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Mammoth's legal "burn rate" was $1 million a month

September 28, 2012

For Mammoth to have continued its legal fight with lawyers representing both Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and Terry Ballas, the town was subject to a "burn rate" of $1 million a month in legal costs, Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said.

Speaking to a crowd at the Council Chambers on Thursday night, Welbrecht asserted that the legal costs in terms of attorneys fees and the costs of paperwork were so daunting that the town had little choice but to settle.

"We've talked about the cost for legal services," Wilbrecht said. "We talked about how expensive it is.

Western mountain resorts uncertain about 2012-13

September 28, 2012

 

With the memory of a horrible ski season still fresh in their minds, skiers and snowboarders headed to western resorts are looking forward to the new season with a fair amount of apprehension.

“The summer season was impressive for participating western resorts but pretty much everyone is now watching the Weather Channel, checking the Farmer’s Almanac, and getting their snow dance ensembles cleaned and pressed,” said Joan Christianson of the Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) data collection agency.

Mammoth agrees to $2 million a year for 23 years in MLLA case

September 28, 2012

 

Town leaders of Mammoth Lakes last night issued a clarion call for action by the town’s citizens in the wake of its $29.5 million, 23-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).

The call came from town councilmembers and Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht, who together face the prospect of paying off a $2 million annual payment over the next 23 years to end the breach of trust judgment against the town.

What Up, Up Here?

September 28, 2012

 

Welcome Robin Roberts, the new department director for the county’s revamped Mental Health Department, now to be called the Department of Behavioral Health. Roberts has been with the county for some time now, but was just promoted to the new title, taking over former Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel’sposition….

Felici Trio and star violinist open winter concert series

September 28, 2012

Chamber Music Unbound opens its 2012-13 winter season this weekend with “Fantasia,” performed by the resident Felici Piano Trio and renowned violinist, Corey Cerovsek.

The program begins tonight (Friday) at Bishop Union High School, and then repeats at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adult, $17/senior and $7/student and can be purchased at the door after 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are online at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org, at the Booky Joint and at The Inyo Council for the Arts.

Local schools receive $300k boost

September 28, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District this week received $300,000 for alleviating problems and/or enhancing programs, according to foundation executive director Stacy Corless.

She said the money will go toward increased class offerings/ academic flexibility; technology; language path- ways, and visual/performing arts.

“It’s a win-win,” Corless said in a press release, “allowing MMCF to bring additional resources to Mammoth’s schools while also creating a program that supports student athletes on Mammoth Mountain teams.”

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