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October 8th, 2010

Tamarack XC Ski Center gets a new welcome hut

October 8, 2010

There was always a certain kind of charm to the old house trailer/rental hut at Mammoth’s Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Wasn’t there?

Um, no, actually, there wasn’t.

It was cramped for space, the stairs somehow always seemed whopperjawed in ice and snow, and not even the enduring charm of cross-country ski director Ueli Luthi could mitigate the scene.

This season, the house trailer is history except as a storage space. In its place is the old cabin from Sam’s Woods, and a new tent structure that is similar to the one at Little Eagle Lodge at Chair 15/Eagle Express.

Prescribed Burns Announced

October 8, 2010

The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest and the North Zone for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Bishop Field Office are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months, the forest service announced this week.

Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 120 and 203 as well as from the communities of Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Topaz.

Chamber offers Ambassador Program workshops

October 8, 2010

The Mammoth Ambassador Program is designed to improve the level of hospitality toward visitors to Mammoth.

It offers a community-wide hospitality training program consisting of one six-hour day presented in two modules: Spirit of Hospitality and Host training for the town. Spirit of Hospitality focuses on the culture of guest service, the kind of “active friendliness” that differentiates the best resorts in the United States from the rest.

Food Bank donations needed

October 8, 2010

There are some people living in Lee Vining and June Lake who need assistance. This food often supplements the government food program and is distributed in Food Baskets for Thanksgiving and Easter. Non-perishable food containers are in the Lee Vining and June Lake post offices.

Check donations can be made payable to: Community Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 267 Lee Vining, CA 93541.

Please mark checks with the notation “Food Bank.” For more information call Cathy Lytle (760) 647-6157 or Linda Dore (760) 647-1055.

October 6th

For the Town Council, short work. Really short.

October 6, 2010

When the Mammoth Lakes Town Council finally adjourned Wednesday night, practically everybody in the council chambers snapped to their cellphones or wristwatches to just see how long the meeting had lasted.

"I make it 14 minutes," said an astonished Police Chief Dan Watson.

Fourteen *minutes?*

This, from a deliberative body that is notorious for dragging things well into the night.

In fact, if there is a single expression that characterizes a Mammoth Town Council meeting, it's the 9:30 p.m. yawn.

Mammoth daycare provider arrested

October 6, 2010

A longtime Mammoth Lakes daycare provider was arrested the evening of Oct. 5 on suspicion of sexual abuse against two children, now adults, who were once in his care, according to local law enforcement officials.

Guadalupe “Lupe” Almaguer, 56, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 5 for crimes of sexual abuse against minors, according to Mono County District Attorney Chief Investigator Wade McCammond.

Almaguer was booked on five counts of Penal Code 288, or “Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14.”

Storm not over yet

October 6, 2010

Mammoth and Mono County residents awoke Wednesday morning to the first real snow of the year on the ground.

About an inch of wet snow covered the lower reaches of the county all the way down to the county line on the Sherwin Grade with far more above the 10,000 foot line, and local weatherman Howard Sheckter said it isn’t over yet.

October 5th

Attempted murder in Mammoth's 'Ghetto'

October 5, 2010

A 24-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident was booked on charges of attempted murder Tuesday, after a wild, confusing episode in the town’s “Ghetto” neighborhood.

Jonathon Anderson also was charged with felony domestic violence, parole violation, resisting arrest and destroying a cell phone when used to make an emergency call.

Anderson, who was pulled from under the victim’s bed during the arrest, is behing held without bail at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.

Gloppy weather continues for Mammoth

October 5, 2010

Gloppy weather continued in Mammoth on Tuesday, but in mid-afternoon, bright stabs of sunshine burst through the rain- and snow-sodden skies.

Despite the afternoon sun, the National Weather Service wasn't buying it.

For the rest of the afternoon and early evening, forecasters at the weather service predicted more snow. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

October 4th

Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass are closed

October 4, 2010

UPDATED 3 p.m. Monday. The "Granite Curtain" descended in the High Sierra Monday, when snow, wind and general "inclement weather" forced Caltrans to close both Tioga Pass (S.R. 120) and Sonora Pass (S.R. 108).

Forecasters predicted four to eight 4 to 8 inches of snow are possible in the Sierra above 8,500 feet through Tuesday morning.

Snow levels near 11,000 feet will drop to near 9,000 feet later today and fall near 8,000 feet late tonight.

Snow may affect the higher passes along U.S. 395 tonight in Mono county but accumulations are unlikely to occur.

October 1st

Bishop Broncos bludgeon Mammoth, 59-6

October 2, 2010

The Friday Night Lights were not so kind to the Mammoth Huskies Friday night in Bishop. It was more like Friday Night Lights OUT.

The final was 59-6, Broncos, but it wasn't really that close.

The visiting Huskies (2-2) were inundated by eight Broncos touchdowns and another Bishop field goal. In the second half, the Broncos (4-0) scored 35 points without their superb starting quarterback, Chance Callahan, who was injured late in the second quarter and sat out the second half.

Search and Rescue team in dramatic action in White Mountains

October 1, 2010

There might be worse places to crash a paraglider, but it’s hard to imagine.

A 37-year-old Santa Cruz man on Monday evening went down two miles west of the White Mountain Research Station’s Barcroft Laboratory near Barcroft Peak, breaking his back and lying in the darkness – helpless in steep, rocky, unforgiving terrain.

“Fortunately he didn’t land in a rock ditch or in a cliff band or truly challenging terrain,” said Jeff Holmquist, a member of the rescue team.

“We caught a huge break because of that, and obviously, so did he.”

Crowley Lake residents hear Searles take on goat murder

October 1, 2010

If there’s one thing that gets the goat of Crowley Lakers, it’s when a bear gets their goat.

About a dozen people showed up at Wednesday’s meeting of the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee to hear Steve Searles’ take on a bear assault on a pygmy goat on July 31.

For Crowley Lake residents, who usually don’t have to deal with bears, the mauling of the goat was a strange and gruesome event, and Searles acknowledged that the bear had “crossed the line.”

He said if he had been there, and if he had jurisdictional authority (he doesn’t), “I’d have shot the bear.”

What's Up, Up Here?

October 1, 2010

 

Maybe Dave McCoy didn’t know what he was getting into when he signed up for a Facebook account. Within days, Dave had 550 friends, forcing him and his assistant, Brandon Russell, to do some serious gardening to his account. ...

Ski Back Trail, take two

October 1, 2010

The Mammoth Mountain Ski Back Trail, at best a highly modified success last ski season and at worst a flub, is getting a makeover.

On the trail itself, workers under the direction of Operations Director Clifford Mann have been grading, erecting retaining walls and fixing the areas that made the trail nearly impossible for snowboarders and a problem for many skiers.

Having largely completed the work in the forest, Mann and his crew now are busy on the finishing touch – the long awaited pedestrian bridge across Forest Trail.

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