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September 17th, 2010
When I picked up the phone last Thursday morning to hear an unknown caller telling me my fiercely independent, 67-year-old mother had taken a bad fall and likely broken her leg, my first impulse was to call an ambulance and head out there.
Mom was out at one of the hot springs, several miles from a paved road, and I knew it would take some effort to get her safely back to Mammoth to the hospital.
The Mammoth Times this past week launched a re-designed website at mammothtimes.com, and at the same time announced its presence on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s bureaucracy at its best: a decade-plus wait to plant shrubs and flowers in a tiny town whose main street is also a national highway.
One third of America belongs to the public. In the Eastern Sierra, the percentage of public land ownership is even greater.
This recession that has caused so much misery has a few bright spots in it for Mammoth, not least of which is the growth at Cerro Coso Community College.
If people were to canvass the two artists at Bluebird Imaging, they’d discover that Kendra Knight and Aaron Horowitz are wild about canvas.
Mammoth Lakes police shot and killed the infamous marauding Lakes Basin bear on Tuesday afternoon, ending a saga that put Falls Tract residents under siege.
The bear was responsible for at least 19 cabin break-ins, the MLPD said in a news release.
The bear, a "light colored, three-year-old female," was busted while she was actively breaking into cabins, the police said.
Next weekend's Millpond Music Festival in Bishop is offering free admission after 4 p.m. Sunday, an event official said today.
Lynn Cooper, Executive Director of the Inyo Council for the Arts, said the free admission is funded WESTAF and the California Arts Council/DOJ fund.
"We understand that these are tough economic times for many people, and we're very happy to be able to offer a few hours of high-quality, free entertainment for area families," Cooper said.
He's a self-described "people person" kind of guy, a 59-year fan of big-game hunting and little bit of golf. He's a collector of police helmets and has has two English bobby hats in his office, alongside a fur-lined Russian police hat.
Meet Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson in this week's Mammoth Times. â€“ GS
A 68-year-old bike racer was seriously injured Sunday morning at about 8:40 after he hit a piece of wood on the road, sending his bike into a â€śhigh speed wobbleâ€ť for about 130 feet. The rider was ejected over the handlebars of his bike and landed in the number two eastbound lane, sustaining major injuries, according to the Bridgeport California Highway Patrol. The rider was headed east on the right side of the road, traveling with another rider, when the accident occurred. He was traveling at a rate of about 30 m.p.h, according to the CHP.
Smoky days likely
to continue; all
for rest of season
Eastern Sierra residents have been hit hard in the past few weeks by smoke from a big fire on the Westside, and itâ€™s not over yet.
Although cooler days accompanied the latest storm system that moved into the Sierra beginning Wednesday, the same storm system came with strong winds blowing west from the San Joaquin Valley.
Possessions belonging to missing hiker Fred Claassen, along with some human bones, were recovered from a remote area in Yosemite National Park over the Labor Day weekend.
Claassen, a Livermore resident, was last seen seven years ago on Aug. 1, 2003, as he headed into the Hoover Wilderness behind the Twin Lakes area west of Bridgeport on a solo backpack trip. He was 46 years old at the time, and an experienced backcountry traveler, according to Mono County Search and Rescue records.
Anyone wondering what the noise back behind Shady Rest Park was this past week will be glad to know itâ€™s all for a good cause.
In this case, that cause is a greener planet, as the owners of the geothermal plant move toward doubling the plantâ€™s power generating capacity in the next few years.
Gaye Mueller has a bee in her bonnet over bears in her booths.
The president of the Mono Council for the Arts and producer of Mammothâ€™s Labor Day Festival of the Arts, has had it up to here with the critters. One of them, a small, 150-pounder, last Friday night chomped a vendor on the arm. According to the victim, potter Donald Jower, 64, of El Cerrito (Contra Costa County) the bear and he ran into each other at an adjacent food vendorâ€™s booth.
November 29th, 1999
Everyone knows the financial footing of Mammoth is bleak, and that it’s been bleak for three years or more.
But on Tuesday night at a special Town Council meeting, citizens learned that the town is merely at the start of a hard road ahead.