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April 6th

Off the Trail: Snowseeker

April 6, 2014

The metal-edged Kahru skis snapped to my old leather three-pin boots, gold and grey and well acquainted with rocks.

They need to be.

It has taken me an hour to get from the “Snopark” trailhead to this snowy meadow near Rock Creek Lake, a mile that would normally take about five minutes of easy skiing.

But it has hardly snowed this winter and even with the past week of storms we’ve only received a measly 18 feet since November where there should be 40.

April 3rd

What's up, up here? April 3-9 | News snippets from here and there ...

April 3, 2014

Don’t like-don’t like-don’t-like!

April 3, 2014

I really miss the Fido & Me article. It was the first thing I read in every issue and I even have a few cut out and hanging on the refrigerator. Miss all the adventures of “Mr. Beeg” and “Chief-the-Cat”, and especially miss his point of view. Please tell me you are going to bring it back!!

Linda Roth

A Fan from the East Coast

Eight years in the making

April 3, 2014

Eight years ago Drs. Mike Karch and Kim Escudero set out to create a grass roots movement to generate excitement about Nordic sports and thought that biathlon was the perfect sport considering its popularity in Europe and its combination of challenging skills. 

The biathlon movement that they started has grown into one of the annual premier events in our area.  This year, even with a late announcement due to lack of early snow, 236 athletes participated, including 70+ youth, disabled and Wounded Warriors, beginner adults, Masters, elite and Olympian racers. 

Rest in peace Uncle Robert

April 3, 2014

My name is Scott Stewart. I no longer live in Mammoth, but it was a place I grew up and called home frequently. 

My uncle, Robert Baillie, saw the biathlon competitions during the last Olympics and knew it was something he had to try.

Robert appeared to be in supreme health. He was definitely the adventurous type. From skiing to motocross, he certainly left nothing behind. Go big or go home, if you know what I mean.

Customer Service

April 3, 2014

We’re betting Mammoth Mountain Ski Area employees learned a lot this week.

It’s the same lesson a lot of people in Washington D.C. learned this year with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

That is, when you’re going to throw a good deal someone’s way, and it’s with an online transaction, you’d better add plenty of muscle to the back end if you want to avoid a Noah Moment.

Floods, whether in fact or in technology, aren’t any fun, even if everything turns out well in the end.

Death Valley bucks the drought, good wildflower show on right now

April 3, 2014

Headslapper!

About the only place around that isn't in a drought is the hottest, driest place in the country—Death Valley National Park, where the wildflowers are turning out quite a show. Rainfall in the higher elevations—especially in the Panamint Mountains—are allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher up as the temperatures warm. Although the bloom isn't one of the park's epic and infrequent blooms, it's still a very good show, according to the park.

Here's where to go:

On paved roads:

‘MVP Monday’

April 3, 2014

Barack Obama, meet Rusty Gregory.

On the same day computers across America froze because of the deadline to sign up for the federal Affordable Care Act, computers at Mammoth Mountain froze during a surprise cash/credit giveaway to MVP Passholders.

“Despite our upgrades to the system, traffic to the website completely overloaded our increased capacity,” said Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.

“By 8:30 a.m. we had a 10-fold increase over our largest web traffic in history.”

The April 3 Mammoth Times is on the racks

April 3, 2014

 

The new edition of the Mammoth Times is on the racks and in the mail, with our reporters roaming all over the place, covering all kinds of events and issues.

The paper offers, in our opinion, a rich potpourri of advertising and content, starting with the front page.

Alongside the Eastern Sierra, state wildlife officials have been engaged in their further efforts to protect our bighorn sheep population. And get a load of that picture: a bighorn ram being airlifted to its natural habitat.

A little too little, too late

April 3, 2014

Despite appearances in the aftermath of the last three snowstorms, the Eastern Sierra is still in its second driest winter on record after the last snow survey of the winter came in at a paltry 18.3 inches of water content, or roughly 18 feet of snow since the winter began.

That comes out to be about 42 percent of normal.

Only the winter of 1976-77 was drier, with about 10 inches of water content.

April 2nd

High school "Mock Rock" talent show April 8

April 2, 2014

It’s time for the annual Mammoth High School Associated Student Body “Mock Rock, Talent, and Visual Arts show” next Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Mammoth High School Multi-Purpose Room.

All ages are welcome to attend; children under ten years of age are free.

This fun-filled evening will highlight the high school’s creative and artistic talent.

An entrance donation of $5 is appreciated, but not necessary. Come out for a great night of family fun and support our Mammoth students!

Water line work will begin May 1 in some Mammoth neighborhoods

April 2, 2014

The Mammoth Community Water District will be doing some construction this summer in an effort to replace aging water mains, thereby preventing leaks and saving water. The construction will occur in several Mammoth neighborhoods and is scheduled to start May 1 in the Majestic Pines neighborhoods, where the MCWD construction crew will be continuing to replace water service laterals. Construction should be completed in the Majestic Pines neighborhood around the end of July.

New options for recycling in Mammoth

April 2, 2014

The Sierra Conservation Project, Inc. (SCP) and Town of Mammoth Lakes are pleased to announce the expansion of the current condominium, commercial and recreational area recycling programs in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth man pepper sprayed, arrested after high speed chase in town

April 2, 2014

A Mammoth man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after he led police on a high speed chase through Mammoth last Thursday, then had to be pepper sprayed before he could be arrested.

According to the Mono County Sheriff’s department, the office first received a call from an employee at the McDonald’s in Mammoth Lakes on Thursday, March 27 at about 8:20 p.m. reporting a possible drunk driver in their drive thru.

March 31st

Mammoth Mountain commits to Memorial Day Weekend

March 31, 2014

 

Neither a low snow year nor a three-year drought is going to hold back Mammoth Mountain from being mammoth this spring.

Blessed by very late snowfalls in March and with more snow in the forecast for April, the ski hill announced last week that it would commit to stay open at least through the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.

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