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October 1st, 2010

Qualls leads High School runners to big L.A. win

October 1, 2010

It was sophomore Toby Qualls who shot to the front of the pack and stayed there to win the varsity race in the 37th Bellarmine Cross Country Invitational.

Qualls’ blistering time was as hot as the day’s temperatures: 15:46 for the three-mile hilly course. He was 14 seconds shy of breaking the all-time sophomore record set in 1989 at 15:32. He beat his closest competitor by 24 seconds. Had the temperature been lower, or Qualls been pushed, chances are he would have lowered the record said his coach Andrew Kastor.

Green Creek Loop reveals flaming aspens, sheer mountains, serpentine creek

October 1, 2010

It took me 15 years of living in the Eastern Sierra before I drove up northern Mono County’s Green Creek Road in the fall – which is just too damn bad.

The combination of the placid, serpentine creek, wide, golden meadows rimmed with deep green lodgepole and flaming aspens and the sheer mountains above Green Creek’s headwaters is incomparable in the Eastern Sierra, rivaling even the more popular – and more crowded – Lundy Canyon.

Limited access to Lakes Basin during October

October 1, 2010

From Oct. 4, 2010 through Nov. 7, 2010, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road. Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.

Fuel reduction operation at Shady Rest Parcel

October 1, 2010

Starting in early October mem-bers of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel, Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25-acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Drive.

Sierra Star goes green

October 1, 2010

The green fairways of the Sierra Star Golf Course are, at last, truly green. And purple.

This past week, the golf course completed a long-term project to use recycled water from the Mammoth Community Water District to irrigate the turf at the golf course.

Purple is the universal color identifying facilities that contain or are using recycled water. These purple pipes and sprinkler heads can now be seen at Sierra.

Conservation-minded people sought for Nevada AmeriCorps

October 1, 2010

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is calling all interested people to apply to be part of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) based in Bishop, Calif. The SNAP program places 27 AmeriCorps members at different conservation agencies and organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.

ESLT is seeking enthusiastic conservation-minded people to devote a year to to the preservation of Eastern Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities.

September 29th

Flight times and fares for SFO, LAX, San Jose and Portland released

September 29, 2010

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Wednesday announced winter air schedules and fares, including the new flight to and from San Francisco International.

The flights, to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, begin Dec. 16, according to a news release Tuesday from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

United Airlines will offer non-stop service from San Francisco International to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Flights will be operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines, using 66-seat CRJ700 regional jets. Flights start at $188 round-trip.

Lake Mary Road temporarily closed to all access

September 29, 2010

From Oct. 4 through Nov. 7, Lake Mary Road (3S10) will be temporarily closed to all access from the northern intersection with the Twin Lakes Loop Road (4S22) to the southern intersection with Twin Lakes Loop Road.

Access to the Lakes Basin will still be available by either Old Mammoth Road (4S19) or Twin Lakes Loop Road.

This portion of the Lake Mary Road will be closed for the construction of a bike and pedestrian underpass, part of the Lake Mary bike path development project.

We're talking bears and a goat tonight in Crowley Lake

September 29, 2010

It’s going to be all about bears this evening at the Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee meeting in Crowley Lake.

Mammoth’s wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, will address the committee about halfway through the meeting, which also will feature a discussion about Crowley Lake entrance sign proposals and the Eastern Sierra Interagency Land Tenure Project – a presentation by Wendy Sugimura of the community development department.

September 28th

MLFD to do fuel reduction in Shady Rest Parcel

September 28, 2010

Starting in early October members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel," Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25 acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Dr.

September 27th

Lakes Basin study to be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 30

September 27, 2010

The results of the Lakes Basin Special Study are about to be unveiled in a series of three presentations over the next six weeks.

The first presentation, “State of the Lakes Basin,” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Monache Resort.

The second presentation, scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Westin from 5:30-8:30, is called “Lakes Basin recreation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The third, scheduled for Oct. 28, also at the Westin from 5:30 – 8:30, is called “Lakes Basin Mobility and Transportation.”

$100,000 on the line for Council, Trails group

September 27, 2010

John Wentworth and the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation on Wednesday engaged the Town Council with a bit of political jawboning.

Wentworth, the president/CEO of the foundation, said if the council would commit $100,000 to the MLTPA right away, the foundation would in turn trim its request of the same amount in its application for Measure R funding.

“We don’t want to lose our momentum,” implored Wentworth. “This has been four years in the making. It’s critical we find the resources and staffing. We’re going to need all hands on deck.”

Think Positively- Mammoth Times Editorial

September 27, 2010

The relinquishing of the Beekley Collection by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation strips a vital layer away from Mammoth. The collection has enhanced the ski reputation of the town and ski area. It added considerable cachet to the International Ski History association annual meeting two years ago.

But it’s losing its home in Edison Hall on the campus of Cerro Coso Community College.

September 24th

"Coco" Galvan's late field goal helps Huskies win 10-7 thriller

September 25, 2010

Jorge "Coco" Galvan kicked a 42-yard field goal with 45 seconds to go Friday night, lifting the Mammoth Huskies to a 10-7 victory over the Calvary Murrieta Warriors at Gault/McClure Stadium.

Galvan's dramatic field goal – long by any standard - came just two minutes, three seconds after he shanked an easier attempt, pushing the ball to the right of the north goal posts.

His winning kick was made more improbable because the error-prone Husky offense on the previous play was pushed back five yards because of a procedure penalty.

Squirrel! And that explains our power outages

September 24, 2010

Those power outages we’ve experienced in Mammoth lately?

There’s a reason.

As Dug the Dog (from the movie “Up”) might blurt out, “SQUIRREL!”

“You can imagine the problems we have,” sighed Dan Brady, the local public affairs regional manager for Southern California Edison.

Brady updated the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday on the utility’s ongoing battle with the squirrels. This past summer, the critters caused a number of short outages when they came into contact with exposed copper wire on utility poles in the area.

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