October 26th, 2012
The second snowstorm of the seasonâ€”and the first significant oneâ€”dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.
The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter stormâ€”a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.
Eastside residents couldnâ€™t be happier.
With only a week and a half to go before the cliffhanger of this 2012 presidential election finally comes to an end on Nov. 6, Monday marked the last day to register to vote in Mono County.
Many people have already voted.
Early voting ballots are currently trickling in. Mono County officials said the county has received 949 mail-in ballots so farâ€”about a fifth of the countyâ€™s total of 5,492 registered voters.
â€śI got the Canâ€™t-Waits!â€ť
â€śFido, move over, will you? I want to get this travel case stored properly, you know?â€ť
â€śI know weâ€™re going somewhere,â€ť Fido panted. â€śWhere could it possibly be?â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s the beauty of this kind of a road trip, Old Man. With really nothing on my mind and nowhere in particular to go, why donâ€™t you tell me, for a change?â€ť
â€śI want to go to the Biscuit Capital of America!â€ť
â€śWhere the heck is that?â€ť
A tiny earthquake, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, took a swipe at Mammoth Thursday morning. The normal rule of thumb is that it takes a 3.0 mg quake to feel it.
No damage or injuries were reported.
The mini-quake rolled through at 9:12 a.m., at a depth of 4.9 miles. The epicenter was one mile East-Southeast of Mammoth.
The Mammoth Lakes dining scene will change dramatically this winter with the opening of "Campo Mammoth", the newest offering by acclaimed chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.
With Campo Reno named one of Esquireâ€™s best new restaurants in America, the new Mammoth location, in the old Hyde space, will introduce Esteeâ€™s commitment to organic and seasonal ingredients as well as an emphasis on items that lend themselves well to families and to skiers and boarders in search of aprĂ¨s ski fare.
Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, October 22, 2012, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. The summit of El Capitan, 7,569 feet above sea level, is the largest granite monolith in the world. This Yosemite icon attracts rock climbers from across the globe.
On Sept. 27, the Inyo National Forest sent a â€śletter of non-complianceâ€ť to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, putting the ski area on notice that leaving June Mountain closed indefinitely was not acceptable.
The letter gave MMSA until Oct. 15 to respond. This week, it did, said Jon Reggelbrugge, the district ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake districts.
â€śMMSA met the deadline and submitted an operating plan,â€ť he said. â€śWe are reviewing that plan. We may request some changes as we have some questions about some aspects.â€ť
As Mammoth struggles to retain control of water rights to Mammoth Creek, yet another lawsuit by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hit the region late last week. DWP filed a lawsuit against the Bishop-based state air pollution control district over dust control efforts on the Owens Lake.
Now, both agencies share an unwilling kinshipâ€”Mammoth is already deeply embroiled in a separate tussle with DWP, after DWP announced it would sue the Mammoth Community Water District for contested water rights to Mammoth Creek late last year.
It was 1 a.m. when we woke up from a rough and restless nap on the hard ground and stumbled to our feet.
The moon had just come up over the sharp and spired ridges of Mt. Tom to the south and it shone through the elegant, black lodgepole pines like silver water.
But we were in no mood for its beauty, even though we had been waiting for it to rise over the ridge since a 10 p.m. break, when black night had descended into the deep gorge of Pine Creek Canyon.
Itâ€™s a scenario most of us living in the Eastern Sierra have thought of at least once.
Itâ€™s a dark winter day, cold and snowy. The ground begins to shake, houses rattle and shudder. This is no 3.5 or 4.2 magnitude earthquakeâ€”this is serious.
The roads buckle and access to Mammoth is disrupted in both directions.
The lights go outâ€”and stay out. There is no electricity for a few days. No electricity means no cell phones, no Internet, no television, no heat, no restaurants, and no grocery stores with unlimited refrigeration or supplies.
After years of approving requests for funding from those big, brown puppy eyes of local nonprofits and other groups, the Mono County supervisors kept their promise to stick to a budget they set last year to cap funds for â€śnon-county organizationsâ€ť at $75,000.
Twenty organizations attended the Mono County supervisors meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, with hands outstretched for some county bounty.
Between Jazz Jubilee, Swim Team, AYSO, Chamber Music Unbound, avalanche predictions, trails, 4H science camps, and several others, the total amount of money requested landed at $139,861.
Maxine Shepherd, the longtime leader of the "Shepherd's Flock" sewing group in Mammoth, poses with the group's "Crazy Quilt." During the holiday season the quilt will be offered in a raffle to support the Mammoth Hospital Auxilary. The quilt will appear first at the Cast Off, then make its way around town, including a stop at the library.
His regular name is Bob Sollima, but for those who know the ins and outs of Dutch Oven cooking, he is the “Mad Chef of the Forest,” and his yummy recipe for Dutch Oven Eggplant Parmigianais safe and sound at camping.about.com, authored by Monica Prelle, who is something of a mad chef herself. …
Another local candidate forum was held this week, this time in Lee Vining.
Eastern Sierra Unified School District board members answered questions Tuesday evening about everything from busing to budget to their ability to work with the district’s superintendent, Don Clark.
The forum, which was held the same night as the second presidential debate, was lightly attended—about 15 people showed up, said Stacey Simon, parent and moderator.