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June 22nd

June Mountain shuts down; 2012-13 ski season gone

June 22, 2012

June Mountain Ski Area on Thursday suspended its operations for the foreseeable future, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced on Thursday.

The resort will shut down immediately. Its summer season, set to open yesterday (Thursday), was cut down.

The 2012-13 winter season will not happen at all, leaving the lifts idle and employees scrambling to find work.

The news came as a “complete surprise” to June Lake’s incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.

Thanks to the local community

June 22, 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to thank several members of our community for their generosity in donating time and products to our Curbside a Meal fundraiser benefitting Mammoth High School Football.
Times are tough for businesses and individuals and despite the challenges, our community came together with donations and time commitments to make it happen.
The following businesses helped to make the tri-tip dinner a success: Rafters, CJ’s Grill, Grumpy’s, Mammoth Mountain, Roberto’s, Good Life Café, Toomey’s, and John’s Pizza.

Fire and hubris

June 22, 2012

There is no natural reason for people to live in Mammoth Lakes. None. But we live here anyway because we like to have seasons loaded with fun.

We ski. We hike. We climb. We ride bikes, drive off road, pull fish from the water and then do it all again.
We pay a price to live here, though, and the price tag varies depending on the bill Mother Nature whips up in her ledger book.

This summer the price tag has to do with fire—indiscriminant, deadly and entirely natural. Wendilyn Grasseschi’s story, beginning on Page 1., captures the situation.

State fire crews, Lee Vining residents work together to make community garden flourish

June 22, 2012

State fire crews and Lee Vining community members created an unusual coalition earlier this month and the result is both historical—and edible.

A community garden and a much needed update to the community Lee Vining museum are now complete after much hard work by members of the Cal Fire Owens Valley Conservation Camp, and kids and adults from Lee Vining.

Risky business; the 2012 fire season is off to a bad start

June 22, 2012

It is the first week of summer and the Eastern Sierra is almost 50 percent drier than average for this time of year.

A bark beetle infestation on June Mountain and in the Sherwin Range above Mammoth stands red and dry as an old bone. It won’t take much to start a fire there.

June 20th

RAW: Lone Pine man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

June 20, 2012

A Lone Pine man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Inyo County officials. On June 17, at midnight, deputies from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in Lone Pine for a report of a family disturbance which involved the use of a firearm.

Sheriff’s Deputies were advised that the subject, Allen Robert Weston, a 30-year-old man from Lone Pine, had left the residence and was in possession of the firearm.

Deputies located and arrested Weston for attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and criminal threats.

June 19th

RAW: Tenaya Lake to get summer makeover

June 19, 2012

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake, once called “Lake of the Shining Rocks,” will
sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer
to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided
by Yosemite Conservancy.

“Tenaya Lake has a captivating natural beauty that charms park visitors
young and old alike. Those coming to the east beach area will have an even
better high country lake experience as a result of the restoration efforts
made possible by our donors,” said Mike Tollefson, president, Yosemite

June 17th

Deena Kastor injures back; withdraws from Olympics: 'I have run out of options,' she says

June 17, 2012

Deena Kastor’s bid for her fourth Olympic Games took a tumble this week when she withdrew because of back spasms.

"Of course I’m extremely disappointed, but I have run out of options," she said in an interview with the Mammoth Times. "I am still in pain, unable to run or cross train, and so I’m left with no option but to be a spectator at the Olympic Trials."

If there is a single person who put Mammoth on the running map, it is Kastor, who as Deena Drossin was the first elite runner to actually move here, train here and evangelize the town.

June 15th

RAW: Prescribed burn set for Tuesday near Yosemite's Big Oak Flat

June 15, 2012

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the
northwestern portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on
Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 220 acres and be split into two units. The prescribed
area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the
project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2012 fire season.

RAW: Father, son, guided out of backcountry by search and rescue Thursday

June 15, 2012

On June 14, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call for help of two hikers who had lost their trail.

A father and his 17 year-old son from Ohio went on a day hike over Mammoth Pass to the Devils Postpile National Monument. While returning to their vehicle at Horseshoe Lake, they lost the trail and were not able to find their way back.

Manning out as Airport Manager; Beck gone from Public Works; Jarvis in charge

June 15, 2012

When the axe fell on Bill Manning, it was quiet. When it fell on Dave Beck, it was even more so.

Both longtime Mammoth managers lost their positions this week as part of a town reorganization that eliminated the Airport Manager/Transit Coordinator job (Manning) and the Maintenance Superintendent job (Beck).

Rather than to wait until the July 1 budget took effect, both left immediately, with severance packages in hand.

“It wasn’t about politics,” said Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht. “It happened because our resources are so tight.”

In the aftermath of 'The Devils Windstorm'

June 15, 2012

Last winter’s big windstorm—the one that took down tens of thousands of trees in the Reds Valley/Devils Postpile Area, now has a name.

It is now known by the National Weather Service as “The Devils Windstorm,” and for good reason.

“Can you imagine being in this storm?” said Rhett Milne, a NWS meteorologist who on Monday gave a lecture on the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 event at the Forest Service Auditorium in Mammoth. Milne is the “extreme weather events coordinator” for Southern Nevada and Eastern California.

The Sierra red fox's tell-tale-tail

June 15, 2012

Considering the grand tapestry of life here on this blue-green Earth, the fate of one little animal species might not seem like that big of a deal.

After all, species go extinct every day.

But think of it from the human point of view.

How would you feel if you were a species on the very brink of extinction—only 20 or so remaining individuals in one tiny band in one place in the world— and you suddenly found you were not alone, that there were more of you out there?

Ecstatic, maybe?

Just Life: Who's your daddy?

June 15, 2012

Fathers come in all shapes and sizes and I've known several of them during my life. Of course the first father I came into contact with was my own, sweet dad. The other day I was askinhg my mom about by father and I was surprised that there was once a soft, romantic dreamy-eyed young man under the tough and stern exterior I new to be my father.

Mono Lake Bird Chautauqua still has openings—picnic, concert open to public this weekend

June 15, 2012

For the many bird lovers out there, the biggest bird celebration of the year in the Eastern Sierra kicks off this week, as Lee Vining and the Mono Basin gear up for the 11th annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.

There will be 80 different events offered by 45 different presenters Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.

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