The Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at the Whitney Portal area next week, as weather conditions allow.
Smoke may be visible at times from U.S. 395. Prior to burning, much consideration goes into current and forecasted wind direction in order to limit the effects of smoke on nearby communities and recreation sites.
These piles help thin and reduce fuels near communities that could fuel an unwanted fire during hotter and drier conditions and to restore fire-adapted ecosystem conditions.
A great weekend for locals is in the offing, according to occupancy projections from Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
With plentiful snow on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain, albeit with sub-zero overnight temperatures in the forecasts, the occupancy rate in town will be just 20 percent through the weekend, with a 15 percent occupancy rate for mid-week.
Those numbers are down from last year, when the town occupancy was 28 percent for the weekend, and the same for mid-week.
On Friday, Dec. 13, June Mountain Ski Area is still sticking to its projected Opening Day after a one-year hiatus.
It’s 7:40 a.m. on a frigid, midweek day and the Mammoth Middle School gymnasium is bumping like a dance club, full of smiling pre-teens jumping rope, unicycling, riding sideways skates, and playing ping-pong, basketball, dodgeball, and volleyball.
Classes haven’t started yet, but teacher Todd Hensley is here early to supervise. He is lean and fit, with an engaging, active posture. When students break a rule, he calls them out and gives them 20 push-ups. Without protest, the busted students pump out the pushups, and rush back to their game of choice.
Having had five weeks to examine budget-induced gaps and unfilled positions, Interim Town Manager Dan Holler this week came forward with what he called a “consistent, effective and efficient” town staffing model.
His proposal, introduced at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, included changes in town administration, finance, community and economic development, and public works.
The council voted unanimously to pass the reorganization plans.
BRIDGEPORT—In a two-hour thrust-and-parry exercise this past week, about 50 Mono County residents, scientists and political stakeholders finally had their long-awaited showdown with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
However, citizens failed to win anything new in their bid to delay an environmental review in connection to proposed federal protection of the local sage grouse.
Mono County pets that would need emergency care in a natural disaster crisis have help on the way.
RedRover, a Sacramento-based nonprofit and volunteer program, would provide temporary, no-cost shelter and animal care services for people whose pets are impacted by a natural disaster or other emergency conditions.
The deal, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among RedRover, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, is to go before the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting next Tuesday in Bridgeport.
June Lake's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec. 13 and is sponsored by the June Lake Chamber of Commerce.
June Lake Chamber Mixer at Sierra Crest Realty, 2784 Hwy158
Free hot chocolate and refreshments
Greet old friends and meet new ones
Begin the caroling at Sierra Crest
Walk through town singing and laughing all the way!
Bring bells and flashlights
Tree lighting with special guests across from the Sierra Inn
Christmas tree permits are now available at the Mammoth Lakes Ranger District. Permits are $5 per tree and both pinyon pine and fir trees can be taken. The Christmas tree cutting area maps are available when you pick up your permit.
For more information, contact the Inyo National Forest at 760-924-5500 or go to the Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center at 2510 Main St. at the entrance to the town of Mammoth Lakes, three miles west of S.R. 395.
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber's holiday fundraiser this year will be held tomorrow, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jimmy's Taverna and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Wild Iris, according to the chamber.
Each year, Wild Iris serves hundreds of Mono Countyâ€™s most vulnerable residents: those who are victims of domestic violence. The numbers continue to grow for individuals seeking our services, and sadly, the increase in numbers includes more and more victims under the age of 18, according to the chamber.
Theresa Moscowitz, a 27-year veteran of the Mono County paramedic and firefighting world, retired Wednesday, Nov. 26 after being sent out on a call that turned out to be a mock call and instead became one big party, according to her husband, Mammoth Police Sgt. Mark Moscowitz.
Snowcreek Athletic Club co-owner Ralph Lockhart said Monday, Nov. 25, that crews are hard at work repairing damage after a six inch water main broke early on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
â€śThere was up to a foot of water in every hallway, every room, and going out every doorway. It was flowing,â€ť he said, like a river, pushing mud and silt all throughout the club.
Their insurance claim will be somewhere in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Lockhart said, â€śbut weâ€™ve got excellent insurance. Weâ€™ll be back better and prettier than ever. Itâ€™s pretty much a complete gut and replace project.â€ť
A San Francisco woman was airlifted to Reno last Saturday after falling about 15 feet onto the ground, while climbing near Bishop, according to Inyo County Sheriff Department officials.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, at about 3 p.m., the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department received a telephone call regarding a female fall victim at the Happy Boulders off Chalk Bluff Road, north of Bishop, according to a news release. According to the reporting party, the female subject landed on her back and was screaming in pain.
Two men stranded near Mt. Whitney in five feet of snow had to be rescued Sunday, Nov. 24, after one got hit by two avalanches and the other also could not make it down to safety without help.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, at about 10:40 a.m., the Inyo County Sheriff's Department received a telephone call regarding a stranded hiker near Upper Boy Scout Lake (located at the base of Mt. Whitney), according to Inyo County sheriff officials.
A hiker missing since Saturday in the Foresta area near the west entrance of Yosemite National Park has been found, injured, but alive, according to Yosemite National Park officials.
"(Ann Lory) was located by a family member working with Search and Rescue crews in the search area," according to a news release. "Lory sustained injuries and has been transported to a local hospital for medical attention."
Yosemite National Park Rangers were searching for Lory, 60, a resident of Foresta, who had been missing since Saturday morning, Nov. 23, according to park officials.
On Thursday, Nov. 21, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a three vehicle collision involving a California Highway
Patrol vehicle parked just north of Lower Rock Creek Road occurred when a Mammoth Lakes resident lost control of her vehicle on the icy road and spun into the CHP vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.