April 16th, 2013
High temperatures combined with a light snowpack will allow for an early start to plowing area roads this spring, the Inyo National Forest announced in a news release on Tuesday, April 16.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes was to begin plowing roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Wednesday, April 17, while Caltrans will begin plowing to the Minaret Vista at the end of April.
Town crews will begin plowing into Reds Meadow Valley soon after that, according to Marty Hornick, the Inyo’s acting pubic affairs officer.
County officials said the Digital 395 project is almost done in Northern Mono County and is slated to move into Inyo National Forest lands sometime soon, pending a few more necessary permits.
Another week has gone by since Verizon was hit with some big fines for not providing high speed broadband service to Crowley Lake and Swall Meadows and still, neither community had service as of press time, according to county officials.
A claim for damages against Mono County by former Mono County Sheriff’s deputy Jon Madrid was rejected Tuesday by the Mono County Board of Supervisors at the advice of county counsel. Madrid is claiming he was unfairly fired from his job.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory confronted persistent rumors that Mammoth Mountain has is going to be sold or has been sold to Vail Resorts with five short words Tuesday.
“We are not for sale,” he said, to a Bridgeport courthouse room full of June Lake residents and the Mono County Board of Supervisors. He said he was talking to a top executive of the company a few weeks ago about something unrelated and perhaps, that was where the rumor was coming from.
Runners from the Mammoth Track Club and representatives of Mammoth Lakes are apparently safe in Boston, where two bombs killed two and injured dozens more near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.
The track club’s Josh Cox, a distance runner, sent a tweet saying “I'm safe. Scary.”
Meb Keflezighi, who did not run in the race but was in Boston to promote his foundation, also tweeted that he too was safe.
A very swell time around here this past week, with Karla Souzaand Luis Mendezin town, and if you don’t know who they are, you’re not up to speed on the biggest film stars in Mexico. They starred in the brand new “Nosotros los Nobles,” and were here for a little rest and relaxation. By the way, Souza was big-time in Aspenbefore re-locating to Mexico City, in case you were wondering. …
A proposal to change the name of Minaret Boulevard to McCoy Boulevard in honor of the founder of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, came to a screeching halt on Monday, April 15.
Just hours before Mammoth Lakes Tourism Chief John Urdi and others were set to meet in order to hammer out details on the proposal, Mammoth Lakes Foundation CEO Evan Russell sent an email on McCoy’s behalf to stop the effort.
The reason, Russell said in the email, is that Dave McCoy himself asked the effort not go further.
March 22 event got international attention
A deluge of white dust that blanketed the Owens and Long Valley region this past Sunday was not from China’s Gobi—unlike the white haze that hit the region three weeks ago Friday.
Both local and federal air pollution measurement instruments traced the thick white haze on March 22 to the Gobi Desert. A dust storm there had also been plaguing the Chinese city of Beijing a few days earlier.
Park has only eight days to plow Tioga Pass before Memorial Day holiday
Threats that the sequester might slow down efforts to open Tioga Pass appear to be true after Yosemite National Park officials acknowledged this week that a $2.4 million cut to the park’s budget includes cuts to snow removal.