Archive - Aug 15, 2013
In they came, hats in hand, arguments polished and with undiminished enthusiasm.
They were the department heads of Mono County, who this past week engaged the Board of Supervisors in two days of intense jawboning over a $63.2 million 2013-14 budget that new Mono County Administrator Jim Leddy handed up.
It was the first time the board had seen the proposed final budget document. Previous to the opening of the budget hearings, which began on Tuesday, Aug. 12, the supervisors had been working under an interim budget that began on July 1.
It burned for 19 days, involved 792 firefighters and left a thick layer of smoke over Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.
But on Saturday, Aug. 10, authorities declared the irritating, pesky, 22,253-acre Aspen Fire a dead and gone.
Its damage, beyond the trees in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County, as of this week was being assessed in economic terms in Mammoth, where events organizers said the fire surely hurt the town during one of its peak tourism periods.
It was not supposed to end like it did.
Deena Kastor envisioned a Top 5 finish at the 2013 IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow.
Running in hot, 81-degree temperatures with high humidity on a shadeless course in central Moscow, Mammoth’s most famous female distance runner finished ninth last Saturday, Aug. 10, and not without having considered dropping out of the race “more than a dozen times.”
“It was a really hard race,” she said in a video interview made available on FloTrack.com.
Johny Kimball needed just one-minute, 40-seconds to zoom down Mammoth Mountain’s downhill racetrack on Friday, Aug. 9, which gave him a full second to spare for a victory.
It didn’t seem like much—and it wasn’t—but it was enough to lift him to first over Brian Encisco. John Widden finished in 1:43 to complete the podium.
The full downhill results were as follows:
1. Johny Kimball 1:40
2. Brian Enciso 1:41
3. John Widden 1:43
There were four races and four different winners on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Village Championships cross country mountain bike races at Shady Rest Park.
In the one-lap race, Seth Gacho narrowly beat Storm Patrie in 17:12, while Don Wilson finished third.
In the two-lap race, Peter Hensley (22:09) easily beat Cameron Small (23:30), with Gary Small finishing third.
In the three-lap race, Craig Albright finished first in 31:30, well ahead of Johnston Julao (33:58) with Rich Holcomb taking third.
The Digital 395 project, promising broadband Internet speeds to Mammoth, is a done deal.
One year to the day after Praxis Associates put their first shovel in the ground, Digital 395 became a reality on Tuesday, Aug. 13, when testing on the digital links between Reno and Mammoth was completed.
“We now have the capacity to deliver broadband into Mammoth,” said an obviously elated Michael Ort, the president of the fiber-optic company.
Just days after yet another success in a string of Bluesapalooza productions at the privately-held Sam’s Woodsite, at least one member of the Mammoth Town Council said it is time for the town to stop the dilly-dallying.
“We need to figure out how to own and to preserve that site,” Michael Raimondo said at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7.