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March 21st, 2011

UPDATE: Roads to Yosemite open but power out in park

March 21, 2011

All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41.

The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed
until further notice.

Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads.

Big Pine fire burns 19 structures, fund set up for victims

March 21, 2011

The Center Fire that started outside of Big Pine Friday night burned 19 structures, including homes, and 850 acres before it was considered "contained" or out, last night.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

As many as 400 fire fighters were assigned to the fire over the weekend, although the wind-whipped flames did most of their damage Friday night.

CalFire's website is one of the best places to get the latest data on the fire; http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=482

Here's the latest update from CalFire, filed Sunday night at 7 p.m.

March 18th

Run of the week: Sherwin Creek Road; an unexpected March delight right out your back door

March 19, 2011

Despite having a tiny campground right on it, despite being only a mile from Mammoth, little Sherwin Creek Road just to the southeast of town has a wild and lovely feel that makes it a great cross-country ski destination for an afternoon, or even for a day-long adventure.

The gravel road is covered in snow right now, making it a perfect place for skiing Mammoth’s spring snow.

Shake, rattle, roll ... and be prepared

March 19, 2011

Are we ready? It’s hard not to ask that question, watching the destruction, fear and grief facing Japan.

Deep down, Mammoth holds a large and uncomfortable resemblance to that island country, although the surfaces of the two areas couldn’t be more different.

Unstable bedrock, an unquiet volcanic past; more than many places in the country, the Eastern Sierra shares a certain geological kinship with Japan. All that’s missing is the sea – and many millions of people.

But a big quake? Sure. A volcano? Sure. Both are inevitable, scientists tell us. Someday.

Right on time, bears are waking

March 19, 2011

Don’t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.

Mammoth’s bears are starting to wake up.

You can see them, now and again, lying on top of a snowbank, soaking up some sun before retreating back in their dens.

“The life cycle is beginning again,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.

“During the winter we kind of forget about them,” he said. “I know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and it’ll just freeze, and there’s no odor.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 18-24

March 19, 2011

Maggie and Buck Wahl are back from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and those pictures on Facebook belong in a museum or something, sez us. ...

Good for Kelly Bahr, who as an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, did heroic work giving help to a Golden Eagle that was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 near Benton. ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy, and tests revealed the eagle sadly, had acute lead poisoning and it subsequently died.

Life on the (l)edge: Beau Bridges performs staged reading of 'K2' the play

March 19, 2011

A family affair, with nephew Marcel Lloyd and daughter Emily Bridges

Every climber has probably wondered, at some point in an ascent, what would happen if he were injured, stuck on a narrow ledge far from help.

That is the setting of the play “K2” by Patrick Meyers, which will have a staged reading at the Edison Theatre on Saturday, March 26.

Actors Beau Bridges and his nephew Marcel Lloyd portray two climbers, Harold and Taylor, who are stranded on an icy shelf at 27,000 feet up the world’s second highest mountain.

March 16th

Permitted burn raises concern

March 17, 2011

A permitted burn on private ranchland last Saturday, March 12, was visible from Sherwin Summit and had several people calling in to report a fire. Mammoth Times Photos/Leslie Willoughby

March 15th

Mardi Gras brings out the costumes

March 15, 2011

Saturday night, March 12, the first Mardi Gras night at Rafters brought out revelers in costume. New Orleans food was served and Lisa Haley and the Zydekats provided lively music for dancing.

Mammoth runners compete in NYC Half-Marathon

March 15, 2011

On a blue-sky Sunday in New York City Mammoth runners scored high points in the New York Half-Marathon, March 20.

Meb Keflezighi finished 15th overall and second in his age group.

Alistair Cragg finished sixth overall and second in his age group.

Ryan Hall finished 21st overall and eighth in his age group.

For complete results, go to http://www.nyrr.org/races/2011/nychalf/

March 14th

Nuclear Disaster Update: THERE IS NO PLUME!!

March 15, 2011

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.

Compromise solution on fate of Bodie WSA rejected

March 14, 2011

What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasn’t.

Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half – with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses – just about everyone was none too pleased.

And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didn’t help either.

March 11th

'Legend of Aahhh's' shows at Mammoth Lakes Arts Center

March 12, 2011

Greg Stump spotlights legendary filmmakers, skiers in new film

Ahhhh ... one of the sounds made when watching ski movies, whether evoked by incredible landscapes and vistas, or by skiers launching off improbable precipices to land far below in the snow.

Greg Stump’s “Legend of Aahhh’s” is a ski movie about ski movies, the people who made them and those who skied in them.

It will be screened at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center Saturday night, March 12.

Seductive Sherwins keep drawing us to the backcountry magic

March 12, 2011

Try a trip down ‘The Hose’

As if you didn’t notice, spring skiing more or less opened this past week, with warm temperatures and longer hours of daylight.

For backcountry skiers, it is the best time of the year. The gullies and canyons are filled in with about as much snow as they’re going to get, making the steeps a little less steep, with wonderful corn snow on the way shortly.

There are hundreds of great spots to ski in the spring around here.
But the Sherwins keep drawing us in.

Partly it’s because they’re so darned accessible – right out our back door.

AIR SERVICE FROM BOTH SIDES

March 12, 2011

MAMMOTH TIMES EDITORIAL, MARCH 11, 2011
Mono County is wise right now not to commit to more than the $45,000 in subsidies they already are contributing toward year-round air service.

The Town of Mammoth and the Mountain are asking to divide a $650,000 to $900,000 gap in air service costs equally between all three entities and the county is balking.

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