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RAW: Fire and ice as forest begins burns near Crowley, Toms Place

January 30, 2014

As weather conditions permit, the White Mountain Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at sites located along the Highway 395 corridor around Crowley Lake from Tom’s Place and Sunny Slopes to McGee Creek this winter.

Fire crews are taking advantage of the winter storm passing through the region to safely complete these pile burning projects.

Mammoth Brewing signed lease for Whiskey Creek building Jan. 17

January 28, 2014

Mammoth Brewing Company owners Sean and Joyce Turner said on Monday, Jan. 27, that they recently signed a lease (Jan. 17) with the property owners of the now-shuttered Whiskey Creek building in Mammoth Lakes.

Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander announced he closed both the Whiskey Creek restaurant in Mammoth and the Whiskey Creek restaurant in Bishop, late last week.

Fire, smoke visible soon; prescribed burn plans get underway

January 28, 2014

More smoke will be in the air around Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra when several planned fire prevention prescribed burns get underway, perhaps as soon as this week—if the storm predicted for the end of this week materializes.

The storm is expected to drop enough snow to dampen the ground and keep the danger of the fire going out of control very low, which is why the U.S. Forest Service will not do the burns unless the storm appears.

Affected areas would be in the Mammoth, June Lake and Bald Mountain area, according to a news release from the Inyo National Forest.

What's up, up here? Jan. 23-29 | News snippets from here and there

January 28, 2014

 

The Kamikaze Bike Games on Sept. 20 got a big boost this past week when USA Cycling announced its 2014 Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). In its sixth year, it will feature six events coast-to-coast, beginning April 19-20 at Beech Mountain, N.C. …

At Woolly's Tube Park: 'Go fast, have a blast!'

January 27, 2014

 

Veteran observers of athletes on Mammoth Mountain know all about “the look.”

 

RAW: June Lake woman crashes vehicle into tree but sustains no injuries to self or two passengers

January 27, 2014

A 21-year-old June Lake woman driving under the influence of alcohol crashed her car into a tree near the old Mono County substation road east of Mammoth Lakes late Thursday night, but she and both her passengers escaped serious injury, according to the CHP.

According to the CHP, on Thursday, Jan. 22 at approximately 11:55 p.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from the Mono County Sheriff’s department regarding a solo vehicle, non-injury traffic collision, involving a driver possibly under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release.

Fire on west side of Sierra crest funnels smoke to Eastside

January 26, 2014

January and wildfires don’t usually go together, even in sunny temperate California, but with a drought winter following the driest year on record, that means things are different.

Seven wildfires are burning in the state—some of them thousands of acres—and the Sierra Nevada is no exception.

Eastsiders don’t typically expect wildfire smoke during winter, but an almost 700-acre wildfire that has been burning on the west side of the Sierra crest (west of Olancha) since Jan. 15 and the fire has begun to funnel smoke into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.

June Lake holds its breath as drought punishes community after comeback effort

January 26, 2014

June Mountain Ski Area is still open contrary to rumors, and the ski lift—at least one—is still running.
But there’s no doubt, even with all the masterful grooming by veteran groomers Steve Aldritch and Sam Poffle done after the last real storm in December, that it really has to snow.

Soon.

“We certainly have enough for the next two weeks,” said the ski area’s general manager, Carl Williams. “The temperatures at night have been cold, the aspect of the run is good and this stuff they (Aldritch and Poffle) made is indestructible. But four weeks out? I can’t promise that.”

Supes react to Mammoth Town Council slams, say they support fireworks

January 24, 2014

Mammoth still has time to tap Mono County for any shortfalls in funding the Fourth of July Fireworks show at Crowley Lake, the Board of Supervisors indicated this past week, in spite of a perception by Mammoth Town Council members that the supervisors somehow snubbed the event.

Supervisor Fred Stump, whose District 2 includes Crowley Lake, Tom's Place and Tri-Valley, said he was taken aback at the highly critical comments made by the Mammoth Town Council on Jan. 15.
"We have a choice how to respond in a positive way," Stump said.

RAW: Bishop mother and son arrested on meth charges

January 24, 2014

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s office, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), recently concluded a narcotics investigation in Mammoth Lakes that recently resulted in the arrest of a mother and son from Bishop on charges of selling methamphetamines to a minor and other charges.

