May 25th, 2012
At this time next year, a roof will span the ice rink.
The Mammoth Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) on proposed projects at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), which would be carried out this fall. The proposed projects would enhance developed winter recreation at MMSA and at Woollyâ€™s Adventure Summit (WAS), the winter snow play area adjacent to the ski area.
The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District is soliciting comments on a Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Trail Construction Project proposal. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), a permittee on the Inyo National Forest, has proposed to construct 2.5 miles of mountain bike trails in the vicinity of, and in conjunction with the operation of the Discovery Chair (Chair 11.) All proposed trail construction is within the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area permit boundaries.
Sarah Tomsky has reported to duty as the new Deputy District Ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, according to forest officials. Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Serviceâ€™s Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo, California.
Itâ€™s time to renew Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Join us for our annual license sale/vaccination clinic in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, June 9 from 4 to 5:30 pm.
If your dog does not need a rabies vaccination update, you can just purchase a license for $13 if your animal is spayed/neutered or $30 if it is not. You donâ€™t need to bring your pet to the clinic unless it needs a vaccination update. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations for both dogs and cats.
A man that Inyo County Sheriff's Department officers pursued during a car chase on May 10 has been identified as the same man found dead in the Haiwee Reservoir on May 17.
On May 17, the Department of Water and Power notified the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office that a possible deceased person was spotted in the Haiwee Reservoir.
Sheriffâ€™s Deputies and Investigators, as well as Olancha Volunteer Fire Department and Inyo County Coroner, responded to the location and were able to locate the victim.
Six-year veteran Airport Commissioner Deb Pierrel said Tuesday she will not consider a seat on the town's newly-formed Transportation Commission.
"The decision is largely a personal one, allowing me to devote more of my time to by growing businesses and family," she said.
But there's more to it than that, she said, and most of it stems from the consolidation of the airport and mobility commissions.
The Town Council recommended a consolidation earlier this month as an efficiency maneuver, as well as a cost-cutting measure to relieve the town's staff.
Fire management officials from the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office are asking visitors to be extremely careful with campfires over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Due to the extremely dry winter, above-normal temperatures and frequent strong winds here in the Eastern Sierra, vegetation is much drier and fire danger is much higher than normal for this time of year.
Campfires can and do start wildfires, so please observe the following precautions:
Â· Get a campfire permit from a local ranger station or visitor center.
The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 25, weather permitting.
John Paul Chaufan Field, the missing hiker in Yosemite National Park, has
been found safe and in good condition. He was spotted by the parkâ€™s
contract helicopter at approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday afternoon near Edith
Lake, approximately five miles east of Kibbie Lake, the point where he was
Once Chaufan Field was spotted by the helicopter, Yosemite National Park
Rangers contacted him and found him to be unharmed and in good health. He
is currently being transported from the backcountry to the Hetch Hetchy
In early April, the District Attorneyâ€™s Office was alerted to an allegation of misappropriation of funds from the Bridgeport Public Utility District.
The District Attorneyâ€™s Office opened an investigation which revealed that former General Manager Cheryl Goode issued herself numerous unsubstantiated payments.
An arrest warrant charging misappropriation of public funds was sought, and on May 17, Goode turned herself in at the Mono County Jail.
Yosemite National Park is searching for John Paul Chaufan Field, 22, a college student who is attending the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).
Chaufan Field was last seen near Kibbie Lake in the Hetch Hetchy area of northwestern Yosemite National Park. Â He was last seen on Saturday, May 19, where he was on a backpacking trip with a group of
fellow students from UCSC, who were conducting an outdoor recreation trip.
The UCSC group began their backpacking trip from Cherry Lake on Friday, May
18, and set up camp near Kibbie Lake that evening. Â At approximately 11
Mammoth has somewhat of a shortage in commissioners in the planning, recreation and transportation areas, and time is running on candidates.
On July 31, three terms of office will become vacant on the Planning Commission; four terms will become vacant on the Recreation Commission, and two terms of office will become vacant on the newly formed Transportation Commission.
These terms of appointment are for four years and expire on July 31, 2016.
One vacancy on the Recreation Commission is for an unexpired term, and that one appointment will expire on July 31, 2014.
The National Weather Service declared a "Red Flag" wind warning for this afternoon through Tuesday afternoon, but that isn't what had everybody talking.
The weather service also called for snow on Friday and Friday evening, with accumulations of up to two inches. The weather service forecast a "slight chance" of snow for Saturday as the last of a cold front moves over the mountains.
Now in the final stages of the permitting process with the Town and the Forest Service, the Gateway Community Project will be breaking ground soon, said project coordinator Elizabeth Tenney.
She said the Gateway Group anticipates completion well before the snow flies.
Businesses, residents and second homeowners who want to commemorate their strong attachment to Mammoth still have time to order a laser-inscribed personal brick paver or cast bronze legacy plaque.