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Mark Wardlaw and Community Development

September 14, 2012

Mark Wardlaw is leaving town for San Diego County, and that’s a bad deal for Mammoth Lakes.

What we're reading in Mammoth: Sept. 14-20

September 14, 2012

A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then

 

Mary Canada, Eastern California Museum archivist: “The Next 100 Years,” by George Friedman.

Fido & Me — Muzzle Man

September 14, 2012

“What the heck is THIS?” Fido wanted to know.

“It’s a bag of treats!”

“Hey hey hey hey!” he said. “What’s that other thing?”

“Oh this little old thing?” I said, and reached—tentatively— into the shopping bag. “It’s a muzzle, Fido, and it goes around your nose and mouth, kind of like your Gentle Leader.”

“I hate it already,” Fido said.

“Yeah, I know, but you can’t have one, the bag of treats, without the other, you big red lug. It’s going to snow pretty soon, and we have to get used to you wearing this thing, or they won’t let you on the bus.”

Alpers: Senate bill could destroy fishing industry

September 14, 2012

Despite fervent opposition from Mono and Inyo County, a Senate bill—one that former Mono County aquaculturist Tim Alpers claims could almost eliminate the state’s trout stocking program—is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

“I think he is going to sign it,” Alpers said Wednesday. “Despite opposition (from rural counties like Mono County), his administration (in this case Alpers is referring to the state Department of Fish and Game) supports it.”

Mammoth Times, Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome California Outdoor Writers

September 14, 2012

The Mammoth Times and Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome the members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California to our cool little hamlet and our big, vast mountains.

All of us in Mammoth routinely read what you write. We marvel at the images and videos you make. We love your websites and multimedia and, having consumed as much as we can, we always come out the better for it.

—Aleksandra, George, Wendilyn, Jesse, Carolina, Tiffany, and Teresa, along with our office four-footers (Fido, Zeppelin, Kassie, Skye, Mica and Bear).

Tioga Run goes to Eric Lynch, Rebecca Sopp

September 14, 2012

It is not a particularly hard run, at least for those with legs of steel, lungs of a blast furnace, and the determination of a locomotive.

Erik Lynch and Rebecca Sopp qualify in all those areas, and the results of the Tioga Pass Run last weekend showed it.

Lynch, 24, ran the 12.4-mile road in 1:33:24, easily outrunning 24-year-old Ryan Spaulding of Bishop to win the men’s division. Spaulding finished nearly three minutes back, at 1:39:13.

Paramedic program costs growing, county seeks solutions

September 14, 2012

When sirens wail and police cars scatter oncoming traffic like a flock of geese, it’s usually Mono County’s paramedics that are behind the wheel of the ambulance.

It’s an unusual system in a world of private ambulance services, but it has worked well for this small, rural county—a place where population is low, hospitals are far apart, and private ambulance companies would be hard-pressed to make a profit.

What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 14-20, starring Kim Stravers, Trent Wallentine and Mark Twain

September 14, 2012

Bye-bye, Kim Stravers, who will be on the X Games crew for ESPN, beginning later this month. We lose a lot up here with her departure, such as one of the few who know how to use kerrect spelling and punctuation.  …

County jail braces for more prisoners

September 14, 2012

California’s counties howled when Sacramento told them the state would be sending over some of its low-level prisoners to reduce state prison crowding.

Mono County was no exception, citing costs and potential safety problems. The problem is county jails are not set up for long-term prisoners, with sentences that could run into decades in some cases, it argued.

Yosemite Hantavirus cases not connected to the Eastern Sierra

September 14, 2012

The recent spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Yosemite National Park does not mean a spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Mono County.

It doesn’t mean there won’t be any deaths, either.

It’s an issue locals know about since the Eastern Sierra is considered a “hotspot” for Hantavirus infections.

Clampers honor Dave McCoy

September 14, 2012

E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter #64, known as the Clampers, unveiled a monument dedicated to Dave and Roma McCoy and Mammoth Mountain’s history at Main Lodge Saturday morning (Sept. 8).

Hundreds of Clampers from all over California attended to celebrate the McCoys and their contribution to the skiing world.

According to the Bodie Chapter #64 website (www.ecvbodie64.com/), E Clampus Vitus is a “fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area.

Kamikaze Bike Days and new half marathon highlight next year's shoulder seasons

September 14, 2012

What to do about June and September, anyway?

These are the dreaded months of the so-called shoulder seasons around Mammoth, but a few impresarios this week made two bold moves to allay the impact of the awkward, seasonal downturns.

The first scheme begins on June 22, when Mammoth will host a Sunday half-marathon from Horseshoe Lake to Old Mammoth Road. It would star members of the Mammoth Track Club and top runners of the vaunted San Diego Half Marathon organization.

Tent sale rules to undergo re-examination

September 14, 2012

Mammoth can be intense in the summer, but the question for some retailers is how much of that should be in tents.

That would be tent sales, specifically, which came before the town’s planning commission Wednesday and drew an intense discussion, spearheaded by the Tent Sale King, Outdoor Sports owner Philip Hertzog.

“Without these sales in the summertime,” he said, “we’d be out of business. We’re in a shopping mall (the Sierra Center Mall on Old Mammoth Road) that just went from 80 percent vacant to 90 percent vacant.

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