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January 11th

Mono County

January 11, 2013

 

We went looking for the face of Mono County this week, but we didn’t find it.

We tried straining our ears for the voice of Mono County, but it was so quiet in Bridgeport that all we heard was the breeze fanning the fog over the Mono Basin and the occasional—and distant—roar of a snowmobile.

The curious vacuum in the county’s halls of politics has taken nearly everyone by surprise.

Mammoth Adventure Slideshow returns

January 11, 2013

 

Mammoth Mountaineering’s Third annual Mammoth Adventure Slideshow Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 15, with tales and photos from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by extreme telemarker and North Face athlete Kasha Rigby.

Free tax aid in Mammoth

January 11, 2013

 

The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Library is offering free tax help, preparation, and e-filing. 

The program assists low and middle-income taxpayers. The volunteer counselors are trained and certified through the IRS/AARP training program each year and are qualified to assist with most all of the tax issues you face.

January 8th

RAW: Flu season has arrived and it's going to be a doozy

January 8, 2013

Hot off the press, Mono County Public Health Officer Rick Johnson warns that the current flu season is imminent and shaping up to be the worst in a long time.

"It’s been a little over a month since our last Mono-Gram discussed the probability of an early and bad flu season. Well, it is now happening.

January 4th

Arkens accepts job in Sutter County

January 4, 2013

Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens accepted a job as the Sutter County Administrator on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

He sent the Times a letter of resignation (directed toward the Mono County Board of Supervisors members) on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 9.

Arkens did not attend the Jan. 8 Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, where three new supervisors, Tim Alpers, Fred Stump and Tim Fesko were sworn in.

Big-Mountain rider Jeremy Jones tips cap to Ski Patrol

January 4, 2013

 

Action film star, snowboard entrepreneur, in Mammoth this weekend

Jeremy Jones says he has a good idea what the worst job in the mountains might be.

“I think what the ski patrols do in places like Mammoth, Squaw, Jackson Hole, Aspen, you know, avalanche prone areas, first, I would not want the avalanche forecast job, nor the Ski Patrol.”

Selters to present dazzling multi-media show at Edison Theatre

January 4, 2013

 

Mountaineer is back from the Eastern Karakoram

Back from perhaps his most important expedition yet, Andy Selters has produced what’s likely to become his most memorable show.

With three Canadians and four Indian-Nepalese climbers, Selters ventured to a restricted and barely-explored area at the northern tip of India, the Eastern Karakoram.

Fido & Me: New Year

January 4, 2013

 

“Happy New Year, Fido!”

“What?”

“It’s a new beginning, Big Boy. Out with the old and in with the new!”

I reached into the closet for Fido’s New Year’s hat. It’s a silver, pointy, cardboard thing with an elastic chinstrap, and on the front it says “Happy New Year.” Actually, Fido’s goofy New Year’s cap looks just like mine.

“I don’t get it.”

Let’s not live in fear

January 4, 2013

 

I am writing to respond to the article on the cover of the Dec.21 edition titled “Atmospheric river” pattern threatens to flood California.”

I can understand the impact which occurred in December 1861 and the devastation it must of had. However things aren’t exactly the same as 1861.

All the major rivers in southern California are hundreds of feet wide and deep, lined with concrete.

Thank you Council and Staff: Happy New Year!

January 4, 2013

 

We all need to start the New Year with a pat on the back to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council and Staff.

They solved the MLLA judgment crisis without taxing the innocent. We should all appreciate how hard it is to make difficult decisions that affect people and friends. The Council could have taken the easy way out by taxing homeowners. Thankfully, they did not follow that unfair path. Thank you.

The Visitors

January 4, 2013

 

Now that the first round of High Holidays are on the ebb, we’re left on the edge of speechlessness.

In a word, “Wow” might do it. Given two words, we’d say “Holy Smokes!”

No one around here can remember Mammoth being so packed in a two-week period. Matthew Lehman, a lifelong Mammothite who just happens to be the mayor of our little burg, said the other day he can’t remember one like it.

Watson unveils lean police plan

January 4, 2013

 

‘We can’t patrol the town 24 hours a day, seven days a week’

Got a noisy party going on next door? Calling the cops won’t get you very far.

Looking for that school resource officer in the hallways of Mammoth’s schools? He may be there, maybe not.

Have a late-night problem with stuff that isn’t directly related to public safety, such as vandalism or a low-level misdemeanor? It will have to wait.

Airport, Mobility commissions get the heave-ho

January 4, 2013

 

Council cites spotty attendance, lack of issues

Having trimmed the town staff to the bone, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday brought the axe down on two of its citizen commissions.

Gone is the Mobility Commission, whose main task over the past two years was to help shape short- and long-range plans for such things as transit routes, pedestrian routes or, as chair Sandy Hogan once put it, “anything to do with mobility.”

New Year’s Report: Lots of people, not much mayhem

January 4, 2013

 

Watson happy with crowd behavior

The crowds in Mammoth over the New Year’s holiday were as big as they’ve ever been, said Police Chief Dan Watson, but on the whole the alcohol-marinated visitors behaved themselves.

“There was a lot of revelry, a lot of partying in town,” he told the Town Council Wednesday evening.

The Looney Bean’s Lela Williams is on a mission

January 4, 2013

 

‘Every Seventh’ project a quest of hope, compassion

Lela Williams has seen things most people could not bear and done things most people could not stand.

The co-owner of the Looney Bean said she has watched her family lose everything and flee to America with only what they could carry; she has run from gunmen, leaving her vehicle behind, disappearing into the jungle like a wraith.

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