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March 25th, 2011

Run, play chess, do better at both

March 26, 2011

When Mammoth resident Christian Fuller sits down Monday night at Snowcreek Athletic Club to play 12 simultaneous games of chess with players ranging in age from seven to 77, don’t expect him to lose.

In that room will be everyone from a fifth grade Mammoth Elementary student to someone in their 70s, most students that Fuller has been teaching over the past year since he moved to Mammoth to train as a long distance runner.

Fuller, best known as a winning long distance runner, has also been playing chess competitively as long as he’s been running – and winning at both.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care seeks volunteers to work with animals

March 26, 2011

When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle.

But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Hwy. 6 on Matthew Hill midway between Hammil and Benton.

On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Bahr helped implement it.

Mammoth loses Supreme Court bid; faces $30 million payout

March 26, 2011

When the news that Mammoth had lost its bid to the state Supreme Court to review the airport lawsuit finally came down Wednesday afternoon, it was as expected as it was deeply disappointing.

The court typically only hears about five percent of the cases that reach its doors. But Mammoth had hoped to buck that percentage, arguing that the outcome of the case would negatively affect the ability of cities and counties across the state to do business with developers.

But the Court didn’t see it that way.

Big Pine faces fire, Mammoth gets buried

March 26, 2011

As Big Pine residents mourned the loss of homes and property due to a windblown fire this past weekend, Mammoth residents – already buried after a winter that has dumped 44.7 feet (561 inches) of snow on the higher elevations – are waiting out another three to four feet of the white stuff that’s expected to fall by Sunday night.

When Mammoth headed into the second storm of the week early Thursday, it was only 17 inches from becoming the biggest snowfall winter on record – 578.5 inches set in 2005-06 – and it’s not over yet.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 25-31

March 26, 2011

Ryan Hall’s favorite coffee is Peet’s Au Lait, he tweets, so if you wanna run fast and long, there’s a tip. ...

The Fred Hall Show in San Diego is this weekend, and Quiz for the Week: “Who the heck is/was Fred Hall?”
...
Our faithful tweeters, meanwhile, say that if you haven’t latched on to Steven M. Bumgardner (YosemiteSteve), you’re missing out. ...

MLPD Sergeant John Mair will be sworn in as the newest lieutenant on today at one o’clock at the Cop Shop. ...

March 21st

Want to work with eagles? Wildlife rehab training this weekend

March 22, 2011

When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle. But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The Golden eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 on Matthew Hill, mid-way between Hammil and Benton. On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Kelly helped implement it.

UPDATE: Roads to Yosemite open but power out in park

March 21, 2011

All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41.

The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed
until further notice.

Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads.

Big Pine fire burns 19 structures, fund set up for victims

March 21, 2011

The Center Fire that started outside of Big Pine Friday night burned 19 structures, including homes, and 850 acres before it was considered "contained" or out, last night.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

As many as 400 fire fighters were assigned to the fire over the weekend, although the wind-whipped flames did most of their damage Friday night.

CalFire's website is one of the best places to get the latest data on the fire; http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=482

Here's the latest update from CalFire, filed Sunday night at 7 p.m.

March 18th

Shake, rattle, roll ... and be prepared

March 19, 2011

Are we ready? It’s hard not to ask that question, watching the destruction, fear and grief facing Japan.

Deep down, Mammoth holds a large and uncomfortable resemblance to that island country, although the surfaces of the two areas couldn’t be more different.

Unstable bedrock, an unquiet volcanic past; more than many places in the country, the Eastern Sierra shares a certain geological kinship with Japan. All that’s missing is the sea – and many millions of people.

But a big quake? Sure. A volcano? Sure. Both are inevitable, scientists tell us. Someday.

Right on time, bears are waking

March 19, 2011

Don’t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.

Mammoth’s bears are starting to wake up.

You can see them, now and again, lying on top of a snowbank, soaking up some sun before retreating back in their dens.

“The life cycle is beginning again,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.

“During the winter we kind of forget about them,” he said. “I know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and it’ll just freeze, and there’s no odor.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 18-24

March 19, 2011

Maggie and Buck Wahl are back from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and those pictures on Facebook belong in a museum or something, sez us. ...

Good for Kelly Bahr, who as an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, did heroic work giving help to a Golden Eagle that was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 near Benton. ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy, and tests revealed the eagle sadly, had acute lead poisoning and it subsequently died.

March 16th

Permitted burn raises concern

March 17, 2011

A permitted burn on private ranchland last Saturday, March 12, was visible from Sherwin Summit and had several people calling in to report a fire. Mammoth Times Photos/Leslie Willoughby

March 15th

Mardi Gras brings out the costumes

March 15, 2011

Saturday night, March 12, the first Mardi Gras night at Rafters brought out revelers in costume. New Orleans food was served and Lisa Haley and the Zydekats provided lively music for dancing.

March 14th

Nuclear Disaster Update: THERE IS NO PLUME!!

March 15, 2011

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.

Compromise solution on fate of Bodie WSA rejected

March 14, 2011

What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasn’t.

Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half – with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses – just about everyone was none too pleased.

And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didn’t help either.

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