Bryce Eller is standing on the precipice.
He is 17 years old, a senior at Mammoth High School and a championship-class downhill skier on the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team.
When he looks over the edge, he is peering at greatness, even if he himself doesnâ€™t quite know that yet.
Ranked second in the United States for his age group, Eller, at 5-11 and 195 pounds, is carrying a lot of weight each time he enters the gates. The number of eyes watching each of his runs is a bit astonishing.
Police Chief Dan Watson came to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night with his stars on his uniform shirt, a plea for staffing and his hat in hand.
The council said sorry, but see ya.
“I came forward with some recommendations that I think shouldn’t wait until the next budget year,” Watson said after the council turned back his suggestions, at least until the regularly scheduled council meeting in the second week of January.
June Mountain locals refer to it simply as “The Chair.”
It is arguably one of the top carnival rides at either June Mountain or Mammoth, and if you’re going to ski or ride June, “The Chair” is de rigueur.
It is Chair 1, marked on the June Trail Map as J1, and though as slow as molasses in January, it has taken skiers up the hill since 1961. As in straight up.
Lynda Salcido has been appointed to the open seat on the Mammoth Hospital recently vacated by Dr. Don Sage.
The appointment was filled at the Dec. 16 2010 Southern Mono Healthcare District (SMHD) Board of Directors meeting, with a majority vote of 3:1 with five candidates applying for the seat (Salcido, Richard Vroman, Jon King, Michelle Mather and Kiara Raazi).
The winter storm forecast to come in later this afternoon got an early head start this morning. Even though Mammoth residents went to bed with bright stars out their windows, by 8 a.m., several inches of snow had fallen on the town of Mammoth and there was no sign of its stopping.
The snowfall total has also increased since yesterday, with the storm coming in colder than forecast, from three to six feet for Mammoth to three to eight feet above 7,000 feet by Sunday.
The Mammoth daycare provider arrested on alleged child sexual abuse charges in early October, Guadalupe "Lupe" Almaguer, plead guilty to four counts of child molestation at a Dec. 13 court hearing, according to Todd Graham, Mono County Deputy District Attorney.
"Mr. Guadalupe â€śLupeâ€ť Almaguer pled guilty to four felony counts of child molestation of four victims while each victim was under the age of 14," Graham said in a press release.
Mammothâ€™s newest venue in the art world couldnâ€™t be in a more unusual â€“ or enticing â€“ spot.
On Saturday, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will open an â€śArt Parkâ€ť in a new terrain park above Canyon Lodge.
The new terrain park seeks to introduce the worlds of skiing and snowboarding to the world of street art.
â€śIâ€™m really stoked,â€ť said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen. â€śIâ€™ve never seen any other mountain do this kind of thing. Itâ€™s a cool way to combine art and snowboarding and skiing.
â€śThe two cultures kind of go together. With the art on snowboards and skis, theyâ€™re interconnected.â€ť
Problems with AT&T cell service in the Tri-Valley area will continue for another few days, but should clear up after that, according to AT&T. The problems, in the form of an almost total blackout for most Tri-Valley communities, began at the end of November and have angered resident, including emergency service providers worried about the lack of cell service.
Mark Brownlie is making his way up the mountain, and heâ€™s darned near the top.
The head coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski team last week earned a promotion, becoming the ski areaâ€™s Managing Director of Athletics.
"It's a great honor," Brownlie said in his signature Scottish accent.
"I look forward to creating new possibilities for the Community Foundation and to keep the goal of having the best race department and race team in the country."
Camber is in. Camber is out. Rocker is in. Rocker is out.
No, wait! Theyâ€™re both in! And howzabout them tips, eh?
In the world of snowboard and ski design, big things are happening lately, say those in the know.
â€śIn the last two years, thereâ€™s been more redesign work on snowboards than in the 10 years before,â€ť said Steve Klassen, owner of the Wave Rave Snowboard Shop and a world-class rider.
In a couple of nights, the best meteor shower of the year will sweep down on the High Sierra, bringing stars to earth, as 60 to 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky.
The Geminid meteor shower, one of some half-dozen, annual, prominent meteor showers, begins in earnest in the very late evening of Dec. 13, although many meteor lovers have been seeing impatient Geminids for the past week.
Fridayâ€™s Wild & Scenic Film Festival was a gathering of like-minded souls and the films were superb. The film on reintroduction of wolves was a fascinating look at what happens when the predator-prey balance is knocked sideways. Emcee Stacy Corless was brilliant in her introductions. ...
See you at Kathy Copelandâ€™s Island Extravaganza Saturday at Canyon Lodge. Always the best party in December, particular for the Hawaiian shirt crowd. ...
The controversial Rock Creek area development project proposed by developer John Hooper for the old Paradise Lodge property goes to the county planning commission again this Friday.
The meeting will held be held at the Crowley Lake Community Center at 1 p.m., in the form of a public hearing on the project's environmental impact document and on the specific plan for the project.