April 1st, 2011
It is hard to find solace in last weekâ€™s horrific accident on Mammoth Mountain.
But on Wednesday, the remarkable spirit of the female victim broke through like the Eastern Sierra sun.
â€śI am looking at the positives,â€ť wrote Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita.
Unable to speak, she scribbled notes that were posted to the Internet.
â€śWe get front row parking EVERYWHERE! I get to go to the front of the line at Disneyland!â€ť
As if by magic, Sunday morning dawned clear.
And Mike Karchâ€™s vision of winter biathlon shone in the morning light.
â€śIt was an amazing vision,â€ť said Alana Levin. â€śHe (Karch) created the whole thing.â€ť
After a week of heavy snows in the Eastern Sierra, volunteers cleared the course and the fourth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon got under way.
Three divisions of two waves each came out for Sundayâ€™s race: Intermediate, Elite/National Guard and Advanced.
Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.
The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.
Mammoth knows more about natural radiation than almost any other place in the country.
We sit atop radioactive rock, we ski so high that we are exposed to 70 percent more radiation than people living at sea level.
But calls are still coming into the county health department, people worrying about radiation coming across the ocean on a plume, in the water, through our food.
Call it what you want (embezzling, theft, fraud, whatever), but attorney and town councilman Rick Wood says there has never been a single criminal case in Mammoth against people who rent out their condos or single-family homes illegally. ...
Spring is blooming, although itâ€™s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...
The sentencing for Lupe Almaguer, a former Mammoth Lakes daycare provider who was arrested last October on child sexual abuse charges, was continued yet again at the request of Almaguer's attorney Tuesday.
Almaguer was on the court calendar to be sentenced March 29, but was granted a continuance to April 26, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.
Graham said earlier that the District Attorney's office would be ready to move forward on March 29. "I will state on the record that I am ready to proceed with the hearing," he said in a March 25 email.
A 24-year-old former Mammoth man was arraigned Tuesday morning on murder and arson charges related to the September killings of his estranged wifeâ€™s grandmother and his two-year-old stepson, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday.
Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and his staff will be meeting to decide if they will seek the death penalty against Justin Tu Ouimet, currently of Reno, who is accused of fatally stabbing Lana Stone, 62, and Connor Lawrence, the two year old, the newspaper reported.
It was horrific, in every sense of the word.
A 43-year-old woman snowboarder crashed into the side of a snowcat last week at Mammoth Mountain, losing a leg when she was entangled in the spinning tiller behind the cat.
"Her leg was gone!" said a startled employee at the ski area, who asked for anonymity until investigators could complete their work.
Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis, a season pass holder from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, was immediately airlifted to a Reno hospital.
The mountain community of Mammoth Lakes showed its true spirit for the winter sport of Biathlon Sunday in the 4th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon. Amidst heavy snowfall of 5-9 feet over the last week, the townspeople overcame blizzard conditions and mobilized in force Sunday morning beginning at 4 a.m. Volunteers built out a 20-point biathlon stadium in order to host more than 200 racers, making this race the largest winter biathlon in North America.
The Super Sign outside Main Lodge is buried up to its knees by the March snows, which over the past week packed on up to nine feet of snow. According to mammothmountain.com, this has been the snowiest March ever on record.
Mammoth High School should know if it becomes one of Californiaâ€™s Distinguished Schools within the â€śnext few weeksâ€ť according to district superintendent Rich Boccia.
The announcement, which Boccia said he expects will reveal a â€śpositive outcomeâ€ť comes on the heels of a state team of administrators that visited the school earlier in March for the formal on-site visitation required by the application process.
â€śThe team spent the day visiting the school, which included an opening meeting with the staff, a meeting with the leadership team and classroom visits,â€ť Boccia said.
When Mammoth resident Christian Fuller sits down Monday night at Snowcreek Athletic Club to play 12 simultaneous games of chess with players ranging in age from seven to 77, donâ€™t expect him to lose.
In that room will be everyone from a fifth grade Mammoth Elementary student to someone in their 70s, most students that Fuller has been teaching over the past year since he moved to Mammoth to train as a long distance runner.
Fuller, best known as a winning long distance runner, has also been playing chess competitively as long as heâ€™s been running â€“ and winning at both.
When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle.
But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Hwy. 6 on Matthew Hill midway between Hammil and Benton.
On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Bahr helped implement it.