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October 13, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Each year for the past six years, Raymond Lyons has gone backpacking with his brother, Ron, as well as his three sons, Dan, Tim and Philip. In September, the group visited Ediza Lake, about 10 miles northwest of Mammoth Lakes. As Lyons stood on the shore of Ediza one evening, the sky glowed a reddish-yellow, silhouetting Mt. Ritter, left, and Banner Peak. The Carlsbad, Calif. resident used a Panasonic DMC-FZ40. To submit your photos, click the upload button below. When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
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NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
Night-time temperatures at Mammoth Lakes -- at least in the upper elevations -- have been dropping into the high 30s, which means that the opening of the ski and snowboarding season is (almost) right around the corner. Mammoth Mountain officials say several lifts are scheduled to open on Nov. 8. To promote the early season, the resort is offering opening-day rates of $129 a night on slopeside rooms at Mammoth Mountain Inn.    And if there isn't any snow?   Officials say the resort's Early Booking Snow Guarantee means that those who book before opening day -- and find there is no snow -- will get a $100 gift card or have their reservation moved to a different dates for free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Mammoth Lakes hardly fits the profile of other cities that have recently plunged into bankruptcy. It was not pensions or plummeting property values or questionable accounting practices that pushed the tiny mountain resort town over the edge: It was a $43-million court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a developer after the town tried to back out of an agreement. The town finally reached a tentative settlement agreement in the case last month, but not before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles TimesFilm Critic Once upon a time, Richard Wagner dreamed a mighty dream. The composer envisioned a series of four operas so ambitious they dealt with nothing less than the creation and destruction of the world. And he dreamed of doing things - like having singers swimming underwater and riding through the clouds on winged horses - that were frankly impossible to stage. That did not, however, stop people from trying, both then and now. "Wagner's Dream,"an engaging new documentary directed by Susan Froemke, details the most recent attempt to put on a new version of the 19th century Ring cycle, considered, one insider says, "the peak of the mountain" for any opera company.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
20th Century Fox can chill out now, as the fourth installment of the studio's animated "Ice Age" franchise easily debuted in the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the only new movie to hit theaters nationwide this weekend, opened with a solid domestic sum of $46 million, according to an estimate from Fox. The 3-D picture reunites the series' beloved band of prehistoric mammals and features a number of celebrities in its voice cast, including Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj and Ray Romano.
TRAVEL
July 15, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
This isn't one of those cushy Fish-Carltons like those über-expensive Montana trout resorts. Hot Creek Ranch in Mammoth Lakes has nine no-frills cabins whose biggest amenity is one of the sweetest spring-fed creeks you'll ever see, right out your front door. You and other guests will have a two-mile stretch of it all to yourselves. Isn't that the ultimate VIP perk, anyway? Plus, it's an easy five-hour drive from L.A. The bed As noted, nothing fancy. The two-room cabins come in various configurations, but most sleep four if you include sleeper-couches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The HighSierra town of Mammoth Lakes said Monday that it filed for bankruptcy because it cannot afford to pay a $43-million breach-of-contract judgment in a lawsuit brought against it by a developer. In a prepared statement, Mammoth Lakes officials said "bankruptcy, unfortunately, is the only option left" for the town, whose largest creditor, Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, had won a state court order requiring full payment by June 30, 2012. Facing a judgment nearly three times the size of its annual operating budget and a $2.8-million shortfall in its 2011-12 fiscal year, the town had already cut many services and asked employees to take reductions in pay. Compounding problems, the adjacent Mammoth Mountain ski resort was forced to lay off 70 full-time employees last year because of a dearth of snow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
MAMMOTH LAKES - The people of this small High Sierra ski town have survived drought, forest fires and earthquakes. They have endured economic recessions and volcano scares. But nothing in their history prepared them for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The DWP launched a legal attack six months ago for control of the city's primary source of water, Mammoth Creek, which tumbles down the slopes through town. The utility contends it has owned the water since 1905 and Mammoth Lakes has been poaching for decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - What is old, and even older, will unite to return a roadside attraction in the shape of a giant orange to Highway 99. The San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation, which runs the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, has won a bid to rescue the Mammoth Orange food stand from where it sat rotting in a Chowchilla city storage yard. The Fossil Discovery Center is across the street from the largest deposit of fossils on the West Coast, according to the center's website.
SCIENCE
June 12, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Melted glass buried deep within the Earth at sites around the world confirms the theory that a comet or meteor struck the planet nearly 13,000 years ago, triggering the Younger Dryas Ice Age, killing off the mammoths and other megafauna in North America, and perhaps even causing the disappearance of the Clovis culture of early Native Americans. The cause of the Younger Dryas cooling period has been very controversial. Some researchers have proposed an extraterrestrial impact and have produced evidence of the event, but others claim that the results have not been replicated.
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