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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.

Kindergartner attacked, kicked in head by three elementary students

February 3, 2014

It takes a lot to unnerve Mammoth Lakes Police and School Resource Officer Andy Lehr, but a brutal attack on a 6-year-old girl by a small group of elementary school-aged children last week in Mammoth did.

The little girl, who suffered a mild concussion after being knocked down and kicked in the head by three children ranging in age from six to seven years old, is recovering, but the veteran school resource officer said the episode disturbed him.

“I’ve never seen anything like that, where the kids conspired together to knock someone to the ground,” he said.

Mammoth Brewing on tap to expand in Mammoth, Bishop

February 3, 2014

Mammoth Brewing Company owners Sean and Joyce Turner have their hands full these days, after the abrupt news last week that the Whiskey Creek restaurant building they had recently signed a lease for would be available sooner than expected.

The Turners, who bought the company from Mammoth’s Sam Walker in 2007 and are still using a small portion of the Whiskey Creek building for their brewing operation, have quadrupled their business and won some of the most prestigious awards in the craft brewing world in the past several years despite the sour economic climate.

Snow to continue Thursday night, into Friday morning

January 30, 2014

The first wave of the first winter storm of 2014 has passed, leaving 12 to 18 inches of snow on Mammoth Mountain and about a foot of snow at the higher elevations of Mammoth Lakes—and the storm is not done yet.

Another wave of snow is expected to come in beginning at about 4-5 p.m. Thursday, with a last impulse coming in over San Francisco early Friday, according to Mammoth amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter.

'Mammoth Lakes Recreation' on track

January 30, 2014


After seven months of planning, the citizens’ group in charge of creating a non-governmental organization to manage Mammoth’s recreation assets will hand its final report to the Town Council on Feb. 19.


Six Mammoth athletes head to Sochi Olympics

January 30, 2014

Mammoth Lakes is sending six athletes in a variety of disciplines, from ski cross to snowboarding, to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

While some grew up in Mammoth Lakes and others moved later in life to train on the incredible terrain at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, they all call Mammoth Lakes home.

“This is a true reflection of what a great training venue Mammoth is,” said Benjamin Wisner, Director of Mammoth Snowboard & Freeski Program. “This is very inspiring to all our aspiring athletes.”

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.


“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.

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