September 28th, 2012
During the winters of 1947-48, I lived with Ward Baker in the Sun Valley parking lot, in a 4x8 foot trailer. Someone asked me last night, â€śWho is Ward Baker?â€ť
Ward grew up in Manhattan Beach. I first met him while I was surfing, in January, in the freezing cold waters of the South Bay near his house. I was riding my homemade, 11-foot long, 95-pound redwood surfboard, and he was riding his homemade redwood surfboard that was about 7 feet long. It weighed nearly as much as mine did. We met in 1941, long before the invention of 8-pound foam and fiberglass boards.
Mammoth High School cross-country runners donâ€™t have a big team, but theyâ€™ve got a big name.
The Huskies took seven runners to the 39th Annual Bellarmine Jefferson Invitational at Griffith Park in Los Angeles last weekend and came away with impressive performances.
The first race of the day featured four freshmen from Mammoth in the Fosh/Soph race. Up-and-comer Jeremy Laguna ran the 2.95-mile course in 18:52, placing ninth, and received a medal for his performance.
Chamber Music Unbound opens its 2012-13 winter season this weekend with â€śFantasia,â€ť performed by the resident Felici Piano Trio and renowned violinist, Corey Cerovsek.
The program begins tonight (Friday) at Bishop Union High School, and then repeats at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adult, $17/senior and $7/student and can be purchased at the door after 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are online at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org, at the Booky Joint and at The Inyo Council for the Arts.
â€śWhatâ€™s a debate?â€ť
â€śA debate can be a lot of things, Fido, but basically it is when two people with different ideas engage in argument under a certain set of agreed-upon rules.â€ť
Fido thought about this for a moment or two.
â€śWhy donâ€™t they just bark at each other?â€ť he wanted to know. â€śThat works for me, and lots of other dogs around here.â€ť
â€śThey do, in that human kind of way. Sometimes they have a little coyote yip in their voices; sometimes they let loose with a basso profondo. But youâ€™re right. Itâ€™s basically just barking at each other.â€ť
The Mammoth Huskies, now in the thick of High Desert Conference play, get to participate in a Home- coming tonight (Friday).
The problem is that itâ€™s Boronâ€™s homecoming, not theirs.
Coming off a strong 49-8 victory over Riverside Prep at Gault/MClure Stadium, the Huskies actually look to ruin Boronâ€™s big night.
It wonâ€™t be easy.
Boron (4-1) is coming off a 56-6 victory over Vasquez on Friday, Sept. 21, and have won games this season by 54-0, 61-0 and 55-0. The Bobcatsâ€™ only loss was on Sept. 14, when they were taken to the cleaners, 48-6, by Rio Honda Prep of Arcadia.
The Mammoth Unified School District this week received $300,000 for alleviating problems and/or enhancing programs, according to foundation executive director Stacy Corless.
She said the money will go toward increased class offerings/ academic flexibility; technology; language path- ways, and visual/performing arts.
â€śItâ€™s a win-win,â€ť Corless said in a press release, â€śallowing MMCF to bring additional resources to Mammothâ€™s schools while also creating a program that supports student athletes on Mammoth Mountain teams.â€ť
A gift of brand new iPads and laptops for Mammoth Elementary School students last year has allowed students to jump-start their roles as technologically savvy global citizens.
Even students as young as kindergarteners can now learn how to use the digital devices, whether their families at home have them, or can afford them or not, according to former Mammoth Elementary PTO member and president Pamela Bold.
A new virtual charter school is available in the Bishop/Mammoth area and itâ€™s free and open to most students.
The new, 501c3 nonprofit academy is called Golden State Virtual Academy. Itâ€™s a state-sponsored school and is thus free to students. It already has about 80 students, according to Principal Randy Cook.
It might begin with something as simple as an insult. â€śYouâ€™re fat.â€ť
â€śYou canâ€™t do anything.â€ť
â€śYou are ugly.â€ťâ€¨
â€śNobody likes you.â€ťâ€¨
The abuse might worsenâ€”getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worseâ€”midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, â€śkids will be kids,â€ť right? They will grow out of it, right? They are just words, right?
As the Town of Mammoth Lakes comes to terms with a $29.5 million lawsuit judgment, Mono County Supervisors weighed in on the possible effects it will have on the county.
Counties and incorporated municipalities have very different functions. Cities and towns create their own wealth through property taxes and use some of that money to improve their areaâ€”by building a recreation center, a park, public art displaysâ€”but by law, a chunk of that property tax revenue also goes to the county.
At approximately 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Investigators received notification of two deceased bodies in a home on Pa-Ha Lane, Bishop. Inyo County Coroner, Leon Brune has released the following names: Helena Spratt, an 18 year old Bishop woman; and Chase Tague, a 27 year old Bishop man. The bodies were discovered by a neighbor.
For the Mammoth Huskies, turnabout is fair play.
After suffering four straight losses to start the seasonâ€”three by blowoutâ€”the Huskies on Friday, Sept. 21, turned the tables on Riverside Prep, 49-8 at Gault/McClure Stadium in Mammoth.
The game was a rout from the start. The Huskies put up 21 points in each of the first two quarters, added seven seven more in the third and finally let up in a scoreless fourth quarter.
Riverside Prep, this year a conference opponent, got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, when the game was well out of hand.
From the Town of Mammoth Lakes
Following up on their announcement of the signing of a term sheet on August 21, 2012, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition LLC (MLLA) jointly announced today the settlementâ€™s specific terms, executed by parties on Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012.)
Also parties to the settlement are the Airport Developer, Terrence Ballas and his related development entities (â€śBallas entitiesâ€ť). The settlement amount is $29.5 million, substantially less than the $43 million judgment held by MLLA against the Town.