October 6th, 2010
When the Mammoth Lakes Town Council finally adjourned Wednesday night, practically everybody in the council chambers snapped to their cellphones or wristwatches to just see how long the meeting had lasted.
"I make it 14 minutes," said an astonished Police Chief Dan Watson.
This, from a deliberative body that is notorious for dragging things well into the night.
In fact, if there is a single expression that characterizes a Mammoth Town Council meeting, it's the 9:30 p.m. yawn.
A longtime Mammoth Lakes daycare provider was arrested the evening of Oct. 5 on suspicion of sexual abuse against two children, now adults, who were once in his care, according to local law enforcement officials.
Guadalupe â€śLupeâ€ť Almaguer, 56, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 5 for crimes of sexual abuse against minors, according to Mono County District Attorney Chief Investigator Wade McCammond.
Almaguer was booked on five counts of Penal Code 288, or â€śLewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14.â€ť
Mammoth and Mono County residents awoke Wednesday morning to the first real snow of the year on the ground.
About an inch of wet snow covered the lower reaches of the county all the way down to the county line on the Sherwin Grade with far more above the 10,000 foot line, and local weatherman Howard Sheckter said it isnâ€™t over yet.
A 24-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident was booked on charges of attempted murder Tuesday, after a wild, confusing episode in the town’s “Ghetto” neighborhood.
Jonathon Anderson also was charged with felony domestic violence, parole violation, resisting arrest and destroying a cell phone when used to make an emergency call.
Anderson, who was pulled from under the victim’s bed during the arrest, is behing held without bail at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.
Gloppy weather continued in Mammoth on Tuesday, but in mid-afternoon, bright stabs of sunshine burst through the rain- and snow-sodden skies.
Despite the afternoon sun, the National Weather Service wasn't buying it.
For the rest of the afternoon and early evening, forecasters at the weather service predicted more snow. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
UPDATED 3 p.m. Monday. The "Granite Curtain" descended in the High Sierra Monday, when snow, wind and general "inclement weather" forced Caltrans to close both Tioga Pass (S.R. 120) and Sonora Pass (S.R. 108).
Forecasters predicted four to eight 4 to 8 inches of snow are possible in the Sierra above 8,500 feet through Tuesday morning.
Snow levels near 11,000 feet will drop to near 9,000 feet later today and fall near 8,000 feet late tonight.
Snow may affect the higher passes along U.S. 395 tonight in Mono county but accumulations are unlikely to occur.
The Friday Night Lights were not so kind to the Mammoth Huskies Friday night in Bishop. It was more like Friday Night Lights OUT.
The final was 59-6, Broncos, but it wasn't really that close.
The visiting Huskies (2-2) were inundated by eight Broncos touchdowns and another Bishop field goal. In the second half, the Broncos (4-0) scored 35 points without their superb starting quarterback, Chance Callahan, who was injured late in the second quarter and sat out the second half.
There might be worse places to crash a paraglider, but itâ€™s hard to imagine.
A 37-year-old Santa Cruz man on Monday evening went down two miles west of the White Mountain Research Stationâ€™s Barcroft Laboratory near Barcroft Peak, breaking his back and lying in the darkness â€“ helpless in steep, rocky, unforgiving terrain.
â€śFortunately he didnâ€™t land in a rock ditch or in a cliff band or truly challenging terrain,â€ť said Jeff Holmquist, a member of the rescue team.
â€śWe caught a huge break because of that, and obviously, so did he.â€ť
If thereâ€™s one thing that gets the goat of Crowley Lakers, itâ€™s when a bear gets their goat.
About a dozen people showed up at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting of the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee to hear Steve Searlesâ€™ take on a bear assault on a pygmy goat on July 31.
For Crowley Lake residents, who usually donâ€™t have to deal with bears, the mauling of the goat was a strange and gruesome event, and Searles acknowledged that the bear had â€ścrossed the line.â€ť
He said if he had been there, and if he had jurisdictional authority (he doesnâ€™t), â€śIâ€™d have shot the bear.â€ť
Maybe Dave McCoy didn’t know what he was getting into when he signed up for a Facebook account. Within days, Dave had 550 friends, forcing him and his assistant, Brandon Russell, to do some serious gardening to his account. ...
The Mammoth Mountain Ski Back Trail, at best a highly modified success last ski season and at worst a flub, is getting a makeover.
On the trail itself, workers under the direction of Operations Director Clifford Mann have been grading, erecting retaining walls and fixing the areas that made the trail nearly impossible for snowboarders and a problem for many skiers.
Having largely completed the work in the forest, Mann and his crew now are busy on the finishing touch â€“ the long awaited pedestrian bridge across Forest Trail.
A proposal Wednesday to amend the troubled Eastern Sierra Unified School Districtâ€™s superintendentâ€™s employment contract met with resistance from two board members, but passed on a 3-2 vote.
The amendment was created to settle a â€śdisputeâ€ť that arose when at least one member of the school board, Doug Northington, said he was concerned about how Superintendent Don Clarkâ€™s vacation days were being paid out to Clark.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Wednesday announced winter air schedules and fares, including the new flight to and from San Francisco International.
The flights, to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, begin Dec. 16, according to a news release Tuesday from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
United Airlines will offer nonstop service from San Francisco International to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Flights will be operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines, using 66-seat CRJ700 regional jets. Flights start at $188 round-trip.
Mammothâ€™s merchants, hoteliers and restaurateurs may have varying opinions on the success of their summers, but the town government is calling Summer 2010 a winner.
Judging by the latest Transient Occupancy Tax figures, July 2010 was the biggest July in town history, according to Brad Koehn, the townâ€™s finance director.
â€śItâ€™s the best July weâ€™ve ever had in terms of TOT collections, and this only reflects the monthly remittances,â€ť he said. â€śThere are other condo owners who remit quarterly, so this will continue to grow.â€ť