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"Winter Storm Warning" goes into effect Saturday, as much as several feet of snow expected by Tuesday

March 28, 2014

Two winter storms capable of dropping at least one and a half feet of snow are forecast to hit the Eastern Sierra in the next few days, with the first one coming in Saturday afternoon and lasting into Sunday and the second one coming in Monday and lasting into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The first storm is considered by the NWS to be the most reliable in terms of snow levels and amounts—about one and half feet of snow above 9,000 feet—with the second storm forecast to come in with slightly less snow at this time.

Taking care of wildlife

March 27, 2014

A large golden eagle was brought into the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care facility nestled at the base of the Sierra foothills a few weeks ago, unable to walk and riddled with parasites.

It’s early morning, but the center’s director, Cindy Kamler, has been up for hours, hoping against the grim outcome for this bird that her vast experience tells her is likely, given the eagle’s injuries.

In like a lamb, out like a lion

March 26, 2014

Another storm will take aim at the Eastern Sierra this coming weekend and another early next week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as “a few feet” of snow on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.

Although the most recent storm Wednesday and Thursday came in a bit lighter than forecast, the next storm coming in on Saturday is forecast to be stronger than earlier forecasts had indicated and the last storm, on Monday, even larger, according to Howard Sheckter, Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster.

Snow lovers take it up a notch; grad students seize upon SNARL’s hydrology course

March 25, 2014

Mammoth Mountain is for snow lovers of every kind. But there are some who might love it more than others, such as this week’s slough of graduate students at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) near Convict Lake.

“Everyone thinks we get to go skiing all week,” said student Julia Morton. “But we have to learn technical things like fracture mechanics.”

Persistent haze in air over Crowley, other Long Valley communities is not unhealthy, experts say

March 25, 2014

Although most Mammothites might not notice it, the air quality over much of Long Valley for the past week has been less than crystal-clear, with a white haze obscuring the details of the White Mountains for many hours of many days.

UPDATED 3-25: High elevation fire above Independence highlights second driest winter on record so far

March 25, 2014

Note: This story was printed in the Mammoth Times on March 20 and was updated on March 25 to reflect new information.

A wildfire west of Independence at about 9,000 feet elevation that started in mid-March is only one sign that the drought’s grip on the Eastern Sierra has not weakened in any appreciable way.

Talk on drought, water and climate change April 5, Lone Pine

March 24, 2014

Drought, Water Resources, and Climate Change with Holly Alpert, Program Manager, Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program, Saturday, April 5 at 10 am., sponsored by the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Willow and Main St., Lone Pine. For more information call 510-468-7113.

Two storms could drop more than a foot of snow before next Tuesday

March 24, 2014

Two storms are taking aim at the Eastern Sierra during the coming week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as a few feet on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.

The storms will begin their approach tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 25, with a slow moving storm that will last until Thursday morning, leaving the Mammoth area with about 12-18 inches of snow at the highest elevations, according to the National Weather Service.

RAW: Limited funding for replacing wood stoves in Mammoth

March 24, 2014


Property owners in Mammoth who would like to replace old wood stoves with more efficient and cleaner heating systems may now qualify for up to $2,000 toward the cost of the new heating system, according to a spokesperson from the Clean Air Products Program.            

To qualify for replacement costs, the existing wood-burning system (wood stove or open fireplace) must be a building’s primary heat source, it must be located within Town limits, and it must fall into one of two qualifying categories:

Shutdown? Fire? Mono visitors didn’t care; tax revenue best in seven years

March 24, 2014

By all outward appearances, it should have been a crummy fall season last year for Mono County’s tourism economy.

It wasn’t.

In spite of the two-weeks-long Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park in September and the 16-day federal government shutdown in October, Mono County turned in its best autumn tourism performance in seven years, according to tax figures given to the Mono County Tourism/Film Commission.

“It’s amazing, considering we had the Rim Fire and the shutdown,” said Alicia Vennos, director of Mono County Tourism.

