November 2nd, 2012
A few months more than a hundred years ago, in the small French village of Megeve, a baker’s wife had a son named Emile.
In the last week, a lot of newspapers and some television news have chronicled the death of 100-year-old Emile Allais. They write about him winning two world championships in the downhill and slalom ski races in 1936 and 1937, as well as an Olympic gold medal in 1936. He would have won a third year in a row if he had not broken his ankle.
Local authorities are continuing a search for a missing hiker from Pacific Palisades who has been in the backcountry for more than 10 days.
Authorities launched a massive search effort last Wednesday after the hiker failed to return from a planned three-day hike in the Inyo National Forest.
Mammoth Community Water District General Manager Greg Norby announced that he regrettably will be leaving the District, having very much enjoyed working with the MCWD Board and professional staff.
Catching the humanitarian bug from Habitat for Humanity
“Be careful if you go,” warned Marc Margulies, who recently returned from Poland. At Habitat for Humanity, they have a word for the addiction that many folks experience after their first humanitarian trip with the organization: they call it “Habititis.”
Once you’ve caught it, you will find yourself booking your next trip, and then your next, to travel to a new corner of the world and help build homes for those in need.
If there is a model for an even-tempered civil servant, it might be Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.
But near the end of last weekâ€™s Town Council meeting, the normally unflappable Wilbrecht just about came unglued over the issue of a possible closure of Whitmore Park and its centerpiece, the Whitmore Pool.
In all, the proposed reduction would total $57,416 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and $177,764 in 2013-14.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power seems to be losing supporters each day, and former general manager David Freeman is one of them.
â€śAll of a sudden, out of the blue, they come out firing their heavy artillery,â€ť Freeman said. â€śI canâ€™t even get mad, it makes me so sad.â€ť
LADWP officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basinâ€™s â€śsystematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.â€™s customers,â€ť related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.
Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Redâ€™s Valley into the very outskirts of Mammoth, Inyo National Forest officials said it is time to reduce the fire risk in the Lakes Basin.
Beginning next summer with a series of informational give-and-take meetings with public, the Forest Service said it would begin thinning the basin woodlands in the summer of 2014.
It is a very large project, said Sue Farley, the forestâ€™s environmental planner, who will lead the ramp-up to the actual cut-and clear efforts.
The Mammoth High School volleyball teams turned in a strong performance Tuesday, both winning matches over Mojave in Desert Mountain League play.
The varsity won, 25-14, 29-27, 25-20 bringing the girlsâ€™ record to 4-5 and keeping their playoff hope alive.
Notable performances were by Becca Albright (three aces and two kills); Bailey Rowan (five kills); Jolene Senn (four aces and two kills); Sydney Knadler (three aces and five kills); and Kyra Mckee and Cassidy Morris (12 assists each).
Meanwhile, the Mammoth JV girls won 25-15, 25-11, upping their DML record to a perfect 9-0.
Mammoth High School runner Jody Meads has been selected as athlete of the week for her performance at the Mount Sac Invitational earlier this month.
Jody finished second, behind last year’s California state champion. She was the first runner to finish from the Southern Section.
Jody’s coaches say she looks impressive as she and the Mammoth High School cross country team near the end of the regular season and focus on the CIF prelims and finals.
The rain is coming down hard, heavy, horizontal and very loud.
Every October, there’s a race to see who can offer the first skiing in America for yet another winter.
The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns just in time for early holiday shopping. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Grand Sierra Lodge in the Village. Everyone is invited and admission is free.
Mammoth Mountain introduces new restaurant in The Village
The Village dining scene will change this winter with the opening of “Campo Mammoth,” the newest offering by chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.
It is modeled, the ski area said, on Campo Reno, named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America.