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Archive - Sep 2013

September 30th

Mammoth volleyball team splits two marathon matches

September 30, 2013

On the list of endurance sports, volleyball traditionally doesn't get much of a mention.

New interim manager to pull down $158K in annual salary; 24 percent less than MMM

September 30, 2013

 

Mammoth’s new interim town manager has agreed in principle to a $158,000 annual salary, according to town documents.

Daniel C. Holler, who is to begin work on Tuesday, Oct. 1, is expected to agree to the terms one day later when the Town Council approves the contract at its regular meeting.

Holler, 52, arrives from Grass Valley, where he was city administrator.

Holler’s contract is $25,000 a year less than the salary given to outgoing Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez. That works out to be about 24 percent less.

September 27th

Sam’s Woodsite in play

September 27, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negotiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam’s Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth’s most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CERT begins emergency training Oct. 3

September 27, 2013

The strength of any community during a disaster is in its people, a fact recognized by professional first responders across the country who rely on teams of trained community members for everything from disaster field reports to traffic control.

Mammoth Lakes is no different and beginning next week, a new round of Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT) training kicks off, with an introduction to the training on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Best Western Conference Room from 6-7:30 p.m.

Three all-day Saturday sessions will follow, beginning on Oct. 19.

September 26th

Playing ‘Chicken’ at Town Hall

September 26, 2013

In a move that ought to make local food growers egg-static, Mammoth is forging ahead with creating a policy for raising and keeping chickens.

“The existing zoning code provides no guidance with regard to the raising of chickens for egg-laying purposes within the town limits,” wrote associate planner Jessica Morriss of the town staff.

Cold snap, snowfalls to disappear

September 26, 2013

The first dusting of snow for the Eastern Sierra came right on schedule last weekend, heralding the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area took on a few inches of snow, golden aspens turned a deeper gold, flowers shriveled on their stalks and gardeners across the county rushed to cover their cucumbers and late-ripening squash as temperatures dipped into the mid-twenties by Thursday morning.

It is, however, probably a good idea not to get too excited about it all.

UPDATED: Council names new interim town manager

September 26, 2013

The new Mammoth Lakes interim town manager is Dan Holler, formerly city administrator for Grass Valley, Calif., a Gold Country Sierra community near Nevada City.

 

September 25th

Transparency

September 25, 2013

In light of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez’s resignation this past week and the rumors leading up to her decision, we’ve witnessed the reactions of our passionate Mammoth citizens, not just to the fact of her resignation, but also to how the whole thing happened.

To put it bluntly, the reactions tell us, not very well.

Momentum

September 25, 2013

Momentum is not something for which anyone can plan. It’s either there, or running backward.

Right now, Mammoth has lost its “Big Mo,” and is settling into an uncomfortable ennui.

We hope it doesn’t last long, but the signs are not good.

This was supposed to be the summer that was going to build on last year’s “Best Summer Ever,” but it did not happen quite the way anyone could have predicted.

September 24th

CHP continues air stings over U.S. 395; 13 speeding busts over Lee Vining, June Lake

September 24, 2013

For the second straight weekend, the California High Patrol this past week used aircraft to nab speeders on U.S. 395, this time in a stretch between Lee Vining and June Lake.

According to a news release issued on Monday, Sept. 23, the CHP said it busted 13 speeders and made 16 stops in a 2-hour, 30-minute air operation the previous day.

Officers and pilots in the air coordinated with officers and units on the ground, according to spokesperson Officer Anne Morin, the public information officer of the California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area.

Husky volleyballers on a roll after strong Cal City Tourney

September 24, 2013

To hear coach John Morris tell it, the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team is fired up and ready to go.

Following a third-place finish last weekend’s Cal City Tournament, the Huskies begin High Desert League play on Friday, Sept. 27 against Desert at 4 p.m. and Desert Christian on Saturday at noon.

Both matches will be in the MHS gym.

The team, Morris said, is on a nice roll, following its fourth-place at the Mammoth Invitational on Sept. 13-14 with a third-place finish at Cal City on Sept. 20-21.

September 23rd

BREAKING: Mammoth Chamber opposes minimum wage hike

September 23, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce has taken a firm stand on raising the minimum wage by $2 over the next two years.

It doesn’t like it.

In a strongly worded statement that went to its members on Monday, Sept. 23, the Mammoth Chamber urged opposition to a law that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour over the next 18 months.

“The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce supports a fair wage in California and supports incremental increases related to the Consumer Price Index (CPI),” the Chamber said in a news release.

Third quarter meltdown dooms Mammoth in 55-27 loss at Desert

September 23, 2013

The Mammoth Huskies learned a thing or two about the art of a quick turnaround Friday night against the Desert Scorpions at Edwards Air Force Base.

Cruising along comfortably after two quarters and with a possible road victory within sight, the Huskies came out of the locker room at halftime and were stung so quickly it was hard for them to know what bit them.

The final was 55-27, but in the third quarter, Desert overwhelmed Mammoth repeatedly, putting up 30 points in less than 12 minutes and putting the game out of reach.

Off The Trail: Turning Point

September 23, 2013

It was a hot, still morning and the smell of summer was adrift on the hazy golden air—pine sap; sage; the deep green scents of manzanita and ceanothus; the lavender aroma of lupine gone to seed.

Even the bees, spiraling through the waning fireweed along the trail, seemed lazy: somnolent, barely able to keep their heavy, furred bodies alight.

Mono City argues for emergency access road

September 23, 2013

When the hot, dry summer winds that sweep through the Mono Basin with great regularity encounter a spark of fire, a wildfire can spread across dozens of acres of sagebrush and bitterbrush in a few minutes.

That’s exactly what Mono City residents have worried about for years, a worry made more pronounced by the fact that there is only one good road going in and out of the community.

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