April 24th, 2014
A winter storm that could bring between 12 to 18 inches of snow to the higher elevations of the Sierra is forecast to hit the Eastern Sierra this weekend, with the first storm coming in Friday and into Saturday and another, lighter storm forecast for Saturday evening and into Sunday.
The two storms will bring an abrupt and cold change to the warm spring weather that has so far characterized April, as a cold front drops down from the Gulf of Alaska and combines with a strong moisture plume coming in from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California near Paso Robles.
Mammoth’s bears are up and about early—too early for the grasses and greens they usually rely on for much needed calories in the spring.
The bears also bedded down late due to the late snows. Some of them did not fully bed down at all since the snow did not seal in their dens all winter.
This combination means they are unusually hungry right now and Mammoth’s wildlife specialist Steve Searles said it is time to ramp up efforts to keep the hungry bears out of dumpsters, or face fines.
SAN FRANCISCO â€“ Bernadette Lovato has been selected as the new superintendent for Manzanar National Historic Site in California. Lovato is currently the district manager for the Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, overseeing 4.8 million acres in northwestern Nevada.
Lovato will begin her new position in June, replacing former superintendent Les Inafuku, who retired.
UPDATED: Meb Keflezighi, formerly a member of the Mammoth Track Club and a fixture in Mammoth distance running, won the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.
Dust from China’s Gobi Desert has once again made it to the Eastern Sierra, most notably on Sunday, April 20, when the white haze could be seen pouring over Mammoth Pass in the late afternoon and evening.
At first, local air pollution control district authorities thought the haze was smoke or agricultural dust, but then something about it didn’t seem right.
The Tioga Pass Road could open as early as the first or second week of May and officials began plowing the road this week, according to authorities.
“I heard they started plowing today (Tuesday, April 15) and that the work should go quickly, unless there is a large spring season storm,” said Mono County’s Interim Public Works Director Jeff Walters. “The water content in the snow up there is very low; I’m sure Olmsted Point is mostly exposed granite at this time.”
In the labyrinthine halls of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, they’re calling it “the crime of the century.”
OK, so maybe it was in name only.
The name is “Braun” and the case involved a curious case of a missing campaign yard sign supporting MLPD Reserve Officer Ingrid Braun for Mono County Sheriff.
Braun is locked into a (a-hem) brawny race for sheriff against the current office-holder, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger.
Longtime Mammoth Mountain Ski Area executive Pam Murphy, a fixture at the ski resort since 1973, announced today, April 15 that she is retiring.
Mice carry the hantavirus all year, but spring marks the start of the season when the risk of exposure rises, according to a press release from the Mono County Health Department.
Buildings that have been closed and unused all winter often provide habitats for deer mice, and when they are opened in the spring for cleaning, human exposure to the hantavirus is possible.
Although hantavirus infections are relatively rare, it is not unusual to have several cases per year in the Eastern Sierra, and the risk of death is significant, according to the release.
Late Monday night, April 14, there will be a total lunar eclipse, said astronomers from the Owens Valley Radio Observatory said.
Mammoth High School senior Edgar Moreno has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc. Foundation, school officials said late last week.
The CFW Foundation provides scholarships to graduating California public high school seniors and Edgar Moreno was nominated by the high school for his academic accomplishments, athletic leadership, work ethic, and desire to continue his education upon high school graduation, according to school superintendent Lois Klein.
A Crowley Lake man driving a Toyota Tundra was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk on Sunday, April 13 after he was found stopped in the middle of the road on Willow Brook Road in Crowley Lake, according to the California Highway Patrol.
When the 52-year-old man was contacted by law enforcement at about 6:44 p.m., a sobriety test revealed he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.
The man was arrested, his driver license was suspended and he was booked at the Mono County Jail.
Rock Creek Road Reconstruction Project has begun, and will continue, weather permitting, through the 2014/2015 seasons.
This project to repair and restore the Rock Creek Road includes the development of a bike lane and these much-needed improvements mean greater accessibility to visitors and locals alike.
Eight youth sports organizations applied for funding this year, spreading the Recreation Commission’s already lean budget even thinner.
“Funding is small,” said Recreation Manager Stuart Brown. “It’s obviously not enough. But it keeps [the organizations] afloat.”
Two new applicants for funding emerged this year, the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association and Mammoth Youth Hockey.