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Local docs in typhoon disaster zone

November 14, 2013

Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch and a group of 15 Mammoth Hospital surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers are cold, wet and running out of supplies, but still managing to perform as many as 50 surgeries a day in the Philippine disaster zone.

“There are a few times in life when you make a swift, heartfelt decision because you know it’s the right thing to do, even if it means sacrifice, uncertainty and potential danger,” Karch said in a Mammoth Medical Missions update Sunday.

Black Tie celebrates 5 years

November 14, 2013

If there is one thing everyone in Mammoth can agree on, it is that busy holiday weekends tend to be anything but relaxing—for residents and visitors alike.

Just look at any family in line trying to get the entire posse outfitted with skis or boards and boots for a day of fun on the mountain.

Then watch the frantic fleet of employees running a slalom course in the fitting area trying to get the right gear to the right person before their toddler has a meltdown.

Making Mono green

November 14, 2013

BRIDGEPORT—In an effort toward making Mono County more environmentally respectable, the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week moved forward in its bid toward purchasing more efficient vehicles for its fleet, while also examining building code modifications to help “green” construction projects.

South Lake Tahoe man arrested for hit and run accident near Mammoth

November 12, 2013

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Sunday after leaving the scene of a car accident on Sunday, Nov. 10 at about 3:45 p.m., according to Mammoth Lake Police officers, who were dispatched to Minaret Road near the Mammoth Scenic Loop for a report of a non-injury traffic collision.

Officers found a full size pickup truck with fresh collision damage, two flat tires and a damaged road sign at that location. Officers discovered that the driver, Brian Bogdanoff, 32, of South Lake Tahoe, had fled the scene of the accident.

Veterans gather in Mammoth; low-key ceremony at Fire Station #1

November 11, 2013

Veterans and their families, along with community members and town leaders, gathered Monday, Nov. 11, for the annual Veterans Day flag-raising at Fire Station #1 on Main Street.

Former Mono County Supervisor Duane "Hap" Hazard offered remarks to a gathering of several dozen people, including most of the forces of both the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the Mammoth Lakes Fire District.

The event was at 9 a.m., and did not last long.

UPDATE NOV 12: Karch, local doctors, performing as many as 50 surgeries a day in Philippines

November 11, 2013

Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch and the group of 15 Mammoth Hospital surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers who are still the only medical team on the Philippine island of Leyte are wet and cold, but performing as many as 50 surgeries a day, including an emergency cesarean section in pouring rain, according to Karch's wife, Mammoth Hospital pediatrician Dr. Kim Escudero.

Snowcreek Athletic Club to remain closed for weeks during water damage repairs

November 11, 2013

Snowcreek Athletic Club will be closed at least for the next several weeks, after a massive water main break under the club last week flooded the basement and first floor of the club with more than a million gallons of water.

“At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the water district saw their pressure going down, but they were not sure why,” said Ralph Lockhart, an owner of the Snowcreek club.

S.R. 158 closure extended until Nov. 15 due to Digital 395 work, weekdays only

November 7, 2013

Weather permitting, Caltrans will extend the temporary closure of part of Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) until Nov. 15, weekdays only from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This closure will expedite Digital 395 work so that it can be completed before significant snowfall in the area.

The established detour route will continue to be available on North Shore Drive (see attached map) which allows access to June Lake through an alternate route.

Mono County appreciates the public’s cooperation and understanding during this construction work.

RAW: Mammoth Mountain opens with 4 lifts, 6 trails,1,500 vertical feet

November 7, 2013

Skiers and snowboarders took to the hill Thursday morning, Nov. 7, during the first chair banner breakthrough at 8:30 a.m. at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Mammoth claimed a base depth of 12-18 inches of natural and manmade snow, thanks to an early season storm and cold temperatures, which have allowed for pristine snowmaking conditions.

Chairs 1, 3, 6, and 11 are running over 6 trails and covering approximately 1,500 vertical feet.

The Mountain turns 60

November 7, 2013

It’s a good thing that the nights are chilly on Mammoth Mountain.

With temperatures consistently in the 20s but with little to no natural snow on the ground, snow guns have blanketed the main runs off the north face of the mountain at Main Lodge, creating a smooth, white surface for today’s Opening Day.

