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There's an Oprah in our midst

October 27, 2010

In a national park loaded with unusual and fascinating sights, people camping in Yosemite earlier this month saw an unusual sight in the form of ... Oprah Winfrey?!?!?

In the park in early October to film two shows based on her experiences in the park, the media megastar and her friend spent two days and one night in and around Yosemite Valley, according to Donna Sisson, the branch chief for public involvement and outreach.

The shows are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Nov. 1.

Hilarious pot bust in Mammoth

October 27, 2010

As pot busts go, the Tuesday arrest of Mammoth resident James Carlson was over the top.

The bust was by Mono County sheriff deputies assigned to the Mono Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), according to a press release from the sheriff's office. One deputy as wearing in street clothes. The other deputy was wearing sweater over his uniform and a portion of his duty gun belt. Yet another, a specialist from the California Drug Enforcement Section, were traveling in an unmarked MONET vehicle on Frontage Road in Mammoth.

Sansom's Cash for Candy enters second year

October 26, 2010

Following All Hallows Eve, trick-or-treaters trickle into the dentist’s office to trade in their loot. At times, “we’ve seen great reluctance,” said local dentist Byron Sansom.

“Last year, a child came in with two bags. He said, ‘you can have this bag, but you can’t have the other one,’” referring to his personal stash.

Dr. Sansom transforms trick-or-treat with his second annual ‘cash for candy’ event that captures the hearts of local kids, their parents, and military personnel. This year, he joins forces with a newly formed movement to focus on the troops who call Mono County home.

Mammoth Mountain starts snowmaking

October 26, 2010

Workers at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area began making snow Monday night after temperatures dipped well into the 20s – cold enough to start.

The snowmaking operation was still underway Tuesday afternoon on Broadway, with temperatures steady at 36 degrees and calm winds.

Snowmaking is possible only when the outside temperature is below 42.8 degrees F (six degrees C). On Monday night, the temperature at Main Lodge hovered in the mid- to low 30s for most of night, hitting its nadir at 29 degrees.

Hyland's Teething Tablets may pose risk to children, says FDA

October 25, 2010

FDA Issues Consumer Safety Alert: Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children, according to an FDA release forwarded by Mono County Public Health Officer Richard Johnson.

The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.

Tioga Road re-opened after icy conditions ease

October 25, 2010

Yosemite National Park on Monday afternoon re-opened the Tioga Road after snow and icy conditions closed Tioga Pass on Saturday, according to Yosemite National Park's road information hotline.

The road is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada through the park.

Town anticipates loss in Hot Creek suit

October 25, 2010

The Mammoth Town Council is now officially girding for a loss in the $30 million ongoing “Hot Creek” airport litigation.

Based on the comments and questions made at a Sacramento hearing by a panel of judges, the Town Council concluded Wednesday that there is a significant risk that the trial court verdict will be upheld. A decision is expected within 90 days.

In preparation for a potential negative ruling, the Council is exploring options, town officials said in a press release Thursday afternoon.
Among them are:

Big wind blows over tractor, trailer on U.S. 395

October 25, 2010

It was blustery. It was tempestuous. Sunday's windstorm also was dangerous, as a Fresno truck driver and his female passenger found out when they blown right off the road.

The accident happened as the man's tractor-trailer was northbound on U.S. 395 near Mammoth Yosemite Airport. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol in Bishop, the accident happened Sunday at about 11 p.m.

A strong gust of wind blew the empty truck-and-trailer combination onto its right side and onto the right shoulder.

Win two round trip tickets, Mammoth-to-LA

October 22, 2010

Win two round trip tickets for two from Mammoth to Los Angeles. See the entry form in this week's Mammoth Times, page 13, and weekly through Nov. 5.

Take your coupon to the Mammoth Times office, the Quiksilver store or McCoy Sports in the Village at Mammoth, to enter for a chance to win one pair out of nine free pairs (18 tickets) to be awarded to Mammoth-area residents for Horizon’s Mammoth to Los Angeles round trips.

If you just can’t wait to win, Horizon Air is offering a $59 one-way fare between Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) and Los Angeles International (LAX) through Dec. 15.

$95,000 expense blindsides Town

October 22, 2010

It’s one thing to find a fly in the ointment. It’s quite another when that fly hits you up for $95,000, which is what happened Wednesday night, when the Mammoth Lakes Town Council found aforesaid fly sitting right in the middle of its airport runway.

Sky West, the United Airlines subsidiary that is to fly daily to and from Mammoth and San Francisco starting in December, hit up the town with a surprise demand for two pricey pieces of ground equipment, catching the council, Town Manager Rob Clark and Airport Director Bill Manning off guard.

