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December 3rd

The bears are still out, but wow are they s-l-o-w

December 3, 2010

No it’s not your imagination.

The bears, at least some bears, are indeed still out.

Although most bears in Mammoth and the surrounding area have bedded down for the winter, not all of them have, said Mammoth’s Wildlife Management Specialist Steve Searles.

“It’s as if every bear has a different barometric pressure point,” he said. “They each need to reach a certain weight so they can survive the winter, and each responds to different temperatures and other factors differently.”

The bears are like some football players, he said.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

In the Say It Ain’t So department, there will be no girls basketball this season for Mammoth High School. Blame it on a lack of interest. Reminds us of the 2009 football season that wasn’t. ...

Gosh it was great to see Skip Harvey back in the Mayor’s chair this past week (see P. 1). He’s been battling bad illness and had to leave us for a while. “Always good to get out of L.A.,” said he. And out of the hospitals, too. ...

Meet the beetles! They're killing our trees

December 3, 2010

They’re here.

Bug-eyed and pincher-toothed, no bigger than a grain of rice, the mountain pine bark beetle has come to visit, killing thousands of acres of lodgepole and whitebark pine in our own backyard, turning green mountainsides tomato-soup red.

Though nowhere near the problem they are in the Rocky Mountains, where the beetle has turned huge swathes of green forests to dead, red trees, and where tourism-and ski-resort based economies are reeling from the cost of cleanup and prevention of the red tide, Eastside beetle populations are growing and growing fast.

"Stage Door" at Mammoth High School Friday, Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

"Stage Door" is being performed by Mammoth High School.

Stage Door was nominated best picture of 1937 and starred Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball.

It is a very entertaining play starring Lauren Bukenberger, Madison Hodges and others, directed by Kevin Worden.

Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 3 and 4 at 7pm, Multi Purpose Room.

Tickets are only $5.00!

Come out and support the MHS kids and the Drama Department.

December 2nd

Controlled burns today

December 2, 2010

The Inyo National Forest is conducting two controlled burns today, both pile burns, Thursday, Dec. 2: One is seven miles east of June Lake, and the other is five miles east of Crestview.

December 1st

Alltel to AT&T Conversion Caveat

December 2, 2010

Some Alltel customers from the Tri-Valley area activated their conversions to AT&T in Bishop, only to discover, while on the road, that their cell service was dead. “They had to drive home to call customer service who told them, ‘We didn’t take over the towers, just the service and billing,’ said Supervisor "Hap" Hazard at the Long Valley Regional Planning and Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday evening.

November 30th

Controlled Burn June Lake Loop

November 30, 2010

June's smokin' – this time from a controlled burn – as reported by Ed Cote of the Inyo National Forest. The burn will take place starting Tuesday, November 30, one mile north of the south junction of California S.R. 158 (the June Lake Loop) and U.S. 395. Workers are clearing out brush piles before they disappear beneath the snow for another season.

Mammoth Hospital board vacancy deadline Dec. 8

November 30, 2010

Long-time Mammoth Hospital board of directors member, Don Sage, served his last day Tuesday as a member of the board, after he announced Nov. 18 that he would resign from the board effective Dec. 1.

That leaves one vacancy open on the five-member board of directors for the Southern Mono Healthcare District.

November 29th

Bluffs area accident victim died of head injuries

November 29, 2010

The 30-year-old man who died near the Bluffs area last week when his vehicle went over an embankment died from "major head injuries sustained at the time of the accident," after being partially ejected from his truck, according to the Mono County Coroner's office today.

Kevin Scott Green was visiting Mammoth at the time of the accident on Nov. 23. His home is in Summerland.

November 26th

Life out of chaos: A story of bravery in face of disaster

November 26, 2010

It was the fireball above the dark highway that first caught John Williamson’s eye that hot summer night of Aug. 9. A veteran Bishop Fire Department volunteer, he was off duty, headed from his girlfriend Amy Steinwand’s home in Big Pine to his home in Bishop.

He stared in horror at the seething red mass and turned to Steinwand, who was driving. “Go,” he said. “Go, go, go.”

They shot up the highway, flying past cars and trucks, headed toward the inferno.

Difference Makers: Mammoth, Eastside

November 26, 2010

In the lap of constantly moving tectonic plates, amid volcanic, pine strewn mountains, Mammoth is a singular place.

Its people match the granite that rises high above the town. Strong, generally selfless souls who think nothing of moving mountains to help someone who has been injured, has an illness or has lost their home.

Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra are peopled by individuals with outsized hearts.

Look at the Search and Rescue team: Its members will drop whatever they’re doing to head out into difficult terrain in all kinds of weather to rescue those who are lost or injured.

Bishop man spends night in ravine after hiking companions leave him alone

November 26, 2010

In an incident that easily could have turned tragic, a 47-year-old Bishop man spent Saturday night alone and without a sleeping bag, in a steep ravine below White Mountain, after two hiking companions abandoned him there.

The hiking companions then continued their hike up to the old, restored cabins at the Champion Sparkplug Mine, where they spent the night – with sleeping bags and under a roof.

Bishop resident Patrick Toon was hiking in on the trail to the mine Saturday when he became separated from his group, according to Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy Pete De George.

Everything is open. Give Thanks

November 26, 2010

Welcome. Everything’s open.

For the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2004, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is open from Eagle Express and Cloud Nine Express, all the way over to Outpost 14.

“This,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen, “is huge for us.”

“It’s been an amazing early-season snowfall. Mother Nature has been very good to us.”

November 24th

Summerland man dies in Bluffs area accident

November 24, 2010

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is investigating the circumstances of a single vehicle, roll-over traffic collision resulting in the death of a 30-year-old resident of Summerland, Calif.

On Tuesday, November 23, the police were notified of a vehicle that was off the roadway in the vicinity of Le Verne and Fir Streets in the Bluffs area of Mammoth Lakes. Officers located a Toyota Tacoma on its side approximately 100 feet down an embankment.

Fatality in Mammoth

November 24, 2010

Law enforcement officials confirmed a fatality in Mammoth Tuesday, but did not release any other information, pending notification of kin and an on-going investigation.

Updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

The fatality was storm related, other sources said.

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