Archive - 2013
Lower Rock Creek trail, one of the best early season hikes in the area, holds many secrets—including the Devils Postpile’s forgotten little sister.
Rock Creek is best known as the beautiful creek that meanders through the meadows above Rock Creek Lake, under the black and white striped turrets and ramparts of Bear Creek Spire, then down along the road from Mosquito Flats to Tom’s Place.
“My sniffer is working again!” Fido yelled.
“Pray tell, my big fine fellow,” said I.
“It’s like someone just flipped the ‘on’ switch! Don’t you sense all these fine whiffs?”
“Human aren’t that tuned in to sniffs, like dogs.”
“That’s too bad. Let’s go over here! No! Over here! No! Over there!”
A below average snowpack and unseasonably warm temperatures are rapidly changing the mix of recreation opportunities on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts. Excellent skiing conditions remain above 8500 feet, including skiing opportunities at Mammoth Mountain and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Areas. However, lower elevations and areas further from the Sierra Crest are seeing signs of an early spring. Recreation opportunities usually pursued in the summer months, such as, hiking, off-highway vehicle riding and mountain biking are quickly becoming available.
It doesn’t sound appetizing to us humans, but the Mammoth Community Water District wastewater treatment plant has proven irresistible to local critters—and that has created a problem for the water district.
The wastewater treatment plant contains large, open pit water treatment pools—and a banquet of alluring smells and a steady supply of fats and grease.
It is thus a popular spot for local animals, particularly bears and ravens, presenting a unique challenge for the district.
Searles cautions motorists in Mammoth area
The Round Valley deer herd is on the move near the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, signaling the start of the spring migration, according to wildlife specialist Steve Searles.
While the migration is far from full speed, Searles told the Mammoth Town Council on March 20 that conditions are starting to be more conducive for the herd, which numbers up to 3,000 animals.
As Vice President, he will oversee Human Resources
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory announced this week Ron Cohen has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Human Resources and Administration.
This newly created job adds the critical function of Human Resources to Cohen’s existing portfolio of responsibilities, Gregory said in a news release.
The lineup for next August’s Bluesapaloozais in, with Joan Osborneand John Hammondheadlining, along with a spate of other wowsers. Festival is Aug 1-4in case you forgot. ...
New at Mammoth Mountain is brand-man Neil Sogard, a veteran ski industry insider, whose brother, Eric, just so happens to be a second baseman for the Oakland Athletics. …
The Inyo National Forest surrounds the entire town of Mammoth Lakes and contains almost all of the Eastern Sierra within its borders, including most of the trails, roads, ski resorts and other recreational facilities locals and visitors use.
That is why revising an old management plan for the forest, which is underway as of this month, is such a big undertakingâ€”and that is why forest officials are asking for public input about how to do it, with a public meeting on April 4 in Bishop.
Ross wins at Squaw, Mancuso third
Mammoth Olympic ski racer Stacey Cook ran a great race last week at Squaw Valley, but came up short by the merest of margins.
Racing on Friday, March 22, Cook crossed the line just one one-hundreth of a second behind winner Laurenne Ross.
Veterans show up big in penultimate race
Some might say winter disappears with the vernal equinox, others may pinpoint Easter.
But in Mammoth, spring doesn’t happen until the racers in the Village Championships are through with their business, and that means April 10 this year.
April 6 barbeque marks seven years since Mammoth tragedy
It has been seven years, but for those who were in Mammoth on that day, April 6 will always be indelibly—and tragically—marked.
Perfect conditions for Sixth Annual race
While Eastern Sierra and California athletes filled the Mammoth Biathlon racing rosters, a pair of elite athletes from New Hampshire and Washington dominated the top tier of the competition last weekend.
Katrina Howe, a New England biathlete, and Casey Smith, from Winthrop, Wash., took the top elite spots on Sunday, March 24, at the sixth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon.