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November 2nd, 2012

Greg Norby

November 2, 2012

 

We’re going to miss Greg Norby around here.

As the manager of the Mammoth Community Water District for four years, he ran the utility with aplomb, efficiency, and a sense of humor that hardly anyone ever got to see.

We were reminded of a Planning Commission meeting more than a year ago, when Norby gave the commissioners the bad news about the then-upcoming litigation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

It was a sobering presentation, at a time when Mammoth really did not seem ready for another load of lawsuits.

Greg Norby

November 2, 2012

 

We’re going to miss Greg Norby around here.

As the manager of the Mammoth Community Water District for four years, he ran the utility with aplomb, efficiency, and a sense of humor that hardly anyone ever got to see.

We were reminded of a Planning Commission meeting more than a year ago, when Norby gave the commissioners the bad news about the then-upcoming litigation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

It was a sobering presentation, at a time when Mammoth really did not seem ready for another load of lawsuits.

A tribute to my friend, Emile Allais (1912-2012)

November 2, 2012

 

A few months more than a hundred years ago, in the small French village of Megeve, a baker’s wife had a son named Emile.

In the last week, a lot of newspapers and some television news have chronicled the death of 100-year-old Emile Allais. They write about him winning two world championships in the downhill and slalom ski races in 1936 and 1937, as well as an Olympic gold medal in 1936. He would have won a third year in a row if he had not broken his ankle.

October 30th

Search is on for hiker, last seen Oct. 19

October 30, 2012

Local authorities are continuing a search for a missing hiker from Pacific Palisades who has been in the backcountry for more than 10 days.

Authorities launched a massive search effort last Wednesday after the hiker failed to return from a planned three-day hike in the Inyo National Forest.

RAW: Norby to leave Water District; head home to Bay Area

October 30, 2012

Mammoth Community Water District General Manager Greg Norby announced that he regrettably will be leaving the District, having very much enjoyed working with the MCWD Board and professional staff. 

October 26th

A severe case of 'Habititis'

October 26, 2012

 

Catching the humanitarian bug from Habitat for Humanity

“Be careful if you go,” warned Marc Margulies, who recently returned from Poland. At Habitat for Humanity, they have a word for the addiction that many folks experience after their first humanitarian trip with the organization: they call it “Habititis.”

Once you’ve caught it, you will find yourself booking your next trip, and then your next, to travel to a new corner of the world and help build homes for those in need.

Wilbrecht: Keeping Whitmore open would be 'pocket change'

October 26, 2012

If there is a model for an even-tempered civil servant, it might be Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.

But near the end of last week’s Town Council meeting, the normally unflappable Wilbrecht just about came unglued over the issue of a possible closure of Whitmore Park and its centerpiece, the Whitmore Pool.

In all, the proposed reduction would total $57,416 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and $177,764 in 2013-14.

Former LADWP manager responds to recent lawsuit

October 26, 2012

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power seems to be losing supporters each day, and former general manager David Freeman is one of them.

“All of a sudden, out of the blue, they come out firing their heavy artillery,” Freeman said. “I can’t even get mad, it makes me so sad.”

LADWP officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Officials announce big tree thinning for Lakes Basin; project to begin in 2014

October 26, 2012

Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Red’s Valley into the very outskirts of Mammoth, Inyo National Forest officials said it is time to reduce the fire risk in the Lakes Basin.

Beginning next summer with a series of informational give-and-take meetings with public, the Forest Service said it would begin thinning the basin woodlands in the summer of 2014.

It is a very large project, said Sue Farley, the forest’s environmental planner, who will lead the ramp-up to the actual cut-and clear efforts.

Mammoth volleyballers swat Mojave

October 26, 2012

The Mammoth High School volleyball teams turned in a strong performance Tuesday, both winning matches over Mojave in Desert Mountain League play.

The varsity won, 25-14, 29-27, 25-20 bringing the girls’ record to 4-5 and keeping their playoff hope alive.
Notable performances were by Becca Albright (three aces and two kills); Bailey Rowan (five kills); Jolene Senn (four aces and two kills); Sydney Knadler (three aces and five kills); and Kyra Mckee and Cassidy Morris (12 assists each).

Meanwhile, the Mammoth JV girls won 25-15, 25-11, upping their DML record to a perfect 9-0.

Meads is Athlete of the Week

October 26, 2012

 

Mammoth High School runner Jody Meads has been selected as athlete of the week for her performance at the Mount Sac Invitational earlier this month.

Jody finished second, behind last year’s California state champion. She was the first runner to finish from the Southern Section.

Jody’s coaches say she looks impressive as she and the Mammoth High School cross country team near the end of the regular season and focus on the CIF prelims and finals.

October rain means October snow in higher elevations

October 26, 2012

 

The rain is coming down hard, heavy, horizontal and very loud.

Every October, there’s a race to see who can offer the first skiing in America for yet another winter.

Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns for annual fundraiser

October 26, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns just in time for early holiday shopping. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Grand Sierra Lodge in the Village. Everyone is invited and admission is free.

Vote Yes on Prop. 34

October 26, 2012

 

According to the impartial analysis of Prop. 34 and potential costs to taxpayers prepared by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor in the Official Voter information Guide, “since the death penalty law was enacted in California in 1978, around 900 individuals have received a death sentence.

“Of these, 14 have been executed, 83 have died prior to being executed and about 75 have had their sentences reduced by the courts. As of July 2012, California had 725 offenders in state prison who were sentenced to death.”

A response to Mr. Harris about Mammoth Police Department

October 26, 2012

 

I would like to respond to some of the comments made by Jean Harris in his letter that was published in the Oct. 19 issue of the Mammoth Times.

Mr. Harris believes that the Police Department is “bloated” and that crime will not increase if the department loses 46 percent of its officers.

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