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November 28th, 2012

Whitmore Pool moves closer to bailout and rescue

November 28, 2012

Whitmore Pool, scheduled to close next summer because of austerity cuts by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, may yet stay open.

The town’s recreation commission, to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, will consider moving $185,000 in Measure R tax funds to save the pool from going under.

The proposed bailout is part of a broader consideration of which projects are to receive funding in the latest round of Measure R requests, from cross-country ski trail grooming to rehabilitating the community tennis courts.

November 27th

After losing home, local couple still give thanks

November 27, 2012

Paradise resident Allen Weidner was on his way home from the bottom of the Sherwin Grade when he saw flames shooting into the early evening sky on Nov. 7.

He shot up the hill, fearing the worst. The flames were immense, leaving little doubt this was more than a simple, easily stopped fire and from what he could see, it was either his home or his next-door neighbor’s.

When he got to the ring of fire trucks and emergency vehicles, he almost turned around right there.

On the right track

November 27, 2012

Under a canopy of gray skies, with rain and snow pierced by occasional shafts of sunlight, the Mammoth Track held its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Some last-minute finishes remain before it becomes a fully functional facility, but the surface and infield were in great shape—enough for a victory lap by scores of runners and community members.

The track closed again right after the ceremony near the Whitmore Ballpark on Benton Crossing Road, but it will reopen soon to the public, pending certification.

Even so, the ceremony was altogether fitting.

November 16th

RAW: Mammoth Lakes' Chapter 9 Bankruptcy petition dismissed

November 16, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes announced today the dismissal of its bankruptcy case by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Holman. The dismissal follows the recent historic settlement of a 2008 legal judgment and cancellation of the related airport Development Agreement. The judge’s order is attached to this press release.

Logging operations complete in Reds Meadow area; now open for recreation

November 16, 2012

Logging operations in the Reds Meadow Valley have been completed for removing down trees from the wind event of last November 30.

Consequently, the area closures in the Reds Meadow Valley will no longer be in effect.

While the Reds Meadow Road is closed to wheeled motor vehicles for the season due to snow, access to Reds Meadow Valley will now be open to winter public use, including snowshoer, skier, snowmobile and pedestrian traffic.

Before traveling into the Reds Meadow Valley, visitors should be aware of winter conditions and hazards in the area.

County give thumbs up to geothermal plant expansion

November 16, 2012

The Mono County Board of Supervisors soundly rejected an appeal of a plan to expand the Casa Diablo geothermal plant Tuesday, after two out of area (mostly) union advocacy groups appealed the project during an almost five-hour public hearing.

It’s the second time the groups have been in Mono County in the past few months. On Oct. 22, the county planning commission approved the project and recommended it to the county supervisors for approval.
The groups filed an appeal shortly after and on Tuesday, they came armed for a fight.

They got one.

The battle over the bighorn

November 16, 2012

One hundred years ago, the fleet-footed Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep kept time to the mountains, moving upslope to summer pastures in the spring, downslope to winter ranges in the fall when blizzards beset the high Sierra.

They roamed between Olancha and Bridgeport, walking knife-edged ridges, dodging mountain lions and avalanches, sleeping under a thick blanket of snow when temperatures plummeted to 10 below.

Mammoth Mountain commits to Ski Cross

November 16, 2012

Mammoth Mountain, for six decades a ski racing nucleus, made another big—and fast—commitment to world class ski racing this week.

The home mountain of Ski Cross X Games Gold Medalist John Teller introduced Monday what it called “the nation’s premier Ski Cross junior program.”

“Mammoth is super excited to be essentially on the forefront [of ski cross] on the American side,” said the ski hill’s 36-year-old performance director, Pete Korfiatis, back in Mammoth after seven years coaching the U.S. Men’s Ski Team.

Not all roads are created equal

November 16, 2012

Not all roads are created equal when it comes to winter snow removal priorities and as the first big winter storm of the season bearing down on the Eastern Sierra, it’s worth remembering why.

Both Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes do their own snow removal and over the decades, both have developed a system that classifies snow removal priorities. The system is designed, first and foremost, to make sure critical roads, such as main roads and emergency services, such as police, fire and hospitals, are always accessible in a storm.

There's no business like snow business

November 16, 2012

A series of three winter storms are expected to hit the Eastern Sierra this week, beginning early Thursday evening and extending into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow is to come in three pulses, one Thursday night into Friday, one Friday evening into Saturday, and the last, Saturday evening into Monday.

“It will be a wet pattern, that we have high confidence in,” said Edan Lindaman, a forecaster with the Reno office of the weather service.

But it’s too soon to know one critical fact—where the storm will hit the Pacific Coast.

'Old Mammoth Road Jam' set for mid-December

November 16, 2012

The owner of Mammoth Outdoor Sports is set to produce a new event next month in the parking lot of the Sierra Center Mall, but town officials said it fell short of a slam-dunk.

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 16-22 starring Stu Brown, Bill Sauser, Joani Lynch and Team Supershred

November 16, 2012

The peeps at Mammoth Tourism aren’t just sitting around, you know. Expect some big news soon from John Urdi’s team regarding air packages. Mum’s the word for now, but we’d be keeping our eyes peeled for some pretty great bundling options. …

November 15th

Ski hill opens Stump Alley Express, High Five, Goldrush and 23

November 15, 2012

Mammoth Mountain on Thursday opened another section of trails and lifts, while busy employees scrambled to open runs and lifts out of Canyon and Eagle lodges by Thanksgiving.

Ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch said a Thanksgiving Day push was steamrolling, in advance of an expected weekend of snowfall that could drop about two feet of heavy snow above 9,000 feet, perhaps more above mid-mountain.

November 14th

Snow in forecast for this weekend

November 14, 2012

Snow entered the upcoming weekend forecasts for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, athough snowfall amounts remain a bit on the vague side.

By the time the weekend is finished, new snow could be measured in feet, not inches.

November 13th

Town Council moves meeting to TONIGHT (Tuesday)

November 13, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council has moved its special meeting from Wednesday, Nov. 14 to tonight, Nov. 13, according to Town Clerk Jaimie Gray.

The reason is because of schedule conflicts by some members of the council.

Last week, the council called a special meeting so it could discuss further its proposed "restructuring" methods to help pay the first wave of $2 million-a-year annual payments to Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition. The town earlier this year accepted a settlement of a $29.5 million, 23-year breach of contract lawsuit as a result of a case that began more than a decade ago.

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