August 3rd, 2012
The news is dismal.
American kids are terrible at science and mathâ17th and 25th respectivelyâout of 65 countries tested in 2011.
And while Mammoth students fare better overall, it is not always by much. That fact has prompted John Stavlo, a retired engineer and a school board member, to do something.
A scandal that broke after a California paper discovered the State Park system has been sitting on $53 million while pleading a budget crisis and closing parks will likely have little effect on the Mono Lake and Bodie state parks, according to local officials.
âWe donât see any effects at this time,â said Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve ranger Dave Marquart. âThat said, itâs still too soon to tell what the final effects will be. We donât know enough yet about this to determine what will happen in the long run.â
The annual Barcroft Research Station Open House held at 12,500 feet high in the White Mountains has been cancelled this summer due to a funding shortage.
The once-a-year open gate that allows easier access to the third highest peak in the state, White Mountain, will still be open to those interested in hiking.
In past years, the high altitude research center opened its doors every August and allowed citizens a glimpse into the lives and work of scientists who study and live in the strange, windswept, wild world more than two miles above sea level.
âIâm all itchy and scratchy,â Fido said. He sat on his haunches, bent down a bit and scratched behind his ear.
âWow, thatâs a lot of fur that just flew off your neck, Old Boy,â I said. âLemme take a look.â
There wasnât anything that I could spot that was out of the ordinary.
âFido, itâs shedding season, and I can make a lot of jokes out of that.â
âYouâre shed out of luck, for one. â
Fido made a little noise that sounded very much like a chuckle.
âOr,â said I, âYouâre up shed creek without a paddle.â
With little or no time left on the clock, June Mountain Ski Area advocates this week continued to hammer away at finding a way to keep it open.
But after four hours of trying to find a way, June Lake residents and members of the âKeep June Mountain Open Coalitionâ were right back where they started.
The ski area, which closed earlier this summer amid financial shortfalls, remains closed.
Nothing in the past week has changed the schedule for Mammothâs journey into bankruptcy protection.
That does not mean the town staff has just been sitting around, waiting for events to unfold.
Behind the scenes this week, the staff has been working at a frantic pitch as staffers gather documents requested by Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA) as well as federal mediator Elizabeth Perris.
Those documents may come into play as early as Monday, when the town and MLLA face each other for the first time in a scheduled two-day face-to-face mediation session.
My next-door neighbor, Steve recently gave me a wonderful present: a hand full of aluminum and a little bit of glass. I am now the second-time owner of a 1945 Bell and Howell 8mm, hand-wind movie camera.
The track and field portion of the Olympic Games begin this weekend in London and for Mammoth Track Club athletes and their specialty disciplines, the four-year wait is just about over.
Morgan Uceny, in the womenâs 1,500 meters, Amy Hastings in the 10,000 meters, and marathoner Meb Keflezighi all run on different days, most of them live but some on delayed broadcast.
Former Mammoth Track Club members Ryan Hall and Alistair Cragg, running for Ireland, also will run the marathon, on the final day of the Olympics on Aug. 12.
You might have seen Katie McWilliams last weekend at the Pink Froyd show in the Village.
She was hard to miss, once you noticed.
âYou know that Keller Williams song, âFreeker by the Speaker?ââ she said afterward. âI was a freeker by the left speaker at Pink Froyd. What a great show. I was getting after it.
âI had to take my shoes off because they didnât want to move as fast as my feet!â
McWilliams, aka âKatie Mac,â is the music director on Mammothâs KMMT radio (106.5 FM) and the architect behind its new, indescribable music format.
Mammoth Mountain’s famed “Kamikaze” mountain bike race might return in the fall of next year, Mayor Matthew Lehman says.
“We envision a five-day event,” Lehman said at the Town Council meeting in Suite Z of the town offices on Wednesday, July 25.
A Mammoth condo manager cleaning a unit found a mortar round last Friday, July 27, and it didn't take him long to call the cops.
It didn’t take the cops long to evacuate the building at 2443 Sierra Manor Road, either.
Itâs not often you can walk around Mammoth and rub elbows with a legend.
At least one whoâs not running, skiing, snowboarding or dirt-biking.
Yet at this yearâs Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza (Thursday through Sunday, next week), concert goers at Samâs Woodsite can run smack into Charlie Musselwhite, and thatâs about as close to legendary as it gets in the blues world.
Musselwhite, a native Mississippian with 30 solo albums, is touring in support of his new recording, âThe Well.â It is a highly autobiographical collection of songs that won a Grammy nomination this year.
âOy vey, am I scared!â
âFido,â I said, âwhat in the world is going on? Youâre speaking Yiddish.â
âOy vey, am I scared!â
âThatâs what you said. Whatâs got your goat? Whatâs the matter?â
Fido inched closer to my chair, almost right on top of my feet. Then I heard it. Way off in the distance (to my ears, anyway): thunder.
âOy vey,â Fido said. âAm I scared! And Iâm speaking Doggish, not Yiddish. An offshoot.â