Skip to main content

News

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.

Mammoth's trails open to interpretation

November 30, 2012

If the Mammoth Lakes committee on trails has its way, future visitors to the town’s trail system will do less head scratching and more learning.

The committee, made up of members from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, along with nonprofit entities, accepted a sweeping, 92-page outline of how to enhance Mammoth’s trails with a series of trail-side education pieces on Wednesday.

“This document is a great start,” said Jon Kazmierski, the recreation officer of the Inyo National Forest.

Wild 'river' of storms flows to the Eastern Sierra

November 30, 2012

A series of three wet, warm storms were set to hit Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra before Monday, dumping several inches of rain on lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains.

Meteorologists on Thursday projected winds that could kick up to 60- to 100-miles-an-hour.

Weather watchers also had their eyes on the possibility of localized flooding.

Mammoth Rotary donates $2,500 to Sandy victims

November 30, 2012

Imagine lining up dollar bills stretching from Mammoth Lakes to Staten Island, N.Y., and that would be just short of the amount of money the local Rotarians are sending to Superstorm Sandy victims.

“Rotary is all about helping people and placing ‘service above self,’” said Mammoth attorney Mike Bornfeld after he led an effort to send $2,500 to hard-hit Staten Island.

The Mammoth Rotary Club raised the money Nov. 3 at its poker tournament. The following week, the club sent a check to the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island.

Mammoth offers class on child sexual abuse prevention

November 30, 2012

A local woman who believes Mammoth Lakes has had more than its share of child sexual abuse is stepping up to offer a class to prevent the crime.

Donna Lisa Knowles, a mother and local real estate agent, said she has had enough of the silence and the reality of child sexual abuse in Mammoth.

Six ancient works of art stolen from Volcanic Tablelands

November 30, 2012

As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.


The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.

Connect to Mammoth Times


Like us on Facebook
 
Follow us on Twitter

 

Classified Ads

Custom Search
Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes