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SHUTDOWN USA

October 3, 2013

Campgrounds closed, Yosemite and Death Valley National Park shut down, federal websites went dark, calls to visitor centers went unanswered and campers were given 48 hours to leave their campsites, after the U.S. government shut down at midnight Monday.

By Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, signs were on the doors of most federal facilities indicating they were closed, including the California Welcome Center in Mammoth, the Mono Lake Visitor Center, and all local and national forest offices from San Diego to Canada.

Holler takes stock of Mammoth

October 3, 2013

Daniel C. Holler began his first day in Mammoth by getting plenty of lowdown from the top down.

What the town’s new interim town manager does with the information is open to speculation.

Holler, 52, the former city administrator of Grass Valley, Nevada County, officially took office on Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, when the Town Council voted to approve his open-ended contract of $158,000 a year.

Mammoth (finally) gets a new cop

October 3, 2013

The cold reality of policing Mammoth’s streets hit Officer Jack Loera right off the bat.

Almost as soon as Loera, 52, arrived from the Banning Police Department this past week, members of the MLPD were busy trying on new winter gear.

Gloves, insulated jacket, snow pants, and boots, were about as familiar to Loera as an encounter with a bear, which is to say, not very.

No problem.

Dan Holler

October 3, 2013

Town managers are a little bit like baseball managers.

When they’re good, everybody heaps praise all over them, saying there is no way in the world the team would have won without them.

More times than not, though, the awesomely great baseball manager becomes a bum in two or three years. The manager, universally despised at that point, then rotates to a different team and the process repeats itself

So it is with town managers, who on average last just over seven years before moving on to the next town.

Holler good for Mammoth

October 3, 2013

Congratulations to Mammoth for stepping up and hiring a true professional manager. Now, it is time to work together, adopt your policies and step aside and allow professional management to achieve the goals the Council sets. 

If the Council can resist the temptations to micro manage and stick with establishing policies of excellent governance, Mammoth will be back on top in no time.

Occupy Yosemite

October 3, 2013

I am outraged at what the federal government is doing. Closing our National Parks is absurd and is hurting all of us here in the Eastern Sierra.

Our businesses are hurting. The Eastern Sierra is a tourist based economy, and by the feds closing the parks, the livlihood of our friends, neighbors and families are in jeopardy.

We need the funds that come into our communities through these parks:

Yosemite National Park, Devils’ Postpile National Monument, Death Valley National Monument, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park.

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