Archive - Jun 6, 2011
This has been a bearcat of a spring for Dennis Rottner.
Things are all busted up all over town. Broken water pipes in the parks. Wrecked fences, debris from the hard winter all over the place. Snow in all the wrong places, high wind on all the wrong days.
And yet â€¦
The townâ€™s longtime superintendent of parks somehow, impossibly, got the Whitmore ball field ready for high school baseball and the Whitmore pool ready for the swim team.
This weekend, in spite of Mammothâ€™s tough winter and cold spring, the tennis courts at Community Center Park are to open.
Dr. Mike Karch, the hospitalâ€™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 â€śchefâ€ť at the Old Timersâ€™ Day at Hayden Cabin this coming August. ...
In all, 82 crushed and/or ruined cars have been taken off Mammothâ€™s streets during the spring of the last two years, says Cleanup Man Stuart Brown. ...
BUT STILL, KEEP YOUR DOG CLOSE,
SAYS STEVE SEARLES
Everyone already knows to be careful of bears and mountain lions around Mammoth, but coyotes?
News that a coyote recently killed a very large dog right in front of its ownerâ€™s eyes recently in Colorado prompted the Times to talk to Mammothâ€™s wildlife expert, Steve Searles.
Searles was once employed by the Town of Mammoth Lakes as an animal control specialist when the townâ€™s coyote population was several times what it is today.
â€śIâ€™ve never heard of a coyote attacking a grown adult, but dogs, yes,â€ť he said.
Imagine a Mammoth deep in debt and unable to collect its fair share of the Transient Occupancy Tax.
People donâ€™t actually have to imagine that much.
Itâ€™s the reality.
But on Wednesday night, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council took action, approving a measure that would modify the townâ€™s current TOT ordinance and maybe â€“ maybe â€“ put some teeth in it.
The town canâ€™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 doesnâ€™t mean the town is powerless.
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.
Itâ€™s damn cold.
In other words, no, itâ€™s not your imagination that things out there are outright weird, weather wise, for this time of year.