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Want to work with eagles? Wildlife rehab training this weekend

March 22, 2011

When Kelly Bahr became an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, she never imagined she would do physical therapy on a Golden eagle. But a few weeks ago, she did just that. The Golden eagle was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 on Matthew Hill, mid-way between Hammil and Benton. On admission, the female eagle had tightly clenched talons and could only stand on her hocks. While working to find the cause of this problem, ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy and Kelly helped implement it.

UPDATE: Roads to Yosemite open but power out in park

March 21, 2011

All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41.

The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed
until further notice.

Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads.

Big Pine fire burns 19 structures, fund set up for victims

March 21, 2011

The Center Fire that started outside of Big Pine Friday night burned 19 structures, including homes, and 850 acres before it was considered "contained" or out, last night.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

As many as 400 fire fighters were assigned to the fire over the weekend, although the wind-whipped flames did most of their damage Friday night.

CalFire's website is one of the best places to get the latest data on the fire; http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=482

Here's the latest update from CalFire, filed Sunday night at 7 p.m.

Shake, rattle, roll ... and be prepared

March 19, 2011

Are we ready? It’s hard not to ask that question, watching the destruction, fear and grief facing Japan.

Deep down, Mammoth holds a large and uncomfortable resemblance to that island country, although the surfaces of the two areas couldn’t be more different.

Unstable bedrock, an unquiet volcanic past; more than many places in the country, the Eastern Sierra shares a certain geological kinship with Japan. All that’s missing is the sea – and many millions of people.

But a big quake? Sure. A volcano? Sure. Both are inevitable, scientists tell us. Someday.

Right on time, bears are waking

March 19, 2011

Don’t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.

Mammoth’s bears are starting to wake up.

You can see them, now and again, lying on top of a snowbank, soaking up some sun before retreating back in their dens.

“The life cycle is beginning again,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.

“During the winter we kind of forget about them,” he said. “I know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and it’ll just freeze, and there’s no odor.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 18-24

March 19, 2011

Maggie and Buck Wahl are back from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and those pictures on Facebook belong in a museum or something, sez us. ...

Good for Kelly Bahr, who as an animal care volunteer for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, did heroic work giving help to a Golden Eagle that was rescued from the shoulder of Highway 6 near Benton. ESWC Director Cindy Kamler ordered therapy, and tests revealed the eagle sadly, had acute lead poisoning and it subsequently died.

Permitted burn raises concern

March 17, 2011

A permitted burn on private ranchland last Saturday, March 12, was visible from Sherwin Summit and had several people calling in to report a fire. Mammoth Times Photos/Leslie Willoughby

Mardi Gras brings out the costumes

March 15, 2011

Saturday night, March 12, the first Mardi Gras night at Rafters brought out revelers in costume. New Orleans food was served and Lisa Haley and the Zydekats provided lively music for dancing.

Nuclear Disaster Update: THERE IS NO PLUME!!

March 15, 2011

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, as the evolving multiple catastrophic disasters of earthquake, tsunami, radiation, and now freezing cold and snow compound their unimaginable human misery. The images and stories told 24/7 through our media barely scrape the surface of human emotion being felt in Japan, but leave us feeling at once sad, helpless, guilty, and afraid. Having said that, allow me (RJ) to speak to you as the Eastern Sierra family, and try to put this into perspective. After all, if this happened here, we would be forced to relate as one big family in order to survive.

Compromise solution on fate of Bodie WSA rejected

March 14, 2011

What was supposed to be a compromise solution to help solve the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) fate Tuesday, wasn’t.

Instead, when Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard proposed to divide the existing WSA roughly in half – with one half becoming true wilderness and the other open to multiple uses – just about everyone was none too pleased.

And the fact that he asked everyone to do it quickly didn’t help either.

Mono County Supervisors continue to resist air service subsidy

March 12, 2011

Despite another round of pleas from Mammoth Mountain and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Tuesday for air flight subsidies, county supervisors once again said, “Not so fast.”

For the second time in about as many months, Town and Mountain officials came to the county for help, asking for between $215,000 and $289,000 a year to help bridge a gap in subsidizing year around air service (winter air service subsidies are already covered by the Mountain.)

What's old is new again in Mammoth

March 12, 2011

Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH), dedicated to providing housing for low-income families, has turned a radical corner.

Rather than building new structures, the non-profit organization has its eye on acquiring and rehabilitating older structures in Mammoth.
“This is our first step into it, so we’re dealing with some new processes,” said MLH executive director Pam Hennarty, “but I think we’re handling it pretty well. We’re excited about the process.”

WHAT'S UP, UP HERE? March 11, 2011

March 12, 2011

Those really were the actors, Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World), in town last weekend. ...

While we’re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman, co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...

Is there any bigger fan of March Madness than Bob Sollima? Don’t think so. On his behalf, Go Zags! ...

While we’re in the Department of Name Dropping, also on hand last weekend was Brian Dunkleman co-host with Ryan Seacrest on the very first season of American Idol. ...

Chalfant motocross track up for debate Thursday

March 9, 2011

An illegally created motocross-like track in Chalfant goes to the county planning commission Thursday for debate, after a private property owner family bull-dozed a roughly one-acre area on their 18 acres into a rough, motocross-like track.

The family is arguing that the motocross like track is a suitable use of their property.

Bodie Hills compromise goes to supes today

March 8, 2011

Dividing the Bodie Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) roughly in half and creating true wilderness out of one half and a multiple use area out of the other is Mono County District 2 Supervisor Hap Hazard solution to the Bodie Hills issue, one that he will take to the board Tuesday.

Forest Service holds Job Fair Saturday

March 8, 2011

The Inyo National Forest will be sponsoring a Job Fair for local people interested in getting a temporary job with the Forest Service this summer and fall. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM Interagency Building, behind the DMV, on West Line Street in Bishop.

Temporary jobs are available in such fields as firefighting, trail maintenance and engineering. At the Job Fair, Forest Service staff will be there to discuss the jobs, and to help people with the online federal job application process.

JUMP BIG

March 7, 2011

Riders got big air this weekend at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, like this competitor in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle on Sunday.

MX track kicks up dust in Chalfant

March 5, 2011

A motocross-like track on private land in Chalfant has some neighbors upset even as others signed a petition of support for the track.

The issue goes before the Mono County Planning Commission next week, on March 10 in Mammoth.

The track was bulldozed onto an approximately one-acre portion of an 18-acre parcel belonging to Sue Jenson, her daughter Naomi Garcia and son-in-law Adam Garcia, all residents of the community of West Chalfant.

RecStrats team gets ball rolling, with a laugh thrown in for fun

March 5, 2011

The Recreation Strategies team opened its string of workshops on Wednesday and Thursday at the Community Center, and it sure felt different than most meetings.

The first difference was that the team, consultants from the Strategic Marketing Group of South Lake Tahoe, laid down some strict rules – which one of them promptly broke.

It was a moment of levity that loosened up an audience of several dozen people who had slogged their way through the slush for the four-o’clock session.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 4

March 5, 2011

Bishop was rocking and rolling Wednesday, with three earthquakes in a row: a 3.5 at about 7 p.m., a 3.1 at 4: 40 and a 2.5 at about 8 p.m. The quakes were only a few miles from Bishop, in the Laws area, meaning Bishopites certainly noticed them, although no serious damage was reported. ...

That was some Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Nothing on the agenda, nobody in the audience save for an MT staffer, nobody offering public comments. It was the Pledge of Allegiance, then a closed session with the new interim town manager. Like covering vapor. ...

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