November 18th, 2011
Fido hates the woodstove.
Go figure. Dogs are supposed to love them, if you believe the pictures in the L.L. Bean catalogs.
âGet me out of here,â he pleaded. âWhat is this? Aruba?â
This was on one of those really cold days in early November, when the wind howled and the temperatures dove. Outside, our street was frozen solid, with icy spots all over the place.
I built a fire in the woodstove and things were darned cozy at our place, at least for me.
Fido retreated from the living room and took up a post under the dining room table. He panted.
âPeople get the wrong idea about Oakland,â Fido said.
âYeah, I know. What makes you say that?â
âI was there for more than a month, and I didnât see anything like the stuff that showed up on the Jon Stewart Show or the TV news.â
Fido leafed through the California section of the Sunday New York Times, pondering the pictures. When Fido reads the papers, itâs awkward because his finger dexterity is poor, and he tends to get distracted easily.
This time, he lingered.
Ski areas in California received good news this past week from the U.S. Forest Service, with the promise of up to 600 new jobs.
The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually sustain up to 600 extra jobs nationwide.
âThis is very good news for us,â said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesperson Joani Lynch.
She was not alone in her enthusiasm.
âThis is great news for promoting job growth and economic stimulus in California,â said Regional Forester Randy Moore.
Sledz is deadz.
Long live Woollyâs Adventure Summit and the Kidsâ Carousel.
Mammoth Mountain snapped up the enterprise from a private owner during the off-season. While the transaction still is in escrow, the ski area is moving ahead with its plans.
The on-again, off-again tubing hill, situated on the right just off Route 203 on the way to Mammoth Mountain, now will be a part of the ski areaâs continuing moves toward family-oriented snowplay, according to Mammoth spokesperson Joani Lynch.
Itâs just not in the culture of Mammoth Mountain to miss an Opening Day â natural snow or manufactured, blue skies or gray, rain, snow or fire and brimstone.
This season was no different.
The ski area opened yesterday with five lifts ready to go, including the Lower Gondola.
It also opened with 13 terrain features, said Joani Lynch, ski area spokeswoman.
Working on a base ranging from 18 to 24 inches, the ski area opened Chair 1 (Broadway Express); Chair 6 (Thunder Bound Express); Chair 11 (Discovery Express) and Chair 3 (Facelift).
The first chair left Broadway at 8:30 a.m.
The City of Los Angeles has mounted a legal challenge to who owns the water rights to Mammoth Creek.
The challenge, which took the Mammoth Community Water District by surprise, was issued about 14 months ago in a letter from the City, said Greg Norby, the director of the Water District.
Norby paraphrased the essence of the letter at the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday.
His remarks came almost at the end of an exhaustive recap of Water District future plans over the next five to 10 years.
To say that his remarks came out of the blue would be an understatement.
A scam comes in many forms, but this one was over the top.
When Mammoth resident Irene Molloy realized Monday that the man who coerced her to send him $10,000 had been calling her âGrandmaâ instead of âNana,â she realized sheâd been had.
âI was sitting in a chair afterward, trying to regain my thinking, and I remembered,â she said. âHe was the only grandchild I had that called me âNanaâ not âGrandma.ââ
But it was too late. The money, wired to Lima, Peru, where a man claiming to be John Molloy had told her he would go to jail if she didnât send the money, was gone.
While the clock keeps ticking on the judgment payment agreement between the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, the disparity seems to be getting bigger. Insiders in the town office are hearing that the MLLA demand now is $42 million, while Mammoth can spare only $24 million. Conductor, does this train stop at Bankruptcy Station? ...
The Mammoth vs. Desert Christian football game was played Nov. 5 was at Lancaster High School. The reason? Desert Christian doesnât have its own football field âŠ
Measure S passed by a wide margin tonight with a 73.76 percent to 26.24 percent ratio, according to preliminary results from the Mono County Elections office.
The vote still has to be certified, but the results of all the voting precincts were in at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when the county released the results. The measure, an extension of an existing $59/year tax on property owners within the Mammoth Unified School District, needed to pass with a two-thirds majority, which it more than met.
ictor and Dennee Alcala welcomed a baby boy, Ezra Xavier on Sept. 30. âEzra arrived late but was well worth the wait. He has been welcomed into the world by a large, loving circle of family and friends who have provided support in countless ways,â sez the new parents. âŠ
Note to the reader: Colonel Bob Waggoner (USAF Retired) will be the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Mammoth Lakes Fire Station on Main Street. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and includes a sponsored pancake breakfast. All Veterans, their families and grateful citizens are welcome to attend.
Another Mammoth man has died this week, and again, the cause of death is unclear.
Just Monday, Mammoth local John Tobacco was found dead in a home in Mammoth. His death is still under investigation. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, another Mammoth man, Alexander Viterbi, was found dead in his Mammoth home.
Here's the latest information from the county sheriff's department:
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 2, at approximately 4:45, Mono County Sheriffâs Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8:00p.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued and will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. Up to seven inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet in elevation.
All roads are expected to be reassessed for opening by midday Friday, Nov. 4.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 1 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Mono County Sheriffâs Department dispatch received a call regarding the report of an adult female possibly attempting suicide in the Chalfant area.
California Highway Patrol and Chalfant Fire Department were the first agencies to respond to the scene. CHP attempted to make contact with the female inside her residence to find that she had already left the location.