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October 5th, 2012

Broadband regs under review by county supervisors

October 5, 2012

 

Mono County is homing in on rules to protect both broadband users and broadband providers as Digital 395 heads toward completion 10 months from now. The county has been hammering out a series of regulations and guidelines to guide the county in deciding when to allow providers to put cables above ground (providers will be guided to do above ground work only when an underground option is not possible), and other issues.

Fire protection fee bills begin to show up in mailboxes

October 5, 2012

 

If you are a property owner in many parts of Mono County, you may get a $150 bill from the state this month, a bill that is due at the end of the month. Called the “State Responsibility Area” (SRA) fees, the fees are supposed to help the state pay for fire protection for certain state lands. The fees became law last year and went into effect Oct. 1. The law will also affect mobile homes with DMV registration.

Bauer: 'I can't do it alone', and forest finally sends letter of 'non compliance' to Mammoth Mountain

October 5, 2012

It wasn’t exactly a “best friends forever” moment Tuesday at the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting as June Lake residents tried to heal a split over how to spend some county money—but it was a start.

At the center of the storm was Supervisor Vikki Bauer. A few weeks ago she told the supervisors that she and others had experienced a “hostile takeover” at a June Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting over how to spend a portion of the $100,000 in “bridge” money the county gave June Lake to survive a winter without June Mountain Ski Area.

Cell service expected in Crowley Lake by late November

October 5, 2012

We all know the place.

Driving south on U.S. 395 heading toward Crowley Lake, talking away on the (hands free) cell phone, climbing up the little rise past the Green Church, counting the minutes you have left to talk—and sure enough.

Right after the turnoff to the little Mt. Morrison cemetery, dead spot.

If you’re lucky, you can pick up the conversation somewhere near Tom’s Place—but not before.
And forget cell service if you actually live anywhere near Crowley, McGee Creek, Aspen Springs—all of them are in the same dead zone.

But that’s about to change.

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 5 - Oct 11

October 5, 2012

 

A big thank you to Andrea Walkerand everyone at Stellar Brewfor catering and to Michael Edelshtainof Mammoth Creek Innfor hosting our Mammoth Sierra Magazine Launch Partythis past Wednesday. The food was fabulous, the company was fantastic, and the presidential debate was muted. …

Mammoth’s MLLA ‘burn rate’ pegged at $1 million a month

October 5, 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, Sept. 27, Wilbrecht 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.

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for ‘sticking it’ to Mammoth

October 5, 2012

 

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

With Terry Ballas and MLLA having successfully moved the original breach-of-contract civil case from Mammoth to Bridgeport, North County jurors “stuck it” to Mammoth, then celebrated afterward, Wood said.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge: ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’

October 5, 2012

 

Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.

But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.

“I always tell people when I start a mediation, don’t expect to be happy at the end of the mediation,” said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris.

School day could be five days shorter

October 5, 2012

CORRECTION: The print version of this story stated that the contract was approved by the teachers. That is incorrect. The vote is still being tallied. The Mammoth Times regrets the error.

Mammoth Unified School District teachers and administrators are hoping a contract to take five furlough days at the end of the school year averts a potential strike, according to union members.

Voting on the tentative contract ended Friday, Sept. 28 but the final vote has not yet been tallied, according to Mammoth Education Association (MEA) union president Michelle Quirsfeld.

October 2nd

Judge to Mammoth: Unhappiness with MLLA settlement is OK

October 2, 2012

Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.

But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.

October 1st

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for 'sticking it' to Mammoth

October 1, 2012

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

Lehman: Settlement 'a bitter pill to swallow'

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman took off into the backcountry this past weekend, dropping by Rock Creek Resort for a slice of “Pie in the Sky.”

RAW: Got MLLA questions? Town tries to answer them

October 1, 2012

Anticipating a number of questions regarding the MLLA settlement, the town published the following expected questions.

Town to cut 13 jobs, slice $1.9 million a year to pay for MLLA settlement; Police could lose nearly half its force, Watson takes big pay cut

October 1, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Thursday put the town’s police department on the chopping block, proposing deep cuts as a result of the $29.5 million settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, Inc.

Raimondo rips settlement agreement, points finger at Wood, Eastman, past councils

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Town Councilman Michael Raimondo, the newest voice on the embattled five-member council, didn’t let his empty chair go silent Thursday night.

Writing from Mexico, where he is vacationing, the owner of Old New York Deli & Bagel Co. in the Village ripped into the $29.5 million settlement agreement the town made with MLLA.

“This settlement and the path taken to get to the settlement were executed and implemented in a fashion that did not and will not serve the community’s best interests.

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