July 27th, 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, itâs 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 womenâs 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 wasnât enoughâand it wasnât widespread enoughâto lessen the fire danger facing the region.
âIt would have to rain for a week, a good steady rain, to really change the situation,â said Mammoth Fire Department Marshall Thom Heller.
âThis rain did moisten the smaller fuels, like small branches, but if you look under any tree, itâs still dry.â
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 didnât 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 âPanorama Domeâ 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 Mountainâs 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 Spaâand now a member of the newly formed âKeep June Mountain Open Coalitionââsaid itâs 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.
âMayor Harvey had been battling cancer for several years,â Brown wrote in a press release Monday evening.
âFamily members and close friends were with Skip at the time of his passing.â
Veteran bluesman Johnny Winter says he never wanted to be a rocker.
In spite of his 1970 best-selling rock album âJohnny Winter âŠ And,â featuring his brother, Edgar, Winter said he always was and always will be true to his first love: the blues.
âI wasnât really happy crossing over to rock ânâ roll,â he said in a telephone interview from Charlotte, N.C., where he was to perform that night.
âThat was my managerâs idea. Iâd rather not be doing it. At the time, the blues was kind of fading out, and he thought I should do more rock.