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April 12th, 2015

High wind watch for Monday-Tuesday

April 12, 2015

A high wind watch remains in effect from Monday evening through
Tuesday morning for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. 

* Timing: strong winds are likely late Monday night and Tuesday
  morning as a cold front moves through the Eastern Sierra.

* Winds: southwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts over 60 mph. 


April 10th

Phillip Kiddoo replaces retired Ted Schade at Great Basin air district

April 10, 2015

Phillip L. Kiddoo is the new Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) for the local air pollution control district, replacing former officer Ted Schade who retired at the end of last year. Kiddoo was appointed on April 8 during a Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District meeting, according to district authorities. Kiddoo began his career with the District over a decade ago as a Research Systems Analyst and spent the last five years as its Senior Research and Systems Analyst.

Lakes Basin could open by end of month

April 10, 2015

The popular Mammoth Lakes Basin and Twin Lakes area could open to vehicles by end of April, weather permitting, according to Inyo National Forest authorities, who will meet with Town of Mammoth Lakes and other Basin stakeholders today to work out the details. The dry winter has left much of the Eastern Sierra recreation areas, even the high elevation sites like the Lakes Basin which sits at about 9,000 feet, free of snow. However, another storm like this week's wintery storm could still delay that target opening date, officials said.

April 9th

Injured backpacker helped out of backcountry near Glass Creek

April 9, 2015

On the morning of Wednesday, April 8, at approximately 10 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a stranded backpacker near Glass Creek. A male backpacker, 43, from Ramona, Calif., began a two week backpack trip. The backpacker started his trip at Dead Man Creek and was hiking to Yost Lake. On day four of the trip, while near Glass Creek, the backpacker twisted his ankle and camped at his location to recover. During this time, a storm moved into the Eastern Sierra and the area received 18” to 2.5 feet of fresh new snow over the dry landscape.

April 8th

One to two feet of powder for Mammoth, Mammoth Mountain

April 8, 2015

The first winter storm of the year dropped about 14 inches of powder at the 8,200 foot level in Mammoth and 18 to 24 inches on Mammoth Mountain, including the crest, according to Mammoth weather forecaster Howard Sheckter, Wednesday, April 8. Another storm is possible next week, Sheckter said.

Ski of the week

April 8, 2015

April 7th

First winter storm of year welcome but some accidents close ski area road temporarily

April 7, 2015

A winter storm is expected to last into the evening Tuesday, April 7, and drop as much as a foot above 8,000 feet elevation. By 5 p.m in Mammoth, at about 8,000 feet elevation, the snow was about six inches deep. The storm caused some problems to drivers headed up and down the road to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area today according to Mammoth Lakes Police, forcing the closure of the road to Main Lodge for several hours due to vehicles off the roadway, vehicles blocking the road in front of tow trucks and other weather-related accidents. The road is now open, as of 4 p.m. April 7.

Photo of the day

April 7, 2015

Dave McCoy takes a reading on the snowpack depth, circa 1940s.

April 6th

Winter storm expected to drop as much as one foot above 8,000 feet

April 6, 2015

A winter-like spring storm system will push into the Eastern Sierra early Tuesday with the heaviest snow expected during the daytime hours but also with snow continuing into the night and into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, which posted a "Winter Weather Advisory' beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 ( Four to eight inches of snow is expected at the lower elevations with as much as one foot expected above 8,000 feet on the Sierra crest.

'Ezakimak' a big hit at Mammoth Mountain

April 6, 2015

April 3rd

Water District increases water restrictions, irrigation allowed two days a week only

April 3, 2015

The Mammoth Community Water District’s (MCWD) Board of Directors voted to raise the District’s water shortage conditions from Level 2 to Level 3 at a special meeting on April 1.

The Level 3 restrictions will go in to effect on April 10. The meeting was convened following the mechanical failure of two of the Water District’s groundwater production wells and a record low snowpack water content measurement on Mammoth Pass, which found that conditions were 98 percent below normal conditions, the lowest April 1 reading ever recorded since 1931.

The weekend forecast: Cold, then warm, then cold, then storm

April 3, 2015

  It was cold start today, but it has been  followed by milder temperatures this afternoon and into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

April 2nd

What's ahead this weekend

April 2, 2015

Spring Expo, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, April 4
Head over to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area from 8:30a.m. to 2 p.m. between Chair 1 and Chair 11 at the big expo tent and try out a mono-ski, bi-ski or ski-bike and help raise money for DSES at the same time. For more info, call DSES at 760-934-0791 or go to www.

Ezakimak! April 4

April 1st

Governor Brown issues executive order requiring 25 percent cut in water use

April 1, 2015

A dismal snowpack, measured at one inch of precipitation on Mammoth Pass on March 30 instead of the average for that date of about 42 inches of water, and equally low in the rest of the Sierra, triggered Governor Jerry Brown today, April 1, to issue an executive order requiring all water districts to cut back on water use by 25 percent.

Hike/Bike of the week

April 1, 2015

Lower Rock Creek trail is one of the best hikes/mountain bikes of the early spring season. The trail begins about a mile south of Toms Place and roughly parallels Lower Rock Creek Road for about eight miles to the community of Paradise, before the trail ends at the a parking area at an old resort. You can do several loop hikes since the trail crosses the road every few miles. The trail is considered to be one of the best mountain bike trails in the Eastern Sierra.

Length: 1-8 miles one way
Difficulty: Easy to moderately strenuous

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