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July 27th, 2012

'Discovery Zone' bike trail opens at Mammoth Mountain

July 27, 2012

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park tomorrow (Saturday) will open a new feature in its “Discovery Zone” at the base of Main Lodge.

In an effort to introduce young riders and beginners of all ages, a park spokesperson said it will open a specially designated area for beginning mountain bike riders. The gentle slopes off Discovery Express (Chair 11) will provide a lift-assisted area for beginning riders to hone their skills before taking to the bigger mountain.

Our View — For Whom the Bell Tolls

July 27, 2012

Mammoth has one more week of wiggle room before heading back into bankruptcy proceedings. Pardon us if we’re not on the sidelines waving our maroon and gold pom-poms. We are on a losing streak. You are not going to hear “Win one for the Gipper” from us.

Losing streaks dampen emotions and harden doubts. Mammoth is nearing the end in its bankruptcy battle with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition’s team of crack lawyers, who are riding an impressive winning streak.

The fourth quarter will look like this:

Twenty-four and still counting: jazz with altitude

July 27, 2012

When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 24th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it takes many, many hours of preparation. What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.

The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this July event.

Skip's Market

July 27, 2012

At the wonderful memorial service for Skip Harvey this past Saturday, the attendees were given a four page memorial statement with some great photos and reminiscences about the high points of Skip’s life. One of the things mentioned was how Skip was a driving force behind creating the Main Street Farmer’s Market.

'Nike Outpost' is open again

July 27, 2012

The runners are back, the Olympics are on, and the Nike Outpost is open.

Hmm. Must be summer in Mammoth.

Situated in the old Volcano Sports space in Mammoth Mall (Ocean Harvest, Good Life, Command Performance, et. al.), the Outpost is almost a summer staple around here.

But this time, it’s even better.

Each night during the Olympics, the Nike Outpost will have television coverage on two huge television screens, with couches and deep-cushioned lounge chairs for the members of the 60 or so running clubs who use Mammoth as a training ground for their upcoming cross-country seasons.

Sierra Transition Education Program

July 27, 2012

The High School Senior Breakfast and the awarding of thousands of dollars in scholarships has become a tradition that students, parents and the community look forward to every year. This year was no exception.

Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra recognized and awarded five graduating seniors on June 15th at Mammoth High School. As an afterthought as she was leaving the podium, Kathy Copeland gave a shout out to the gracious community members of Mammoth Lakes in attendance, asking for some help.

Mammoth runners in London, ready to go; Keflezighi, Hastings, Uceny eye medals

July 27, 2012

The track and field portion of the Olympic Games begin Sunday in London and for Mammoth Track Club athletes and their specialty disciplines, the four-year wait is just about over.

Morgan Uceny, in the women’s 1,500 meters, Amy Hastings in the 10,000 meters and marathoner Meb Keflezighi all run on different days, most of them live but some on delayed broadcast.

Former Mammoth Track Club members Ryan Hall and Alistair Cragg, running for Ireland, also will run the marathon, on the final day of the Olympics on Aug. 12.

Despite rain, fire danger still high

July 27, 2012

As much as 1.3 inches of rain fell in the Mammoth and Crowley area earlier this week, but it wasn’t enough—and it wasn’t widespread enough—to lessen the fire danger facing the region.

“It would have to rain for a week, a good steady rain, to really change the situation,” said Mammoth Fire Department Marshall Thom Heller.

“This rain did moisten the smaller fuels, like small branches, but if you look under any tree, it’s still dry.”

Lemonade stand raises hundreds to save June Mountain

July 27, 2012

When Lee Vining Elementary School teacher Anna Strathman agreed to help some of her students raise money to help June Mountain stay open by selling lemonade, she didn’t know what to expect.

But within a few days, the students hand-delivered a $147 check to Rusty Gregory, the CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

A few weeks later, they had collected another several hundred dollars, and as of this week, they show no signs of stopping.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 27-Aug. 6

July 27, 2012

July 26th

RAW: Forest Service shuts down Panorama Dome hiking, biking trails

July 26, 2012

The mountain biking loop trails, the primary hiking trail, and the parking areas used to access the “Panorama Dome” will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1.

July 23rd

Lightning starts a few small fires but no threat to property, life at this time

July 23, 2012

The round of thunderstorms yesterday and today brought some much-needed moisture to the area— and a few lightning strikes that set off some small fires.

So far, none of the strikes have resulted in fires that are threatening life or property in the Eastern Sierra.
Nancy Upham, the public information specialist with the Inyo National Forest, said the rain helped keep the fires that did start from spreading, and that crews have been working or monitoring all the fires.

July 20th

The bears are back in town

July 20, 2012

The big bears are out of the mountains and back in the dumpsters. The second-year bears are scrambling around in their wake.

June Mountain fate still unclear, group forms to save it

July 20, 2012

June Lake community members met with both Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO/June Mountain Ski Area owner Rusty Gregory and Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta individually in the past week, but there is still no concrete answer as to June Mountain’s fate.

The spectre of a shuttered June Mountain ski area has spurred the June Lake community, but Connie Black, owner of the Double Eagle Resort and Spa—and now a member of the newly formed “Keep June Mountain Open Coalition”—said it’s still too soon to conclude what will happen.

Services set for Skip Harvey

July 20, 2012

Services for Skip Harvey have been set for tomorrow (Saturday) at Canyon Lodge.

The service will begin at 3 p.m.

Harvey, who left an indelible mark on Mammoth as a restaurateur, ski instructor and, most recently, a town council member, died early Monday, according to town public information officer Stuart Brown.

“Mayor Harvey had been battling cancer for several years,” Brown wrote in a press release Monday evening.

“Family members and close friends were with Skip at the time of his passing.”

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