The first chairlift, Broadway Express (Chair 1), is to lift off on schedule at 8:30 a.m., according to Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.

Weather plays hard to get

November 7, 2013

With Mammoth Mountain opening this weekend, and a healthy dusting already behind us, snow is on the mind. And maybe, just maybe, in the forecast for next week.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty,” said Alex Hoon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “The models keep flip-flopping back and forth.”

There is an area of low pressure moving into California early next week, he said, it’s just a matter of how far south it will reach. Low pressure areas are typically associated with inclement weather.

Officials reveal plan for June Ski Area

November 7, 2013

A slew of Mammoth Mountain bigwigs hit June Lake late Tuesday night, Nov. 5, to roll out an ambitious new plan for June Mountain Ski Area that they say will save the ailing ski area—and set a new industry precedent.

 “We are going to offer kids under 12 ski free,” MMSA Chief Operating Officer Greg Dallas told approximately 120 people crowded into the community center in June Lake.

“That’s a huge deal. No one else is doing this. Most places there are restrictions, there are asterisks in the fine print.”

June Mountain information meeting tonight, Gregory to attend

November 5, 2013

Don't forget: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory and June Mountain Ski Area general manager Carl Williams will be in June Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the June Lake Community Center at 7 p.m. to talk to the community about new plans for re-opening June Mountain this year.

The meeting is a regular meeting of the June Lake Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

Smoke in Mammoth due to prescribed burn near Bald Mountain

November 5, 2013

The smoke in the air right now is from a prescribed burn near Bald Mountain north of Mammoth Lakes and east of U.S. 395, according to the Inyo National Forest. The burning operation is expected to last for a few more days, weather and wind permitting, forest officials said. If the smoke in nearby communities gets too bad, they have a smoke policy that is supposed to require them to pull back from burning more acreage.

Call 760-872-8211 for smoke information.

Reds Meadow Valley Road closed for the season

November 4, 2013

The Inyo National Forest has closed the Reds Meadow Valley Road for the winter season, officials said.

The Reds Meadow Valley Road is closed after the first accumulating snowfall each year or on Oct. 31 if no snow or ice events have occurred. Snow removal is discontinued after Oct. 15.

All campgrounds and restrooms in the Reds Meadow Valley are closed for the season. The gate at Minaret Vista is locked.

For more information, please call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at (760) 924-5500 or visit the Welcome Center at 2510 Hwy 203 next to the Mammoth Ranger Station.

RAW: Gregory to talk next week about plans to re-open June Mountain

October 31, 2013

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory and June Mountain Ski Area general manager Carl Williams will be in June Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the June Lake Community Center at 7 p.m. to talk to the community about new plans for re-opening June Mountain this year.

The meeting is a regular meeting of the June Lake Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

Montel Williams, Disabled Sports help a Wounded Warrior ski

October 31, 2013

One thing about working at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra: You never know what to expect when you answer the phone.

Case in point: last winter, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Paralympic Sport Program Coordinator Maggie Palchak answered what seemed like a typical call from a woman inquiring about getting a Wounded Warrior on skis.

XC trail grooming still up in the air

October 31, 2013

 

With snow on the ground, days getting short and time even shorter, Mammoth still does not have a plan to groom its cross country ski trails at Shady Rest Park.

The nonprofit Mammoth Nordic Foundation, which has used a set-aside fund of $20,000 in Measure R tax funding and which has groomed about seven miles of trail in recent years, still has not come forward as to its plans—if any—to perform the grooming for the coming winter.

Sage grouse may be listed as threatened

October 31, 2013

The seldom-seen, chicken-sized local species of the greater sage grouse took a step closer to being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act last Friday, Oct. 25, when the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the bird as a federally threatened species.

Student studies bear activity in county

October 30, 2013

In the trenches of the human-bear conflict, Mammoth residents are aware of bear and wildlife issues. But in Mono County, scientific population studies on black bears are lacking, according to biologist Jonathan Fusaro.

As part of his Master’s degree, Fusaro decided to take a look at the black bear population in Mammoth Lakes and compare it to a wild population near Monitor Pass.

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