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February 13th, 2014

Olympian Effort: Tellers, Johnstons head to Sochi

February 13, 2014

 

Larry Johnston says he knows one word in Russian.

It is “nyet,” the Russian word for “no.”

Debbie Teller says she knows one fewer word than Johnston.

Karl Teller, meanwhile, has been trying to pick up bits of Russian on his vehicle’s CD player, and Debbie says he might know five words by now, while Karen Johnston says she’s working on one word: “Dosvidaniya,” meaning goodbye.

Recent winter storm brings Mammoth area to 37 percent of normal snowfall

February 13, 2014

The first big storm of the winter dropped about four feet of snow on the top of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and a couple of feet of heavy snow between 11,000 and 9,000 feet.

It was enough to open all of the ski area’s runs, and just in time for one of the three biggest weekends of the year—Presidents Day weekend.

The storm also helped to bring the snowpack at Mammoth Pass from about 20 percent of normal to about 37 percent of normal for this time of year (according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power data).

Norovirus hits Mammoth hard

February 13, 2014

By now, most Mammoth Lakes residents probably know someone who has recently been through the latest winter affliction to hit the area, the “norovirus,” sometimes called the winter vomiting disease and/or food poisoning.

It is not dangerous, most of the time, but it is a particularly nasty stomach virus most common in the winter when people are stuck together in small, enclosed spaces for long periods of time.

February 11th

Owens Dry Lake cultural sites at risk again? Tribal preservation officer asks LADWP to halt work

February 11, 2014

Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.

Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.

RAW: Bridgeport man dies from swine flu, first local death attributed to the flu

February 11, 2014

The Mono County Health Department said it was notified late last week that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection, according to a news release from the department.

"Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy." the news release states. "Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.

Big turnout expected for second 'Eastside Know-How' talk tonight, reservations recommended

February 11, 2014

The second in the series of "Eastside Know-How"talks is this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and a large turnout is expected—large enough that it is a good idea to make reservations for Rafters, if you intend to attend, according to event organizer Elizabeth Tenney.

"We anticipate even more people tomorrow night at Rafters, but maximum occupancy is 175," she wrote in an email. "To guarantee a spot, consider making reservations for a table."

Contact Rafters 760-934-3131 orwww.opentable.com and click on "Rafters", she said.

February 10th

Mammoth Mountain to open 100% of terrain

February 10, 2014

For the first time this season, Mammoth Mountain will be fully operational, just in time for the upcoming three-day Presidents Day Weekend.

February 7th

Storm forecast to drop 2 to 4 feet, last until Monday

February 7, 2014

After suffering through the driest year on record—some say the driest in 500 years—a significant storm is on the way to the Eastern Sierra this weekend.

Although the bulk of the incoming storm will go north of Mammoth, Mono County is still on track to receive anywhere from two to four feet of snow, beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

February 6th

What's up, up here? Feb. 6-12 | News snippets from here and there

February 6, 2014

 

Missing Pets! Keep your eyes open for a gray and white longhaired cat named Gracie, last seen at Sierra Park Villas. There’s a $1,000 reward for her safe return. …

 

In this week's Mammoth Times

February 6, 2014

 

In this week's Mammoth Times, we examine how the "money pie" was split among the various events producers on the Eastside, as well as a breakdown of fee increases for recreation activities in Mammoth.

Fireworks show will happen but still faces $12,000 gap

February 6, 2014

Although the gap between the cost and funds for the Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Crowley Lake is narrowing after a group of private businesses and individuals stepped up to the plate to help, the approximately $28,000 celebration is still in the red by $12,000, according to Mammoth Lakes officials.

Mono, Mammoth divide the money pie

February 6, 2014

Both Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes began their annual handouts to warm-weather events producers this past week, with some clear-cut winners and losers emerging from the process.

The Mono County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 4, made its final choices on $60,000 in event funding, while on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council were to make a final decision as to how to split $181,300 in Measure U tax funding.

February 3rd

Stapp opens bid for District 5 supervisor seat

February 3, 2014

Kirk Stapp, who sat on the Mammoth Town Council for 22 years and currently leads Mammoth Lakes Housing, this past week formally announced his candidacy for the Mono County Board of Supervisor District 5 seat.

Mammoth Mountain cuts workers' hours; asks for five furlough days in February

February 3, 2014

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory this past week sent a memo to Mountain employees informing them of a reduction in hours to be in effect for the month of February in a cost-cutting move, but said he will re-assess the financial status on March 1.

Kindergartner attacked, kicked in head by three elementary students

February 3, 2014

It takes a lot to unnerve Mammoth Lakes Police and School Resource Officer Andy Lehr, but a brutal attack on a 6-year-old girl by a small group of elementary school-aged children last week in Mammoth did.

The little girl, who suffered a mild concussion after being knocked down and kicked in the head by three children ranging in age from six to seven years old, is recovering, but the veteran school resource officer said the episode disturbed him.

“I’ve never seen anything like that, where the kids conspired together to knock someone to the ground,” he said.

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