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November 2nd, 2012
Cage: ‘He fit the mold perfectly’
When Greg Norby announced this week that he was resigning from his post as the Mammoth Community Water District to move closer to family, no one was clapping.
Without water, a town, a community is nothing. Norby has been at the helm of the small but critical government agency for almost four years.
Tom Cage, one of the district’s board of directors, wishes it were 20.
His flannel-lined pants were worn thin and his shirt was in various stages of stress.
With Meb Keflezighi and Sunday’s New York City Marathon serving as dual backdrops, the running scene in Mammoth took a giant stride this week.
Two Republican candidates run for Mono and Inyo 8th Congressional District
There are two candidates vying next week to fill Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s 25th Congressional District seat: Tea Party favorite and a co-founder of the anti-immigrant California Minuteman group, Gregg Imus, and current 65th Assembly District Assemblyman, Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley).
Snowfall forecast? We go with Kittregde/P3/Chevron/Hertz prognosticator Tom Cage, here for more than three decades, who predicts 73 percent of normal, which isn’t great, but not bad. “It’s strictly a gut feeling,” sez he. Reason for reasonable optimism? “At least it didn’t snow in September; that’s the kiss of death.” …
Chamber Music Unbound presents the second program of the season, “Mr. Clarinet,” featuring the resident Felici Trio and the principal clarinetist of the Israel Philharmonic, Ron Selka.
Opening the concert is the entertaining “Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano” by the French composer Darious Milhaud, followed by Beethoven’s very first published work, the effervescent “Piano Trio in E-flat.”
The finale is the richly romantic trio by German composer, Alexander Zemlinsky.
After three years of planning, Digital 395 crews were set to hit the area south of Mammoth this week, officials said.
“The plowing and boring south of Mammoth along 395 will be quite visible to the locals and there will be some heavy equipment for sure,” said Michael Ort, the private developer for the huge, 563-mile-long high-speed broadband digital cable installation project.
“They start this week along that section (near McGee Creek), moving south toward Bishop,” he said.
The nurses are being celebrated for their dedication and skills the first week of November.
Medical-surgical nurses focus every day on caring compassionately for patients and families so the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has designated a week to shift that focus to the nurses themselves.
Mammoth Hospital supports the national celebration of medical-surgical nurses during Medical-Surgical Nurses Week, Nov. 1 to 7.
Mammoth Hospital upgraded to a new medical imaging technology, which offers the latest advances in low radiation dose imaging.
In the past, radiology technologists had to use standard radiation doses to get high diagnostic image quality. Now, technologists can use cutting edge computer technology to create quality images from low radiation dose scans.
Local authorities are continuing a search for a missing hiker from Pacific Palisades who has been in the backcountry for more than 10 days.
Authorities launched a massive search effort last Wednesday after the hiker failed to return from a planned three-day hike in the Inyo National Forest.
Mammoth Community Water District General Manager Greg Norby announced that he regrettably will be leaving the District, having very much enjoyed working with the MCWD Board and professional staff.
Catching the humanitarian bug from Habitat for Humanity
“Be careful if you go,” warned Marc Margulies, who recently returned from Poland. At Habitat for Humanity, they have a word for the addiction that many folks experience after their first humanitarian trip with the organization: they call it “Habititis.”
Once you’ve caught it, you will find yourself booking your next trip, and then your next, to travel to a new corner of the world and help build homes for those in need.
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 weekâs 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.
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.
âAll of a sudden, out of the blue, they come out firing their heavy artillery,â Freeman said. âI canât even get mad, it makes me so sad.â
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 Basinâs âsystematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.âs customers,â related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.
Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Redâs 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 forestâs environmental planner, who will lead the ramp-up to the actual cut-and clear efforts.