April 24th, 2015
If there is a rule of thumb—or at least a rule of legend—about Fishmas Day weather, it’s that it will be worth complaining about.
So it is likely to be this weekend, said Alex Hoon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.
It was welcome and unexpected news this past week on the Bi-State Sage Grouse habitat battlefield.
A new documentary about Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs will open the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. More details about the opening and the festival are in the print edition of the April 23 Mammoth Times and in the E-Edition.
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The racing season ended April 19 for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team in the Far West Speed Finals at Mammoth Mountain. For full details, and many more pictures, see the April 23 print edition of the Mammoth Times, or read about it in the E-Edition.
Steve Searles, Mammoth's "Bear Whisperer" and wildlife specialist, says he's nervous about the upcoming summer. For details, see the print edition of the Mammoth Times, or read it in the E-Edition.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has removed the winter snow, cleared the debris and made the necessary repairs to open State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on Friday, April 17, at 12 p.m. (noon).
Winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared when traveling in areas subject to hazardous conditions. All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires should, additionally, carry chains when traveling during snowy weather.
Tioga Pass Road open to park gate, Sonora opens Friday
Tioga Pass Road is open to Yosemite gate. The Sonora Pass road is scheduled to open Friday, April 17. The roads could close again if weather conditions require it.
Lakes Basin roads scheduled to open April 18
According to Caltrans, State Route 120 (West), the Tioga Pass Road to the East Yosemite Park Entrance Gate is now open. State Route 120 is closed beyond this point.
Users can access the road for recreational activities from the junction of US 395 at Lee Vining up to the park entrance closure gate.
State Route 168 (west) Inyo County is now open to Sabrina Lake
State Route 108 (Sonora Pass) will re-open on Friday, April 17, at noon, unless a new storm event occurs before.
The Convict Lake trail south of Mammoth about five miles on U.S. 395 is free of snow and the aspens are budding right now, making the easy hike around the beautiful lake a good early season hike. If you want more of a challenge, head up the trail toward Mildred Lake at about 9,000 feet elevation. The trail is mostly free of snow, at least to the first creek crossing about 2.5 miles up. The trail behind the lake will give you a good workout and the views are impeccable.
Mammoth Unified School District hosted another well-attended Mock Rock and Talent Show last week, April 15, and many of district's best musicians, singers and even cup-stackers took the room by storm. But equally important was the work of those behind the scenes, like Kimmy O'Connell, Allison Weber and Kary Walker, pictured here, who ran the Booster Club bake sale during the evening.
Never have a slow day in Mammoth again! Start by by attending the Inaugural Summer Recreation Open House on April 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Mammoth Middle School MPR. The event is sponsored by the Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department. All parents are welcome to stop by and browse at the tables of various organizations offering recreation activities for infants, youth and teenage children.
Here's some of what will be on the table:
Mammoth AYSO Soccer
Mammoth Lakes Swim Team
Mono Council for the Arts: FREE Summer Art Camps
Mammoth Youth Hockey
The Inyo National Forest will hold a public meeting to share the Draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop, 4090 W. Line Street. At the meeting, Inyo National Forest staff will share how they developed the Draft TAR, answer questions about TAP, and have the Draft TAR available for review. The Forest intends to post the Draft TAR to the Inyo National Forest website before the meeting, and will notify you by email when it is available.
A high wind watch remains in effect from Monday evening through
Tuesday morning for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.
* Timing: strong winds are likely late Monday night and Tuesday
morning as a cold front moves through the Eastern Sierra.
* Winds: southwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts over 60 mph.
ï¿¼ï¿¼ï¿¼Phillip L. Kiddoo is the new Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) for the local air pollution control district, replacing former officer Ted Schade who retired at the end of last year. Kiddoo was appointed on April 8 during a Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District meeting, according to district authorities. Kiddoo began his career with the District over a decade ago as a Research Systems Analyst and spent the last five years as its Senior Research and Systems Analyst.