June 22nd, 2012
State fire crews and Lee Vining community members created an unusual coalition earlier this month and the result is both historicalâ€”and edible.
A community garden and a much needed update to the community Lee Vining museum are now complete after much hard work by members of the Cal Fire Owens Valley Conservation Camp, and kids and adults from Lee Vining.
It is the first week of summer and the Eastern Sierra is almost 50 percent drier than average for this time of year.
A bark beetle infestation on June Mountain and in the Sherwin Range above Mammoth stands red and dry as an old bone. It wonâ€™t take much to start a fire there.
A Lone Pine man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Inyo County officials. On June 17, at midnight, deputies from the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office were dispatched to a residence in Lone Pine for a report of a family disturbance which involved the use of a firearm.
Sheriffâ€™s Deputies were advised that the subject, Allen Robert Weston, a 30-year-old man from Lone Pine, had left the residence and was in possession of the firearm.
Deputies located and arrested Weston for attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and criminal threats.
Yosemiteâ€™s Tenaya Lake, once called â€śLake of the Shining Rocks,â€ť will
sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer
to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided
by Yosemite Conservancy.
â€śTenaya Lake has a captivating natural beauty that charms park visitors
young and old alike. Those coming to the east beach area will have an even
better high country lake experience as a result of the restoration efforts
made possible by our donors,â€ť said Mike Tollefson, president, Yosemite
Deena Kastorâ€™s bid for her fourth Olympic Games took a tumble this week when she withdrew because of back spasms.
"Of course Iâ€™m extremely disappointed, but I have run out of options," she said in an interview with the Mammoth Times. "I am still in pain, unable to run or cross train, and so Iâ€™m left with no option but to be a spectator at the Olympic Trials."
If there is a single person who put Mammoth on the running map, it is Kastor, who as Deena Drossin was the first elite runner to actually move here, train here and evangelize the town.
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the
northwestern portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on
Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 220 acres and be split into two units. The prescribed
area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the
project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2012 fire season.
On June 14, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call for help of two hikers who had lost their trail.
A father and his 17 year-old son from Ohio went on a day hike over Mammoth Pass to the Devils Postpile National Monument. While returning to their vehicle at Horseshoe Lake, they lost the trail and were not able to find their way back.
When the axe fell on Bill Manning, it was quiet. When it fell on Dave Beck, it was even more so.
Both longtime Mammoth managers lost their positions this week as part of a town reorganization that eliminated the Airport Manager/Transit Coordinator job (Manning) and the Maintenance Superintendent job (Beck).
Rather than to wait until the July 1 budget took effect, both left immediately, with severance packages in hand.
â€śIt wasnâ€™t about politics,â€ť said Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht. â€śIt happened because our resources are so tight.â€ť
Last winterâ€™s big windstormâ€”the one that took down tens of thousands of trees in the Reds Valley/Devils Postpile Area, now has a name.
It is now known by the National Weather Service as â€śThe Devils Windstorm,â€ť and for good reason.
â€śCan you imagine being in this storm?â€ť said Rhett Milne, a NWS meteorologist who on Monday gave a lecture on the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 event at the Forest Service Auditorium in Mammoth. Milne is the â€śextreme weather events coordinatorâ€ť for Southern Nevada and Eastern California.
Considering the grand tapestry of life here on this blue-green Earth, the fate of one little animal species might not seem like that big of a deal.
After all, species go extinct every day.
But think of it from the human point of view.
How would you feel if you were a species on the very brink of extinctionâ€”only 20 or so remaining individuals in one tiny band in one place in the worldâ€” and you suddenly found you were not alone, that there were more of you out there?
For the many bird lovers out there, the biggest bird celebration of the year in the Eastern Sierra kicks off this week, as Lee Vining and the Mono Basin gear up for the 11th annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.
There will be 80 different events offered by 45 different presenters Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.
Local gallery Bluebird Imaging had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening. The gallery, owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Kendra Knight and Aaron Horowitz, opened at its new location in the Mammoth Luxury Outlet Mall.
Itâ€™s a new venue for an established businessâ€”Bluebird Imaging has been around for six years, tucked away in the middle of the Industrial Park. In its current location, itâ€™s far easier for the public to track down (in Suite Q3 of the mall), directly adjacent to the Mono Council for the Arts gallery.
Not many people think of cattle and alfalfa as a Mono County thing. Mountains and ski lifts, hiking and snowboarding, biking and running, sure.
Those bovines you see as you drive past the airport on the way to Crowley Lake grazing in the rising sun? They are far more than something iconic and Western and rustic to look at.
Those cattle are worth millions of dollars.
Those green, verdant fields you see up by Bridgeport, back-dropped by the towering Sawtooth ridge that feed them?