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December 17th

Chamber Music Unbound explores music of the heart

December 17, 2010

Violist Hillary Herndon joins the Felici Trio in concert this weekend for “Music of the Heart.”
The program features passion-filled works by Rebecca Clarke, Ernö Dohnányi and the great Romantic composer, Johannes Brahms.

The music
Ernö Dohnányi - Serenade for String Trio in C Major, opus 10. Dohnányi ranks next to Franz Liszt as the most versatile Hungarian musician and is generally considered credited with shaping Hungary’s musical culture in the 20th century.

Red fox findings muddy the decision regarding snowmobiles on the Pacific Crest Trail

December 17, 2010

Eager snowmobilers and wary wilderness watchers are going to have to wait a bit longer for a final decision on a long-awaited snowmobile crossing of the Sonora Pass area Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) – but just a little longer.

“I’m can confidently say that we will approve the option with the two crossings, (by the end of the year)” said Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest’s Bridgeport District Ranger Mike Crawley Tuesday.

“I know that will be unpopular with some but we are trying to meet Congress’ requirements for public safety (and the two crossings are deemed to be the safest),” he said.

Downhill racer Bryce Eller is standing on the edge of greatness

December 17, 2010

Bryce Eller is standing on the precipice.

He is 17 years old, a senior at Mammoth High School and a championship-class downhill skier on the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team.

When he looks over the edge, he is peering at greatness, even if he himself doesn’t quite know that yet.

Ranked second in the United States for his age group, Eller, at 5-11 and 195 pounds, is carrying a lot of weight each time he enters the gates. The number of eyes watching each of his runs is a bit astonishing.

Town council to top cop Watson: NO

December 17, 2010

Police Chief Dan Watson came to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night with his stars on his uniform shirt, a plea for staffing and his hat in hand.

The council said sorry, but see ya.

“I came forward with some recommendations that I think shouldn’t wait until the next budget year,” Watson said after the council turned back his suggestions, at least until the regularly scheduled council meeting in the second week of January.

High hopes for hospitality

December 17, 2010

MAMMOTH TIMES EDITORIAL

We have high hopes for the Mammoth Ambassadors Program.

Our service personnel are critical to our image and to our collective well being, but sometimes enough is enough.

Case in point. At a recent meal in a local restaurant, the waiters were overly friendly and solicitous to the point of intrusiveness on the customers’ conversation. One diner made a specific request, but when the meal came, that request was unfulfilled, ignored.

June Mountain is open; long live "The Chair"

December 17, 2010

June Mountain locals refer to it simply as “The Chair.”

It is arguably one of the top carnival rides at either June Mountain or Mammoth, and if you’re going to ski or ride June, “The Chair” is de rigueur.

It is Chair 1, marked on the June Trail Map as J1, and though as slow as molasses in January, it has taken skiers up the hill since 1961. As in straight up.

Salcido appointed to hospital board

December 17, 2010

Lynda Salcido has been appointed to the open seat on the Mammoth Hospital recently vacated by Dr. Don Sage.

The appointment was filled at the Dec. 16 2010 Southern Mono Healthcare District (SMHD) Board of Directors meeting, with a majority vote of 3:1 with five candidates applying for the seat (Salcido, Richard Vroman, Jon King, Michelle Mather and Kiara Raazi).

Storm comes in early, snow total forecasts increased

December 17, 2010

The winter storm forecast to come in later this afternoon got an early head start this morning. Even though Mammoth residents went to bed with bright stars out their windows, by 8 a.m., several inches of snow had fallen on the town of Mammoth and there was no sign of its stopping.

The snowfall total has also increased since yesterday, with the storm coming in colder than forecast, from three to six feet for Mammoth to three to eight feet above 7,000 feet by Sunday.

December 15th

Daycare provider pleads guilty to four counts of child molestation

December 15, 2010

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested on alleged child sexual abuse charges in early October, Guadalupe "Lupe" Almaguer, plead guilty to four counts of child molestation at a Dec. 13 court hearing, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.

"Mr. Guadalupe “Lupe” Almaguer pled guilty to four felony counts of child molestation of four victims while each victim was under the age of 14," Graham said in a press release.

December 14th

New "Art Park" to open this weekend on Mammoth Mountain

December 14, 2010

Mammoth’s newest venue in the art world couldn’t be in a more unusual – or enticing – spot.

On Saturday, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will open an “Art Park” in a new terrain park above Canyon Lodge.

The new terrain park seeks to introduce the worlds of skiing and snowboarding to the world of street art.

“I’m really stoked,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen. “I’ve never seen any other mountain do this kind of thing. It’s a cool way to combine art and snowboarding and skiing.

“The two cultures kind of go together. With the art on snowboards and skis, they’re interconnected.”

AT&T says Tri-Valley will have cell service by Dec. 15

December 14, 2010

Problems with AT&T cell service in the Tri-Valley area will continue for another few days, but should clear up after that, according to AT&T. The problems, in the form of an almost total blackout for most Tri-Valley communities, began at the end of November and have angered resident, including emergency service providers worried about the lack of cell service.

December 13th

Mark Brownlie is movin' on up ... the ski hill

December 13, 2010

Mark Brownlie is making his way up the mountain, and he’s darned near the top.

The head coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski team last week earned a promotion, becoming the ski area’s Managing Director of Athletics.

"It's a great honor," Brownlie said in his signature Scottish accent.

"I look forward to creating new possibilities for the Community Foundation and to keep the goal of having the best race department and race team in the country."

December 10th

Arsenic and Old Lake(s)

December 10, 2010

Science of apparently astronomical proportions happened last week, with the announcement that Mono Lake harbors arsenic-munching critters in its waters hit the news.

Maybe. Maybe not.

“NASA’s Mono Lake Arsenic Microbes Not Quite as Advertised,” headlined the Tucson Citizen on Dec. 9.
“Serious concerns have been raised about the conclusions,” said Discover Magazine, linking to Guardian.co.uk, an ocean away.

It was a good lesson in how science works.

New designs are out in snowboards, skis

December 10, 2010

Camber is in. Camber is out. Rocker is in. Rocker is out.

No, wait! They’re both in! And howzabout them tips, eh?

In the world of snowboard and ski design, big things are happening lately, say those in the know.

“In the last two years, there’s been more redesign work on snowboards than in the 10 years before,” said Steve Klassen, owner of the Wave Rave Snowboard Shop and a world-class rider.

Geminid meteor show will burn bright on Monday, Dec. 13

December 10, 2010

In a couple of nights, the best meteor shower of the year will sweep down on the High Sierra, bringing stars to earth, as 60 to 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower, one of some half-dozen, annual, prominent meteor showers, begins in earnest in the very late evening of Dec. 13, although many meteor lovers have been seeing impatient Geminids for the past week.

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