April 9th, 2014
Free entrance to Death Valley National Park to celebrate National Park Week
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.
Itâs that time again! With the cops coming off a recent win with the Coleville High School boysâ basketball team, the Cops vs Kids game is back! Who will be victorious this time?
On Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m., join the Mono County Sheriffâs Office and the California Highway Patrol as deputies and officers take on the Lee Vining High School boysâ basketball team. Thatâs right! Itâs another âcops versus kidsâ in a friendly competition to raise money for the Lee Vining High School Booster Club.
Mono and Inyo are eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for certain counties in the Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Countiea. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.
The recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep took one more step forward last month with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s second reintroduction effort since 1986.
In late March, they translocated 14 bighorn to a remote part of Sequoia National Park, which has been devoid of bighorn since the early 20th century.
“It was such a huge milestone to get these [bighorn] sheep into the Kern,” said biologist Tom Stephenson, program leader for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program.
The metal-edged Kahru skis snapped to my old leather three-pin boots, gold and grey and well acquainted with rocks.
They need to be.
It has taken me an hour to get from the âSnoparkâ trailhead to this snowy meadow near Rock Creek Lake, a mile that would normally take about five minutes of easy skiing.
But it has hardly snowed this winter and even with the past week of storms weâve only received a measly 18 feet since November where there should be 40.
About the only place around that isn't in a drought is the hottest, driest place in the countryâDeath Valley National Park, where the wildflowers are turning out quite a show. Rainfall in the higher elevationsâespecially in the Panamint Mountainsâare allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher up as the temperatures warm. Although the bloom isn't one of the park's epic and infrequent blooms, it's still a very good show, according to the park.
Here's where to go:
On paved roads:
Barack Obama, meet Rusty Gregory.
On the same day computers across America froze because of the deadline to sign up for the federal Affordable Care Act, computers at Mammoth Mountain froze during a surprise cash/credit giveaway to MVP Passholders.
“Despite our upgrades to the system, traffic to the website completely overloaded our increased capacity,” said Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.
“By 8:30 a.m. we had a 10-fold increase over our largest web traffic in history.”
The new edition of the Mammoth Times is on the racks and in the mail, with our reporters roaming all over the place, covering all kinds of events and issues.
The paper offers, in our opinion, a rich potpourri of advertising and content, starting with the front page.
Alongside the Eastern Sierra, state wildlife officials have been engaged in their further efforts to protect our bighorn sheep population. And get a load of that picture: a bighorn ram being airlifted to its natural habitat.
Despite appearances in the aftermath of the last three snowstorms, the Eastern Sierra is still in its second driest winter on record after the last snow survey of the winter came in at a paltry 18.3 inches of water content, or roughly 18 feet of snow since the winter began.
That comes out to be about 42 percent of normal.
Only the winter of 1976-77 was drier, with about 10 inches of water content.
Itâs time for the annual Mammoth High School Associated Student Body âMock Rock, Talent, and Visual Arts showâ next Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Mammoth High School Multi-Purpose Room.
All ages are welcome to attend; children under ten years of age are free.
This fun-filled evening will highlight the high schoolâs creative and artistic talent.
An entrance donation of $5 is appreciated, but not necessary. Come out for a great night of family fun and support our Mammoth students!