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September 17th, 2010

New Police Chief Dan Watson: "Mammoth is "a whole different world"

September 17, 2010

This is no ordinary police chief.

Dan Watson, officially Mammoth Lakes’ “interim” chief who is working on a one-year contract, greets visitors at the police station wearing the most unusual police uniform he’s ever worn.

Striped flannel shirt: Check. Blue jeans. Check. Comfortable shoes. Check. Big smile. Check.
“In my old job in South Pasadena, I always wore a uniform or coat and tie,” said the 59-year-old Watson.
“I haven’t worn a coat and tie since I got here.

What's Up, Up Here?

September 17, 2010

Great Bear Siege is lifted

September 17, 2010

The Great Bear Siege is over in the Lakes Basin.

Having heard scads of complaints from cabin owners in the Falls Tract, Mammoth Lakes police shot and killed the infamous marauding Lakes Basin bear on Tuesday afternoon, ending a saga that left residents angry and confused.

The bear was responsible for at least 19 cabin break-ins in the area, the MLPD said in a news release. The tract is near Lake Mary.

The bear, a “light colored, three-year-old female,” was busted while she was actively breaking into a cabin, police said.

Old Mammoth hand replaces Oren Tanzer at Unbound Terrain Park

September 17, 2010

It will take a lot to replace the diabolically clever Oren Tanzer at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Unbound Terrain parks, but Josh Chauver is ready to give it a try.

Again.

Chauvet, who worked as the director of the Unbound parks from 1998-2002 before leaving to pursue other interests, yesterday was named “Action Sports Brand Manager” for the resort, according to Daniel Hansen, public relations manager.

Rescue at Wild Willy's

September 17, 2010

When I picked up the phone last Thursday morning to hear an unknown caller telling me my fiercely independent, 67-year-old mother had taken a bad fall and likely broken her leg, my first impulse was to call an ambulance and head out there.

Mom was out at one of the hot springs, several miles from a paved road, and I knew it would take some effort to get her safely back to Mammoth to the hospital.

Mammoth Times gets active in social media and on Web

September 17, 2010

The Mammoth Times this past week launched a re-designed website at mammothtimes.com, and at the same time announced its presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Thumbs up for Lee Vining landscaping

September 17, 2010

It’s bureaucracy at its best: a decade-plus wait to plant shrubs and flowers in a tiny town whose main street is also  a national highway.

Public Lands Day provides opportunities to give back

September 17, 2010

One third of America belongs to the public. In the Eastern Sierra, the percentage of public land ownership is even greater. 

Cerro Coso College: A recession success story

September 17, 2010

This recession that has caused so much misery has a few bright spots in it for Mammoth, not least of which is the growth at Cerro Coso Community College.

Photos on canvas draw raves at Labor Day Arts Festival

September 17, 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.

September 15th

Lakes Basin bear shot and killed

September 15, 2010

Mammoth Lakes police shot and killed the infamous marauding Lakes Basin bear on Tuesday afternoon, ending a saga that put Falls Tract residents under siege.

The bear was responsible for at least 19 cabin break-ins, the MLPD said in a news release.

The bear, a "light colored, three-year-old female," was busted while she was actively breaking into cabins, the police said.

September 14th

Freebies at Millpond Fest after 4 p.m. Sunday

September 14, 2010

Next weekend's Millpond Music Festival in Bishop is offering free admission after 4 p.m. Sunday, an event official said today.

Lynn Cooper, Executive Director of the Inyo Council for the Arts, said the free admission is funded WESTAF and the California Arts Council/DOJ fund.

"We understand that these are tough economic times for many people, and we're very happy to be able to offer a few hours of high-quality, free entertainment for area families," Cooper said.

Police Chief Dan Watson

September 14, 2010

He's a self-described "people person" kind of guy, a 59-year fan of big-game hunting and little bit of golf. He's a collector of police helmets and has has two English bobby hats in his office, alongside a fur-lined Russian police hat.

Meet Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson in this week's Mammoth Times. – GS

Bicyclist sustains major injuries after accident on 203

September 14, 2010

A 68-year-old bike racer was seriously injured Sunday morning at about 8:40 after he hit a piece of wood on the road, sending his bike into a “high speed wobble” for about 130 feet. The rider was ejected over the handlebars of his bike and landed in the number two eastbound lane, sustaining major injuries, according to the Bridgeport California Highway Patrol. The rider was headed east on the right side of the road, traveling with another rider, when the accident occurred. He was traveling at a rate of about 30 m.p.h, according to the CHP.

September 13th

Mammoth Football Huskies get whomped

September 13, 2010

Well, we knew the Mammoth Huskies weren't going to go undefeated, but still, last weekend hurt.

Coming off an opening-game victory against L.A. Baptist, the Huskies on Friday night were whomped by the visiting Mission College Prep of San Luis Obispo, 27-0. On the bright side, sort of, the varsity did a bit better than the junior varsity, which lost, 32-0.
Mammoth Times Photo/Susan Morning

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