Archive - 2013
Longtime locals, Mono Lake rangers David and Janet Carle release a book about traveling around the world following the latitude of the Eastern Sierra
Who would have thought something as seemingly mundane as a number could underlie much of the world’s most productive cultures?
Nancy Peterson Walter, 77, a resident of Mammoth Lakes for the past 19 years, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Feb. 5.
The cause of death, according to her husband, John, was leukemia.
Born in Rockford, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1935, Walter achieved her childhood dream of becoming an anthropologist, culminating in being awarded her PhD in 1986.
Caelen McQuilken, Jordyn Harper show temperatures decrease as elevation increases—despite their own experiences this winter
Two Lee Vining elementary students will go on to a regional science fair in Riverside in April after their professionally produced, meticulously graphed and time-consuming experiments on Mammoth Mountain and other locations proved that overall, temperatures really do decrease as elevation increases.
Town, fire district sound an ominous alarm
Cozy and lovely, there’s nothing quite like a woodstove to fire the imaginations of Mammoth’s winter visitors and locals alike.
Unfortunately, town fire department leaders, along with Building Inspector John Goetz, say the stoves, specifically woodstove inserts, also are a potential hazard.
The Eastside’s most ephemeral sport in full swing
On an unusually warm midwinter day, Juan Lopez swung into the ice with the hard-earned familiarity of years of working construction.
A veteran of a battle against diabetes and holding a laundry list of prescription medications, Lopez, 43, of Woodlake, said he was looking for moderation. He found it by climbing ice.
Community invited to give input at meeting next Saturday at the Minaret Mall
The Tuolumne River that runs alongside the Tioga Pass Road on the west side of the pass and the Merced River in Yosemite Valley are lined with cabins and resort structures, trails, and bike paths.
The two rivers were also recently designated as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers, in an attempt to preserve their beauty and ecological integrity into perpetuity.
Searles: Actual numbers remain steady
Coyote sightings have been on the rise in Mammoth, but local Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles said the population is healthy, and their presence is of no threat whatsoever.
“Wotta week!” Fido said.
“Yes, it sure was. You must be exhausted, Old Sport.”
“That’s OK, because I’m a dog, and even when we’re exhausted, if there is still a little bit of fuel in the tank, we can keep on going.”
“Well put. Humans aren’t quite like that, and the older they get, well, you know. Did you have a favorite part?”
Fido showed no hesitation. He wagged his stump.
“Foolsday was my favorite part!”
Massive project is finally underway in Mono County
The Digital 395 project has been a pie-in-the-sky project for so long, some were beginning to think the 600-plus-mile high-speed broadband fiber project would never make it to Mono County.
There has still been no deadline for high-speed broadband service set for Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake after Verizon backed out of a Jan. 28 deadline and the Public Utilities Commission last week rejected Verizon’s request for a deadline extension.
Calls to Verizon were not returned before press time.
Says Mammoth ‘looks like a swap meet’ in summer months
After years of wrangling over what to do about the proliferation of what she considers unsightly banner signs in Mammoth, Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney said she has a solution.
“We should eliminate all banners except for special events,” she said at a commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “We should eliminate all ‘temporary’ signs, too.”