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Officer Tim Smalley logs 25 years on the MLPD

July 8, 2011

On the very first day of the very first week of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, 24-year-old Tim Smalley signed up.

It was 1986. Mammoth had just incorporated. It was a brand new job in a brand new town. He’s still here. “The first five days were good,” he said. “We just drove around town to get the lay of the land. We just checked it out.”

Police Sergeant Karen Smart to retire as a result of budget cuts

July 8, 2011

The cop shop won’t ever be the same.

Sergeant Karen Smart, on the Mammoth Lakes Police Department force for 25 years, said earlier this week she will retire so that the department can save a job for one of the younger officers.

“My time is done,” she said in a poignant interview early this week. “The younger guys are the future of the department and the future of the town.”

Lehman: Shift Fourth of July festivities to Village

July 8, 2011

Now that the Fourth of July is over, at least one town councilman is already looking at the next Fourth of July.

Time is short. Matthew Lehman has only a year to figure out what the holiday should look like.

At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, Lehman floated the idea of moving the center of attention to the Village rather than Crowley Lake.

He said he knows he’ll hear gasps all over town.
“My primary goal is to help the business community,” he said.

“Instead of being one of the worst nights of the year in Mammoth, I’d like it to be one of the best.”

Locals are first responders to Baja fishing boat accident

July 8, 2011

Several long-time Eastside residents were the first to respond to the news that a Mexican sport fishing boat, the Erik, with 26 American citizens on board, had capsized off the eastern coast of Baja Mexico on July 3, dumping all 43 passengers into the sea in the midst of a raging storm.

Doug and Peggy Magee have owned a home in Baja for 25 years and have lived there permanently for the past ten. Gloria and Ed Vasquez own a home close to the Magee’s.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 8-14

July 8, 2011

Mammoth Mountain picked up a nice mention on NBC Nightly News a week ago. The bit was about our late ski season, narrated by anchor Kate Snow. …

It’s true! Tony and Cindy Avena, stalwarts in Mammoth for 30 years, have put the venrable Slocum’s up for sale. …

We’re sure going to miss Jon Eisert, the estimable Ski Surgeon, who folded up shop Tuesday at 12:59:59 p.m. and is on his way to Paso Robles. For good. “Some decisions are made for you,” he said. “It’s time.” Memories? “Back in the day, our dirtbags were better than the current dirtbags.” …

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