March 27th, 2014
A large golden eagle was brought into the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care facility nestled at the base of the Sierra foothills a few weeks ago, unable to walk and riddled with parasites.
It’s early morning, but the center’s director, Cindy Kamler, has been up for hours, hoping against the grim outcome for this bird that her vast experience tells her is likely, given the eagle’s injuries.
The Village Championships season, such as it was, ended well this past week, on fast snow in warm temperatures.
The snow conditions and air temperatures this season formed the overall theme of the 2014 VCs, which is among the oldest and most iconic of Mammoth Mountain’s racing schedule.
Course setters on Fascination and Andie’s Double Gold frequently adjusted gate alignments and course configurations to deal with a low-snow season.
Nevertheless, the races went on, and on Tuesday, March 25, it was all about the finish.
Another storm will take aim at the Eastern Sierra this coming weekend and another early next week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as âa few feetâ of snow on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.
Although the most recent storm Wednesday and Thursday came in a bit lighter than forecast, the next storm coming in on Saturday is forecast to be stronger than earlier forecasts had indicated and the last storm, on Monday, even larger, according to Howard Sheckter, Mammothâs amateur weather forecaster.
Mammoth Mountain is for snow lovers of every kind. But there are some who might love it more than others, such as this week’s slough of graduate students at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) near Convict Lake.
“Everyone thinks we get to go skiing all week,” said student Julia Morton. “But we have to learn technical things like fracture mechanics.”
There has been a lot of recent sports activity in the Eastern Sierra involving local law enforcement officers, but nowhere did their badges shine the brightest than at the Fire and Police Winter Olympics earlier this month on Mammoth Mountain, and on the asphalt in the desert.
The Olympics, which Mammoth hosted for the 29th straight season, put hardware into the hands of seven officers, even though Mike Braun, who organized the Games, skied for his former department, the LAPD, and took home one gold and two silvers.
This year, the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation is going all Gatsby.
Although most Mammothites might not notice it, the air quality over much of Long Valley for the past week has been less than crystal-clear, with a white haze obscuring the details of the White Mountains for many hours of many days.
Note: This story was printed in the Mammoth Times on March 20 and was updated on March 25 to reflect new information.
A wildfire west of Independence at about 9,000 feet elevation that started in mid-March is only one sign that the droughtâs grip on the Eastern Sierra has not weakened in any appreciable way.
Drought, Water Resources, and Climate Change with Holly Alpert, Program Manager, Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program, Saturday, April 5 at 10 am., sponsored by the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Willow and Main St., Lone Pine. For more information call 510-468-7113.
Deena Kastor might be 41 years old, but she can still run with the best of them.
Amid chilly and windy conditions Sunday in Dallas, Mammoth’s three-time Olympian and American record-holder turned in the fifth-fastest half-marathon time by a U.S. runner in 2014 with a new course record at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon.
“Going to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas half marathon, I knew I was in good fitness,” she said afterward, “but all other aspects need to fall into place in order to break records.
Two storms are taking aim at the Eastern Sierra during the coming week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as a few feet on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.
The storms will begin their approach tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 25, with a slow moving storm that will last until Thursday morning, leaving the Mammoth area with about 12-18 inches of snow at the highest elevations, according to the National Weather Service.
Property owners in Mammoth who would like to replace old wood stoves with more efficient and cleaner heating systems may now qualify for up to $2,000 toward the cost of the new heating system, according to a spokesperson from the Clean Air Products Program.
To qualify for replacement costs, the existing wood-burning system (wood stove or open fireplace) must be a building’s primary heat source, it must be located within Town limits, and it must fall into one of two qualifying categories:
By all outward appearances, it should have been a crummy fall season last year for Mono County’s tourism economy.
In spite of the two-weeks-long Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park in September and the 16-day federal government shutdown in October, Mono County turned in its best autumn tourism performance in seven years, according to tax figures given to the Mono County Tourism/Film Commission.
“It’s amazing, considering we had the Rim Fire and the shutdown,” said Alicia Vennos, director of Mono County Tourism.
Good news, sez Fido, to have the Bishop Veterinary Hospital in the Minaret Mall in Mammoth. Leading the effort is Thomas J. Talbot, DVM, giving Mammoth’s pets another medical option, to go along with Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa. Taking calls now at 760-934-2287. …