March 25th, 2011
As Big Pine residents mourned the loss of homes and property due to a windblown fire this past weekend, Mammoth residents â€“ already buried after a winter that has dumped 44.7 feet (561 inches) of snow on the higher elevations â€“ are waiting out another three to four feet of the white stuff thatâ€™s expected to fall by Sunday night.
When Mammoth headed into the second storm of the week early Thursday, it was only 17 inches from becoming the biggest snowfall winter on record â€“ 578.5 inches set in 2005-06 â€“ and itâ€™s not over yet.
Ryan Hallâ€™s favorite coffee is Peetâ€™s Au Lait, he tweets, so if you wanna run fast and long, thereâ€™s a tip. ...
The Fred Hall Show in San Diego is this weekend, and Quiz for the Week: â€śWho the heck is/was Fred Hall?â€ť
Our faithful tweeters, meanwhile, say that if you havenâ€™t latched on to Steven M. Bumgardner (YosemiteSteve), youâ€™re missing out. ...
MLPD Sergeant John Mair will be sworn in as the newest lieutenant on today at one oâ€™clock at the Cop Shop. ...
Local resident Tomas Rodriquez has won the National Masters half marathon championship, held in Melbourne, Florida, on Feb. 6, 2011.
He won the national title for his age group (55-59) with a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, and eight seconds for the 13.2 mile course.
Rodriguez, who splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Laguna Beach, came out of retirement two and a half years ago, after a 30-year break from distance running. Although very successful during his college running days, a national title eluded him. His highest NCAA finish was 11th.
When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle. But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The Golden eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 on Matthew Hill, mid-way between Hammil and Benton. On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Kelly helped implement it.
All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41.
The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed
until further notice.
Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads.
The Center Fire that started outside of Big Pine Friday night burned 19 structures, including homes, and 850 acres before it was considered "contained" or out, last night.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
As many as 400 fire fighters were assigned to the fire over the weekend, although the wind-whipped flames did most of their damage Friday night.
CalFire's website is one of the best places to get the latest data on the fire; http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=482
Here's the latest update from CalFire, filed Sunday night at 7 p.m.
Despite having a tiny campground right on it, despite being only a mile from Mammoth, little Sherwin Creek Road just to the southeast of town has a wild and lovely feel that makes it a great cross-country ski destination for an afternoon, or even for a day-long adventure.
The gravel road is covered in snow right now, making it a perfect place for skiing Mammothâ€™s spring snow.
Are we ready? Itâ€™s hard not to ask that question, watching the destruction, fear and grief facing Japan.
Deep down, Mammoth holds a large and uncomfortable resemblance to that island country, although the surfaces of the two areas couldnâ€™t be more different.
Unstable bedrock, an unquiet volcanic past; more than many places in the country, the Eastern Sierra shares a certain geological kinship with Japan. All thatâ€™s missing is the sea â€“ and many millions of people.
But a big quake? Sure. A volcano? Sure. Both are inevitable, scientists tell us. Someday.
Donâ€™t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.
Mammothâ€™s bears are starting to wake up.
You can see them, now and again, lying on top of a snowbank, soaking up some sun before retreating back in their dens.
â€śThe life cycle is beginning again,â€ť said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.
â€śDuring the winter we kind of forget about them,â€ť he said. â€śI know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and itâ€™ll just freeze, and thereâ€™s no odor.
Maggie and Buck Wahl are back from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and those pictures on Facebook belong in a museum or something, sez us. ...
Good for Kelly Bahr, who as an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, did heroic work giving help to a Golden Eagle that was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 near Benton. ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy, and tests revealed the eagle sadly, had acute lead poisoning and it subsequently died.
A family affair, with nephew Marcel Lloyd and daughter Emily Bridges
Every climber has probably wondered, at some point in an ascent, what would happen if he were injured, stuck on a narrow ledge far from help.
That is the setting of the play “K2” by Patrick Meyers, which will have a staged reading at the Edison Theatre on Saturday, March 26.
Actors Beau Bridges and his nephew Marcel Lloyd portray two climbers, Harold and Taylor, who are stranded on an icy shelf at 27,000 feet up the world’s second highest mountain.
A permitted burn on private ranchland last Saturday, March 12, was visible from Sherwin Summit and had several people calling in to report a fire. Mammoth Times Photos/Leslie Willoughby
Saturday night, March 12, the first Mardi Gras night at Rafters brought out revelers in costume. New Orleans food was served and Lisa Haley and the Zydekats provided lively music for dancing.
On a blue-sky Sunday in New York City Mammoth runners scored high points in the New York Half-Marathon, March 20.
Meb Keflezighi finished 15th overall and second in his age group.
Alistair Cragg finished sixth overall and second in his age group.
Ryan Hall finished 21st overall and eighth in his age group.
For complete results, go to http://www.nyrr.org/races/2011/nychalf/