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October 1st, 2010

Kenna Tidwell Feb. 11, 1980-May 30, 2010

October 1, 2010

Kenna Tidwell was born in Mammoth Lakes, grew up in Sacramento then returned to Mammoth in recent years to work at Union Bank, Mammoth Pet Products and Mammoth Business Essentials. She is survived by her father Ken Tidwell and her mother, Bambi and two brothers, Kameron and Kenton of Sacramento, along with grandparents, Don and Pam Rake of June Lake.

A celebration of life for Kenna will be held at the home of Don and Pam Rake, 70 Los Angeles Street, June Lake, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at 1 p.m. Friends are welcome.

Clyde Hiatt

October 1, 2010

Clyde Hiatt, a Bishop and Mammoth Lakes resident, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 27, 2010. He passed away peacefully in a house he built in Cayucos, California, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Catherine, sons Michael and Jake Hiatt, daughter in-law Erin and three grandchildren, sisters Mickey Freeman and Rabia Hammel and brother Lew Hiatt.

Real Balthazar-1932-2010

October 1, 2010

Real Joseph Armand Balthazar, 78, passed away on Aug. 20, 2010 while hiking near Horsehoe Lake.
Passionate about skiing, climbing, hiking, biking, and nature, he discovered Mammoth Lakes in 1966 and became a devoted resident for the next 54 years.

Born in St. Albans, Vt. January 27, 1932, near the French Canadian border, Real, his two sisters and brother were raised by his mother, in the midst of the depression, after his father’s sudden death in 1937.

Carroll Thomas: Artist, Friend, Adventurer, 1910 - 2010

October 1, 2010


By Barbara Steinberg


Husky gridders get help ... from ski team

October 1, 2010

Three games into the season and with their conference season looming, the Mammoth Huskies (2-1) have given themselves an infusion of athletic talent.

In a move that is unparalleled in Head Coach Tom Gault’s long tenure at the helm, six players walked on two weeks ago, asking for spots on the team.

All of them are from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, and some could see game action tonight when the Huskies visit their longtime rivals, the Bishop Broncos (3-0).

Gault, Huskies looking for a high point tonight at Bishop

October 1, 2010

The Mammoth Huskies travel to Bishop tonight, and that’s almost enough to put a glaze over Head Coach Tom Gault’s eyes.

“I’m not sure what to expect,” Gault said earlier this week, “but I’ll tell you that somebody asked me the other day, ‘You look back on the Bishop-Mammoth rivalry, what are the some of the high points you can mention?’

“And I told him, ‘Well, we’ve beaten them (the Broncos) three or four times in 30 years, so those are the high points.’”

The ski bum is dead, long live the ski bum

October 1, 2010

We’ve known quite a few ski bums in our time around here. If you think about it, Dave McCoy himself would probably been called a ski bum, had the term or the lifestyle existed at the time. Maybe Dave was the original ski bum, for all we know.

Those were heady times for us back then, when the ski towns were being built and the ski bum subculture emerged. Look around town and they’re everywhere still, each finding just enough work to free them to lay down some serious skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

AYSO Soccer Week Three: Great weather, great play

October 1, 2010

A heat wave in Southern California meant crystal-clear skies and warm sunny weather these past several days in Mammoth.

What a weekend to spend on the fields at Shady Rest during week three of AYSO soccer season (Sept. 25-26). The warm weather fooled us all into feeling like summer hadn’t yet blown away on a cool fall breeze or buried itself under the changing leaves.

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.

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