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What A Dickens!

December 14, 2012

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage. 

Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!

A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.

‘No shooting’ ordinance for Conway Ranch removed

December 14, 2012

 

A “no shooting” ordinance covering the Conway Ranch property has been amended and shooting, camping, snowmobiling and night time use will soon be allowed on the property after raising little resistance at a Tuesday Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mono County owns the Conway Ranch, a scenic swathe of open space at the base of Conway Summit, and had put in place rules prohibiting these activities when it bought the property more than a decade ago.

Dog Sled Adventures fate again in limbo

December 14, 2012

 

The fate of Dog Sled Adventures is still in limbo after an emotional exchange between the county supervisors Tuesday that ended—once again and after years of waffling—in no action.

Aussie Stuart Brown leaves AYSO, passes ball to Kiwi Stuart Reed

December 14, 2012

 

Stuart Brown, the affable Aussie who for four years has served as the regional commissioner of AYSO youth soccer, announced this week he is leaving his post.

“Hopefully, you’re leaving something in better shape than when you started,” he said.

Brown, 46, served two terms and earned respect and kudos from the players as well as the AYSO Board of Directors.

Fish rearing group claims millions in damages against county

December 14, 2012

 

 

A private aquaculture group that had hoped to create a commercial fish hatchery on Mono County property on the Conway Ranch has filed a claim for more than $4 million in past and future damages against the county, according to the county.

Inland Aquaculture Group, headed by John Frederickson, has been trying to make a viable fishery at the site, with the county’s blessing, for the past several years.

But in the past few years, the relationship between the county and IAG has soured.

June Lake to light its tree

December 14, 2012

 

Holidays, Santa arrive Saturday

June Lake joins the holiday festivities tomorrow (Saturday) with its annual “Tree & Village Lighting Celebration.”

The tree lighting is at 5 p.m in the Village, but holiday partyers can come early for appetizers at Sierra Crest Realty, beginning at 3 p.m., and stay late for music and dancing at the Sierra Inn, along with a bit of Christmas caroling, too.

Coulters reveive Rotary recognition

December 14, 2012

 

Ken and Flossie ‘surprised and very honored

The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this week named Ken and Flossie Coulter as the first-ever recipients of the  “Service Above Self” award.

The award is presented to an individual or couple who model the motto through their actions in providing outstanding service to our community, said Rick Phelps, president of the noon Rotary.

It's COLD! Ice rink opens today, at last

December 14, 2012

 

The Mammoth Ice Rink is scheduled to open today (Friday) at 11:30 a.m., the town’s recreation department announced.

An outdoor facility located at 416 Sierra Park Road adjacent to the Mammoth Lakes Library, the rink once again will offer public skating sessions, hockey clinics, pick-up hockey, Friday night lessons, and is available for rental. 

A “Skate with Santa” goes off on Thursday, Dec. 20, between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 14-20

December 14, 2012

 

Yes, Virginia Lakes, there is a Santa Claus. That would be Greg Newbry. Not that you’d know it, but that was Newbry out there in the beard and the red suit in the cold night at the Town Christmas Tree Lightinglast week, for the 37th straight year. …

Planners sidestep home rental issue

December 14, 2012

Faced with few hot-button issues more searing than single-family home rentals, the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday took a giant leap … sideways.

Splitting their votes in a rare display of discord, the commission voted, 3-2, to push the issue directly to the Town Council, but only after the overburdened town staff can complete more research into the ages-old issue.

In addition, the five-member commission decided that any work on the issue should not begin until after the current winter ski and snowboard season.

New medical marijuana dispensary for Mammoth

December 14, 2012

A new medical marijuana dispensary is in the pipeline for Mammoth.

It is called “The Eastern Sierra Life Cooperative,” owned by Mammoth resident Don Wright.

It is to open in the space formerly occupied by “Green Mammoth Medical Marijuana Dispensary” in the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.

The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously passed the application, giving Mammoth its second medical marijuana operation.

Ralph Obenberger sworn in as county sheriff Tuesday

December 14, 2012

Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger was unanimously appointed as Mono County Sheriff by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and sworn in on the same day by Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Obenberger’s term will end in two years, at which point the seat will be up for an election.

He will begin serving on the evening of Dec. 20, after Sheriff Richard “Rick” Scholl officially retires.

The Mammoth Times interviewed Obenberger prior to his swearing in.

MT: What do you think are the top three law enforcement challenges facing Mono County in the next two years?

Garbage fees to go up in January

December 14, 2012

Garbage dumping fees are about to go up next year after the county’s supervisors voted Tuesday to raise rates a few dollars, or eight percent, a month per ton of garbage—from $68.50 a ton to $74 a ton for municipal waste—beginning in January. Rates for construction debris will also go up—from $50 a ton to $74 a ton—a 48 percent increase. Dumping fees for organic waste, such as tree branches, lawn clippings, etc., will no longer be free and will now cost $5 per load.

Heated 'Voodoo Chute' gets lukewarm start

December 14, 2012

Mammoth’s foray into heating its streets got its first test late last month.

A thermal sheet under Lakeview Boulevard at Lake Mary Road—the notorious “Voodoo Chute”—clicked into action, with mixed results.

The snowfall, from a wet storm that began on Thursday, Nov. 29, and stretched into the following Sunday, dropped several inches of glop onto the steep, one-block incline.

Mammoth Nordic hosts film festival, gets ready for cross country ski season

December 14, 2012

’Tis the season to get psyched.

Mammoth Nordic got the energy and anticipation flowing last weekend as the hosts of the “Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcoutry Film Festival: Celebrating the human powered experience.”

There was the requisite eye-candy: the big names hucking big-on-big lines in interesting places you and I may never go (or for many locals: already have!)—but you sit, nonetheless, on the edge of your seat, eyes big and jaw slightly agape, thinking of your own big lines for this year.

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