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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 10-16

June 10, 2011

Hearty kudos to John Connolly and the Recreation Dept. crew for organizing Town Cleanup Day, which goes off tomorrow morning. Picnic at noon in Mammoth Creek Park. ...

Mammoth Motocross rolls into town next week (first practices are Thursday) and as usual we (and the restaurants) are jazzed. DC Moto is in on the act this year and will host a golf tournament at Sierra Star featuring DC motocross riders Tyler Bereman and Chris Plouffe in the competition....

Road work in Yosemite will mean some delays

June 10, 2011

Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning
next Monday, June 13. The majority of the work will occur in the El
Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court,
the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include
the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as
the main entrance road to Foresta.

The general scope of the project includes applying a seal coat over many of
the existing asphalt roads, either a chipseal or microseal. Additional

Road work in Yosemite will mean some delays

June 10, 2011

Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning
next Monday, June 13. The majority of the work will occur in the El
Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court,
the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include
the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as
the main entrance road to Foresta.

The general scope of the project includes applying a seal coat over many of
the existing asphalt roads, either a chipseal or microseal. Additional

Buster, the big black Lab, helps to bring home missing Marines

June 7, 2011

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but retired Mammoth Lakes Police Department officer Paul Dostie’s big, rambunctious Lab, Buster, has become something of an international sensation recently.

Trained as a cadaver dog by Dostie, Buster is one of the few dogs in the world who can not only detect recent human graves, but he can also detect very old graves. This ability is a product of Dostie’s driving passion to bring murderers to justice and peace to victims’ families, even if it’s been decades since the murder was committed.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 3-10

June 6, 2011

Dr. Mike Karch, the hospital’s crack orthopedist and master Nordic athlete, roasts pigs. Sez he picked up the craft back in Kutztown, Pa., and was overheard offering his spit system to Bill Sauser, the “chef” at the Old Timers’ Day at Hayden Cabin this coming August. ...

In all, 82 crushed and/or ruined cars have been taken off Mammoth’s streets during the spring of the last two years, says Cleanup Man Stuart Brown. ...

Town Council gets tough on TOT enforcement

June 6, 2011

Imagine a Mammoth deep in debt and unable to collect its fair share of the Transient Occupancy Tax.

People don’t actually have to imagine that much.

It’s the reality.

But on Wednesday night, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council took action, approving a measure that would modify the town’s current TOT ordinance and maybe – maybe – put some teeth in it.

The town can’t do it alone, however, so it teamed up with the Mammoth Lakes Lodging Association, which offered its volunteer assistance in helping identify scofflaws.

But that doesn’t mean the town is powerless.

The weather outside is frightful, no relief in sight

June 6, 2011

ANOTHER TWO WEEKS OF COLD
POSSIBLY SNOWY WEATHER AHEAD

While the East coast swelters in record heat, the Midwest ducks for cover, and Arizona is under fire, the West has another problem.

It’s damn cold.

In other words, no, it’s not your imagination that things out there are outright weird, weather wise, for this time of year.

Deena is in a New York frame of mind

June 3, 2011

Deena is back.

One hundred days after giving birth (by Caesarian section, no less), Mammoth’s star marathoner is back on the roads, training for the June 11 New York Mini 10K.

“I feel great,” she said after a brisk run Thursday under the coaching of Mammoth Track Club’s Terrence Mahon.

“I’m surprised, actually,” she said. “But I know I’m just starting to come back.”

The stakes are big for Kastor, 38, who won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Hispanic community, police, shake hands at Mammoth Town Hall

May 27, 2011

It was unprecedented for Mammoth.

More than 100 Hispanic citizens showed up to meet and greet Mammoth’s police Wednesday night at the Village Lodge, creating a bridge between the officers and the community.

They also heard from about a dozen other people, from recreation director Stuart Brown to Alejandro Celorio Alacantara, who made the trip from Sacramento and represented the Mexican Consulate.

What's up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 27-June 2

May 27, 2011

It’s almost as big as Opening Day on Mammoth Mountain: Rock Creek Resort Pie in the Sky returns this weekend. Kathy Johnson puts in her vote for Cheddar Pear, but she might be too busy with her mega garage sale to get there. ...

Deena Kastor is prepping for the New York Mini 10K on June 11. It’ll be her first race since her pregnancy. Yes, little Piper is going, too, on her first airplane trip. Andrew Kastor rides along for fatherly support. For Deena, all roads lead to London 2012 and she ain’t kidding. ...

