August 6th, 2011
The contractors won the pennant! The contractors won the pennant!
All right, so it wasnâ€™t exactly that dramatic at Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting, but to Mammoth builders it must have seemed like Bobby Thomson had just stepped to the plate and swatted a drive into the lower deck of the left field stands.
When they walked out of the Council Chambers, they had a victory, although not a total, hands-down victory.
First of all, there was no actual action.
That was the Mono County Supervisorsâ€™ almost united response to Tuesdayâ€™s request by a Bridgeport community group to take the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area out of its semi-protected status.
In fact, the board was so irritated by the resolution and the way it ended up on the agenda, they refused to vote on it, leaving it to die an undignified death.
â€śFireball,â€ť the iconoclastic checker at Vons, showed up the other day with a hairnet over his shaved pate. Didnâ€™t slow him down a whitâ€¦
Our own Shaylyn Riley and boyfriend Scott Smith came in second in the first heat of the co-ed canoe race last Saturday at the Firemenâ€™s BBQ Yeah!â€¦
Two controversial issues, redistricting and the Bodie Hills, go before the Mono County Supervisors today and both can be viewed and participated in in Mammoth via videoconference as well as in Bridgeport, at the county courthouse, second floor, Supervisor's Chambers.
The Mammoth meeting room is in the Shogun mall, on the third floor, at the far south end of the building, on the left. It will be obvious when you get there, if you just follow the hallway almost all the way south to the end, and turn left.
If there is a more perfect motorcycle route in California than the Sonora Pass Road, Arlie Ray Blacksheer and Sarah Kazmark canâ€™t think of many, if any at all.
â€śWe come up here for the views all the time,â€ť said Blacksheer, a sales consultant at California BMW in Mountain View (Bay Area).
As he spoke, he held a pair of high-powered binoculars to his eyes, inspecting a rock face near the summit on the western side of the pass.
â€śThe water is seeping right through the rocks!â€ť
Say it isnâ€™t so.
After more than a decade of divisive debate over the fate of Mono Countyâ€™s federal Wilderness Study Areaswith no clean solution, the argument comes back again next week.
A Bridgeport community group has put a resolution on the county supervisorâ€™s agenda Tuesday that will ask the supervisors to support releasing some of the county â€” and the nationâ€™s â€” wilderness study areas from the federal protection they now have.
The Mammoth Lakes government tribes gathered Wednesday evening in a Woodstock moment.
If they had held hands and sung â€śKumbaya,â€ť no one would have been much surprised.
The sit-down was to approve a â€śResort Investment Elementâ€ť â€“ basically an amendment to the townâ€™s 2007 General Plan.
Its importance could not be overstated:
â€śLetâ€™s build a Big Top,â€ť said community development director Mark Wardlaw to the assembled commissioners.
Fido says he wants to join a dating service.
Me, I was listening to a baseball game, concentrating on a two-on, two-out, one-run game, and this took me by surprise.
â€śWhat the heck-fire?â€ť said I.
â€śItâ€™s not that Iâ€™m lonely, but Iâ€™d like to have someone of my ilk to share experiences, romp around, get into sniffing contests, have conversations, discuss brands of kibble, that kind of thing.
â€śGood God, man,â€ť I said. â€śMammoth has more dogs than humans. Are you sure youâ€™re not already sitting on a canine gold mine?â€ť
From the True Love files: Kathy Johnson, the superb (and athletic) cosmetologist at the Profiles Salon, was busy snipping on Tuesday when Bruce Bartlett walked in with a dozen red roses and plopped them on the front desk. Just for the heck of it. â€¦
More True Love: Have there ever been newlyweds as radiant as Teresa Aragon and new hubby Jimmy? The former Miss Brooks and Jimmy hitched on the shores of Convict Lake last weekend. Yay!â€¦
When Matthew Lehman gets a hot idea, he sure doesnâ€™t waste much time between â€śfloatingâ€ť it and kicking it into action.
Mammothâ€™s councilman and Mayor Pro Tem suggested two weeks ago that Mammoth should perhaps devise some sort of â€śeconomic stimulus plan."
By Wednesday nightâ€™s regular Town Council meeting, he had legislation on the table in the form of a plan prepared by the town staff. He also had a list of immediate action items, delivered by letter. Lehman had to be out of town for Wednesdayâ€™s meeting and so was not present.
Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m, bringing the total of water-related deaths to six this year.
Hormiz David, a 22-year-old-male from Manteca, Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old-male from Turlock and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old-female from Modesto, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.
Fido rolled over on his side and let out a long breath.
â€śTo live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.â€ť
â€śWhaa?â€ť I says.
Fido repeated it.
â€śIâ€™ve heard this before,â€ť says I to Fido. Me, I was listening to the baseball game.
â€śItâ€™s Friedrich Nietzsche,â€ť says Fido.
â€śI can hardly believe my ears,â€ť I says to him. â€śYou buy that?â€ť
â€śDunno,â€ť says Fido. â€śIâ€™ll believe anything if thereâ€™s a biscuit in it.â€ť
The bears are romping in the Lakes Basin, reports the Bear Whisperer, but enjoy the cubs while you can. Mortality rate is an astonishing 51 percent, says he. â€¦
Six new wildlife warning signs are up around town, but not on S.R. 203. Caltrans has rules, you know. â€¦
The Fire Department and Chief Brent Harper are marking trees up near The Bluffs in their continuing effort at fire reduction. Homeowners there will get a 75 percent rebate for forest cleanup, he says, and no complaints so far. â€¦
Bill Altaffer, "the world's most traveled man, will present a pair of slide shows at the Mammoth Lakes Library on Thursday night.
The first deals with The Soviet Union's celebration of its defeat of the Axis powers.
The second is about the Pamir Highway and the Aral Seas.
It begins at 7 o'clock. For further information, call 760-934-4777.