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December 14th

Gorham leaves MLPD after 15 years

December 14, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department lost longtime officer Jesse Gorham this week, and the town won’t be quite the same.

Gorham, who received his 15-year service award at the last Town Council Meeting, is retiring to Clendenin, W. Va., with his wife, Valerie, and three children, leaving Mammoth with a big gap on the force.

Really big.

“With his departure, and Marty Thompson’s departure earlier, that now makes me the largest member of the Police Department,” quipped Chief Dan Watson. “I’m not sure that’s a good thing.”

December 13th

Another foot plus of perfect powder for Mammoth Mountain

December 13, 2012

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area received 16 inches of powder since Wednesday, giving the ski area about 126 inches (or about 10.5 feet) of snow since the season began on Oct. 1. The base depth of the mountain is now at 68 inches, or about 5.5 feet. The measurements were taken by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Ski Patrol at Main Lodge, at about 9,000 feet of elevation.

The totals for Wednesday’s storm were something of a surprise; most forecasts had put the total snowfall for the area lower than what actually occurred.

December 12th

It's snowing, but how deep it will be is up in the air

December 12, 2012

It’s not enough to call it a “dump,” per so, but snow is undeniably falling in Mammoth Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is being cagey as to how much precipitation we’ll get, but the five-day precipitation graphic shows as much as 1.25 inches of moisture over the next few days. That translates into about a foot of snow, plus or minus.

This moisture is accompanied by a cold wave. That means the heavy Sierra Cement glop is not a factor.

Whatever snow comes down, it will arrive as powder.

December 11th

RAW: Ralph Obenberger appointed Mono County Sheriff Tuesday

December 11, 2012

In early November, Sheriff Richard C. Scholl made the announcement that he was going to retire as Sheriff-Coroner as of December 20th, 2012.

“I have been honored to be the 21st person to serve as Sheriff-Corner of Mono County. To have the trust of the employees and the citizens over these past six years has truly been a privilege. I know our accomplishments have outweighed the defeats and I believe the Sheriff’s Office is poised to continue moving forward in a positive manner under the direction of Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger,” stated Sheriff Scholl.

December 7th

Council closes "dark chapter" in Mammoth history

December 7, 2012

The Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday voted for a new government restructuring plan, with an eye to the long-range future but with its thumbs also fixed on vexing, short-term problems.

In making the decision, the council sought to put to bed some of the more controversial elements that have divided the town ever since it began its five-month-long tightrope walk back from the edge of municipal bankruptcy.

Downhiller Stacey Cook comes up big in World Cup

December 7, 2012

Ten years after entering the world stage of ski racing with the U.S. Ski Team, Mammoth racer Stacey Cook last weekend finally got a payoff.

A member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, Cook landed on her first-ever World Cup podiums, finishing second behind superstar Lindsey Vonn in the opening races of the 2012-13 World Cup season.

Experts weigh in on upcoming winter

December 7, 2012

It hasn’t taken long for the relief generated by last week’s storm to give way to anxiety in Mammoth.

What’s next, everyone wants to know. What will this winter be like?

Unfortunately, the answer to that question is anything but clear.

“I don’t trust forecasts any longer than 72 hours out,” said Frank Gehrke, the chief snow surveyor for the state Department of Water.

“Having a wet December (as this one is shaping up to be, due to the last series of storms) doesn’t mean a thing for the future. I’ve learned not to predict and just work on what comes.”

Some Paradise residents still not happy with Lower Rock Creek development

December 7, 2012

Paradise residents voiced their ire Tuesday about a subdivision and trailhead design on Lower Rock Creek Road that they say is making the road dangerous in the winter.

At issue is a fence that developer John Hooper, who lives on the property at the site of the old Paradise Lodge and Resort, built to funnel hikers from a parking lot to a trailhead.

Ralph Obenberger likely to be appointed county sheriff soon

December 7, 2012

Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger will likely be appointed Mono County Sheriff by the county supervisors soon, after Sheriff Richard “Rick” Scholl recommended Obenberger for the post at Tuesday's county supervisor's meeting—with no oppostition from the supervisors, who were quick to voice their support for Obenberger.

Scholl recently announced he will retire about halfway through his four year term. His last date will be Dec. 20.

“It seems like the logical choice, and Ralph is certainly qualified,” said Supervisor Byng Hunt—words echoed by the rest of the supervisors.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 7-13, starring Stacey Corless, Dan Watson, Marty Thompson et al

December 7, 2012

The Eastern Sierra made Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, coming in at No. 6. The travel pub gives a shout-out to Bodie, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, Devils Postpile, and Whoa Nellie Deli. Notably absent: Mammoth Lakes. Top 5 are Louisville, Fairbanks, the San Juan Islands, Philly and American Somoa. …

Holy Bobcat, Batman! Searles thrilled with local sightings

December 7, 2012

A pair of bobcats are enjoying the early winter in Mammoth’s neighborhoods, and wildlife specialist Steve Searles says he is ecstatic.

“For people to be able to observe that in a community, it’s a great indicator of one of the things that’s going really right in our town,” he said at the Mammoth Town Council meeting Wednesday evening.

“To have local bobcats being observed multiple times a day, it’s something we should be really proud of, and celebrate.”

Searles said there is no reason for people to be alarmed by the two critters.

Tri-Valley developer gets some help with project

December 7, 2012

 

The Tri-Valley area of Mono County—Hammil, Chafant and Benton—was once the fastest growing part of the county, and developer Bob Stark hopes it is again soon.

He got some help for his vision Tuesday after the Mono County Board of supervisors agreed to make it easier to continue his White Mountain Estates project north of Bishop on S.R 6.

Stark’s 87-unit project was going full-speed prior to 2008, poised to fill a deep need for workforce housing in the county, which at the time was experiencing a real estate price boom.

Bridgeport snow sports area open

December 7, 2012

 

The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) is scheduled to open Dec. 6 after gaining three and four feet of snow coverage. 

The BWRA area is suitable for snowmobiling and other winter sports and is located in the Sonora Pass vicinity off S.R. 108. Recent storms have provided enough snow to meet the minimum requirements for opening, but snow conditions are variable.

'Tis better to give than to take

December 7, 2012

 

Every year, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra does its biggest fundraiser in December. Its Island Extravaganza has been an extraordinary example of the Eastern Sierra community coming together for a night of music, mingling, and good food—all in the name of supporting a fabulous organization.

In addition to the many volunteers it takes to keep DSES going, it also takes an enormous amount of funding to keep the programs moving forward. One of the ways volunteers help DSES raise funds is by selling raffle tickets.

Fido & Me- Antlers

December 7, 2012

 

“What the heck are we DOING?” Fido asked.

“Just sit still, you big red lug, this won’t take much more than a minute.”

“I’m not liking this.”

We were an hour away from our appointment with a photographer and some other dogs to make an image for a Christmas card. The idea was simple enough. The execution was going to be another thing altogether.

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