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August 17th, 2012

What's Up Up Here? Aug 17-23, starring Dan and Dan, Trevor Donovan, Paul Ryan

August 17, 2012

August 16th

RAW: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center to open Sept. 1

August 16, 2012

Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta is pleased to announce that the long-anticipated opening of the new Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center has been scheduled for Saturday, September 1.

A grand opening celebration is slated to take place at Schulman Grove with music starting at 1:00 pm and the formal ceremony at 2:00 pm. The celebration will include music by the Idle Hands String Band, guest speakers, a Paiute blessing, an art exhibit, a ribbon cutting and much more. Interpretive programs and patio talks will be offered throughout the day.

Hantavirus victims might have contacted virus in Yosemite National Park's Curry Village

August 16, 2012

The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died and whom might have been exposed to the virus at a cabin in Yosemite National Park, has prompted Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, to remind Californians to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation.

Boy missing, another boy dead, after accident near Vernal Falls in Yosemite

August 16, 2012

A ten-year-old boy was pronounced dead and a six-year-old boy remains missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, according to park officials. 

A family group, from southern California, were in the Merced River near the Vernal Fall Footbridge yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. They had begun their hike at the Happy Isles Trailhead and hiked approximately one mile, where they stopped at the footbridge.

August 13th

UPDATE Aug. 14: Fire near Mono Lake at 12,574 acres, 100 percent contained

August 13, 2012

The lightning-caused fire near Mono Lake was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday, and firefighters are increasingly being moved from the Indian Fire to other fires in the state and country.

The thunderstorm that sparked the lightning that started the now-12,574-acre passed through the Eastern Sierra Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8 and ignited the fire about five miles southeast of Mono Lake and north of Highway 120 on Bureau of Land Management public lands.

WARREN MILLER: Pick a number

August 13, 2012

This is the time of the summer Olympics where numbers are flying back and forth by the thousandth of a second. The difference between a gold and a fourth in the Olympics is only 18/100ths of a second. How much is that in inches? 

ML Foundation unveils Golf Classic rules and schedule

August 13, 2012

Where did the summer go, anyway?

One of Mammoth’s early autumn events is Sunday, Sept. 9 when the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic tees off at Sierra Star.

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Fees include greens fees and cart, use of chipping and putting greens, lunch, tournament gift, silent auction, awards party, and the opportunity to support higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth.

Fido & Me — Dog Days

August 13, 2012

“These are really called Dog Days?” Fido said.

“They are, but it’s not what you think,” I replied.

“I’m a dog! I don’t think. I guard, I feel, I bark, I sleep, I eat. But I do not think. I am a life-support system for biscuits and my water bowl. Everything after that is gravy.”

“Once again, you Big Red Lug, you are mixing your metaphors something awful, but that’s perfectly OK during the Dog Days of August.”

“Hey hey hey hey!” Fido yelped. “What will we do to celebrate?”

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

Let the bears die

August 13, 2012

This is going to hurt.

It hurts to write it; it hurts even worse to witness the impending bear die-off this summer, and do nothing.

Yet the best way to deal with Mammoth’s starving bears is to let nature take its amoral, cruel course. As painful as it might be, the very best thing for the bears is to let them die in their own way.

Starvation is nasty business, but it’s better than putting bullets in their brains. Certainly it is better than to keep them on the razor’s edge of life by handing them freebies, only to watch them become problem bears later.

August 12th

Mammoth Olympians fail to medal; Meb fourth in marathon, Uceny falls in 1500m, Hastings 11th in 10,000m

August 12, 2012

Mammoth's Meb Keflezighi finished fourth in the Olympic marathon in London on Sunday, but said he is happy with his performance—23 seconds better than his silver-medal finish in 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Bears are restless, hungry and on the prowl

August 12, 2012

Bear activity has picked up dramatically over the last several weeks, according to wildlife experts up and down the Eastern Sierra.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in this room who hasn’t seen a bear this week,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles during the last open meeting of the Town Council on Aug. 1.

“When I was in front of you two weeks ago, I was saying how proud I was of the community and what a fantastic job they were doing. I’m sad to say that over the last week or 10 days, people may have let down their guard.

August 10th

Crews find dozens of old heaps at Mammoth Track

August 10, 2012

Crews working at the site of the new Mammoth Track have run into just about the last thing they expected.
While leveling the ground for the all-purpose track, they unearthed what appears to have been Mammoth’s first-ever experiment in underground parking. It’s as good an explanation as anything else.

Dozens of old cars, mostly dating from the 40s, 50s and early 60s, lay buried in a stack that runs the entire length of what will be a full-length Olympic-sized track.

No one knows how they got there.

“It’s kind of a big hole,” deadpanned Public Works Director Ray Jarvis.

Beerfest/Bluesapalooza a smash hit

August 10, 2012

It’s hard to imagine anything can beat a four-day, blues-and-beer combination beneath the pines at high altitude in August.

But add some thunderous applause from Mother Nature herself, and thunderbolts thrown by Zeus from the mountaintops, what concertgoers had was an unmatched set list that literally shook concertgoers right out of Sam’s Woodsite last weekend.

The whole thing was delightful, of course, with veteran Blooza attendees saying it was Joyce and Sean Turner’s best production yet.

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