Archive - 2014
BRIDGEPORT—The Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week drew a packed house in both Bridgeport and Mammoth, but it wasn’t exactly much of a party.
The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) is not a tax, though it walks and talks like one in Mammoth Lakes.
It’s official! Dr. Mike Karch announced this week that the Mammoth Lakes Biathlon for 2014 will be March 21-23 with more details to emerge in the coming weeks. So get your cross country skis and biathlon rifles out and start practicing! Ski fast, shoot straight! …
BRIDGEPORT—A new restaurant opened its doors this past month in Mono County, and judging by the lines outside of Ohanas395, it’s already a hit.
The trick, if there is one, is in finding the doors.
That’s because Ohanas395 is a Hawaiian Style Food Trailer, owned and operated by Rena McCullough, a longtime June Lake resident.
“Opening a restaurant requires a lot of work,” she reasoned. “This is easier.”
It also is arguably better.
Larry Johnston says he knows one word in Russian.
It is “nyet,” the Russian word for “no.”
Debbie Teller says she knows one fewer word than Johnston.
Karl Teller, meanwhile, has been trying to pick up bits of Russian on his vehicle’s CD player, and Debbie says he might know five words by now, while Karen Johnston says she’s working on one word: “Dosvidaniya,” meaning goodbye.
The first big storm of the winter dropped about four feet of snow on the top of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and a couple of feet of heavy snow between 11,000 and 9,000 feet.
It was enough to open all of the ski area’s runs, and just in time for one of the three biggest weekends of the year—Presidents Day weekend.
The storm also helped to bring the snowpack at Mammoth Pass from about 20 percent of normal to about 37 percent of normal for this time of year (according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power data).
By now, most Mammoth Lakes residents probably know someone who has recently been through the latest winter affliction to hit the area, the “norovirus,” sometimes called the winter vomiting disease and/or food poisoning.
It is not dangerous, most of the time, but it is a particularly nasty stomach virus most common in the winter when people are stuck together in small, enclosed spaces for long periods of time.
Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.
Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.
The Mono County Health Department said it was notified late last week that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection, according to a news release from the department.
"Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy." the news release states. "Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.
The second in the series of "Eastside Know-How"talks is this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and a large turnout is expectedâ€”large enough that it is a good idea to make reservations for Rafters, if you intend to attend, according to event organizer Elizabeth Tenney.
"We anticipate even more people tomorrow night at Rafters, but maximum occupancy is 175," she wrote in an email. "To guarantee a spot, consider making reservations for a table."
Contact Rafters 760-934-3131 orwww.opentable.com and click on "Rafters", she said.
For the first time this season, Mammoth Mountain will be fully operational, just in time for the upcoming three-day Presidents Day Weekend.
After suffering through the driest year on recordâ€”some say the driest in 500 yearsâ€”a significant storm is on the way to the Eastern Sierra this weekend.
Although the bulk of the incoming storm will go north of Mammoth, Mono County is still on track to receive anywhere from two to four feet of snow, beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Missing Pets! Keep your eyes open for a gray and white longhaired cat named Gracie, last seen at Sierra Park Villas. There’s a $1,000 reward for her safe return. …
In this week's Mammoth Times, we examine how the "money pie" was split among the various events producers on the Eastside, as well as a breakdown of fee increases for recreation activities in Mammoth.