Tag Archives: Mammoth Lakes

20150803_191239

Remembering Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson

Lloyd Wilson, 1936-2015

Retired Mono County Sheriff and longtime resident of Mammoth Lakes, Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson, passed away August 1, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  Born in Redlands, CA on September 7th, 1936, Lloyd lived in Redlands, Victorville, and San Fernando, CA before making his home in Mammoth Lakes in 1957.  At this time Digger started Mono County’s first ambulance service and was co-owner of “Wilson’s This N That” souvenir store.  He was one of the original fire commissioners of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, a volunteer fireman, and serviced as the Fire Chief in 1966.  He was active in the Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake and Mono County Chambers of Commerce in the 1960’s and 1970’s, serving as president of all three.  In 1962, Lloyd joined the Mono County Sheriff’s Department as Deputy Sheriff, badge #5.  He was elected Sheriff/Coroner in June of 1982 and retired in 1987, having served the people of Mono County for 25 years.  While in office he served as the Director of Emergency Services and was instrumental in the introduction of the Incident Command System to California Law Enforcement Agencies.  Lloyd also served on the State Committee on Domestic Violence which helped to facilitate changes in law enforcement policies and procedures in matters of domestic violence.

Lloyd was a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association, the Eastern Sierra Peace Officer’s Association, a member of the Elks Lodge #1603, and belonged to the Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.

Lloyd’s happiest times were spent with family and friends deep sea fishing and traveling.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynda; his son and daughter in law, Steve and Amy Wilson of Bishop; his daughter and son in law, Shelly and Bob Bowman of Independence; grandchildren Lindsay Timpano, Jamie Lambert, and David Lambert, and two great granddaughters, Rylan and Gianna Threlkeld; brother and sister in law, Earl and Lois Wilson, of Big Pine; sister “Easy” McGinnis of Victorville and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his sister, Grace Durling.

Per Lloyd’s request, there will be no services.

In Lloyd’s honor, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice or donate blood to continue the gift of life.

20150803_191239

20150803_191047

Lloyd Wilson, mammoth lakes, mono county sheriff, eastern sierra news
mcwd seal

Mammoth Elevates Water Restrictions

MCWD Increases Water Use Restrictions

Mammoth Pass snowpack 98 percent below normal conditions; District Expects to Rely Fully on Groundwater Wells to Meet Customer Needs

 

Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Mammoth Community Water District’s (MCWD) Board of Directors voted to raise the District’s water shortage conditions from Level 2 to Level 3 at a special meeting on April 1st. The Level 3 restrictions will go in to effect on April 10th.  In addition to the Level 3 irrigation restrictions, the District is also urging customers to reduce indoor water use by 30 percent.  The meeting was convened following the mechanical failure of two of the Water District’s groundwater production wells and a record low snow-pack water content measurement on Mammoth Pass, which found that conditions were 98 percent below normal conditions.

 The MCWD Board’s decision to increase the level of water restrictions coincided with Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement of first ever statewide mandatory water restrictions calling for a 25 percent reduction in water use. The Governor’s proclamation includes specific reduction measures, such as prohibiting irrigation of public street medians, replacing lawns and non-water efficient fixtures, and numerous additional requirements.

 “This is clearly a call to action to make the most efficient use of our water supplies during this severe drought.  Our intent in implementing Level 3 restrictions is to stretch out our resources and maintain a reliable water supply until we see a significant improvement in our water situation,” said MCWD General Manager Pat Hayes. “Reducing our water use is a partnership, and we urge MCWD customers to visit our website and take advantage of our water-efficient fixture rebate program and landscape classes.”

 Increasing the District’s water use restrictions to Level 3 will require increased conservation measures that will aid MCWD in achieving the Governor’s call for mandatory reductions. However, the level of water shortage in the Mammoth area has reached an extreme level, as illustrated by a March 30 LADWP report finding only 1.0 inch of water on Mammoth Pass. This measurement represents the lowest April 1st reading ever recorded since 1931 and is just 2 percent of average conditions.

 “MCWD relies on the area’s surface and ground water to provide our community with drinking water, but the recent reports showing record low water content, combined with the mechanical failure of two groundwater production wells, have placed increased strain on the District. It is likely that we will need to rely solely on the water produced by our groundwater wells this year,” Hayes added.

 During normal conditions, surface water provides about half of the water supplied to customers. But, due to drought conditions, MCWD has been forced to depend heavily on groundwater sources, which provided 94 percent of the water last month.

 “Our groundwater wells have been a crucial safety net as surface water supplies ran short during the drought, allowing us to continue to meet the supply needs of our region. However, with the recent well failures and the likely reality of sole reliance on groundwater in the months ahead, it’s more important than ever that we focus on conservation,” Hayes stated.

