Archive - Jan 2014
The first wave of the first winter storm of 2014 has passed, leaving 12 to 18 inches of snow on Mammoth Mountain and about a foot of snow at the higher elevations of Mammoth Lakesâ€”and the storm is not done yet.
Another wave of snow is expected to come in beginning at about 4-5 p.m. Thursday, with a last impulse coming in over San Francisco early Friday, according to Mammoth amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter.
After seven months of planning, the citizens’ group in charge of creating a non-governmental organization to manage Mammoth’s recreation assets will hand its final report to the Town Council on Feb. 19.
Mammoth Lakes is sending six athletes in a variety of disciplines, from ski cross to snowboarding, to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
While some grew up in Mammoth Lakes and others moved later in life to train on the incredible terrain at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, they all call Mammoth Lakes home.
“This is a true reflection of what a great training venue Mammoth is,” said Benjamin Wisner, Director of Mammoth Snowboard & Freeski Program. “This is very inspiring to all our aspiring athletes.”
As weather conditions permit, the White Mountain Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at sites located along the Highway 395 corridor around Crowley Lake from Tomâ€™s Place and Sunny Slopes to McGee Creek this winter.
Fire crews are taking advantage of the winter storm passing through the region to safely complete these pile burning projects.
Mammoth Brewing Company owners Sean and Joyce Turner said on Monday, Jan. 27, that they recently signed a lease (Jan. 17) with the property owners of the now-shuttered Whiskey Creek building in Mammoth Lakes.
Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander announced he closed both the Whiskey Creek restaurant in Mammoth and the Whiskey Creek restaurant in Bishop, late last week.
More smoke will be in the air around Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra when several planned fire prevention prescribed burns get underway, perhaps as soon as this weekâ€”if the storm predicted for the end of this week materializes.
The storm is expected to drop enough snow to dampen the ground and keep the danger of the fire going out of control very low, which is why the U.S. Forest Service will not do the burns unless the storm appears.
Affected areas would be in the Mammoth, June Lake and Bald Mountain area, according to a news release from the Inyo National Forest.
The Kamikaze Bike Games on Sept. 20 got a big boost this past week when USA Cycling announced its 2014 Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). In its sixth year, it will feature six events coast-to-coast, beginning April 19-20 at Beech Mountain, N.C. …
Veteran observers of athletes on Mammoth Mountain know all about “the look.”
A 21-year-old June Lake woman driving under the influence of alcohol crashed her car into a tree near the old Mono County substation road east of Mammoth Lakes late Thursday night, but she and both her passengers escaped serious injury, according to the CHP.
According to the CHP, on Thursday, Jan. 22 at approximately 11:55 p.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s department regarding a solo vehicle, non-injury traffic collision, involving a driver possibly under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release.
January and wildfires donâ€™t usually go together, even in sunny temperate California, but with a drought winter following the driest year on record, that means things are different.
Seven wildfires are burning in the stateâ€”some of them thousands of acresâ€”and the Sierra Nevada is no exception.
Eastsiders donâ€™t typically expect wildfire smoke during winter, but an almost 700-acre wildfire that has been burning on the west side of the Sierra crest (west of Olancha) since Jan. 15 and the fire has begun to funnel smoke into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.
June Mountain Ski Area is still open contrary to rumors, and the ski liftâ€”at least oneâ€”is still running.
But thereâ€™s no doubt, even with all the masterful grooming by veteran groomers Steve Aldritch and Sam Poffle done after the last real storm in December, that it really has to snow.
â€śWe certainly have enough for the next two weeks,â€ť said the ski areaâ€™s general manager, Carl Williams. â€śThe temperatures at night have been cold, the aspect of the run is good and this stuff they (Aldritch and Poffle) made is indestructible. But four weeks out? I canâ€™t promise that.â€ť
Mammoth still has time to tap Mono County for any shortfalls in funding the Fourth of July Fireworks show at Crowley Lake, the Board of Supervisors indicated this past week, in spite of a perception by Mammoth Town Council members that the supervisors somehow snubbed the event.
Supervisor Fred Stump, whose District 2 includes Crowley Lake, Tom's Place and Tri-Valley, said he was taken aback at the highly critical comments made by the Mammoth Town Council on Jan. 15.
"We have a choice how to respond in a positive way," Stump said.
The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s office, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), recently concluded a narcotics investigation in Mammoth Lakes that recently resulted in the arrest of a mother and son from Bishop on charges of selling methamphetamines to a minor and other charges.
The Mammoth Lakes branch of Bank of America will close on May 2 when the lease on the building runs out, according to branch officials.
The Bishop branch will not close, however, officials said.