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October 19th, 2012

Regarding proposal to reduce police expenses in Mammoth

October 19, 2012

 

Please consider the probable effect on tourism when the first article appears in the L.A. Times reporting a mugging or gang shooting in Mammoth Lakes.

It will immediately undo years of promotional advertising.  

Who wants to take the kids to a “Family Resort” with drug deals going down in the Vons parking lot?

If the town skimps on public safety, all the money spent on promotion, recreation, airline subsidies, transit, and public art won’t save us.

The judgment is the Town of Mammoth’s fault, period

October 19, 2012

 

As a concerned individual, who has actually read the court opinion, I found it very difficult to read the Oct 5 issue of the Mammoth Times. 

Rather than accept the facts revealed in the court opinion, showing corruption and mismanagement of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the issue was replete with finger pointing and artificial conclusion.

One councilmember, seriously suffering from self denial, even attempted to blame the judgment on North Mono County.

Prop. 30 is an important issue

October 19, 2012

 

Proposition 30 on the November ballot is a very important issue regarding school funding.

As your Inyo and Mono County Superintendents of Schools, we believe it is our obligation to inform the electorate of matters that directly affect our local schools.

Furthermore, we know that you are looking for factual, nonbiased data to make an informed decision at the ballot box.

The Snow Dance

October 19, 2012

 

Not long ago, we got a phone call from a radio station in Los Angeles, asking if the town’s fiscal situation will help, hamper, or change the skier experience in Mammoth this season.

We said no—nothing will change as long as people do a proper snow dance right about now.

One of them goes off tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. at The Village. The people at the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation are throwing a bonfire party and ski burn as a sacrifice to Ullr. If you have to ask who the heck Ullr is, you’re in the wrong town.

Fido & Me- Chunky Fido

October 19, 2012

 

“Do you think I’m getting a bit too chunky?”

Fido was in front of the mirror after his weekend brushfest, and he was not amused with what he saw.

“On the other hand,” he said, “I’m looking at some pretty chunky football players, and they seem to be doing all right, throwing each other around the field and generally creating mayhem.”

“Is mayhem what you want, Fido?”

New $450,000 sign system gets Planning Commish OK

October 19, 2012

 

Would help wayward visitors find their way

The scene was just about as familiar as you can get around here.

A couple arrived in a rented car in the parking lot at The Plaza strip mall along Old Mammoth Road.

“Where is the Visitors Center?” the man asked, in a thick (German?) accent.

“Gosh,” said the Local, “nowhere close to here.”

Former Councilmember Stapp blasts town survey

October 19, 2012

 

Says move is “to provide political cover”

Former councilmember Kirk Stapp this week locked horns with the town staff over the publication of an online “residents survey.”

The survey, published last week on the town’s website, is designed to take the pulse of Mammothites over its proposed austerity cuts.

At 52, Underkoffler completes first marathon

October 19, 2012

 

Raises $2,400 for Matt Graef in Susanville race

Almost within reach of making good on an impossible dream, Emily Underkoffler discovered a nasty obstacle in her path: The Wall.

Every marathoner and distance athlete knows The Wall. It appears out of nowhere and causes a shutdown of both brain and strength.

But Underkoffler, a Mammoth Elementary School teacher, a triathlete, and an accomplished skier from Crowley Lake, had something extra.

Whitmore Pool takes center stage

October 19, 2012

 

Mammoth Lakes Town Council also looks at other savings

The Town Council on Thursday was scheduled to continue its headlong dash toward finding $2 million to pay for the first round of the MLLA settlement, this time focusing on the economic development structure, public works, and transit.

'Flow State' film set for screening at Village

October 19, 2012

 

It is deep in the heart of winter; there is powder and great athletes everywhere; and most of all, there is wall-to-wall ski and snowboard action.

All right, so it’s not like that yet in Mammoth, but the ski and snowboard crowd will get a taste of it Saturday evening (Oct. 20) at The Village when Warren Miller’s newest ski film gets a screening.

October 12th

Peters, Fesko, air their differences at Mammoth candidate forum

October 12, 2012

Maybe it was the vice presidential debate. Maybe it was that snow was falling for the first time in six months in Mammoth.

Whatever it was, Thursday night’s school board and county supervisor candidate’s forum was sparsely attended, even as the candidates themselves threw their considerable energy into it.

At the table sat Mono County District 4 Supervisor candidates Tim Fesko and Bob Peters, who have been locked in a runoff fight since June, and an election fight since almost the beginning of the year.

RAW: USGS uses chopper for aeromagnetic survey of Long Valley and Mono Basin Volcanic Areas

October 12, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey volcanologists and geophysicists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley next week.

When the analysis of the data is complete, the resulting state-of-the-art 3D subsurface geologic map will improve assessment of both volcanic and earthquake hazards in the Mono Basin-Long Valley region. The map will be published by the USGS and made available to the public via the USGS California Volcano Observatory website.

First snowfall leaves Eastside thirsty for more

October 12, 2012

The first snow of the season brushed Mammoth Thursday, dumping a few inches on the high country and leaving the ground in town white for the first time since June.

It was a welcome sight to snow-starved Mammothites—and they were the “lucky ones” in this storm, receiving the brunt of the moisture compared to other parts of the state—but it’s not likely to last, according to the National Weather Service.

Off the Trail: First snow

October 12, 2012

Twenty years ago this month, it started to snow.

And snow.

And snow.

By the time it stopped snowing, in June, 1993, the road over the Benton Crossing Bridge was lined with six-foot tall drifts. The piles of snow in Mammoth didn’t melt out completely until August.

Four candidates aim for two Eastern Sierra Unified board seats

October 12, 2012

Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Eastern Sierra Unified School District board of directors.
The district covers all of the schools and communities north of Mammoth to the Nevada border, including Walker, Coleville, Lee Vining, June Lake and the Tri and Antelope Valley areas.

Two years ago, the district nearly imploded as an eleventh-hour budget fiasco led to the elimination of at least one school and the loss of several teachers. Meetings were filled with fury and frustration and neighbors stopped talking to each other.

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