 Under Level 3 restrictions, irrigation will only be allowed two days a week during the hours of 10 pm to 9 am and golf courses, schools and publics parks are required to develop conservation plans.  MCWD is also relying on all customers to achieve indoor savings by carefully monitoring and reducing their water use.  Dropping demand by 30 percent under Level 3 Water Shortage Conditions will allow MCWD to ensure a reliable supply to the Mammoth Lakes community through the high water demand irrigation season.

 Under the increased restrictions, MCWD urges all customers to consider what they can do to increase conservation measures. MCWD is also incentivizing customers to save water by offering a rebate program for indoor and outdoor water fixtures, providing free efficient showerheads and actively engaging with irrigation customers to increase landscape irrigation efficiency.

 More information on water conservation are available from the MCWD website, www.mcwd.dst.ca.us.

mammoth lakes, mammoth news, drought 2015, mammoth community water district

Kelsey Collins

Kelsey Collins

A celebration of life is pending for the resident of Sisters, Oregon.  Collins was a long-time resident of Mammoth Lakes.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, our friend, sister, confidant and all around angel, Kelsey Collins, chose to end her life here on Earth.
Kelsey Collins was an acclaimed author, elder advocate, healer, and vivacious speaker acknowledged by her peers for her expertise in elder care and her life’s work towards redefining the caregiver-caregivee experience.
Kelsey’s daily, moment by moment practice was to keep her heart wide open, no matter what. She assisted and inspired others to do the same, by reminding us that we don’t die any differently than we live. Her book, “Exit Strategy,” reminded us that we have control over how we think about death, and possibly even the way it will look when we transition from this world to the next.
“We are all going to exit at some point, and perhaps our own exit strategies will help to live each day we have here more fully, genuinely and lovingly.” ~ Kelsey Collins
That was Kelsey through and through. She was preceded in death by her son Chase, and the love of her life, Bruce Capitan, who crossed over in October of 2009.
There will be a Celebration of Kelsey’s life this coming summer on the backside of Horseshoe Lake, one of her favorite places to meditate in the Mammoth Lakes area. Date and time TBA.

KELSEY COLLINS - 1

mammoth lakes, kelsey collins
mammoth moutains

Mammoth Woodstove Replacement

Replacement program expands

Property owners in the Town of Mammoth Lakes who previously were not qualified for woodstove replacement subsidies may now

be eligible through the Town’s Woodstove Replacement Program. Properties purchased since 1990 and still relying on old, pre-1990
wood burning systems  (free-standing woodstoves, inserts, or open fireplaces)  may now qualify for  $500 toward the cost of a new, EPA-
compliant system (wood, pellet, or gas).  Woodstoves and open fireplaces older than 1990 do not comply with Town Code8.30.050
if used in properties that have sold since 1990.
Town Code 8.30.050 was adopted in 1990 and requires the replacement of pre-1990 wood burning systems with EPA-
compliant heating systems upon property sale.  Since 1990, many properties have been sold without replacing these old woodstoves and open fireplaces. The Town has  been working to identify and bring these non-compliant properties into compliance.  Toward that end, the Town is now funding this ‘amnesty program’ by providing $500 for every noncompliant wood burning system replaced with
a new, EPA -compliant system.   No penalties for past noncompliance will apply under this amnesty program.
Funding for this effort is available through the Town’s  ‘Environmental Public Benefit Funds,’ provided by the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District.  Implemented late last summer, the
Program funded upgrades only for properties in compliance with Town Code 8.30 and resulted in the replacement of over 90 wood burning systems to date.  With limited funds remaining, this amnesty program has been launched to encourage non-compliant property
owners to voluntarily come into compliance prior to enforcement
efforts.  This offer is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis only while funds last.   All interested property owners are encouraged to immediately contact a participating business for more information.
Funding for compliant properties will continue to remain open while funds last. For more information and program participation, please contact one of the following participating businesses:
Alpine Stove & Mercantile (call 760/934-4416)
Angelo’s Stove & Chimney (call 760/937-0860)
Clean Sweep (call760/934-3453)
High Country Lumber (call 760/873-5874. Ask to speak with Kim Jones)
Batchelder Enterprises (call 760/873-3800) for kerosene heating systems only.
mammoth lakes, mammoth news, town of mammoth
inyo forest

Project at Old Shady Rest

Thinning Project at Old Shady Rest

The Inyo National Forest announces that a mechanical thinning project will begin this week in the Old Shady Rest Campground and surrounding area.

