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Mammoth Mtn Owner Buys Bear Mountain and Snow Summit

Mammoth Resorts to Acquire Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Ski Resorts in Southern California

Launching new joint pass product, Cali4nia Pass to offer unrestricted access to all four California mountains –
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain, June Mountain and Snow Summit Mountain Resort.

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA September 24, 2014 —

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, owner of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake, California.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts that host nearly 800,000 winter visits annually.

The combination of these four iconic California mountain resorts creates diverse and unique offerings of both summer and winter experiences for day trips, weekend getaways and extended vacations. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, located a short drive from everywhere in southern California, with their full complement of outdoor activities from action sports to first-time family experiences, provide an excellent fit with the world class, big-mountain destination experience offered at Mammoth.

“We couldn’t be more excited to enter into this agreement with Big Bear Mountain Resorts. These two uniquely southern California resorts have been providing great skiing, riding and biking experiences to
visitors from California and beyond. Millions have enjoyed their first mountain resort experience on the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, and we look forward to expanding upon the legacy that
Dick Kun and his people have created over the past six decades,” said Rusty Gregory, Chairman and CEO of Mammoth Mountain.

“This acquisition represents the beginning of a renaissance for both
Mammoth and Big Bear and is the first step in the next era of skiing and riding in California. In the coming months we will be announcing exciting new development and expansion plans for each of our four resorts designed to attract visitors from down the street, across the country, and around the world,” added Gregory.

To celebrate the occasion, Mammoth has announced a new season pass that includes unrestricted access to all four mountains at the discounted rate of $689 for adults. The new Cali4nia Pass will go on
sale at the Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails event at Bear Mountain this Saturday, September 27 and will then be available online for a limited time only at www.snowsummit.com or www.Cali4niaPass.com.

“The Cali4nia Pass will cut through the clutter in the market by providing the most diverse set of resort options available in California by allowing you to ski where you want, when you want and as often as you want,” said Gregory.

This transaction will create one of the nation’s largest ski companies with over 2 million visitors per year. Dick Kun, the driving force behind skiing and riding in the Big Bear region and long-time CEO of Big Bear Mountain Resorts commented, “Mammoth has always been the natural long-term fit for the Big Bear
family and we are thrilled to enter this agreement. I am deeply grateful to the employees, shareholders, and the Big Bear community for their work and support during the 63 years of our operations. Mammoth’s experience and leadership will ensure that southern Californians will continue to enjoy recreating in the local mountains and will undoubtedly bring in a new era of experiences and opportunities for all of our constituents,” continued Kun.

Houlihan Lokey served as exclusive financial advisor to Big Bear Mountain Resorts and assisted in initiating, structuring and negotiating the transaction on its behalf.

Closing is subject to certain conditions, including Big Bear Mountain Resort shareholder approval and transfer of the U.S. Forest Service Permit that permits operations on nearly 1,500 acres of the San
Bernardino National Forest.

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About Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. With 1.3-1.5 million annual skier visits, Mammoth Mountain is the third most frequented ski resort in the United States. With longstanding commitment to athletic excellence and innovative alpine, freestyle and nordic terrain, Mammoth is proud to be an official USSA training facility. The company owns and operates a variety of resort businesses including recreation,
hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage and retail. Specific businesses owned and operated by Mammoth Mountain include Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Mammoth Mountain also operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge and Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, California. For
more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.

About BBMR – Real Snow. Real Close. Real Deal.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) includes Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, plus Bear Mountain Golf Course and Snow Summit Summer. Together, BBMR has the region’s most progressive terrain parks, most dependable snow conditions, the largest full-service learning programs and a multitude of premier services – just a tank of gas away round-trip from most areas in Southern California. For more information, please visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com. BBMR is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a San Bernardino National Forest special use permit.

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Mammoth Resorts to Acquire Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Ski Resorts in Southern California

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Author of “Regarding Mono Lake” at Eastern California Museum

ECM Hosts Local Author Elizabeth Kenneday, “Regarding Mono Lake”

Mono Lake is more than photogenic tufa towers.

Regarding Mono Lake
“Regarding Mono Lake”

Although the famed tufa towers are, in most people’s minds, the lake’s trademark, a closer look reveals a landscape dotted with equally intriguing sights and views that draw attention to the region’s rich history and the people who played an integral role in shaping that history.

