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New smartphone application for Sierra region includes Eastern Sierra locals' input

August 31, 2012

Travelers and visitors headed into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone app for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide by searching for the “Sierra MapGuide” on your iPhone or Android mobile device.

Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smartphone thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.

Wet August takes edge off drought, but fire danger still not over

August 31, 2012

Fire danger in the Eastern Sierra has eased somewhat following an unusually wet August, but that doesn’t mean it is time to relax.

According to fire officials, September can be one of the warmest and driest months. If that pattern holds, it could erase much of the gains made in August, when almost three weeks of heavy rain took the sharp edge off the drought.

Bristlecone Pine Forest Center to open Saturday

August 31, 2012

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening tomorrow, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.

The grand opening celebration is sure to be an enjoyable event for visitors and locals alike who have donated to and supported the reconstruction effort, and for those who have been waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new facility.

The celebration will include guest speakers, music, an art exhibit, and a ribbon cutting for the new visitor center.

Fishbowl politics

August 31, 2012

We’d like to think we live in a fishbowl here—that everyone in California (and beyond) is paying attention to us.

They’re not.

We are a small town in one of the most remote, inaccessible areas this side of the Pakistan/Afghan border.

We all signed up for that, for a variety of reasons. But for those who may wish for thoughtful attention from Sacramento or L.A., not to mention Washington, D.C., it is best to get used to how small our fishbowl really is.

Big dump of Alpers trout hit local waters for the weekend

August 31, 2012

The following locations have been stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch in time for the Labor Day weekend, beginning with the areas near Bishop and moving north toward Bridgeport.

• Intake II
• South Lake
• Sabrina
• Bishop Creek
• Tinnemaha Creek
• Taboose Creek
• Independence Creek
• Lower Twin Bridgeport
• Upper Twin Bridgeport
• Bridgeport Reservoir
• Convict Lake
• Grant Lake
• Gull Lake
• June Lake
• Silver Lake
• Lundy Lake
• Mammoth Lakes Basin—Mary, Mamie, Georg and Twin
• Rock Creek
• Rock Creek Lake
• Little Virginia

Saving 10 percent on fuel could help county cut costs, supervisor says

August 31, 2012

One way to cut county expenses is to cut fuel use by the county by 10 percent, says Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston. He pushed the idea during this week’s county budget hearings, hoping to gain some traction.

Although the supervisors did not immediately endorse Johnston’s idea, they said the idea merited further discussion.

Measure S needs citizen oversight committee members

August 31, 2012

Mammoth Unified School District is soliciting letters of interest from interested community members and staff to service on the district’s Measure S Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to inform the community concerning the expenditure of the Measure S parcel tax revenue. Anyone interested should direct a letter of interest to the district office by the close of business today (Friday).

Fido & Me — Storytime at Mammoth Rocks

August 31, 2012

“What a cute boy!” said the stranger.

“Who, me?!?!?” Fido asked, blushing.

The stranger walked over to Fido, who was blissfully sitting under a table at last weekend’s “Mammoth Rocks/A Taste of the Sierra” festival in the Village. He was manning the booth for the paper.

“Are you the dog in the paper all the time?” she said.

“That’s me!” Fido said, and he wagged his stump.

“Want to hear a story?” Fido said to the woman.

“Why, yes, Fido,” she responded. “I love stories.”

Fido wormed his way from beneath the table—not an easy thing to do for a big, red, 80-pound chow mix.

Softball teams finish season

August 31, 2012

Mammoth’s softball teams finish their seasons this week with dizzying rounds of multiple playoffs.

Monday, Aug. 27, was the start of the single-elimination playoffs, with Greyhawk, Originales, Grumpy’s Holy Rollers, Austria Hof-Thunderstruck, Guerreros and Los Mayas in the hunt.

As a reward for finishing first in the regular season, XRC won a first-round bye.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the two Co-ed Divisions (14 teams total) began tournament play, and to try to name a favorite would be futile.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 31-Sept. 6, starring Deb Pierrel, Michael Plapp, Meb, and more

August 31, 2012

The shovel goes into the ground on Tuesday for the long awaited, much anticipated Gateway Monument signs on S.R. 203 coming in and out of town. Elizabeth Tenney, Jim Tenney, Bruce Woodward and et al showed up at the Town Council meeting Wednesday to make sure it was really going to happen. Critics of the thing stayed home in droves, save one. …

No TV this year for Huskies, Broncos

August 31, 2012

For the first time in 12 years, high school football has disappeared from the airwaves.

KSRW (Sierra Wave) sports director Bob Todd said the station dropped the broadcasts “for a number of reasons,” but declined to go into specifics.

The decision is a blow to high school sports fans, as well as to the teams themselves, said Huskies Head Coach Marty Thompson.

“It’s a huge deal to those people who watch the games, and it was a great tool for us.”

It also was a public service that not many communities have ever had a chance to experience.

Labor Day Arts Festival marks end of summer

August 31, 2012

The calendar doesn’t lie.

If it is Labor Day Weekend in Mammoth, that means it is Gaye Mueller’s turn to take over Sam’s Woodsite with another Labor Day Arts Festival.

It is the 43rd festival, making it new wine in an old bottle, but just a short walk away, the first-ever Mammoth Bluegrass Festival takes over the Village.

No one knows how that will work, given this is the first-ever dual event for the weekend, but Mueller said she’s fired up and ready to go.

August 28th

RAW: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center opens Sept. 1

August 28, 2012

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening on Sept. 1, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.

August 26th

Conway Ranch plans big dump of Alpers trout for Labor Day Weekend

August 26, 2012

The following locations will be stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch courtesy of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce: 

• Intake II 

 

Adult Softball League starts playoffs; XRC favorite in men’s division, wide open in co-ed tourney

August 26, 2012

Mammoth’s softball teams finish their seasons this week with dizzying rounds of multiple playoffs.

Monday, Aug. 27, is the start of the single-elimination playoffs, with Greyhawk, Originales, Grumpy’s Holy Rollers, Austria Hof-Thunderstruck, Guerreros and Los Mayas in the hunt.

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