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Holler, Council close to Permanent Town Manager decision

February 17, 2014

The Mammoth Town Council is poised to offer Interim Town Manager Dan Holler permanent status, so long as they agree on the terms by which he would be fired.

“I want us to be in position where we can have a contract that benefits the community as well as the individual entering into the contract,” said Council Member Jo Bacon, “specifically in some of the areas about giving us stability, but not tying us into egregious severance pay and things like that that we've had to deal with in the past.”

Mono County goes to Washington; Supes give tepid support for junket

February 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Mono County will send two representatives to Washington, D.C., for a five-day legislative conference in March, but the Board of Supervisors is less than enthusiastic about the trip.

 

Recent storm takes only a small bite out of drought, water conservation urged

February 14, 2014

Don’t let the snow on the ground fool you—the Eastern Sierra is a very long way from being out of the drought.

It will take about another 20 inches of precipitation—somewhere between 15 and 25 feet of snow—to make up for the last few dry months, according to state data, then another 15 inches in March and April to stay out of a drought.

That’s not impossible.

More cross country ski, snowmobile areas open

February 14, 2014

Minaret Vista, Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area, other areas, now covered in snow

Last weekend’s storm brought enough snow to higher elevations to open more terrain to the public—specifically cross-country ski and snowmobile areas.
From the unplowed road that leads past Mammoth Mountain Ski Areas Main Lodge to gorgeous Minaret Vista to the snow-drenched Mammoth Lakes Basin and the high country around Bridgeport, there are plenty of places to ski and snowmobile once again—with a little bit of effort.

Mono budget hearings draw big crowd; $4.7 million shortfall looms

February 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—The Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week drew a packed house in both Bridgeport and Mammoth, but it wasn’t exactly much of a party.

 

'Assessing' the TBID : Many questions linger

February 13, 2014

The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) is not a tax, though it walks and talks like one in Mammoth Lakes.

 

What's up, up here? Feb. 13-19 | News snippets from here and there

February 13, 2014

It’s official! Dr. Mike Karch announced this week that the Mammoth Lakes Biathlon for 2014 will be March 21-23 with more details to emerge in the coming weeks. So get your cross country skis and biathlon rifles out and start practicing! Ski fast, shoot straight! …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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