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August 3rd, 2012

David Carle releases new book

August 3, 2012

Local writer and former Mono Lake ranger David Carle’s new book is out on local shelves.

“The Spotting Scope,” a murder mystery based loosely in the Mono Lake area, is the prolific author’s second book of fiction after publishing 12 successful nonfiction books.

“I read mysteries for relaxation, and I wanted to try my hand at one,” Carle, 61, said. “I especially wanted to portray a protagonist that enjoys life. It’s not a humorous or light book, necessarily, but it’s not as dark as some mysteries, either.”

"Halp!" Mammoth schools in math, science crisis

August 3, 2012

The news is dismal.

American kids are terrible at science and math—17th and 25th respectively—out 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.

Mono Lake, Bodie not likely to be affected by state parks scandal

August 3, 2012

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.

“We don’t see any effects at this time,” said Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve ranger Dave Marquart. “That said, it’s still too soon to tell what the final effects will be. We don’t know enough yet about this to determine what will happen in the long run.”

Barcroft station closes Open House this summer

August 3, 2012

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.

June Mountain backers are back at it

August 3, 2012

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 “Keep June Mountain Open Coalition” were right back where they started.

The ski area, which closed earlier this summer amid financial shortfalls, remains closed.

Bankruptcy timetable holds firm; Action begins on Monday, Aug. 6

August 3, 2012

Nothing in the past week has changed the schedule for Mammoth’s 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.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for Aug. 3-9; Starring Elizabeth Tenney, Elizabeth Taylor, et. al.

August 3, 2012

 

Mammoth Olympians Keflezighi, Hastings, Uceny take world stage

August 3, 2012

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 women’s 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.

Freeker by the Speaker: KMMT music director "Katie Mac" rocks the house

August 3, 2012

You might have seen Katie McWilliams last weekend at the Pink Froyd show in the Village.

She was hard to miss, once you noticed.

“You know that Keller Williams song, ‘Freeker by the Speaker?’” she said afterward. “I was a freeker by the left speaker at Pink Froyd. What a great show. I was getting after it.

“I had to take my shoes off because they didn’t want to move as fast as my feet!”

McWilliams, aka “Katie Mac,” is the music director on Mammoth’s KMMT radio (106.5 FM) and the architect behind its new, indescribable music format.

July 30th

'Kamikaze' bike races might return next fall; Mammoth may host 2013 five-day event

July 30, 2012

Mammoth Mountain’s famed “Kamikaze” mountain bike race might return in the fall of next year, Mayor Matthew Lehman says.

“We envision a five-day event,” Lehman said at the Town Council meeting in Suite Z of the town offices on Wednesday, July 25.

July 29th

Mammoth cops find mortar round in condo unit; Navy bomb squad, MLPD investigate

July 29, 2012

A Mammoth condo manager cleaning a unit found a mortar round last Friday, July 27, and it didn't take him long to call the cops.

It didn’t take the cops long to evacuate the building at 2443 Sierra Manor Road, either.

July 27th

Mammoth runners in London, ready to go; Keflezighi, Hastings, Uceny eye medals

July 27, 2012

The track and field portion of the Olympic Games begin Sunday in London and for Mammoth Track Club athletes and their specialty disciplines, the four-year wait is just about over.

Morgan Uceny, in the women’s 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.

Despite rain, fire danger still high

July 27, 2012

As much as 1.3 inches of rain fell in the Mammoth and Crowley area earlier this week, but it wasn’t enough—and it wasn’t widespread enough—to lessen the fire danger facing the region.

“It would have to rain for a week, a good steady rain, to really change the situation,” said Mammoth Fire Department Marshall Thom Heller.

“This rain did moisten the smaller fuels, like small branches, but if you look under any tree, it’s still dry.”

Lemonade stand raises hundreds to save June Mountain

July 27, 2012

When Lee Vining Elementary School teacher Anna Strathman agreed to help some of her students raise money to help June Mountain stay open by selling lemonade, she didn’t know what to expect.

But within a few days, the students hand-delivered a $147 check to Rusty Gregory, the CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

A few weeks later, they had collected another several hundred dollars, and as of this week, they show no signs of stopping.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 27-Aug. 6

July 27, 2012

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