Archive - Apr 16, 2011
Mammoth is good at fund-raising. We‚Äôve got a million of ‚Äėem, it seems.
But at the top of the heap right now is the Mammoth Invitational, a race-filled weekend featuring pro skiers and boarders that went off last weekend on behalf of the Mammoth Community Foundation.
Foundation executive director John Armstrong said the event on Mammoth Mountain raised nearly $500,000 on behalf of the town‚Äôs kids.
The foundation is committed to raising funds to provide an added margin of excellence for academic and athletic programs for youth in our community.
Finally, the call that Mammoth High Shool had been waiting for came.
Word arrived late Tuesday afternoon that the school has been awarded the prestigious California Distinguished School award, one of 97 schools in the state to get the coveted award this year.
A product of rising test scores across all the students in the school ‚Äď whether English Language Learners, English speakers, Caucasian or Hispanic, the award is a testament to several hard years of work by students, parents and staff alike, said school superintendent Rich Boccia.
It‚Äôs probably inevitable.
Garbage disposal rates are going to go up sometime soon and some hours or days are going to get cut at most of the county‚Äôs landfills, in an attempt to plug a funding hole that is leaking as much as $2,000-$3,000 a day from the county‚Äôs coffers.
The proposed increase, which goes to the public for a hearing on April 19, will increase residents‚Äô garbage disposal fees by about 11 percent, if the plan laid out by county staff and approved in theory by the county supervisors passes a final vote on April 19 at a meeting in Mammoth Lakes.
‚ÄėOne man‚Äôs loss is another man‚Äôs gain.‚Äô
That might be the most appropriate sentiment regarding losing Mono County Administrative Officer Dave Wilbrecht to the Town of Mammoth Lakes as its newest Town manager.
After eight years at the helm of Mono County, Wilbrecht leaves behind a county in enviable shape compared to almost every other county in the state: in the black, solvent, with a small but still present reserve for emergencies and economic hard times.
It was a love fest.
When The Town Council named Dave Wilbrecht as the new Town Manager this week, Mammoth residents universally approved the decision.
From Tom Cage, of Kittredge Sports and P3 and Nordic advocate Brian Knox, to recreation commissioner Bill Sauser, former town planner Bill Taylor and former National Forest Service administrator Sandy Hogan, all were crazy nuts about the decision.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a natural leader,‚ÄĚ Hogan said, echoing county tourism director Alicia Vennos. ‚ÄúThe town is very, very lucky. He‚Äôs an incredible leader,‚ÄĚ Vennos said.
Skip Harvey has a cwazy idea.
Except this time, it might not be so cwazy to turn the south frontage road on Main Street into a combination pedestrian mall and small festival place.
Harvey, the owner of the Base Camp Caf√©, which would benefit from such a makeover, also is mayor of the town.
The makeover, called ‚Äúan experiment,‚ÄĚ would hit the road, so to speak, in Mid-June and last until the end of September.
Is there ever such a thing as too much ice cream? Pita Vasquez, a Cerro Coso College student, took full advantage of the Ben and Jerry‚Äôs free cone day, eating 13 cones in an afternoon. ‚ÄúI never want to eat ice cream again. I had seriously all of them,‚ÄĚ she said. Her friend, Bailey Morley, a Mammoth High School senior, had even more ‚ÄĒ 17 ‚ÄĒ and was of the same mind. ‚ÄúI feel so bad,‚ÄĚ she said late Wednesday night. ...