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Twenty-eight Mono County residents have yet to claim state refunds

December 7, 2012

 

About $3,000 in unclaimed state tax refunds is sitting around, waiting for 28 Mono County residents to claim their money.

A total of $14 million awaits taxpayers in other counties, according to the state tax board. The most common reason taxpayers don’t get their refunds is because they move and don’t update their addresses with the state Franchise Tax Board.

Local Health Department says flu season looks to be a bad one

December 5, 2012

The chief doctor of the Mono and Inyo counties health department this week urged Eastern Sierra residents protect themselves from what appears to be a bad wave of influenza sweeping the United States.

Dr. Richard Johnson said there have been no documented cases in the area, but the flu activity "is showing signs of increasing across the country."

"Significant increases in flu activity in the United States have occurred in the last two weeks, indicating that an early flu season is upon us," he said in a news release.

Tioga Pass, the "Granite Curtain," closed for the season

December 4, 2012

The granite curtain has fallen.

Yosemite National Park closed Tioga Pass for the season last weekend, along with the Glacier Point Road.

The significant storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the weekend resulted in an estimated five and a half feet of snow accumulation in Tuolumne Meadows.

These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.

Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park.

Mammoth skier Stacey Cook gets two World Cup podium finishes

December 1, 2012

Mammoth downhiller Stacey Cook broke onto the World Cup stage this past weekend, putting together back-to-back second-place finishes in the first podium finishes of her career.

Wearing a purple Mammoth knit hat, Cook mounted the podium twice behind winner Lindsey Vonn at Lake Louise, eight years after finishing fourth in that particular race.

Members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams gathered in the ski area’s Slopeside Center to watch the races on television. They were joined by members of the U.S. Snowboard Team and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, in Mammoth for training.

Mammoth Sierra Magazine "Winter Preview" debuts Friday, Dec. 7

December 1, 2012

With stories spanning everything from science to skiing, women on snow to a guide to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the winter preview edition of Mammoth Sierra Magazine is about to hit the racks

The magazine, free at selected locations and to subscribers of the Mammoth Times, is the 58th edition of the bimonthly publication. The new edition hits newstands on Friday, Dec. 7.

Featured is a mysterious cover image from the Beekley Collection of Ski Art.

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 30-Dec. 6, starring Daniel and Sarah Roessler, Georgia Lowe, Brit Cogan, Brian Knox, et al

November 30, 2012

Somehow, it seems like Brent Truax has been leading the Chamber of Commerce forever, such has been his impact on putting a face on the organization. He steps aside in December to focus on running the Westin Monache Resort, and we’ll miss him.

Mammoth's trails open to interpretation

November 30, 2012

If the Mammoth Lakes committee on trails has its way, future visitors to the town’s trail system will do less head scratching and more learning.

The committee, made up of members from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, along with nonprofit entities, accepted a sweeping, 92-page outline of how to enhance Mammoth’s trails with a series of trail-side education pieces on Wednesday.

“This document is a great start,” said Jon Kazmierski, the recreation officer of the Inyo National Forest.

Wild 'river' of storms flows to the Eastern Sierra

November 30, 2012

A series of three wet, warm storms were set to hit Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra before Monday, dumping several inches of rain on lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains.

Meteorologists on Thursday projected winds that could kick up to 60- to 100-miles-an-hour.

Weather watchers also had their eyes on the possibility of localized flooding.

Mammoth Rotary donates $2,500 to Sandy victims

November 30, 2012

Imagine lining up dollar bills stretching from Mammoth Lakes to Staten Island, N.Y., and that would be just short of the amount of money the local Rotarians are sending to Superstorm Sandy victims.

“Rotary is all about helping people and placing ‘service above self,’” said Mammoth attorney Mike Bornfeld after he led an effort to send $2,500 to hard-hit Staten Island.

The Mammoth Rotary Club raised the money Nov. 3 at its poker tournament. The following week, the club sent a check to the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island.

Mammoth offers class on child sexual abuse prevention

November 30, 2012

A local woman who believes Mammoth Lakes has had more than its share of child sexual abuse is stepping up to offer a class to prevent the crime.

