Archive - Nov 2010
It's shaping up to be a terrific Opening Day at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, with plenty of snow, four lifts and ... the gondola to the top!
With last Sunday's blanket of snow, along with a dusting on Tuesday night, the ski area announced it would open Cornice Bowl on Thursday's opening day â€“ a bonus that practically no one anticipated.
A 20-year-old Long Beach man died in a fluke accident just south of the the Mill Creek exit on U.S. 395 when his car hit a tree this past Saturday, Nov.6, at about 10:45 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Rafael Contreras was headed south on 395 in the easternmost lane, when for an unknown reason, his 1994 Honda veered onto the shoulder. He then overcorrected, travelled across both lanes to the west and travelled down the west shoulder embankment where he hit a large cottonwood tree on the side of the road.
Mammothites awoke to the familiar sound of snowplows, tires crunching on cinder-sprayed ice and, off the beaten path, clumps of new snow flumping to the ground from red firs, whitebark pines, Jeffrey pines and the occasional rooftop.
It was the first true bluebird day of the season, and it could not have been more lovely nor more appropriate.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens for business on Thursday, and plans a big weekend of parties to go along with the skiing and riding.
Mammoth marathoner Meb Keflezighi placed first among Americans in Sunday's New York City Marathon, and sixth overall, according to race results posted on the official marathon website.
Keflezighi, the defending champion, ran the course in 2:11:38, while winner Gebre Gebrmariam of Ethiopia ran it in 2:08:14.
Shalane Flanagan, who trained in Mammoth over the course of the summer, placed second in the women's division, running the marathon in 2:28:40. She lost first place in her first marathon bid by just 20 seconds. The winner was Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.
Everything seemed so perfect. Fantastic fall weather. Homecoming festivities. But then the game started, and well ...
The Huskies put 20 points on the board and looked good doing it, but it was not enough to stop Desert Christian from putting up 51. Gimme an "O." Gimme a "U." Gimme a "C." Gimme an "H."
The loss dropped the Huskies to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the league. At Gault-McClure Stadium, the Huskies dropped to 2-3, with their finale next Friday night agasint Silver Valley.
Hats off to Dan Wright and his cohorts in their Habitat for Humanity effort. Wright led a team of 13 Mammothites to Nepal, where they helped an international team build 40 houses. One member, John Eastman, came back 22 pounds lighter and carrying a bout of pneumonia, but heâ€™s in good spirits from a job well done. ...
Heavenly Ski Area at Tahoe is building a mid-mountain structure called â€śTamarack Lodge.â€ť Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is trying to decide what to do about that. ...
The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission has spoken, for better or for worse.
Unless the town council contradicts the commissionâ€™s recommendations â€“ finalized last Tuesday â€“ the winners and losers in $620,000 worth of Measure R recreation moolah is in the books.
The winners: Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA), the High Sierra Stridersâ€™ track project, a gymnastics/tumbling program owned and managed by the Town, and Trails End Park and Little Brothers Skate Park.
San Francisco, look out. The Mammoth Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s marketing team is about to descend on The City in a big-time way in about two weeks, promoting the ski hill and this seasonâ€™s flights to and from San Francisco International.
Howard Pickett, MMSAâ€™s marketing chief, said final plans have not yet been set, but his team is in the final stages of a series of planned efforts, including some kind of public relations â€śstunt.â€ť
The team is working with Lyman Public Relations, a Sonoma County (Napa) firm.
The Town Council Wildlife Committee is moving forward on providing wildlife signage for Mammoth Lakes, but the usual bureaucracies have yet to agree on a plan.
The idea that Mammoth and the surrounding areas would have signage such as Yosemite National Park, is stuck. First, it needs Caltrans approval before signs could be placed on S.R. 203 and Main Street.
Next, it needs U.S. Forest Service approval before signs could be placed along Lake Mary Road and within the Lakes Basin.
Finally, it needs approval by the town for sign placement.
Mammoth High School could be one of Californiaâ€™s prestigious Distinguished Schools by this time next year, alleviating some of the criticism and concern that has dogged the school for the past several years.
Significant increases in test score results from all of last yearâ€™s students propelled the school into being eligible for the award, with an emphasis on the word â€śall.â€ť
In a terrific turnout, 70.71 percent of Mono County voters showed up at the polls today. That means that the final vote can be used as a pretty accurate mirror of sentiment, even though we disagree, in some cases, with the rest of California.
Superior Court Judge
Mark Magit will be Mono Countyâ€™s new Superior Court Judge, after taking home 53.6 percent of the vote, compared to Randy Gephartâ€™s 46.4 percent.
June Lake, Bridgeport and Antelope Valley voters, minus absentee and vote-by-mail ballots, have soundly rejected Eastern Sierra Unified School District incumbents in favor of challengers John Peters and Matthew Baumann, but with Lee Vining precinct still uncounted, the final results are still pending.
Candidate Randy Gephart for Superior Court Judge and candidate Tim Hansen for District 4 County Supervisor are narrowly ahead, but again most precincts are still uncounted.
Antelope Valley, June Lake and Bridgeport ballots are all in Bridgeport, with a count expected at 9:45 p.m.
The rest of the ballots are on their way to Bridgeport, over the river and through the woods, trickling in from all across the county.
A final count might be available at around 11 p.m., according to county officials.
You can keep an eye on the county website where the results will be posted as soon as they are counted. Go to:http://www.monocounty.ca.gov/departments/elections/elections.html
Mammoth and Mono County voters are slowly making their way to the polls today, with voter turnout expected to increase later in the day.
Locally, the races to watch are the closely contested Superior Court Judge race between Mark Magit and Randy Gephart.
Two-time Olympian Stacey Cook of Mammoth congratulated Mackenzie Bachmeier, Danielle Brownell-Patty, Johanna Gur and Forrest Ferguson this week on winning the 2011 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship (SVST). The four young racers will receive $500 worth of ski tools and $500 worth of ski wax to use throughout the entire alpine season.
Now in its fourth year, the scholarship recognizes four J2 (ages 15-16) or J3 (ages 13-14) level athletes who exemplify talent, a good attitude, community involvement and a commitment to alpine skiing