September 19th, 2013
Home court advantage, elusive at any level in any sport, was missing for the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team last weekend.
Playing in its own tournament on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, the Huskies fell to fourth place in the Mammoth Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Mammoth High School.
“We were very pleased with the overall level of play at this year’s tournament,” said Mammoth head coach John Morris. “This is probably the strongest group of teams we have ever had.”
A federal proposal to include some local and highly used fishing and recreation areas (such as Rock Creek Lake) as “critical habitat” for three rare local amphibians was met with considerable skepticism Tuesday when the Mono County Board of Supervisors found themselves deep in frog and toad biology, reproduction and disease.
The California Highway Patrol last weekend took to the air to enforce speed limits on the ground.
With the fall color season on the immediate horizon, Mammoth trails activists fear the Lakes Basin is about to put its worst foot forward.
It’s about poop.
It’s about trash.
Ultimately, said Mammoth Trails Committee chairman Sean Turner, it’s about the guests visiting Mammoth in what is arguably its most pristine time of the year.
“We’re leaving our guests with a bad experience,” he said on Monday, Sept. 9, during a discussion among members of the Mammoth Lakes Trails Coordinating Committee.
Fresh from one battle over drinking water, Mammoth’s water district is now plunging into another—this time over a proposed new geothermal plant that would be located to the northeast of the existing geothermal plant on Casa Diablo Road.
The project, called Casa Diablo IV, would double the current geothermal generating capacity of the site, which also includes an older plant still in operation.
A funny thing happened to the Mammoth Huskies on their way to a loss to Bishop.
The Mammoth Huskies, off to a 1-0 start in the 2013 football season, ran through their drills this past week as if Friday night’s game were just another bump on the schedule.
In spite of a season-opening loss to Whittier Christian, the Bishop Broncos and Head Coach Bill Egan pay a visit to Gault-McClure Stadium for their 7 p.m. varsity game, and if history is a guide, that means trouble.
Smoky skies returned to Mammoth this past weekend, reminding residents that the big Rim Fire near Yosemite is still kicking—and at almost 400 square miles, one of the biggest fires in the state’s history.
Forgetting the fire’s strength and size is a luxury northern Mono County hasn’t had. The region north of Bridgeport has largely been stuck in a pattern of smoke and haze for much of the past month and the sheer length of the time of exposure to the smoke is beginning to take an economic toll on the region.
The last hurdle to completing the Digital 395 high-speed broadband backbone was jumped last week when California’s Public Utilities Commission voted to give the project another $9.9 million.
The 583-mile project that will connect Barstow to Reno with high-capacity, high-speed broadband fiber optic trunk lines, was over-budget by about that amount by the end of July—the completion deadline date originally set by the federal government, which paid for about $80 million of the $101 million project.
To Graeme Pitts, everything felt as if it were in place for a big day in Mammoth.
Just in from pro mountain bike racing in Canada and on his way to Norway for the UCI World Cup championships, Pitts bounced out of his car, straightened his 6-foot, 2-inch body into a semi-salute, stuck out his chest and took a deep, happy breath.
“I’ve always heard about Mammoth and the Kamikaze,” he said. “I wasn’t going to miss this.”
The first timed High Sierra Century race featured some blazing performances by cyclists who finished the 100-mile-plus course in less than five hours.
But in many respects, the day belonged to Mammoth’s Dennis Phillips.
It’s not that the longtime Mammoth resident won his 60-69 age group, or that he did it by nearly an hour, placing ninth overall in 5-hours, 9-minutes and 39 seconds.
Don't miss this great talk tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11, with one of our own, Mammoth Hospital's Dr. Mike Karch, who was one of the first doctors on the scene after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Karch's incredible story about the first few days after the attacks and the lessons he learned about how to best respond to such a disasterâ€”not just medical personnel but bystanders and othersâ€”have gained him national attention and he's right here in Mammoth.
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The Mono County employees and residents suffered an unexpected and tragic loss of a friend, colleague and co-worker this weekend with the passing of Warren â€śKeithâ€ť Park. Keith, part of the county family in the Information Technology (IT) Department for many years, who passed away due to injuries suffered from an out-of-state motorcycle accident over the past weekend.
Keith began working for the Mono County IT Department as an Information Technology Specialist II in July
2005, and was promoted to an Information Technology Specialist III in November 2007.