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Move over, Meb; Shadrack Biwott arrives in Mammoth

June 3, 2014

The newest member of the Mammoth Track Club did not take long to make a statement last weekend.

What’s open, what isn’t: latest on on local trails, roads, campgrounds

May 29, 2014

The drought winter has allowed more access to Mammoth-area trails, roads and campgrounds than is normal for late May and June, but many high country trails are still covered in snow if they are above 10,000 elevation and/or if they are on north-facing, shaded slopes.

Several campgrounds are also still closed, due to issues with infrastructure or access.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the following is a list of the status of most of the area roads, campgrounds and trails, with a new update expected on Friday, May 30. That update will be posted at mammothtimes..com.

'Elevated' levels of mercury found at Mill City site

May 29, 2014

A toxic and carcinogenic heavy metal, mercury, has been detected near the Mill City Stamp Mill area in Old Mammoth at levels high enough to trigger a clean up effort but the mercury is not likely to pose a risk to Mammoth’s drinking water supply—nor to people accessing the Mill City area for recreational purposes, scientists said Tuesday.

Anger over clamped-down Lakes Basin

May 29, 2014

With the town full of Memorial Day visitors and the Lakes Basin mostly free of snow, Mammoth did what it normally does in an early shoulder season.

 

Off The Trail - Oasis

May 22, 2014

The roaring wind picked up the foot-thick dust at bottom of the old dry lake and threw it at the truck, slamming millions of sharp-edged particles against window and door and windshield.

It was impossible to talk, even in the sealed cab, and so we didn’t, focusing instead on keeping the big truck upright and moving forward on the sand-drenched road.

It was almost dusk, and what light there was, was gone; swallowed whole by the raging wind and dust.

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.

Village Championships season ends on fast note

March 27, 2014

The Village Championships season, such as it was, ended well this past week, on fast snow in warm temperatures.

The snow conditions and air temperatures this season formed the overall theme of the 2014 VCs, which is among the oldest and most iconic of Mammoth Mountain’s racing schedule.

Course setters on Fascination and Andie’s Double Gold frequently adjusted gate alignments and course configurations to deal with a low-snow season.

Nevertheless, the races went on, and on Tuesday, March 25, it was all about the finish.

Cops on skis, cops on the run; MLPD big in ‘Olympics’ at Mammoth and Las Vegas

March 25, 2014

There has been a lot of recent sports activity in the Eastern Sierra involving local law enforcement officers, but nowhere did their badges shine the brightest than at the Fire and Police Winter Olympics earlier this month on Mammoth Mountain, and on the asphalt in the desert.

The Olympics, which Mammoth hosted for the 29th straight season, put hardware into the hands of seven officers, even though Mike Braun, who organized the Games, skied for his former department, the LAPD, and took home one gold and two silvers.

Deena blisters the field in Dallas; sets two records in winning half marathon

March 24, 2014

Deena Kastor might be 41 years old, but she can still run with the best of them.

Amid chilly and windy conditions Sunday in Dallas, Mammoth’s three-time Olympian and American record-holder turned in the fifth-fastest half-marathon time by a U.S. runner in 2014 with a new course record at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon.

“Going to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas half marathon, I knew I was in good fitness,” she said afterward, “but all other aspects need to fall into place in order to break records.

Biathlon results are in from the weekend's races

March 24, 2014

Here are the results of the 7th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon on March 22-23.

www.mammothbiathlon.org/2014-race-results/

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