October 19th, 2012
Another local candidate forum was held this week, this time in Lee Vining.
Eastern Sierra Unified School District board members answered questions Tuesday evening about everything from busing to budget to their ability to work with the district’s superintendent, Don Clark.
The forum, which was held the same night as the second presidential debate, was lightly attended—about 15 people showed up, said Stacey Simon, parent and moderator.
On Sept. 27, the Inyo National Forest sent a “letter of non-compliance” to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, putting the ski area on notice that leaving June Mountain closed indefinitely was not acceptable.
The letter gave MMSA until Oct. 15 to respond. This week, it did, said Jon Reggelbrugge, the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake districts.
Feds, town, local foundations get it done
There have been trails around here ever since the first animals and humans arrived, but Mammoth’s “trail system,” such as it was, has never been the source of a whole lot of love.
That changes tomorrow (Oct. 20) with the unveiling of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System at a ceremony at the Welcome Center.
U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists began to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley this week.
When the analysis of the data is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art 3D subsurface geologic map will improve assessment of both volcanic and earthquake hazards in the Mono Basin-Long Valley region.
The map will be published by the USGS and made available to the public via the USGS California Volcano Observatory website.
Will focus on the Dream Act, Watson says
The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee has finalized plans for the next Town Hall meeting for Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
Police Chief Dan Watson said the Town Hall meeting will have a tight focus on the implications of the so-called Dream Act. The meeting will be held at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail.
In the early 1970s, I was producing a movie for my old friend Bob Maynard, the President of Keystone, Colo., at the time. I had met Bob in 1944 when I was skiing at Badger Pass in Yosemite.
I was in the Navy and stationed in San Francisco at the time. I had hitch-hiked to Yosemite for the weekend and paid my $3 to rent skis and boots for the day. Bob Maynard handed me my rental ski boots of soft leather with turned up box toes.
It’s a little different this week because there are two athletes of the week instead of just one. But then playing tennis as a team is like that.
They are seniors Maren Hauter and Presley Mekvold On Tuesday, Oct. 16, they won all three of their sets in the team’s last league match at the Snowcreek courts, against Kern Valley High School.
They won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Presley hit some impressive shots at the net, while Maren got to a number of very difficult balls in the backcourt court. Nice season, ladies!
“Do you think I’m getting a bit too chunky?”
Fido was in front of the mirror after his weekend brushfest, and he was not amused with what he saw.
“On the other hand,” he said, “I’m looking at some pretty chunky football players, and they seem to be doing all right, throwing each other around the field and generally creating mayhem.”
“Is mayhem what you want, Fido?”
Would help wayward visitors find their way
The scene was just about as familiar as you can get around here.
A couple arrived in a rented car in the parking lot at The Plaza strip mall along Old Mammoth Road.
“Where is the Visitors Center?” the man asked, in a thick (German?) accent.
“Gosh,” said the Local, “nowhere close to here.”
Says move is “to provide political cover”
Former councilmember Kirk Stapp this week locked horns with the town staff over the publication of an online “residents survey.”
The survey, published last week on the town’s website, is designed to take the pulse of Mammothites over its proposed austerity cuts.
Raises $2,400 for Matt Graef in Susanville race
Almost within reach of making good on an impossible dream, Emily Underkoffler discovered a nasty obstacle in her path: The Wall.
Every marathoner and distance athlete knows The Wall. It appears out of nowhere and causes a shutdown of both brain and strength.
But Underkoffler, a Mammoth Elementary School teacher, a triathlete, and an accomplished skier from Crowley Lake, had something extra.