March 14th, 2011
Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.
What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasnât.
Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half â with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses â just about everyone was none too pleased.
And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didnât help either.
Greg Stump spotlights legendary filmmakers, skiers in new film
Ahhhh ... one of the sounds made when watching ski movies, whether evoked by incredible landscapes and vistas, or by skiers launching off improbable precipices to land far below in the snow.
Greg Stumpâs âLegend of Aahhhâsâ is a ski movie about ski movies, the people who made them and those who skied in them.
It will be screened at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center Saturday night, March 12.
Try a trip down âThe Hoseâ
As if you didnât notice, spring skiing more or less opened this past week, with warm temperatures and longer hours of daylight.
For backcountry skiers, it is the best time of the year. The gullies and canyons are filled in with about as much snow as theyâre going to get, making the steeps a little less steep, with wonderful corn snow on the way shortly.
There are hundreds of great spots to ski in the spring around here.
But the Sherwins keep drawing us in.
Partly itâs because theyâre so darned accessible â right out our back door.
Despite another round of pleas from Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday for air flight subsidies, county supervisors once again said, âNot so fast.â
For the second time in about as many months, Town and Mountain officials came to the county for help, asking for between $215,000 and $289,000 a year to help bridge a gap in subsidizing year around air service (winter air service subsidies are already covered by the Mountain.)
Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH), dedicated to providing housing for low-income families, has turned a radical corner.
Rather than building new structures, the non-profit organization has its eye on acquiring and rehabilitating older structures in Mammoth.
âThis is our first step into it, so weâre dealing with some new processes,â said MLH executive director Pam Hennarty, âbut I think weâre handling it pretty well. Weâre excited about the process.â
Those really were the actors, Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World), in town last weekend. ...
While weâre in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman, co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...
Is there any bigger fan of March Madness than Bob Sollima? Donât think so. On his behalf, Go Zags! ...
While weâre in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...
An illegally created motocross-like track in Chalfant goes to the county planning commission Thursday for debate, after a private property owner family bull-dozed a roughly one-acre area on their 18 acres into a rough, motocross-like track.
The family is arguing that the motocross like track is a suitable use of their property.
Dividing the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) roughly in half and creating true wilderness out of one half and a multiple use area out of the other is Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard solution to the Bodie Hills issue, one that he will take to the board Tuesday.
The Inyo National Forest will be sponsoring a Job Fair for local people interested in getting a temporary job with the Forest Service this summer and fall. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM Interagency Building, behind the DMV, on West Line Street in Bishop.
Temporary jobs are available in such fields as firefighting, trail maintenance and engineering. At the Job Fair, Forest Service staff will be there to discuss the jobs, and to help people with the online federal job application process.
Riders got big air this weekend at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, like this competitor in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle on Sunday.
A motocross-like track on private land in Chalfant has some neighbors upset even as others signed a petition of support for the track.
The issue goes before the Mono County Planning Commission next week, on March 10 in Mammoth.
The track was bulldozed onto an approximately one-acre portion of an 18-acre parcel belonging to Sue Jenson, her daughter Naomi Garcia and son-in-law Adam Garcia, all residents of the community of West Chalfant.