Buttermilk Fire is now out, roads open

May 27, 2011

The Buttermilk Fire is now 100% contained and the roads into the area have been re-opened. There is access to all of the bouldering areas and camping is allowed on national forest land. As a reminder, a Campfire Permit is required for all campfires, BBQs and stoves.

Crews are still assigned to the Buttermilk Fire and they are working to put out any hotspots that remain in the burn area as they do a general mop-up from the fire. Over 120 people are still assigned to the fire.

Yosemite has best waterfalls in years, with 199 percent of normal snowpack

May 26, 2011

Yosemite National Park's waterfalls are expected to peak the first week in June, with the park's snow pack at an average of 199% of normal. Bring your raingear and cameras, preferably water proof cameras.

At the same time, with this huge snowpack the park’s rivers are flowing at a high capacity, meaning dangerous conditions. Every year, people die from water-related accidents, so please be careful.

In more Yosemite news:

UPDATE: Buttermilk Fire 250 acres, expected containment Thursday night

May 26, 2011

Firefighters are still battling a 250-acre fire off U.S. 168 northwest of Bishop near the community of Starlight and the popular Buttermilk bouldering area but the fire is now 50 percent contained.

Full containment is estimated at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Seventy people are currently assigned to the Buttermilk Fire including 11 engines, six hand crews, one helicopter, one dozer and miscellaneous overhead.

Some winds are predicted for today, but so far have been light, allowing crews to make good headway in securing a line all around the fire.

Benefit concert for Bodie State Historic Park

May 24, 2011

A benefit concert will be held at the Bridgeport Ranch Barn and Terrace, at 68 Twin Lakes Road, Bridgeport, California, on July 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors will open at 6p.m. Featured performers are Cowboy Entertainer Dave Stamey, the “Charlie Russell of Western Music,” and Professor David Bourne, “The Piano Player at the Gem Saloon” in HBO’s “Deadwood.”

Tickets are $35.00 per person and are available online atBodieFoundation.org or by calling (760) 647-6564. They are also available at the Museum in Bodie.

Mammoth Mountain's "shaky past" is tonight's talk at Green Church

May 24, 2011

Dr. Brandon Browne from the Dept. of Geological Sciences, CSU Fullerton, will present a lecture on Mammoth Mountain's "shaky past" tonight at the Green Church, located at the corner of Benton Crossing Road and U.S.395.

Hantavirus season kicks in as snows melt

May 24, 2011

It’s Hantavirus season again, and with Mono County one of the country's hotspots, it's time to think ahead about how to prevent the potentially deadly illness from affecting you or your family.

Mono County's health official, Dr. Rick Johnson, had this to say:

Mammoth coffers are dry, about to get downright dusty

May 20, 2011

When Marianna Marysheva-Martinez throws a fastball, she doesn’t mess around.

The town’s interim town manager fired one at the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night. It was high heat, straight down the middle.

The only thing the council could do was stand at the plate and watch it go by, to the tune of about $2 million.

Marysheva-Martinez said that’s the best scenario – a $2 million shortfall in the coming budget, and that doesn’t even include funds to pay off the $30-plus million judgment as a result of the Hot Creek litigation.

Mono Lake Tufa Reserve on chopping block for next year

May 20, 2011

Mono Lake’s Tufa State Natural Reserve is on the chopping block for possibly closure next year, state and local sources confirmed this week.

Bodie State Park is not on the list and Mono Lake and the reserve are open now and will remain open this year.

But if the closure goes into effect next year, it will spell more bad news for Mono County, which is already struggling with economic hits due to the recession.

“The reserve gets a quarter of a million visits every year,” said Geoff McQuilkin, director of the Mono Lake Committee.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 20-26

May 20, 2011

Just for the heck of it: According to the U.S. Travel Assn., more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pets to be part of the family, and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. Mammoth would be a good pick, sez us. ...

Some big news about bears in the magazine Science recently. Seems it’s not the mama bears with cubs you really have to watch out for, but the single males if you come between them and their food. Like a morning at the Stove, now that we think about it. ...

Bears are out and about

May 18, 2011

Mammoth’s bears are out and about again, but that doesn’t mean they are going to go after the pizza crust in your car.

No. This time of year, Mammoth’s bears are going green.

As in veggie green, says Steve Searles, Mammoth’s own bear whisperer.

“The [bears] have been holed up all winter, and it’s been a long winter. Right now, there’s little available natural food out. But they need something to purge everything out. So, they aren’t that interested in your pizza, your burgers,” Searles said.

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