From Paiute basket makers to loggers and ranchers to environmentalists, the Mono Lake region has attracted an interesting cast of characters. And many of those characters left an indelible artistic mark on the region. Prehistoric Paiute rock art, drawings cut into trees by Basque sheepherders and even a rather creepy Clint Eastwood movie have all made a contribution to the cultural and artistic legacy of the lake.

Local author Elizabeth Kenneday’s new book, “Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea,” documents and explains that human and artistic history, while also showcasing the colorful, unique landscapes that have made Mono Lake an unforgettable natural attraction. Illustrating the book are 56 of Kenneday’s stunning panoramic photos, most of which highlight lesser-known features of the lake.

Kenneday’s photos are both informative and striking. The photos frame ancient tree stumps and abandoned ranches and buildings in a modern context. An abandoned Lime Kiln, a useless boat dock and marina, abandoned mine sites, and the famed Mono Mills lumber site, document the lasting footprint of man’s industrial efforts on the lake. The same is true of the photos of the decrepit “Spa Cottages” on Paoha Island, an empty water tank and a decayed wooden boat.

The lake’s artistic history ranges from Pauite petroglyphs to the eclectic “found art” of the Bottle Place to the making of Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” with is surreal Lago town site on the banks of the lake.

Of course, the famed tufa and picture-postcard sunsets and sunrises also are captured by Kenneday’s camera.

Kenneday will make a presentation and sign copies of her book, “Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea,” at the Eastern California Museum on Saturday Sept. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 155 N. Grant St. in Independence, call 760-878-0258 for more information.

Kenneday is well-suited to the task of explaining and exploring Mono Lake’s cultural story.

She was one of  idealistic activists who worked for the Mono Lake Committee while it battled the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the utility’s stream diversions that, by the 1980s, had resulted in an alarming drop in the level of the lake. That monumental environmental struggle succeeded in saving the lake. In 2004, she moved back to the Eastern Sierra and began “photographing Mono Lake again in earnest.” Kenneday currently splits her time between Reno and June Lake. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography and a Ph.D. in Art Educational Theory. She is the emerita professor of Art at California University in Long Beach, and has been awarded a Traditional Fulbright Scholar Fellowship

“This eerie, yet exquisitely beautiful lake has inspired writers, movie producers, artists and photographers, and musicians … the lake and its basin have been the site of Native American activity, a gold rush, agricultural and ranching endeavors, an oil boom, other commercial activities, and tourism,” she writes. “I became ever more intrigued the ways the area had been perceived, interpreted, utilized, exploited and cherished by others who have encountered it. Mono Lake of the twenty first century bears the imprint of all these human activities – some visible, some less so.”

ECM Hosts Local Author Elizabeth Kenneday, “Regarding Mono Lake”

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US Forest Service Responds to Ball Mountain Fire

USFS Ball Mountain Fire Update: 09/24/2014 

The Ball Mountain Fire is estimated to be 25 acres this morning. The fire is burning in pinyon and brush.

The fire is located near Ball Mountain, north of Kennedy Meadows and west of Tunawee Canyon. The fire is highly visible from Highway 395 near Olancha, the Coso Junction area, and Kennedy Meadows.
The fire is burning in a remote area in the South Sierra Wilderness and there is currently no threat to life or property. Smokejumpers, the Inyo Hotshots, and Inyo Engine 41 crew are being inserted today to begin fireline construction. Additionally, a Type 1 helicopter, a Type 2 helicopter, and air attack are committed to the fire.
The crews’ focus will be on the southeast flank of the fire to secure an anchor point and to prevent the fire’s spread into Long Canyon.  Crews will take advantage of natural barriers (rock) and previous fires (including the 2008 Clover Fire) for line construction to contain the fire to the north and west.
This is a lightning-caused fire from the storm that passed through the area on Saturday.

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USFS Ball Mountain Fire Update: 09/24/2014

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Inyo County Accepting Grants for Community Projects

INYO COUNTY ACCEPTING COMMUNITY PROJECT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM GRANTS

Inyo County is accepting grant applications from non-profit groups and organizations in the county seeking funding for programs, projects or events taking place from the time the grants are awarded later this year to June 30, 2015.

