January 28th, 2014
More smoke will be in the air around Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra when several planned fire prevention prescribed burns get underway, perhaps as soon as this weekâif the storm predicted for the end of this week materializes.
The storm is expected to drop enough snow to dampen the ground and keep the danger of the fire going out of control very low, which is why the U.S. Forest Service will not do the burns unless the storm appears.
Affected areas would be in the Mammoth, June Lake and Bald Mountain area, according to a news release from the Inyo National Forest.
The Kamikaze Bike Games on Sept. 20 got a big boost this past week when USA Cycling announced its 2014 Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). In its sixth year, it will feature six events coast-to-coast, beginning April 19-20 at Beech Mountain, N.C. …
Veteran observers of athletes on Mammoth Mountain know all about “the look.”
A 21-year-old June Lake woman driving under the influence of alcohol crashed her car into a tree near the old Mono County substation road east of Mammoth Lakes late Thursday night, but she and both her passengers escaped serious injury, according to the CHP.
According to the CHP, on Thursday, Jan. 22 at approximately 11:55 p.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from the Mono County Sheriffâs department regarding a solo vehicle, non-injury traffic collision, involving a driver possibly under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release.
January and wildfires donât usually go together, even in sunny temperate California, but with a drought winter following the driest year on record, that means things are different.
Seven wildfires are burning in the stateâsome of them thousands of acresâand the Sierra Nevada is no exception.
Eastsiders donât typically expect wildfire smoke during winter, but an almost 700-acre wildfire that has been burning on the west side of the Sierra crest (west of Olancha) since Jan. 15 and the fire has begun to funnel smoke into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.
June Mountain Ski Area is still open contrary to rumors, and the ski liftâat least oneâis still running.
But thereâs no doubt, even with all the masterful grooming by veteran groomers Steve Aldritch and Sam Poffle done after the last real storm in December, that it really has to snow.
âWe certainly have enough for the next two weeks,â said the ski areaâs general manager, Carl Williams. âThe temperatures at night have been cold, the aspect of the run is good and this stuff they (Aldritch and Poffle) made is indestructible. But four weeks out? I canât promise that.â
Mammoth still has time to tap Mono County for any shortfalls in funding the Fourth of July Fireworks show at Crowley Lake, the Board of Supervisors indicated this past week, in spite of a perception by Mammoth Town Council members that the supervisors somehow snubbed the event.
Supervisor Fred Stump, whose District 2 includes Crowley Lake, Tom's Place and Tri-Valley, said he was taken aback at the highly critical comments made by the Mammoth Town Council on Jan. 15.
"We have a choice how to respond in a positive way," Stump said.
The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s office, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), recently concluded a narcotics investigation in Mammoth Lakes that recently resulted in the arrest of a mother and son from Bishop on charges of selling methamphetamines to a minor and other charges.
The Mammoth Lakes branch of Bank of America will close on May 2 when the lease on the building runs out, according to branch officials.
The Bishop branch will not close, however, officials said.
This week's Mammoth Times contains the latest overage of the Fourth of July Crowley Lake Fireworks Show (it's good to go!), plus coverage of the spat that the Mammoth Lakes Town Council began with the Mono County Board of Supervisors over the same subject.
The musical husband-and-wife team of Brian Schuldt and Rebecca Hang are the 2014 "Service Above Self" honorees, the Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club announced this past week.
The award, to be presented at the Rotary's "WinterFest" on March 8 at Canyon Lodge, goes to an individual or couple who "providing outstanding service to our community," said Rotary leader Rick Phelps in a news release.
The top halfpipe competitors in the U.S. and world may have been vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team in front on the Main Lodge deck, but over to the right, on the Andie's Double Gold race course, future Olympians were racing for their “gold” coming from Mimi’s Cookie Bar.
This yearâs version of the influenza virus has brought back an old enemyâthe so-called âswine fluâ of 2009âand it has also reached epidemic levels in California, including Mono County, according to Mono and Inyo County Public Health Officer Rick Johnson.
Johnson calls it an epidemic because 4 percent of the local population has the fluâand has for the past three weeksâcompared to the normal about one percent that would have it at this time.