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Archive - Nov 2012

November 9th

No new taxes

November 9, 2012

We do not like taxes.

We can live with taxes that make sense, but to raise Mammoth’s taxes to help the town raise money to alleviate its $29.5 million, 23-year MLLA judgment is a nonsense tax—a kneejerk tax, as it were.

There is a lot of talk among the citizenry about taxing ourselves. You can hear it from the Town Council Chambers to the beer aisle at Vons. The council itself rightly has the yips over any proposal to put a tax-raising measure before the voters, knowing as it does that Mammoth already is at a breaking point.

Fido & Me — Ski Season

November 9, 2012

“IT’S SKI SEASON! Hey hey hey hey!”

“Whoa, Fido, don’t get all in a lather, you know? Yes, the ski area is open, but just take a look!”

We were on the deck on a sunshiny day early in the week. Temps were September-ish. The October snow was all but gone on the side streets, walkways and south-facing curbsides. From where we sat, Lincoln Mountain looked a bit thin and the cold air was only in the forecasts.

“Woo-hoo!” Fido cried. “A little summertime before the ski season never hurt anybody,” he said. “Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to this for so long.”

“How long, Fido?”

November 8th

RAW: Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl to retire before term ends

November 8, 2012

A letter from Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl announcing his retirement on Dec. 20

This decision does not come lightly, as those closest to me would agree, but after deep consideration and weighing all the options, I have made the decision to retire.

November 7th

Hold onto yer hats! High wind warning for Mammoth, Mono

November 7, 2012

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a High Wind
Warning for 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

From the horse's mouth:

* Timing: early Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Strongest winds expected Thursday afternoon.

* Winds: southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph Thursday morning increasing to 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts up to 80 mph in wind prone
locations.

Bristlecone Visitors Center closes for the season

November 7, 2012

District Ranger Margaret Wood announced on Tuesday, Nov. 6, that the new Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center has closed for the season due to the impending winter storm.

The prolonged fall season weather has allowed for local and out-of-area visitors to enjoy the new visitor center that opened on September 1. Weather forecasts are predicting very low temperatures and snow so the decision has been made to close the visitor center, located at 10,000 feet, for the winter.

November 7th

Fesko elected, county supports Obama, Prop. 30

November 7, 2012

Tim Fesko is Mono County’s District 4 supervisor, after a long runoff battle with candidate Bob Peters.

Fesko took the seat with 53.7 percent of the vote against Peters' 46.3 percent. The vote totals do not include provisional ballots which will be counted this week, but election officials said Wednesday that the several hundred provisional ballots still uncounted are not likely to change the final outcome of the District 4 race, given Fesko's lead.

Gregory steps into Mammoth's political quagmire

November 6, 2012

Always a big player but consistently in the background of Mammoth’s increasingly tumultuous town politics, Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory declared this week a startling change of face.

The Mountain, and Gregory in particular, is about to take a central—and more public—role in town government.

New (sort of) nightclub to open in Auld Dubliner space in Village

November 6, 2012

Mammoth has a new nightclub, right where an old one used to be.

The space that was occupied by The Auld Dubliner in the Village will become a new club venue under the management of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, according to Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory.

The re-opening of the venue, presumably under a new name, will offer the kind of venue aimed for young singles, as did the old Hyde Lounge.

Last month, the ski area announced it would open a new restaurant, “Campo Mammoth,” in the old Hyde Spot.

Friends say Mono County Supervisor Duane "Hap" Hazard had heart attack

November 6, 2012

Crowley Lake residents said Tuesday that Mono County District 2 Supervisor Duane "Hap" Hazard had a heart attack last week.

They said the outgoing supervisor is apparently now back home. We are wishing him a speedy and full recovery.

June Mountain to re-open in 2013-14; Gregory promises family-friendly resort, better niche marketing

November 6, 2012

After a one-year planned hiatus, June Mountain Ski Area will re-open for the 2013-14 winter season, CEO Rusty Gregory said Monday.

“We're going to open it up,” he said during an interview. “We submitted our operating plan to the Forest Service and now we’re waiting for approval, and part of that operating plan is letting them know that we intend to open it as normal for the 2013-14 season.”

It's Election Day — don't forget to vote

November 6, 2012

 

For election information for Mono County, visit www.monocounty.ca.gov/elections or call 760-932-5537. 

If you did not receive an “Official Voter Information Guide" in the mail, and want one, visit voterguide.sos.ca.gov. The list of Propositions takes some time to look over.

November 2nd

RAW: Officials cancel New York City Marathon

November 2, 2012

The New York City Marathon, which attracted a fairly large contingent from Mammoth, was canceled late Friday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Greg Norby to leave water district

November 2, 2012

 

Cage: ‘He fit the mold perfectly’

When Greg Norby announced this week that he was resigning from his post as the Mammoth Community Water District to move closer to family, no one was clapping.

Without water, a town, a community is nothing. Norby has been at the helm of the small but critical government agency for almost four years.

Tom Cage, one of the district’s board of directors, wishes it were 20.

"Summer of Stewardship" in the Inyo a big success

November 2, 2012

 

His flannel-lined pants were worn thin and his shirt was in various stages of stress. 

High Sierra Striders, Mammoth Track Club to merge; Keflezighi ready for NYC Marathon

November 2, 2012

With Meb Keflezighi and Sunday’s New York City Marathon serving as dual backdrops, the running scene in Mammoth took a giant stride this week.

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