There is $95,000 worth of grant funding available in this cycle of Inyo County Community Project Sponsorship Program grants. The Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the $95,000 in CPSP grant funding when it recently approved the fiscal year 2014-15 county budget.

Crowd at the Blake Jones Trout Derby, an event that has received Grant Funding
Crowd at the Blake Jones Trout Derby, an event that has received Grant Funding

Over the past seven years, Inyo County CPSP grants have provided funds to county based non-profits to help sponsor events ranging from marathons to fishing derbies, contributed to projects as diverse as web page redesign and printing of promotional brochures, and paid for advertising that promotes local and regional events and programs.

The CPSP program is focused on helping local organizations promote activities and programs that bring visitors to the area, and also supports events and programs that enhance the cultural and recreational quality of life of the county’s residents.

The Program Guidelines and Grant Application forms are available online at the Inyo County website, under Community Project Sponsorship Program, at www.inyocounty.us/Comm_Proj_Spon/CPSP.htm.

The deadline for applying for the Community Project Sponsorship Fall Grant Cycle is Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

To be considered, three copies of the completed grant application, each with an original signature, must be received by the Office of the County Administrator by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

No postmarks or facsimile copies will be accepted. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to jklusmire@inyocounty.us or lpiper@inyocounty.us.

Organizations or groups with questions about the grant guidelines, the application process or the program in general can call Jon Klusmire at 760-878-0258 for more information.

Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA, (760) 878-0292.

Grant applications deemed complete and eligible will be forwarded to a Review Panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards toward the beginning of November.

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Hallenbeck Accepts Promotion as new Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proud to announce the promotion of Tom Hallenbeck, District 9 Director.  Tom has accepted the position of Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento, Ca. effective October 1, 2014.
 
Tom started with Caltrans right after graduating from Union College with a Civil Engineering degree.  He began his career in the Office of Structures, Design & Construction working on bridge projects throughout the state.  In 1997 he accepted the position of District 9 Director in Bishop, CA.  
 
About his time as District 9 Director in Bishop, Tom stated, “It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the people of the Eastern Sierra for the last 17 years.  I am excited about taking on new challenges but also sad to leave the Bishop community that we have been a part of and raised our family in.  I look back on many accomplishments but look forward to the innovations and applications that will change the way we drive.”
 
Tom also stated that during his tenure in District 9, “We have responded to floods, fires and avalanches.  We have rehabilitated every rest area and almost every “Main Street” in the district and left them more accessible and more complete.  We have expanded and improved the US 395/SR 14 corridor, and by so doing, saved countless lives.  It has been a privilege to be a part of helping improve and maintain the El Camino Sierra and all of the roads in District 9. 
 
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
In his new position as the Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations, Tom will perform technical activities in support of the program and local agencies, respond to incidents on State highways, provide traffic design and support for project delivery, and integrate new technology and innovations into our system that will change the way we travel on our highways.
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District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

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Death Valley Scotty, Live Radio Play in Lone Pine

Metabolic Studio Presents Radio Play in Lone Pine About Death Valley Scotty & his Castle

On Sunday September 28 at 7pm, the Metabolic Studio IOU Theater invites the public to experience, “DEATH VALLEY SCOTTY,” a live radio play that was written by Ruth Woodman in 1931 and originally aired in 1955 in the “Death Valley Days” Series.

This marks the fourth play in the IOU Theatre series, which began in June 2014 with readings of radio plays about the Owens Valley and surrounding area.

Walter Scott (a.k.a. Death Valley Scotty) was a prospector, a performer with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, a raconteur, a conman, husband and father. In 1885 he met an Easterner who was told he only had a few weeks to live. Scotty helped him to recover and cemented a secretive, life long partnership. In 1905 he beat the cross- country speed record on a train from L.A. to Chicago.

Free with his stories and his cash, he quickly became one of the West’s most prominent and mysterious legends and kept reporters and the country on the edge of its seat for decades. His fabulous stories of secret gold mines and his million-dollar oasis in Death Valley (Scotty’s Castle) kept the public and newspapermen eager for the next story.

A troupe of local performers from Bishop to Keeler will read the play and perform live music and sound effects. The radio play is free to the public and will be staged at 7 p.m., Sunday September 28, the Double L Tavern, at the corner of Main and Willow, in Lone Pine.

Those under 21 can watch a live broadcast of the performance at the IOU garden next to the Double L.

