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October 15th, 2010

Eastern Sierra still not out of the smoke

October 15, 2010

Although the air has cleared somewhat since the big winter storm last week, Mammoth and Mono County residents are still waking up to hazy skies, something relatively unusual for this time of year.

It’s due to two main factors: a strong high pressure ridge, or stable air mass, hanging over the area, and smoke from the still-burning Sheep Fire and some pollution coming from down south.

“Although the Sheep Fire is mostly out, it’s still putting out some smoke and it’s blowing directly toward us,” said Jon Becknell, an air quality specialist for the local Great Basin district.

Inyo names Upchurch replacement

October 15, 2010

The Inyo National Forest has a new supervisor.

It’s an interim position, but the new supe has plenty of interesting experience and ought to stir things up around here.

She is Kit Mullen, currently the district ranger for the Hat Creek District of the Lassen National Forest in Northern California.

According to a press release from the Inyo National Forest, she will be the interim or acting forest supervisor after the recent departure of Supervisor Jim Upchurch.

Tricky Senate special election looms

October 15, 2010

There’s something special about this Special Election

Four candidates are competing for the job of State Senator, District 1, including one Democrat and three Republicans. But voters will close an era of partisan history when they mark their ballots during the November election to replace the late Dave Cox.

In June, voters agreed to change those rules by approving Prop 14 which calls for open primaries to begin January 1. Meanwhile, the old-fashioned rules make for some interesting political speculation.

Yosemite employees could be stationed in Lee Vining Canyon

October 15, 2010

Overcrowded housing in Yosemite National Park could become an economic boon to Lee Vining, if a plan to put park employee housing at the lower end of the canyon at the current forest service site there goes forward.

But that’s only if the project is designed to environmental and aesthetic problems, according to Lee Vining residents who attended a meeting Wednesday night on the subject.

One business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the mood of the 30 or so residents at the meeting was “cautiously optimistic.”

Husky Volleyballers win quick, then fall short

October 15, 2010


The Mammoth Husky volleyballers went the distance against Vasquez on Saturday, but fell short in a five-game match at Mammoth High School.

And it wasn’t just in games – it was in the closeness of the scores.

The Huskies, coming off a quick, three-game victory over Desert Christian on Friday night, took the first game against Vasquez, 25-17 but dropped the next two, 22-25 and 12-25.

“I think we were surprised at how well Vasquez played,” said coach Megan Guffy. “They’ve certainly improved since the last time we played them, and it caught us off guard.”

Huskies try for bounceback against Lucerne Valley

October 15, 2010

The Mammoth Huskies return home tonight after what seems much longer than two weeks on the road.
And this time, they play against a team whose name does not begin with “B.”

That may not seem like a big deal, but after the Huskies lost to the Bishop Broncos, 59-6, two weeks ago, and 50-6 to the Boron Bobcats last week, a name like Lucerne Valley has a nice ring to it.

The Huskies, 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in conference, play the 1-4 Mustangs tonight in a 7 p.m. game at Gault/McClure Stadium, with the junior varsity game set for 4 o’clock.

Lahontan cutthroats coming to Conway

October 15, 2010

Rumors that the endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout will not be stocked on the Mono County-owned Conway Ranch are just that, rumors, according to county economic development director Dan Lyster.

Lyster said plans to stock the ranch with 10,000 trout are still in place, even after rumors circulated throughout the fishing community that the ranch had been left off the list of state-approved stocking designations.

The rumors came from a Fish and Wildlife Service permit that mistakenly did not specifically state Conway as a destination for the fish.

October 11th

Chris Lieto sixth in Hawaii triathlon

October 11, 2010

Mammoth's Chris Lieto was turned back in his bid to win the grueling the 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship on Saturday in Hawaii.

After leading through much of the bicycle ride, Lieto had opened a 4-minute lead before finishing sixth.

Australia's Chris McCormack rallied with a strong marathon run to win the race.

McCormack, known as Macca, was 11 minutes behind leader Torbjorn Sindballe of Denmark at the end of the 112-mile bicycle ride. But the Australian's fast run moved him to the front at the 15-mile mark of the 26.2-mile run.

October 10th

John Adams, running trainer involved in Aug. 9 multi-fatal Bishop crash, dies

October 10, 2010

John Adams, the popular track coach who was hospitalized after the horrific Aug. 9 triple-fatal crash in Bishop, on Saturday died as a result of his injuries, his family announced.

Adams a resident of Cardiff in Southern California, had many friends in Mammoth, including Stuart and Julie Brown, who gave him a sendoff from Mammoth shortly before the crash. Adams was 39 at the time of the crash.

On Friday, Adams' family posted a notice on the website CaringBridge.com, that family members had decided to end Adams' life support at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Mammoth falls to Boron, 50-6

October 10, 2010

The Huskies knew it was going to be tough. But who knew that it would be tough to the tune of 50-6 on Friday night?

The Huskies could not handle the Boron Bobcats on either side of the ball, and for the second straight week dropped a seriously lopsided contest.

One week earlier, in Bishop, the Huskies fell to the Broncos, 59-6.

In this one, neither quarterback Tyler Wormhoudt nor Huskies running back Coco Galvan could match the Bobocats' running back Reggie Heard, who dashed for 78 yards, nor quarterback Josh Core, who passed for 88 yards.

October 8th

Big numbers for summer tourism, not so much for busineses

October 8, 2010

Tourism in Mammoth was off the charts, but that didn’t necessarily translate into booming business, say the town’s business people.

“I don’t know that we’ve seen the bottom,” said Dawn Vereuck of Elegant Bath & Kitchen. “There’s still a sense of fear.”

Tony Colasardo of Footloose Sports sensed largely the same thing.

“People are just a little more cautious” he said. They’re watching their pennies.”

Is Mammoth a "seat belt trap?"

October 8, 2010

Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson got his back up this week when he learned an Orange County man had dropped off a document to the Mammoth Times claiming the town has deliberately set up “Seat Belt Traps.”

“A law enforcement official parks his police car facing the stop sign waiting for a tourist coming from the L.A. area,” wrote Barry H. Buckser, of Lake Forest.

What's Up, Up Here?

October 8, 2010

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made a big push to land a spot at May’s Amgen Tour of California, but was outpaced by the Tahoe resorts. The cyclists will start at South Lake to Tahoe-Northstar, North Lake to Squaw Valley, then into the central valley, finishing in Thousand Oaks after eight stages. We is bummed but appreciate the effort put in by MMSA. ...

Huskies face "Bus Disadvantage" on the road at Boron

October 8, 2010

The Mammoth Huskies go on the road tonight in their first serious road game of the season.

The opponent, Boron (4-1), is one thing. But the biggest adjustment the Huskies (2-2) might face is the bus.

“You can’t put a kid on a bus and expect him to ride for five hours,” said Coach Tom Gault after a mid-week practice this week. “It’s especially hard for the junior varsity,” he said. “They have to ride the bus, jump off and be ready to play (at 4 o’clock).”

So how much is the “bus advantage?”

Tamarack XC Ski Center gets a new welcome hut

October 8, 2010

There was always a certain kind of charm to the old house trailer/rental hut at Mammoth’s Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Wasn’t there?

Um, no, actually, there wasn’t.

It was cramped for space, the stairs somehow always seemed whopperjawed in ice and snow, and not even the enduring charm of cross-country ski director Ueli Luthi could mitigate the scene.

This season, the house trailer is history except as a storage space. In its place is the old cabin from Sam’s Woods, and a new tent structure that is similar to the one at Little Eagle Lodge at Chair 15/Eagle Express.

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