November 8, 2012 |
Mammoth Mountain kicks off its ski and snowboarding season Thursday (today) with a good chance of fresh powder to follow. The day's schedule starts at 8:30 a.m., when the first chair carries skiers and boarders up the hill, where they'll find a slope cloaked in manufactured snow, mingled with remains of the 18 inches of real snow that fell in late October. Chair lifts 1 and 3 will be running and the Panorama gondola will be offering scenic rides only. Meanwhile, a storm is expected to arrived on Friday and stay through Saturday, possibly dropping enough snow to open more lifts and runs.
October 30, 2012 |
JUNE LAKE, Calif. - Love turning conventional wisdom on its ear, don't you? Here's my little ode to the Eastern Sierra's amazing fall palette, an improbable leaf-peeping site devoted to it, and its Web master, who claims that the Golden State has the longest and best autumn in the nation. I now agree. To all you Eastern transplants who pine for the fall colors of your childhood, fly up U.S. 395 with me in my rental Ford, past the cottonwoods and aspen groves that light the hillsides like glowing campfires.
October 23, 2012 |
Mammoth is reporting up to a foot of new snow, as the season gets off to a promising start. Opening day is set for Nov. 8 . . . . For the first time, Arlington National Cemetery is releasing a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there. Before 2010, the cemetery used paper records and maps. The smartphone app and map can be accessed through the cemetery's website, www.arlingtoncemetery.mil . . . . Vegas' McCarran Airport will conduct an emergency drill Wednesday morning, with an exercise simulating an incident using a Boeing 767 passenger jet . . . . . For the second year, the Venetian and the Palazzo Las Vegas will stage Winter in Venice, a 50-day celebration starting Nov. 18 that includes a nightly parade, tree-lighting ceremonies and picturesque skating rink above the Venetian's outdoor Grand Canal . . . . The San Luis Obispo Wine Country Assn.'s 22nd Annual Rockin' Harvest Celebration is set for Nov. 2-4. The weekend's signature event, the Grand Tasting and Wine Auction, takes place Nov. 3 ( a Saturday)
October 13, 2012 |
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.
September 10, 2012 |
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.
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September 9, 2012 |
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.
July 26, 2012 |
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.
July 16, 2012 |
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.
July 15, 2012 |
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.
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July 2, 2012 |
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.