Archive - Apr 2, 2011
It is hard to find solace in last weekâ€™s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.
But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
â€śI am looking at the positives,â€ť wrote Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita.
Unable to speak, she scribbled notes that were posted to the Internet.
â€śWe get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!â€ť
As if by magic, Sunday morning dawned clear.
And Mike Karchâ€™s vision of winter biathlon shone in the morning light.
â€śIt was an amazing vision,â€ť said Alana Levin. â€śHe (Karch) created the whole thing.â€ť
After a week of heavy snows in the Eastern Sierra, volunteers cleared the course and the fourth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon got under way.
Three divisions of two waves each came out for Sundayâ€™s race: Intermediate, Elite/National Guard and Advanced.
Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.
The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.
Mammoth knows more about natural radiation than almost any other place in the country.
We sit atop radioactive rock, we ski so high that we are exposed to 70 percent more radiation than people living at sea level.
But calls are still coming into the county health department, people worrying about radiation coming across the ocean on a plume, in the water, through our food.
Call it what you want (embezzling, theft, fraud, whatever), but attorney and town councilman Rick Wood says there has never been a single criminal case in Mammoth against people who rent out their condos or single-family homes illegally. ...
Spring is blooming, although itâ€™s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...