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Archive - Jul 2011

July 30th

Save the Bodie Hills

July 30, 2011

Next Tuesday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors will be asked to support a pending House bill that strips some 60 million acres of federal lands from possible wilderness designation, including more than four million acres in California.

The Supervisors should not.

July 29th

Motorcycle Heaven on Sonora Pass

July 29, 2011

If there is a more perfect motorcycle route in California than the Sonora Pass Road, Arlie Ray Blacksheer and Sarah Kazmark can’t think of many, if any at all.

“We come up here for the views all the time,” said Blacksheer, a sales consultant at California BMW in Mountain View (Bay Area).

As he spoke, he held a pair of high-powered binoculars to his eyes, inspecting a rock face near the summit on the western side of the pass.

“The water is seeping right through the rocks!”

Nation's wilderness study areas, including Bodie, in local crosshairs Tuesday

July 29, 2011

Say it isn’t so.

After more than a decade of divisive debate over the fate of Mono County’s federal Wilderness Study Areaswith no clean solution, the argument comes back again next week.

A Bridgeport community group has put a resolution on the county supervisor’s agenda Tuesday that will ask the supervisors to support releasing some of the county — and the nation’s — wilderness study areas from the federal protection they now have.

Commissioners gather in grand sit-down. 'Resort Investment' plan on the table

July 29, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes government tribes gathered Wednesday evening in a Woodstock moment.

If they had held hands and sung “Kumbaya,” no one would have been much surprised.

The sit-down was to approve a “Resort Investment Element” – basically an amendment to the town’s 2007 General Plan.

Its importance could not be overstated:

“Let’s build a Big Top,” said community development director Mark Wardlaw to the assembled commissioners.

Fido and Me – In which Fido wants to join a dating service

July 29, 2011

Fido says he wants to join a dating service.

Me, I was listening to a baseball game, concentrating on a two-on, two-out, one-run game, and this took me by surprise.

“What the heck-fire?” said I.

“It’s not that I’m lonely, but I’d like to have someone of my ilk to share experiences, romp around, get into sniffing contests, have conversations, discuss brands of kibble, that kind of thing.

“Good God, man,” I said. “Mammoth has more dogs than humans. Are you sure you’re not already sitting on a canine gold mine?”

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 29-Aug. 3

July 29, 2011

From the True Love files: Kathy Johnson, the superb (and athletic) cosmetologist at the Profiles Salon, was busy snipping on Tuesday when Bruce Bartlett walked in with a dozen red roses and plopped them on the front desk. Just for the heck of it. …

More True Love: Have there ever been newlyweds as radiant as Teresa Aragon and new hubby Jimmy? The former Miss Brooks and Jimmy hitched on the shores of Convict Lake last weekend. Yay!…

July 22nd

Skeptical Council gets look at Lehman's Economic Stimulus Package

July 22, 2011

When Matthew Lehman gets a hot idea, he sure doesn’t waste much time between “floating” it and kicking it into action.

Mammoth’s councilman and Mayor Pro Tem suggested two weeks ago that Mammoth should perhaps devise some sort of “economic stimulus plan."

By Wednesday night’s regular Town Council meeting, he had legislation on the table in the form of a plan prepared by the town staff. He also had a list of immediate action items, delivered by letter. Lehman had to be out of town for Wednesday’s meeting and so was not present.

UPDATE: How the three hikers at Vernal Fall in Yosemite tumbled to their deaths

July 22, 2011

Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m, bringing the total of water-related deaths to six this year.

Hormiz David, a 22-year-old-male from Manteca, Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old-male from Turlock and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old-female from Modesto, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.

Fido and Me – In which Fido contemplates Nietzsche and Keats

July 22, 2011

Fido rolled over on his side and let out a long breath.

“To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.”

“Whaa?” I says.

Fido repeated it.

“I’ve heard this before,” says I to Fido. Me, I was listening to the baseball game.

“It’s Friedrich Nietzsche,” says Fido.

“I can hardly believe my ears,” I says to him. “You buy that?”

“Dunno,” says Fido. “I’ll believe anything if there’s a biscuit in it.”

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 22-28

July 22, 2011

The bears are romping in the Lakes Basin, reports the Bear Whisperer, but enjoy the cubs while you can. Mortality rate is an astonishing 51 percent, says he. …

Six new wildlife warning signs are up around town, but not on S.R. 203. Caltrans has rules, you know. …

The Fire Department and Chief Brent Harper are marking trees up near The Bluffs in their continuing effort at fire reduction. Homeowners there will get a 75 percent rebate for forest cleanup, he says, and no complaints so far. …

July 20th

'World's Most Traveled Man' to present slide show

July 20, 2011

Bill Altaffer, "the world's most traveled man, will present a pair of slide shows at the Mammoth Lakes Library on Thursday night.

The first deals with The Soviet Union's celebration of its defeat of the Axis powers.

The second is about the Pamir Highway and the Aral Seas.

It begins at 7 o'clock. For further information, call 760-934-4777.

July 19th

UPDATE: Three presumed dead after falling over Vernal Falls Tuesday

July 19, 2011

Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Hormiz David, a 22-year-old-male from Modesto, Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old-male from Turlock, and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old-female from Modesto, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.

July 18th

Crowley cell tower appeal Tuesday evening

July 19, 2011

The Mono County Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19 at the Crowley Lake Community Center to consider an appeal filed by Incline Partners, LLC, project applicant, on the Mono County Planning Commission’s denial of a use permit for the development, operation and maintenance of a wireless telecommunications facility in the community of Crowley Lake:

Planned power outages will affect small areas of Mammoth July 21

July 18, 2011

Southern California Edison will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical
system in the areas identified below. In order to perform this work safely, SCE must
temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow SCE
to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other
repairs.

This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and
SCE appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the
future.

July 15th

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Director Dave Geirman is undaunted, as usual

July 15, 2011

The face of audacity at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park looks exactly like Dave Geirman.

He looks like the kind of guy who will let nothing stop him, and nothing does. His face is tanned and leathery, suggesting a man who has lived a career in the outdoors, at altitude. He doesn't brag on himself. When questions get a little too close, he deflects them.

He's tough. Rugged.

Geirman is in charge of lift operations at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area during the winter. After last winter, Geirman might have thought he was going to relax a bit in the summer.

No.

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