August 3rd, 2012
My next-door neighbor, Steve recently gave me a wonderful present: a hand full of aluminum and a little bit of glass. I am now the second-time owner of a 1945 Bell and Howell 8mm, hand-wind movie camera.
The track and field portion of the Olympic Games begin this weekend in London and for Mammoth Track Club athletes and their specialty disciplines, the four-year wait is just about over.
Morgan Uceny, in the womenâs 1,500 meters, Amy Hastings in the 10,000 meters, and marathoner Meb Keflezighi all run on different days, most of them live but some on delayed broadcast.
Former Mammoth Track Club members Ryan Hall and Alistair Cragg, running for Ireland, also will run the marathon, on the final day of the Olympics on Aug. 12.
You might have seen Katie McWilliams last weekend at the Pink Froyd show in the Village.
She was hard to miss, once you noticed.
âYou know that Keller Williams song, âFreeker by the Speaker?ââ she said afterward. âI was a freeker by the left speaker at Pink Froyd. What a great show. I was getting after it.
âI had to take my shoes off because they didnât want to move as fast as my feet!â
McWilliams, aka âKatie Mac,â is the music director on Mammothâs KMMT radio (106.5 FM) and the architect behind its new, indescribable music format.
Mammoth Mountain’s famed “Kamikaze” mountain bike race might return in the fall of next year, Mayor Matthew Lehman says.
“We envision a five-day event,” Lehman said at the Town Council meeting in Suite Z of the town offices on Wednesday, July 25.
A Mammoth condo manager cleaning a unit found a mortar round last Friday, July 27, and it didn't take him long to call the cops.
It didn’t take the cops long to evacuate the building at 2443 Sierra Manor Road, either.
Itâs not often you can walk around Mammoth and rub elbows with a legend.
At least one whoâs not running, skiing, snowboarding or dirt-biking.
Yet at this yearâs Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza (Thursday through Sunday, next week), concert goers at Samâs Woodsite can run smack into Charlie Musselwhite, and thatâs about as close to legendary as it gets in the blues world.
Musselwhite, a native Mississippian with 30 solo albums, is touring in support of his new recording, âThe Well.â It is a highly autobiographical collection of songs that won a Grammy nomination this year.
âOy vey, am I scared!â
âFido,â I said, âwhat in the world is going on? Youâre speaking Yiddish.â
âOy vey, am I scared!â
âThatâs what you said. Whatâs got your goat? Whatâs the matter?â
Fido inched closer to my chair, almost right on top of my feet. Then I heard it. Way off in the distance (to my ears, anyway): thunder.
âOy vey,â Fido said. âAm I scared! And Iâm speaking Doggish, not Yiddish. An offshoot.â
The Mammoth Lakes Music Festival enters its final week of concerts, featuring the Felici Piano Trio and distinguished guests at Cerro Coso College.
Tickets ($25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student) are available at the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes, at the door at 6:45 p.m. on concert nights or at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org.
Take a look at the summer brochures around Mammoth and itâs hard to miss those bucolic images of golfers on the townâs two golf courses.
But donât be fooled.
With the highest-elevation golf courses in California, the altitude can play hell with anyoneâs game. Oh, and thereâs the wind, too. And the arid atmosphere that offers no humidity.
âAltitude does not create problems in playing golf,â said Snowcreek instructor Dennis Hurlburt, who over the years has advised hundreds of sea-level golfers on the peculiarities of playing the game in Mammoth.
The Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop announced its most recent jackpot winner, Jeanette S. of Bishop. She won $771,170 on one of the newly installed Godzilla slot machines.
According to casino officials, Jeanette is a regular customer. The casinoâs Bill Macdonald was happy that a local regular customer won the huge prize.
The Paiute Palace Casino is owned and operated by the Bishop Paiute Tribe. For current casino promotions visit www.paiutepalace.com
The fourth annual June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival started yesterday (Thursday) and continues until July 29.
The festival features bands and a kids' camp, all in beautiful June Lake.
Events include a âTrout Town Jamboree,â a song writerâs showcase, an outdoors concert, a bluegrass bash, and a hangover pizza party (among other events).
Tickets range from $10-$20 for each event and proceeds help benefit the June Lake Loop Womenâs Schoolarship Fund.
For more information, visit JuneLakeMusic.com.
The National Summer Biathlon Championships are coming to Tahoe this August. The Auburn Ski Club is offering a Kidâs Biathlon Clinic on Sunday, July 29, so youngsters can give biathlon a try before the Nationals event. The clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to beginners and improvers. Children will have the opportunity to shoot a real biathlon rifle (.22 caliber) after receiving a safety class.
Coaching, rifles and ammunition are provided. Parents must register their children prior to the clinic and sign a liability waiver on the day. Open to ages 8 to 18.
The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park tomorrow (Saturday) will open a new feature in its âDiscovery Zoneâ at the base of Main Lodge.
In an effort to introduce young riders and beginners of all ages, a park spokesperson said it will open a specially designated area for beginning mountain bike riders. The gentle slopes off Discovery Express (Chair 11) will provide a lift-assisted area for beginning riders to hone their skills before taking to the bigger mountain.