July 27th, 2012
The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park tomorrow (Saturday) will open a new feature in its â€śDiscovery Zoneâ€ť 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.
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, itâ€™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.
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 womenâ€™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.
As much as 1.3 inches of rain fell in the Mammoth and Crowley area earlier this week, but it wasnâ€™t enoughâ€”and it wasnâ€™t widespread enoughâ€”to lessen the fire danger facing the region.
â€śIt would have to rain for a week, a good steady rain, to really change the situation,â€ť said Mammoth Fire Department Marshall Thom Heller.
â€śThis rain did moisten the smaller fuels, like small branches, but if you look under any tree, itâ€™s still dry.â€ť
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 didnâ€™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.
The mountain biking loop trails, the primary hiking trail, and the parking areas used to access the â€śPanorama Domeâ€ť will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1.
The round of thunderstorms yesterday and today brought some much-needed moisture to the areaâ€” 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.
The big bears are out of the mountains and back in the dumpsters. The second-year bears are scrambling around in their wake.
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 Mountainâ€™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 Spaâ€”and now a member of the newly formed â€śKeep June Mountain Open Coalitionâ€ťâ€”said itâ€™s still too soon to conclude what will happen.
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.
â€śMayor Harvey had been battling cancer for several years,â€ť Brown wrote in a press release Monday evening.
â€śFamily members and close friends were with Skip at the time of his passing.â€ť