November 21st, 2013
A group of Mammoth cross-country ski experts, including Olympian Nancy Fiddler, will be holding the popular â€śMasters Classâ€ť cross-country ski training program this winter at the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center.
Separate classes will be held for beginners, intermediate skiers, and advanced skiers, along with shorter classes for winter conditioning.
The classes will begin after Thanksgiving and continue into the spring, according to Jane Lester, one of the instructors.
Around here, we call it "The Granite Curtain," and when it falls, it means all three major passes to the West Side of the Sierra Nevada are closed.
On Thursday, Nov. 21, the last of the three passes that was openâ€”S.R. 89 over Monitor Passâ€”closed because of snow.
Motorists from the Eastside who are traveling westbound toward the Northern California coast, The Bay Area or any of the Central Valley destinations, now are advised to use S.R. 88 and Luther Pass near South Lake Tahoe to access Westside destinations.
A push to gain National Monument status for the Bodie Hills is underway, led by a 52-year-old veteran in environment and trails conservation.
Jeff Hunter, whose work in conservation has been primarily in the American southeast, said his work in the Eastern Sierra, which is backed by the 14 partner groups that include the Sierra Alliance, the Sierra Club and the Colorado-based Conservation Lands Foundation, would give an economic jolt to Bridgeport and Lee Vining, while protecting the Bodie Hills “as they are.”
The Mammoth Unified School District and its Independent Learning Center this season will clear the $1 million mark in donations from the Mammoth Community Foundation and the locally based NOW Foundation, the nonprofits announced jointly this past week.
With an anticipated $300,000 coming into the coffers this season, it has taken just three years to clear the milestone mark.
Carson Bold spent the past week deep in dirty water, debris and human blood, doing medical relief work in the Philippines.
He is 16 years old, but acquired the kind of knowledge that most adults will never know.
“The human body is the same, everywhere, everyone is the same on the inside,” he said.
The season for Mammoth's girls volleyball team is over.
Playing on the road at Pomona Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, the Huskies fell in straight sets to Pomona Catholic in the CIF playoffs, 25-16, 25-21, 25-8.
The girls thus come home after a thrilling season, during which they went 22-10-3 overall and were co-champions of the Desert Mountain League. Along the way, they won three playoff matches, two of them at home.
More details of their season will be published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Mammoth Times.
The Inyo National Forest has released the forestâ€™s first Draft Assessment Report of its first update to the forest's master planning document in more than 20 years for public review this week, according to a news release from the forest. A public meeting on the document will be held in Bishop on Dec. 5 and comments on the plan are invited.
The assessment is the first phase of the process to revise the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan or plan).
Snow is on the way this week, possibly beginning Tuesday and lasting into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
â€śA moist Pacific storm will move into the Sierra and western Nevada Tuesday and last into Thursday with periods of light rain and high elevation snow,â€ť tonightâ€™s NWS forecast (Monday, Nov.18) states. â€śDespite being weak, the storms will have plenty of moisture to work with.â€ť
However, the bulk of the moisture will likely be north of Mono County, the forecast states, although that could change.
Evan Russell, CEO and President of Mammoth Lakes Foundation, announced the hiring of long-time resident Greg Bissonette as its new Director of Developmen this week.
â€śWe are very excited to have Greg join our team,â€ť Russell said in a news release Monday, Nov. 18. â€śHe brings a proven commitment to the community and the Foundation. We are confident that Gregâ€™s addition to an already outstanding group of dedicated staff will make our work even more impressive as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation in 2014.â€ť
Facing two match points and with their season on the line, Mammoth's girls volleyball team rallied late to win, 3-games-to-2, in a heartstopping quarterfinal playoff match against the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals Saturday evening at Mammoth High School.
With the 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 17-15 victory, the Huskies advance to the semifinals of CIF southern section division 5AA against Pomona Catholic on Tuesday in Pomona.
Having won the first two sets, Mammoth dropped the next two, and fell behind 9-13â€”just two points away from a Sanata Clarita Chatholic come-from-behind win.
Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary President, Judy Bornfeld, announced that the Auxiliary has pledged all Cast Off proceeds for the next three Saturdays, Nov. 16, 23 and 30, to go to Mammoth Medical Missions to assist with their Philippine relief effort.
In addition, the Auxiliary will match total sales for these three Saturdays, thereby doubling the amount going to them.
Mammoth Medical Missions is a non-profit volunteer organization based in our own town, Bornfeld said in an email.
The Mammoth Huskies Girls volleyball team notched another dominating win Thursday night, Nov. 14, at Mammoth High School against AGBU-Canoga Park in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs.
The Huskies won in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.
The Titans played well in the first set but but the Huskies really started to roll in the second and third sets.
Next up for the Husky girls is another home match on Saturday, against the winner of the match between Coastal Christian and Santa Clarita Christian.
Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch and a group of 15 Mammoth Hospital surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers are cold, wet and running out of supplies, but still managing to perform as many as 50 surgeries a day in the Philippine disaster zone.
“There are a few times in life when you make a swift, heartfelt decision because you know it’s the right thing to do, even if it means sacrifice, uncertainty and potential danger,” Karch said in a Mammoth Medical Missions update Sunday.
If there is one thing everyone in Mammoth can agree on, it is that busy holiday weekends tend to be anything but relaxing—for residents and visitors alike.
Just look at any family in line trying to get the entire posse outfitted with skis or boards and boots for a day of fun on the mountain.
Then watch the frantic fleet of employees running a slalom course in the fitting area trying to get the right gear to the right person before their toddler has a meltdown.
BRIDGEPORT—In an effort toward making Mono County more environmentally respectable, the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week moved forward in its bid toward purchasing more efficient vehicles for its fleet, while also examining building code modifications to help “green” construction projects.