It was the smoke alarm shrieking into the deepest hours of the night that woke eight-year-old Hana MacLean of Mammoth Lakes and probably saved her life.
It was Hana, though, who likely saved her parents lives shortly thereafter.
It was sometime around midnight on Jan. 10 and Mammoth was fast asleep, including Hana.
Call it want you want: Shooting the Moon, Going for Broke, whatever.
For Elizabeth Tenney, itâ€™s all of that, with an extra measure of audacity thrown in.
Tenney, whose volunteer projects in Mammoth have made her a key behind-the-scenes player, on Tuesday floored the townâ€™s Recreation Commission with a request for $250,000 in Measure R (taxpayer) funding for her Mammoth Gateway Community Project, up from a previous request of $25,000.
â€śIâ€™m highly skeptical that we could get that much,â€ť she said to the commissioners, who answered her with their own skepticism.
Business owner and Walker area resident Tim Fesko, Bridgeport business owner Bob Peters, business owner and county supervisor Vikki Bauer and retired Mono County Sheriff deputy and current county supervisor Duane "Hap" Hazard have announced they will run for office this June for the four-year term of county supervisor.
Three Mono County Supervisor seats are up this year; District 4, District 2 and District 3.
Two Mammoth men, one of them a member of the Mammoth Unified School District school board, were arrested Wednesday in connection with their sexual involvement with a 14-year-old Santa Barbara girl.
Dr. Andrew C. Bourne, 46, a recent chief of staff at Mammoth Hospital and head of vascular surgery, and Joseph T. Walker, 48, are being held on $1 million bail each.
It might just be the first time in history that itâ€™s been possible to patch asphalt cracks in the middle of January.
Normally a job for the short summer months, roadwork in Mono County comes to a screeching halt every winter.
Except this one
Not only is there no snow, itâ€™s been in the 50s and 60s during the dayâ€”warm enough to set finicky tar asphalt patches.
The funky and cracked road to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport will be getting a facelift in the next week or so, despite a bit of tug-o-war between the county supervisors Tuesday.
The crabs are gone. All of Mammoth mourns.
Merchants, hoteliers, restaurants and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area all scrambled this week in the face of a steep dive in visitor occupancy.
In its weekly occupancy projection, Mammoth Tourism said the town is expected to fill to just 38 percent this weekend and 21 percent for the midweek.
Last year at this time, with an overabundance of snow and Mammoth the talk of the ski world, the town filled to 65 percent on the weekend and 35 percent in the midweek.
Many hotels and condo complexes are offering deep discounts, particularly at midweek.
Good news from Skip Harvey, owner of the Base Camp CafĂ© and town councilman, who says two cancerous tumors in his throat have â€śshrunk 50 percent.â€ť He says he is taking one FDA-approved drug and another â€śhighly experimentalâ€ť drug to control the cancer. â€¦
Mammoth Mountain sailed through the holidays just fine, according to ski area CEO Rusty Gregory.
In a carefully-worded memorandum to employees, dated Jan. 1, Gregory said this holiday period the ski area â€ścompleted its most successful and New Year holiday period in my 34 years on the mountain.â€ť
Um, well, sort of.
Gregory said in an interview this week that the ski areaâ€™s â€śsuccessâ€ť is in context with other dry holiday periods in the ski areaâ€™s historyâ€”not an all-inclusive, year-by-year breakdown.
December 30th, 2011
He is 17 years old.
But Nick Entin of Palos Verdes isnâ€™t just another high school skier, though thereâ€™s nothing in his outward appearance to suggest otherwise.
And then he whips out his iPhone. On it is his imaginative, 99-cent iPhone application, called Emergency Beacon. With one push of a button he can connect with first responders in case of an emergency.
Itâ€™s a tiny little place in a remote part of the country.
Yet Mammoth has all the ingredients for a rich stew of colliding agenciesâ€”federal, state, county and local, plus extreme weather.
We have colliding interest groups. We have people who are passionate.
We have top-notch scientists working our water, woods and mountains. They take their findings back to their universities. Their colleagues marvel at the work they do here.
We have sport, too. Lots of sport.
We run, we ski, we ride, we backpack. We compete in Motocross. We ride road bikes.