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Downhiller Stacey Cook is up in the air

June 29, 2012

It is hard enough to spot downhiller Stacey Cook on a downhill course.

Mammoth’s Olympic downhiller is by you in a whoosh—a split-second of wind and snow, set against an audible backdrop of oohs and aahs.

But last week, she outdid herself.

With a roar of jet engines, Cook and Olympic teammate Kelly Clark buzzed by Mammoth Mountain in a U.S. Navy fighter jet from Fallon, Nev., leaving her and Clark as exhausted as a downhill race or a day in the halfpipe.

Carol at 70

June 29, 2012

Thirty-four years ago, on a hot July day in Idaho Falls, Idaho, my mother grabbed her five kids, ages 6 to 13 years old, her reluctant husband, a long-nosed collie dog, and herded us all into the wilderness backcountry for the first time.

We wore Levis and flannel shirts and giant, five-pound leather boots with thick soles that killed our young and tender feet with gleeful abandon.

We carried awkward, heavy external frame packs that killed our young and tender shoulders and hips with equal abandon.

Waiting for Perseus

June 29, 2012

The Summer Solstice—the longest day and shortest night of the year—occurred last week, heralding the beginning of summer in the Western Hemisphere.

The long days make summer the idyllic time for outdoor pursuits and backyard barbeques. But for stargazers, the short nights present something of a challenge.

“It doesn’t really get totally dark until after midnight and it begins to lighten up by 4 a.m.,” said local, retired astronomer Ron Oriti.

Bring a saw—Hiking in the backcountry is daunting this year

June 8, 2012


"If you never want to go hiking with me again, I completely understand."

A funny thing happened on the way to the eclipse

May 25, 2012

It was supposed to be a quick run up to the White Mountains to watch last Sunday’s eclipse, then another quick run down the mountains and home to Mammoth in time for Monday morning’s work deadline.

I wasn’t expecting much—just a few hours away from home, a good campfire and meal, and a glimpse of the eclipse.

A spectacular 'Springtacular'

May 11, 2012


Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra held its annual Springtacular for all the “Stars” (participants) with cognitive and developmental disabilities from April 23 - 26.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams in town

May 11, 2012

 

For veteran downhiller Steven Nyman, Mammoth is a re-start.

Fish Opener a big success

May 4, 2012

Fishing entrepreneur Ronnie Kovach, who last weekend led seminars for anglers in the Village, got a surprise phone call at the otherworldly time of 8 a.m. last Saturday.

Boat inspections still required at Crowley Lake

April 27, 2012

It sure would be a bummer if you came up all the way to Crowley Lake, only to wait in long lines for a boat inspection.

Up to 10,000 anglers expected at Crowley Lake for Opening Day

April 27, 2012

Anticipation for a fishing season hasn’t been this big in a decade.

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