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Owens Dry Lake cultural sites at risk again? Tribal preservation officer asks LADWP to halt work

February 11, 2014

Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.

Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.

RAW: Bridgeport man dies from swine flu, first local death attributed to the flu

February 11, 2014

The Mono County Health Department said it was notified late last week that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection, according to a news release from the department.

"Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy." the news release states. "Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.

Big turnout expected for second 'Eastside Know-How' talk tonight, reservations recommended

February 11, 2014

The second in the series of "Eastside Know-How"talks is this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and a large turnout is expected—large enough that it is a good idea to make reservations for Rafters, if you intend to attend, according to event organizer Elizabeth Tenney.

"We anticipate even more people tomorrow night at Rafters, but maximum occupancy is 175," she wrote in an email. "To guarantee a spot, consider making reservations for a table."

Contact Rafters 760-934-3131 and click on "Rafters", she said.

Mammoth Mountain to open 100% of terrain

February 10, 2014

For the first time this season, Mammoth Mountain will be fully operational, just in time for the upcoming three-day Presidents Day Weekend.

Storm forecast to drop 2 to 4 feet, last until Monday

February 7, 2014

After suffering through the driest year on record—some say the driest in 500 years—a significant storm is on the way to the Eastern Sierra this weekend.

Although the bulk of the incoming storm will go north of Mammoth, Mono County is still on track to receive anywhere from two to four feet of snow, beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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. …

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