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Mammoth420.com co-owner arrested, others also arrested in drug sting

January 7, 2011

The Mono Narcotic Enforcement Team (MONET) concluded several investigations over the past week resulting in six search warrants in the town of Mammoth Lakes. These search warrant investigations lead to seven arrests.

William Crosby, 63, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for the sales of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana. Mr. Crosby was the co-owner/operator of Mammoth420.com and is alleged to have been operating outside the State’s Medical Marijuana laws.

Republican Ted Gaines wins Senate seat

January 4, 2011

Mono County has a new state Senator, Republican Ted Gaines.

Gaines not only won the 1st Senate District election overall, he also won in Mono County, with 54.7 percent of the vote as compared to Democrat Ken Cooley's 45.3 percent.

District-wide, the vote was 81,945 votes (63.2 percent) for Gaines, with Cooley receiving 47,743 votes (36.8 percent).

Town will appeal state Supreme Court over Hot Creek appeal decision

December 31, 2010

The Town of Mammoth Lakes will appeal to the state Supreme Court for another chance to tell its airport lawsuit story, after losing its appeal of the Hot Creek Aviation lawsuit last week, according to Town Councilmember Rick Wood.

"We believe the decision (the appeals court made) will have state-wide impacts as to how municipalities conduct development agreements," he said, noting that all the state's cities and counties supported the Town of Mammoth Lake's position in court, as "friends of the court."

RecStrats: Curious name for a bold document

December 30, 2010

The most powerful document to come out of Mammoth in 2010 came with a curious name.

It is RecStrats, a shortening of “Recreation Vision & Strategies In Mammoth Lakes.”

Created by Carl Ribaudo of the Strategic Marketing Group of South Lake Tahoe and facilitated by former Tourism and Recreation Manager Danna Stroud, the document ultimately may turn out to be as important as the Town’s General Plan.

Not a policy document, it was created to provide all town and area leaders with a way to think in common terms about where the Town is headed in terms of what we do best – having fun.

Town of Mammoth leaves 2010 with a whistle and a prayer

December 30, 2010

Hot Creek Aviation lawsuit still in appeal

There’s nothing quite like whistling past the graveyard.

Except now, with the $30 million Hot Creek Aviation litigation having gone against the Town, Mammoth Lakes is way past the graveyard.

Now it is wandering about in the never-never land of appeal.

Having made its argument in Sacramento in October, town officials came back to the High Country in low spirits.

Wild weather stuns, amazes Eastern Sierra all year long

December 30, 2010

It was a year of extremes.

Right off the bat, Mammoth hit 110 percent of normal snowfall.

Then, spring simply never showed up until it stopped snowing the last week of May. A cool and green May gave way to a gorgeous June and even July, as the massive snow and rain from the previous six months prolonged the arid Eastside’s green and flowing period far into August.

Summer was one of the most beautiful in collective memory.

What's Up, Up Here?

December 23, 2010

First and foremost and before we get into the nitty-gritty, here’s a collective shout-out and way-to-go for the snow crews, cops, dispatchers, fire crews and PIO Stuart Brown. There are more, too. A fine job on an impossible storm. Yay to all of you! Mammoth Marketing chief Howard Pickett said he was sitting next to a guy who was connecting through SFO from San Diego and spent much of the 35-minute flight pleading for air service to Diego. ...

Commercial air service success 'unprecedented'

December 23, 2010

Better than expected.
Much better than expected.
Really, really great, in fact.

These conclusions by Mammoth Mountain about the success of air service this past year indicate that Mammoth is getting on the map in ways that will benefit not just the economy, but much more.

First, it’s turning out to be a very good investment for both the Mountain and the region, no small matter, given the recession.
“What we are getting is a $23 million dollar return for a $2.2 to $2.5 million cost,” said Howard Pickett, the Mountain’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Sierra Center Mall, Mono Courts will open Thursday, after propane leaks fixed

December 22, 2010

JUST IN:

The Sierra Center Mall and Mono County Superior Court will open again Thursday for business, after emergency officials found and fixed two propane leaks and opened vents blocked by heavy wet, snow.
The mall was closed all day Wednesday, due to the problem.

Citing heavy snow, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department locked down the Sierra Center Mall on Wednesday morning, effectively closing the Mono County Courts as well as several businesses.

The cause was a "heavy smell of propane," caused by the blockage of vents on the rooftop, said a city official.

Fifteen feet on Mountain, another storm coming tonight

December 20, 2010

Mammoth Mountain received a total of between nine and a half and fifteen feet of snow from the four day storm that ended early this Winter Solstice morning.

