Archive - Sep 24, 2010
Those power outages we‚Äôve experienced in Mammoth lately?
There‚Äôs a reason.
As Dug the Dog (from the movie ‚ÄúUp‚ÄĚ) might blurt out, ‚ÄúSQUIRREL!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou can imagine the problems we have,‚ÄĚ sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.
Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utility‚Äôs ongoing battle with the squirrels. This past summer, the critters caused a number of short outages when they came into contact with exposed copper wire on utility poles in the area.
It looks like any other mid-week football practice in any other small town in America. But there‚Äôs something different about this Mammoth Huskies junior varsity team this year.
As the team gathers around Coach Noel Looney after a rigorous two-hour session on the high school‚Äôs practice field, the players, one by one, take off their helmets, including the rugged and intense interior lineman in the middle of the pack.
Make that linewoman.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been told that I‚Äôm the first girl who ever played Mammoth High School football,‚ÄĚ said Elizabeth Martinez. ‚ÄúI feel really happy about that.‚ÄĚ
A proposed bill to remove the Bodie Hills from its status as potential wilderness brought Eastern Sierra residents on both side of the issue out of the woodwork Tuesday. More than 50 people piled into the county courthouse to have their say.
At stake was a resolution brought to the county supervisors by District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters that asked the supervisors to support a bill to take the Bodie Hills (behind Bodie State Park) out of its current, semi-protected status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA).
Tourism director John Urdi, a go-getter from the get-go, snagged town development wonk Mark Wardlaw at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, saying, “I want to talk to you about branding.” The ever-sharp Wardlaw replied, “You show me a young calf and I’ll show you what I know.” ...
All of us pass along heartfelt good wishes to Mayor Skip Harvey, who is battling throat cancer. He should be back in action by mid-November, say those in the know ...
When people think about dust storms in the Eastern Sierra, they usually think about the Owens Dry Lake dust storms down in Inyo County.
But Mono County‚Äôs got its own version and in some ways, it‚Äôs even worse.
The blue and aqua Mono Lake is ringed by miles of dusty shores, left behind when the water level dropped after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power started diverting feeder creeks.
Eastern Sierra residents can look forward to at least a bit of a break in the smoke this weekend and next week, as the Sheep Fire on the Westside finally dies down after almost two months of pushing smoke over the mountains.
The ‚Äúlet burn‚ÄĚ policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.
‚ÄúThey are as tired of the smoke as we are,‚ÄĚ said the Eastern Sierra‚Äôs air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.
A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams‚Äô Jim Ouimet was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder with a deadly weapon in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev. following the stabbing deaths of the young son of his estranged wife and his wife‚Äôs mother on Sept. 17.
Justin Ouimet, 24, was originally arrested by Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.
Christine Pelosi pounded out platform points as she rallied Mono County Democrats last Thursday evening.
‚ÄúThe fight for justice is always hard,‚ÄĚ said the Chair of California‚Äôs Democratic Platform Committee and member of the Democratic National Committee. ‚ÄúIt was hard to fight for suffrage. It was hard to fight for social security. It was hard to fight for civil rights. It was hard to fight for healthcare. But we got it done.‚ÄĚ
Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ‚Äėgot it done‚Äô while balancing Isabelle, her toddler daughter, wriggling on her hip throughout her speech.
This is the trouble season for Keith Dawley.
The 49-year-old trails supervisor for the Inyo National Forest, Dawley peers at the sky each September and October, hoping ‚Äď praying ‚Äď for enough snow to ski.
‚ÄúSeptember is the hardest month,‚ÄĚ said Dawley, who has one of the more spectacular streaks of skiing anywhere. ‚ÄúUsually by the end of October, Halloween, it snows somewhere.‚ÄĚ
For 189 straight months (that would be more than 15 years) the personable Dawley has skied at least once in each month, sometimes hiking up, up and up to find enough snow to make a turn.
The question of where it‚Äôs appropriate to locate a medical marijuana dispensary popped up again this week when Mono County‚Äôs Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel asked for approval to move the county‚Äôs Wellness Center from a proposed dispensary site.
Gimpel suggested it might be more appropriate to put the Wellness Center in the Sierra Center Mall with the rest of Mono County‚Äôs offices, moving it from its current location at the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.
Chances are, when one thinks of soul men, it’s a memory of that old song by Sam and Dave, “I’m a soul man.”
But that wouldn’t be the current usage. “Soul Men” is the name of the first program of Chamber Music Unbound’s winter music series.
Mammoth’s resident Felici Piano Trio will perform Bach, the grand master of the Baroque; the great Classical hero, Beethoven; Chopin, the Romantic piano virtuoso; and the eloquent musical narrator Robert Schumann.
The community is invited to a wedding reception and the party won‚Äôt come to a close until someone is dead!
You haven‚Äôt had an invitation like this one before, you say? ‚ÄúI‚Äôm Getting Murdered in the Morning‚ÄĚ is Playhouse 395‚Äôs first mystery dinner theater event Oct. 7 - 10 at the Bishop Country Club banquet room.
Audience members are invited to guess who-dun-it, becoming guests at the most unlikely wedding celebration ever attended.
It might have been a bye week for the Mammoth Huskies last week, but that didn‚Äôt mean that Head Coach Tom Gault and his coaching crew took the weekend off.
Instead, they got their video equipment in order and traveled to Murrieta, where they watched, analyzed and shot video of Calvary Murrieta‚Äôs 16-6 loss to Bloomington Christian ‚Äď a loss that dropped Mammoth‚Äôs next opponent to 0-2 for the season.
Calvary Murrieta comes calling tonight at Gault/McClure Stadium, with a JV game at 4 o‚Äôclock and the varsity at 7.
Alchemy is a word that can be loosely defined as that which happens when one element becomes another; when one thing transforms to another thing.
When none of the county’s District 4 Supervisor candidates took home 50 percent of the vote in June, it triggered a run-off election for November between the top two vote getters, Tim Hansen and Tim Fesko.