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July 15th, 2011

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip from Mammoth, July 15-21

July 15, 2011

OMG the End of the World is at hand: They're re-paving and re-striping the Minaret Village Mall (including Vons!) just in time for Jazz Jubilee. You don't want one of those folks weaving around the parking lot, without stripes, that's for sure. ...

Reinforcing the End of the World concept is that Public Works is doing its duty on Minaret Boulevard, fixing this, smoothing that, and praying that it will hold up for another year. Good luck with that, we say. ...

July 13th

Smoky skies due to Sequoia wilderness fire

July 13, 2011

Forest officials are managing the Lion Fire in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. This lightning-caused fire was found July 8 at 1:30 p.m., one half mile to the west of Lion Meadow and east of the Little Kern River. Since then it has grown to approximately 200 acres. There are currently no threats to life or property. The Sequoia National Forest is in command of the fire.

July 11th

One wind project withdrawn, one still on table

July 11, 2011

One of the wind farm proposals for the Glass Mountains and Benton area was withdrawn last week on July 5, according to Bureau of Land Management officials. EWind Farms Inc. withdrew their wind
energy monitoring and project area (24,000 acre) proposal as of July 5, Larry Primosch, the agency's realty specialist, wrote in an email.
The agency held a field trip to the proposed wind energy sites this weekend and two public meetings are still scheduled to occur this week.

Valentine Reserve's popular summer talks still have some openings this week

July 11, 2011

Outdoor education director for the Valentine Reserve Leslie Dawson said there is still room on the wildflower walk this Wednesday and Friday (July 13 and 15) and on the Forest talk on Thursday, July 14 and on the history talk on July 16.

The Black Bear talk on Tuesday, July 13 is completely full, she said.

Here's more details.

Wildflowers of Valentine Reserve
July 13 and 15: (same talk each day)
Sherryl Taylor 10:00-12:30 pm; moderately strenuous hike

July 8th

Officer Tim Smalley logs 25 years on the MLPD

July 8, 2011

On the very first day of the very first week of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, 24-year-old Tim Smalley signed up.

It was 1986. Mammoth had just incorporated. It was a brand new job in a brand new town. He’s still here. “The first five days were good,” he said. “We just drove around town to get the lay of the land. We just checked it out.”

Police Sergeant Karen Smart to retire as a result of budget cuts

July 8, 2011

The cop shop won’t ever be the same.

Sergeant Karen Smart, on the Mammoth Lakes Police Department force for 25 years, said earlier this week she will retire so that the department can save a job for one of the younger officers.

“My time is done,” she said in a poignant interview early this week. “The younger guys are the future of the department and the future of the town.”

Lehman: Shift Fourth of July festivities to Village

July 8, 2011

Now that the Fourth of July is over, at least one town councilman is already looking at the next Fourth of July.

Time is short. Matthew Lehman has only a year to figure out what the holiday should look like.

At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, Lehman floated the idea of moving the center of attention to the Village rather than Crowley Lake.

He said he knows he’ll hear gasps all over town.
“My primary goal is to help the business community,” he said.

“Instead of being one of the worst nights of the year in Mammoth, I’d like it to be one of the best.”

Locals are first responders to Baja fishing boat accident

July 8, 2011

Several long-time Eastside residents were the first to respond to the news that a Mexican sport fishing boat, the Erik, with 26 American citizens on board, had capsized off the eastern coast of Baja Mexico on July 3, dumping all 43 passengers into the sea in the midst of a raging storm.

Doug and Peggy Magee have owned a home in Baja for 25 years and have lived there permanently for the past ten. Gloria and Ed Vasquez own a home close to the Magee’s.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 8-14

July 8, 2011

Mammoth Mountain picked up a nice mention on NBC Nightly News a week ago. The bit was about our late ski season, narrated by anchor Kate Snow. …

It’s true! Tony and Cindy Avena, stalwarts in Mammoth for 30 years, have put the venrable Slocum’s up for sale. …

We’re sure going to miss Jon Eisert, the estimable Ski Surgeon, who folded up shop Tuesday at 12:59:59 p.m. and is on his way to Paso Robles. For good. “Some decisions are made for you,” he said. “It’s time.” Memories? “Back in the day, our dirtbags were better than the current dirtbags.” …

July 7th

Flood warning for rest of day, into Friday

July 7, 2011

Heavy rain and warm temperatures could mean serious flooding throughout Mono County tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The weather is supposed to dry out after Friday, with warm dry conditions predicted for the weekend. Go to this site for detailed information: http://1.usa.gov/n6r2Iy

July 1st

Choppers might be used for Bighorn sheep wilderness recovery

July 1, 2011

Long ago, thousands of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep roamed the high Sierra, scattered along the crest of the range from Olancha Peak and all the way north to the Lee Vining Canyon area.

Agile, swift, secretive, this unique species of bighorn is only found in one place in the world: the Sierra Nevada; The vast majority of them roam on the Eastern Sierra side of the range. They seldom descend below 4,000 feet, spending most of their lives on the knife-edged, wind-swept peaks and ridges, where they find comparative safety from predators.

Area rivers, creeks 'very dangerous'

July 1, 2011

“Don’t go in the water. Don’t get anywhere near the water.”

That’s the advice of everyone from Mammoth Lakes Police to county sheriff’s deputies to US Forest Service rangers this week, as hot summer temperatures finally hit the massive snowpack still suspended above Mammoth.

“You can feel the vibration when you are just standing near the river, there is so much water right now,” said Inyo National Forest spokesman Mike Johnson Thursday. “There are just torrents of water coming down. Whatever you do, don’t go in the water. It’s just very dangerous.”

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 1-7

July 1, 2011

Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile Roads opened Wednesday and the shuttle buses are running. Yeah! But there’s a lot of water down there, and the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River is flooding. Plus, a lot of trails are damaged or under water. So, be careful, be very, very careful. ...

June 28th

Placerville woman dies after snow bridge collapses in Cottonwood Lakes area

June 28, 2011

A 65-year-old Placerville woman died June 23 after trying to lead her horse across a snow bridge in the Cottonwood Lakes Wilderness area southwest of Lone Pine.

Deborah Behrendt died after a snow bridge gave way as she was trying to lead her horse across it, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department. A snow bridge forms across streams or small rivulets durign spring runoff conditions and is hollow underneath a covering of snow. Behrendt's horse reacted when the bridge gave way, causing the horse behind her horse to rear up and come down on Behrendt's chest.

June 27th

Work party for Upside Down House set for June 30; volunteers needed

June 27, 2011

Mono Basin Historical Society Vice President David Dore will be coordinating a work party to repair the roof of the Upside Down House, wall of the Old Schoolhouse, and hopefully the handicapped access ramp if time, labor and materials allow this Thursday, June 30.

Meet at the Museum at 9:00 a.m. if you can help. Dore hopes to have a good turnout to accomplish the repairs.

Please direct questions to Dave, 760-647-1055.

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