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March 29th

Grisly accident on Mammoth Mountain

March 29, 2011

It was horrific, in every sense of the word.

A 43-year-old woman snowboarder crashed into the side of a snowcat last week at Mammoth Mountain, losing a leg when she was entangled in the spinning tiller behind the cat.

"Her leg was gone!" said a startled employee at the ski area, who asked for anonymity until investigators could complete their work.

Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, was immediately airlifted to a Reno hospital.

March 28th

Fourth Annual Winter Biathlon pulls off a winner

March 29, 2011

The mountain community of Mammoth Lakes showed its true spirit for the winter sport of Biathlon Sunday in the 4th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon. Amidst heavy snowfall of 5-9 feet over the last week, the townspeople overcame blizzard conditions and mobilized in force Sunday morning beginning at 4 a.m. Volunteers built out a 20-point biathlon stadium in order to host more than 200 racers, making this race the largest winter biathlon in North America.

That's a LOT of snow

March 28, 2011

The Super Sign outside Main Lodge is buried up to its knees by the March snows, which over the past week packed on up to nine feet of snow. According to mammothmountain.com, this has been the snowiest March ever on record.

March 25th

Mammoth High waits for call on Distinguished School status

March 26, 2011

Mammoth High School should know if it becomes one of California’s Distinguished Schools within the “next few weeks” according to district superintendent Rich Boccia.

The announcement, which Boccia said he expects will reveal a “positive outcome” comes on the heels of a state team of administrators that visited the school earlier in March for the formal on-site visitation required by the application process.

“The team spent the day visiting the school, which included an opening meeting with the staff, a meeting with the leadership team and classroom visits,” Boccia said.

Run, play chess, do better at both

March 26, 2011

When Mammoth resident Christian Fuller sits down Monday night at Snowcreek Athletic Club to play 12 simultaneous games of chess with players ranging in age from seven to 77, don’t expect him to lose.

In that room will be everyone from a fifth grade Mammoth Elementary student to someone in their 70s, most students that Fuller has been teaching over the past year since he moved to Mammoth to train as a long distance runner.

Fuller, best known as a winning long distance runner, has also been playing chess competitively as long as he’s been running – and winning at both.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care seeks volunteers to work with animals

March 26, 2011

When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle.

But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Hwy. 6 on Matthew Hill midway between Hammil and Benton.

On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Bahr helped implement it.

Mammoth Lakes Repertory brings ‘Dial M for Murder’ to Edison Theatre for three-week run

March 26, 2011

Whodunit fans will have a thrilling murder mystery on their hands when the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre debuts “Dial M for Murder” at Edison Theatre on March 31.

Written by Frederick Knott and directed by Shira Dubrovner, Dial M enjoyed a long run on Broadway before it was transformed into the infamous Hitchcock thriller released by Warner Brothers in 1954.

Summer recreation programs to expand, offer more choices

March 26, 2011

Mammoth’s Recreation Department has embarked on an ambitious summer schedule.

At least six new camps were announced on the town website last week, including two mountain bike camps, two skate camps and a “Experience a Bit O’ Britain!” camp.

Um, er?

In the “Challenger British Sports Camps,” campers will learn from British coaches games like Tag Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Kick Ball, British Bull Dogs and team relays and obstacle courses.

Mammoth loses Supreme Court bid; faces $30 million payout

March 25, 2011

When the news that Mammoth had lost its bid to the state Supreme Court to review the airport lawsuit finally came down Wednesday afternoon, it was as expected as it was deeply disappointing.

The court typically only hears about five percent of the cases that reach its doors. But Mammoth had hoped to buck that percentage, arguing that the outcome of the case would negatively affect the ability of cities and counties across the state to do business with developers.

But the Court didn’t see it that way.

Big Pine faces fire, Mammoth gets buried

March 25, 2011

As Big Pine residents mourned the loss of homes and property due to a windblown fire this past weekend, Mammoth residents – already buried after a winter that has dumped 44.7 feet (561 inches) of snow on the higher elevations – are waiting out another three to four feet of the white stuff that’s expected to fall by Sunday night.

When Mammoth headed into the second storm of the week early Thursday, it was only 17 inches from becoming the biggest snowfall winter on record – 578.5 inches set in 2005-06 – and it’s not over yet.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 25-31

March 25, 2011

Ryan Hall’s favorite coffee is Peet’s Au Lait, he tweets, so if you wanna run fast and long, there’s a tip. ...

The Fred Hall Show in San Diego is this weekend, and Quiz for the Week: “Who the heck is/was Fred Hall?”
...
Our faithful tweeters, meanwhile, say that if you haven’t latched on to Steven M. Bumgardner (YosemiteSteve), you’re missing out. ...

MLPD Sergeant John Mair will be sworn in as the newest lieutenant on today at one o’clock at the Cop Shop. ...

March 23rd

Local runner achieves longtime goal

March 23, 2011

Local resident Tomas Rodriquez has won the National Masters half marathon championship, held in Melbourne, Florida, on Feb. 6, 2011.

He won the national title for his age group (55-59) with a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, and eight seconds for the 13.2 mile course.

Rodriguez, who splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Laguna Beach, came out of retirement two and a half years ago, after a 30-year break from distance running. Although very successful during his college running days, a national title eluded him. His highest NCAA finish was 11th.

March 22nd

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, March 18, 2011

March 22, 2011

BODIE SHOULD BE A NATIONAL PARK
Supporting a mine or Wilderness Study Area is chump change compared to what really needs to be done with Bodie.

The supervisors should go for broke and propose national park status for the historic mining town.

Bodie is the only bona fide ghost town left in the West. It is the only place a visitor can go to experience what it was like to live in the West in the 1860s.

Based on that fact alone, Bodie is worthy of national park status. It deserves to be linked with Death Valley, Manzanar, and Yosemite.

March 21st

Want to work with eagles? Wildlife rehab training this weekend

March 22, 2011

When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle. But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The Golden eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 on Matthew Hill, mid-way between Hammil and Benton. On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Kelly helped implement it.

UPDATE: Roads to Yosemite open but power out in park

March 21, 2011

All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41.

The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed
until further notice.

Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads.

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