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Between heaven and earth; skating Tioga Lake

December 2, 2011

Every few years between the end of fall and the beginning of winter, something extraordinary happens up here.

Ice.

No, not the kind you slip on when you get out of the car or scrape off your deck in the morning, not that kind of quotidian ice.

Something else.

Ice that you can fly over on thin silver blades like a winged bird, keeping time with the fishes beneath you and the wind above you. Ice that you can sing on, beat your drum on, slide like a child on, run laps on.

That kind of ice.

Fido and Me – Deep breathing

December 2, 2011

Fido is teaching me deep breathing.

“Hey, hey, hey hey!”

He lay on his side and invited me over.

“I have noticed that lots of humans don’t quite get this,” he said, “but once you get the hangdog of it, it’s easy and it will make you feel better.”

I had just passed through a weekend of football — college and pro. During the Iowa-Nebraska game a week ago, I was a total wreck. I can handle a boring game if my guys come out on top, but alas, it was that kind of game and that kind of season.

Free Nordic groomed trail system returns to Mammoth

December 2, 2011

After a one year absence, Mammoth will once again have a groomed, free Nordic ski track system just on the outskirts of town.

As soon as it snows, that is.

“We will be out there six days a week grooming as soon as we have about 18 inches,” said Brian Knox, the head of the volunteer-driven Mammoth Nordic nonprofit. Mammoth Nordic intends to once again groom about nine miles of beginner to intermediate cross country tracks at its old location, behind the Shady Rest campground area at the entrance to town.

Mono Lake State Park is off the closure list

December 2, 2011

The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is off the state’s list of possible state parks to close as of late afternoon Thursday.

The park will remain open and, contrary to some rumors, it will continue to be managed by the state as a state park.

The only thing that will change on the ground is a new fee collection agreement between the state and a nonprofit organization that has long been an advocate for, and a source of financial support for the park, the Bodie Foundation.

Wind takes down hundreds of trees in Lakes Basin

December 2, 2011

The winds that blew throughout the state Wednesday night brought down approximately 300 to 400 trees in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

Most of the trees were located in the vicinity of the Mammoth Lakes Pack Station. Many of the uprooted trees have not completely fallen to the ground, but rather are leaning on other trees or other blowdown.

Due to this hazardous situation, and the fact that the winds are still blowing, the Inyo National Forest has temporarily closed off portions of the area with yellow “Restricted Area” tape and closure signs.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 2-8

December 2, 2011

Remember that horrendous accident on U.S. 395 near Bishop in 2010 that killed several student athletes, running coach John Adams and a driver? Minutes after the accident, local Eastsiders Amy Steinwand and Bishop volunteer firefighter John Williamson came upon the accident. They ended up helping local Inyo County Sheriff Deputy Shane Scott pull one victim from a burning car, and helping several others during the immediate aftermath of the accident.

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