July 6th, 2012
Outdoors journalism suffered a tragic loss this week, when Michael J. Ybarra, a former L.A. Times reporter who had recently written about his outdoors adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park.
He was 45.
Ybarra had set out alone to cross the craggy Sawtooth Ridge in the Eastern Sierra and summited the 12,280-foot Matterhorn Peak before he fell about 200 feet to his death, according to sister, Suzanne Ybarra, who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in its Friday editions.
Sharon Harvey, past President of the Mammoth Lakes Womenâ€™s Club, and her husband Dave, recently opened Mammothâ€™s newest bed and breakfast, The Swiss Chalet Inn Bed & Breakfast.
The Mammoth Lakes Womenâ€™s Club and the Harveys will host an open house and invite the public to tour the new establishment on Wednesday July 11, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 101 Hill Street, in Old Mammoth.
Mammoth Lakes Womenâ€™s Clubâ€™s monthly meeting will be held after the event starting at at 7 p.m.
Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Hereâ€™s a summary of some of the events:
Weekly ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile: This one hour, one-mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11 a.m. at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).
A $25,000 study to assess whether Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes need another, bigger re- cycling facility is a â€ślast resort,â€ť pending more discussion and cooperation between the two governments, the county supervisors agreed Tuesday.
Both are struggling to meet new state requirements that force municipalities to recycle more of their garbage. Solving â€śthe garbage questionâ€ť is a high priority for both governments, given high costs and low revenues due to a huge decline in construction revenues.
Mono County seniors will continue to get all the services they currently receiveâ€”from Meals on Wheels to other in-home serviceâ€”for at least the next 90 days after the Mono County Board of Supervisors agreed to extend a current agreement with Inyo County for 90 more days.
But in the long run, a final solution regarding how to serve the countyâ€™s seniors still needs to be put into place, county officials agreed.
The Mono County Board of Supervisors voted to certify the election results Tuesday. The election delivered Tim Alpers and Fred Stump as two new county supervisors, with a runoff election between candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko this November.
The equipment is on the ground, the crews are ready to go, the studies have been done. Digital 395 is almost ready to break ground in Mono County. Almost.
â€śAll thatâ€™s missing is a few, federal right-of-way permits that are still in the appeal process and some last minute work we are doing with the (Native American) tribes,â€ť said private side developer for the project, Michael Ort.
That leaves Ort with about a year to actually construct the project and he said Monday that he is completely confident that the deadline will be met.
A year-round running track project near the Whitmore Pool site will break ground on Monday, July 9, according to representatives from the High Sierra Striders group.
The nonprofit has been the trackâ€™s biggest advocate and fundraiser. One of its biggest fundraisers occurred at Wednesdayâ€™s July 4 Footloose Freedom Mile race. Member Elaine Smith broke the news about the track to about 350 cheering race participants.
High up in a big, rock-strewn Sierra basin, below a little-known ridge that overlooks everything, a little turquoise lake disappears into a big hole in the ground, water rushing down, sounding like nothing so much as a bathroom shower drain.
Another lakeâ€”rockbound and swimming-warm even in late Juneâ€”lies teal and clean down the road a ways and anotherâ€”dark blue and icyâ€”lies a bit farther on.
â€śIf you think you can wait until November to decide to reopen this mountain, you canâ€™t,â€ť said June Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s general manager, Carl Williams, to a packed room of citizens at the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting in Bridgeport on Tuesday.
Williamsâ€™ comments capped an emotional hour and a half as residents and June Mountain aficionados spoke at length about the impact Mammoth Mountain Ski Areaâ€™s closure of June for the summer and coming winter (announced publicly June 21) would have on the unincorporated community of June Lake.
A Mammoth area man died Saturday, June 30 and passengers in another vehicle were seriously injured after the vehicle the Mammoth man was driving crashed into another vehicle near the Obsidian Dome Road intersection with U.S. 395.
Although the final cause of the accident is still under investigation, the Mono County Sheriff's report indicates that the man, Randy Sly, 53, failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a Jeep SUV that was traveling on U.S. 395 and unable to stop.
UPCOMING WALKS AND CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS AT DEVILS POSTPILE
Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Here's a summary of some of the events:
Ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile
This 1 hour, 1 mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11:00am at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).
Evening Campfire Programs
The worst possible outcome for Mammoth Lakes has come true.
The town decided to declare municipal bankruptcy Monday morning, July 2. The Town Council took the action unanimously.
"It's wish this hadn't happened," said Mayor Matthew Lehman, "but it's not the way the cards fell for us."
The town immediately issued a press release regarding the Town council decision.