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November 16th, 2012

Fido & Me — Thanksgiving Tree

November 16, 2012

“Let’s put up the tree!”

“Fido, what the heck are you talking about?”

“It’s almost Thanksgiving, so let’s put up the tree!”

“Old Boy, I believe you are getting your holidays mixed up. The tree is a Christmas thing, not a Thanksgiving thing. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for everything we have received. Christmas is about giving—a way to say to someone that they’re important to us.”

Fido scrunched into a sit while he considered all this.

“What’s the tree got to do with it, then?”

“Fido, you ask darned good questions sometimes.”

November 15th

Ski hill opens Stump Alley Express, High Five, Goldrush and 23

November 15, 2012

Mammoth Mountain on Thursday opened another section of trails and lifts, while busy employees scrambled to open runs and lifts out of Canyon and Eagle lodges by Thanksgiving.

Ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch said a Thanksgiving Day push was steamrolling, in advance of an expected weekend of snowfall that could drop about two feet of heavy snow above 9,000 feet, perhaps more above mid-mountain.

November 14th

Snow in forecast for this weekend

November 14, 2012

Snow entered the upcoming weekend forecasts for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, athough snowfall amounts remain a bit on the vague side.

By the time the weekend is finished, new snow could be measured in feet, not inches.

November 13th

Town Council moves meeting to TONIGHT (Tuesday)

November 13, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council has moved its special meeting from Wednesday, Nov. 14 to tonight, Nov. 13, according to Town Clerk Jaimie Gray.

The reason is because of schedule conflicts by some members of the council.

Last week, the council called a special meeting so it could discuss further its proposed "restructuring" methods to help pay the first wave of $2 million-a-year annual payments to Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition. The town earlier this year accepted a settlement of a $29.5 million, 23-year breach of contract lawsuit as a result of a case that began more than a decade ago.

November 9th

What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 9-15 starring DSES, John Connolly, Elizabeth Tenney, Chair 23, et al

November 9, 2012

Congrats to Elizabeth Tenney, who sure can pack a punch in 95 words. She won a 95-word essay contest sponsored by the Reno Gazette-Journal. …

Gregory promises "fundamental change" at Mammoth Mountain; delivers jaw-dropping speech at Town Council

November 9, 2012

Rusty Gregory says he knows what one of Mammoth’s problem is, and that it is he himself.

In a carefully crafted speech in front of the Town Council on Wednesday night, the CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made good on his promise, made early in the week, to step into the murky, tempestuous waters of town politics.

He also promised to throw the weight of the Eastern Sierra’s biggest economic engine—the ski area—into the town’s effort to survive its daunting, short-term financial obstacles, creating in the end a solid growth cycle.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens 2012-13 season; winter returns, just in time

November 9, 2012

The snow fell, the wind blew, the temperatures dropped and the chairlifts ran.

Mammoth Mountain opened its new ski season yesterday (Thursday) with modest enthusiasm on the wind-blown ski hill and with cautious enthusiasm in the executive suites at Main Lodge.

“The most important thing,” said CEO Rusty Gregory, when asked about the new season, “is snow. It’s snow and the return of enthusiasm on the part of our Southern California marketplace to visit it because of it.

'The best for the most'; training our own for a mass casualty event

November 9, 2012

It is a cold November morning.

It is 3 a.m., 29 minutes after a 6.0 earthquake hit the Mammoth Lakes area hard and sharp.

Unlike many buildings, Mammoth Hospital is standing, but the lights are out and the power is out.
Somewhere outside the building, a fire burns, filling the air with smoke.

People panic, and screams are heard from all over.

Council begins restructuring deliberations; Lehman sounds off

November 9, 2012

After more than a month of hearing testimony, issuing surveys and taking soundings from the town’s department heads, the Town Council on Wednesday began deliberating which cuts will be put in place on Dec. 5.

Though the deliberations are in an early stage—the council announced a special, unscheduled meeting for Nov. 14 to do more work—Mayor Matthew Lehman seems to have made up his mind.

At the top of his list is to stick by the proposed cuts to the Police Department, and to use Measure R funds for a period of two years to keep the Whitmore Pool open.

Eastern Sierra Unified gets to keep $191,000

November 9, 2012

If there was ever an example of how much of a difference an election can make, head over to the Eastern Sierra Unified School District and talk to Mollie Nugent, the district’s chief financial officer.

“It’s allowed us to keep $191,000 that we would otherwise be deficit spending,” she said. “It means we don’t have to take things way from the students, the teachers at mid-year. It means we have options.”
“It’s a windfall,” said Superintendent Don Clark.

Mono County could lead the way in digital medicine, technology

November 9, 2012

Imagine your 85-year-old father living at home alone, but monitored 24 hours a day with sensitive devices that let his doctor or caretaker—or you—know in real time if he’s fallen or had a heart attack.

Imagine a prisoner in the Mono County Jail who falls sick with strep throat and needs to be transported to Mammoth for treatment, requiring a sheriff’s escort, paramedics, security—everything paid for by taxpayers.

No new taxes

November 9, 2012

We do not like taxes.

We can live with taxes that make sense, but to raise Mammoth’s taxes to help the town raise money to alleviate its $29.5 million, 23-year MLLA judgment is a nonsense tax—a kneejerk tax, as it were.

There is a lot of talk among the citizenry about taxing ourselves. You can hear it from the Town Council Chambers to the beer aisle at Vons. The council itself rightly has the yips over any proposal to put a tax-raising measure before the voters, knowing as it does that Mammoth already is at a breaking point.

Fido & Me — Ski Season

November 9, 2012

“IT’S SKI SEASON! Hey hey hey hey!”

“Whoa, Fido, don’t get all in a lather, you know? Yes, the ski area is open, but just take a look!”

We were on the deck on a sunshiny day early in the week. Temps were September-ish. The October snow was all but gone on the side streets, walkways and south-facing curbsides. From where we sat, Lincoln Mountain looked a bit thin and the cold air was only in the forecasts.

“Woo-hoo!” Fido cried. “A little summertime before the ski season never hurt anybody,” he said. “Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to this for so long.”

“How long, Fido?”

November 8th

RAW: Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl to retire before term ends

November 8, 2012

A letter from Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl announcing his retirement on Dec. 20

This decision does not come lightly, as those closest to me would agree, but after deep consideration and weighing all the options, I have made the decision to retire.

November 7th

Hold onto yer hats! High wind warning for Mammoth, Mono

November 7, 2012

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a High Wind
Warning for 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

From the horse's mouth:

* Timing: early Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Strongest winds expected Thursday afternoon.

* Winds: southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph Thursday morning increasing to 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts up to 80 mph in wind prone
locations.

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