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The ski bum is dead, long live the ski bum

October 1, 2010

We’ve known quite a few ski bums in our time around here. If you think about it, Dave McCoy himself would probably been called a ski bum, had the term or the lifestyle existed at the time. Maybe Dave was the original ski bum, for all we know.

Those were heady times for us back then, when the ski towns were being built and the ski bum subculture emerged. Look around town and they’re everywhere still, each finding just enough work to free them to lay down some serious skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

AYSO Soccer Week Three: Great weather, great play

October 1, 2010

A heat wave in Southern California meant crystal-clear skies and warm sunny weather these past several days in Mammoth.

What a weekend to spend on the fields at Shady Rest during week three of AYSO soccer season (Sept. 25-26). The warm weather fooled us all into feeling like summer hadn’t yet blown away on a cool fall breeze or buried itself under the changing leaves.

Qualls leads High School runners to big L.A. win

October 1, 2010

It was sophomore Toby Qualls who shot to the front of the pack and stayed there to win the varsity race in the 37th Bellarmine Cross Country Invitational.

Qualls’ blistering time was as hot as the day’s temperatures: 15:46 for the three-mile hilly course. He was 14 seconds shy of breaking the all-time sophomore record set in 1989 at 15:32. He beat his closest competitor by 24 seconds. Had the temperature been lower, or Qualls been pushed, chances are he would have lowered the record said his coach Andrew Kastor.

Green Creek Loop reveals flaming aspens, sheer mountains, serpentine creek

October 1, 2010

It took me 15 years of living in the Eastern Sierra before I drove up northern Mono County’s Green Creek Road in the fall – which is just too damn bad.

The combination of the placid, serpentine creek, wide, golden meadows rimmed with deep green lodgepole and flaming aspens and the sheer mountains above Green Creek’s headwaters is incomparable in the Eastern Sierra, rivaling even the more popular – and more crowded – Lundy Canyon.

Limited access to Lakes Basin during October

October 1, 2010

From Oct. 4, 2010 through Nov. 7, 2010, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road. Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.

Fuel reduction operation at Shady Rest Parcel

October 1, 2010

Starting in early October mem-bers of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel, Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25-acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Drive.

Sierra Star goes green

October 1, 2010

The green fairways of the Sierra Star Golf Course are, at last, truly green. And purple.

This past week, the golf course completed a long-term project to use recycled water from the Mammoth Community Water District to irrigate the turf at the golf course.

Purple is the universal color identifying facilities that contain or are using recycled water. These purple pipes and sprinkler heads can now be seen at Sierra.

Conservation-minded people sought for Nevada AmeriCorps

October 1, 2010

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is calling all interested people to apply to be part of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) based in Bishop, Calif. The SNAP program places 27 AmeriCorps members at different conservation agencies and organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.

ESLT is seeking enthusiastic conservation-minded people to devote a year to to the preservation of Eastern Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities.

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