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RAW: Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits available for reservation starting March 1

March 1, 2014

Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2014 hiking season will be available for reservation starting Saturday, March 1, through Monday, March 31. 

In this week's Mammoth Times

February 27, 2014

The Feb. 27 issue of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks throughout the Eastern Sierra, as well as in the mail for subscribers.

This week's paper  is loaded.

We look at the future of snowmaking at the June Mountain Ski Area; how high school kids can get a tuition break to the University of Nevada, Reno; and a fascinating tale of a Long Beach-to-Reno bus that had mechanical difficulties, resulting in the carbon monoxide poisoning that sickened many of its passengers.

Planners pedal toward two-wheeled future

February 27, 2014

With the Main Street Plan in its rearview mirror and town zoning code updates about to follow suit, the town’s planning commission this past week brought back an old chestnut.

The General Bikeway Plan, first unveiled nearly two decades ago and revisited four times since then, got another look on Wednesday, Feb. 26, by the town’s re-named Planning and Economic Development Commission.

New bill aims to create firefighting fund

February 27, 2014

The biggest change in how wildfires are funded in generations could allow firefighters to “get ahead” of potentially catastrophic fires by giving them the funds to do the preventative work that keeps wildfires from spreading, according to National Forest Service officials.

The new rules, proposed this week by President Barack Obama, would set aside a national fund for fighting fire.

About four feet of snow expected by Saturday

February 27, 2014

What is being called “the biggest storm in two years” is forecast to dump as much as four feet of snow on the Sierra crest and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and several feet of snow in the town of Mammoth by the end of this weekend, according to forecasters.

The storm—actually two storms separated by one day—will come in beginning Wednesday afternoon and exit late Saturday, with some lingering snow showers lasting late into the weekend and possibly into Monday as well, according to the National Weather Service.

In this week's Mammoth Times

February 24, 2014

In this week’s Mammoth Times, a report from Town Hall, where the Mammoth Town Council, meeting until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, was set to create a new non-government entity called “Mammoth Lakes Recreation”— a bold move aimed at unifying the town’s recreation assets.

We have the details of the plan as it moved toward a vote.

Carbon monoxide poisoning likely in illnesses on bus bound for Reno

February 24, 2014

A commercial bus bound for Reno from Long Beach may have had a mechanical failure that sickened several of its passengers late Sunday night, Feb. 23, authorities said.

The bus, identified as an Amador Stage Lines vehicle, stopped in Bridgeport, at which point many of the passengers were sent by ambulance to nearby hospitals, where they were treated and released, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Utah fugitive still at large after high-speed chase from Coleville to Reno

February 24, 2014

An Utah fugitive who led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase through two states is still at large and possibly dangerous, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

Geoffrey Guess, 26, was a passenger in a car driven by an Idaho man when the vehicle was stopped for speeding near Coleville on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, according to the sheriff's department.

Holler named Permanent Town Manager

February 20, 2014

For the first time since last September, Mammoth has a permanent Town Manager.

 

Council accepts Main Street Plan

February 20, 2014

 

Finally, after a year of planning, vetting and future visioning, Mammoth has a plan to change its weird, 1.5-mile Main Street.

 

What's up, up here? Feb. 20-26 | News snippets from here and there

February 20, 2014

 

With a tough campaign for county supervisor ahead of her, Stacy Corless is stepping down as the director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, say those in the know. She’ll help in the transition, but the members of the board say they’re going to start putting out feelers for a new leader soonly. …

Chance for another winter storm next week

February 20, 2014

Weather forecasters are pointing toward a possible big break in the high- pressure ridge blocking the storm track next week, giving the Eastern Sierra its best chance at another significant storm.

"The global models all have pretty much the same scenario with a break through of the westerlies next Wednesday night..." wrote Mammoth's amateur weather forecaster Howard Scheckter. "The EC this morning has two important waves for consideration. One Wednesday night, (Feb. 26), and the other, Saturday night, March 1," he said.

Times are tough, where to get free food if you need it

February 20, 2014

WHERE TO GET FREE FOOD IF YOU NEED IT:

The biggest free food distributer in Mammoth is though the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA), which is located off of Old Mammoth Road in the Plaza Mall that holds Country Liquor. It is across the street from The Stove. There are also a variety of food drops in most of the outlying communities of the county, during certain days and times during the month. Go to imaca.net for more information. Click on the “Food and Garden” tab.

IMACA Food Pantry
Available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Unanimous vote by Town Council for ‘Mammoth Lakes Recreation,’ despite concerns of Forest Service

February 20, 2014

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week authorized the formation of “Mammoth Lakes Recreation,” a non-governmental organization that would oversee nearly all aspects of recreation in the town.

The formation of the new NGO, which Mayor Rick Wood called the most important piece of legislation in Mammoth since the founding of Mammoth Lakes Tourism in 2010, is scheduled to lift off on June 1.

Third year of drought triggers some changes in wildlife behavior

February 20, 2014

The warm, dry weather has changed some wildlife behavior this winter—some of Mammoth’s bears are still up and about part of the days—and more changes could be on the way, according to Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.

“Given the situation of the three drought years, is it reasonable to expect that something unique could happen this spring?” Searles said.

“Sure. We don’t have any snow. It’s just incredible. It would be obvious to think that we will have massive changes.”

Quakes swarm under Mammoth Mountain

February 20, 2014

Late Saturday night, Feb. 15, someone turned on the washing machine in one of the old wooden buildings at Tamarack Lodge—or so thought Bob Thompson, an attorney and mountaineer visiting from Los Angeles.

Then he thought it might have been an avalanche rumbling outside after the fresh snowfall.

“There was some serious creaking,” he said.

What Bob felt was a magnitude 2.4 earthquake that occurred at 8:30 p.m., one of many small earthquakes in a swarm centered beneath Mammoth Mountain that started on Feb. 3.

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.

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