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MLFPD offers Fire Safety Tips

Holiday Fire Safety

submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District.

Decorating homes and businesses is a basic part of the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. An estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. These types of fires result in several deaths and numerous injuries. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and Christmas trees from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you and your family have a fire safe holiday season.

Christmas Trees

What’s a traditional Christmas morning scene without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household includes a natural cut tree in its festivities, make sure that you – “keep the tree watered.” Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. A dry and neglected tree can be a serious problem. Keep your tree well-watered and remove from the structure if many needles begin falling from the tree.

When selecting a tree look for a fresh tree that is green with needles that are hard to pull back from the branches and do not break. The trunk should be sticky to the touch and cut 1 inch from the truck before placing in a watered stand. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground and if many needles fall off, the tree was cut too long ago, has dried out.

Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Do not put your cut tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Use Only Nonflammable Holiday Decorations

All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

Maintain Your Holiday Lights

Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.

Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets

Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.

Do not leave holiday lights on overnight or unattended!

Don’t Block Exits

Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of a fire, time is of the essence. A blocked entry/exit way puts you and your family at risk.

Never Put Wrapping Paper in the Fireplace

Wrapping paper in the fireplace can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire. Wrapping paper may also contain toxins that are not safe to breathe if allowed to burn.

Beware of Snow Covered Ponds/Lakes

While snow covered ponds and lakes may appear inviting, prior to the recent storms, ice development was marginal and in many places did not thicken to adequately support significant weight. As a result persons may obtain a false sense of security when looking at a snow covered lake. With the holidays quickly approaching, emergency responders want to ensure that the word is out there that this may not be the year to venture out on snow covered lakes, at least not at this point in the winter season. Please be extra careful around our lakes and be very observant of children and pets.

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District wishes you a very happy and safe holiday season. For more information or for any questions pertaining to fire related issues, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at 934-2300.

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Mammoth Lakes PD says “Know your Limit”

Know Your Limit Before Driving Impaired

submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department

Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is beginning a new educational program to reduce drunk and impaired driving. On November 28, 2015, from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in partnership with Mono County Behavioral Health and Mammoth Taxi, will be conducting a Know Your Limit event in the Village at Mammoth.

Know Your Limit is designed to help potentially impaired drivers make informed decisions as to whether or not they are capable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Officers will be present in front of Lakanuki (6201 Minaret Road) with several PAS devices and educational material. Citizens will be offered the opportunity to submit to a voluntary PAS test, also known as a breath test. The results will be provided to the citizen, along with information on driving under the influence and a token for a free taxi ride provided by Mammoth Taxi. The tokens have been paid for by Mono County Behavioral Health and can be used the night of this event or any other night for a ride home provided that the ride is within the town limits. If the taxi ride is outside town limits (i.e., Main Lodge, the Bluffs, or Crowley Lake), the token is only good for its face value of $5.

This educational program offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about alcohol consumption and its effect on their breath alcohol content. MLPD hopes that by providing citizens with a better understanding of their own limits on alcohol consumption that they will choose not to drive if they are above the legal limit.

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department will offer this informative opportunity several times throughout the year in Mammoth Lakes.

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NICU training at Mammoth Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Training Held at Mammoth Hospital

submitted by Mammoth Hospital

Mammoth Hospital recently invited a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team to Mammoth for a special training on life saving skills for newborn babies.

Neonatologist, Dr. Anand Rajani from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno led the instruction along with Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Abby Van Den Broeke and Respiratory Therapists Curt Partain and Hank Perry.

Mammoth Hospital Labor and Delivery nurses and Pediatricians, ED physicians, and respiratory therapists participated in collaboration with a team of nurses and physicians from Northern Inyo Hospital. Teams were instructed on techniques including umbilical line placement, a procedure that enables quick access to an infant’s bloodstream to deliver lifesaving medications. Also demonstrated were neonatal IV placement for the nurses and various lectures on issues relevant to the critically ill newborn.

“Living in a rural community, the nearest Children’s Hospital is many hours away,” says Pediatrician, Dr. Kristin Collins. “This training by NICU professionals allows us to continue to enhance our life-saving skills, and keep us well-informed on how to provide the best care possible for sick babies before the NICU team can arrive for transport. Maintaining an exceptional level of care is important to all of us who work in the Obstetric and Neonatal Department at Mammoth Hospital and continuing education is imperative to ensuring that happens.”

For more information on Mammoth Hospital’s Birthing Center and Obstetric Specialties, please contact (760) 924-4044 or visit www.mammothhospital.com.

