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November 8th, 2010
A 20-year-old Long Beach man died in a fluke accident just south of the the Mill Creek exit on U.S. 395 when his car hit a tree this past Saturday, Nov.6, at about 10:45 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Rafael Contreras was headed south on 395 in the easternmost lane, when for an unknown reason, his 1994 Honda veered onto the shoulder. He then overcorrected, travelled across both lanes to the west and travelled down the west shoulder embankment where he hit a large cottonwood tree on the side of the road.
Mammothites awoke to the familiar sound of snowplows, tires crunching on cinder-sprayed ice and, off the beaten path, clumps of new snow flumping to the ground from red firs, whitebark pines, Jeffrey pines and the occasional rooftop.
It was the first true bluebird day of the season, and it could not have been more lovely nor more appropriate.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens for business on Thursday, and plans a big weekend of parties to go along with the skiing and riding.
Hats off to Dan Wright and his cohorts in their Habitat for Humanity effort. Wright led a team of 13 Mammothites to Nepal, where they helped an international team build 40 houses. One member, John Eastman, came back 22 pounds lighter and carrying a bout of pneumonia, but heâ€™s in good spirits from a job well done. ...
Heavenly Ski Area at Tahoe is building a mid-mountain structure called â€śTamarack Lodge.â€ť Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is trying to decide what to do about that. ...
The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission has spoken, for better or for worse.
Unless the town council contradicts the commissionâ€™s recommendations â€“ finalized last Tuesday â€“ the winners and losers in $620,000 worth of Measure R recreation moolah is in the books.
The winners: Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA), the High Sierra Stridersâ€™ track project, a gymnastics/tumbling program owned and managed by the Town, and Trails End Park and Little Brothers Skate Park.
The Town Council Wildlife Committee is moving forward on providing wildlife signage for Mammoth Lakes, but the usual bureaucracies have yet to agree on a plan.
The idea that Mammoth and the surrounding areas would have signage such as Yosemite National Park, is stuck. First, it needs Caltrans approval before signs could be placed on S.R. 203 and Main Street.
Next, it needs U.S. Forest Service approval before signs could be placed along Lake Mary Road and within the Lakes Basin.
Finally, it needs approval by the town for sign placement.
Mammoth High School could be one of Californiaâ€™s prestigious Distinguished Schools by this time next year, alleviating some of the criticism and concern that has dogged the school for the past several years.
Significant increases in test score results from all of last yearâ€™s students propelled the school into being eligible for the award, with an emphasis on the word â€śall.â€ť
In a terrific turnout, 70.71 percent of Mono County voters showed up at the polls today. That means that the final vote can be used as a pretty accurate mirror of sentiment, even though we disagree, in some cases, with the rest of California.
Superior Court Judge
Mark Magit will be Mono Countyâ€™s new Superior Court Judge, after taking home 53.6 percent of the vote, compared to Randy Gephartâ€™s 46.4 percent.
June Lake, Bridgeport and Antelope Valley voters, minus absentee and vote-by-mail ballots, have soundly rejected Eastern Sierra Unified School District incumbents in favor of challengers John Peters and Matthew Baumann, but with Lee Vining precinct still uncounted, the final results are still pending.
Candidate Randy Gephart for Superior Court Judge and candidate Tim Hansen for District 4 County Supervisor are narrowly ahead, but again most precincts are still uncounted.
Antelope Valley, June Lake and Bridgeport ballots are all in Bridgeport, with a count expected at 9:45 p.m.
The rest of the ballots are on their way to Bridgeport, over the river and through the woods, trickling in from all across the county.
A final count might be available at around 11 p.m., according to county officials.
You can keep an eye on the county website where the results will be posted as soon as they are counted. Go to:http://www.monocounty.ca.gov/departments/elections/elections.html
Mammoth and Mono County voters are slowly making their way to the polls today, with voter turnout expected to increase later in the day.
Locally, the races to watch are the closely contested Superior Court Judge race between Mark Magit and Randy Gephart.
Mammoth High School may become Mammoth's second California Distinguished School, after the state board of education notified the school Oct. 29 and invited the high school to apply for the California Distinguished School title.
Superintendent Rich Boccia said Monday that the state chose MHS based on the fact that there had been "enough improvement in one of the school's subgroups" (he assumed it was the English language learner group) to qualify for applying for the prestigious honor.
The heavy rains that fell the week of Oct. 18 caused problems out on the Scenic Loop Road, which is currently closed from Inyo Craters to U.S. 395. According to Inyo National Forest engineer Olin Beall, the rains soaked and saturated the base that had been laid down prior to paving. A new, dry base has now been put down in advance of two layers of asphalt. The first asphalt layer was due to be completed on Friday, Oct. 29. The second layer is scheduled for the first week of November, weather permitting.
In the end, Steve Klassen and Robert Calvert stood like blood brothers in the hallway outside Mammoth Lakes Town Council Chambers, joined by their commitment to medical marijuana.
Both had won licenses to open cooperatives in Mammoth, courtesy of the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission, which on Wednesday voted to award them the licenses, turning down a bid by Dagmar Zila of the Range of Light Wellness Center.
It was a short but convivial tĂŞte-a-tĂŞte, with hand shaking and a mutual pledge to help each other in the myriad issues facing them as Mammoth moves into the medical marijuana age.
Last Sunday, our good friend Erick Sugimura defied the wind and started running with the family dog, Tang, on the Downtown bike trail, but after a quarter mile a tree broke off and hit the ground about 40 yards away. â€śSeriously,â€ť he Facebooked, â€śit was probably 20-30 feet tall and six to eight feet in diameter!â€ť Thereâ€™s a term for that: â€śRed Fir Roulette,â€ť and you can ask Bob Solima about it. He saw plenty of action like that as longtime winter caretaker at Reds Meadow. ...
Caught between the Great Basin to the east and Mojave Desert to the south, halfway between Southern and Northern California, backed by some of the highest mountains on the continent, Mammoth is a study in convergences and contrasts.
Its weather is no exception. High mountains do make their own weather to some extent, or block, mitigate or amplify whatâ€™s already out there.
Add the fact that Mammoth is almost precisely on the forecasting boundary between Northern and Southern California.