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Mostly dry weather expected to persist ’til end of month

December 19, 2013

It’s hard to put a damper on Mammoth’s amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter’s optimism when it comes to winter weather, but the forecast for the next few weeks might have done so.

“It’s not good, it’s horrible,” he said. “It’s as bad as it can get by this time of year.”

He is not talking just about the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday weeks, either.

Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue honors several team members

December 16, 2013

The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to saving lives. They do searches and rescues at any time, in any weather, for as long as it takes, for free.

Each year, the team honors members for their individual excellence and public service.

The team's highest honor, election to status as a Lifetime Member, is only rarely conferred by the team to a rescue member who has made unusual, faithful, and regular contributions to the team and to the welfare of victims over a significant number of years.

RAW: Tioga Pass closed for the season

December 12, 2013

Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park.

June Mountain opens this Friday

December 12, 2013

June Mountain Ski Area will open as scheduled this Friday and the first riders on the first chair will include a group of Lee Vining students who sold lemonade last year in an attempt to keep their beloved ski area open.

“We invited the lemonade stand kids to join us and to play hooky and they accepted,” said Julie Brown, June Mountain’s new activities director.

Snowmobile lawsuits alarm USFS

December 12, 2013

Two lawsuits, neither of which is directly aimed at the Inyo National Forest, have appeared on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger District’s radar screens, with implications that could affect snowmobile use in years to come.

“There are a lot of moving pieces, and we’re trying to figure out exactly where we’re going to land and what we’re going to have to do to approve future snowmobile and grooming use on the forest,” said Jon Kazmierski, the recreation officer of the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts.

Supes look at ‘Legislative Platform’

December 12, 2013

As funding for Mono County programs continue to wobble in the face of ongoing state and federal instability, the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week took the first step in passing a first-of-its kind “State and Federal Legislative Platform.”

“There are decisions being made by people who don’t live in Mono County,” said Jim Leddy, the county administrator, who introduced the document on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Bridgeport.

RAW: ICARE benefit at Spellbinder Books Saturday, Dec. 14

December 10, 2013

Spellbinder Books and the region's biggest non-profit animal advocate agency, ICARE, invite you to the 14th Annual ICARE Shopping Day on Saturday, Dec. 14, according to ICARE.

Simply purchase a $5 ICARE Donation Ticket at the store between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and receive 20 percent off a wonderful selection of books, calendars, greeting cards and assorted gifts. There will also be a drawing for prizes.

Your $5 donation goes directly to ICARE and helps the Eastern Sierra’s homeless pets in need. Happy Holidays!

RAW: Nordic ski trails near Shady Rest will be groomed again—when it snows more

December 10, 2013

Recent snowstorms have left the ground covered but are not providing the snow base required to use grooming equipment on the public Nordic and snowmobile trails on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, according to forest officials, who said once there is sufficient snowfall, grooming of the Shady Rest and Obsidian Dome Nordic Trails and the groomed snowmobile trail system will begin.

UPDATE: Bill 'Billy' Anderson dies; beloved Mammoth firefighter, division chief

December 7, 2013

Bill Anderson, a firefighter with the Mammoth Fire District for 40 years, died on Friday, Dec. 6.

The cause of death was complications from a brain tumor, according to Fire Chief Brent Harper.

“As many of you know, Chief Anderson was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago. The operation to remove the tumor was only partially successful. 

“He died peacefully and without pain, with his family around him.”
 

RAW: Mammoth man busted on meth charges

December 5, 2013

A 32-year-old Mammoth man is in custody after the Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff Deputies, arrested him in a methamphetamine bust.

Jose Priciliano Perez Torres was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, and sales of a controlled substance.

RAW: Prescribed burns next week at Whitney Portal

December 5, 2013

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.

Occupancy rate for this weekend at 20 percent

December 5, 2013

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.

Exercise Science inspires kids

December 5, 2013

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.

Holler proposes town restructuring

December 5, 2013

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.

Feds: 1, Mono: 0 in grouse fight

December 5, 2013

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 pets to get emergency crisis care

December 3, 2013

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 annual Christmas tree lighting Friday, Dec. 13

December 3, 2013

June Lake's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec. 13 and is sponsored by the June Lake Chamber of Commerce.

3 p.m.
June Lake Chamber Mixer at Sierra Crest Realty, 2784 Hwy158
Free hot chocolate and refreshments
Greet old friends and meet new ones

5 p.m.
Begin the caroling at Sierra Crest
Walk through town singing and laughing all the way!
Bring bells and flashlights

6 p.m.
Tree lighting with special guests across from the Sierra Inn
More carols
Bonfire

Christmas tree permits available

December 2, 2013

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.

RAW: Chamber mixer benefits Wild Iris

December 2, 2013

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 County’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, longtime paramedic, retires

November 27, 2013

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.

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