June 25th, 2012
June Mountain Ski Area has suspended its operations for the foreseeable future, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced on Thursday.
The resort will shut down immediately. Its summer season, set to open Thursday, June 21 was cut down. The 2012-13 winter season will not happen at all, leaving the lifts idle and employees scrambling to find work.
The news came as a âcomplete surpriseâ to June Lakeâs incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.
State air quality watchdogs have a little less than two weeks to decide whether the City of Los Angeles is required to continue dust mitigation efforts on the Owens Dry Lake â despite city attorneysâ adamant assertions that L.A. is âdoneâ with any such obligations.
The California Air Resources Board met last Friday to hear arguments from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District regarding a disagreement between the two entities over mandated mitigation measures.
“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
It was the week of four-letter words â w-i-n-d, w-i-n-d, w-i-n-d â it just happened to be the same four-letter word. But you wouldnât know it Saturday morning; they were lined up at the door, out they went and back they came with limits. All in all it was a pretty weekend at the lake.
Virginia F. Leatham
Youth from all over the Owens Valley are being called on to support and even participate in a growing effort to showcase the areaâs rich local talent pool â and enjoy free entertainment.
Organized by the very artists who will be performing, Collective Language is an eclectic, monthly offering featuring live music of varying styles, live art demonstrations and a safe and healthy environment for anyone of any age looking to have a good time.
The next Collective Language concert happens tomorrow, June 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at the WĂŒnĂŒt Novi on the Bishop Paiute Reservation
Officials with the National Park Service have extended the scoping period for public input to help inform the development of a management plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park.
Comments for this phase of the planning process will now be accepted until Aug. 6, 2012.
âPublic input is very important to this planning process, and the NPS is extending the comment period to allow for all members of the interested public to share their perspectives and suggestions,â a press release from the National Park Service states.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves cut off. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio.
This weekend, local Owens Valley âhamsâ will join thousands of amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. in demonstrating their emergency communications skills.
When Brian Robinette moved to the Eastern Sierra 10 years ago looking for a new business venture, he noticed that recycling opportunities were scarce in Inyo and Mono counties.
And when the urban refugee launched Sierra Conservation Project in response to that need, âIt was just me and a pickup truck,â said Robinette.
Since then, the residential and commercial recycling subscription service has grown from a one-pickup-truck enterprise to a small recycling truck capable of a 20-house haul to a large truck that services 100 homes at a time.
When American science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury died June 5 at the age of 91, his passing was mourned not only by fans and friends the world over, but also by a loyal cadre of Eastern Sierra residents and local graduates who are feeling the loss on a personal level.
Widely known and acclaimed as the author of 27 novels and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury was also a friend to the Owens Valley â sharing a mutual admiration and affection for its people as well as an appreciation for its wild places.