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February 14th, 2014

Mono County goes to Washington; Supes give tepid support for junket

February 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Mono County will send two representatives to Washington, D.C., for a five-day legislative conference in March, but the Board of Supervisors is less than enthusiastic about the trip.

 

Recent storm takes only a small bite out of drought, water conservation urged

February 14, 2014

Don’t let the snow on the ground fool you—the Eastern Sierra is a very long way from being out of the drought.

It will take about another 20 inches of precipitation—somewhere between 15 and 25 feet of snow—to make up for the last few dry months, according to state data, then another 15 inches in March and April to stay out of a drought.

That’s not impossible.

More cross country ski, snowmobile areas open

February 14, 2014

Minaret Vista, Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area, other areas, now covered in snow

Last weekend’s storm brought enough snow to higher elevations to open more terrain to the public—specifically cross-country ski and snowmobile areas.
From the unplowed road that leads past Mammoth Mountain Ski Areas Main Lodge to gorgeous Minaret Vista to the snow-drenched Mammoth Lakes Basin and the high country around Bridgeport, there are plenty of places to ski and snowmobile once again—with a little bit of effort.

Snowfall welcome, but Mammoth racers had to deal

February 14, 2014

There’s an old saying around here, that “if you put a speed race on the calendar, it will snow.”

Once again the old urban legend was on the money last week when snowy weather forced the Mammoth Mountain Race Department to scramble.

Pete Korfiatis, Head MMST FIS coach, described the scenario like this:

“Though the MMRD was ready to race, Mother Nature had different ideas.  She came in with fury, and knowing how badly the mountain needed the snowfall no one was upset. 

February 13th

Mono budget hearings draw big crowd; $4.7 million shortfall looms

February 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—The Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week drew a packed house in both Bridgeport and Mammoth, but it wasn’t exactly much of a party.

 

'Assessing' the TBID : Many questions linger

February 13, 2014

The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) is not a tax, though it walks and talks like one in Mammoth Lakes.

 

Radical Ideas

February 13, 2014

The political season is wide open now, in both Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes, but we’re not sensing much excitement about it.

What's up, up here? Feb. 13-19 | News snippets from here and there

February 13, 2014

It’s official! Dr. Mike Karch announced this week that the Mammoth Lakes Biathlon for 2014 will be March 21-23 with more details to emerge in the coming weeks. So get your cross country skis and biathlon rifles out and start practicing! Ski fast, shoot straight! …

Mono County has a new, rolling restaurant

February 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—A new restaurant opened its doors this past month in Mono County, and judging by the lines outside of Ohanas395, it’s already a hit.

The trick, if there is one, is in finding the doors.

That’s because Ohanas395 is a Hawaiian Style Food Trailer, owned and operated by Rena McCullough, a longtime June Lake resident.

“Opening a restaurant requires a lot of work,” she reasoned. “This is easier.”

It also is arguably better.

Olympian Effort: Tellers, Johnstons head to Sochi

February 13, 2014

 

Larry Johnston says he knows one word in Russian.

It is “nyet,” the Russian word for “no.”

Debbie Teller says she knows one fewer word than Johnston.

Karl Teller, meanwhile, has been trying to pick up bits of Russian on his vehicle’s CD player, and Debbie says he might know five words by now, while Karen Johnston says she’s working on one word: “Dosvidaniya,” meaning goodbye.

Recent winter storm brings Mammoth area to 37 percent of normal snowfall

February 13, 2014

The first big storm of the winter dropped about four feet of snow on the top of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and a couple of feet of heavy snow between 11,000 and 9,000 feet.

It was enough to open all of the ski area’s runs, and just in time for one of the three biggest weekends of the year—Presidents Day weekend.

The storm also helped to bring the snowpack at Mammoth Pass from about 20 percent of normal to about 37 percent of normal for this time of year (according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power data).

Norovirus hits Mammoth hard

February 13, 2014

By now, most Mammoth Lakes residents probably know someone who has recently been through the latest winter affliction to hit the area, the “norovirus,” sometimes called the winter vomiting disease and/or food poisoning.

It is not dangerous, most of the time, but it is a particularly nasty stomach virus most common in the winter when people are stuck together in small, enclosed spaces for long periods of time.

February 11th

Owens Dry Lake cultural sites at risk again? Tribal preservation officer asks LADWP to halt work

February 11, 2014

Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.

Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.

RAW: Bridgeport man dies from swine flu, first local death attributed to the flu

February 11, 2014

The Mono County Health Department said it was notified late last week that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection, according to a news release from the department.

"Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy." the news release states. "Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.

Big turnout expected for second 'Eastside Know-How' talk tonight, reservations recommended

February 11, 2014

The second in the series of "Eastside Know-How"talks is this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and a large turnout is expected—large enough that it is a good idea to make reservations for Rafters, if you intend to attend, according to event organizer Elizabeth Tenney.

"We anticipate even more people tomorrow night at Rafters, but maximum occupancy is 175," she wrote in an email. "To guarantee a spot, consider making reservations for a table."

Contact Rafters 760-934-3131 orwww.opentable.com and click on "Rafters", she said.

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