The garden will also host an Open House from 5-7p.m.

Sunday with IOU espresso being served along with an offering grown in the IOU garden.

For more information visit:

MetabolicStudioIOUTheatre on Facebook and metabolicstudio.org.

 

Metabolic Studio Presents Radio Play in Lone Pine About Death Valley Scotty & his Castle

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Obituary: Andrea J. Garrison-Erickson

Andrea J. Garrison- Erickson

Andrea Erickson
Andrea Erickson

Jan 7, 1952 – Sep. 10, 2014

Andrea J. Garrison- Erickson, 62, of Coleville, CA passed away on September 10, 2014 at her home on the Garrison Ranch in Antelope Valley, Coleville.

Andrea was born on January 7, 1952 in Schurz, Nevada to Andrew “Andy” Garrison and Gertrude Tom-Garrison of Coleville, CA.

From a very early age Andrea was the picture of strength and determination. After recovering from childhood arthritis, she went on to lead the typical life of a child growing up on a ranch; horseback riding, playing in the fields, and keeping her siblings in line.

In adulthood, Andrea took pride in the raising of her own family. A firm believer in providing for her family, she was employed in many different capacities of office administration. She worked for Mono County, Department of interior (Office of Special Trustee), Toiyabe Indian Health Project and the Department of the Navy. For many years she served with distinction on the Toiyabe Indian Health Project Board of Directors proudly representing the Antelope Valley Indian Community. In her retirement, she enjoyed following the family and tribal tradition of irrigating the family’s agricultural fields.

Andrea’s many hobbies included; playing fast and slow pitch softball, walking/running, gardening and beading. Her absolute favorite things in life were spending time with her family which included; outdoor activities, spending time at Topaz Lake during the summer, and exploring the nearby beautiful mountains scouting for firewood, pinenuts and berries. She will be dearly missed by many, especially her family.

Andrea joins her daughter Angela Fredericks, father Andy Garrison, mother Gertrude Tom-Garrison, and brother Antone Garrison, who preceded her in passing. She is survived by husband Joel Erickson, son John Fredericks and daughter in law Christine Hunt-Fredericks, son Jerome Fredericks and daughter in law Tavoosee Eddy-Fredericks, son Jacob Erickson, and grandchildren Hai-wee and Sai-yah Fredericks, and her sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A traditional Paiute Cry Dance will be held on Friday September 19, 2014 at the Garrison Ranch beginning at dusk. Funeral services will be commenced at the Coleville Methodist Church at noon on Saturday September 20, 2014 with burial to proceed after at the Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville. Fellowship will follow and be held at the Walker Community Center in Walker, CA.

 

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The Eastern Sierra Land Trust Makes Breaking News

Breaking News: Historic Sinnamon Meadows Property now Permanently Protected by ESLT

1,240 Acres of Ranch Land and Important Wildlife Habitat Preserved Forever

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With the assistance of important funding partners and the support of concerned landowners, ESLT has successfully protected this spectacularly beautiful and historically-important working landscape in northern Mono County. Photo Credit: Stephen Ingram.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) has achieved another success in its efforts to preserve the Eastern Sierra’s cherished landscapes.

ESLT is thrilled to announce the permanent protection of Sinnamon Meadows, a stunning expanse of historic ranchland in northern Mono County. The 1,240-acre property’s working lands, extensive wetlands, natural springs, and vital animal habitat are now protected forever with an agricultural conservation easement held by ESLT. Thanks to the foresight of the property’s landowners, the efforts of ESLT, and the assistance of important funding partners, Sinnamon Meadows’ spectacular, High Sierra working ranch lands will continue to inspire generations to come.

At the base of Dunderberg Peak just south of Bridgeport, Sinnamon Meadows has been a high priority for ESLT and agency partners for several years. This is due to its historic agricultural value and the critical wildlife habitat it provides. Almost entirely surrounded by public lands, this unique property includes mountain meadows, aspen groves, coniferous forest, springs, and significant reaches of two creeks. “Sinnamon Meadows is simply a spectacular and special place. To know that people living 100 years from now will be able to enjoy these same vistas as you and I can admire today – that’s what really makes our success here meaningful,” commented ESLT Executive Director, Kay Ogden.

