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January 8th, 2011

Hugelman wins case against Town of Mammoth

January 8, 2011

Former Mammoth Lakes Police Department Sergeant Eric Hugelman won a decisive judgment against the Town last week.

Hearing Officer Roberto Morales ruled that Hugelman’s termination a year and a half ago was unjustified, and ruled that he should be reinstated.

Morales ruled that Hugelman should have been suspended for three weeks, at most.

Now the question is whether Hugelman will, in fact, rejoin the force, and how much back pay he is entitled to.

The Town Council took up the matter in closed session after Wednesday night’s regular meeting, but no decision came out of the session.

The Hot Creek Players, 1997-Present

January 8, 2011

TOWN MANAGERS
1996-PRESENT

1996-1999:
Tracy Fuller – Town Council appointed Fuller on Nov. 11, 1996 and accepted her resignation on 12/1/99.

1999-2003:
Stephen Julian – Town Council approved Julian’s agreement as an interim Town manager on Dec. 15, 1999.
On June 21, 2000, the council approved Julian’s agreement as the Town manager.

2003-2004:

Manning to FAA: Fax it and I'll ignore it

January 8, 2011

It was as bad as communications can get.

In the complicated Hot Creek predicament that turned into the $30 million loss for the town, the California Third Appellate District Court consistently hammered the Town and the Federal Aviation Administration for poor communications.

The three-member panel cited one instance for special consideration.

Early on in the process, after the Mammoth Lakes Town Council agreed on the development project, the FAA sent (by fax) a number of concerns to Bill Manning, the airport manager.

Manning’s response was to simply not respond.

Out of our league

January 8, 2011

MAMMOTH TIMES EDITORIAL

"We were out of our league."

So said former Mammoth Lakes Town council member Kathy Cage, after learning the Town lost its appeal of the airport/Hot Creek decision last week.

“We didn’t have the expertise we needed to negotiate such high level agreements,” she said.

Cage’s assessment could all too easily be applied to far more than just the most recent airport embroilment.

The appeals court’s Dec. 30 decision that found the Town on the wrong side of a $30 million lawsuit is only the latest in a series of high-profile legal snafus.

New Town Attorney takes hit on his very first day

January 8, 2011

The bomb dropped on Mammoth Lakes’ incoming Town Attorney as soon as he set foot in the door.

Andrew Morris, who was invited to town last week for a meet-and-greet with the town staff and others, was supposed to have a relaxed couple of days.

Instead, on the day he arrived, the Hot Creek decision came crashing down on the town from the California Appellate Court, sending Morris and everyone else scrambling.

“I took office the day the bomb fell, yeah,” Morris said.

Green light for Hooper's Rock Creek subdivision

January 8, 2011

The much-debated, proposed subdivision in Lower Rock Creek Canyon was approved by the Mono County Board of Supervisors Dec. 21, but only after some extensive changes to the plan.

The subdivision, proposed by longtime Eastern Sierra developer John Hooper, is located at the old Paradise Restaurant and Resort site.

The 29-acre project, with proposed market-rate homes that will mostly replace the old rental cabins there, has been relatively controversial.

When the going gets rough, the cops have a ball

January 8, 2011

When things get all gnarly, you’d think the cops would get all grumpy.

Not so, according to Police Chief Dan Watson, a former officer with Los Angeles Police Department.
Instead, they have a ball.

“I’ve worked some really busy nights in L.A.,” Watson said.

“On a really busy night, with all kinds of crime, with officers going from one call to another. That’s a fun night. It’s what we’re here for.

“We don’t have that kind of activity here in Mammoth. But what I sensed on the radio, everybody was out there.

Adventure Slide Show delivers on promise of breathtaking adventure

January 8, 2011

It had a little bit of the feeling of a come to Jesus meeting, when people of like mind come together to praise their gods.

In this case, it was the gods of rock climbing. And one of the disciples, Peter Croft, gave a slide show and riveting sermon on various rock routes in the Eastern Sierra.

Croft inaugurated the new and already popular Adventure Slide Show Series started by Jim Barnes, Tuesday night, Jan. 4, at the Snowcreek Athletic Club.

Never too many tamales at Mammoth Elementary

January 8, 2011

After reading the book, Too Many Tamales, the third grade students in Mammoth Elementary School’s Dual Immersion classes had their annual Tamale Fest on Dec. 9.

Fifty-eight hardworking chefs almost doubled last year’s number by making a whopping 392 chicken, pork and chile-cheese tamales!

As usual, none of this would have been possible without the support of our dedicated parents.

Ant-bullying films to be shown at Mammoth Schools

January 8, 2011

Bullying in school can make some children’s lives so miserable, they don’t want to even get up in morning, let alone go to school to learn.

It can lead to depression and other serious mental health problems, and even, as a recent string of high-profile suicides across the country, show, the death of young people.

Mammoth Unified School District is hoping to once again step up its anti-bullying efforts, beginning next week with a series of films shown at all the district’s campuses.

The films will be shown:
• Jan. 10 from 6-7 p.m. at Mammoth Elementary School

January 7th

Johnny Teller wins first World Cup of 2011

January 8, 2011

St. Johann, Austria (Jan. 7) American Ski Cross athlete John Teller, of Mammoth Lakes, CA won the first Ski Cross World Cup of 2011 and the first World Cup Ski Cross ever for an American. Teller, who was third place in the second World Cup of the season in December, won every heat on his way to victory under the lights in St. Johann, Austria. “I can’t believe it,” said Teller, “I owned every heat.”

Mammoth420.com co-owner arrested, others also arrested in drug sting

January 7, 2011

The Mono Narcotic Enforcement Team (MONET) concluded several investigations over the past week resulting in six search warrants in the town of Mammoth Lakes. These search warrant investigations lead to seven arrests.

William Crosby, 63, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for the sales of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana. Mr. Crosby was the co-owner/operator of Mammoth420.com and is alleged to have been operating outside the State’s Medical Marijuana laws.

January 4th

Republican Ted Gaines wins Senate seat

January 4, 2011

Mono County has a new state Senator, Republican Ted Gaines.

Gaines not only won the 1st Senate District election overall, he also won in Mono County, with 54.7 percent of the vote as compared to Democrat Ken Cooley's 45.3 percent.

District-wide, the vote was 81,945 votes (63.2 percent) for Gaines, with Cooley receiving 47,743 votes (36.8 percent).

December 31st, 2010

Mammoth ran its way to glory in 2010

December 31, 2010

In Mammoth, we run. And run. Then we run some more.

Whether it’s the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Las Vegas Marathon or wherever distance runners gather, the Mammoth Track Club came up big in 2010.

One of the questions among us this past year is whether we are a ski town or a runners’ town.
We’re both, of course, and the runners are catching up fast.

Ryan Hall, who left the track club late in the season, nevertheless represented us well, finishing fourth in the Boston Marathon in April, just ahead of fifth-place finisher Meb Keflezighi.

Town will appeal state Supreme Court over Hot Creek appeal decision

December 31, 2010

The Town of Mammoth Lakes will appeal to the state Supreme Court for another chance to tell its airport lawsuit story, after losing its appeal of the Hot Creek Aviation lawsuit last week, according to Town Councilmember Rick Wood.

"We believe the decision (the appeals court made) will have state-wide impacts as to how municipalities conduct development agreements," he said, noting that all the state's cities and counties supported the Town of Mammoth Lake's position in court, as "friends of the court."

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