July 10th, 2014
BRIDGEPORT—Fred Stump might have thought it was going to be a routine Fourth of July at Crowley Lake.
Stump, the supervisor representing South County and Crowley Lake, instead found himself in charge of a makeshift emergency command post after Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, citing budget concerns over overtime pay, held back the county’s mobile command post.
People clad in red, white, and blue attire lined Old Mammoth Road last week in anticipation of the annual Independence Day Parade, but first they watched nearly 450 runners competing for top honors in the Ninth Annual Footloose Freedom Mile.
“We weren’t just competing for the win—we were competing for pie,” said race winner Gabe Proctor, 24. “When I heard Deena was making pies for the winners, I knew I had to race.”
Home sales have increased over the past year in almost all segments in Mammoth and the surrounding areas.
During the last hour before the sun sets on the longest day of the year, the shadows cast on the rock-ribbed ground of this high alpine pass are long and lean and cleanly drawn.
Mountain Bike racers were back in action Tuesday, July 1 at Shady Rest Park with another round of racing.
On a lovely, late June morning under cloudless skies, Larry and Karen Johnston both showed growing signs of alarm.
A solo hiker from Florida who became lost near the Silver Peak area southwest of Mammoth had to be flown out of the backcountry early last week after she was located by Mono County Search and Rescue team members.
The female hiker became lost during a solo, multi-day backpack trip sometime during the day on June 23 while traversing the Cascade Valley area, around Silver Peak.
According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, for a 24-hour period, the hiker attempted to relocate the trail, but she then became ill and she stayed in place overnight.
The next two weeks are shaping up to be the two hottest weeks of the high country summer and there is little relief in sight, forecasters say.
Although Mammoth is unlikely to break any records, it will be close, according to Chris Smallcomb, a meteorologist with the national weather service in Reno.
“You will get within a degree or two of breaking records, likely,” Smallcomb said.
The hottest days will likely be the first three days of July and then the first three days of the second week of July, he said.
There isn’t much that is Mammoth that entrepreneur, business owner and resident Sam Walker hasn’t had his fingerprints on in the past 50 years.
Whiskey Creek Restaurant—“the place to be” in Mammoth for decades—complete with Joe Sample singing Christmas songs every holiday season? Check.
Angels Restaurant? Check.
Sam’s Woodsite (yes, he’s that Sam)? Check.
The Mammoth Brewery? Check.
Rafters, which he opened with Jerry Buss in 1967? Check.
Luke Wynen, Kevin McBride, Ingrid Braun and practically the entire Mike Karch clan came up big at the Village Championships Cross-Country mountain bike races this past week at Shady Rest Park.
Racing on Tuesday, June 24, Wynen won the Expert 1-Lap in 27-minutes, 42 seconds, followed by Andreas Braun, Tod Hensley and Clayton Mendel.
After four years of serving in what originally was designed to be a one-year tour, Dan Watson this past week announced his retirement as Chief of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.
For those carpoolers and others who park in the dirt lot on southbound Hwy 203, across from the chain-up area, please beware that several vehicles have been vandalized, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
On Tuesday, June 24 at approximately 7:15 a.m, a local resident parked a vehicle in the dirt lot for the duration of the day. When they returned to their vehicle around 5 p.m., the driver noticed the front passenger side window had been smashed.
There was a large rock next to the vehicle which is believed to have been used to smash the window.
Mammoth-Yosemite Airport will get air service to and from Denver next winter.
Man bucked off mule, has to be airlifted out of backcountry
A Bakersfield man who was bucked off a mule and injured had to be airlifted out of the Mt. Whitney area backcountry June 24 after his injuries left him unable to walk.
At about 9:20 a.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch received notification that a SPOT device had been activated with the approximate coordinates of Little Whitney Meadow, west of Lone Pine, on the west side of the Sierra crest south and west of Mt. Whitney.