October 25th, 2010
Yosemite National Park on Monday afternoon re-opened the Tioga Road after snow and icy conditions closed Tioga Pass on Saturday, according to Yosemite National Park's road information hotline.
The road is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada through the park.
The Mammoth Town Council is now officially girding for a loss in the $30 million ongoing â€śHot Creekâ€ť airport litigation.
Based on the comments and questions made at a Sacramento hearing by a panel of judges, the Town Council concluded Wednesday that there is a significant risk that the trial court verdict will be upheld. A decision is expected within 90 days.
In preparation for a potential negative ruling, the Council is exploring options, town officials said in a press release Thursday afternoon.
Among them are:
The Mammoth Huskies volleyball team raised its record to 7-3 on the season with a victory in four games over Desert Christian on Friday.
After dropping the first game, 25-20, the Huskies reeled off three straight wins, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15.
Coach Megan Duffey singled out Jenny Clark for kudos. Clark had 10 digs, one kill and "really played a great defensive game," she said.
* Kate Desalvo: 2 aces, 7 digs, 22 kills, 1 block
* Aly Vanko: 1 ace, 10 digs, 2 kills, 28 assists
* Sam Knadler: 11 digs, 6 kills
* Arely Bramona-Fierro: 1 ace, 5 digs, 3 assists
It was blustery. It was tempestuous. Sunday's windstorm also was dangerous, as a Fresno truck driver and his female passenger found out when they blown right off the road.
The accident happened as the man's tractor-trailer was northbound on U.S. 395 near Mammoth Yosemite Airport. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol in Bishop, the accident happened Sunday at about 11 p.m.
A strong gust of wind blew the empty truck-and-trailer combination onto its right side and onto the right shoulder.
The Mammoth Huskies dropped to 3-4 on the season Friday night when they lost, 29-9, at Mojave.
It was the final road game of the season for Mammoth, which returns home next week to face Vasquez.
Stacey Cookâ€™s road to redemption stretches out ahead, four years long.
She knows it is going to be a difficult journey, both physically and psychologically, but if all goes well, the road will end at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
The 26-year-old downhill racer, Mammothâ€™s best hope on the U.S. Womenâ€™s Ski team, said she enters the 2010-2011 ski season as determined as ever, in spite of her horrific crash at last Februaryâ€™s Vancouver Games.
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If you just canâ€™t wait to win, Horizon Air is offering a $59 one-way fare between Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) and Los Angeles International (LAX) through Dec. 15.
Itâ€™s one thing to find a fly in the ointment. Itâ€™s quite another when that fly hits you up for $95,000, which is what happened Wednesday night, when the Mammoth Lakes Town Council found aforesaid fly sitting right in the middle of its airport runway.
Sky West, the United Airlines subsidiary that is to fly daily to and from Mammoth and San Francisco starting in December, hit up the town with a surprise demand for two pricey pieces of ground equipment, catching the council, Town Manager Rob Clark and Airport Director Bill Manning off guard.
While the ghostly white trees hovering around stark Horseshoe Lake may unnerve some people, a Massachusetts scientist found the greenhouse gas that strangled them could actually lead to a solution to climate change problems.
Working under a four-year, $2.3 million grant from the Department of Energy, Dr. Bruno Marino came to Mammoth last week, hoping to refine a high-tech laser he believes will some day soon be absolutely critical in the fight against climate change.
SKI magazine says Mammoth Mountain Ski Area ranks 12th nationally and first in California. Coming in first in its annual â€śBestâ€ť issue, Mammoth was hands-down winner of Terrain Parks, for years under the stewardship of Oren Tanzer and now in Josh Chauvetâ€™s hands. ...
Whatâ€™s more important up here than mobile phone coverage?
Hard to figure anything, right off the top of our headsets.
Weâ€™ve heard of people tossing their iPhones off chairlifts, tossing them against the walls, crying real tears and wondering with exasperation how to find a charger once they realize theyâ€™ve left theirs at home.
No worries. Maybe. Possibly.
AT&T announced last week that it is accelerating the timetable to complete network upgrades on its wireless service, making it â€śsignificantly soonerâ€ť than earlier estimates.
Coming off two difficult defeats on the road, the Mammoth Huskies rallied on Friday night and thumped Lucerne Valley, 38-10.
The victory brought the Huskies to 3-3 on on the season and 1-1 in the conference.
When a Sierra Nevada red fox slipped out of the high country forest near Sonora Pass, it didnâ€™t know its kind hadnâ€™t been positively identified in the Sierra for at least 20 years.
It didnâ€™t know that its closest relativeâ€” the same species but a genetically different population â€” of a few dozen red foxes in Lassen National Park, already one thread away from final, was the last known group of foxes in the Sierra, down from a species that had once covered most of the Sierra high country.
Old friend Warren Miller lost his rights to be Warren Miller on Wednesday when he lost a lawsuit between Warren Miller Entertainment (the film company) and Warren Miller (the man) over Millerâ€™s use of his name, likeness, voice and endorsement. Since 2005, Miller, now in his mid 80s, has indicated that he is not content with recent productions, and has been actively discouraged from involvement in the films bearing his name. ..
The townâ€™s Planning Commission gave a â€śCertificate of Appreciationâ€ť to Jim Demetriades, he of snazzy-looking Rafters and the Sierra Nevada Lodge. ...
In 10 years, Mammoth will be the best alpine community in the country.
It will have gobs of winter and summer recreation, miles of trails, a plethora of special events and high-altitude athletes absorbing a cornucopia of art and culture.
Our townspeople will be playing soccer and football, the kids will have great sports camps and the skiing and snowboarding will be simply fabulous.
So says a vision statement that the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission handed up to the Town Council on Tuesday afternoon on a unanimous and enthusiastic vote.