August 16th, 2012
The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died and whom might have been exposed to the virus at a cabin in Yosemite National Park, has prompted Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, to remind Californians to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation.
A ten-year-old boy was pronounced dead and a six-year-old boy remains missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, according to park officials.
A family group, from southern California, were in the Merced River near the Vernal Fall Footbridge yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. They had begun their hike at the Happy Isles Trailhead and hiked approximately one mile, where they stopped at the footbridge.
The lightning-caused fire near Mono Lake was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday, and firefighters are increasingly being moved from the Indian Fire to other fires in the state and country.
The thunderstorm that sparked the lightning that started the now-12,574-acre passed through the Eastern Sierra Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8 and ignited the fire about five miles southeast of Mono Lake and north of Highway 120 on Bureau of Land Management public lands.
This is the time of the summer Olympics where numbers are flying back and forth by the thousandth of a second. The difference between a gold and a fourth in the Olympics is only 18/100ths of a second. How much is that in inches?
Where did the summer go, anyway?
One of Mammothâ€™s early autumn events is Sunday, Sept. 9 when the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic tees off at Sierra Star.
Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Fees include greens fees and cart, use of chipping and putting greens, lunch, tournament gift, silent auction, awards party, and the opportunity to support higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth.
â€śThese are really called Dog Days?â€ť Fido said.
â€śThey are, but itâ€™s not what you think,â€ť I replied.
â€śIâ€™m a dog! I donâ€™t think. I guard, I feel, I bark, I sleep, I eat. But I do not think. I am a life-support system for biscuits and my water bowl. Everything after that is gravy.â€ť
â€śOnce again, you Big Red Lug, you are mixing your metaphors something awful, but thatâ€™s perfectly OK during the Dog Days of August.â€ť
â€śHey hey hey hey!â€ť Fido yelped. â€śWhat will we do to celebrate?â€ť
I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.
Mammoth's Meb Keflezighi finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in London on Sunday, but said he is happy with his performance—23 seconds better than his silver-medal finish in 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Bear activity has picked up dramatically over the last several weeks, according to wildlife experts up and down the Eastern Sierra.
â€śI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s anybody in this room who hasnâ€™t seen a bear this week,â€ť said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles during the last open meeting of the Town Council on Aug. 1.
â€śWhen I was in front of you two weeks ago, I was saying how proud I was of the community and what a fantastic job they were doing. Iâ€™m sad to say that over the last week or 10 days, people may have let down their guard.
Crews working at the site of the new Mammoth Track have run into just about the last thing they expected.
While leveling the ground for the all-purpose track, they unearthed what appears to have been Mammothâ€™s first-ever experiment in underground parking. Itâ€™s as good an explanation as anything else.
Dozens of old cars, mostly dating from the 40s, 50s and early 60s, lay buried in a stack that runs the entire length of what will be a full-length Olympic-sized track.
No one knows how they got there.
â€śItâ€™s kind of a big hole,â€ť deadpanned Public Works Director Ray Jarvis.
Itâ€™s hard to imagine anything can beat a four-day, blues-and-beer combination beneath the pines at high altitude in August.
But add some thunderous applause from Mother Nature herself, and thunderbolts thrown by Zeus from the mountaintops, what concertgoers had was an unmatched set list that literally shook concertgoers right out of Samâ€™s Woodsite last weekend.
The whole thing was delightful, of course, with veteran Blooza attendees saying it was Joyce and Sean Turnerâ€™s best production yet.
A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.
Officials are currently working to identify the body located by search crews Wednesday night in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but the remains are believed to be those of Gary Dankworth, 60, a physician from Carson City.
Dankworth was reported missing Sunday, Aug. 5.
We all had a great time at last weekend’s Beer Festival & Bluesapalooza, some more than others. The great R&B singer Bettye Lavette got through her first song, a cover of the George Jones tearjerker, “Choices,” reached for her water glass, then asked the crowd, “How long do you actually have to be here to be able to BREATHE?” …