October 15th, 2010
With the ski season just over the lip of the horizon, Mammothâ€™s top junior skiers are on the snow, sharpening their edges, training hard and reaching for the stars.
First among the athletes was Bryce Eller, who this month returned from 14 days in Chile, where he joined eight members of the U.S. Development Team for on-snow training in La Parva.
It was, said Mammoth Mountain Ski Team coach Kevin Francis, more than just an enlightening experience. It was grueling, disciplined and technical, all rolled into a single two-week camp.
The search for life on Mars got up close and personal for Lee Vining students when a group of NASA scientists test-driving a Mars rover robot prototype got rained out last week and decided instead to drop in on Lee Vining High School.
Rover and all.
An effort by Mono Countyâ€™s U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon to remove the Bodie Hills from their current status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is on hold, after Congress adjourned early this month without voting on the bill.
Mono County District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters, who recently brought a resolution to the county supervisors asking to release the Bodies Hills from WSA protection, got the news last week,
Although the air has cleared somewhat since the big winter storm last week, Mammoth and Mono County residents are still waking up to hazy skies, something relatively unusual for this time of year.
Itâ€™s due to two main factors: a strong high pressure ridge, or stable air mass, hanging over the area, and smoke from the still-burning Sheep Fire and some pollution coming from down south.
â€śAlthough the Sheep Fire is mostly out, itâ€™s still putting out some smoke and itâ€™s blowing directly toward us,â€ť said Jon Becknell, an air quality specialist for the local Great Basin district.
The Inyo National Forest has a new supervisor.
Itâ€™s an interim position, but the new supe has plenty of interesting experience and ought to stir things up around here.
She is Kit Mullen, currently the district ranger for the Hat Creek District of the Lassen National Forest in Northern California.
According to a press release from the Inyo National Forest, she will be the interim or acting forest supervisor after the recent departure of Supervisor Jim Upchurch.
Thereâ€™s something special about this Special Election
Four candidates are competing for the job of State Senator, District 1, including one Democrat and three Republicans. But voters will close an era of partisan history when they mark their ballots during the November election to replace the late Dave Cox.
In June, voters agreed to change those rules by approving Prop 14 which calls for open primaries to begin January 1. Meanwhile, the old-fashioned rules make for some interesting political speculation.
Overcrowded housing in Yosemite National Park could become an economic boon to Lee Vining, if a plan to put park employee housing at the lower end of the canyon at the current forest service site there goes forward.
But thatâ€™s only if the project is designed to environmental and aesthetic problems, according to Lee Vining residents who attended a meeting Wednesday night on the subject.
One business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the mood of the 30 or so residents at the meeting was â€ścautiously optimistic.â€ť
â€¨The Mammoth Husky volleyballers went the distance against Vasquez on Saturday, but fell short in a five-game match at Mammoth High School.
And it wasnâ€™t just in games â€“ it was in the closeness of the scores.
The Huskies, coming off a quick, three-game victory over Desert Christian on Friday night, took the first game against Vasquez, 25-17 but dropped the next two, 22-25 and 12-25.
â€śI think we were surprised at how well Vasquez played,â€ť said coach Megan Guffy. â€śTheyâ€™ve certainly improved since the last time we played them, and it caught us off guard.â€ť
The Mammoth Huskies return home tonight after what seems much longer than two weeks on the road.
And this time, they play against a team whose name does not begin with â€śB.â€ť
That may not seem like a big deal, but after the Huskies lost to the Bishop Broncos, 59-6, two weeks ago, and 50-6 to the Boron Bobcats last week, a name like Lucerne Valley has a nice ring to it.
The Huskies, 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in conference, play the 1-4 Mustangs tonight in a 7 p.m. game at Gault/McClure Stadium, with the junior varsity game set for 4 oâ€™clock.
Rumors that the endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout will not be stocked on the Mono County-owned Conway Ranch are just that, rumors, according to county economic development director Dan Lyster.
Lyster said plans to stock the ranch with 10,000 trout are still in place, even after rumors circulated throughout the fishing community that the ranch had been left off the list of state-approved stocking designations.
The rumors came from a Fish and Wildlife Service permit that mistakenly did not specifically state Conway as a destination for the fish.
Mammoth's Chris Lieto was turned back in his bid to win the grueling the 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship on Saturday in Hawaii.
After leading through much of the bicycle ride, Lieto had opened a 4-minute lead before finishing sixth.
Australia's Chris McCormack rallied with a strong marathon run to win the race.
McCormack, known as Macca, was 11 minutes behind leader Torbjorn Sindballe of Denmark at the end of the 112-mile bicycle ride. But the Australian's fast run moved him to the front at the 15-mile mark of the 26.2-mile run.
John Adams, the popular track coach who was hospitalized after the horrific Aug. 9 triple-fatal crash in Bishop, on Saturday died as a result of his injuries, his family announced.
Adams a resident of Cardiff in Southern California, had many friends in Mammoth, including Stuart and Julie Brown, who gave him a sendoff from Mammoth shortly before the crash. Adams was 39 at the time of the crash.
On Friday, Adams' family posted a notice on the website CaringBridge.com, that family members had decided to end Adams' life support at Renown Regional Medical Center.
The Huskies knew it was going to be tough. But who knew that it would be tough to the tune of 50-6 on Friday night?
The Huskies could not handle the Boron Bobcats on either side of the ball, and for the second straight week dropped a seriously lopsided contest.
One week earlier, in Bishop, the Huskies fell to the Broncos, 59-6.
In this one, neither quarterback Tyler Wormhoudt nor Huskies running back Coco Galvan could match the Bobocats' running back Reggie Heard, who dashed for 78 yards, nor quarterback Josh Core, who passed for 88 yards.
Tourism in Mammoth was off the charts, but that didnâ€™t necessarily translate into booming business, say the townâ€™s business people.
â€śI donâ€™t know that weâ€™ve seen the bottom,â€ť said Dawn Vereuck of Elegant Bath & Kitchen. â€śThereâ€™s still a sense of fear.â€ť
Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports sensed largely the same thing.
â€śPeople are just a little more cautiousâ€ť he said. Theyâ€™re watching their pennies.â€ť
Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson got his back up this week when he learned an Orange County man had dropped off a document to the Mammoth Times claiming the town has deliberately set up â€śSeat Belt Traps.â€ť
â€śA law enforcement official parks his police car facing the stop sign waiting for a tourist coming from the L.A. area,â€ť wrote Barry H. Buckser, of Lake Forest.