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April 15th, 2014

RAW: Mammoth Mountain's Pam Murphy retires

April 15, 2014

Longtime Mammoth Mountain Ski Area executive Pam Murphy, a fixture at the ski resort since 1973, announced today, April 15 that she is retiring.

April 14th

Hantavirus season arrives with spring cleaning

April 14, 2014

Mice carry the hantavirus all year, but spring marks the start of the season when the risk of exposure rises, according to a press release from the Mono County Health Department.

Buildings that have been closed and unused all winter often provide habitats for deer mice, and when they are opened in the spring for cleaning, human exposure to the hantavirus is possible.

Although hantavirus infections are relatively rare, it is not unusual to have several cases per year in the Eastern Sierra, and the risk of death is significant, according to the release.

Watch the lunar eclipse late Monday night

April 14, 2014

Late Monday night, April 14, there will be a total lunar eclipse, said astronomers from the Owens Valley Radio Observatory said.

High school senior Edgar Moreno takes home scholarship

April 14, 2014

Mammoth High School senior Edgar Moreno has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc. Foundation, school officials said late last week.

The CFW Foundation provides scholarships to graduating California public high school seniors and Edgar Moreno was nominated by the high school for his academic accomplishments, athletic leadership, work ethic, and desire to continue his education upon high school graduation, according to school superintendent Lois Klein.

Crowley man arrested after driving with four times legal limit blood alcohol

April 14, 2014

A Crowley Lake man driving a Toyota Tundra was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk on Sunday, April 13 after he was found stopped in the middle of the road on Willow Brook Road in Crowley Lake, according to the California Highway Patrol.

When the 52-year-old man was contacted by law enforcement at about 6:44 p.m., a sobriety test revealed he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

The man was arrested, his driver license was suspended and he was booked at the Mono County Jail.

April 11th

Rock Creek Road reconstruction project has begun

April 11, 2014

Rock Creek Road Reconstruction Project has begun, and will continue, weather permitting, through the 2014/2015 seasons.

This project to repair and restore the Rock Creek Road includes the development of a bike lane and these much-needed improvements mean greater accessibility to visitors and locals alike.

April 10th

Youth Hockey takes center ice

April 10, 2014

Eight youth sports organizations applied for funding this year, spreading the Recreation Commission’s already lean budget even thinner.

“Funding is small,” said Recreation Manager Stuart Brown. “It’s obviously not enough. But it keeps [the organizations] afloat.”

Two new applicants for funding emerged this year, the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association and Mammoth Youth Hockey.

Last weekend for criminally good theatre

April 10, 2014

Are you ready for a little mystery?

Allison McDonnell Page masterfully directs Anthony Shaffer’s classic, Sleuth, with a modern flare. Although the play is based in 1970, quick dry wit and lots of suspenseful twists will keep the audience engaged in the Edison Theatre’s current production.

Sleuthis very different from the other shows Page has directed in the past. Instead of tense family drama like Proofor August: Osage County, she takes her turn at a comedy full of puzzles and lies.

Tamarack slammed; problems emerge

April 10, 2014

Droves of people discovered the Lakes Basin this past winter, but that was not altogether a good thing, according to the general manager of the Tamarack Lodge and Cross Country Ski Center.

“We’ve had problems before, but it’s gotten worse,” said Roy Moyer, who brought his concerns to a meeting of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Committee on Monday, April 7.

“Three years ago, when we also didn’t have a lot of snow, it wasn’t as big an issue. This year was just really hard.”

April 9th

Death Valley National Park will be free April 19-27

April 9, 2014

Free entrance to Death Valley National Park to celebrate National Park Week

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

April 8th

Cops vs. Kids: Basketball game fundraiser, Lee Vining High School

April 8, 2014

It’s that time again! With the cops coming off a recent win with the Coleville High School boys’ basketball team, the Cops vs Kids game is back! Who will be victorious this time?

On Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m., join the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol as deputies and officers take on the Lee Vining High School boys’ basketball team. That’s right! It’s another “cops versus kids” in a friendly competition to raise money for the Lee Vining High School Booster Club.

Drought assistance available to local ranchers, farmers

April 8, 2014

Mono and Inyo are eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for certain counties in the Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Countiea. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.

April 7th

Bighorn move toward recovery; reintroductions expand species back into historical range

April 7, 2014

The recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep took one more step forward last month with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s second reintroduction effort since 1986.

In late March, they translocated 14 bighorn to a remote part of Sequoia National Park, which has been devoid of bighorn since the early 20th century.

“It was such a huge milestone to get these [bighorn] sheep into the Kern,” said biologist Tom Stephenson, program leader for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program.

April 6th

Off the Trail: Snowseeker

April 6, 2014

The metal-edged Kahru skis snapped to my old leather three-pin boots, gold and grey and well acquainted with rocks.

They need to be.

It has taken me an hour to get from the “Snopark” trailhead to this snowy meadow near Rock Creek Lake, a mile that would normally take about five minutes of easy skiing.

But it has hardly snowed this winter and even with the past week of storms we’ve only received a measly 18 feet since November where there should be 40.

April 3rd

What's up, up here? April 3-9 | News snippets from here and there ...

April 3, 2014

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