Archive - 2013
Piute Pass is one of the fastest, easiest (well, easy is a relative term in the Eastern Sierra) ways into the high alpine country that dominates the Sierra backcountry.
Along the five-mile hike to the top of a 11,400-foot pass, hikers will pass two beautiful teal and indigo high-country lakes and numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, along with sweet, alpine meadows and wildflowers.
Mammoth bigwigs make stride toward new entity
Eastern Sierra recreation leaders made their first tentative steps toward establishing a new recreation governmental entity—Mammoth Lakes Recreation—this past week.
A 32-member recreation “steering committee” gathered for the first of three meetings on Monday, July 22, with an aim toward getting a grip on the “state of Mammoth Lakes Recreation.”
The Aspen Fire burning near Huntington Lake and pouring smoke into the Eastern Sierra for the past few days has grown to 11,019 acres according to the latest forest service update issued on Monday, July 29, at 7 a.m.
Although the fire continues to grow, firefighters are making headway on "containing" the fireâ€”or surrounding it with a fire line. As of Monday morning, the fire was 20 percent contained and there were about 1,400 firefighters fighting the fire.
The fire started on Monday, July 22 and was caused by a lightening strike.
“I have thunder phobia,” Fido said. “Don’t like-don’t like-don’t like thunder.”
A Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery at the Pearsonville Shell gas station located on U.S. 395 between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, and, a few days later, a stabbing at the popular Kennedy Meadows recreation area.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's department, on Sunday, July 21, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch was contacted regarding an armed robbery and stabbing that occurred at the Pearsonville Shell gas station.
Wood, Bacon vote ‘no’ in split vote
With a potential infusion of $4.7 million a year into the town’s tourism quiver for the next five years, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week approved the creation of a Tourism Business Improvement District.
The vote, taken at the end of a long council meeting on Wednesday, July 24, was 3-2, with both Mayor Rick Wood and council member Jo Bacon voting against.
Voting in favor of the TBID were council members John Eastman, Matthew Lehman, and Michael Raimondo.
Officials predict blaze to grow to 6,000 acres
The smoke above Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra that began on Tuesday, July 23, is not going to dissipate for at least a few days, according to the local air pollution control district.
The smoke is due to a 2,000-3,000-acre fire (at press time on Wednesday night, July 24) on the west side of the Sierra crest, north and west of Huntington Lake, near a reservoir called Mammoth Pool Reservoir.
Two generations of bears learn bad habits
Bears are relatively rare in Crowley Lake compared to Mammoth Lakes, but in the past few weeks, local residents have said at least one bear—and perhaps two—seem to be getting bolder.
“I get a lot of calls, a lot of concerns,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ wildlife specialist and known throughout the country as the “Bear Whisperer.” Most calls are about seeing a bear or about the bear getting into trash.
The smoky sky above Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra that became noticeable on the evening of Tuesday, July 23, and into the morning of July 24 is due to a 2,000-plus-acre fire on the west side of the Sierra crest, north and west of Huntington Lake, near a SCE reservoir called Mammoth Pool Reservoir.
The nearest town is Huntington Lake.
The fire is almost directly 40 miles west of Aspendell, a small community west of Bishop (located on S.R. 168, the road to Sabrina Lake, South Lake and North Lake).
The last day for all Valentine Reserve talks is Aug. 2, and there is still some room left on the last two talks of the year:
The Geology of Valentine Reserve
July 31,9:30-12 p.m.; moderately strenuous hike
Editor's note: This letter was sent to the MT on Monday, July 22, by local recycling expert and Mono County Solid Waste Task Force member Lisa Isaacs. Since we go to press after the meeting tomorrow night where the Town council may vote on a private property item related to this letter (votes on "property negotiations" are allowed in closed session, according to Town officials), Isaac's letter is printed here in full.
Mammoth Lakes Community Members:
Music Festival offers piece of 1952 history
A rucksack used by Andrea Lawrence during her historic performance at the 1952 Winter Olympics has found its way to an auction.
Along with a hand painted violin from Lady Jill Mueller, which is signed by Dave McCoy, the rucksack is part of the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival fundraising drive.
The drive, which accompanies the three-week music festival, also offers other auction items, including a Hollywood Bowl package as well as a weekend stay at a Southern California beachfront house.
On the evening of Saturday, July 20, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch received an emergency call from a SPOT satellite device warning of an ill and/or injured hiker on the John Muir Trail.
The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team was dispatched to the area. A father, age 52, and son, age 22, from Clovis, CA, were backpacking from Lake Edison to Tuolumne Meadows when the father became ill and activated his emergency notification device.
Ken and Flossie Coulter step away from Jazz Jubilee
Two days after the last trumpet blew at the 2013 Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, Ken and Flossie Coulter were still at it.
“This morning I found a bass amplifier that someone forgot to take home,” said Ken Coulter as he made his rounds through Sam’s Woodsite (“The Holler”) and the other venues that featured last weekend’s 25th annual festival.
“You wouldn’t believe how long it takes to wrap things up,” he said.