Archive - 2011
It might begin with something as simple as an insult. âYouâre fat.â âYou canât do anything.â âYou are ugly.â
âNobody likes you.â
The abuse might worsen; getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worse; midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, âkids will be kids,â right? They will grow out of it, right?
Theyâre just words, right?
The Inyo National Forest is announcing the opening of a new, personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop. This area is located on the north side of Highway 158 across from the Fern Lake Trailhead. You must have a valid 2011 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only. Permittees must park along the shoulder of Highway 158 during collecting activities, and are not permitted to drive off-road for firewood retrieval. All other wood cutting regulations are in effect.
Two firms investigating potential wind energy in eastern California have withdrawn their requests to install monitoring towers on public lands. The firms proposed to install 200-foot-tall wind monitoring towers for three-year testing periods to collect wind speed and direction data and other weather information.
Thick black clouds are already crashing against the grey bulk of Mt. Dana when we begin the run down the mountain. The wind whips past, running fast from the coast, pushing the first winter storm of the season west up Yosemite Valley, whirling around the base of Half Dome.
Pine needles fall in masses, covering the bare ground with a carpet of sienna gold. The air is thick with the smell of snow and rain and the sun, hot enough to go shirtless only a few hours ago, has gone home. This new cold bites hard. Thunder rumbles to the south.
Itâs time to go.
Rock Creek Canyon, high above Toms Place resort, which is about fourteen miles south of Mammoth Lakes, is one of the Eastern Sierraâs most spectacular canyons. Filled with dozens of lakes and ponds, fed by some of the highest mountains in the Sierra, itâs a backcountry hikerâs dream. And it just so happens to also have one of the best aspen shows for early fall viewing, which, in this odd, odd, weather year, is about what time of the year the trees think it â and itâs not like you can argue with a tree.
Itâs been an odd and wonderful fall.
Aspens and cottonwoods, still summer-lush with the life given to them by the record-breaking winter, met one of the warmest falls in many years. In no hurry to go dormant again after being buried alive for nine months, the trees held their green far into October, much to localâs confusion and delight.
The summer, so late in coming, seemed like it would never end.
No one complained about it, either.
Our deepest condolences to longtime local Stacy Corless, who lost her sister, Lisa, on Oct. 16. Our hearts go out to Stacy and to all of Lisaâs friends and family. âŠ
Steve Searles is irked.
Itâs not the wildlife which is making his spine crawl but rather the decision of a certain public agency to shut down and lock up public facilities in the Lakes Basin.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan and certified the Trail System Master Plan EIR at Wednesdayâs town council meeting.
If there had been any opposition to the new trails plan, the public had one last chance at the meeting to speak up.
With all the public meetings held over the past several years about generating a new and improved trails system plan, it was apparent that all had been said and done.
When the state of California voted to reroute many prisoners who would have gone to state prison to county jails late last year, alarm waves cascaded through all the stateâs 58 counties. Although the state assured the counties it would fund this ârealignmentâ of responsibility and that the only prisoners released in such a manner would not be violent or sex offenders, local county officials were not reassured.
Rumors of a "bear mauling" in the northern part of Mono County are just that, rumors, according to the Mono County Sheriffs Department. Here's what really happened, according to the sheriffs department:
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at approximately 2:30 pm, Mono County Sheriffâs Department dispatch received a call regarding a reported bear attack near the Twin Lakes area in Bridgeport.
Inyo County officials are seeking a missing California man whose vehicle may have been parked in the Buttermilk climbing and bouldering area above Bishop since July.
The man, Richard John Malten, 64, is from Oregon House, Calif. He is described as 5â 8â, 144 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes.
According to the Inyo Register, a missing personâs report was filed last week by Malten's ex-wife.
According to the sheriffâs department, what is believed to be Maltenâs 2001 maroon Jeep utility vehicle has been found. It may have been parked in the area, unattended, since July.
âWelcome back, Ziggy!â Thatâs Ziggy, the much-beloved, black cat that belongs to Crowley Lake residents Fred and Patti Stump. Ziggy disappeared early last weekend and still wasnât back Monday morning. As any Eastside cat owner has learned, after three days of being missing, itâs rare for a cat to come home again around here. But on Monday morning, Patti Stump decide to try again, and tapped on the closed shed door of a neighborâs place. A hearty and cranky âmeowâ answered her, and Ziggy was found. Awww. âŠ
You could call it an embarrassment of riches. Most communities in Mono County only get one supervisor to represent them. But for the past eight weeks, and until at least 2012, Lee Vining and Mono City will get two.
If that sounds a bit awkward, it probably is.
Wild Iris Fundraiser at The Historic Mono Inn, October 26, 2011
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to help bring awareness to the community and to raise funds that support on-going programs, The Historic Mono Inn, The Exhausted Parent Network and KMMT will host a fundraising dinner at The Historic Mono Inn Restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Twenty-percent of the eveningâs dinner proceeds will be donated to Wild Iris.