Archive - May 6, 2011
There are times when a hike is just not a hike. Itâ€™s something else, maybe many things else; an adventure, a discovery, a meditation, a love song.
So it is with the hike up Hilton Creek in early May after the biggest winter on record; a winter when the Long Valley area received 195 percent of its normal snowfall.
The fact that most people donâ€™t even know there is a Hilton Creek hereabouts only adds to this hike being a bit more of a mystery.
Christian Fuller has been in town for only a year.
Yet, he has made a lasting impression on many.
Heâ€™s a runner. He has coached young runners and entered races.
He has also introduced chess to people who never had thought of the game before.
He enjoys talking about the similarities between chess and running, and how chess, because it teaches concentration, can improve running.
â€śIt can also improve oneâ€™s math understanding and performance, as well as reading,â€ť Fuller said.
And, it might be said to improve life skills.
Jim Arken, Mono Countyâ€™s human resources director for the past year, will serve as the countyâ€™s interim administrative officer (CAO) until a new CAO can be found, following the departure of Mono County CAO Dave Wilbrecht in early June.
Arken, 58, was chosen by the county board of supervisors over the past week and a half and his contract to serve as both the interim CAO and the human resources director was approved unanimously Tuesday.
He will serve alongside current CAO Dave Wilbrecht until Wilbrecht takes his new job as the Town manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
If thereâ€™s one thing that drives Mayor Skip Harvey nuts, itâ€™s inefficiency.
He says he doesnâ€™t allow it in his restaurant business (Base Camp CafĂ©), which operates â€“ like most small businesses around here â€“ with a razor-thin margin.
But when he looks over the landscape of the way the Town of Mammoth Lakes goes about its business, he said he sees unproductive, time-wasting practices everywhere.
â€śItâ€™s part of being efficient, part of being a better town,â€ť he said last week.
â€śYou have to look at everything your town does in operations.
Itâ€™s Motherâ€™s Day on Sunday, and all over town you can hear it, feel it, and most of all, smell it.
Itâ€™s the sound of champagne corks popping out of bottles, soon to be mixed with ice-cold orange juice â€“ the Motherâ€™s Day Mimosa.
Sometimes in Mammoth, the decks become crowded with celebrants; sometimes not. This year might be a bit on the cool side.
Practically all the local restaurants have special brunches for the Moms. Eggs Benedict abound and the scent of hollandaise and poached eggs, Canadian bacon and fruit dishes permeate the air.
When retired Mammoth Lakes police officer Paul Dostie first picked up a wriggling black Labrador retriever puppy several years ago, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.
But this week, heâ€™s in Washington, D.C. talking top names in the nationâ€™s military and in Congress; he is working to bring attention to what has become a personal mission to help bring home Americaâ€™s soldiers still â€śMIA,â€ť or, missing in action.
Mammoth has a brand new face.
If not a new face, then at least a brand new brand.
Itâ€™s blue and white and evokes the letter M, water, and mountains. Before long, it will be ubiquitous around town, on brochures and other mailings.
It will be on streetside banners, wayfinding markers, city vehicles and behind the Town Council dais.
No one would be surprised if it also werenâ€™t tattooed on John Urdiâ€™s forehead.
Urdi, Mammothâ€™s tourism director, showed up at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday and pushed through a proposal to re-brand the town.
A quiet but critical requirement to change the boundaries of the countyâ€™s five supervisor districts after the last Census gets under way this spring, as a citizen commission wrestles with the best way to divide the county into districts of equal population size.
That means some districts will lose and some will gain people, since the law requires all supervisor districts to be almost equal in population.
The law allows for no more than a 10 percent difference between districts, meaning districts can only have 10 percent less or 10 percent more people than all other districts.
Nothing quite like spending Mothers Day picking up dog poop, then heading for brunch, but thatâ€™s the plan along Sherwin Creek Road, says citizen activist Suzanne Nottingham, who will be at Mammothâ€™s â€śUnofficial Dog Parkâ€ť at 11 a.m. ...
Longtime Mammoth resident and writer Georgia Lowe is up for the Independent Book Publishers Benjamin Franklin Award. Her book, â€śThe Bonus,â€ť an examination of the Depression-era Bonus March, is a finalist in the category of historical fiction. Not only that, she gets to go to New York City for the May 23 ceremony. ...