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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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MCWD UPDATE ON CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND WATER SUPPLY

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Community Flu Clinics 2014

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS 2014

Date Location Day/Time

09.29.14 Lee Vining Community Center Monday 4:00-6:30 PM
10.07.14 Walker Senior Center Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
10.08.14 Bridgeport Health Department Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM
10.09.14 June Lake Community Center Thursday 5:00-6:30 PM
10.15.14 Paradise Fire Station Wednesday 4:30-5:45 PM
10.15.14 Swall Fire Station Wednesday 6:15-7:15 PM
10.16.14 Chalfant Community Center Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 PM
10.16.14 Benton Community Center Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM
10.20.14 Mammoth Lakes Elem. School Monday 4:00 – 7:00 PM
10.23.14 Crowley Lake Community Center Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

FluMist® nasal spray is available for healthy, non-pregnant 2-49 year olds.
The pneumococcal vaccine is also available. Free with Medicare Part B card present; otherwise $78.00.
Pneumococcal not available at Lee Vining Community Flu Clinic.

Cost for Flu vaccine:

$10 for adults (19 yrs and older)
$5 for children (6mo -18 yrs)

Medicare Part B free with card present.

Additional Clinics:

10.27.14 Mammoth Health Department Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, by appt
10.30.14 Mammoth Health Department Thursday 8:30-11:00 AM, by appt
11.04.14 Mammoth Health Department Tuesday 4:30-6:30 PM, drop-in
11.12.14 Mammoth Health Department Wednesday 4:30-6:30, drop-in

Children may also receive flu vaccine at school clinics to be held this Fall.

 

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS 2014

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Deceased Man Found, Mammoth Lakes, CA

DECEASED MAN FOUND BEHIND MAMMOTH LAKES RESIDENCE

On Monday, September 1, 2014 at approximately 6:10 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers were called in from home to respond to a partially clothed, unresponsive individual behind a residence at Pinecrest Ave in Mammoth Lakes. Upon arrival, officers found a white male, about 30 years of age and quickly determined he was deceased. There was evidence of damage to the remains consistent with animal activity. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy to be conducted by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Although the cause of death is unknown at this time, evidence at the scene indicated that death occurred prior to contact with any wildlife. Personnel from the California Department of Fish and Game and the Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist responded to the scene and do not believe the wildlife involved pose any reason for concern in the community.
The victim has not been positively identified, but it is believed he is an individual that had contact with several local agencies in the preceding 24 hours. On Sunday, August 31 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted a pedestrian matching the description of the deceased north of Bridgeport. The individual was transported by a Mono County Paramedic unit to Mammoth Hospital where he was evaluated by medical staff and Mono County Behavioral Health. While at the hospital, the individual became agitated and uncooperative resulting in a request for a law enforcement response. Officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded and assisted in restraining the individual. The individual subsequently left the hospital voluntarily, refusing care. Because of privacy laws, the results of his evaluation cannot be released.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers responded to a call from the Sierra Lodge about a man in the parking lot hitting himself in the head with a fire extinguisher taken from the hotel. Officers responded and found the fire extinguisher, but the individual was gone. Surveillance video from the hotel was reviewed and it was determined that it was likely the same individual who was previously at the hospital.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is conducting a death investigation related to the circumstances surrounding the death. The Mono County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office is coordinating the autopsy which will determine the cause of death. Anyone having information is encouraged to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.
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DECEASED MAN FOUND BEHIND MAMMOTH LAKES RESIDENCE

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