What's up, up here? | March 20-26

March 24, 2014

Good news, sez Fido, to have the Bishop Veterinary Hospital in the Minaret Mall in Mammoth. Leading the effort is Thomas J. Talbot, DVM, giving Mammoth’s pets another medical option, to go along with Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa. Taking calls now at 760-934-2287. …

Mammoth man arrested after taking child with him on prescription drug sales transactions

March 24, 2014

A 27-year-old Mammoth man was arrested on March 4 on suspicion of several drug related charges, along with a "willful cruelty to a child" charge, after the man was found by law enforcement to be openly smoking marijuana in his home in front of his two-year-old son and after he admitted that he had taken the child with him during prescription narcotic sale transactions.

He was arrested by MLPD Officers and transported to the police station without incident.

Bighorn sheep talk this Thursday, March 27

March 24, 2014

The University of California, White Mountain Research Center invites the public to a lecture on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Bishop. Dr. John Wehausen, Retired Research Scientist at White Mountain Research Center, will present a talk entitled: Bighorn Sheep Metapopulation Dynamics in California.

All lectures are FREE to the public. White Mountain Research Center is located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop.

For more information, call (760) 873-4344.

Mammoth Schools push for traffic control; feasibility study underway

March 24, 2014


For parents hoping for a quick fix for traffic control at Mammoth elementary, they might not want to hold their breath.

If the school district pushes the boundaries of good luck, a solution to the vexing morning and afternoon traffic jams at the school might be completed by the start of the 2014-15 school year.

However, schools superintendent Lois Klein said recently, such a solution would involve a combination of favorable weather, swift planning by architects and quick action from the Department of California Architects.

The Mammoth Times March 20 edition on racks

March 22, 2014

The new print edition of the Mammoth Times is now on news racks and in mail boxes, with a wide range of content.
We look at how a “Material Recovery Facility”—a MRF—really works, as Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra hurtle toward a long-range solution to its recycling and garbage issues. 

Police blotter, March 9-16

March 21, 2014

Police blotter for week of March 9 through March 16

High-speed chase, injury
A high-speed chase involving at least two parties through the Sierra Valley Estates the weekend of March 15-16 resulted in at least one serious injury to a resident and a series of 911 calls from concerned residents. The case is still being investigated and few details were available at press time, but Mammoth Lakes Police Sgt. Marc Moscowitz said the incident occurred on Saturday evening, March 16, during “an ongoing chase between two rival groups.

Forest kicks off 20-year forest plan revision April 10

March 21, 2014

The Inyo National Forest is working on its 20-year “Forest Plan Revision” and will be holding a workshop Thursday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Eastern Sierra College Center, Cerro Coso Community College (4090 W. Line Street) in Bishop.

These workshops mark the beginning of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.

Motocyclist survives crash near Bridgeport

March 21, 2014

A female motorcyclist traveling along S.R. 182 near Bridgeport on March 16 during late morning hours had to be flown to Reno for medical care after she failed to negotiate a curve in the road, collided with a reflective roadway marker, and was ejected her from the motorcycle, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

The highway was closed for 15 minutes while the victim was placed in the helicopter. The rider was wearing appropriate safety gear including a helmet, jacket and gloves. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.

RAW: Owens Valley solar project critics hold fund-raising event March 22

March 20, 2014

The Metabolic Studio has announced that it will double all donations made at Saturday’s Owens Valley Committee (OVC) Annual Fundraising Event.

The OVC lecture and social event will include hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live music, a silent auction featuring donations from local artists, photographers, and businesses, and the world premiere of an OVC promotional video done by Bishop production company Bristlecone Media.

Conway Ranch hatchery forced by drought to let all fish go

March 20, 2014

As the third, extremely dry year drags on, the toll is beginning to be evident in the Eastern Sierra—most recently at the sprawling, lush Conway Ranch area, nestled at the southern base of Conway Summit and above Mono Lake.

The beautiful, old-time sheep ranch was deemed so critical to the county’s definition of itself as “wild by nature” that years ago, the county bought the ranch to save the 1,000-acre plus ranch from development—at considerable cost.

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