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September 24th, 2010

Former Mammoth resident arrested in two stabbing deaths

September 24, 2010

A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams’ 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’s 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 says "It takes small steps to get it done"

September 24, 2010

Christine Pelosi pounded out platform points as she rallied Mono County Democrats last Thursday evening.

“The fight for justice is always hard,” said the Chair of California’s Democratic Platform Committee and member of the Democratic National Committee. “It 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.”

Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ‘got it done’ while balancing Isabelle, her toddler daughter, wriggling on her hip throughout her speech.

Keith Dawley and his incredible skiing streak

September 24, 2010

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 – praying – for enough snow to ski.

“September is the hardest month,” said Dawley, who has one of the more spectacular streaks of skiing anywhere. “Usually by the end of October, Halloween, it snows somewhere.”

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.

Conflict arises between Wellness Center and location of proposed medical marijuana dispensary

September 24, 2010

The question of where it’s appropriate to locate a medical marijuana dispensary popped up again this week when Mono County’s Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel asked for approval to move the county’s 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’s offices, moving it from its current location at the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.

Winter music series begins with 'Soul Men' of a classical sort

September 24, 2010

 

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.

Playhouse 395 presents killer show

September 24, 2010

The community is invited to a wedding reception and the party won’t come to a close until someone is dead!

You haven’t had an invitation like this one before, you say? “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” is Playhouse 395’s 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.

Huskies use video in game preparation

September 24, 2010

It might have been a bye week for the Mammoth Huskies last week, but that didn’t 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’s 16-6 loss to Bloomington Christian – a loss that dropped Mammoth’s next opponent to 0-2 for the season.

Calvary Murrieta comes calling tonight at Gault/McClure Stadium, with a JV game at 4 o’clock and the varsity at 7.

When leaves that are green turn to gold

September 24, 2010

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.

Decision 2010: Tussle of the two Tims, part two

September 24, 2010

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.

Mammoth High School XC runners on their way

September 24, 2010

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 “best of the best.” Mammoth only brought seven of its members, but showed the much larger schools they should not be overlooked.

Golf Classic raises $35,000

September 24, 2010

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.

Jack Laws, Sierra Field Guide author, artist at Booky Joint

September 24, 2010

It’ll be some kind of book signing Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, at the Booky Joint, where John Muir “Jack” 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’clock 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.

September 21st

Lost day-hiker spends a night in the Minaret Wilderness, is found the next day

September 21, 2010

For a one day-hiker in the Minaret Wilderness, an ordinary day-hike on Monday turned into a day-night sojurn, finishing with a helicopter ride.

The hiker, a 22-year-old man who was separated from his friends near Devils Postpile National Monument, spent Monday night in the Minaret Wilderness before being picked up by helicopter Tuesday morning with help from the Mono County Search and Rescue team.

The hiker’s identity and home town were not known as of Tuesday afternoon. He was unhurt, said Pete DeGeorge of the sheriff’s department.

Driver error may have caused accident that killed runners, coach

September 21, 2010

The fiery car accident on U.S. 395 that resulted in the deaths of two teenage cross country runners and a cheerleading coach from Southern California on Aug. 9 was at least partly due to driver error, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Nield was driving a Ford SUV headed south a few miles south of Bishop at the time of the accident. The vehicle was registered to Gabrielle Nield.

September 20th

Local artsts' photos on canvas draw raves at Arts Fest

September 20, 2010

If people were to canvass the two artists at Bluebird Imaging, they’d discover that Kendra Knight and Aaron Horowitz are wild about canvas.

“The appeal to me would be that it looks more painterly,” said Knight, half of the husband-and-wife team. Together, they dazzled shoppers at last week’s Labor Day Festival of the Arts with photographs printed on canvas, then stretched on a 3-D display board.

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