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August 13th

ML Foundation unveils Golf Classic rules and schedule

August 13, 2012

Where did the summer go, anyway?

One of Mammoth’s early autumn events is Sunday, Sept. 9 when the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic tees off at Sierra Star.

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Fees include greens fees and cart, use of chipping and putting greens, lunch, tournament gift, silent auction, awards party, and the opportunity to support higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth.

Fido & Me — Dog Days

August 13, 2012

“These are really called Dog Days?” Fido said.

“They are, but it’s not what you think,” I replied.

“I’m a dog! I don’t think. I guard, I feel, I bark, I sleep, I eat. But I do not think. I am a life-support system for biscuits and my water bowl. Everything after that is gravy.”

“Once again, you Big Red Lug, you are mixing your metaphors something awful, but that’s perfectly OK during the Dog Days of August.”

“Hey hey hey hey!” Fido yelped. “What will we do to celebrate?”

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

Let the bears die

August 13, 2012

This is going to hurt.

It hurts to write it; it hurts even worse to witness the impending bear die-off this summer, and do nothing.

Yet the best way to deal with Mammoth’s starving bears is to let nature take its amoral, cruel course. As painful as it might be, the very best thing for the bears is to let them die in their own way.

Starvation is nasty business, but it’s better than putting bullets in their brains. Certainly it is better than to keep them on the razor’s edge of life by handing them freebies, only to watch them become problem bears later.

August 12th

Mammoth Olympians fail to medal; Meb fourth in marathon, Uceny falls in 1500m, Hastings 11th in 10,000m

August 12, 2012

Mammoth's Meb Keflezighi finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in London on Sunday, but said he is happy with his performance—23 seconds better than his silver-medal finish in 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Bears are restless, hungry and on the prowl

August 12, 2012

Bear activity has picked up dramatically over the last several weeks, according to wildlife experts up and down the Eastern Sierra.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in this room who hasn’t seen a bear this week,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles during the last open meeting of the Town Council on Aug. 1.

“When I was in front of you two weeks ago, I was saying how proud I was of the community and what a fantastic job they were doing. I’m sad to say that over the last week or 10 days, people may have let down their guard.

August 10th

Crews find dozens of old heaps at Mammoth Track

August 10, 2012

Crews working at the site of the new Mammoth Track have run into just about the last thing they expected.
While leveling the ground for the all-purpose track, they unearthed what appears to have been Mammoth’s first-ever experiment in underground parking. It’s as good an explanation as anything else.

Dozens of old cars, mostly dating from the 40s, 50s and early 60s, lay buried in a stack that runs the entire length of what will be a full-length Olympic-sized track.

No one knows how they got there.

“It’s kind of a big hole,” deadpanned Public Works Director Ray Jarvis.

Beerfest/Bluesapalooza a smash hit

August 10, 2012

It’s hard to imagine anything can beat a four-day, blues-and-beer combination beneath the pines at high altitude in August.

But add some thunderous applause from Mother Nature herself, and thunderbolts thrown by Zeus from the mountaintops, what concertgoers had was an unmatched set list that literally shook concertgoers right out of Sam’s Woodsite last weekend.

The whole thing was delightful, of course, with veteran Blooza attendees saying it was Joyce and Sean Turner’s best production yet.

Two bodies found in mountains after multi-week searches

August 10, 2012

A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.

Officials are currently working to identify the body located by search crews Wednesday night in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but the remains are believed to be those of Gary Dankworth, 60, a physician from Carson City.

Dankworth was reported missing Sunday, Aug. 5.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 10, 2012

August 10, 2012

We all had a great time at last weekend’s Beer Festival & Bluesapalooza, some more than others. The great R&B singer Bettye Lavette got through her first song, a cover of the George Jones tearjerker, “Choices,” reached for her water glass, then asked the crowd, “How long do you actually have to be here to be able to BREATHE?” …

Family oriented outdoor play tonight

August 10, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. Friday (tonight) at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve, and enjoy their natural spaces.

The show is full of Chaplin-esque physical comedy.

Digital 395 breaks ground in Bridgeport

August 10, 2012

Digital 395 finally broke ground in Mono County this week, as workers began boring underground to form a
tunnel that will carry the 563-mile-long, high-speed digital cable through the Bridgeport area and other sensitive areas, joining a project that will eventually lay cable from Carson City to Mojave.

“If the weather holds, we hope to get to the California/Nevada border by winter,” project proponent Praxis Associates CEO Michael Ort told the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“We’re hiring,” he said, words that were music to county supervisor ears.

ESLT nature outing at Crowley this weekend

August 10, 2012

Members of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust will host a family exploration of the nature in and around the ESLT’s Crowley Hilltop Preserve tomorrow (Saturday).

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The property hosts five different species of conifer tree species, great views, and important wildlife habitat for bears, deer, and many other animals.

Learn the plants, play games, look for animal tracks and signs, drink pine needle tea, and make nature art.

Playhouse 395 Youth Theatre to hold Seussical, the Musical auditions

August 10, 2012

Playhouse 395 Community Theater will hold auditions for their youth production, Seussical the Musical, a musical production written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Individual auditions will be scheduled throughout the morning of Aug. 25. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 27 and run through the performances scheduled for two weekends, Nov. 2 through Nov. 10.

All students in grades 6 through 12 with an interest in musical theatre are encouraged to try out. The Playhouse 395 workshop, auditions and the production of Seussical the Musical will be held at the Bishop High School Auditiorium.

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