Donna Lisa Knowles, a mother and local real estate agent, said she has had enough of the silence and the reality of child sexual abuse in Mammoth.

Six ancient works of art stolen from Volcanic Tablelands

November 30, 2012

As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.


The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.

Cell service expected in Crowley , Bridgeport by Dec. 10

November 30, 2012

The permits, the arguments, the appeals, and the “Mono pine” discussion that divided Crowley Lake the last time a cell tower was proposed are long gone, and Crowley Lake should get cell service early next month.

The power to the site was turned on this week. Residents now have to wait for Verizon, the service provider, to finish some last minute equipment testing, said Robert MacLachlan, project manager for Vista Towers, the private developer and builder for the tower.

“My understanding is that Verizon is aiming for Dec. 10,” he said.

RAW: Snow stake, road sign vandalism could be dangerous

November 28, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is investigating multiple vandalism to street signs and snow stakes that occurred overnight on Friday, Nov. 23.

A total of 29 snow stakes were discovered bent over with some of them in traffic lanes. The majority of them were on Main Street east of Minaret.

The others were near the Village on Hillside, Canyon, Minaret, and lower Lakeview.

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 22-29 'All the News That Fits, We Print!'

November 28, 2012

It’s official: Vons’ big remodel is set for April with the pharmacy and Starbucks moving up to the old Elegant Bath space next to the Minaret Cinema and to the atrium space within the mall. Also up for a re-do is the outside of the building, with special emphasis on fixing the “skateboard steps” conundrum. …

Planners go back to the future ... again

November 28, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission took a giant leap into the future Tuesday, stepping in the Wayback Machine for solutions to some ancient issues.

Under the macroscope, as it were, was how Mammoth is to deal with its sign ordinances (specifically banners); how it deals with special events; and how it is to manage outdoor sales (specifically tent sales).

If it seemed like the commission was plowing old ground, it was.

But with a zoning code update scheduled for early next year, the old issues resurfaced in a 9 a.m. workshop with business owners.

Whitmore Pool moves closer to bailout and rescue

November 28, 2012

Whitmore Pool, scheduled to close next summer because of austerity cuts by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, may yet stay open.

The town’s recreation commission, to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, will consider moving $185,000 in Measure R tax funds to save the pool from going under.

The proposed bailout is part of a broader consideration of which projects are to receive funding in the latest round of Measure R requests, from cross-country ski trail grooming to rehabilitating the community tennis courts.

After losing home, local couple still give thanks

November 27, 2012

Paradise resident Allen Weidner was on his way home from the bottom of the Sherwin Grade when he saw flames shooting into the early evening sky on Nov. 7.

He shot up the hill, fearing the worst. The flames were immense, leaving little doubt this was more than a simple, easily stopped fire and from what he could see, it was either his home or his next-door neighbor’s.

When he got to the ring of fire trucks and emergency vehicles, he almost turned around right there.

On the right track

November 27, 2012

Under a canopy of gray skies, with rain and snow pierced by occasional shafts of sunlight, the Mammoth Track held its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Some last-minute finishes remain before it becomes a fully functional facility, but the surface and infield were in great shape—enough for a victory lap by scores of runners and community members.

The track closed again right after the ceremony near the Whitmore Ballpark on Benton Crossing Road, but it will reopen soon to the public, pending certification.

Even so, the ceremony was altogether fitting.

RAW: Mammoth Lakes' Chapter 9 Bankruptcy petition dismissed

November 16, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes announced today the dismissal of its bankruptcy case by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Holman. The dismissal follows the recent historic settlement of a 2008 legal judgment and cancellation of the related airport Development Agreement. The judge’s order is attached to this press release.

Logging operations complete in Reds Meadow area; now open for recreation

November 16, 2012

Logging operations in the Reds Meadow Valley have been completed for removing down trees from the wind event of last November 30.

Consequently, the area closures in the Reds Meadow Valley will no longer be in effect.

While the Reds Meadow Road is closed to wheeled motor vehicles for the season due to snow, access to Reds Meadow Valley will now be open to winter public use, including snowshoer, skier, snowmobile and pedestrian traffic.

Before traveling into the Reds Meadow Valley, visitors should be aware of winter conditions and hazards in the area.

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