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August 3rd, 2012

Our View — The Olympics

August 3, 2012

Let’s just cut to the chase and say it:

Our pals at NBC always fail at Olympics coverage. Every single time.

NBC announcers are terrible. Their point of view is mawkish and cloying. Their time delays are annoying.

The whole thing seems to be set up for people who know nothing about sport and don’t want to know.

The sponsorships are beyond the pale. Here in the U.S., McDonald’s is the official restaurant of the Olympic Team.

We wonder how many Olympians eat at McDonald’s when they’re training for the gold.
In the Twitterverse, the yammering is almost overwhelming (#nbcfail).

Fido & Me — Shed up!

August 3, 2012

“I’m all itchy and scratchy,” Fido said. He sat on his haunches, bent down a bit and scratched behind his ear.

“Wow, that’s a lot of fur that just flew off your neck, Old Boy,” I said. “Lemme take a look.”

There wasn’t anything that I could spot that was out of the ordinary.

“Fido, it’s shedding season, and I can make a lot of jokes out of that.”

“Such as?”

“You’re shed out of luck, for one. “

Fido made a little noise that sounded very much like a chuckle.

“Or,” said I, “You’re up shed creek without a paddle.”

June Mountain backers are back at it

August 3, 2012

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 “Keep June Mountain Open Coalition” were right back where they started.

The ski area, which closed earlier this summer amid financial shortfalls, remains closed.

Bankruptcy timetable holds firm; Action begins on Monday, Aug. 6

August 3, 2012

Nothing in the past week has changed the schedule for Mammoth’s 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.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for Aug. 3-9; Starring Elizabeth Tenney, Elizabeth Taylor, et. al.

August 3, 2012

 

WARREN MILLER: How he began his film career

August 3, 2012

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. 

Mammoth Olympians Keflezighi, Hastings, Uceny take world stage

August 3, 2012

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 women’s 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.

Freeker by the Speaker: KMMT music director "Katie Mac" rocks the house

August 3, 2012

You might have seen Katie McWilliams last weekend at the Pink Froyd show in the Village.

She was hard to miss, once you noticed.

“You know that Keller Williams song, ‘Freeker by the Speaker?’” she said afterward. “I was a freeker by the left speaker at Pink Froyd. What a great show. I was getting after it.

“I had to take my shoes off because they didn’t want to move as fast as my feet!”

McWilliams, aka “Katie Mac,” is the music director on Mammoth’s KMMT radio (106.5 FM) and the architect behind its new, indescribable music format.

July 30th

'Kamikaze' bike races might return next fall; Mammoth may host 2013 five-day event

July 30, 2012

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.

July 29th

Mammoth cops find mortar round in condo unit; Navy bomb squad, MLPD investigate

July 29, 2012

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.

July 27th

Iconic bluesman Charlie Musselwhite comes to Mammoth's Bluesapalooza

July 27, 2012

It’s not often you can walk around Mammoth and rub elbows with a legend.

At least one who’s not running, skiing, snowboarding or dirt-biking.

Yet at this year’s Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza (Thursday through Sunday, next week), concert goers at Sam’s Woodsite can run smack into Charlie Musselwhite, and that’s 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, “The Well.” It is a highly autobiographical collection of songs that won a Grammy nomination this year.

Fido & Me — Dignity

July 27, 2012

“Oy vey, am I scared!”

“Fido,” I said, “what in the world is going on? You’re speaking Yiddish.”

“Oy vey, am I scared!”

“That’s what you said. What’s got your goat? What’s the matter?”

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.

“Oy vey,” Fido said. “Am I scared! And I’m speaking Doggish, not Yiddish. An offshoot.”

Music Festival nearing its 2012 summer finale

July 27, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Music Festival enters its final week of concerts, featuring the Felici Piano Trio and distinguished guests at Cerro Coso College.

Tickets ($25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student) are available at the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes, at the door at 6:45 p.m. on concert nights or at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org.

'A good walk spoiled' on Mammoth's golf courses

July 27, 2012

Take a look at the summer brochures around Mammoth and it’s hard to miss those bucolic images of golfers on the town’s two golf courses.

But don’t be fooled.

With the highest-elevation golf courses in California, the altitude can play hell with anyone’s game. Oh, and there’s the wind, too. And the arid atmosphere that offers no humidity.

“Altitude does not create problems in playing golf,” said Snowcreek instructor Dennis Hurlburt, who over the years has advised hundreds of sea-level golfers on the peculiarities of playing the game in Mammoth.

Paiute Palace announces jackpot winner

July 27, 2012

The Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop announced its most recent jackpot winner, Jeanette S. of Bishop. She won $771,170 on one of the newly installed Godzilla slot machines.

According to casino officials, Jeanette is a regular customer. The casino’s Bill Macdonald was happy that a local regular customer won the huge prize.

The Paiute Palace Casino is owned and operated by the Bishop Paiute Tribe. For current casino promotions visit www.paiutepalace.com

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