September 1st, 2012
Each Tuesday afternoon at the town tennis courts, a strange cadre of people, carrying odd racquets and yellow whiffle balls, take to the playing surface.
It is not the U.S. Open.
It is not tennis.
The people play âPickleballâ each Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and theyâre looking for more converts to the sport.
It is played with what looks like an oversized table-tennis paddle, on a shortened court. It is a doubles-only format, at least under the canopy of trees in Mammoth, and it looks like a load of fun.
Britt Cogan, facing an impressive national field in the Summer Biathlon National championships in Auburn last Friday, won the womenâs division by more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor.
Cogan, 25, arrived from Mammoth Lakes from Wisconsin four years ago but went to college in Iowa, playing soccer instead of cross country skiing in her home state.
As an orthopedics technician at Mammoth Hospital, Cogan met Dr. Mike Karch, the mastermind of the Mammoth Biathlon, who has been behind her training, both on snow and off.
Mammothâs Youth Football team does not have uniforms, is short of funding, and has a host of other issues facing the players and coaches this year.
But so far, playing well is not one of them.
The Little Huskies whupped up on Trona, 31-13 last weekend, with two players, Ryder Radcliffe and Ricky Johnson, scoring two touchdowns apiece and with Danny Longino scoring one.
More than that, the team held Trona to just 13 points, which was enough to put wind in their sails for their next game at Big Bear next weekend.
The Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre this week announced its season, beginning Oct. 4 with âThe Marvelous Wonderettesâ and ending May 3 with a return of the Long Beach City College Studio Singers.
Between those shows are a host of productions in the theatreâs most ambitious season yet. âWe are excited to be able to expand our season this year,â said Shira Dubrovner, the artistic director.
âTwo projects weâve done, âTheatre for Young Audiencesâ and âEvening with the Stars,â weâve not done together in the same season due to cost and staff restraints,â Dubrovner said.
Four additional cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) stemming from infections that occurred after staying in cabins in Yosemite National Park were reported today, Friday, Aug. 31, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Two others have now died of the Hantavirus, three have recovered and one is hospitalized but improving, according to park officials. This brings the total number of people infected with the hantavirus who visited Yosemite National Park to six.â¨â¨
A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then.
The June Lake community is alive with ambitious plans for this winter, despite a brief tussle between Mono County Supervisors over how to monitor and allocate the $100,000 the supervisors gave the community as âbridgeâ money.
At the top of the list are expanded cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, a snow play area, a Holiday Village atmosphere, an ice-skating area and, even, dog sled rides.
Mono County is still in relatively good financial shape compared to most counties in California, but its emergency reserve fund is down sharply since 2008.
On top of that, current anemic property tax revenues mean tight times ahead.
âWe are in pretty good shape, but since the housing crisis hit in 2008, we have cut the reserve from $5.8 million to its current number of $1.6 million and I believe itâs time to begin rebuilding,â said Brian Muir, the countyâs finance director.
âItâs all right that we have done this; thatâs what the reserve is for. But it is time to rebuild.â
Travelers and visitors headed into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone app for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide by searching for the âSierra MapGuideâ on your iPhone or Android mobile device.
Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smartphone thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.
Fire danger in the Eastern Sierra has eased somewhat following an unusually wet August, but that doesnât mean it is time to relax.
According to fire officials, September can be one of the warmest and driest months. If that pattern holds, it could erase much of the gains made in August, when almost three weeks of heavy rain took the sharp edge off the drought.
The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening tomorrow, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.
The grand opening celebration is sure to be an enjoyable event for visitors and locals alike who have donated to and supported the reconstruction effort, and for those who have been waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new facility.
The celebration will include guest speakers, music, an art exhibit, and a ribbon cutting for the new visitor center.
The following locations have been stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch in time for the Labor Day weekend, beginning with the areas near Bishop and moving north toward Bridgeport.
â˘ Intake II
â˘ South Lake
â˘ Bishop Creek
â˘ Tinnemaha Creek
â˘ Taboose Creek
â˘ Independence Creek
â˘ Lower Twin Bridgeport
â˘ Upper Twin Bridgeport
â˘ Bridgeport Reservoir
â˘ Convict Lake
â˘ Grant Lake
â˘ Gull Lake
â˘ June Lake
â˘ Silver Lake
â˘ Lundy Lake
â˘ Mammoth Lakes BasinâMary, Mamie, Georg and Twin
â˘ Rock Creek
â˘ Rock Creek Lake
â˘ Little Virginia
One way to cut county expenses is to cut fuel use by the county by 10 percent, says Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston. He pushed the idea during this weekâs county budget hearings, hoping to gain some traction.
Although the supervisors did not immediately endorse Johnstonâs idea, they said the idea merited further discussion.
Mammoth Unified School District is soliciting letters of interest from interested community members and staff to service on the districtâs Measure S Citizensâ Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to inform the community concerning the expenditure of the Measure S parcel tax revenue. Anyone interested should direct a letter of interest to the district office by the close of business today (Friday).