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September 20th, 2010

'Tis the season for fattening up

September 20, 2010

On our calendar, we see the Millpond Music Festival is coming up this weekend, signaling either the end of summer or the beginning of fall.

Whatever. One thing is for certain: the fall shoulder season is here, and all around us, everyone is fattening up.

The bears are getting more plump, for sure, and as they lumber through the town, they no doubt notice with disheartening alarm that the sloppy visitors are gone and the dumpsters are secure again. Bummer for them, we suppose.

Bike shops are turning into ski shops. Around here, that’s like aspens turning. Time is getting short.

Former Mammoth man suspect in Nevada double homicide

September 20, 2010

A former Mammoth Unified School District student and the son of Mammoth Dog Team’s Jim Ouimet is a suspect in a double homicide in Sparks, Nev, following the stabbing deaths of a two-year-old boy and the boy’s 62-year-old grandmother on Friday, Sept. 17.

Justin Ouimet, 24, was arrested by the Sparks Police officers in the community of Hidden Valley on Saturday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted burglary and traffic charges, after an investigation pointed to him as a possible suspect.

The Everest Challenge: Take it to the limit!

September 20, 2010

 

It doesn’t take a physics professor to tell you that the two-day Everest Challenge bike race attracts an odd set of cyclists.

“There’s something about the human spirit that makes us wonder exactly what we can do,” said race director Steven Barnes, who happens to be an adjunct professor of physics at Cal State-San Bernardino. “This race is out there, pretty close to the limits.”

These runners are Ultra nuts

September 20, 2010

 

If you’re a distance runner in Mammoth, chances are you’re already working the outer fringes of sanity, but then there are some events that go beyond that, such as tomorrow’s Moeben Ultra 50K and 25K races in the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park.

Organized by Andrew Kastor and Elaine Smith of the High Sierra Striders, the race begins at the crack of morning, 6:30 a.m., and the runners hope to clear the first part of the race on top of Mammoth Mountain by 11 o’clock. It is shaping up to be quite a challenge for everyone.

Huskies recalibrate their offense, defense and attitudes

September 20, 2010

 

The Mammoth Huskies have had a week to lick their wounds, daub their eyes and otherwise try to recover from last week’s 27-0 debacle against Mission College Prep of San Luis Obispo.

At the same time, Head Coach Tom Gault’s coaching staff has two weeks to try to recalibrate last week’s sucky offense and out-of-kilter defense. Whether any of their work pays off will be revealed next Friday night, when the Calvary Murietta Warriors (0-1) come calling at Gault-McClure Stadium.

Yosemite rangers rescue a very savvy hiker in the Tuolumne high country

September 20, 2010

Rangers in Yosemite National Park said they found and rescued a lost backpacker earlier this month after spotting a makeshift SOS message on the ground.

Rangers picked him up on Saturday, Sept 11, after Mike Arends had spent three unexpected days and nights in the wilnerness near the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.

An experienced hiker, Arends' self-preservations techniques were just about perfect, and serve as a kind of a blueprint for hikers who stray into the unknown.

September 17th

Helicopter crashes in Glass Mountains

September 17, 2010

Helicopter Crash

On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at approximately 6:25 p.m., the Mono County Sheriff’s Department was informed by the Inyo National Forest dispatch center of a large black plume of smoke in the Glass Mountain Range. The smoke was believed to possibly be from a reported overdue aircraft en route to Truckee, Calif., via Bishop. Units from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo National Forest, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded to the area and a ground search was initiated.

New Police Chief Dan Watson: "Mammoth is "a whole different world"

September 17, 2010

This is no ordinary police chief.

Dan Watson, officially Mammoth Lakes’ “interim” chief who is working on a one-year contract, greets visitors at the police station wearing the most unusual police uniform he’s ever worn.

Striped flannel shirt: Check. Blue jeans. Check. Comfortable shoes. Check. Big smile. Check.
“In my old job in South Pasadena, I always wore a uniform or coat and tie,” said the 59-year-old Watson.
“I haven’t worn a coat and tie since I got here.

What's Up, Up Here?

September 17, 2010

Great Bear Siege is lifted

September 17, 2010

The Great Bear Siege is over in the Lakes Basin.

Having heard scads of complaints from cabin owners in the Falls Tract, Mammoth Lakes police shot and killed the infamous marauding Lakes Basin bear on Tuesday afternoon, ending a saga that left residents angry and confused.

The bear was responsible for at least 19 cabin break-ins in the area, the MLPD said in a news release. The tract is near Lake Mary.

The bear, a “light colored, three-year-old female,” was busted while she was actively breaking into a cabin, police said.

Old Mammoth hand replaces Oren Tanzer at Unbound Terrain Park

September 17, 2010

It will take a lot to replace the diabolically clever Oren Tanzer at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Unbound Terrain parks, but Josh Chauver is ready to give it a try.

Again.

Chauvet, who worked as the director of the Unbound parks from 1998-2002 before leaving to pursue other interests, yesterday was named “Action Sports Brand Manager” for the resort, according to Daniel Hansen, public relations manager.

Rescue at Wild Willy's

September 17, 2010

When I picked up the phone last Thursday morning to hear an unknown caller telling me my fiercely independent, 67-year-old mother had taken a bad fall and likely broken her leg, my first impulse was to call an ambulance and head out there.

Mom was out at one of the hot springs, several miles from a paved road, and I knew it would take some effort to get her safely back to Mammoth to the hospital.

Mammoth Times gets active in social media and on Web

September 17, 2010

The Mammoth Times this past week launched a re-designed website at mammothtimes.com, and at the same time announced its presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Thumbs up for Lee Vining landscaping

September 17, 2010

It’s bureaucracy at its best: a decade-plus wait to plant shrubs and flowers in a tiny town whose main street is also  a national highway.

Public Lands Day provides opportunities to give back

September 17, 2010

One third of America belongs to the public. In the Eastern Sierra, the percentage of public land ownership is even greater. 

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