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October 5th, 2012
Pressed on all sides by a $2 million-a-year squeeze, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday questioned if it pays its cops too much.
Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the Mammoth Unified School District.
John Stavlo, a retired aerospace executive and electrical engineer, comes in as an incumbent, appointed to the school board early this past winter to fill the seat vacated by the late Dr. Andrew Bourne.
Incumbent Greg Newbry is not seeking reelection, vacating a second seat.
Shana Stapp, a special education teacher with Mono County, and Luis Villanueva, the general manager of the Village Lodge, are the other candidates for the two open seats.
Two people were found dead at a Bishop residence Sept. 23 and investigators are trying to find out why. At about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s investigators received notification of two deceased bodies in a home on Pa-Ha Lane, according to a press release.
Inyo County Coroner Leon Brune released the following names: Helena Spratt, 18, Bishop and Chase Tague, 27, Bishop.
The annual Mammoth Middle School Organization Ski & Sports Swap comes to Mammoth Oct. 13. Here are the details.
When: Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Mammoth Middle School.
What: Come and shop for deals on skis, snowboards, skates, soccer gear and sports equipment of all kinds. Admission is $5 per family. Proceeds go to MMSO.
If you have a pile of gear clogging up your closets and garage, then rent a table at the Swap and sell your stuff. Tables are $25 or $50 for businesses.
A bill that might have put more money into the state’s fish hatchery program passed late last month and Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a provision allowing $1 million to go toward the hatchery program infrastructure.
“I hope and pray this bill turns out to be the panacea that (CalTrout) would like us to believe, but I sincerely doubt it,” said local aquaculturist Tim Alpers.
There will be an Eastern Sierra Unified School Board candidate forum Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lee Vining Elementary School
Candidates Arya Degenhardt, Jimmy Little, Pamela Haas-Durhart and John Peters are vying for two seats, and will be given three questions with a Q&A session following. The event will be moderated.
For more information, call Anna Strathman at Lee Vining Elementary at 760-647-6460.
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.
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.
It wasnât exactly a âbest friends foreverâ 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 moneyâbut 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 âhostile takeoverâ at a June Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting over how to spend a portion of the $100,000 in âbridgeâ money the county gave June Lake to survive a winter without June Mountain Ski Area.
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 talkâand sure enough.
Right after the turnoff to the little Mt. Morrison cemetery, dead spot.
If youâre lucky, you can pick up the conversation somewhere near Tomâs Placeâbut not before.
And forget cell service if you actually live anywhere near Crowley, McGee Creek, Aspen Springsâall of them are in the same dead zone.
But thatâs about to change.
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. …
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.
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.
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.
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.