BofA branch to close in Mammoth on May 2

January 24, 2014

 

The Mammoth Lakes branch of Bank of America will close on May 2 when the lease on the building runs out, according to branch officials.

The Bishop branch will not close, however, officials said.

In this week's Mammoth Times

January 23, 2014

This week's Mammoth Times contains the latest overage of the Fourth of July Crowley Lake Fireworks Show (it's good to go!), plus coverage of the spat that the Mammoth Lakes Town Council began with the Mono County Board of Supervisors over the same subject.

Swine flu returns at epidemic, deadly levels

January 21, 2014

This year’s version of the influenza virus has brought back an old enemy—the so-called “swine flu” of 2009—and it has also reached epidemic levels in California, including Mono County, according to Mono and Inyo County Public Health Officer Rick Johnson.

Johnson calls it an epidemic because 4 percent of the local population has the flu—and has for the past three weeks—compared to the normal about one percent that would have it at this time.

July 4 Fireworks ready for blastoff at Crowley Lake

January 20, 2014

After more than a year of leaving the Fourth of July Fireworks show in limbo, Town Council member Matthew Lehman said he and a consortium of public funders have secured enough funding to keep them going.

"We're still slightly short," he told the Town Council at its meeting on Jan. 15, "but we think we have enough funds and resources to where we can now commit to the Fourth of July for 2014, and the events will move forward as normally scheduled. We're looking forward to that.

Mammoth Council bashes Mono Supervisors; Eastman plays 'lobotomy' card

January 20, 2014

The Fourth of July fireworks began early for members of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council last week.

Council member John Eastman, speaking from the dais on Jan. 15, led a verbal assault on members of the Mono County Board of Supervisors, saying in order to be a supervisor from Mammoth Lakes, “a lobotomy is performed in Bridgeport and from then on, our supervisors have a difficulty in representing the community of Mammoth Lakes.”

Eastman, who has said he will not run again for Town Council when his season opens in the June 3 elections, then asked rhetorically, “Am I missing something?”

Ingrid Braun enters race for Mono Sheriff

January 20, 2014

 

Ingrid Braun, a veteran Los Angeles law enforcement officer who currently serves with her husband as a reserve officer with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, has initiated a campaign for Mono County Sheriff.

Mammoth transit services decreased due to fewer visitors

January 16, 2014

Due to reduced visitation as a result of the low snowfall this winter, transit service in Mammoth will be modified effective Monday, January 20, 2014. The service changes include:

The Red Line will operate from 7:00am until 5:30pm on a 20-minute frequency. Red Line buses will depart Snowcreek Athletic Club at 0:00,:20 and :40 minutes past the hour (1st departure 7:00am, last departure at 5:20pm). The Red Line will depart from Main Lodge at 0:30, :50 and :10 past the hour (1st departure at 7:30am, last departure at 5:30pm).

Snowmaking safe for now, Gregory says

January 16, 2014

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will continue making snow as fast as possible, according to Rusty Gregory, the CEO of the ski area.

Shooting down rumors that the ski hill’s water supply was drying up, Gregory told a group of town leaders that the water levels on the mountain remain high.

“The well drawdowns haven’t been bad,” he reported to members of a liaison committee between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the ski resort on Monday, Jan. 13.

New Eagle Lodge a ‘top priority’ for ski area

January 16, 2014

While executives at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area keep their collective pedal to the metal for a re-making of the Main Lodge area, the development of a new Eagle Lodge is running a close second on the priority list.

Actually, according to CEO Rusty Gregory, the new Eagle is even more top of mind than anything that might happen at the Main Lodge in the near future.

“It’s a higher priority from a timing standpoint,” he said this past week at a Town-MMSA Liaison Committee meeting.

Mammoth woman dies in collision on U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport

January 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—An 86-year old Mammoth Lakes woman was killed in a two-car collision on U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport shorty before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Dead was Suzanne Stokes, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. She was driving a 1996 Subaru, which collided with a GMC van driven by a 62-year-old Minden, Nev., woman identified as Barbara Koehler.

Koehler was taken to Bridgeport. A Life Flight air ambulance transported Koehler from Bridgeport to Renown Hospital in Reno. The CHP listed her injuries as "moderate."

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