Archive - Aug 3, 2012 - News Article
round here, but this one might make the Top 10, All-Time.
A 129-pound, second-year bear, rummaging around in a trash bin at behind A-Frame Liquor in the Shady Rest parcel near Main Street, got its head stuck inside the bin, pulled the lid loose with its head, and then went for a walkâwearing the trash bin lid as a collar.
Video of the spectacle immediately went viral on the Internet, and still photographs, taken from the movie, also went viral.
Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles came to the rescue, according to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.
Mono County deputies are investigating the deaths of two mules, found last weekend inside their holding areas.
Although a sheriffâs department spokesperson said, âthere was no evidence of foul play, the deaths still puzzled the officers, along with members of the Frontier Pack Train team.
The pack train team told officers they received a call informing them that it appeared two mules were lying dead in their holding area that was set up eight days previously.
Local writer and former Mono Lake ranger David Carleâs new book is out on local shelves.
âThe Spotting Scope,â a murder mystery based loosely in the Mono Lake area, is the prolific authorâs second book of fiction after publishing 12 successful nonfiction books.
âI read mysteries for relaxation, and I wanted to try my hand at one,â Carle, 61, said. âI especially wanted to portray a protagonist that enjoys life. Itâs not a humorous or light book, necessarily, but itâs not as dark as some mysteries, either.â
The news is dismal.
American kids are terrible at science and mathâ17th and 25th respectivelyâout of 65 countries tested in 2011.
And while Mammoth students fare better overall, it is not always by much. That fact has prompted John Stavlo, a retired engineer and a school board member, to do something.
A scandal that broke after a California paper discovered the State Park system has been sitting on $53 million while pleading a budget crisis and closing parks will likely have little effect on the Mono Lake and Bodie state parks, according to local officials.
âWe donât see any effects at this time,â said Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve ranger Dave Marquart. âThat said, itâs still too soon to tell what the final effects will be. We donât know enough yet about this to determine what will happen in the long run.â
The annual Barcroft Research Station Open House held at 12,500 feet high in the White Mountains has been cancelled this summer due to a funding shortage.
The once-a-year open gate that allows easier access to the third highest peak in the state, White Mountain, will still be open to those interested in hiking.
In past years, the high altitude research center opened its doors every August and allowed citizens a glimpse into the lives and work of scientists who study and live in the strange, windswept, wild world more than two miles above sea level.
With little or no time left on the clock, June Mountain Ski Area advocates this week continued to hammer away at finding a way to keep it open.
But after four hours of trying to find a way, June Lake residents and members of the âKeep June Mountain Open Coalitionâ were right back where they started.
The ski area, which closed earlier this summer amid financial shortfalls, remains closed.
Nothing in the past week has changed the schedule for Mammothâs journey into bankruptcy protection.
That does not mean the town staff has just been sitting around, waiting for events to unfold.
Behind the scenes this week, the staff has been working at a frantic pitch as staffers gather documents requested by Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA) as well as federal mediator Elizabeth Perris.
Those documents may come into play as early as Monday, when the town and MLLA face each other for the first time in a scheduled two-day face-to-face mediation session.
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.