Archive - 2013
One thing about working at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra: You never know what to expect when you answer the phone.
Case in point: last winter, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Paralympic Sport Program Coordinator Maggie Palchak answered what seemed like a typical call from a woman inquiring about getting a Wounded Warrior on skis.
“Something is terribly wrong,” Fido said.
“I noticed you are in some kind of funk, Big Boy. What’s up?”
“Where is my supper?”
“Supper will be right on time, I know how you count on it, the way you pace around when it’s supper time. I also noticed you started pacing about an hour early.”
“You’re late with my supper. I’m starving.”
With snow on the ground, days getting short and time even shorter, Mammoth still does not have a plan to groom its cross country ski trails at Shady Rest Park.
The nonprofit Mammoth Nordic Foundation, which has used a set-aside fund of $20,000 in Measure R tax funding and which has groomed about seven miles of trail in recent years, still has not come forward as to its plans—if any—to perform the grooming for the coming winter.
The seldom-seen, chicken-sized local species of the greater sage grouse took a step closer to being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act last Friday, Oct. 25, when the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the bird as a federally threatened species.
In the trenches of the human-bear conflict, Mammoth residents are aware of bear and wildlife issues. But in Mono County, scientific population studies on black bears are lacking, according to biologist Jonathan Fusaro.
As part of his Master’s degree, Fusaro decided to take a look at the black bear population in Mammoth Lakes and compare it to a wild population near Monitor Pass.
Local Mammoth residents weren't the only ones surprised by Monday's deeper-than-expected snowfall.
National Weather Service meteorlogist Scott McGuire said the agency "didn't see that one coming," referring to the 10-plus inches of snow that feel on the higher elevations of Mammoth and on Mammoth Mountain.
Even more snow fell above 10,000 feet.
In contrast, the mountains in the Lake Tahoe region received six-to-eight inches, and Truckee received six inches.
A 5-foot, 8-inch burglar wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana mask broke into Vons Pharmacy Sunday night, Oct. 27, but eluded capture after swiping an unknown quantity of prescription drugs.
A Vons employee said a customer spotted the crime in progress, although the witness told police it was impossible to tell if the burglar were a man or a woman.
The incident happened at about 11:15 p.m., according to Mammoth Lakes Police.
One of the Eastern Sierra’s most beloved landmarks, the Green Church, may soon change ownership after the University of California builds a new lecture and classroom facility at its existing Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) land south of Convict Lake.
The issue is that the Green Church is located near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, which has a proposed expansion on tap, although not yet completed.
This November marks the 45th anniversary of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, which raises money through the Cast Off thrift store.
The funds raised go to purchasing equipment for the hospital, continuing education for hospital staff, community health programs, college scholarships, and high school achievement awards, said Jan McPherson, parliamentarian for the Cast Off.
Since its start, the Auxiliary has raised almost $3.9 million for these causes, said Judy Bornfeld, president of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary.
Julie Fought calls herself a backyard sheep raiser. She is ranch operator at De La Cour Ranch, which sits at 5,500 feet in the mountains below Mt.Whitney. They have guest cabins; they grow and sell lavender, vegetables and eggs at farmer’s markets in Lone Pine and Independence; and they produce manure compost.
Say the word zoning regulations and eyes glaze over in a matter of seconds—unless one or more of those regulations happens to get in the way of building a home or commercial building—or an entire town.
Then, nothing in the world is as important.
Mono County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its most popular team members this past week.
Abby, the Mustang Police Horse, died Saturday, Oct. 19.
“Abby was an ambassador for and a true testament to the mentality of the wild horses,” said Lt. West. “She was a family companion, and a show and competition horse, in addition to her law enforcement duties.
Abby had a 17-year career span as a mounted patrol horse with partner Lt. Phil West and retired in 2010, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
The Mammoth High School Girls’ Volleyball teams continued their winning ways this past week with home wins over Boron, Vasquez, and Lone Pine, improving their league records to 7-1 in the Desert Mountain League.
On Oct. 10, the JV Huskies defeated the Boron Ladycats 25-21, 25-20. They followed up that victory with a close match against the Mustangs of Vasquez, losing the first game 20-25, but rebounding to take the next two games 25-20 and 15-11.
“Tell me about cats.”
“Gosh, Fido, there’s not a lot to say. And anyway, you live with Chief, and he’s a cat. Why don’t you ask him?”
“I don’t think Chief knows anything.”
“Sure he does. He has a brain.”
“It is the size of a walnut!”
“Fido, your own brain isn’t what I would call overwhelming.”
“But it’s bigger than a walnut.”