Archive - 2013
Alchemist photographer Ian Ruhter brings his time machine to Mammoth
There is a saying: “Jump, and the net will appear.”
When one is compelled by a vision and takes a leap of faith toward that vision, great things happen.
Such is the story behind Ian Ruhter’s Silver and Light project.
A group of Southern Californians flying from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport toward Southern California escaped serious injury Sunday, July 28, when the engine on their single engine Bonanza airplane failed about 500 feet in the air near Lone Pine and the pilot had to make a crash landing.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, "on Sunday, July 28, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a Southern California pilot, Sohail Simjee, departed from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in a Bonanza single engine airplane heading southbound to Orange County.
The Aspen Fire burning on the west side of the Sierra crest about 40 miles west of Bishop and slightly south of Mammoth only grew a few hundred acres yesterday and is now is at 14,332 acres, according to a Wednesday morning (July 31) update from the Sierra National Forest.
The fire is now 35 percent contained (there is a fire line around 35 percent of the fire).
Mono County's public health officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, along with the local air pollution control district, say the smoke in Mammoth reached air pollution levels as bad as in the days before wood-burning stoves were phased out in the early 1990's.
That's bad, as Johnson writes in a news release.
A woman jogging on Ed Powers Road north of Bishop Monday morning (July 29) was accosted at gun point by a masked, Los Angeles man, who then fled the scene (without the jogger) in a red Mini-Cooper, leading police to Crowley Lake, where the man was finally arrested.
Piute Pass is one of the fastest, easiest (well, easy is a relative term in the Eastern Sierra) ways into the high alpine country that dominates the Sierra backcountry.
Along the five-mile hike to the top of a 11,400-foot pass, hikers will pass two beautiful teal and indigo high-country lakes and numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, along with sweet, alpine meadows and wildflowers.
Mammoth bigwigs make stride toward new entity
Eastern Sierra recreation leaders made their first tentative steps toward establishing a new recreation governmental entity—Mammoth Lakes Recreation—this past week.
A 32-member recreation “steering committee” gathered for the first of three meetings on Monday, July 22, with an aim toward getting a grip on the “state of Mammoth Lakes Recreation.”
The Aspen Fire burning near Huntington Lake and pouring smoke into the Eastern Sierra for the past few days has grown to 11,019 acres according to the latest forest service update issued on Monday, July 29, at 7 a.m.
Although the fire continues to grow, firefighters are making headway on "containing" the fireâ€”or surrounding it with a fire line. As of Monday morning, the fire was 20 percent contained and there were about 1,400 firefighters fighting the fire.
The fire started on Monday, July 22 and was caused by a lightening strike.
“I have thunder phobia,” Fido said. “Don’t like-don’t like-don’t like thunder.”
A Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery at the Pearsonville Shell gas station located on U.S. 395 between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, and, a few days later, a stabbing at the popular Kennedy Meadows recreation area.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's department, on Sunday, July 21, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch was contacted regarding an armed robbery and stabbing that occurred at the Pearsonville Shell gas station.
Wood, Bacon vote ‘no’ in split vote
With a potential infusion of $4.7 million a year into the town’s tourism quiver for the next five years, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week approved the creation of a Tourism Business Improvement District.
The vote, taken at the end of a long council meeting on Wednesday, July 24, was 3-2, with both Mayor Rick Wood and council member Jo Bacon voting against.
Voting in favor of the TBID were council members John Eastman, Matthew Lehman, and Michael Raimondo.
Officials predict blaze to grow to 6,000 acres
The smoke above Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra that began on Tuesday, July 23, is not going to dissipate for at least a few days, according to the local air pollution control district.
The smoke is due to a 2,000-3,000-acre fire (at press time on Wednesday night, July 24) on the west side of the Sierra crest, north and west of Huntington Lake, near a reservoir called Mammoth Pool Reservoir.