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Mammoth puts Winter Parking Restrictions in Place

Mammoth Winter Parking Restrictions

From the Mammoth Lakes Police Department:

Mammoth Lakes – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reminding citizens that there are winter parking restrictions currently in effect. Per Mammoth Lakes Town Ordinance (MLTO) 10.12.100, there is no street parking from November 1 through April 30. This parking restriction is in effect and enforced, even if there is no snow. Vehicles must also be parked in a way as to not obstruct snow removal (MLTO 10.12.106).

Additionally, there is time-restricted parking on the 6000-6200 block of Minaret Road in front of the Village, the 100 block of Canyon Boulevard at the Village, the Community Center at 1000 Forest Trail, and several designated roads as indicated by signage (MLTO 10.12.082). Parking enforcement will be monitoring for illegal parking and issuing citations.

Vehicles found parked in violation of these ordinances are subject to receiving a parking citation and/or in some cases, vehicles may be impounded at the owner’s expense.

 For more information, please contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.

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Mammoth Boosters Meeting

Mammoth High School Boosters

Mammoth Booster’s Mixer
Monday September 14th, at the Good Life Cafe
5:30-6:00 Meet and Greet.
6:00-7:00 Board Meeting.

All are welcome to the meeting. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. This meeting is informational only. No commitment required. Enjoy a bite to eat, and a glass of wine or a beer while you learn how you can get involved in the Booster Club at Mammoth High School. Here are some of the Booster Club contributions that benefit our kids:

College Book Club Awards (scholarships).

Funding toward ALL MHS sports programs and clubs.

Host Teacher Appreciation Luncheons.

Provide funding for teachers’ special projects and requests.

Provide funding toward college visits for student groups.

cover photo courtesy of Mammoth Boosters club facebook page.

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Mammoth Volleyball @ Yerington

Huskies thrive at Yerington Tournament

submitted by Mammoth Coach John Morris:

The Mammoth Huskies girls volleyball team opened their 2015 season this past weekend with their first entry into the very tough Yerington tournament. The tournament features 20 teams from all over northern Nevada and a few Eastern Sierra teams. Yerington High School, the host team, has won the Nevada state title for their division 6 out of the past 8 years.

The Huskies played very well on Friday winning 2 out of 3 matches and earning a berth to the Gold (top) tournament on Saturday. The Huskies defeated Moapa Valley and Wells and lost a very close and well played  match to Yerington 25-24, 25-20. Mammoth did not fare as well on Saturday losing to Dayton, Lowry and Spanish Springs before finishing with a win vs. Portola.

According to Mammoth head coach John Morris, “This was all about getting to know each other and playing some really tough teams. We have only been practicing for about a week, due to construction of our new gym floor. The Yerington tournament has a reputation for really high quality play and it was a big success for us to make it into the Gold tournament and to play against the best that were there. It was a great early season experience for our team.”

The 2015 Huskies are led by Senior outside hitters Callie Mowat and Taylor Sanders, Senior opposite hitter and defensive specialist Kira Shultz, Senior middle blocker Tatum Sandvigen, Junior setter McKenna Smith and Junior libero Caitlin Young. Mammoth hosts the Mammoth Volleyball Invitational tournament on September 11 and 12 at the newly renovated Mammoth High School gym. 12 teams from Oakhurst to LA plan to attend.

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Special Day for Dave McCoy

$100 for Dave McCoy’s 100th

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – Dave McCoy turns 100 years old on Monday, August 24. To commemorate this incredible milestone, and to secure his legacy for the future, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation invites the public to join in a once-­‐in-­‐a-­‐century $100 for 100 campaign.

The goal is to get 100 donors to give $100, and if successful, Dave McCoy will match the funds 100%. To donate, visit goo.gl/XE57jz (case sensitive).

Mammoth Lakes Foundation was established by McCoy in 1989 and offers free college education (books and tuition) to any Mono County high school graduate or resident pursing an AA degree from Cerro Coso Community College, in addition to providing year-round theatre programming through the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre.

Show Dave McCoy some love, secure his legacy through the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, and wish him the happiest of birthdays with a donation of $100. After all, giving back is the greatest gift of them all.
Visit www.mammothlakesfoundation.org for more information.

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Mammoth Lakes Foundation delivered a huge birthday card signed by community members for Dave McCoy’s 100th birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Pictured from left: Deanna Campbell, John Bush, McCoy, and Evan Russell. MLF is running a “$100 for Dave’s 100th” campaign to secure Dave’s legacy through the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. To donate, visit goo.gl/XE57jz (case sensitive). Photo by Brandon Russell
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Mammoth Road Construction Schedule

Mammoth Road Work Schedule

From the Town of Mammoth:

Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Town of Mammoth Lakes with the Contractor, SPIESS Construction will be conducting road rehabilitation along Old Mammoth Road and Sherwin Creek Road.