Got gas? Scientist finds both problem and solution in Horseshoe Lake greenhouse gas

October 22, 2010

While the ghostly white trees hovering around stark Horseshoe Lake may unnerve some people, a Massachusetts scientist found the greenhouse gas that strangled them could actually lead to a solution to climate change problems.

Working under a four-year, $2.3 million grant from the Department of Energy, Dr. Bruno Marino came to Mammoth last week, hoping to refine a high-tech laser he believes will some day soon be absolutely critical in the fight against climate change.

What's Up Up Here

October 22, 2010

SKI magazine says Mammoth Mountain Ski Area ranks 12th nationally and first in California. Coming in first in its annual “Best” issue, Mammoth was hands-down winner of Terrain Parks, for years under the stewardship of Oren Tanzer and now in Josh Chauvet’s hands. ...

AT&T to accelerate service

October 19, 2010

What’s more important up here than mobile phone coverage?

Hard to figure anything, right off the top of our headsets.

We’ve heard of people tossing their iPhones off chairlifts, tossing them against the walls, crying real tears and wondering with exasperation how to find a charger once they realize they’ve left theirs at home.

No worries. Maybe. Possibly.

AT&T announced last week that it is accelerating the timetable to complete network upgrades on its wireless service, making it “significantly sooner” than earlier estimates.

Fox News: Rare species pops up out of nowhere

October 15, 2010

When a Sierra Nevada red fox slipped out of the high country forest near Sonora Pass, it didn’t know its kind hadn’t been positively identified in the Sierra for at least 20 years.

It didn’t know that its closest relative— the same species but a genetically different population — of a few dozen red foxes in Lassen National Park, already one thread away from final, was the last known group of foxes in the Sierra, down from a species that had once covered most of the Sierra high country.

What's Up, Up Here?

October 15, 2010

Old friend Warren Miller lost his rights to be Warren Miller on Wednesday when he lost a lawsuit between Warren Miller Entertainment (the film company) and Warren Miller (the man) over Miller’s use of his name, likeness, voice and endorsement. Since 2005, Miller, now in his mid 80s, has indicated that he is not content with recent productions, and has been actively discouraged from involvement in the films bearing his name. ..
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The town’s Planning Commission gave a “Certificate of Appreciation” to Jim Demetriades, he of snazzy-looking Rafters and the Sierra Nevada Lodge. ...

Mammoth will be a paradise, Rec Commission says

October 15, 2010

In 10 years, Mammoth will be the best alpine community in the country.

It will have gobs of winter and summer recreation, miles of trails, a plethora of special events and high-altitude athletes absorbing a cornucopia of art and culture.

Our townspeople will be playing soccer and football, the kids will have great sports camps and the skiing and snowboarding will be simply fabulous.

So says a vision statement that the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission handed up to the Town Council on Tuesday afternoon on a unanimous and enthusiastic vote.

Bearproof curbside bins are working, except when humans use them

October 15, 2010

The reaction to Mammoth Disposal’s bear-proof curbside containers apparently is mixed.

Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission chair Tony Barrett on Wednesday said he’d heard from unhappy customers.

The question was if the BearSaver contraptions work as promised, and Dan Dawson rose to the device’s defense.

A member of the town’s Wildlife Committee, Dawson said the only problems he’d heard of were caused by stupid humans.

“You can’t give ‘em all night,” he said in reference to bears who have tried to break into the bins.
“They’ll figure it out and get in.”

John Nathan Adams, track coach and snowboard instructor, becomes fourth victim of Aug. 9 Bishop crash

October 15, 2010

John Nathan Adams, the popular track and snowboarding coach who was hospitalized after the horrific Aug. 9 triple-fatal crash in Bishop, died on Saturday as a result of his injuries, his family announced.

On Friday, Adams’ family posted a notice on the website CaringBridge.com that family members had decided to end Adams’s life support at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

He passed away surrounded by his family.

Summer wilderness visits hit 10-year high

October 15, 2010

Visits into the wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest hit a 10-year spike this past summer, according to Nancy Upham, the information officer of the forest.

“There were more days full on more trails than in the past 10 years, even some of the more obscure trails,” she said.

Upham said wilderness permits at the Wilderness Reservation offices in both Bishop and Mammoth were off the charts. Though the Forest Service does not do an actual count at campgrounds, anecdotal evidence suggests that the campgrounds were jammed all summer, too.

Tricky Senate special election looms

October 15, 2010

There’s something special about this Special Election.

Four candidates are competing for the job of State Senator, District 1, including one Democrat and three Republicans.

Old rules still govern this Special Consolidated Primary Election to fill the seat of the deceased Senator Dave Cox.

Voters will close an era of partisan history when they mark their ballots during the November election.

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