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November 24th, 2010
Law enforcement officials confirmed a fatality in Mammoth Tuesday, but did not release any other information, pending notification of kin and an on-going investigation.
Updates will be posted as soon as they are available.
The fatality was storm related, other sources said.
The storms of this past weekend came with some drama, when a Bishop man in his forties had to be rescued from a ravine where he had been injured during a fall, below the Campion Sparkplug Mine/ Jeffrey Canyon area in the White Mountains Sunday.
According to a Mono County Search and Rescue Team member, who wished to remain anonymous, the rescue took nine hours due to the steep and snow-slippery and terrain. A break in the weather did cooperate with the rescuers, however, and the man was eventually transported to Northern Inyo Hospital will non-life-threatening injuries.
The snowplows plowed. The tow trucks towed. Police investigators investigated. The skiers skied, the snowboarders rode, the sledders sledded, the snowshoers showeshoed and it was a perfect day.
Last Sunday, it was good to hear the familiar voice of Doug Howell and his snow removal team from Mammoth Firewood come crackling across the scanner. It was like an old shoe.
"Careful coming around that bend, it's a blind corner."
"There's a car parked in the middle of the road!"
"Just about got Canyon cleaned up. Headed to Lakeview."
(Updated 9 a.m. Sunday) The other shoe of the Big Storm dropped on Mammoth Saturday night and Sunday.
After a lull in the action on Saturday afternoon, the second wave of the storm kicked into high gear overnight, starting at about 10 p.m. Saturday and running into Sunday. At the top of Mammoth Mountain, a wind gust of 107 miles an hour was recorded at 4 a.m. Sunday
By 8 a.m. Sunday, the wind had calmed to an average wind speed of 32 miles an hour and a foot and a half of new snow was on the ground at the Sesame Snow Study Site, near the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Note: The What's Up item about the Thompsons that ran in Friday's paper has been corrected in this version.
That was the crew of â€śThe Ellen DeGeneres Showâ€ť up on Mammoth Mountain Saturday, which took marketing whiz Joani Lynch a bit by surprise, but she (Joani) is fast on her feet. Ellen didnâ€™t show, but â€śAmyâ€ť (the dorky on-camera cohort in the blue biz suit) came up for 15 hours of taping. The bit aired Wednesday. For two minutes. â€śHollywoodâ€™s rough,â€ť said Joani. ...
If and when the Town of Mammoth Lakes loses its appeal of the $30 million Hot Creek litigation against it, Mammoth could be thrown into a Chapter 9 bankruptcy whose effects could last many years.
But citizens who are anticipating the immediate effects of such a predicament are unlikely to notice anything different at all.
â€śThe notion that the town would be shut down because of bankruptcy is a laymanâ€™s misunderstanding of how it actually works,â€ť said one of the participants in the court battle, who preferred anonymity over concerns in interfering with the ruling.
Mammoth daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, who was arrested in early October on child sexual abuse allegations, was arraigned Nov. 16 in Bridgeport on two additional "criminal complaints" of child sexual abuse, bringing the total number to four complaints, according to Wade McCammond, Mono County District Attorney's chief investigator.
Almageur was present for the arraignment, McCammond said.
The first big storm of the winter is expected to hit Mammoth and Mono County late this week, according to the Reno office of the National Weather Service.
As much as several feet of snow could fall on the Sierra crest with several inches on valley floors, beginning Friday and intensifying over the course of the weekend.
All it took was decent snow cover, blue skies, a federal holiday and ... Voila! Mammoth Mountain recorded nearly 10,000 skier visits onto Mammoth Mountain Ski Area last weekend in its 2010-11 season opening.
According to ski hill officials, 2,152 there were 2,152 visits on Thursday, Opening Day. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, those numbers hit 2,293, 3,101 and 2,154.
The ski visits ran 1,367 ahead of last season's Opening Weekend.
Daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, arrested for alleged child sexual abuse Oct. 5, is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeport at 10:30 a.m, Nov. 16 for a pre-trial status conference, according to court documents.
The 56-year-old Almaguer was arrested on several charges of sexual abuse against children once in his care who are now adults, with bail set at $500,000.
He has been in the Mono County Jail ever since, and has been prohibited from contact with any alleged victims.
Public defender Dave Hammond will represent Almaguer.
Over in the Minaret Village Mall, theyâ€™ve got a resident squirrel, looking to score some feed from Tailwaggers and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. So enticing are the scents that the squirrel, caught in a wildlife trap and carted many, many miles away to a deep woods, found its way back in one day to forage again. ...
Hey is that Tess Adler with Brian Schuldt of the Felici Trio on the February page from the Friends of the Library 2011 calendar? Do you recognize anyone else? Maybe Edyth Irvine and Stella Anderson at a tea party. ...
Woolly wore a tuxedo. Everyone else wore smiles.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opened its 2010 season on Thursday and, as a bonus, the ski area unzipped the top at Cornice Bowl, as well as Center Bowl under Facelift Express/Chair 3.
You could hear the woo-hoos, hollers, whistles and oh-yeahs all over, from the bottom at Broadway Express to the top at Cornice Bowl.
At liftoff, skiers and boarders had bluebird skies with a temperature of 21 degrees at Main Lodge and 15 degrees at the top of the 11,059 ski hill.
It's shaping up to be a terrific Opening Day at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, with plenty of snow, four lifts and ... the gondola to the top!
With last Sunday's blanket of snow, along with a dusting on Tuesday night, the ski area announced it would open Cornice Bowl on Thursday's opening day â€“ a bonus that practically no one anticipated.
A 20-year-old Long Beach man died in a fluke accident just south of the the Mill Creek exit on U.S. 395 when his car hit a tree this past Saturday, Nov.6, at about 10:45 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Rafael Contreras was headed south on 395 in the easternmost lane, when for an unknown reason, his 1994 Honda veered onto the shoulder. He then overcorrected, travelled across both lanes to the west and travelled down the west shoulder embankment where he hit a large cottonwood tree on the side of the road.