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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.

Scobie recieves 10-year recognition award

December 7, 2012

 

David Scobie, a police officer with the MLPD for 10 years, received a recognition award from the Town Council Wednesday night, and Mayor Matthew Lehman gave him one of the highest compliments a cop could hope for.

“I don’t know David real well,” Lehman said, “but one thing I’ve heard around town is that people really like David Scobie. Even the people who are pulled over by him almost enjoy the experience.

“He’s the epitome of a great officer.”

'Shop with a Cop' set for holidays

December 7, 2012

 

Annual event in Bishop on Dec. 15

The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association is coordinating a multi-jurisdictional, multi-county event that will benefit some well-deserving families for Christmas.

The event is called “Shop with a Cop,” and will involve the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Bishop Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Inyo Probation Department.

Hospital welcomes two surgeons to staff

December 7, 2012

 

Mammoth Hospital next month will have two new surgeons on staff, beginning in January, the hospital announced this week in a press release.

Fru Bahiraei, M.D. and Richard Koehler, M.D. will have primary residence within the Mammoth Hospital District boundaries.

Dr. Bahiraei is board certified in general surgery and comes to Mammoth most recently from Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Washington. 

At Whidbey he provided general surgical, vascular, thoracic, trauma, and endoscopic services.

Holiday concerts set for Saturday and Sunday

December 7, 2012

 

Enjoy the musical talent of the Eastside and ring in the holiday season this weekend with a community concert that features local musicians of all ages performing in the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra.

The concerts, Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth, and Sunday at the Bishop Neighborhood Church, begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $7 for students.

The Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt directs the chamber orchestra, and Stephanie Everson directs the choir.

Fire fee here to stay

December 7, 2012

 

A $150 “fire prevention” fee for most non-Mammoth residents in Mono County may be here to stay, after promised political support for the removing the fee evaporated during the election season.

Twenty-eight Mono County residents have yet to claim state refunds

December 7, 2012

 

About $3,000 in unclaimed state tax refunds is sitting around, waiting for 28 Mono County residents to claim their money.

A total of $14 million awaits taxpayers in other counties, according to the state tax board. The most common reason taxpayers don’t get their refunds is because they move and don’t update their addresses with the state Franchise Tax Board.

Local Health Department says flu season looks to be a bad one

December 5, 2012

The chief doctor of the Mono and Inyo counties health department this week urged Eastern Sierra residents protect themselves from what appears to be a bad wave of influenza sweeping the United States.

Dr. Richard Johnson said there have been no documented cases in the area, but the flu activity "is showing signs of increasing across the country."

"Significant increases in flu activity in the United States have occurred in the last two weeks, indicating that an early flu season is upon us," he said in a news release.

Tioga Pass, the "Granite Curtain," closed for the season

December 4, 2012

The granite curtain has fallen.

Yosemite National Park closed Tioga Pass for the season last weekend, along with the Glacier Point Road.

The significant storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the weekend resulted in an estimated five and a half feet of snow accumulation in Tuolumne Meadows.

These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.

Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park.

Mammoth skier Stacey Cook gets two World Cup podium finishes

December 1, 2012

Mammoth downhiller Stacey Cook broke onto the World Cup stage this past weekend, putting together back-to-back second-place finishes in the first podium finishes of her career.

Wearing a purple Mammoth knit hat, Cook mounted the podium twice behind winner Lindsey Vonn at Lake Louise, eight years after finishing fourth in that particular race.

Members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams gathered in the ski area’s Slopeside Center to watch the races on television. They were joined by members of the U.S. Snowboard Team and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, in Mammoth for training.

Mammoth Sierra Magazine "Winter Preview" debuts Friday, Dec. 7

December 1, 2012

With stories spanning everything from science to skiing, women on snow to a guide to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the winter preview edition of Mammoth Sierra Magazine is about to hit the racks

The magazine, free at selected locations and to subscribers of the Mammoth Times, is the 58th edition of the bimonthly publication. The new edition hits newstands on Friday, Dec. 7.

Featured is a mysterious cover image from the Beekley Collection of Ski Art.

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 30-Dec. 6, starring Daniel and Sarah Roessler, Georgia Lowe, Brit Cogan, Brian Knox, et al

November 30, 2012

Somehow, it seems like Brent Truax has been leading the Chamber of Commerce forever, such has been his impact on putting a face on the organization. He steps aside in December to focus on running the Westin Monache Resort, and we’ll miss him.

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