News Briefs: Skier Dies, Rest Areas Close, Superintendent Search

The skier who died after Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol found him unconscious has been identified as 48 year old David Ebben of Encinitas, California.This, according to the Washoe County Coroner's office. Ebben was reportedly a frequent visitor to Mammoth Lakes.

MMSA had reported that there were no visible signs of external trauma when ski patrollers found Ebben on West Bowl, near FaceLift Express. The man was unconscious and having trouble breathing. From Mammoth Hospital Emergency Room, the man was airlifted to Renown Hospital in Reno where he died as a result of injuries.

News on Highway 395 – the highway widening project south of Big Pine continues. Locals have dubbed that dangerous section "Death Alley."

Elsewhere on 395, Caltrans closed Division Creek Rest Area temporarily. Public Information Officer for Caltrans, Susan Lent, said that problems with the water well developed. The rest area was closed Monday and may be open by Friday, December 14th.

Further north, the Crestview Rest Area was closed for the winter recently. Lent said that the contractor hired to clean the facility ends in November each year. Crestview will re-open in the spring.

And, the Mammoth School Board scheduled a meeting for tonight at 6pm in the Sierra High School Multi-Purpose room. Board members will sit in a workshop on the upcoming superintendent search and meet with the director of executive search services of the California School Boards Association.

Superintendent Mike DeRisi plans to retire at the end of July after 35 years in education. DeRisi said he spent many years teaching and coaching and the last 16 years in administration. He took the job of principal at Mammoth High School in 2002.

So, the school Board will consider searching for a new superintendent inside the schools or outside.

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