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February 8th

Fido & Me - Mardi Gras

February 8, 2013


“That’s quite a get-up,” I said to Fido.  “What’s up with the beads?”

“Let’s dance!”


Fido got up on his hind legs and did a little jig.

“Is that really a jig?”

“Heck no! It’s a Fido-doh. A dance just for me-me-me.”

“Something tells me a cup of coffee would be a good thing right about now.”

‘Snow Biking’ makes tracks in Mammoth

February 8, 2013


Users argue for change  of 21-year-old rule

A new recreation activity is beginning to emerge in Mammoth, but “snow biking” has some bumpy bureaucratic rules to clear before it can break into the trails system of the Inyo National Forest.

Thank you from Wild Iris

February 8, 2013


Wild Iris would like to say thank you to the communities of Inyo and Mono counties for your generosity and support.

Whether you’ve been a long-time supporter, or you’re relatively new to the Wild Iris family, your monetary gifts, as well as those of time and talent, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of those we serve.

NRA only interested in profit

February 8, 2013


As a boy scout in the early 60s, I learned gun safety and how operate a single shot .22 rifle—promoted by the National Rifle Association. 

At that time, the NRA was owned and operated by law abiding gun owners who understood what was appropriate for ownership and use.

Today there are only 12 million of those members so it is important to ask how the NRA has $200 million to lobby against laws that might influence the availability of guns. 

That money comes from the manufacturers. 

An idea for June Lake

February 8, 2013


June Lake’s Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon event was a great example of a community coming together and being proactive in response to the loss of its biggest business booster.

When Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced (unexpectedly) its decision to close June Mountain Ski Area for the 2012-13 season, we imagined every June Lake citizen’s hearts dropped to the bottom of his or her stomach. Ours did.

Language led her to freedom

February 8, 2013


Review: ‘The Miracle Worker’

Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s production of William Gibson’s contemporary classic, “The Miracle Worker” opened this weekend at The Edison Theater. 

Directed by Juliana Olinka, the post-Civil War drama portrays the story of Annie Sullivan’s (Madeline Roy) first month as a teacher and governess to blind and deaf Helen Keller (played by seventh-grader Melanie Moyer).

Mitrani, Bretz come up big at U.S. Grand Prix

February 8, 2013


Another busy week for Mammoth Ski and Snowboard teams

Mammoth skiers and snowboarders showed a little bit of everything this past week.

June Lake struggles despite new events, opportunities

February 8, 2013

Even with the efforts of the community, no one says June Lake is better off without June Mountain Ski Area


Although the U.S. Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finally completed a winter operating plan for the June Mountain Ski Area, the closed ski area continues to present a big challenge to the community of June Lake.

First-ever June Lake Festival results

February 8, 2013


Organizers promise event to return next year

Event organizers of the June Lake Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon announced on the heels of a first run, that the family-oriented winter outdoor event would return next year. 

Largest glacier in Yosemite stops moving

February 8, 2013


The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado.

The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch a day.

 Glaciers are defined as long-lasting ice masses that arise from the accumulation of snow, and move downhill by flowing and sliding, according to the park.

Winter snowpack growth stalls following dry spell

February 8, 2013

This winter started off with a big, snowy bang and raised hopes that it would compensate for last year’s drought conditions, but a dry January and a so-far dry February are tempering expectations for this winter’s snowpack.

The first snowpack survey of the Sierra was completed at the beginning of the month and it puts the Sierra at about 55 percent of normal for the whole winter, according to state data.

Mammoth proposes Whitmore Track fees, regulations

February 8, 2013


Two-hour minimum rental at $25 an hour

The Whitmore Track and Sports Field are finished, but it is not a free ride for organizations or for groups who want to use it.

Under a set of new rules and payment schedules, sports groups would be dinged $25 an hour, with a two-hour minimum, for the use of the nine-lane, polyurethane, 400-meter track and/or the full-sized synthetic turf field.

What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 8-14

February 8, 2013


Parksman Dennis Rottner, the town’s “Go-to Gadet Man,” says polyurethane and synthetic grass do not make for a good dog experiencefor anyone involved, and with a short staff, he and his parks crew have other things that need more attention than cleaning up after recalcitrant dog owners. …

Rotary Winterfest ‘Poker Run’ at Ski Area

February 8, 2013


Benefits youth and education

A Poker Run — open to all skiers and riders — is being hosted by the Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this Saturday, Feb 9, according to Rotary President Rick Phelps

Registration begins at 9 a.m. outside the The Mill at the base of Stump Alley.  The entry fee for this event is $20, with all proceeds benefitting Mammoth Lakes’ youth and education activities supported by the Rotary Club.

Metabolic Studio to host 100 conversations about water

February 8, 2013


The Metabolic Studio IOU Garden will host “100 Conversations About Water” as a commemorative action during the centenary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Nov. 5 marks one hundred years since the opening of the L.A. Aqueduct.

Conversation Number One:  What Do Seeds have in Common with Water? 

Discuss issues around GMO Seeds, the Commons, and How we can Protect our Food Sources, Saturday, Feb.16 at 10 a.m., Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Main St. at Willow in Lone Pine.

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