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April 17th, 2015

Sonora Pass open for the season April 17

April 17, 2015

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has removed the winter snow, cleared the debris and made the necessary repairs to open State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on Friday, April 17, at 12 p.m. (noon).

Winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared when traveling in areas subject to hazardous conditions. All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires should, additionally, carry chains when traveling during snowy weather.

April 16th

What's ahead this weekend

April 16, 2015

Tioga Pass Road open to park gate, Sonora opens Friday
Tioga Pass Road is open to Yosemite gate. The Sonora Pass road is scheduled to open Friday, April 17. The roads could close again if weather conditions require it.

Lakes Basin roads scheduled to open April 18

April 15th

Road to Yosemite gate is open, Sonora Pass to open Friday

April 15, 2015

According to Caltrans, State Route 120 (West), the Tioga Pass Road to the East Yosemite Park Entrance Gate is now open. State Route 120 is closed beyond this point.

Users can access the road for recreational activities from the junction of US 395 at Lee Vining up to the park entrance closure gate.

State Route 168 (west) Inyo County is now open to Sabrina Lake

State Route 108 (Sonora Pass) will re-open on Friday, April 17, at noon, unless a new storm event occurs before.

April 14th

Photo of the day

April 14, 2015

Mammoth Unified School District hosted another well-attended Mock Rock and Talent Show last week, April 15, and many of district's best musicians, singers and even cup-stackers took the room by storm. But equally important was the work of those behind the scenes, like Kimmy O'Connell, Allison Weber and Kary Walker, pictured here, who ran the Booster Club bake sale during the evening.

Free Recreation Open House today, April 14, Mammoth Middle School

April 14, 2015

Never have a slow day in Mammoth again! Start by by attending the Inaugural Summer Recreation Open House on April 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Mammoth Middle School MPR. The event is sponsored by the Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department. All parents are welcome to stop by and browse at the tables of various organizations offering recreation activities for infants, youth and teenage children.

Here's some of what will be on the table:

Mammoth AYSO Soccer
Mammoth Lakes Swim Team
Mono Council for the Arts: FREE Summer Art Camps
Mammoth Youth Hockey

April 13th

Forest roads management meeting April 21

April 13, 2015

The Inyo National Forest will hold a public meeting to share the Draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop, 4090 W. Line Street. At the meeting, Inyo National Forest staff will share how they developed the Draft TAR, answer questions about TAP, and have the Draft TAR available for review. The Forest intends to post the Draft TAR to the Inyo National Forest website before the meeting, and will notify you by email when it is available.

April 12th

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.

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.

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.

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