April 12th, 2011
The Town of Mammoth Lakes has announced a positive outcome of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation relating to an allegation by a former employee that the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) failed to carry sufficient amounts of fire suppressing agent and failed to notify air carriers of the insufficient amounts in October 2010.
Inyo County authorities have positively identified one of three sets of human remains located in southeast Inyo County in the past several months.
Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour announced last week that remains located in the Badwater region of Death Valley are those of Carson City resident Norman Cox.
Cox was reported missing in August of 2010 after his family received a suicide note posted from Death Valley.
Local law enforcement conducted a search of the Death Valley area in August of that year, but was unable to locate any signs of Cox and eventually called off the search.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced that work to upgrade the dam face at South Lake Reservoir is expected to commence on April 15, weather conditions permitting. At this time, SCE will clear snow from access roads to the dam and mobilize equipment and materials needed at the work site.
The South Lake Reservoir upgrade involves the installation of a new geomembrane liner to protect the dam face from current and future leaks. The liner is expected to extend the life span of the dam by up to thirty years.
Early Friday morning, Ueli Luthi, starter for the biathlon portion of the 2011 Mammoth Invitational, counts down to send off Mark Eisen, Neave Anderson, Lachlan Anderson and Miles Anderson.
There is no test of society more important than its treatment of children, our most precious resource. Our children are our future leaders, and all residents of Mono County have a compelling interest in the health, well-being and development of our future business people, professionals, public servants, workers, neighbors, friends and loved ones.
It could certainly be considered a case of strange bedfellows.
On one side of the bed, Mammoth Lakes, supposedly filled with affluence and arrogance.
On the other side, Mono County, supposedly rural, not rich, resentful.
When it suits them both, they get along fine.
When it does not, they do not.
Such was the case Tuesday, April 5, when the subject of smelly, dirty garbage revealed the ongoing tension between Town and County.
Garbage, of all things.
Many tips of the cap to Mammoth Finest, who volunteered at Angels to wait tables on behalf of Disabled Sports. Funny: Many passersby called the restaurant, wonderinâ€™ was wrong, what with all those cop cars. Chief Dan Watson was the maitre dâ€™ and sez he ainâ€™t quitting his day job any tme soon. ...
Did Dr. Mike Karch pull off a miracle at the Mammoth Biathlon? Yes he did, with bad weather, 200 volunteers to manage, many athletes and coaches to herd, etc. â€śDid you resign your other job?â€ť asked councilman John Eastman. ...
Next yearâ€™s biathlon already set for March 23-25. ...
People driving by on S.R. 203 wanted to know what all the police cars were doing at Angel's Wednesday night, April 6. It was Tip A Cop, a fund raiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.
Lines were long, cops were waiters, hamming it up, all to the tune of $2028 raised for DSES.
"Our gracious hosts, owners Todd and Melanie Nagy of Angelâ€™s, along with their fantastic staff, made sure MLPDâ€™s volunteer waiters looked good and got everyoneâ€™s order right. They also contributed to the total by pledging 10 percent of the nightâ€™s receipts," says an MLPD press release.
The Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land will be given to the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society in recognition of its critical efforts to support the Owens Lakebed Master Plan, the Mono Lake Committee announced today.
The wet winter and warming spring weather promise an excellent wildflower display this year in the Owens and Long Valley areas, beginning now.
The southern end of the Owens Valley, south of Bishop, is already beginning to bloom and wildflower lovers will have a chance to see the spring display in the Alabama Hills this Friday, led by Bureau of Land Management botanist Martin Oliver and Steve McLaughlin, with the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This is one of the Bristlecone Chapterâ€™s annual wildflower walks.
Thanks to a record-breaking snow year, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will remain open daily for skiing and snowboarding through July 4, 2011. According to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth received an incredible 606 inches of snow this season, the most the resort has received in a single season.
With 15-25 feet of packed snow, Mammoth has also earned the recognition of having one of the highest recorded base depths of any ski resort in the world according to skiinfo.com. The snow totals will ensure phenomenal spring skiing conditions that will last well into early summer.
It is hard to find solace in last weekâ€™s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.
But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
â€śI am looking at the positives,â€ť wrote Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita.
Unable to speak, she scribbled notes that were posted to the Internet.
â€śWe get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!â€ť
As if by magic, Sunday morning dawned clear.
And Mike Karchâ€™s vision of winter biathlon shone in the morning light.
â€śIt was an amazing vision,â€ť said Alana Levin. â€śHe (Karch) created the whole thing.â€ť
After a week of heavy snows in the Eastern Sierra, volunteers cleared the course and the fourth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon got under way.
Three divisions of two waves each came out for Sundayâ€™s race: Intermediate, Elite/National Guard and Advanced.
Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.
The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.