September 19th, 2012
On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash with reports that the helicopter was on fire.
The noise increased rapidly from the south until I could make out a fire-engine-red Hughes 500 helicopter that flared out and settled on the tarmac at our small local airport.
The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement Friday night in Rosamond, but it wasn't enough to get them their first victory of the season.
Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season.
So far, the team has been outscored 190-52, but there's still plenty of football left.
Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth's Gault/McClure Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
After undergoing three blowout losses in three weeks, any casual observer of the Mammoth Huskies football team might wonder why in the world would anyone show up to watch these guys play.
The answer is in two words:
Mammothâ€™s senior running back and defensive backfield defender is racking up prodigious numbers on the field, in spite of the Huskiesâ€™ humbling losses. Coach Marty Thompson, along with everybody else, is impressed, and says one of the main reasons for Wormhoudtâ€™s football prowess is in his ski racing.
A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then
Mary Canada, Eastern California Museum archivist: “The Next 100 Years,” by George Friedman.
â€śWhat the heck is THIS?â€ť Fido wanted to know.
â€śItâ€™s a bag of treats!â€ť
â€śHey hey hey hey!â€ť he said. â€śWhatâ€™s that other thing?â€ť
â€śOh this little old thing?â€ť I said, and reachedâ€”tentativelyâ€” into the shopping bag. â€śItâ€™s a muzzle, Fido, and it goes around your nose and mouth, kind of like your Gentle Leader.â€ť
â€śI hate it already,â€ť Fido said.
â€śYeah, I know, but you canâ€™t have one, the bag of treats, without the other, you big red lug. Itâ€™s going to snow pretty soon, and we have to get used to you wearing this thing, or they wonâ€™t let you on the bus.â€ť
Despite fervent opposition from Mono and Inyo County, a Senate billâ€”one that former Mono County aquaculturist Tim Alpers claims could almost eliminate the stateâ€™s trout stocking programâ€”is now on Governor Jerry Brownâ€™s desk.
â€śI think he is going to sign it,â€ť Alpers said Wednesday. â€śDespite opposition (from rural counties like Mono County), his administration (in this case Alpers is referring to the state Department of Fish and Game) supports it.â€ť
The Mammoth Times and Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome the members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California to our cool little hamlet and our big, vast mountains.
All of us in Mammoth routinely read what you write. We marvel at the images and videos you make. We love your websites and multimedia and, having consumed as much as we can, we always come out the better for it.
â€”Aleksandra, George, Wendilyn, Jesse, Carolina, Tiffany, and Teresa, along with our office four-footers (Fido, Zeppelin, Kassie, Skye, Mica and Bear).
It is not a particularly hard run, at least for those with legs of steel, lungs of a blast furnace, and the determination of a locomotive.
Erik Lynch and Rebecca Sopp qualify in all those areas, and the results of the Tioga Pass Run last weekend showed it.
Lynch, 24, ran the 12.4-mile road in 1:33:24, easily outrunning 24-year-old Ryan Spaulding of Bishop to win the menâ€™s division. Spaulding finished nearly three minutes back, at 1:39:13.
When sirens wail and police cars scatter oncoming traffic like a flock of geese, itâ€™s usually Mono Countyâ€™s paramedics that are behind the wheel of the ambulance.
Itâ€™s an unusual system in a world of private ambulance services, but it has worked well for this small, rural countyâ€”a place where population is low, hospitals are far apart, and private ambulance companies would be hard-pressed to make a profit.
Bye-bye, Kim Stravers, who will be on the X Games crew for ESPN, beginning later this month. We lose a lot up here with her departure, such as one of the few who know how to use kerrect spelling and punctuation. …
Californiaâ€™s counties howled when Sacramento told them the state would be sending over some of its low-level prisoners to reduce state prison crowding.
Mono County was no exception, citing costs and potential safety problems. The problem is county jails are not set up for long-term prisoners, with sentences that could run into decades in some cases, it argued.
The recent spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Yosemite National Park does not mean a spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Mono County.
It doesnâ€™t mean there wonâ€™t be any deaths, either.
Itâ€™s an issue locals know about since the Eastern Sierra is considered a â€śhotspotâ€ť for Hantavirus infections.
E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter #64, known as the Clampers, unveiled a monument dedicated to Dave and Roma McCoy and Mammoth Mountainâ€™s history at Main Lodge Saturday morning (Sept. 8).
Hundreds of Clampers from all over California attended to celebrate the McCoys and their contribution to the skiing world.
According to the Bodie Chapter #64 website (www.ecvbodie64.com/), E Clampus Vitus is a â€śfraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area.