Another storm is forecast for later this evening and into Wednesday, with Thursday predicted to be the clearest day in a week.

Storm dumps more than 12 feet on Mammoth Mountain

December 18, 2010

Mammoth Mountain added another 12.5 feet between Friday and Monday, making the four-day storm something to remember.

And it's not over yet.

More snow is on the way for the Central Sierra, with another 18" to 24" expected above 7,000 feet by Wednesday evening. Another storm is expected after Thursday and into the Christmas weekend, as well, although forecasters are waiting to refine their forecast for that one.

The end result has been, and will be, a whole lot of snow.

Red fox findings muddy the decision regarding snowmobiles on the Pacific Crest Trail

December 17, 2010

Eager snowmobilers and wary wilderness watchers are going to have to wait a bit longer for a final decision on a long-awaited snowmobile crossing of the Sonora Pass area Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) – but just a little longer.

“I’m can confidently say that we will approve the option with the two crossings, (by the end of the year)” said Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest’s Bridgeport District Ranger Mike Crawley Tuesday.

“I know that will be unpopular with some but we are trying to meet Congress’ requirements for public safety (and the two crossings are deemed to be the safest),” he said.

Town council to top cop Watson: NO

December 17, 2010

Police Chief Dan Watson came to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night with his stars on his uniform shirt, a plea for staffing and his hat in hand.

The council said sorry, but see ya.

“I came forward with some recommendations that I think shouldn’t wait until the next budget year,” Watson said after the council turned back his suggestions, at least until the regularly scheduled council meeting in the second week of January.

Salcido appointed to hospital board

December 17, 2010

Lynda Salcido has been appointed to the open seat on the Mammoth Hospital recently vacated by Dr. Don Sage.

The appointment was filled at the Dec. 16 2010 Southern Mono Healthcare District (SMHD) Board of Directors meeting, with a majority vote of 3:1 with five candidates applying for the seat (Salcido, Richard Vroman, Jon King, Michelle Mather and Kiara Raazi).

Storm comes in early, snow total forecasts increased

December 17, 2010

The winter storm forecast to come in later this afternoon got an early head start this morning. Even though Mammoth residents went to bed with bright stars out their windows, by 8 a.m., several inches of snow had fallen on the town of Mammoth and there was no sign of its stopping.

The snowfall total has also increased since yesterday, with the storm coming in colder than forecast, from three to six feet for Mammoth to three to eight feet above 7,000 feet by Sunday.

Daycare provider pleads guilty to four counts of child molestation

December 15, 2010

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested on alleged child sexual abuse charges in early October, Guadalupe "Lupe" Almaguer, plead guilty to four counts of child molestation at a Dec. 13 court hearing, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.

"Mr. Guadalupe “Lupe” Almaguer pled guilty to four felony counts of child molestation of four victims while each victim was under the age of 14," Graham said in a press release.

New "Art Park" to open this weekend on Mammoth Mountain

December 14, 2010

Mammoth’s newest venue in the art world couldn’t be in a more unusual – or enticing – spot.

On Saturday, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will open an “Art Park” in a new terrain park above Canyon Lodge.

The new terrain park seeks to introduce the worlds of skiing and snowboarding to the world of street art.

“I’m really stoked,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen. “I’ve never seen any other mountain do this kind of thing. It’s a cool way to combine art and snowboarding and skiing.

“The two cultures kind of go together. With the art on snowboards and skis, they’re interconnected.”

AT&T says Tri-Valley will have cell service by Dec. 15

December 14, 2010

Problems with AT&T cell service in the Tri-Valley area will continue for another few days, but should clear up after that, according to AT&T. The problems, in the form of an almost total blackout for most Tri-Valley communities, began at the end of November and have angered resident, including emergency service providers worried about the lack of cell service.

Mark Brownlie is movin' on up ... the ski hill

December 13, 2010

Mark Brownlie is making his way up the mountain, and he’s darned near the top.

The head coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski team last week earned a promotion, becoming the ski area’s Managing Director of Athletics.

"It's a great honor," Brownlie said in his signature Scottish accent.

"I look forward to creating new possibilities for the Community Foundation and to keep the goal of having the best race department and race team in the country."

New designs are out in snowboards, skis

December 10, 2010

Camber is in. Camber is out. Rocker is in. Rocker is out.

No, wait! They’re both in! And howzabout them tips, eh?

In the world of snowboard and ski design, big things are happening lately, say those in the know.

“In the last two years, there’s been more redesign work on snowboards than in the 10 years before,” said Steve Klassen, owner of the Wave Rave Snowboard Shop and a world-class rider.

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