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September 7th, 2012

Rubber chicken travels to space

September 7, 2012

Thirty-five years ago Wednesday, something extraordinary in the course of human history occurred.
A tiny, nondescript—but powerful—space-faring craft, called Voyager, took to the stars, loaded with greetings, images, music, and art gathered from across the planet Earth and imprinted on an old-fashioned record.

Its mission was simple—to say hello to anyone, anything, that might be listening.

September 5th

RAW: Reds Meadow blowdown trees to be removed, traffic delays expected

September 6, 2012

The Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District is announcing the beginning of the wind-fallen tree removal work in Reds Meadow Valley, for hazardous fuels reduction. The tree removal work will take place on approximately 220 acres and will be accomplished under a contract known as the Red Devil Stewardship Sale.

For safety, visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley are urged to not enter areas where tree removal work is in progress and to drive slowly on the Reds Meadow Road because of increased traffic associated with tree removal activities.

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — A mud run on the rocks

September 5, 2012

On Friday afternoon, if you were trying to drive up Canyon Blvd, you would have been surprised to see a sight unique to this town—a large gathering of mud covered teams dressed in strange but matching outfits all showering together in the middle of the road.

Avramov, Chessler capture Snowcreek tennis tournament title; Kellogg, Skidmore take women's crown

September 5, 2012

The Labor Day Doubles Tennis Tournament was held at Snowcreek Athletic Club on Saturday-Monday, September 1-3.

Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted the 73 players, their families and the many spectators who enjoyed the competitive matches over the three-day weekend.

Along with players from Mammoth, Swall Meadows, Crowley and Bishop, the draw sheets also listed players from Bakersfield, Southen California, Hawaii and Nevada. On Sunday evening tournament entrants and their guests enjoyed the players’ party hosted by The Bistro at Snowcreek.

September 1st

Supes give $85,000 toward air service

September 1, 2012

After months of wavering, the Mono County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to fund air service subsidies, joining the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Wormhoudt stars in 44-26 loss to Kern Valley; 269 yards running on 31 attempts

September 1, 2012

The Mammoth Huskies fell to Kern Valley, 44-26, Friday night at Gault/McClure Stadium, but it wasn't for lack of trying — especially by senior tailback Tyler Wormhoudt.

Injured a week ago with a sprained knee, Wormhoudt was cleared to play on Wednesday, and boy, did he play on Friday night.

The Huskies' running back picked up a whopping 269 yards on the ground, on 31 attempts. That averages 8.7 yards a carry. He scored three touchdowns, too, In addition, he returned five kicks for 220 yards, totaling 489 all purpose yards.

But it wasn't enough.

It's Pickleball season! Now, what the heck is Pickleball?

September 1, 2012

Each Tuesday afternoon at the town tennis courts, a strange cadre of people, carrying odd racquets and yellow whiffle balls, take to the playing surface.

It is not the U.S. Open.

It is not tennis.

The people play “Pickleball” each Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and they’re looking for more converts to the sport.

It is played with what looks like an oversized table-tennis paddle, on a shortened court. It is a doubles-only format, at least under the canopy of trees in Mammoth, and it looks like a load of fun.

Mammoth's Brit Cogan wins summer national biathlon; Montana man takes men's title

September 1, 2012

Britt Cogan, facing an impressive national field in the Summer Biathlon National championships in Auburn last Friday, won the women’s division by more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor.

Cogan, 25, arrived from Mammoth Lakes from Wisconsin four years ago but went to college in Iowa, playing soccer instead of cross country skiing in her home state.

As an orthopedics technician at Mammoth Hospital, Cogan met Dr. Mike Karch, the mastermind of the Mammoth Biathlon, who has been behind her training, both on snow and off.

Youth Football gets 31-13 victory

September 1, 2012

Mammoth’s Youth Football team does not have uniforms, is short of funding, and has a host of other issues facing the players and coaches this year.

But so far, playing well is not one of them.

The Little Huskies whupped up on Trona, 31-13 last weekend, with two players, Ryder Radcliffe and Ricky Johnson, scoring two touchdowns apiece and with Danny Longino scoring one.

More than that, the team held Trona to just 13 points, which was enough to put wind in their sails for their next game at Big Bear next weekend.

Edison Theatre announces ambitious 2012-13 season

September 1, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre this week announced its season, beginning Oct. 4 with ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes” and ending May 3 with a return of the Long Beach City College Studio Singers.

Between those shows are a host of productions in the theatre’s most ambitious season yet. “We are excited to be able to expand our season this year,” said Shira Dubrovner, the artistic director.

“Two projects we’ve done, ‘Theatre for Young Audiences’ and ‘Evening with the Stars,’ we’ve not done together in the same season due to cost and staff restraints,” Dubrovner said.

August 31st

RAW - UPDATE AUG. 31: Two dead, four more infected with Hantavirus, after staying in Yosemite Valley tent cabins

August 31, 2012

Four additional cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) stemming from infections that occurred after staying in cabins in Yosemite National Park were reported today, Friday, Aug. 31, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Two others have now died of the Hantavirus, three have recovered and one is hospitalized but improving, according to park officials. This brings the total number of people infected with the hantavirus who visited Yosemite National Park to six.



What we're reading in Mammoth: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

August 31, 2012

A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then.

June Lake dives deep into winter plans

August 31, 2012

The June Lake community is alive with ambitious plans for this winter, despite a brief tussle between Mono County Supervisors over how to monitor and allocate the $100,000 the supervisors gave the community as “bridge” money.

At the top of the list are expanded cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, a snow play area, a Holiday Village atmosphere, an ice-skating area and, even, dog sled rides.

County in decent fiscal shape... for now

August 31, 2012

Mono County is still in relatively good financial shape compared to most counties in California, but its emergency reserve fund is down sharply since 2008.

On top of that, current anemic property tax revenues mean tight times ahead.

“We are in pretty good shape, but since the housing crisis hit in 2008, we have cut the reserve from $5.8 million to its current number of $1.6 million and I believe it’s time to begin rebuilding,” said Brian Muir, the county’s finance director.

“It’s all right that we have done this; that’s what the reserve is for. But it is time to rebuild.”

New smartphone application for Sierra region includes Eastern Sierra locals' input

August 31, 2012

Travelers and visitors headed into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone app for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide by searching for the “Sierra MapGuide” on your iPhone or Android mobile device.

Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smartphone thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.

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