All hail the snowmakers!
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and its members, would like to send an especially huge “THANK YOU” to the snowmakers, who have dedicated long, tedious hours to make skiing & snowboarding holidays a possibility.
These folks are the original snow makers who started back in Oct 22. Some of these snow makers have been making snow for over 10 winters. Some have transferred from other departments when no snow came. There are an additional 20+ persons, who have helped make this winter possible by shoveling the guns out when they were covered with snow.
Depending on the temperature & humidity, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is able to operate up to 100 guns a night. They have a total 240 guns. What does this mean to you? At 18 degrees (wet) they are able to blow 3,000 gallons per minute. That is equal to 1 square acre foot of snow per hour. This is providing us with more than 400 acres of skiable terrain! Way to go, Mammoth!
Mammoth Lakes Chamber
Damn the torpedoes!
“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
I want to acknowledge and thank Rusty Gregory and the snowmaking staff at Mammoth Mountain for the superb job they have done in keeping Mammoth up and running. There is a fair amount of acreage from main Lodge, Canyon and Juniper to ski on. This has undoubtedly been a herculean effort undertaken at some expense.
I have been here for a long time and this is the first winter in my memory in which the town of Mammoth lakes has survived because of snowmaking.
Knox so fast …
The letter titled “For the Nordic Record,” submitted by Brian Knox and published in your January 7, 2012, edition, contains factual inaccuracies that we would like to address here.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes — not MLTPA — has submitted a Measure R application for a multi-year funding commitment supporting a cooperative effort between the Town and the Inyo National Forest to establish and maintain the Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS). If awarded, Measure R funds will be used to construct recommended projects from the Town’s recently adopted Trail System Master Plan. How these funds are allocated will be at the sole discretion of the Town, not MLTPA.
MLTPA is funded by a variety of sources including our supporters; state, federal, and local grants; private foundation grants; and contracts with public agencies that are awarded through transparent and publicly accountable procedures. MLTPA reports thoroughly and regularly on its Measure R awards and Town contracts. The public can access video presentations of quarterly reports given at public Recreation Commission meetings by visiting www.mltpa.org. We have also recently posted a detailed response to the opinions that Sandy Hogan has been sharing through her letters to the local papers.
Our community is facing historic challenges. With all of the facts in hand, and the determination and willingness to work together in times of adversity, we are convinced that the best days for outdoor recreation in Mammoth Lakes lie before us. We look forward to working with all of our partners to help see this vision realized.
Community Engagement Director
Flood Plan Mappinp
Mono County Planning Department and Public Works have been working with FEMA [Federal Emergency Managment Agency] in the Flood Plan Mapping Update process. This initiative is part of the federal government’s nationwide effort to update flood maps to more accurately reflect flood risk and impact areas for future disaster.
Mono County has been working with federal agencies to insure accurate maps are produced. In the past some maps were created in the early 1960s and 1970s, and were drawn using inaccurate topology maps. With today’s modern technology and more accurate mapping, we hope to have a higher quality map that reflects real life conditions during flood events.
The County has taken a proactive approach to working with and being involved in the required updating process. Over the last couple of years, County staff has reached out to community members to obtain photographs, insurance reports, and firsthand accounts of actual flood experience from the floods that have occurred in Mono County over the last 30 years. These real life experiences have helped to cross check the predicted reliability of the new maps.
Since these new maps appear to be impacting many previous properties that weren’t shown in flood areas the County is doing an aggressive outreach effort to inform people that they may be caught in new insurance requirements.
FEMA is currently moving forward with their formal process of adopting these maps as the official maps for future use. In the very near future there will be a public comment period for citizens to provide their views on these maps. However, we’ve been informed that the comments are only going to be allowed to address specific concerns that speak to a scientific related comment. For this reason the county staff is attempting to inform our citizens of these maps, provide as much time as possible for review, and allow significant time for property owners to reply with comments.
Also these maps, once adopted by FEMA, could have a very real impact on homeowner’s insurance prices. There will be a period of time to obtain lower cost insurance based on property that was once outside the flood map areas and are now inside the flood area. There will then be the ability to continue the flood coverage at a “Grandfathered” rate in the future. If property owners elect not to obtain insurance at these favorable rates the cost could be much higher later. The favorable rates can also be transferred with the sale of the property.
The County is actively working to get these changes out to our communities and explain the program, so that people can make informed decisions. County citizens should watch for dates and times for their respective area RPAC meetings. Additional information can be found at the following Mono County website: www.monocounty.ca.gov/departments/public_works/FEMAFloodMapsandPolicies.htm.
Duane “Hap” Hazard
Mono County Supervisor, District 2