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February 4th, 2011

Mammoth athletes ‘crush it’ at weekend X-Games, half-marathon championships

February 4, 2011

Mammoth’s athletes took to the Colorado mountains and the Texas marathon courses last weekend, and the results can be summarized in two words.

“Crushed it,” said Mammoth Recreation Manager Stuart Brown.

Johnny Teller (ski cross) and Kaya Turski (ski slopestyle) took gold medals at the Winter X-Games in Aspen, while Tyler Flanagan took home a bronze in snowboard slopestyle.

Meanwhile, in Houston, the Mammoth Track Club’s Jen Rhines won the U.S. Half Marathon Championships, establishing her personal best.

On the men’s side, Patrick Smyth of the Mammoth Track Club placed third.

February 3rd

Crowley Lake man's death determined to be suicide

February 3, 2011

A Crowley Lake local, Jeff Wheeler, died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound last Thursday, according to the The Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, at approximately 8:20 am, a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to 325 Sierra Springs Drive for a welfare check. Jeff Wheeler, 40, was found deceased in his bed from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head.

Further death details are under investigation.

Source: Mono County Sheriff's Department

February 2nd

Local climber in hospital after stroke

February 2, 2011

Local climber and June Lake resident Doug Nidever is in a Reno hospital after suffering a stroke and possible heart attack last week, according to a climbing partner, Bruce Bartlett.

Bartlett said Nidever, also known as "Flanders" by his climbing community, was awake and responsive, but is in serious condition. Nidever can speak, but still is battling blood clots and other complications.

Bartlett was headed to Reno to visit Nidever, with another climbing partner.

February 1st

Motorized use options at Shady Rest meetings begin Feb. 10

February 1, 2011

Mammoth's highly used Shady Rest area has a long history of sometimes conflicting uses, especially in the winter when snowmobilers and skiers, dog walkers and snowshoers vie for the trail system. Although the conflicts have died down somewhat over the years, due mostly to hard work by both user groups in educating their members, the need for a final solution for winter use in the area, still remains.

That opportunity might be available finally.

January 31st

Jen Rhines wins half-marathon in Houston, Patrick Smyth third

January 31, 2011

The Mammoth Track Club just keeps clicking along.

Jennifer Rhines won the the U.S. half-marathon championship Saturday in Houston, finishing with a personal-best 1 hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds.

"You always have to be happy when you run a PR [personal record]," Rhines said. "You never know when you're going to have ups and downs. I'm just going to enjoy this today."

Meanwhile, Patrick Smyth, also representing the Mammoth Track Club, finished third in the men’s division, behind former Mammoth Track Club member Ryan Hall.

Teller wins X-Games gold

January 31, 2011

Mammoth skier John Teller only needed an inch or two to win a gold medal in Ski Cross at the X-Games Sunday in Aspen, but he had the speed and he had the inch.

Teller, who has two World Cup podium finishes, including a gold medal in St. Johann, Austria on January 7, narrowly edged out Chris Del Bosco, who led the majority of the race.

January 29th

Crowley's John Jackson wins awards in Denver

January 29, 2011

TransworldWorld SNOWboarding loves John Jackson.

One of the leading voices in the sport gave the Crowley Lake resident its Rider of the Year award, along with the Men’s Video Part of the Year.

It was the second straight year the magazine gave him the two awards, making him a downright celebrity, if he wasn’t already.

The awards were announced last Friday at the 2011 TransWorld SNOWboarding Poll Award show in Denver.

In another era, Jackson might have wanted to call home to tell the news to his mom, Shirley, and track down brother Eric, too.

January 28th

Town Manager Clark heads to Ojai after rough ride in Mammoth Lakes

January 29, 2011

Town Manager Rob Clark rode into town on the wings of prosperity, when Mammoth was on the rise and could do no wrong.

Six years later, he rides into Ojai, under the shadow of the recession, when Mammoth is on the fade and can’t seem to shake out of it.

From Clark’s point of view, there were significant victories in his years here, and also defeats.

“I think getting our air service going in the middle of the recession was rewarding, and I’m proud of the staff. They have kept thing going in spite of these different things.

Mammoth Nordic bows out

January 29, 2011

Mammoth Nordic, which since 2002 has groomed its way into the winter experience here, has now announced it is grooming its way back out.

Its leader, Brian Knox, released the news last Friday, writing in an e-mail,

“Regrettably, our club’s passion, funding, equipment and manpower over the last three years has not created a compelling enough case for community Nordic recreation in the eyes of town government.”

Knox’s announcement immediately sent the town’s recreation department into a scramble.

What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 28

January 29, 2011

Short clips about what's happening in our mountain aerie.

It’s always a high adrenaline day when the Race Department runs a Village Championships Super G race. And so it was this Tuesday. The snow was hard and fast, and Jimmy Morning was going for it when he caught an edge on Terry’s Run, tumbled and fell, bounced and was knocked out cold. After a night in the hospital, he was released, with orders not to ski for two weeks. Concussion. Nothing broken. ...

Gap between Hispanics, MLPD is bigger than anyone thought

January 28, 2011

We knew we had a problem.

We just didn’t know how far Mammoth has to go in building trust between the Hispanic population and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

Let’s just say it’s a very long way.

In a presentation Tuesday in front of the Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee, Village Lodge manager Luis Villanueva came back with some disturbing news.

The Digital 395 project is as hard as it comes

January 28, 2011

“As hard as it comes.”

That’s what the man in charge of Digital 395 said about the rush to get the massive project completed by its July 2013 deadline.

Not an easy feat – laying 583 miles of spun glass high speed optical cable from Barstow to Reno.

“If we don’t get it done by July 1, 2013, the money goes away,” said Michael Ort, CEO of Praxis Associates and the original mind behind the $101 million Digital 395 project that is right now under way out your back door.

Marine Training Center has powerful ally

January 28, 2011

As the federal government eyeballs even the military as a place to cut costs, some locals wondered if cuts might hit the Bridgeport area Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Probably not, said Rian Gamble, community outreach for the center.

“We are training Marines at full capacity, with some 16,000 to 17,000 a year coming through, doing everything from mountain medicine training to high altitude training, and more,” he said.

Snowmobile crossing of PCT delayed again

January 28, 2011

A decision on whether and where snowmobiles can cross the Pacific Crest Trail near Sonora Pass might not be made this year, according to Mike Crawley, Bridgeport District Ranger for the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest.

The decision, part of a winter recreation plan that aims to increase the economic diversity for northern Mono County, was due out by Crawley early this year.

AT&T saga drags on for Tri-Valley cell phone customers

January 28, 2011

The third time is not the charm.

Despite reports from AT&T that the technical cell service problems were fixed in the Tri-Valley area last week, Mono County supervisor Hap Hazard said they have not been fixed.

In fact, Chalfant still has no service, at least from the northern border of White Mountain Estates north, he said, although Benton now apparently, finally has at least better and more consistent service.

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