July 6th, 2012
â€śIf you think you can wait until November to decide to reopen this mountain, you canâ€™t,â€ť said June Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s general manager, Carl Williams, to a packed room of citizens at the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting in Bridgeport on Tuesday.
Williamsâ€™ comments capped an emotional hour and a half as residents and June Mountain aficionados spoke at length about the impact Mammoth Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s closure of June for the summer and coming winter (announced publicly June 21) would have on the unincorporated community of June Lake.
A Mammoth area man died Saturday, June 30 and passengers in another vehicle were seriously injured after the vehicle the Mammoth man was driving crashed into another vehicle near the Obsidian Dome Road intersection with U.S. 395.
Although the final cause of the accident is still under investigation, the Mono County Sheriff's report indicates that the man, Randy Sly, 53, failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a Jeep SUV that was traveling on U.S. 395 and unable to stop.
UPCOMING WALKS AND CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS AT DEVILS POSTPILE
Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Here's a summary of some of the events:
Ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile
This 1 hour, 1 mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11:00am at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).
Evening Campfire Programs
The worst possible outcome for Mammoth Lakes has come true.
The town decided to declare municipal bankruptcy Monday morning, July 2. The Town Council took the action unanimously.
"It's wish this hadn't happened," said Mayor Matthew Lehman, "but it's not the way the cards fell for us."
The town immediately issued a press release regarding the Town council decision.
For such a small little town, Mammoth came up big in the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials last week.
The latest hammer blow came on Sunday night, when Morgan Uceny easily won the 1,500 meters in 4-minutes, 4.59.4 in Eugene.
Uceny won over second-place Shannon Rowbury and third-place Jenny Simpson, both of whom joined Uceny on the U.S. team.
"I felt awesome up there," she said of her consistent lead in the wind-blown race. "I always had an exrta gear that I might have needed to respond if I needed to. But I knew as long as I ran smart, there was no way I could lose the race."
It is hard enough to spot downhiller Stacey Cook on a downhill course.
Mammothâ€™s Olympic downhiller is by you in a whooshâ€”a split-second of wind and snow, set against an audible backdrop of oohs and aahs.
But last week, she outdid herself.
With a roar of jet engines, Cook and Olympic teammate Kelly Clark buzzed by Mammoth Mountain in a U.S. Navy fighter jet from Fallon, Nev., leaving her and Clark as exhausted as a downhill race or a day in the halfpipe.
There is no shortage of gloom in June Lake.
When Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced last week (June 21) that it would close down the June Mountain ski area at least until the end of the 2012-13 ski season, the reaction was swift and tense.
â€śI think itâ€™s been pretty clear the entire eight years since I was elected that this is exactly what I have been working to avoid,â€ť said June Lakeâ€™s county supervisor, Vikki Bauer.
Rusty Gregory knows people are not happy with him for closing June Mountain.
In the end, facing a loss of an average of $1.5 million a year, that wasnâ€™t enough to stop him.
â€śPersonally, Iâ€™m incredibly disappointed as well,â€ť he said. â€ť I realize that the people in June are shocked and very disappointed, and angry with me. But the idea of subsidizing June without a view of an end result is not sustainable.â€ť
He also said skier visits have gone from an average of 80,000 per season to 45,000 last season.
After a massive effort to remove the downed trees felled by the giant windstorm last year, the Reds Meadow Shuttle Service is scheduled to begin this week on Friday, June 29.
One of the more interesting bear seasons in years has begun in Mammoth, and Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles said their habitat is remaining intact, more or less.
Theyâ€™re scrawny, however, and hungry.
â€śThe drought this year means itâ€™s going to be busier,â€ť he said in his monthly bear report. â€śThe bears are going to run out of natural foods and will be more likely to try to get into human food.â€ť
He said people in Mammoth are going to notice some skinnier bears, but â€śThe Bear Whispererâ€ť said he is urging that people â€ścanâ€™t give in to feeding them.â€ť
Mammoth police as of Thursday afternoon were still looking for the perpetrator of four burglaries that happened in the course of two days.
They identified 27-year-old Cameron Jeffrey Puckett, a transient, as the leading suspect, and distributed photos of him. One of the photos, in black and white, shows Puckett during the commission of the burglary, police said.
They also said he dropped his mobile phone at one of the sites.
â€śHere I am! Hey hey hey hey!â€ť
Fido scampered on over, full of beans as usual.
â€śFido, have you been messing with my email? Iâ€™m getting all kinds of strange email from people I donâ€™t know, in places Iâ€™ve never been, and I just have a hunch youâ€™re behind this.â€ť
â€śI love email,â€ť Fido said. â€śYou can connect with anyone!â€ť
â€śI know, Fido, but I donâ€™t want to be connected with EVERYone. I can see there is a green, pine pollen dogpaw print on my keyboard.â€ť
Fido sat (obediently, for once in his life) at my side. He grinned.