March ever on record.