The project is designed to provide needed defensible space for the community of Mammoth Lakes in the event of a wildland fire.  Approximately thirty acres will be thinned in the Jeffrey pine forest. Generally, trees less than 20 inches dbh (diameter at breast height) will be removed to open the forest and to reduce ladder fuels that can help carry fire into the forest canopy. While the primary purpose of thinning is to create a zone of wildfire defensible space near private homes in the town of Mammoth Lakes, hazard trees may also be removed.

The thinning will restore the area to a more natural forest structure (age, size, trees per acre, and species distribution).

This project will help create a more resilient forest during this long-term drought by reducing competition for water, nutrients and sunlight. Many areas in California are seeing trees dying from bug kill and/or for lack of water. Thinning provides better opportunities for the survivors to be stronger and therefore more resistant to bug and fungal infestations that can target drought-stressed trees.

For safety reasons, the area will be closed while work is completed. While the campground is closed for the winter, the area is still popular for local recreationists.

inyo national forest, mammoth lakes, mammoth news

Mono Controlled Burn

Prescribed Fire in Mono County

Crews plan to continue ignitions on the Aqueduct Prescribed Fire, weather and air quality conditions permitting, on Tuesday, March 17th. Ignitions should take one day to complete.

This 125-acre project in the Jeffrey pine forest is east of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain (northeast of Deadman Summit).

Smoke from this project will be visible from Highway 395, Highway 158, Highway 120 East, June Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the Bald Mountain Road.

Prescribed fires are conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces forest competition, opens gaps in the forest canopy for sunlight to shine through, and recycles nutrients to the soil for re-growth. Fire was a frequent event in the Jeffrey pine forest, occurring naturally every 10-15 years.

mono county news, us forest service, mammoth lakes, june lake
reds meadow

Prescribed Burning

Prescribed Pile Burning

DATE 12/18/2014
Crews are targeting 11 acres of piles for treatment today.  Smoke may be visible from the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Mt ski area.

DATE: 12/17/2014
Fire crews are burning piles in the Reds Meadow area today, taking advantage of the recent storms to safely achieve needed fuels reduction. Expect smoke visible from Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, and Devils Postpile National Monument. This is part of a dedicated effort to reduce fuels after the tree blow down event of 2011.

DATE: 12/16/2014
The Inyo National Forest is conducting pile burning today east of Devils Postpile National Monument and West of Satcher Lake in the Red’s Meadow Area.  41 Acres  of piles are targeted for treatment today.   Smoke may be visible from the Mammoth Lakes area.

inyo national forest, reds meadow, devils postpile, mammoth lakes

Weak Ice Conditions

Weak Ice Conditions in Mammoth Lakes,

In the past two weeks there have been three incidents due to poor ice conditions within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.  Two if the incidents involved humans while the other appears to have involved a bear.  The emergency responders of Mammoth Lakes want to advise all visitors and locals that the ice conditions currently are questionable at best and to use extreme caution in and around all ice covered water bodies at this time.

While the ice may appear to look solid, the warm daytime temperatures have not permitted the ice to thicken to adequately support significant weight.  As a result persons may obtain a false sense of security when looking at an ice covered lake and first venturing out onto the ice.  Due to the lack of ice thickness, weak spots have resulted in the three incidents.

With the holidays quickly approaching, emergency responders want to ensure that the word is out there this may not be the year to venture out on ice 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.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire safety related matter, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department

Online Fundrasising for Funeral Arrangements of Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim, Becki Dempsey

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR FAMILY OF MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM

On Sunday, October 5, Rebecca (Becki) Dempsey was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash in Mammoth Lakes.  Becki was visiting Mammoth Lakes from London, England on a work visa and scheduled to return home on October 13.

There have been some informal fund raising efforts to assist Becki’s family with funeral arrangements.  A secure fundraising site has been established in Becki’s name by Sarah Gibbons, her friend and former roommate.  Donations can be made by going to “Gofundme.com” and going to the link to “For the family of Becki Dempsey.”  Becki’s mother, Karen Dempsey, has confirmed that this site was established to support Becki’s family.

Karen said, “As you can imagine we had not planned for this to happen to someone so young. We have been overwhelmed by the support of her friends, Becki had only just graduated and most of our savings were spent funding that part of her education. Becki was liked by everyone she met. She was a very talented and positive person. Who, given the opportunity, would have had a bright future.

###

Mammoth Lakes / Mono County / Mammoth Lakes Police Department / Funeral Arrangements / Fundraising / Donations /GoFundMe / Dempsey / Tragedy / Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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

http://www.kibskbov.com/mammothbuysbigbear/

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area / Ski / Snowboard / Resorts / Snow / Mammoth Mountain / June Mountain / Big Bear Lake / Mammoth Lakes / California Mountains / Bear Mountain / Snow Summit