July 27th, 2012
Take a look at the summer brochures around Mammoth and itâ€™s hard to miss those bucolic images of golfers on the townâ€™s two golf courses.
But donâ€™t be fooled.
With the highest-elevation golf courses in California, the altitude can play hell with anyoneâ€™s game. Oh, and thereâ€™s the wind, too. And the arid atmosphere that offers no humidity.
â€śAltitude does not create problems in playing golf,â€ť said Snowcreek instructor Dennis Hurlburt, who over the years has advised hundreds of sea-level golfers on the peculiarities of playing the game in Mammoth.
The Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop announced its most recent jackpot winner, Jeanette S. of Bishop. She won $771,170 on one of the newly installed Godzilla slot machines.
According to casino officials, Jeanette is a regular customer. The casinoâ€™s Bill Macdonald was happy that a local regular customer won the huge prize.
The Paiute Palace Casino is owned and operated by the Bishop Paiute Tribe. For current casino promotions visit www.paiutepalace.com
The fourth annual June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival started yesterday (Thursday) and continues until July 29.
The festival features bands and a kids' camp, all in beautiful June Lake.
Events include a â€śTrout Town Jamboree,â€ť a song writerâ€™s showcase, an outdoors concert, a bluegrass bash, and a hangover pizza party (among other events).
Tickets range from $10-$20 for each event and proceeds help benefit the June Lake Loop Womenâ€™s Schoolarship Fund.
For more information, visit JuneLakeMusic.com.
The National Summer Biathlon Championships are coming to Tahoe this August. The Auburn Ski Club is offering a Kidâ€™s Biathlon Clinic on Sunday, July 29, so youngsters can give biathlon a try before the Nationals event. The clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to beginners and improvers. Children will have the opportunity to shoot a real biathlon rifle (.22 caliber) after receiving a safety class.
Coaching, rifles and ammunition are provided. Parents must register their children prior to the clinic and sign a liability waiver on the day. Open to ages 8 to 18.
The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park tomorrow (Saturday) will open a new feature in its â€śDiscovery Zoneâ€ť at the base of Main Lodge.
In an effort to introduce young riders and beginners of all ages, a park spokesperson said it will open a specially designated area for beginning mountain bike riders. The gentle slopes off Discovery Express (Chair 11) will provide a lift-assisted area for beginning riders to hone their skills before taking to the bigger mountain.
The runners are back, the Olympics are on, and the Nike Outpost is open.
Hmm. Must be summer in Mammoth.
Situated in the old Volcano Sports space in Mammoth Mall (Ocean Harvest, Good Life, Command Performance, et. al.), the Outpost is almost a summer staple around here.
But this time, itâ€™s even better.
Each night during the Olympics, the Nike Outpost will have television coverage on two huge television screens, with couches and deep-cushioned lounge chairs for the members of the 60 or so running clubs who use Mammoth as a training ground for their upcoming cross-country seasons.
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 womenâ€™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.
As much as 1.3 inches of rain fell in the Mammoth and Crowley area earlier this week, but it wasnâ€™t enoughâ€”and it wasnâ€™t widespread enoughâ€”to lessen the fire danger facing the region.
â€śIt would have to rain for a week, a good steady rain, to really change the situation,â€ť said Mammoth Fire Department Marshall Thom Heller.
â€śThis rain did moisten the smaller fuels, like small branches, but if you look under any tree, itâ€™s still dry.â€ť
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 didnâ€™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.
The mountain biking loop trails, the primary hiking trail, and the parking areas used to access the â€śPanorama Domeâ€ť will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1.