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September 27th, 2010

Lakes Basin study to be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 30

September 27, 2010

The results of the Lakes Basin Special Study are about to be unveiled in a series of three presentations over the next six weeks.

The first presentation, “State of the Lakes Basin,” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Monache Resort.

The second presentation, scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Westin from 5:30-8:30, is called “Lakes Basin recreation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The third, scheduled for Oct. 28, also at the Westin from 5:30 – 8:30, is called “Lakes Basin Mobility and Transportation.”

$100,000 on the line for Council, Trails group

September 27, 2010

John Wentworth and the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation on Wednesday engaged the Town Council with a bit of political jawboning.

Wentworth, the president/CEO of the foundation, said if the council would commit $100,000 to the MLTPA right away, the foundation would in turn trim its request of the same amount in its application for Measure R funding.

“We don’t want to lose our momentum,” implored Wentworth. “This has been four years in the making. It’s critical we find the resources and staffing. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”

Think Positively- Mammoth Times Editorial

September 27, 2010

The relinquishing of the Beekley Collection by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation strips a vital layer away from Mammoth. The collection has enhanced the ski reputation of the town and ski area. It added considerable cachet to the International Ski History association annual meeting two years ago.

But it’s losing its home in Edison Hall on the campus of Cerro Coso Community College.

September 24th

"Coco" Galvan's late field goal helps Huskies win 10-7 thriller

September 25, 2010

Jorge "Coco" Galvan kicked a 42-yard field goal with 45 seconds to go Friday night, lifting the Mammoth Huskies to a 10-7 victory over the Calvary Murrieta Warriors at Gault/McClure Stadium.

Galvan's dramatic field goal – long by any standard - came just two minutes, three seconds after he shanked an easier attempt, pushing the ball to the right of the north goal posts.

His winning kick was made more improbable because the error-prone Husky offense on the previous play was pushed back five yards because of a procedure penalty.

Squirrel! And that explains our power outages

September 24, 2010

Those power outages we’ve experienced in Mammoth lately?

There’s a reason.

As Dug the Dog (from the movie “Up”) might blurt out, “SQUIRREL!”

“You can imagine the problems we have,” sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.

Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utility’s ongoing battle with the squirrels. This past summer, the critters caused a number of short outages when they came into contact with exposed copper wire on utility poles in the area.

This Mammoth Husky is one tough ... girl?

September 24, 2010

It looks like any other mid-week football practice in any other small town in America. But there’s something different about this Mammoth Huskies junior varsity team this year.

As the team gathers around Coach Noel Looney after a rigorous two-hour session on the high school’s practice field, the players, one by one, take off their helmets, including the rugged and intense interior lineman in the middle of the pack.

Make that linewoman.

“I’ve been told that I’m the first girl who ever played Mammoth High School football,” said Elizabeth Martinez. “I feel really happy about that.”

Are the Bodie Hills wilderness or not?

September 24, 2010

A proposed bill to remove the Bodie Hills from its status as potential wilderness brought Eastern Sierra residents on both side of the issue out of the woodwork Tuesday. More than 50 people piled into the county courthouse to have their say.

At stake was a resolution brought to the county supervisors by District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters that asked the supervisors to support a bill to take the Bodie Hills (behind Bodie State Park) out of its current, semi-protected status as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA).

What's Up, Up Here?

September 24, 2010

Tourism director John Urdi, a go-getter from the get-go, snagged town development wonk Mark Wardlaw at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, saying, “I want to talk to you about branding.” The ever-sharp Wardlaw replied, “You show me a young calf and I’ll show you what I know.” ...

All of us pass along heartfelt good wishes to Mayor Skip Harvey, who is battling throat cancer. He should be back in action by mid-November, say those in the know ...

Mono Lake kicks up fierce dust storm, rivaling Owens Dry Lake

September 24, 2010

When people think about dust storms in the Eastern Sierra, they usually think about the Owens Dry Lake dust storms down in Inyo County.

But Mono County’s got its own version and in some ways, it’s even worse.
The blue and aqua Mono Lake is ringed by miles of dusty shores, left behind when the water level dropped after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power started diverting feeder creeks.

Smoky skies may be clearing

September 24, 2010

Eastern Sierra residents can look forward to at least a bit of a break in the smoke this weekend and next week, as the Sheep Fire on the Westside finally dies down after almost two months of pushing smoke over the mountains.

The “let burn” policy on the 7,192-acre fire has pretty much exhausted everyone, including Westsiders, a local air pollution control official said.

“They are as tired of the smoke as we are,” said the Eastern Sierra’s air pollution control district director, Ted Schade.

Former Mammoth resident arrested in two stabbing deaths

September 24, 2010

A former Mammoth resident and the son of Mammoth Dog Teams’ Jim Ouimet was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder with a deadly weapon in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev. following the stabbing deaths of the young son of his estranged wife and his wife’s mother on Sept. 17.

Justin Ouimet, 24, was originally arrested by Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.

Christine Pelosi says "It takes small steps to get it done"

September 24, 2010

Christine Pelosi pounded out platform points as she rallied Mono County Democrats last Thursday evening.

“The fight for justice is always hard,” said the Chair of California’s Democratic Platform Committee and member of the Democratic National Committee. “It was hard to fight for suffrage. It was hard to fight for social security. It was hard to fight for civil rights. It was hard to fight for healthcare. But we got it done.”

Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ‘got it done’ while balancing Isabelle, her toddler daughter, wriggling on her hip throughout her speech.

Keith Dawley and his incredible skiing streak

September 24, 2010

This is the trouble season for Keith Dawley.

The 49-year-old trails supervisor for the Inyo National Forest, Dawley peers at the sky each September and October, hoping – praying – for enough snow to ski.

“September is the hardest month,” said Dawley, who has one of the more spectacular streaks of skiing anywhere. “Usually by the end of October, Halloween, it snows somewhere.”

For 189 straight months (that would be more than 15 years) the personable Dawley has skied at least once in each month, sometimes hiking up, up and up to find enough snow to make a turn.

Conflict arises between Wellness Center and location of proposed medical marijuana dispensary

September 24, 2010

The question of where it’s appropriate to locate a medical marijuana dispensary popped up again this week when Mono County’s Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel asked for approval to move the county’s Wellness Center from a proposed dispensary site.

Gimpel suggested it might be more appropriate to put the Wellness Center in the Sierra Center Mall with the rest of Mono County’s offices, moving it from its current location at the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.

Winter music series begins with 'Soul Men' of a classical sort

September 24, 2010

 

Chances are, when one thinks of soul men, it’s a memory of that old song by Sam and Dave, “I’m a soul man.”

But that wouldn’t be the current usage. “Soul Men” is the name of the first program of Chamber Music Unbound’s winter music series.

Mammoth’s resident Felici Piano Trio will perform Bach, the grand master of the Baroque; the great Classical hero, Beethoven; Chopin, the Romantic piano virtuoso; and the eloquent musical narrator Robert Schumann.

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