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August 27th, 2011

A thousand-inch winter? Really?

August 27, 2011

Summer is over and a big winter could be ahead.

There.

It’s been said.

Darker mornings, cooler nights; a subtle shift in the light. A slight tinge of gold, even in the greenest trees and plants. School in session, pre-dawn runs before work, woodpiles sprouting on every deck.

Orion rising. Scorpius setting. Summer is over.

And far too soon for most locals, battered by a long, deep-snowed winter, a cold spring, a summer that only began six short weeks ago.

To make it all worse, the rumor mill about the coming winter is enough to make you break out in chills.

Fido and Me – Lockout!

August 27, 2011

Fido locked me out of the house. In the process, he locked himself in.

“Get me out of here!” he whimpered from behind the door.

“I’m trying, you big lug, but the deadbolt seems to have been tripped.”

“What’s a deadbolt?”

“A deadbolt, Fido, is the one lock on the door that I don’t have a key for! I’ve never even used the deadbolt and don’t even have a key for it. How the heck did the deadbolt get tripped?”

I tried to put the sequence together and that took a little time.

“Fido, was anyone in the house when I was gone?”

“I have to pee.”

“I know, I know. Me too!”

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Aug. 26 - Sept. 1

August 27, 2011

Happy 96th to Dave McCoy! …

From tourism chief John Urdi on Wednesday morning: “Nice wake-up call this morning at 5 a.m. with a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.” …

Mike Abbott on Facebook Wednesday morning: “Ummmmm ... was that an East Coast aftershock here?” …
Yep, that was Dan Hansen of MMSA rodding about, here and there. “Just drove a Bentley Continental GT Supersport Convertible. It was a little painful to get back into my truck afterwards.” …

August 24th

Another death in Yosemite, after climber falls off face of Half Dome

August 24, 2011

Yosemite National Park suffered its 17th death this year, when a climber fell to his death off the face of Half Dome Monday afternoon.

The park normally has about 12 to 15 fatalities a year, making the first eight months of 2011 already a record-breaking year. High, swift, cold rivers and creeks and a record number of visitors to the park this summer have contributed to the deadly year, but park officials recently told the Mammoth Times they are not sure exactly what other factors might be involved, if any.

August 12th

What happens next with Bodie Hills?

August 12, 2011

Following last week’s heated meeting regarding the Bodie Hills and other national Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), the MT asked all five of the Mono County Supervisors to weigh in on the future of the process. Here is what they had to say, in their own words.

(Supervisor Larry Johnston left for vacation right after that meeting and was not available for comment by press deadline.)

Byng Hunt, District 1 (Mammoth):

Mammoth View Project: Our first geothermal hotel

August 12, 2011

A green light couldn’t get more green.

The “Mammoth View” project, an innovative, 54-room hotel with 24 townhouses and 28 freestanding cabins, complete with a spa building, hot tubs and picnic areas, won a complete victory from the town this past week.

It will have a restaurant and bar, public art, walking areas for just anybody-old-who, and a trolley stop.

It’ll have a walkway in front, along Main Street, a reconfiguration of the stoplight at Main Street and Minaret Road, and bring in about a trillion billion gazillion dollars in transient occupancy tax.

So they say.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for Aug. 12-18

August 12, 2011

An estimated 520 cars entered the Crowley Lake Fish Camp to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks. The Town received $2,600 (20 percent of the $25 entrance fee), which ain’t bad. But that won’t erase The Judgment…

Heads up! On Sept. 10, the Whitmore Pool closes for the season and this has been a darned short summer season…

Mammoth Mountain recorded 1,293,341 skier visits for the 2010/11 season, just so’s you know. Darned long winter season…

August 6th

Fido and Me – Fido enjoys a Happy Hour and teaches me how to slurp properly

August 6, 2011

“I’d like to have a Happy Hour.”

Fido’s funny like that. He comes up with things that are so out of the blue that I hardly know what to think.

“It sure sounds like fun,” he said. “I just don’t know what it is. Let’s have one.”

“We can have as many as we want,” says I. “What’s your idea?”

“Idea? I’m a dog. I don’t have ideas. I have instincts.”

“Tell you what. After work, we’ll have a Happy Hour.”

“Hey hey hey hey!”

Town Council swats down Development Impact Fees, but only for one year

August 6, 2011

The contractors won the pennant! The contractors won the pennant!

All right, so it wasn’t exactly that dramatic at Wednesday’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.

Bodie Hills resolution dies in county supervisors' chambers

August 6, 2011

“No.”

That was the Mono County Supervisors’ almost united response to Tuesday’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.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for Aug. 5-11

August 6, 2011

“Fireball,” the iconoclastic checker at Vons, showed up the other day with a hairnet over his shaved pate. Didn’t slow him down a whit…

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 Firemen’s BBQ Yeah!…

August 2nd

Bodie Hills, redistricting go to supervisors today; meeting accessible in Mammoth

August 2, 2011

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.

July 30th

Save the Bodie Hills

July 30, 2011

Next Tuesday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors will be asked to support a pending House bill that strips some 60 million acres of federal lands from possible wilderness designation, including more than four million acres in California.

The Supervisors should not.

July 29th

Motorcycle Heaven on Sonora Pass

July 29, 2011

If there is a more perfect motorcycle route in California than the Sonora Pass Road, Arlie Ray Blacksheer and Sarah Kazmark can’t think of many, if any at all.

“We come up here for the views all the time,” 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.

“The water is seeping right through the rocks!”

Nation's wilderness study areas, including Bodie, in local crosshairs Tuesday

July 29, 2011

Say it isn’t so.

After more than a decade of divisive debate over the fate of Mono County’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 supervisor’s agenda Tuesday that will ask the supervisors to support releasing some of the county — and the nation’s — wilderness study areas from the federal protection they now have.

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