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Archive - 2013

April 8th

Chelone Miller, skilled snowboarder, found dead in Mammoth; New Englander was Bode Miller’s brother

April 8, 2013

Snowboarder Chelone “Chilly” Miller, a 29-year-old Mammoth transplant from New Hampshire and the brother of skier Bode Miller, died on Sunday, April 7, according to Mono County Sheriff’s authorities.

Miller “was found unresponsive in his van in the Mammoth Lakes area at 12:45 p.m.,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“Mono County paramedics, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department and Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that Miller was deceased.

Halferty replaces Hennarty as housing chief

April 8, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. (MLH) Board of Directors announced this past week that current Deputy Director Jennifer Halferty has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director for Mammoth Lakes Housing.

Halferty has been with the non-profit workforce housing organization for the past seven years and before that she worked four years in the administration department of the Mono County Library.

She replaces Pam Hennarty, who resigned the position to take a job with Inyo County.

Mammoth Mountain extends an olive branch, June residents wary

April 8, 2013


It will take some changes before community trusts MMSA again

At a crowed meeting in June Lake April 2, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area representatives made it clear they intended to open June Mountain. They also found out it could take some time—and some concrete changes by the Mountain—before the company regains the trust of the June Lake community.

Town awards Measure U monies

April 8, 2013


Track, ESTA, events come up big in spring funding cycle

With a fistful of dollars in the form of Measure U sales tax funds, the Mammoth Town Council released $455,635 this past week, for projects ranging from further construction at the Whitmore Track to improvements in the town’s bus service.

‘Valley Fever’ on the rise

April 8, 2013


Coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever, a fungal infection that causes influenza-like symptoms and often leads to hospitalization, has increased “dramatically” in the U.S. Southwest in recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this past week.

Sequester won’t affect Mono Lake, Bodie

April 8, 2013


The sequester will not affect operations at either Mono Lake or Bodie State Park, according to officials.

“This is one time I’m glad to be connected to the state park system,” said Mono Lake Ranger Dave Marquart. Mono Lake faced budget cuts last year when California was in deficit and the park had to implement a new fee system to adjust.

Mammoth water district escapes drought

April 8, 2013


The Mammoth Community Water district does not so far anticipate water shortages this summer—but that could change.

Free Tax Aide in Mammoth

April 8, 2013


The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library, is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing. 

The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues residents face.

This service is being provided in the Mammoth Lakes Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. throughout tax season, through April 15. Spanish speaking volunteers are available.

County asks for direction from public at April 9 meeting

April 8, 2013


The Mono County Supervisors are asking for public input in setting priorities for the county for the next four years.

The meeting will be held in Bridgeport at 1 p.m. Mammoth and other county residents can attend via videoconference by going to the Mammoth Sierra Mall (Shogun mall), third floor, at the county’s conference room at the south end of the building.

Gregory to speak at April 9 meeting

April 8, 2013


Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory will speak about the future of June Mountain Ski Area at a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 9 in Bridgeport.

Mammoth Lakes and other county residents can access the meeting via videoconference by going to the Mammoth Sierra Mall (Shogun mall), third floor, at the county’s conference room at the south end of the building. Gregory is slated to speak sometime after about 1:30 p.m.

Burglary on Majestic Pines

April 8, 2013



Mammoth police this past week were investigating a burglary on Majestic Pines Drive, according to a news release distributed on Wednesday, April 3.

According to Det. Doug Hornbeck, two pairs of skis, along with a telescope and attached tripod, were swiped from the residence.

Hornbeck said the skis were one pair K2 Mt. Baker skis, 175-177 cm with Fritschi bindings, and a pair of Black Diamond Mystic women’s skis, 158 cm, with Fritschi bindings.

What's Up, Up Here? Apr.5 - 12

April 8, 2013


Nice write-up on Howard Sheckterin the L.A. Times last Sunday. You wouldn’t think his name is that hard to spell, but on the second try, online, the Timestersgot it right. …

Yep, that was Adam Sandlerhanging out at Old New York Deliwith George Ramirez, Adam’s new best friend in Mammoth. …

Fido & Me - Play Ball

April 8, 2013


“I’m not sure I was cut out to be a center fielder,” Fido panted.

“But you’re a dog!” I said. “It seems like you’d be a natural.”

“Not really. My legs don’t work that way. I’m mostly a chow-chow. Ever hear of a Hall-of-Fame chow in center field?”

“Now that you mention it, no.”

Husky cheer team wins division title

April 8, 2013


Having been absent from competition for over a decade, the Mammoth High School Cheer Team came up big last month.

The nine-member team was directed by Cindie Wormhoudt and coached by Sarah Butner, along with assistant coach Danny Stanton.

Their victory came at Knott’s Berry Farm on Saturday, March 16, earning them some rest. It was their first competition since 2001.

“I’m extremely proud of these girls and of our coaches,” Wormhoudt said.

April 5th

Chip White USOC Coach of the Year finalist

April 5, 2013


Chip White, Mammoth’s longtime contribution to the U.S. Ski Team coaching ranks, last week stepped to the top of the heap.

The United States Ski Association announced that the former Mammoth Mountain Ski Team coach and head coach of the women’s alpine speed team, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as finalist for National Coach of Year—the organization’s most prestigious coaching honor.

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