September 24th, 2010
Tourism director John Urdi, a go-getter from the get-go, snagged town development wonk Mark Wardlaw at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, saying, “I want to talk to you about branding.” The ever-sharp Wardlaw replied, “You show me a young calf and I’ll show you what I know.” ...
All of us pass along heartfelt good wishes to Mayor Skip Harvey, who is battling throat cancer. He should be back in action by mid-November, say those in the know ...
When people think about dust storms in the Eastern Sierra, they usually think about the Owens Dry Lake dust storms down in Inyo County.
But Mono County‚Äôs got its own version and in some ways, it‚Äôs even worse.
The blue and aqua Mono Lake is ringed by miles of dusty shores, left behind when the water level dropped after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power started diverting feeder creeks.
Eastern Sierra residents can look forward to at least a bit of a break in the smoke this weekend and next week, as the Sheep Fire on the Westside finally dies down after almost two months of pushing smoke over the mountains.
The ‚Äúlet burn‚ÄĚ policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.
‚ÄúThey are as tired of the smoke as we are,‚ÄĚ said the Eastern Sierra‚Äôs air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.
A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams‚Äô Jim Ouimet was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder with a deadly weapon in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev. following the stabbing deaths of the young son of his estranged wife and his wife‚Äôs mother on Sept. 17.
Justin Ouimet, 24, was originally arrested by Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.
Christine Pelosi pounded out platform points as she rallied Mono County Democrats last Thursday evening.
‚ÄúThe fight for justice is always hard,‚ÄĚ said the Chair of California‚Äôs Democratic Platform Committee and member of the Democratic National Committee. ‚ÄúIt was hard to fight for suffrage. It was hard to fight for social security. It was hard to fight for civil rights. It was hard to fight for healthcare. But we got it done.‚ÄĚ
Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ‚Äėgot it done‚Äô while balancing Isabelle, her toddler daughter, wriggling on her hip throughout her speech.
This is the trouble season for Keith Dawley.
The 49-year-old trails supervisor for the Inyo National Forest, Dawley peers at the sky each September and October, hoping ‚Äď praying ‚Äď for enough snow to ski.
‚ÄúSeptember is the hardest month,‚ÄĚ said Dawley, who has one of the more spectacular streaks of skiing anywhere. ‚ÄúUsually by the end of October, Halloween, it snows somewhere.‚ÄĚ
For 189 straight months (that would be more than 15 years) the personable Dawley has skied at least once in each month, sometimes hiking up, up and up to find enough snow to make a turn.
The question of where it‚Äôs appropriate to locate a medical marijuana dispensary popped up again this week when Mono County‚Äôs Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel asked for approval to move the county‚Äôs Wellness Center from a proposed dispensary site.
Gimpel suggested it might be more appropriate to put the Wellness Center in the Sierra Center Mall with the rest of Mono County‚Äôs offices, moving it from its current location at the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.
Chances are, when one thinks of soul men, it’s a memory of that old song by Sam and Dave, “I’m a soul man.”
But that wouldn’t be the current usage. “Soul Men” is the name of the first program of Chamber Music Unbound’s winter music series.
Mammoth’s resident Felici Piano Trio will perform Bach, the grand master of the Baroque; the great Classical hero, Beethoven; Chopin, the Romantic piano virtuoso; and the eloquent musical narrator Robert Schumann.
The community is invited to a wedding reception and the party won‚Äôt come to a close until someone is dead!
You haven‚Äôt had an invitation like this one before, you say? ‚ÄúI‚Äôm Getting Murdered in the Morning‚ÄĚ is Playhouse 395‚Äôs first mystery dinner theater event Oct. 7 - 10 at the Bishop Country Club banquet room.
Audience members are invited to guess who-dun-it, becoming guests at the most unlikely wedding celebration ever attended.
It might have been a bye week for the Mammoth Huskies last week, but that didn‚Äôt mean that Head Coach Tom Gault and his coaching crew took the weekend off.
Instead, they got their video equipment in order and traveled to Murrieta, where they watched, analyzed and shot video of Calvary Murrieta‚Äôs 16-6 loss to Bloomington Christian ‚Äď a loss that dropped Mammoth‚Äôs next opponent to 0-2 for the season.
Calvary Murrieta comes calling tonight at Gault/McClure Stadium, with a JV game at 4 o‚Äôclock and the varsity at 7.
Alchemy is a word that can be loosely defined as that which happens when one element becomes another; when one thing transforms to another thing.
When none of the county’s District 4 Supervisor candidates took home 50 percent of the vote in June, it triggered a run-off election for November between the top two vote getters, Tim Hansen and Tim Fesko.
The 2010 Mammoth High School Cross Country season is off and running, with two large invitationals under its belt. On Sept. 10, Mammoth traveled to the Whittel Warrior invitational in Zephyr Cove at Lake Tahoe, Calif.
More than 30 high schools came together to compete and see who was ‚Äúbest of the best.‚ÄĚ Mammoth only brought seven of its members, but showed the much larger schools they should not be overlooked.
One hundred forty-four players raised $35,000 in support of higher education and cultural enrichment at the sold-out 11th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic last Sunday, Sept. 12.
Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarship students and South Gateway Student Apartment students were among volunteers at Sierra Star Golf Course supporting the Mammoth Lakes Foundation scholarship fund.
Highlights of the scramble tournament included an iPad raffle, Super Ticket raffle, $5,000 putting contest, silent auction, awards party, and closest-to-the-pin prize on all par threes.
It‚Äôll be some kind of book signing Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, at the Booky Joint, where John Muir ‚ÄúJack‚ÄĚ Laws not only will sign his swell new guidebook, but also will offer some artistic demonstrations.
Laws will sprinkle how-to demos in illustration, painting and sketching at the event, which starts at one o‚Äôclock and ends at 3.
Dave Leonard, owner of the bookstore, said Laws is a very entertaining guest, and for the Booky Joint to have him is a real treat.
He said refreshments will be served during the book signing, but the book is a refreshment in itself.