October 19th, 2012
It was 1 a.m. when we woke up from a rough and restless nap on the hard ground and stumbled to our feet.
The moon had just come up over the sharp and spired ridges of Mt. Tom to the south and it shone through the elegant, black lodgepole pines like silver water.
But we were in no mood for its beauty, even though we had been waiting for it to rise over the ridge since a 10 p.m. break, when black night had descended into the deep gorge of Pine Creek Canyon.
Itâ€™s a scenario most of us living in the Eastern Sierra have thought of at least once.
Itâ€™s a dark winter day, cold and snowy. The ground begins to shake, houses rattle and shudder. This is no 3.5 or 4.2 magnitude earthquakeâ€”this is serious.
The roads buckle and access to Mammoth is disrupted in both directions.
The lights go outâ€”and stay out. There is no electricity for a few days. No electricity means no cell phones, no Internet, no television, no heat, no restaurants, and no grocery stores with unlimited refrigeration or supplies.
After years of approving requests for funding from those big, brown puppy eyes of local nonprofits and other groups, the Mono County supervisors kept their promise to stick to a budget they set last year to cap funds for â€śnon-county organizationsâ€ť at $75,000.
Twenty organizations attended the Mono County supervisors meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, with hands outstretched for some county bounty.
Between Jazz Jubilee, Swim Team, AYSO, Chamber Music Unbound, avalanche predictions, trails, 4H science camps, and several others, the total amount of money requested landed at $139,861.
Maxine Shepherd, the longtime leader of the "Shepherd's Flock" sewing group in Mammoth, poses with the group's "Crazy Quilt." During the holiday season the quilt will be offered in a raffle to support the Mammoth Hospital Auxilary. The quilt will appear first at the Cast Off, then make its way around town, including a stop at the library.
His regular name is Bob Sollima, but for those who know the ins and outs of Dutch Oven cooking, he is the “Mad Chef of the Forest,” and his yummy recipe for Dutch Oven Eggplant Parmigianais safe and sound at camping.about.com, authored by Monica Prelle, who is something of a mad chef herself. …
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!