Old Mammoth Road
Asphalt grinding and repaving of the streets on Old Mammoth Road from the intersection at Minaret Road to Timber Creek Road and on Old Mammoth Road from 900 feet west of Fir Street to Fir Street. Work will begin on Monday, August 24 and be completed on Friday, September 4, 2015. Travel to and from the Bluffs area may be restricted and require longer waiting times from Monday, August 24 to Wednesday, August 26, 2015. If you require further information or have issues during the construction please feel free to contact: Jamie Robertson, Assistant Engineer at (760) 934-8989 ext. 283.

Sherwin Creek Road
Asphalt grinding and paving on Sherwin Creek Road will begin on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 and will be completed on Friday, September 4, 2015. During construction, the Town requests that public access be kept to a minimum. If you require further information or have issues during the construction please feel free to contact: Jamie Robertson, Assistant Engineer at (760) 934-8989 ext. 283.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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Mammoth cuts water use

Mammoth Community Water District Customers Reduced Usage by 38 %

Water Supplies Remain Critical:
Level 3 Water Shortage Conditions Still in Effect.

Information provided by the Mammoth Community Water District

In July, Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) customers used 85.6 million gallons less than July of 2013. This 38 percent reduction exceeds the MCWD’s Level 3 reduction goal of 30 percent.  General Manager Pat Hayes remarked, “These savings demonstrate the whole community understands the severity of the drought and they are pitching in to help our water supplies last through the summer. We’re still in a critical position with our water; everyone needs to keep up the conservation effort.” The year 2013 is being used as the baseline for comparison purposes by the state and MCWD.

The July rains and cooler temperatures in Mammoth Lakes did not replenish groundwater or surface water supplies used by MCWD for the community, according to MCWD Operations Superintendent, Karl Schnadt. As a result, MCWD customers remain under Level 3 Water Shortage conditions.

The MCWD has been almost entirely dependent on groundwater supplies from nine production wells since last year. After four years of below average runoff and higher than normal pumping, the water table is showing the effects of the drought.  Three wells are operating on a limited basis due to low groundwater levels and a fourth is approaching the same status. Currently, the available surface water supply is being saved for emergency uses.

Under Level 3 restrictions, parks, schools and golf courses are operating under conservation plans that have been submitted to MCWD.  These recreational facilities have reduced their irrigation usage by more than 30 percent in June and July and are allowed to irrigate outside of restricted days of the week and hours as long as they adhere to reductions outlined in their conservation plan.  All customers are encouraged to visit the MCWD website for a list of the current restrictions.

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Forest begins Thinning Projects

Thinning Projects Planned in Mammoth Lakes, June Lakes

The Inyo National Forest announces plans to complete numerous mechanical thinning projects for community protection and forest health through the summer and fall.

These projects are designed to reduce fuels within Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Thinning reduces wildfire spread and intensity by removing surface and ladder fuels. Additionally, treatments will promote openness of crown fuels to reduce the likelihood of a sustained crown fire, thus decreasing the risk of stand-replacing wildfire. This also creates an environment where firefighters can more safely respond to fire events.

Thinning also promotes forest health by increasing resiliency to insects and disease by reducing competition for water, nutrients, and sunlight.  This is especially important during California’s extended drought where numerous trees are dying from insect infestations or water stress.  Where applicable, restoration work will be completed to enhance aspen habitat.

The Forest Service will construct shaded fuel breaks (thinning and piling fuels to be safely burned in the winter months) on approximately 270 acres within the Mammoth Lakes area. Locations include Sherwin Lakes Trailhead, Old Shady Rest Campground, Mammoth Knolls, the Minarets Road/ Scenic Loop Road, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA), north of chair 7. The MMSA  project will be conducted after Labor Day to reduce impacts to recreational users. There will be delays or full closures on uptown/down town bike trails, shotgun bike trail, and the warming wall sport climbing area.

Approximately 240 acres of shaded fuel breaks are planned in the June Lake area near Silver Lake Tract, Clark Tract, Oh Ridge, and Gull Lake.

Six additional units totaling 700 acres are planned in other areas throughout the forest.  The forest will create public firewood for 2016 in units not adjacent to town limits or recreational resident tracts.

For specific questions about the projects, please call Andrew Weinhart at 760-924-5550.

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