January 6th, 2014
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:
â€śThe Life and Times of Norm DeChambeauâ€ť will be the slide program at the Monday, Jan. 6 meeting of the Mono Basin Historical Society, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lee Vining Community Center with a potluck dinner followed by the business meeting at 6:45 p.m. and the free program at 7:30 p.m. Long-time resident Norm Dechambeau has family ties to the Mono Basin that go back to the pioneer ranches and he has served as historian, curator, and President of the Historical Society.
Please join Mammoth Hospital Dr. Mike Karch and Mammoth Medical Mission team members at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as Karch, CEO of Mammoth Medical Missions, presents stories and photographs from the groupâ€™s recent mission to the Central Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be a no-host bar and a Q & A will follow the presentation.
For more information, go to www. www.mammothmedicalmissions.org/
December 31st, 2013
Ski races around the world are being postponed or cancelled on a daily basis due to the current warm and dry weather conditions, but, the Mammoth Race Department team didn’t let marginal snow conditions stop them from hosting the Mammoth Mountain Open Western Region FIS Series Dec. 19-22.
The race workers was able to pull off four days of racing for athletes representing the Far West, Northern, Intermountain, Rocky/Central and Eastern divisions.
It was a bitter winter morning and his hands were freezing, but former Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie was in his element.
One hand on a radio handset, another on a yellow legal pad, the sounds of a Vietnamese pop song came across his ham radio from thousands of miles away, tinny and scratchy in the background, he listened intently as orders from Mammoth Hospital came in over the wire.
“We are in lockdown,” came the message. “Only family members will be allowed in. All people must check in to the front desk.”
With the world as their stomping ground, the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams were in full stride these pst couple of weeks.
Here are the results:
Clifford Mann FIS GS_Mammoth Mountain
The SPORT clinic in Mammoth and Bishop Physical Therapy will be hosting a six-week strength and balance program next month for seniors having difficulty with their balance.
Highway Patrol officers arrested a 29-year-old Oceanside man this past week near Crowley Lake, taking him to the Mono County Jail on marijuana-related charges.
The man, identified by police as Ronald Ricky Moore, Jr., presented officers with a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but the arresting officer wrote in his report that he believed Moore "intended to make the marijuana available for sale."
Lt. R.D. Cohan, Commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, said the bust was illustrative of â€śprofessional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.â€ť
The Mammoth Huskies basketball team, fresh off “character builder” losses at last weekend’s Whittell (Nev.) Tournament, is putting together the finishing touches before they begin play in the Desert Mountain League on Dec. 27.
If their 73-47 loss to Incline and their 71-38 loss to host school Whittell on Saturday was tough to take, their 56-48 victory against Lee Vining might have ameliorated the sting of the losses.
The bright spot in Nevada belonged to Fox Kailiawa.
The Tannenbaum Classic Nordic Ski Race started off the cross-country ski season Dec. 15 at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center with a crowd of nearly 80 racers, ranging from youngsters who were on cross country skis for the first time to college athletes and a two-time Olympian.
Adults raced a 10km race, high school athletes a 5km, and juniors raced in either a 2km or 1km race. A large contingent of junior alpine racers came to test their skills in “uphill” skiing.
It’s hard to put a damper on Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter’s optimism when it comes to winter weather, but the forecast for the next few weeks might have done so.
“It’s not good, it’s horrible,” he said. “It’s as bad as it can get by this time of year.”
He is not talking just about the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday weeks, either.
The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to saving lives. They do searches and rescues at any time, in any weather, for as long as it takes, for free.
Each year, the team honors members for their individual excellence and public service.
The team's highest honor, election to status as a Lifetime Member, is only rarely conferred by the team to a rescue member who has made unusual, faithful, and regular contributions to the team and to the welfare of victims over a significant number of years.
Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park.
June Mountain Ski Area will open as scheduled this Friday and the first riders on the first chair will include a group of Lee Vining students who sold lemonade last year in an attempt to keep their beloved ski area open.
“We invited the lemonade stand kids to join us and to play hooky and they accepted,” said Julie Brown, June Mountain’s new activities director.