August 13th, 2012
This is the time of the summer Olympics where numbers are flying back and forth by the thousandth of a second. The difference between a gold and a fourth in the Olympics is only 18/100ths of a second. How much is that in inches?
Where did the summer go, anyway?
One of Mammothâs early autumn events is Sunday, Sept. 9 when the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic tees off at Sierra Star.
Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Fees include greens fees and cart, use of chipping and putting greens, lunch, tournament gift, silent auction, awards party, and the opportunity to support higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth.
âThese are really called Dog Days?â Fido said.
âThey are, but itâs not what you think,â I replied.
âIâm a dog! I donât think. I guard, I feel, I bark, I sleep, I eat. But I do not think. I am a life-support system for biscuits and my water bowl. Everything after that is gravy.â
âOnce again, you Big Red Lug, you are mixing your metaphors something awful, but thatâs perfectly OK during the Dog Days of August.â
âHey hey hey hey!â Fido yelped. âWhat will we do to celebrate?â
I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.
Mammoth's Meb Keflezighi finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in London on Sunday, but said he is happy with his performance—23 seconds better than his silver-medal finish in 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Bear activity has picked up dramatically over the last several weeks, according to wildlife experts up and down the Eastern Sierra.
âI donât think thereâs anybody in this room who hasnât seen a bear this week,â said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles during the last open meeting of the Town Council on Aug. 1.
âWhen I was in front of you two weeks ago, I was saying how proud I was of the community and what a fantastic job they were doing. Iâm sad to say that over the last week or 10 days, people may have let down their guard.
Crews working at the site of the new Mammoth Track have run into just about the last thing they expected.
While leveling the ground for the all-purpose track, they unearthed what appears to have been Mammothâs first-ever experiment in underground parking. Itâs as good an explanation as anything else.
Dozens of old cars, mostly dating from the 40s, 50s and early 60s, lay buried in a stack that runs the entire length of what will be a full-length Olympic-sized track.
No one knows how they got there.
âItâs kind of a big hole,â deadpanned Public Works Director Ray Jarvis.
Itâs hard to imagine anything can beat a four-day, blues-and-beer combination beneath the pines at high altitude in August.
But add some thunderous applause from Mother Nature herself, and thunderbolts thrown by Zeus from the mountaintops, what concertgoers had was an unmatched set list that literally shook concertgoers right out of Samâs Woodsite last weekend.
The whole thing was delightful, of course, with veteran Blooza attendees saying it was Joyce and Sean Turnerâs best production yet.
A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.
Officials are currently working to identify the body located by search crews Wednesday night in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but the remains are believed to be those of Gary Dankworth, 60, a physician from Carson City.
Dankworth was reported missing Sunday, Aug. 5.
We all had a great time at last weekend’s Beer Festival & Bluesapalooza, some more than others. The great R&B singer Bettye Lavette got through her first song, a cover of the George Jones tearjerker, “Choices,” reached for her water glass, then asked the crowd, “How long do you actually have to be here to be able to BREATHE?” …
As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents INâTents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. Friday (tonight) at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.
INâTents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve, and enjoy their natural spaces.
The show is full of Chaplin-esque physical comedy.
Digital 395 finally broke ground in Mono County this week, as workers began boring underground to form a
tunnel that will carry the 563-mile-long, high-speed digital cable through the Bridgeport area and other sensitive areas, joining a project that will eventually lay cable from Carson City to Mojave.
âIf the weather holds, we hope to get to the California/Nevada border by winter,â project proponent Praxis Associates CEO Michael Ort told the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
âWeâre hiring,â he said, words that were music to county supervisor ears.
Members of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust will host a family exploration of the nature in and around the ESLTâs Crowley Hilltop Preserve tomorrow (Saturday).
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The property hosts five different species of conifer tree species, great views, and important wildlife habitat for bears, deer, and many other animals.
Learn the plants, play games, look for animal tracks and signs, drink pine needle tea, and make nature art.