Archive - Oct 5, 2012
We all know the place.
Driving south on U.S. 395 heading toward Crowley Lake, talking away on the (hands free) cell phone, climbing up the little rise past the Green Church, counting the minutes you have left to talkâ€”and sure enough.
Right after the turnoff to the little Mt. Morrison cemetery, dead spot.
If youâ€™re lucky, you can pick up the conversation somewhere near Tomâ€™s Placeâ€”but not before.
And forget cell service if you actually live anywhere near Crowley, McGee Creek, Aspen Springsâ€”all of them are in the same dead zone.
But thatâ€™s about to change.
“I think I’d like to try biofeedback.”
“Fido, that is SO 90s.”
“But I’d still like to try it. I am, to put it simply, a wreck!”
“Gosh Fido, I had no idea. You look OK to me and you seem to be sleeping all right, and your diet seems to be right on target.”
“Verily,” Fido said, “but I dissemble.”
The Mammoth Huskies, coming off a road loss in Boron last week, take on Brentwood High School in Los Angeles tonight (Friday).
Husky fans are hoping for the best, even after last week’s 52-0 loss that dropped the team to 1-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference action.
Mammoth High School tennis player Jade DaCosta is this week’s Athlete of the Week. A junior, Jade is in her third year on the team. She won two of three sets against Desert last weekend. She also won her singles match against Bishop in an intense, close match.
Says Athletic Director Christopher Powell, “Jade competes day-in and day-out. Keep up the good work Jade! We will be watching your progress this season!”
A big thank you to Andrea Walkerand everyone at Stellar Brewfor catering and to Michael Edelshtainof Mammoth Creek Innfor hosting our Mammoth Sierra Magazine Launch Partythis past Wednesday. The food was fabulous, the company was fantastic, and the presidential debate was muted. …
For Mammoth to have continued its legal fight with lawyers representing both Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and Terry Ballas, the town was subject to a “burn rate” of $1 million a month in legal costs, Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said.
Speaking to a crowd at the Council Chambers on Thursday night, Sept. 27, Wilbrecht asserted that the legal costs in terms of attorneys fees and the costs of paperwork were so daunting that the town had little choice but to settle.
In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.
With Terry Ballas and MLLA having successfully moved the original breach-of-contract civil case from Mammoth to Bridgeport, North County jurors “stuck it” to Mammoth, then celebrated afterward, Wood said.
Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.
But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.
“I always tell people when I start a mediation, don’t expect to be happy at the end of the mediation,” said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris.
CORRECTION: The print version of this story stated that the contract was approved by the teachers. That is incorrect. The vote is still being tallied. The Mammoth Times regrets the error.
Mammoth Unified School District teachers and administrators are hoping a contract to take five furlough days at the end of the school year averts a potential strike, according to union members.
Voting on the tentative contract ended Friday, Sept. 28 but the final vote has not yet been tallied, according to Mammoth Education Association (MEA) union president Michelle Quirsfeld.