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August 24th, 2011
Yosemite National Park suffered its 17th death this year, when a climber fell to his death off the face of Half Dome Monday afternoon.
The park normally has about 12 to 15 fatalities a year, making the first eight months of 2011 already a record-breaking year. High, swift, cold rivers and creeks and a record number of visitors to the park this summer have contributed to the deadly year, but park officials recently told the Mammoth Times they are not sure exactly what other factors might be involved, if any.
Following last weekâ€™s heated meeting regarding the Bodie Hills and other national Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), the MT asked all five of the Mono County Supervisors to weigh in on the future of the process. Here is what they had to say, in their own words.
(Supervisor Larry Johnston left for vacation right after that meeting and was not available for comment by press deadline.)
Byng Hunt, District 1 (Mammoth):
A green light couldnâ€™t get more green.
The â€śMammoth Viewâ€ť project, an innovative, 54-room hotel with 24 townhouses and 28 freestanding cabins, complete with a spa building, hot tubs and picnic areas, won a complete victory from the town this past week.
It will have a restaurant and bar, public art, walking areas for just anybody-old-who, and a trolley stop.
Itâ€™ll have a walkway in front, along Main Street, a reconfiguration of the stoplight at Main Street and Minaret Road, and bring in about a trillion billion gazillion dollars in transient occupancy tax.
So they say.
An estimated 520 cars entered the Crowley Lake Fish Camp to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks. The Town received $2,600 (20 percent of the $25 entrance fee), which ainâ€™t bad. But that wonâ€™t erase The Judgmentâ€¦
Heads up! On Sept. 10, the Whitmore Pool closes for the season and this has been a darned short summer seasonâ€¦
Mammoth Mountain recorded 1,293,341 skier visits for the 2010/11 season, just soâ€™s you know. Darned long winter seasonâ€¦
The contractors won the pennant! The contractors won the pennant!
All right, so it wasnâ€™t exactly that dramatic at Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting, but to Mammoth builders it must have seemed like Bobby Thomson had just stepped to the plate and swatted a drive into the lower deck of the left field stands.
When they walked out of the Council Chambers, they had a victory, although not a total, hands-down victory.
First of all, there was no actual action.
That was the Mono County Supervisorsâ€™ almost united response to Tuesdayâ€™s request by a Bridgeport community group to take the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area out of its semi-protected status.
In fact, the board was so irritated by the resolution and the way it ended up on the agenda, they refused to vote on it, leaving it to die an undignified death.
â€śFireball,â€ť the iconoclastic checker at Vons, showed up the other day with a hairnet over his shaved pate. Didnâ€™t slow him down a whitâ€¦
Our own Shaylyn Riley and boyfriend Scott Smith came in second in the first heat of the co-ed canoe race last Saturday at the Firemenâ€™s BBQ Yeah!â€¦
Two controversial issues, redistricting and the Bodie Hills, go before the Mono County Supervisors today and both can be viewed and participated in in Mammoth via videoconference as well as in Bridgeport, at the county courthouse, second floor, Supervisor's Chambers.
The Mammoth meeting room is in the Shogun mall, on the third floor, at the far south end of the building, on the left. It will be obvious when you get there, if you just follow the hallway almost all the way south to the end, and turn left.
Say it isnâ€™t so.
After more than a decade of divisive debate over the fate of Mono Countyâ€™s federal Wilderness Study Areaswith no clean solution, the argument comes back again next week.
A Bridgeport community group has put a resolution on the county supervisorâ€™s agenda Tuesday that will ask the supervisors to support releasing some of the county â€” and the nationâ€™s â€” wilderness study areas from the federal protection they now have.
The Mammoth Lakes government tribes gathered Wednesday evening in a Woodstock moment.
If they had held hands and sung â€śKumbaya,â€ť no one would have been much surprised.
The sit-down was to approve a â€śResort Investment Elementâ€ť â€“ basically an amendment to the townâ€™s 2007 General Plan.
Its importance could not be overstated:
â€śLetâ€™s build a Big Top,â€ť said community development director Mark Wardlaw to the assembled commissioners.
From the True Love files: Kathy Johnson, the superb (and athletic) cosmetologist at the Profiles Salon, was busy snipping on Tuesday when Bruce Bartlett walked in with a dozen red roses and plopped them on the front desk. Just for the heck of it. â€¦
More True Love: Have there ever been newlyweds as radiant as Teresa Aragon and new hubby Jimmy? The former Miss Brooks and Jimmy hitched on the shores of Convict Lake last weekend. Yay!â€¦
When Matthew Lehman gets a hot idea, he sure doesnâ€™t waste much time between â€śfloatingâ€ť it and kicking it into action.
Mammothâ€™s councilman and Mayor Pro Tem suggested two weeks ago that Mammoth should perhaps devise some sort of â€śeconomic stimulus plan."
By Wednesday nightâ€™s regular Town Council meeting, he had legislation on the table in the form of a plan prepared by the town staff. He also had a list of immediate action items, delivered by letter. Lehman had to be out of town for Wednesdayâ€™s meeting and so was not present.
Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m, bringing the total of water-related deaths to six this year.
Hormiz David, a 22-year-old-male from Manteca, Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old-male from Turlock and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old-female from Modesto, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.
The bears are romping in the Lakes Basin, reports the Bear Whisperer, but enjoy the cubs while you can. Mortality rate is an astonishing 51 percent, says he. â€¦
Six new wildlife warning signs are up around town, but not on S.R. 203. Caltrans has rules, you know. â€¦
The Fire Department and Chief Brent Harper are marking trees up near The Bluffs in their continuing effort at fire reduction. Homeowners there will get a 75 percent rebate for forest cleanup, he says, and no complaints so far. â€¦
Bill Altaffer, "the world's most traveled man, will present a pair of slide shows at the Mammoth Lakes Library on Thursday night.
The first deals with The Soviet Union's celebration of its defeat of the Axis powers.
The second is about the Pamir Highway and the Aral Seas.
It begins at 7 o'clock. For further information, call 760-934-4777.