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CLOSED SESSION: Council begins negotiations for Sam's Woodsite

September 19, 2013

For the first time ever, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has entered into negoiations regarding the possible purchase of a portion of Sam's Woodsite.

The property, situated at 5699 Minaret Road, between Meridian Boulevard and Main Street, is the site of some of Mammoth's most popular summer events, including the wildly successful annual Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The whole Woodsite totals eight acres of woodland that borders on the Sierra Star Golf Course.

CLOSED SESSION: Council interviews Interim Town Manager candidates

September 19, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 18, began the process of finding a new Town Manager, but details were hard to come by.

Meeting in a marathon closed session in advance of its regular, public meeting, council members interviewed prospects for an interim town manager, according to Mayor Rick Wood.

Wood did not say how many candidates there were, or who they were.

The council is interviewing interim candidates in the wake of the resignation of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, whose resignation was accepted byt he council earlier in September, also in closed session.

Lessons from 9/11 come to Mammoth Lakes

September 19, 2013

On September 11, 2001, Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch was in his last year of residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.

When the al-Qaeda plane hit the Pentagon minutes after the Twin Towers came down in New York City, he said, he and his hospital braced for the casualties that were inevitable.

They didn’t come.

They couldn’t.

Town fast-tracks code compliance efforts

September 19, 2013

With its new TBID in place and Mammoth hurtling into the winter TOT visitor season, the Town Council this past week began to look at one missing piece of the economic landscape: someone to enforce the town codes.

As of Wednesday night, Sept. 18, the town did not have a planning director, a code enforcement officer, or a designated building official to act as an enforcer.

It had one new TOT compliance specialist to enforce the tax codes, with other duties spread among a thin staff that recently got much thinner.

Bears, humans on best behavior despite weather

September 19, 2013

Despite three years of wild weather—one winter of record breaking snowfall followed by two years of record drought—Mammoth’s bears have never been better.

Seriously.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth’s wildlife specialist.

“Three years ago, we had one of the biggest ever winters, followed by one of the deepest droughts, followed by another one of the deepest droughts.

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