“My children are 4th generation cattle ranchers, and keeping our family and our land in the ranching business is very important to me,” said Bryan Masini, current property owner of Sinnamon Meadows. In 2012, Mr. Masini and his business partner approached ESLT to learn more about how they could permanently protect their land’s natural qualities, while retaining the ability to use the property for grazing as it has been for more than a century. “With the completion of this conservation easement with ESLT, we are excited that we will be able to continue to work our land for many years to come,” he added. “The experience and professional manner with which ESLT staff completed this complex project has continuously impressed my partner and me.”

Agricultural conservation easements on working farms and ranches such as Sinnamon Meadows provide a win-win situation for both landowners and the local community. Because the land remains in private ownership, it contributes to the local economy and tax base. Landowners are compensated for keeping their land in rural, low-intensity uses compatible with surrounding natural resources.

Situated above 8,000 feet in elevation, Sinnamon Meadows’ high-elevation irrigated pastures serve as critical habitat for many notable wildlife species, including the iconic and elusive Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheep. Comprised of over 40 animals, the Mt. Warren herd unit congregates on the south-facing slopes of Lundy Canyon in the summer months. Another species of particular conservation concern is the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse, which depends on pastures where irrigation and sustainable grazing provide essential late summer habitat for raising their young. With its open spaces and working ranch land, Sinnamon Meadows provides an ideal environment for this ground-nesting bird which is currently under consideration for Threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act.

“The ranch – with its many meadows and healthy stands of sagebrush – provides just what sage grouse need to forage, hide from predators, nest, and raise their young. It’s no wonder a healthy population of the imperiled Bi-State population of the birds remains on the ranch.  The easement includes a plan to continue wise management practices that allow livestock and wildlife to happily coexist,” says Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist for NRCS in California.  “That’s an awesome outcome and one we are happy to help facilitate.”

Containing natural springs and important riparian habitat, ESLT’s new conservation easement on Sinnamon Meadows preserves the property’s vital resources, important wildlife habitat, and stunning views of Dunderberg Peak. Photo Credit: Stephen Ingram.
Containing natural springs and important riparian habitat, ESLT’s new conservation easement on Sinnamon Meadows preserves the property’s vital resources, important wildlife habitat, and stunning views of Dunderberg Peak. Photo Credit: Stephen Ingram.

Sinnamon Meadows’ rich cultural heritage also makes the preservation of this property particularly vital to the Eastern Sierra region. The area was used on Native American trade routes, and later became the location of the historic Dunderberg Mill and town of Munckton. It has been used as summer pasture since it was originally claimed under the Homestead Act by early prospectors – including the property’s namesake, early Mono County pioneer James Sinnamon – in the late 1850’s. Numerous historic Basque carvings dating back 100 years or more can still be found on the property. Sinnamon Meadows was even the setting of a western film, “Belle Starr’s Daughter,” made in the late 1940’s!

Funding for this project has been provided by the California Wildlife Conservation Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), an agency of the State of California; and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Support from these critical funding sources allowed ESLT to complete a conservation easement on the property. “These working landscapes have a rich and important place in our region, so preserving that heritage is critical to our future,” said SNC Executive Officer Jim Branham. “These lands provide not only economic benefits, but substantial natural resource benefits as well. These projects will help conserve or restore land and water resources valuable to those living downstream.”

“I am proud that ESLT has completed such a significant conservation success at Sinnamon Meadows,” said Bob Gardner, President of ESLT’s Board of Directors. “With its varied and unique landscape, vital habitat, and history as a working ranch, this stunning property represents why our work in the Eastern Sierra is so critical. Protecting these special places so that my grandchildren – and their grandchildren – can appreciate their wonders is truly the legacy of our work here. Thanks to our staff and board members, past and present, and our conservation partners who helped accomplish this great victory – not just for ESLT, but for the future of the Eastern Sierra.”

ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. For more information about this and other permanent land conservation tools, visit ESLT’s website at www.eslt.org or call the ESLT office at (760) 873-4554.

This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under #73-9104-3-031. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Breaking News: Historic Sinnamon Meadows Property now Permanently Protected by ESLT

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Mammoth Community Water District: Update on Conservation Efforts

MCWD UPDATE ON CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND WATER SUPPLY

Water demand drops 25% in August and groundwater pumping supplies almost 75% of MCWD water supply during this year’s drought. 
 
