September 12th, 2011
On Wednesday Sept. 7 the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call to search near Mono Lake for an overdue visitor. An Riverside couple became tired while canoeing on Mono Lake. The 71 year old wife opted to walk back to the parking area at Navy Beach, which was only about a half mile to the west. The Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department sent a sergeant and deputy to the area and tracking was attempted near where the canoes had landed. Lee Vining and June Lake Fire Departments responded and began grid searching areas to the east and west of Navy Beach.
On Thursday, Sept. 8 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Art Torres and Jesse Gorham responded to a call on Lupin Street. They met with a resident who had discovered a smoldering pile of needles on his wooden deck. The resident also observed two 10 to 12-year-old juveniles fleeing the area. The resident also observed three lighters, dry grass, a burnt pen, and what appeared to be school papers.
Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Bridgeport Ranger Station on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be returning to the fall and winter office schedule; the office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends and holidays.
On Monday, Sept. 5 at approximately 11:45 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police and Mono County Paramedics responded to West Bear Lake Road west of Minaret for an injured skateboarder. Brett Bertsch, 18, Irvine, and his younger brother were riding down West Bear Lake Road when Brett fell, landing on his head. He was transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital and subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Nevada where he died.
Three bears are dead in June Lake and itâ€™s not their fault.
After a rash of bear break-ins in June Lake recently, three bears were shot to death in several separate incidents and the Department of Fish and Game said Thursday that it is investigating reports of a local June Lake resident who may have been feeding bears for some time now.
â€śI can confirm that we are investigating reports of a woman who is believed to be feeding bears in the area,â€ť said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the department.
Summer is over and a big winter could be ahead.
Itâ€™s been said.
Darker mornings, cooler nights; a subtle shift in the light. A slight tinge of gold, even in the greenest trees and plants. School in session, pre-dawn runs before work, woodpiles sprouting on every deck.
Orion rising. Scorpius setting. Summer is over.
And far too soon for most locals, battered by a long, deep-snowed winter, a cold spring, a summer that only began six short weeks ago.
To make it all worse, the rumor mill about the coming winter is enough to make you break out in chills.
Fido locked me out of the house. In the process, he locked himself in.
â€śGet me out of here!â€ť he whimpered from behind the door.
â€śIâ€™m trying, you big lug, but the deadbolt seems to have been tripped.â€ť
â€śWhatâ€™s a deadbolt?â€ť
â€śA deadbolt, Fido, is the one lock on the door that I donâ€™t have a key for! Iâ€™ve never even used the deadbolt and donâ€™t even have a key for it. How the heck did the deadbolt get tripped?â€ť
I tried to put the sequence together and that took a little time.
â€śFido, was anyone in the house when I was gone?â€ť
â€śI have to pee.â€ť
â€śI know, I know. Me too!â€ť
Happy 96th to Dave McCoy! â€¦
From tourism chief John Urdi on Wednesday morning: â€śNice wake-up call this morning at 5 a.m. with a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.â€ť â€¦
Mike Abbott on Facebook Wednesday morning: â€śUmmmmm ... was that an East Coast aftershock here?â€ť â€¦
Yep, that was Dan Hansen of MMSA rodding about, here and there. â€śJust drove a Bentley Continental GT Supersport Convertible. It was a little painful to get back into my truck afterwards.â€ť â€¦
Yosemite National Park suffered its 17th death this year, when a climber fell to his death off the face of Half Dome Monday afternoon.
The park normally has about 12 to 15 fatalities a year, making the first eight months of 2011 already a record-breaking year. High, swift, cold rivers and creeks and a record number of visitors to the park this summer have contributed to the deadly year, but park officials recently told the Mammoth Times they are not sure exactly what other factors might be involved, if any.
Following last weekâ€™s heated meeting regarding the Bodie Hills and other national Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), the MT asked all five of the Mono County Supervisors to weigh in on the future of the process. Here is what they had to say, in their own words.
(Supervisor Larry Johnston left for vacation right after that meeting and was not available for comment by press deadline.)
Byng Hunt, District 1 (Mammoth):
A green light couldnâ€™t get more green.
The â€śMammoth Viewâ€ť project, an innovative, 54-room hotel with 24 townhouses and 28 freestanding cabins, complete with a spa building, hot tubs and picnic areas, won a complete victory from the town this past week.
It will have a restaurant and bar, public art, walking areas for just anybody-old-who, and a trolley stop.
Itâ€™ll have a walkway in front, along Main Street, a reconfiguration of the stoplight at Main Street and Minaret Road, and bring in about a trillion billion gazillion dollars in transient occupancy tax.
So they say.
An estimated 520 cars entered the Crowley Lake Fish Camp to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks. The Town received $2,600 (20 percent of the $25 entrance fee), which ainâ€™t bad. But that wonâ€™t erase The Judgmentâ€¦
Heads up! On Sept. 10, the Whitmore Pool closes for the season and this has been a darned short summer seasonâ€¦
Mammoth Mountain recorded 1,293,341 skier visits for the 2010/11 season, just soâ€™s you know. Darned long winter seasonâ€¦
â€śIâ€™d like to have a Happy Hour.â€ť
Fidoâ€™s funny like that. He comes up with things that are so out of the blue that I hardly know what to think.
â€śIt sure sounds like fun,â€ť he said. â€śI just donâ€™t know what it is. Letâ€™s have one.â€ť
â€śWe can have as many as we want,â€ť says I. â€śWhatâ€™s your idea?â€ť
â€śIdea? Iâ€™m a dog. I donâ€™t have ideas. I have instincts.â€ť
â€śTell you what. After work, weâ€™ll have a Happy Hour.â€ť
â€śHey hey hey hey!â€ť
The contractors won the pennant! The contractors won the pennant!
All right, so it wasnâ€™t exactly that dramatic at Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting, but to Mammoth builders it must have seemed like Bobby Thomson had just stepped to the plate and swatted a drive into the lower deck of the left field stands.
When they walked out of the Council Chambers, they had a victory, although not a total, hands-down victory.
First of all, there was no actual action.
That was the Mono County Supervisorsâ€™ almost united response to Tuesdayâ€™s request by a Bridgeport community group to take the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area out of its semi-protected status.
In fact, the board was so irritated by the resolution and the way it ended up on the agenda, they refused to vote on it, leaving it to die an undignified death.