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April 2nd, 2014

Water line work will begin May 1 in some Mammoth neighborhoods

April 2, 2014

The Mammoth Community Water District will be doing some construction this summer in an effort to replace aging water mains, thereby preventing leaks and saving water. The construction will occur in several Mammoth neighborhoods and is scheduled to start May 1 in the Majestic Pines neighborhoods, where the MCWD construction crew will be continuing to replace water service laterals. Construction should be completed in the Majestic Pines neighborhood around the end of July.

New options for recycling in Mammoth

April 2, 2014

The Sierra Conservation Project, Inc. (SCP) and Town of Mammoth Lakes are pleased to announce the expansion of the current condominium, commercial and recreational area recycling programs in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth man pepper sprayed, arrested after high speed chase in town

April 2, 2014

A Mammoth man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after he led police on a high speed chase through Mammoth last Thursday, then had to be pepper sprayed before he could be arrested.

According to the Mono County Sheriff’s department, the office first received a call from an employee at the McDonald’s in Mammoth Lakes on Thursday, March 27 at about 8:20 p.m. reporting a possible drunk driver in their drive thru.

March 31st

Mammoth Mountain commits to Memorial Day Weekend

March 31, 2014

 

Neither a low snow year nor a three-year drought is going to hold back Mammoth Mountain from being mammoth this spring.

Blessed by very late snowfalls in March and with more snow in the forecast for April, the ski hill announced last week that it would commit to stay open at least through the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.

Reduced trolley service Sunday-Thursday begins April 6

March 31, 2014

In response to reduced visitation and revenues to fund the local transit service, the trolley in Mammoth will operate a reduced schedule (35-minute frequency from 5:40 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Sunday through Thursday beginning April 6. The trolley will continue to operate 20-minute frequency from 5:40 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through Saturday, April 19. Beginning April 20, the Trolley will operate a 35-minute frequency from 5:40 p.m. until 10 p.m., seven nights per week.

USFS delays 'Need to Change' public meetings

March 31, 2014

 

The U.S. Forest Service is postponing a series of public meetings scheduled for forest plan revisions on the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. These meetings were originally scheduled for April 7, 8 and 10.

The meeting for the Inyo National Forest was scheduled for April 10.

The Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, which was previously scheduled to be published in early April, will be postponed as well. The Notice of Intent marks the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act process.

Free talks at the Green Church begin again soon

March 31, 2014

The popular talks at the Green Church sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) begin soon. They are free, they are always fascinating — extreme weather and drought, the Rim Fire, the Yosemite snowpack — and besides, a lot of your friends will come out of the end-of-winter-woodwork too.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings
Where: at the Green Church (Hwy. 395 and Benton Crossing Rd.).
What: Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour.

Here's the schedule:

March 30th

Low hanging fruit

March 30, 2014

Low hanging fruit

We’ll be honest.
We don’t know Mammoth’s new town manager, Dan Holler, all that well yet.
He has only been here a few months, after all.
But there is a cool wind blowing through the town these days, a hint of welcome change, and we think it might have something, though certainly not everything, to do with Holler.
It’s not about Holler’s personality, character, or management style, although those all seem fine enough.
It’s something else.

Bloopers and blotter; on the street with MLPD this past week

March 30, 2014

Drunk in public
A 23-year-old Mammoth man who refused to leave The Underground bar because he was involved in a fight with other patrons later was suspected of throwing rocks toward police officers and was arrested on March 22. He was charged with being drunk in public and for throwing the rocks.

Petty theft

March 28th

"Winter Storm Warning" goes into effect Saturday, as much as several feet of snow expected by Tuesday

March 28, 2014

Two winter storms capable of dropping at least one and a half feet of snow are forecast to hit the Eastern Sierra in the next few days, with the first one coming in Saturday afternoon and lasting into Sunday and the second one coming in Monday and lasting into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The first storm is considered by the NWS to be the most reliable in terms of snow levels and amounts—about one and half feet of snow above 9,000 feet—with the second storm forecast to come in with slightly less snow at this time.

March 27th

Buddy Guy, John Hiatt join Bluesapalooza lineup

March 27, 2014

 

Tickets for the 2014 Buesaplalooza and Festival of Beers went on sale this past week, offering a couple of headline acts that are sure to draw music fans to Sam’s Woodsite on July 31-Aug. 3.

Buddy Guy, who has been among the top Chicago blues guitarists for decades, will close the show on Sunday, April 3; Hiatt, a longtime Nashville-based blues/rock musician, will headline the Friday night show.

Taking care of wildlife

March 27, 2014

A large golden eagle was brought into the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care facility nestled at the base of the Sierra foothills a few weeks ago, unable to walk and riddled with parasites.

It’s early morning, but the center’s director, Cindy Kamler, has been up for hours, hoping against the grim outcome for this bird that her vast experience tells her is likely, given the eagle’s injuries.

Village Championships season ends on fast note

March 27, 2014

The Village Championships season, such as it was, ended well this past week, on fast snow in warm temperatures.

The snow conditions and air temperatures this season formed the overall theme of the 2014 VCs, which is among the oldest and most iconic of Mammoth Mountain’s racing schedule.

Course setters on Fascination and Andie’s Double Gold frequently adjusted gate alignments and course configurations to deal with a low-snow season.

Nevertheless, the races went on, and on Tuesday, March 25, it was all about the finish.

March 26th

In like a lamb, out like a lion

March 26, 2014

Another storm will take aim at the Eastern Sierra this coming weekend and another early next week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as “a few feet” of snow on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.

Although the most recent storm Wednesday and Thursday came in a bit lighter than forecast, the next storm coming in on Saturday is forecast to be stronger than earlier forecasts had indicated and the last storm, on Monday, even larger, according to Howard Sheckter, Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster.

March 25th

Snow lovers take it up a notch; grad students seize upon SNARL’s hydrology course

March 25, 2014

Mammoth Mountain is for snow lovers of every kind. But there are some who might love it more than others, such as this week’s slough of graduate students at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) near Convict Lake.

“Everyone thinks we get to go skiing all week,” said student Julia Morton. “But we have to learn technical things like fracture mechanics.”

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