November 30th, 2012
It might be the most madcap carnival ride in all of California.
Chair 23, a fixed-grip triple that recently was named among the âTop Seven Iconic Chairlifts in the Worldâ by a notable ski website, rises to the top of the Mammoth Mountain crest as one of the hairiest rides on any ski hill anywhere.
âItâs definitively a sphincter-tightening ride,â said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory, who as a young strapper on his way up the chain of command helped build the lift in 1982.
A series of three wet, warm storms were set to hit Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra before Monday, dumping several inches of rain on lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains.
Meteorologists on Thursday projected winds that could kick up to 60- to 100-miles-an-hour.
Weather watchers also had their eyes on the possibility of localized flooding.
Imagine lining up dollar bills stretching from Mammoth Lakes to Staten Island, N.Y., and that would be just short of the amount of money the local Rotarians are sending to Superstorm Sandy victims.
âRotary is all about helping people and placing âservice above self,ââ said Mammoth attorney Mike Bornfeld after he led an effort to send $2,500 to hard-hit Staten Island.
The Mammoth Rotary Club raised the money Nov. 3 at its poker tournament. The following week, the club sent a check to the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island.
A local woman who believes Mammoth Lakes has had more than its share of child sexual abuse is stepping up to offer a class to prevent the crime.
Donna Lisa Knowles, a mother and local real estate agent, said she has had enough of the silence and the reality of child sexual abuse in Mammoth.
As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.âš
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.
The permits, the arguments, the appeals, and the âMono pineâ discussion that divided Crowley Lake the last time a cell tower was proposed are long gone, and Crowley Lake should get cell service early next month.
The power to the site was turned on this week. Residents now have to wait for Verizon, the service provider, to finish some last minute equipment testing, said Robert MacLachlan, project manager for Vista Towers, the private developer and builder for the tower.
âMy understanding is that Verizon is aiming for Dec. 10,â he said.
âA new cummerbund and bow tie!â Fido yowled. âThat can mean only one thing! Hey hey hey hey! Itâs party season!â
Fido pawed the flat box in delight. He tossed the green and red ribbon into the air.
âItâs my favorite-favorite-favorite time of the season!â
âI know, Old Boy,â I said. âI take it youâre all set for some holiday cheer, and now you have a brand new set-up for your black tie events.â
âThese are just the right color,â he muttered. âHow did you know?â
âIt was just last week, Fido. You remember Bark Friday, donât you?â
âBut there was so much going on!â
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is investigating multiple vandalism to street signs and snow stakes that occurred overnight on Friday, Nov. 23.
A total of 29 snow stakes were discovered bent over with some of them in traffic lanes. The majority of them were on Main Street east of Minaret.
The others were near the Village on Hillside, Canyon, Minaret, and lower Lakeview.
It’s official: Vons’ big remodel is set for April with the pharmacy and Starbucks moving up to the old Elegant Bath space next to the Minaret Cinema and to the atrium space within the mall. Also up for a re-do is the outside of the building, with special emphasis on fixing the “skateboard steps” conundrum. …
The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission took a giant leap into the future Tuesday, stepping in the Wayback Machine for solutions to some ancient issues.
Under the macroscope, as it were, was how Mammoth is to deal with its sign ordinances (specifically banners); how it deals with special events; and how it is to manage outdoor sales (specifically tent sales).
If it seemed like the commission was plowing old ground, it was.
But with a zoning code update scheduled for early next year, the old issues resurfaced in a 9 a.m. workshop with business owners.
Whitmore Pool, scheduled to close next summer because of austerity cuts by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, may yet stay open.
The townâs recreation commission, to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, will consider moving $185,000 in Measure R tax funds to save the pool from going under.
The proposed bailout is part of a broader consideration of which projects are to receive funding in the latest round of Measure R requests, from cross-country ski trail grooming to rehabilitating the community tennis courts.
âWEâRE UNDER ATTACK!â
Fido buried his nose under the couch. He would have scrunched all the way under, but biscuits have taken their toll. Even if he were slender, he wouldnât fit.
âTHEREâS ANOTHER ONE!â he yelped, and dug his nose deeper under the couch. I noticed he was shaking, too.
âFido, just what in the world are you doing?â
âAre you deaf, man?â Fido wanted to know.
âI didnât hear anything unusual, Old Boy, except for the sweet sound of avalanche control on The Mountain. Right on time. Must be 6:30 a.m..â
âYou call that sweet? Have you been watching the news?â
Paradise resident Allen Weidner was on his way home from the bottom of the Sherwin Grade when he saw flames shooting into the early evening sky on Nov. 7.
He shot up the hill, fearing the worst. The flames were immense, leaving little doubt this was more than a simple, easily stopped fire and from what he could see, it was either his home or his next-door neighborâs.
When he got to the ring of fire trucks and emergency vehicles, he almost turned around right there.