Mammoth Lakes, CA – Last month, Mammoth Community Water District customers made a significant effort to conserve water, and as a result, water demand dropped 25% from previous years.  This conservation effort from our customers contributes directly to maintaining a reliable water supply during the extended drought.  Our water supply consists of a mix of surface water and groundwater, and recycled water is used for golf-course irrigation.  With severely drought-limited surface water supplies this year, our groundwater supply has been essential to meet customer’s needs. Groundwater production has supplied almost 75% of our water supply during peak demand this summer, from 53% in June to 74% in July and August. Contributions from surface water and recycled water contributed 18% and 8% respectively.
Heavy reliance on groundwater pumping has stressed our wells and resulted in reducing the production capacity of two of our nine production wells.  The largest user of water, outdoor irrigation demand, is expected to decrease in September as the days shorten and cooler temperatures return.  We would like to thank our customers for the significant saving in water to date and request that conservation efforts continue.  Level 1 water restrictions are still in effect:
·         Even numbered addresses irrigate on MondayWednesday and Saturday
·         Odd numbered addresses irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
·         No irrigation between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
·         A hose must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle
·         No washing of hard surfaces is allowed unless for safety or health reasons
·         Leaks must be repaired within five days after notification from the MCWD
This year’s drought and heavy reliance on pumping underscores the importance of protecting our groundwater resources from potential adverse impacts of increased geothermal production by Ormat near our well locations.  These adverse impacts include polluting the groundwater and reducing the supply. The MCWD remains committed to pursuing a monitoring and mitigation plan for the geothermal plant expansion that protects our water resources and ensures the continued availability of a reliable water supply.
About Mammoth Community Water District 
MCWD provides water and wastewater utility service to the Town of Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas.  MCWD strives to provide reliable, affordable utility service to our customers and to conduct our operations in a manner reflecting our stewardship role.  We encourage our customers to practice responsible use of our limited water resources, and to take advantage of the information and services available to support this goal.
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Saying Goodbye to Clara Armstrong

Clara Hofer Armstrong

Clara Armstrong
Clara Armstrong, the sparkle of the town’s social scene…

The town’s social scene has lost a bit of sparkle as Clara Armstrong has left our company for an engagement she simply couldn’t refuse.

She departed on Monday, September 8 to join the company of her mother, father, three sisters, husband of 45 years Jim, and best friend Gayle, for what we can only assume is one hell of a good party. 

Although her poofy orange curls will no longer bounce down Main Street as she makes her way to her weekly hair or nail appointment, she will always be remembered for her keen fashion sense and fabulous style. For her large, sparkly jewelry, for her outfits that matched from her socks to her handbag, and of course for her trademark full face of make up that she wouldn’t be caught dead without wearing.

And she wasn’t. 

As the paramedics loaded our beloved 97-year-old grandma into the ambulance on what would be the last day she would ever see, she shouted to her daughter, “Don’t forget my makeup!” We didn’t. And as she lay in the hospital bed, surrounded by family and friends from over the years who came to wish her a fond farewell, she looked absolutely perfect.

She is survived by her three children, James Armstrong (wife Rochelle), Marjorie Parsons (husband Chuck) and Marilyn Armstrong Jackson, as well as her five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a whole bunch more step and virtually-adopted family members, who will always remember to “Stand up straight!” just as Clara constantly reminded.

We will miss her amazing warmth, hilarious dirty jokes and monkey impression, delicious pecan butter cookies, and unhealthy distaste for the Republican Party. 

We will try our hardest to emulate her way of making a home feel so warm that no matter which part of the world it was located (she lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tel Aviv, Iowa, Arkansas, New York, San Diego, Long Beach and Bishop) you were ensured that friends would always gather there. 

We will aim to break new ground, as she did when, as working as a nurse in World War II, she assisted in the first-ever bone graft procedure. 

We will thirst for adventure like she did at age 12 when she skipped school and hopped aboard a train to join the circus with Gayle.  

And we will strive to match her extraordinary sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness that resulted in everyone she loved (and there were hundreds) receiving a greeting card on every holiday. She never forgot a birthday, either. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary where Clara volunteered for the entire 21 years she lived in town and where she met some of her favorite bridge partners.

Everyone she ever met loved her. And she lived a fabulous life.

Until we meet again, little woman.

Clara Hofer Armstrong

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