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May 20th, 2011

Division Creek hike takes you to a world like no other in Eastern Sierra

May 20, 2011

It’s been a long winter up here in the northern Eastern Sierra; eight months of snow, a cold, cold April, flowers frozen on the bud in May.

Even the most ski-crazy winter fanatic is beginning to feel cheated, as May gives way to June with more snow predicted for next week.

But there is hope.

It’s called a car. Yes, cars are gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing monsters that we should feel guilty for driving. But they are also the essence of freedom and adventure and in this case, escape.

Mono Lake Tufa Reserve on chopping block for next year

May 20, 2011

Mono Lake’s Tufa State Natural Reserve is on the chopping block for possibly closure next year, state and local sources confirmed this week.

Bodie State Park is not on the list and Mono Lake and the reserve are open now and will remain open this year.

But if the closure goes into effect next year, it will spell more bad news for Mono County, which is already struggling with economic hits due to the recession.

“The reserve gets a quarter of a million visits every year,” said Geoff McQuilkin, director of the Mono Lake Committee.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 20-26

May 20, 2011

Just for the heck of it: According to the U.S. Travel Assn., more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pets to be part of the family, and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. Mammoth would be a good pick, sez us. ...

Some big news about bears in the magazine Science recently. Seems it’s not the mama bears with cubs you really have to watch out for, but the single males if you come between them and their food. Like a morning at the Stove, now that we think about it. ...

May 18th

Bears are out and about

May 18, 2011

Mammoth’s bears are out and about again, but that doesn’t mean they are going to go after the pizza crust in your car.

No. This time of year, Mammoth’s bears are going green.

As in veggie green, says Steve Searles, Mammoth’s own bear whisperer.

“The [bears] have been holed up all winter, and it’s been a long winter. Right now, there’s little available natural food out. But they need something to purge everything out. So, they aren’t that interested in your pizza, your burgers,” Searles said.

New species found in Yosemite National Park

May 18, 2011

Yosemite National Park is home to more than 400 species of animals,
including a number of species that qualify for listing under the Endangered
Species Act. The park provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife due
to its undisturbed ecosystems in the Central Sierra Nevada. Wildlife
species in Yosemite range from aquatic invertebrates to large mammals.

One of the many mammals that roam Yosemite’s forests is the Pacific fisher
(Martes pennanti). The fisher, a medium-sized member of the weasel family,

Injured backcountry skier rescued from Mt Dana

May 18, 2011

On Saturday, May 14, the Mono County Sheriff volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out in aid of an injured backcountry skier. James McHugh, 38, of Lake Tahoe, was skiing with friends near the third pillar of Mt. Dana, a popular backcountry spring ski descent three miles northeast of Tioga Pass.

May 16th

It’s a renaissance for the Mono Inn

May 16, 2011

When Jim O’Meally and Mario Aguilar open the doors to the Mono Inn for the first time in several years next Friday, it will be a dream come true.

O’Meally has loved the Mono Inn since he first played there as pianist while Sarah Adams ran the restaurant (the Ansel Adams family still owns the inn and its acreage).

Although he’s run and/or opened several restaurants and wine bars across the West, and played piano for the Awahnee hotel in Yosemite, it’s been the Eastern Sierra that has held his heart.

May 13th

Peak to be named after Andrea Mead Lawrence

May 13, 2011

One of Mono County’s fiercest defenders of the environment, Andrea Mead Lawrence, will likely have a nearby mountain named after her.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon introduced on Monday the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011, which would name a mountain peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence” in honor and memory of Andrea Lawrence – a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 13-19

May 13, 2011

Who wants to pick up dog poop in a blizzard? As it turns out, there was Suzanne Nottingham and just a very few others. The Great Dog Poop Pickup was rescheduled for 11 a.m. this coming Sunday (May 15) along Sherwin Creek Road. …

Speaking of cleanups, the Annual Town Cleanup Day has been moved up to June 11, sez Town Rec Manager Stuart Brown. ...

How many of us are here Up Here? New census figures show 8,237 Mammothites say this is their home, up six percent from the 7,093 measured in 2000. ...

Mammoth's high elevation poses problem in World Cup Biathlon

May 13, 2011

As it turns out, we’re too high for our own good up here.

Not really, but when it comes to World Cup biathlon, Mammoth is way over the limit in terms of elevation regulations, according to Mammoth Winter Biathlon Director Mike Karch.

That does not take Mammoth out of the winter biathlon universe, by any stretch, he said.

But it might make it difficult if Mammoth has any designs on conducting a World Cup event.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

GREAT SEASON FOR MAMMOTH REP
On behalf of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, I’d like to thank our guests and sponsors who made the 2010/2011 season at Edison Theatre a huge success! I am truly honored by the number of sold out nights and cannot express enough thanks to all of you.

All of our patrons were so gracious to our guest artists and made them feel at home in Mammoth. From Beau Bridges and his family to Gail Matthius and her improv group, everyone who performed at Edison Theatre is excited to return.

May 10th

UPDATE: Woman involved in Code Red incident in Mono City identified

May 10, 2011

At approximately 2:00pm, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call of a female, identified as Gwynneth Brimelow, age 48, of Lee Vining, CA, had possibly committed suicide. The reporting party stated they were missing a .45 caliber handgun and believed Ms. Brimelow had taken the weapon.

Code Red alert for Mono City

May 10, 2011

A woman who triggered a Code Red alert in Mono City this afternoon after she entered a home and was thought to be possibly armed has been removed from the home, according to Mono City resident Liz Holt.

The MT first heard about the incident at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mountain to be named after Andrea Mead Lawrence, pending approval by Congress

May 10, 2011

One of Mono County's fiercest defenders of the environment, Andrea Mead Lawrence, will likely have a nearby mountain named after her.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer today introduced the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011, which would name a mountain peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence” in honor and memory of Andrea Lawrence – a conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009.

May 6th

Hilton Creek, discovery, adventure, love song to spring

May 6, 2011

There are times when a hike is just not a hike. It’s something else, maybe many things else; an adventure, a discovery, a meditation, a love song.

So it is with the hike up Hilton Creek in early May after the biggest winter on record; a winter when the Long Valley area received 195 percent of its normal snowfall.

The fact that most people don’t even know there is a Hilton Creek hereabouts only adds to this hike being a bit more of a mystery.

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