July 13th, 2012
â€śFido, whatâ€™s wrong?â€ť
â€śI have never been so worn out in all my life!â€ť
â€śBut it was just an overnight!â€ť I said. â€śPiece of cake, old man.â€ť
â€śYeah, well, so you say.â€ť
Fido walked to his dog bed and more or less dived into it, like a locomotive that has jumped the tracks. Nose first, cloud of dust, then silence. In no time, he was snoring.
As for me, I was a little tired after our first overnight in the mountains, but nothing out of the ordinary.
For Fido, though, his first overnight backpacking adventure was more of a strain than Iâ€™d figured.
The legal struggle triggered when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claimed it owned all of the water rights to Mammoth Creek continues with both Los Angeles and Mammoth arguing their case in courts and through media.
In the past few weeks, letters between Los Angeles and the Mammoth Community Water District have outlined sharp differences between the two agenciesâ€”and no solutions.
This probably is not going to happen, but it might.
A San Francisco architect, who is loosely affiliated with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, has submitted drawings as to what its High Altitude Training Facility might look like.
It is no more than a glimmer in his eyeâ€”a dream based on the outskirts of possibility.
Mark Horton, whose firm produced the winning drawings for San Franciscoâ€™s indoor trampoline center, House of Air, characterized his work as â€śan idea for discussion,â€ť and nothing more.
Local historian extraordinaire Mark Davis is doing wonders with the Hayden Cabin, moving ahead with new additions, installations and so on, to the delight of Mammoth history buffs everywhere. …
Tim Alpers has heard his share of fish stories, but thereâ€™s nothing like a hit of reality to knock him sideways.
Rather than serving up fish to the anglers among us, the former owner of the Alpers Owens River Ranch this week is serving up fish to Tom Cruise, the high-profile actor who is filming a new sci-fi film, â€śOblivion,â€ť in June Lake.
Itâ€™s not what you think.
A Mammoth woman, Irene Molloy, 84, died Saturday after sustaining injuries in a car accident in Independence.
Molloy was a familiar face at The Cast Off, the non-profit thrift store run by the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked. She was also a member of the Sunshine Committee.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on July 7 at about 1:20 p.m., after Molloy apparently pulled in front of a southbound motorist on U.S. 395 and Miller Street in Independence, where she had been waiting to cross the highway in her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.
While the rest of Mammoth was enjoying the Fourth of July holiday at parades, arts exhibitions, and music in the park, the Town Council had a very different kind of holiday.
Meeting in a hurry-up special session on the afternoon of the Fourth, the council began deliberations on diverting up to $400,000 from the townâ€™s Measure U revenue to the airport to secure fall flights to and from Los Angeles.
But itâ€™s more than just fall flights, said Mayor Matthew Lehman.
Mammothâ€™s legal team kicked into high gear this past week, preparing for a make-or-break appeal to a Sacramento bankruptcy court.
The process will begin next week, said Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.
If the legal team, led by town attorney Andrew Ross, wins its case, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for a town carrying a $43 million legal debt that it says it cannot pay.
Outdoors journalism suffered a tragic loss this week, when Michael J. Ybarra, a former L.A. Times reporter who had recently written about his outdoors adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park.
He was 45.
Ybarra had set out alone to cross the craggy Sawtooth Ridge in the Eastern Sierra and summited the 12,280-foot Matterhorn Peak before he fell about 200 feet to his death, according to sister, Suzanne Ybarra, who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in its Friday editions.
Sharon Harvey, past President of the Mammoth Lakes Womenâ€™s Club, and her husband Dave, recently opened Mammothâ€™s newest bed and breakfast, The Swiss Chalet Inn Bed & Breakfast.
The Mammoth Lakes Womenâ€™s Club and the Harveys will host an open house and invite the public to tour the new establishment on Wednesday July 11, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 101 Hill Street, in Old Mammoth.
Mammoth Lakes Womenâ€™s Clubâ€™s monthly meeting will be held after the event starting at at 7 p.m.
Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Hereâ€™s a summary of some of the events:
Weekly ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile: This one hour, one-mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11 a.m. at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).
A $25,000 study to assess whether Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes need another, bigger re- cycling facility is a â€ślast resort,â€ť pending more discussion and cooperation between the two governments, the county supervisors agreed Tuesday.
Both are struggling to meet new state requirements that force municipalities to recycle more of their garbage. Solving â€śthe garbage questionâ€ť is a high priority for both governments, given high costs and low revenues due to a huge decline in construction revenues.
Mono County seniors will continue to get all the services they currently receiveâ€”from Meals on Wheels to other in-home serviceâ€”for at least the next 90 days after the Mono County Board of Supervisors agreed to extend a current agreement with Inyo County for 90 more days.
But in the long run, a final solution regarding how to serve the countyâ€™s seniors still needs to be put into place, county officials agreed.
The Mono County Board of Supervisors voted to certify the election results Tuesday. The election delivered Tim Alpers and Fred Stump as two new county supervisors, with a runoff election between candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko this November.