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Glacier Point road opens Saturday, no date yet for Tioga Pass opening

March 27, 2015

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 a.m. All visitor services at Glacier Point will be fully operational. The Bridalveil Creek Campground will open within the next several weeks.

Visitors are urged to drive slowly and with caution, as wildlife may be present on or near the roadway.

Feels like summer out there

March 27, 2015

Weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Reno say record high temperatures are possible for Friday,

At the same time, they said weak low pressure may move into northern California on Saturday for slight cooling, and a low chance of showers and thunderstorms. 


For more on this week's weather forecast, pick up a copy of the March 26 edition of the Mammoth Times, or subscribe to the E-Edition by clicking here.

Bishop launches free wifi throughout Main Street area

March 26, 2015

Bishop's Main Street is now a free wifi zone, according to the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. I-Main now provides free wifi in public spaces along Main Street from Lagoon Street to MacIver Street and into the Bishop City Park. I-Main users will be greeted with a “splash page” hosted at www.bishop.community.

Record high temperatures expected Friday, some relief over weekend

March 26, 2015

Weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Reno said Wednesday that record high temperatures are possible for Friday.

At the same time, they said weak low pressure may move into northern California on Saturday for slight cooling, and a low chance of showers and thunderstorms.

“Well above average temperatures continue early next week under high pressure,” the NWS said.

“The main forecast concerns through the end of the week will be the potential for record temperatures on Friday and low chances for showers/thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon and evening north of

Woodstove replacement program expanded

March 25, 2015

Do you need to replace an old woodstove or fireplace? Property owners in the Town of Mammoth Lakes who previously were not qualified for woodstove replacement subsidies may now be eligible through the Town’s Woodstove Replacement Program!

Properties purchased since 1990 and still relying on old, pre-1990 wood burning systems (free-standing woodstoves, inserts, or open fireplaces) may now qualify for $500 toward the cost of a new, EPA-compliant system (wood, pellet, or gas).

Business After Hours this evening at Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa

March 24, 2015

Join Chamber of Commerce members at the next Business After Hours this Tuesday, March 24 at the Sierra Nevada Resort from 5-7 p.m.

Meet at Duke's Bar in the lobby for a prohibition themed evening with a moonshine martini tasting and appetizers to match. Don't forget that Cub Club will be open from 4-9 pm if your kids need something to do.

Photo of the day

March 24, 2015

Poconip fog and hoarfrost on trees on the shore of Mono Lake. March, 2015. Photo/Wendilyn Grasseschi

Tree thinning starts near town, includes Old Shady Rest Campground area

March 24, 2015

A mechanical thinning project will begin this week in the Old Shady Rest Campground and surrounding area, according to the Inyo National Forest. That means the sound of chainsaws and big equipment might be audible to users of the highly popular area behind Shady Rest, but the thinning project is considered to be a critical part of wildfire prevention work near Mammoth, forest authorities said. Routes into the areas being thinned will be closed to public access as a matter of public safety.

Hiker lifted out of backcountry after breaking leg near Matterhorn Peak

March 23, 2015

On Saturday, March 21, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, in Hawthorne, NV, received a 911 call regarding a hiker who had broken their leg in a fall near Matterhorn Peak, approximately 15 miles southwest of Bridgeport in the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

Missing hiker found

March 23, 2015

Missing Yosemite National Park hiker, Michael “Mic” Dahl, was found alive Monday morning, March 23 at approximately 11 a.m., in Yosemite National Park, according to Yosemite National Park authorities. Dahl was spotted by visitors on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. The visitors recognized him from the missing persons flyer.

Search contines for hiker missing in Yosemite since Saturday

March 23, 2015

Yosemite National Park Rangers and search volunteers continue to search for Michael “Mic” Dahl, a 20 year old male, from southern California. Dahl, has been missing since Saturday morning, March 21, 2015.

A student at University of California, Santa Barbara, Dahl arrived in Yosemite on the morning of Saturday, March 21, with three friends. He was discovered missing by his friends after a planned day hike.

Mammoth Wellness burglary suspect arrested

March 20, 2015

An 18-year-old Mammoth man, Justin Alan Platt, has been arrested as a suspect in the Mammoth Lakes Wellness marijuana dispensary burglary.

On Wednesday March 18, at about 9:45 p.m., Justin Alan Platt was brought to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department by his father, to turn himself in for the Burglary at Mammoth Lakes Wellness.

Round Fire’s only silver lining is…us

March 20, 2015

Five weeks after the Round Fire tore through the community of Swall Meadows and took out 35 homes as well as a home in Paradise, the victims have at least one bright spot in their lives—the rest of us.

According to Swall resident Lee Ann Wood, the chair of a newly established committee of locals that will manage a non-profit pass-through account set up through the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce Mammoth Community Foundation, in the past few weeks, about $150,000 in financial contributions for Round Fire relief efforts has come pouring in—and that is just the beginning of the story.

Foot chase, unrelated death of another individual give rise to sirens Monday afternoon

March 17, 2015

A Texas man who led police on a wild chase through Mammoth and reports of an unrelated death of another man, most likely due to natural causes, at about the same time yesterday sent sirens wailing and cops running on the afternoon of March 16 before the foot chases subject was finally caught.

The hullabaloo started on Monday at about 3:40 p.m., when Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck, while on routine patrol, stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Boulevard entrance to the Gateway Mall.

Local climber Scott Sederstrom dies in Owens Gorge climbing accident

March 17, 2015

A Paradise Estates man, Scott Sederstrom, 44, was declared dead on March 14 after he fell while climbing in the Owens Gorge area near Bishop, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

State expands water conservation rules as of March 17; fines can follow if rules violated

March 17, 2015

As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday, March 17, adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies.

Eastside in the dark, but not for long

March 16, 2015

The Eastside lost power briefly Monday morning, affecting Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport, as well as Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

According to the "Outage report" page at Southern California Edison, the lights went out at 10:34 a.m. All of Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport had power back on about a half hour later.

At the ski area, the power outage lasted longer, but was restored at 11:43 a.m. to Main Lodge.

More details on the power outage will appear in the Thursday, March 19 edition of the Mammoth Times. 

Community members come out en masse over weekend to support residents who lost their homes

March 13, 2015

Round Fire benefit dinner held March 7 nets more than $50,000

More than 1,000 Eastern Sierra residents turned out this past weekend to support fundraising efforts for the victims of the Round Fire, raising more than $50,000 in the process.

The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Salvation Army and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce partnered with a group of volunteers to hold the Community Sale Saturday and Sunday while a second army of volunteers banned together to host a community dinner Saturday.

Fire season is here; unattended campfire burns one acre near Big Pine

March 13, 2015

A one-acre fire in Big Pine Tuesday night, March 3, was the result of an unattended campfire just west of School Street, across from Blake Street, according to CalFire, who took on management of the fire. The unattended campfire caused a one-acre blaze that CalFire, with the assistance of the Big Pine Fire Department, was able to contain at the one-acre size.

No suspects or witnesses were reported in the area and no injuries were reported.

Inyo Sheriff and California Highway Patrol assisted in the incident.

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