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October 26th, 2012

Wilbrecht: Keeping Whitmore open would be 'pocket change'

October 26, 2012

If there is a model for an even-tempered civil servant, it might be Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.

But near the end of last week’s Town Council meeting, the normally unflappable Wilbrecht just about came unglued over the issue of a possible closure of Whitmore Park and its centerpiece, the Whitmore Pool.

In all, the proposed reduction would total $57,416 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and $177,764 in 2013-14.

Former LADWP manager responds to recent lawsuit

October 26, 2012

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power seems to be losing supporters each day, and former general manager David Freeman is one of them.

“All of a sudden, out of the blue, they come out firing their heavy artillery,” Freeman said. “I can’t even get mad, it makes me so sad.”

LADWP officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Officials announce big tree thinning for Lakes Basin; project to begin in 2014

October 26, 2012

Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Red’s Valley into the very outskirts of Mammoth, Inyo National Forest officials said it is time to reduce the fire risk in the Lakes Basin.

Beginning next summer with a series of informational give-and-take meetings with public, the Forest Service said it would begin thinning the basin woodlands in the summer of 2014.

It is a very large project, said Sue Farley, the forest’s environmental planner, who will lead the ramp-up to the actual cut-and clear efforts.

Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns for annual fundraiser

October 26, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns just in time for early holiday shopping. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Grand Sierra Lodge in the Village. Everyone is invited and admission is free.

Hyde is dead, long live Campo Mammoth

October 26, 2012

 

Mammoth Mountain introduces new restaurant in The Village

The Village dining scene will change this winter with the opening of “Campo Mammoth,” the newest offering by chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.

It is modeled, the ski area said, on Campo Reno, named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America.

Food & Wine Experience dates set

October 26, 2012

 

Mark it down for July 5 to 7

Building on the success of last year’s second Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation this week announced plans for the next summer’s event, promising more, more, and more.

“Planning is already under way to expand the 2013 festivities and focus on engaging even more attendees in a variety of ways,” said Evan Russell, CEO/President of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, in a press release.

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 26-Nov. 2, starring Superman, Sally Miller, Powder Dan, Steve Krcmar and the Usual Suspects

October 26, 2012

We pass on a deeply heartfelt RIP to Martin Harris, former resident of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain ski school instructor, and member of Mammoth’s Celtic band Wild Mountain Tyme band. He was admitted to a hospice in England and passed away from complications of prostate cancer. He was 65 years old. …

Connie Lizza Moyer gets Wyoming Hall of Fame nod

October 26, 2012

 

Won U.S. title in 1985

Long-time Mammoth resident, Connie Lizza Moyer, was recently inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletic Hall of Fame in Laramie.

In only the second year of combined scoring, the UW men’s and women’s ski teams she competed on won the 1985 NCAA national title. The members of that team were honored for the accomplishment at the 20th annual Induction Ceremony in September.

Karen Ferrell-Ingram receives ‘Last Best Place’ Award

October 26, 2012

 

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director Karen Ferrell-Ingram received the Frank Wells Last Best Place Award by the Sierra Nevada Alliance at its annual conference in South Lake Tahoe.

The Frank Wells Last Best Place Award goes to a leader who has exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting the Sierra’s best places.

Trail System gets a red ribbon

October 26, 2012

 

Big party at Welcome Center

Everybody who was anybody was at the Welcome Center last Saturday, Oct. 20, to open the new, enhanced Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

The Girl Scouts did color-guard ceremonies; Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta offered remarks; Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman was coerced off the trails to commemorate the trails; and John Wentworth, executive director of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) Foundation took time off from trail work.

Prop. 30 support loses steam; $2.4 million on line for Eastside schools

October 26, 2012

Public support for Proposition 30, which would funnel $494,734 into Mammoth’s schools and $2.4 million into Eastside schools, appears to be running out of gas.

In new findings released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, likely voters in California are sharply divided over Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure to fund education, with just under half now supporting it.

When the ballot for Prop. 30 was first introduced, 48 percent said they would vote yes, 44 percent would vote no, and 8 percent were undecided.

Geothermal plant expansion appealed, goes to county supervisors in November

October 26, 2012

A group of (apparently) non-local labor union organizations appealed an Oct. 11 decision by the Mono County planning commission to allow an expansion of Ormat Pacific’s Casa Diablo geothermal plant’s energy-generating capacity.

The appeal sends the project to the county supervisors for a final decision in November.

The project has been on the county’s plate for years. It has already passed through the planning commission and through the environmental review process, and was expected to have been implemented by now, according to county officials.

Wilbrecht defends Marysheva-Martinez

October 26, 2012

Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said he’s had it up to here in trying to convince skeptical Mammoth residents that Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is worth her weight in gold.

“We don’t really talk about this very much,” Wilbrecht said near the end of last week’s four-hour marathon Town Council meeting. “Maybe we should.”

Marysheva-Martinez, the assistant town manager, became the town’s budget analyst in the first round of budget crises that affected Mammoth’s crazy-quilt finances in February 2011.

LADWP sues another Eastern Sierra agency

October 26, 2012

By Mike Gervais

Inyo Register staff writer

Special to the Times

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Storm gives snowmaking an early boost

October 26, 2012

The second snowstorm of the season—and the first significant one—dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.

The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter storm—a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.

Eastside residents couldn’t be happier.

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