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March 18th, 2011
Are we ready? Itâ€™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 couldnâ€™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 thatâ€™s missing is the sea â€“ and many millions of people.
But a big quake? Sure. A volcano? Sure. Both are inevitable, scientists tell us. Someday.
Donâ€™t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.
Mammothâ€™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.
â€śThe life cycle is beginning again,â€ť said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.
â€śDuring the winter we kind of forget about them,â€ť he said. â€śI know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and itâ€™ll just freeze, and thereâ€™s no odor.
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.
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
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.
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.
What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasnâ€™t.
Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half â€“ with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses â€“ just about everyone was none too pleased.
And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didnâ€™t help either.
Despite another round of pleas from Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday for air flight subsidies, county supervisors once again said, â€śNot so fast.â€ť
For the second time in about as many months, Town and Mountain officials came to the county for help, asking for between $215,000 and $289,000 a year to help bridge a gap in subsidizing year around air service (winter air service subsidies are already covered by the Mountain.)
Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH), dedicated to providing housing for low-income families, has turned a radical corner.
Rather than building new structures, the non-profit organization has its eye on acquiring and rehabilitating older structures in Mammoth.
â€śThis is our first step into it, so weâ€™re dealing with some new processes,â€ť said MLH executive director Pam Hennarty, â€śbut I think weâ€™re handling it pretty well. Weâ€™re excited about the process.â€ť
Those really were the actors, Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World), in town last weekend. ...
While weâ€™re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman, co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...
Is there any bigger fan of March Madness than Bob Sollima? Donâ€™t think so. On his behalf, Go Zags! ...
While weâ€™re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...
An illegally created motocross-like track in Chalfant goes to the county planning commission Thursday for debate, after a private property owner family bull-dozed a roughly one-acre area on their 18 acres into a rough, motocross-like track.
The family is arguing that the motocross like track is a suitable use of their property.
Dividing the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) roughly in half and creating true wilderness out of one half and a multiple use area out of the other is Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard solution to the Bodie Hills issue, one that he will take to the board Tuesday.
The Inyo National Forest will be sponsoring a Job Fair for local people interested in getting a temporary job with the Forest Service this summer and fall. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM Interagency Building, behind the DMV, on West Line Street in Bishop.
Temporary jobs are available in such fields as firefighting, trail maintenance and engineering. At the Job Fair, Forest Service staff will be there to discuss the jobs, and to help people with the online federal job application process.
Riders got big air this weekend at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, like this competitor in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle on Sunday.
A motocross-like track on private land in Chalfant has some neighbors upset even as others signed a petition of support for the track.
The issue goes before the Mono County Planning Commission next week, on March 10 in Mammoth.
The track was bulldozed onto an approximately one-acre portion of an 18-acre parcel belonging to Sue Jenson, her daughter Naomi Garcia and son-in-law Adam Garcia, all residents of the community of West Chalfant.