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January 18th, 2013

Cross country skiing in June Lake

January 18, 2013


In the wake of what could have been a devastating blow to the small community of June Lake, creativity spurred of necessity could be an unexpected boon.

With June Mountain closed this year, the owners of Double Eagle Resort and Spa decided to groom cross country ski track on their ranch property across the street from the spa—adding one more reason to visit June Lake.

I have lived many places on the Eastside for the past several years, but this year I decided to move to June Lake, mainly for the winter recreation opportunities.

Migrating murals

January 18, 2013


Art meets conservation in the eastern Sierra

The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep has the unique distinction of being the only endangered bighorn subspecies of three in the United States.

The population dropped to 100 individuals in the 1990s, but has since rebounded, and hit 500 individuals in 2012, spurring optimism for the continued growth and recovery of this rare and unique megafauna.

A late night production

January 18, 2013


His pseudonym is Late Night Billy, he works late at night and the beneficiaries of his labor are late-night music aficionados in Mammoth.

A promoter out of South Lake Tahoe, Billy brought Mickey Avalon to town in December, and “Late Night Productions” was in town again last weekend with “The Long Beach Invasion Tour.”

The headliner for the event was Sublime LBC, a cover band that included former bassist, Q-ball, of the original group.

Fido & Me - King Me!

January 18, 2013


“King me!” Fido yowled.


“Go ahead and King me!”

“Fido, what in the world…?”

“OK, then let’s give the cat a ride around the house. He can just climb right up on my back if he wants to, and I’ll take him anywhere he wants to go. The sky’s the limit.”

“Fido, what’s going on?”

“It’s King Weekend, in case you forgot, and I’m all fired up and ready to go!”

The California way

January 18, 2013


They said it could not be done—that California’s fiscal problems were so immense, so mind-boggling, that no one in his right mind dare even take it on.

Then again, few people have ever said that Gov. Jerry Brown was ever in his right mind, and that goes for his supporters as well as his critics.

MHS Boosters Club sends its thanks

January 18, 2013


I am writing on behalf of the MHS Boosters Club to thank some of our sponsors for their help with new electronic message board on the corner of Sierra Park Road and Meridian Blvd.

This project has been a huge undertaking requiring quite a bit of collaboration. We would like to thank: Mammoth Lakes Welding, Mammoth Unified School District, Mr. Rich Boccia, Mr. Robin Davis, VP Construction, Digital 395 and Praxis.

Without the continued support of our sponsors, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you.

A compromise on gun control

January 18, 2013


As a grandfather still grieving over the devastating loss of 80 peoples’ grandkids, I have spent a lot of time in the recent weeks, processing what can really be done to stop these catastrophes. As with all the major problems facing our country, to really be effective, we need an “all of the above” approach.

A shining example

January 18, 2013


The recent Poetry Out Loud recitation contest at Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre is a shining example of the importance of culture and community. Poetry is designed to be recited, and the kids, some from as far away as Coleville, did a masterful job and gained tremendous experience in expressing themselves in front of a live audience.

Crowley man donates to Disabled Sports

January 18, 2013


Dog versus drugs

January 18, 2013


Mono County’s new drug dog can identify residual smells left behind by illegal drugs

A powerful new weapon against illegal drugs has been added to Mono County’s law enforcement teams—a four-year-old Belgian Malinois dog named Tara.

Tara’s nose is so powerful, she can pick up the odor of a pound of marijuana or the lingering scent of cocaine residue left on the steering wheel of a car, according to the sheriff’s department.

Yve Evans to perform at Winterfest on Feb. 9

January 18, 2013


The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club announced that world-renowned artist and entertainer Yve Evans will perform at its Rotary Winterfest on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon Lodge. 

Yve has been a regular at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee and will showcase her talents in honor of Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club “Service Above Self” honorees Ken and Flossie Coulter. 

June Lake Winter Festival set for Feb. 1-3

January 18, 2013


Weekend full of activities, including a Triple Threat Triathlon

In spite of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s CEO Rusty Gregory closing the June Lake Mountain Ski area for the 2012-13 season, the June Lake community rallied to put various events together to celebrate other amenities the community offers.

Free tax aide in Mammoth

January 18, 2013


The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing.  The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues you face.

This service is being provided in the Mammoth Lakes Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. throughout tax season, from Feb. 4 through April 15. Spanish speaking volunteers are available.

Rock Creek Road to get big facelift

January 18, 2013


Rock Creek Road is scheduled for some major rehabilitation and redesign work in the next few years, including a four-foot-wide bike climbing lane, according to Mono County officials. The project will likely start sometime in either 2014 or 2015, it will be mostly funded by the federal government and it will take two summer seasons to complete, according to the county.  Pullouts and interpretive signs are also planned for the project.

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