Archive - 2013
‘Community Garden’ idea blossoms throughout county
Community gardens are sprinkled along the Eastern Sierra, with one conspicuous missing link: Mammoth.
Erin Hamilton, undaunted by a lack of soil, intense sunlight, arid conditions, and a short summer season, is working on connecting the dots by starting a community garden in Mammoth, modeled after those already established in Crowley, Lee Vining, and Bridgeport.
Gift goes to Mono County Adapted Phys-Ed
It’s one thing to get hand-me-down cross country ski equipment, but the kids in the Mono County Adapted Physical Education program got the real deal.
The Mammoth Nordic Foundation, along with Fischer Nordic, recently gave the program 23 sets of new Fischer Sprint Crown Junior XC skis, bindings, boots, and poles.
Mono Supe Fesko: ‘This is just asinine’
While much of Yosemite National Park lay under its cold winter snow, discussion over its future heated up last week.
Following strident commentary from the Mono County Board of Supervisors dealing with the Tuolumne and Merced Wild and Scenic River Plans, park officials came to Mammoth Saturday morning, Feb. 23, to explain the controversial plans and answer questions.
Ski P.E. program alive despite cost of moving to Mammoth Mountain
“I really thought we would sell enough lemonade to keep June open,” a third grader from Lee Vining Elementary School said to kindergarten teacher Anna Strathman.
But their plea fell on deaf ears, so they redirected the money to cover the increased cost of running the Ski P.E. program at Mammoth Mountain.
A 21-year-old female from Mammoth was sexually assaulted at 1:40 a.m. on Feb. 20 just outside The Tap bar.
A tall, skinny male of unknown race, his face obscured by the hood of his black puffy jacket, approached her from behind and grabbed her breasts.
Footprints took officers from near the bar toward a condominium complex on Meridian where they became jumbled with other footprints.
Winter is still alive—and roaring—March 8-9, when the Eastern Sierra makes way for the June Lake Snowmobile Rally.
The main event is the Snowmobile Poker Run Saturday, March 9. The weekend begins with Friday’s welcome party with live music, dinner specials, and poker run registration.
The Snowmobile Poker Run is comprised of a 15-mile course, from June Lake Junction to Bald Mountain Scenic Look-out and begins with an open start.
There will be a $500 grand prize for best hand.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 100,000 visitors in 2011 spent $3,642,000 in Devils Postpile National Monument and in communities near the park.
That spending supported 43 jobs in the local area.
“Devils Postpile National Monument helps sustain the local economy with ecotourism,” Superintendent Deanna Dulen said. “The national monument brings visitor spending to the surrounding communities and helps support local jobs.”
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra wrapped up their third Paralympic Sport Camp of the winter season.
The Alpine Ski and Race Camp is one of several DSES Paralympic Sport camps, a recruitment camp for further Paralympic training.
Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2013 hiking season will be available for reservation starting today, March 1, through Sunday, March 31, Yosemite National Park officials announced.
Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required. Reservations will be distributed via a lottery system. Successful parties will be notified in early April.
A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the Half Dome cables per day.
Mammoth Community Water District completed its environmental assessment of the proposed expansion of Casa Diablo Geothermal Plant on Feb. 25, according to Irene Yamashita of the Mammoth Community Water District.
While the project’s environmental documents conclude there will be no significant impacts to the Water District, the district remains skeptical.
“The draft document,” Yamashita said, “does not provide sufficient information to support these conclusions.”
2012 Kittredge Cup, once delayed, takes center stage
High winds blasted Mammoth Mountain last weekend, but the weather conditions did not stop the tots.
It was close, though.
The 2012 Kittredge Cup was cancelled on Dec. 27 due to extreme weather conditions, so when the winds at the top of Broadway were clocked at 124 mph on Saturday, Feb. 23, the question on everyone’s mind was “what is the weather going to be like tomorrow?”
Forecasters predict a foot of snow for midweek
Snow dance, anyone?
Having endured the two driest back-to-back, mid-winter months in recorded history, Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra may get a break beginning Tuesday night, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, according to the National Weather Service.
How much snow will fall is up in the air, so a good, old-fashioned snow dance still would be appropriate.
The Sierra has been abuzz with concern over the recreational and economic implications of the proposed Tuolumne River and Merced River Plans.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, Yosemite National Park employees Kathleen Morse and Mike Yochim will be in Mammoth to provide information on the two proposed plans. They said they would open the floor for questions.
“I said at the beginning of the week that we’re in for a long one.”
“You did,” I said, “and if you really wanted to help, you might want to knock some of that snow off the headlights.”
“It’s going to be a long winter,” Fido said. “Humans forget. They get a dry spell and they think it’s never going to snow, ever again. But dogs like me know.”
“Just out of curiosity, Fido, what clued you in?”