January 16th, 2014
Due to reduced visitation as a result of the low snowfall this winter, transit service in Mammoth will be modified effective Monday, January 20, 2014. The service changes include:
The Red Line will operate from 7:00am until 5:30pm on a 20-minute frequency. Red Line buses will depart Snowcreek Athletic Club at 0:00,:20 and :40 minutes past the hour (1st departure 7:00am, last departure at 5:20pm). The Red Line will depart from Main Lodge at 0:30, :50 and :10 past the hour (1st departure at 7:30am, last departure at 5:30pm).
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will continue making snow as fast as possible, according to Rusty Gregory, the CEO of the ski area.
Shooting down rumors that the ski hill’s water supply was drying up, Gregory told a group of town leaders that the water levels on the mountain remain high.
“The well drawdowns haven’t been bad,” he reported to members of a liaison committee between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the ski resort on Monday, Jan. 13.
“Just when I think I have things figured out, along comes a rookie.”
“Come again, Fido?
“And just when I had the team all figured out.”
“Ah. You are speaking of the new dog in the office. The puppy.”
“She’s going to be a problem.”
When three-time Olympian Kelly Clark fell on her first run of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic snowboard halfpipe finals, she instantly relived the 2006 Torino Olympics, where a fall put her in fourth place.
“I repeated my greatest defeat in the first run of finals,” said Clark, who already has locked up a spot on the 2014 Olympic Snowboarding team and who will appear among the many stars at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, today (Thursday, Jan. 16) through Sunday.
While executives at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area keep their collective pedal to the metal for a re-making of the Main Lodge area, the development of a new Eagle Lodge is running a close second on the priority list.
Actually, according to CEO Rusty Gregory, the new Eagle is even more top of mind than anything that might happen at the Main Lodge in the near future.
“It’s a higher priority from a timing standpoint,” he said this past week at a Town-MMSA Liaison Committee meeting.
BRIDGEPORTâ€”An 86-year old Mammoth Lakes woman was killed in a two-car collision on U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport shorty before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Dead was Suzanne Stokes, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. She was driving a 1996 Subaru, which collided with a GMC van driven by a 62-year-old Minden, Nev., woman identified as Barbara Koehler.
Koehler was taken to Bridgeport. A Life Flight air ambulance transported Koehler from Bridgeport to Renown Hospital in Reno. The CHP listed her injuries as "moderate."
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened S.R. 89, Monitor Pass, yesterday, Jan. 13.
Caltrans maintenance crews have gone through and repaired any sections that were damage by winter storms, according to Caltrans, and determined that the pass is safe for reopening to the traveling public.
As is often the case this time of year, the opening of S.R. 89 is dependent on favorable weather, Caltrans said. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to reclose the highway.
On December 13, 2013, President Obama declared the Rim Fire a federal "Major Disaster" according to a news release from Mono County today, Monday, Jan. 13. "Pursuant to this declaration, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an emergency loan program to assist local farmers and ranchers who conduct family sized farming operations and had physical or production losses caused by the fire that occurred from August 17 â€“ October 24, 2013," the news release states.
The flu season is in full swing in California, but it is still not too late to get a flu shot that will give you a much higher chance of avoiding the flu, health officials said.
"While we are seeing an increase in flu activity in California, it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu, said Dr. Rick Johnson this week.
"California, and the Eastern Sierra, is seeing an accelerated increase in flu activity over the past few weeks" he said in a news release. "In fact, as of last week, the flu is now considered widespread throughout California for the first time this season."
“Wait a minute!”
“Golly, Fido, I’d be happy to wait a minute, but we have things to do today. We’re doing household chores.”
“I don’t-like, don’t-like household chores.”
“You don’t have to do a thing. Just relax. We have all of December to clean up after.”
“How can you clean up a whole month?”
Depressed about the current lack of snow situation around here?
I have been able to stay motivated and upbeat because I am still skiing on great conditions up at Tamarack. It is going to take a good, old-fashioned three footer to open all the trails in the Lakes Basin, but never mind that for now; the 15 kilometers that are open have good coverage and are manicured every night as if by magic.
And, you can’t beat the warm, sunny days for being outdoors in winter.
While most students spent the past two weeks on winter break, there was no break for members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams.
The athletes used every possible minute to train, including some very early mornings. And for some of the youngsters, Sunday, Jan. 5, the final day of their holiday break, was spent putting all of their hard work to the test.
Drawing upon Mammoth’s odd blend of interesting, creative and self-reliant people, Elizabeth Tenney has put together three nights of free, “flash-talk” lectures.
The free lectures, which Tenney said were based on the popular TED Talks series online and in worldwide conferences, open Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:15 p.m. at Rafters Restaurant & Lounge.
A second round of lectures is scheduled for Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, she said.
On Saturday, Jan. 4 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police officers responded to a call of an intoxicated man swinging a hatchet at patrons at The Tap bar located on Main Street, according to the police. When the first officer arrived, several people pointed to Christopher Alderfer, 32, Mammoth Lakes.
Last Friday, three days ago, Dr. Rick Johnson, the public health officer for both Mono and Inyo counties, sent out a flu update talking about the rapid increase in flu activity around the country. According to Johnson, over the weekend, more information about our local situation shows we are most likely on the cusp of a dramatic increase in local flu activity, probably due to travel by locals and visitors.
Here's why, according to Johnson: