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Not too late to get involved in Shady Rest Park makeover

February 12, 2011

The discovery of geothermal energy literally right below the Shady Rest Park area has only complicated an already very complicated issue in Mammoth – how best to utilize one of Mammoth’s favorite locations.

The Shady Rest area includes the park and surrounding forest service land. About two years ago, with the discovery of geothermal energy under the site, the area opened up via a plowed road as far back as the park itself, allowing access to the geothermal developments and adding yet another demand to the already highly used area.

John Teller, Kaya Turski come home and give Main Lodge love

February 11, 2011

Mammoth welcomed back a couple of its in-the-news athletes on Sunday, giving locals a chance to meet and ski with ski cross mega-star Johnny Teller and slopestyle skier Kaya Turski.

Hundreds of people jammed the Main Lodge sun deck for autographs, handshakes and high-fives, and if there were passers-by or out-of-towners who wondered what the fuss was about, here’s why:

Teller, coming off an X-Games gold medal and a couple of World Cup podiums, was just back from the FIS World Championships in Utah, where he placed fifth but won the so-called “small finals” in his event.

Wounded Warriors spend special week in Mammoth

February 11, 2011

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area hosted the fifth annual winter Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project.

Thirty-five wounded marines, soldiers and veterans, their family members and military staff enjoyed five days of recreation catered by DSES.

Participants joined DSES from hospitals and rehabilitation centers at San Diego and Arizona and Hawaii.
Veterans joined the program from as far away as Washington and Virginia.

Shady Rest meetings continue next week

February 10, 2011

The relatively recent discovery of geothermal energy literally right below the Shady Rest Park area has only complicated an already very complicated issue in Mammoth – how best to utilize one of the town's visitors and locals favorite locations that is already highly popular with snowmobilers, cross country skiers, dog-walkers and more.

The bottom line is that the Shady Rest area is literally in danger of being loved to death, with locals and visitors alike piling into the area to cross-country ski, snowmobile, walk dogs, hike, mountain bike, walk, snowshoe, skate ski.

Childcare provider Lupe Almaguer's sentencing delayed until March

February 9, 2011

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested in October for sexually abusing at least four children in his care, Lupe Almaguer, will not face a judge again until March 8, after his sentencing was continued at his attorney's request yesterday.

Judge Stan Eller granted the request, according to an investigator for the Mono County Deputy Attorney's office, Wade McCammond.

The sentencing was originally set for next week, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m., in Bridgeport.

"Mr. Almaguer is expected to be present for the pronouncement of sentence," McCammond said.

Likely suicide victim's body found in local cemetery

February 9, 2011

The body of an Elk Grove man that was discovered by a National Forest Service employee on patrol at Mt Morrison Cemetery Saturday was likely a suicide, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

According to the sheriff's department, the details go like this.

Mono County not keen on subsidizing air service

February 5, 2011

Even as Mammoth’s town council moved to approve an agreement to subsidize some air service flights this week, county supervisors had three words to say:

“Not so fast.”

At a Tuesday discussion centered around Mammoth Mountain’s request that the county help subsidize air service, splitting it three ways with the town government and the Mountain, it was clear the supervisors aren’t ready to go there, not yet and perhaps, not at all.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb 4

February 5, 2011

Herre's the latest in gossip, news and idle speculations from our cozy little burg.

Hot rumor around town is that by 2012 we’ll have a state-of-the-art 10- to 12-lane bowling alley, with restaurant and lounge and three upstairs bays for simulated golf. How hot is the rumor? Scalding. ..
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Why the S.F. flight matters: John Eastman was at the airport this past week, catching a flight to L.A., when he ran into a passel of New Jersey club skiers who always wanted to try Mammoth. One connection to SFO, then the non-stopper to Newark. ...

Finally, MLPD Watson gets what he wants

February 4, 2011

Police Chief Dan Watson didn’t get exactly what he wanted from the Town Council Wednesday evening, but at least he got something.

That’s more than he got in his first two tries before the council, on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19, when the chief tried to figure out a way to add some muscle to his force.

On both those occasions, the council turned him down flat.

But on Wednesday, after yet another proposal from Watson, the council approved filling the MLPD’s open lieutenant position from within and adding a sergeant.

Will it snow or not? With none forecast, be glad for December

February 4, 2011

While much of the rest of the country got walloped by a massive winter storm this week, the Sierra remained stuck in a stubborn dry pattern that shows no signs of breaking anytime soon.

Even the groundhog in Punxsutawney didn’t see his shadow meaning, if groundhogs can be believed, that winter will end soon.

But the huge snows that hit the Sierra back in December were enough to, so far at least, protect the state of California, which gets 30 percent of its water from the Sierra Nevada mountains.

How do we know?

Rec Commission hears RecStrats schedule, timeline, methodology

February 4, 2011

Members of the Recreation Commission began to wrap their heads around implementing the town’s recreation vision on Wednesday afternoon.

The commission met with Carl Ribaldo and Austin McInerney of the Strategic Marketing Group, along with facilitator, former Tourism and Recreation director Danna Stroud.

The consulting group walked the commission through the steps and guidelines that would make the so-called “RecStrats” document a viable recreation road map by August.

Crowley Lake man's death determined to be suicide

February 3, 2011

A Crowley Lake local, Jeff Wheeler, died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound last Thursday, according to the The Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, at approximately 8:20 am, a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to 325 Sierra Springs Drive for a welfare check. Jeff Wheeler, 40, was found deceased in his bed from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head.

Further death details are under investigation.

Source: Mono County Sheriff's Department

Local climber in hospital after stroke

February 2, 2011

Local climber and June Lake resident Doug Nidever is in a Reno hospital after suffering a stroke and possible heart attack last week, according to a climbing partner, Bruce Bartlett.

Bartlett said Nidever, also known as "Flanders" by his climbing community, was awake and responsive, but is in serious condition. Nidever can speak, but still is battling blood clots and other complications.

Bartlett was headed to Reno to visit Nidever, with another climbing partner.

Motorized use options at Shady Rest meetings begin Feb. 10

February 1, 2011

Mammoth's highly used Shady Rest area has a long history of sometimes conflicting uses, especially in the winter when snowmobilers and skiers, dog walkers and snowshoers vie for the trail system. Although the conflicts have died down somewhat over the years, due mostly to hard work by both user groups in educating their members, the need for a final solution for winter use in the area, still remains.

That opportunity might be available finally.

Teller wins X-Games gold

January 31, 2011

Mammoth skier John Teller only needed an inch or two to win a gold medal in Ski Cross at the X-Games Sunday in Aspen, but he had the speed and he had the inch.

Teller, who has two World Cup podium finishes, including a gold medal in St. Johann, Austria on January 7, narrowly edged out Chris Del Bosco, who led the majority of the race.

Crowley's John Jackson wins awards in Denver

January 29, 2011

TransworldWorld SNOWboarding loves John Jackson.

One of the leading voices in the sport gave the Crowley Lake resident its Rider of the Year award, along with the Men’s Video Part of the Year.

It was the second straight year the magazine gave him the two awards, making him a downright celebrity, if he wasn’t already.

The awards were announced last Friday at the 2011 TransWorld SNOWboarding Poll Award show in Denver.

In another era, Jackson might have wanted to call home to tell the news to his mom, Shirley, and track down brother Eric, too.

Town Manager Clark heads to Ojai after rough ride in Mammoth Lakes

January 29, 2011

Town Manager Rob Clark rode into town on the wings of prosperity, when Mammoth was on the rise and could do no wrong.

Six years later, he rides into Ojai, under the shadow of the recession, when Mammoth is on the fade and can’t seem to shake out of it.

From Clark’s point of view, there were significant victories in his years here, and also defeats.

“I think getting our air service going in the middle of the recession was rewarding, and I’m proud of the staff. They have kept thing going in spite of these different things.

Mammoth Nordic bows out

January 29, 2011

Mammoth Nordic, which since 2002 has groomed its way into the winter experience here, has now announced it is grooming its way back out.

Its leader, Brian Knox, released the news last Friday, writing in an e-mail,

“Regrettably, our club’s passion, funding, equipment and manpower over the last three years has not created a compelling enough case for community Nordic recreation in the eyes of town government.”

Knox’s announcement immediately sent the town’s recreation department into a scramble.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 28

January 29, 2011

Short clips about what's happening in our mountain aerie.

It’s always a high adrenaline day when the Race Department runs a Village Championships Super G race. And so it was this Tuesday. The snow was hard and fast, and Jimmy Morning was going for it when he caught an edge on Terry’s Run, tumbled and fell, bounced and was knocked out cold. After a night in the hospital, he was released, with orders not to ski for two weeks. Concussion. Nothing broken. ...

Gap between Hispanics, MLPD is bigger than anyone thought

January 28, 2011

We knew we had a problem.

We just didn’t know how far Mammoth has to go in building trust between the Hispanic population and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

Let’s just say it’s a very long way.

In a presentation Tuesday in front of the Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee, Village Lodge manager Luis Villanueva came back with some disturbing news.

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