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February 22nd

Pushovers

February 22, 2013

 

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council talks a good game when it comes to making good on transient occupancy taxes.

But when push comes to shove, the majority of the council showed this past week that it can roll over like so many submissive puppies.

Faced with its first high-profile, public TOT case, council members Rick Wood, Jo Bacon, and John Eastman voted to let property owners Kevin and Carolynn Cozen get away with no penalties or fines for illegally renting their single-family home on Hillside Drive.

February 15th

Rotary Winterfest Celebration round up

February 15, 2013

 

To all of the wonderful people of our community who have supported us for the last 33 years: a large and gracious thanks!

Many of you atteneded the Noon Rotary fundraiser event last Saturday night, and we were very happy to see you.

We were stunned by the invitation to accept the first “Service Above Self” Rotarian award, but are very honored to accept it.

The little town that could

February 15, 2013

 

Two weekends ago, the community of June Lake proved that it is the Little Town that Could. 

Faced with an economically challenging winter, the June Lake Revitalization Committee set off to develop some animation-generating events and activities.  These have required collaboration and cooperation from many community members. The June Lake Winter Festival and Triple Threat Triathlon, held Feb. 1 to 3, really proved how great things can happen if we all work together. 

Go Fish

February 15, 2013

 

The kiss of death for any resort community is doing the same thing all the competitors are doing.

The kiss of success is finding the one thing that people want, or the two or the three things, that no other resort, anywhere, can do.

In Mono County’s case, that one thing is not Mammoth Mountain Ski Area—other resorts have big mountains, too.

It’s not our great scenery—others have that, too.

It’s Alpers trout.

Great, big, fat Alpers trout.

February 8th

Thank you from Wild Iris

February 8, 2013

 

Wild Iris would like to say thank you to the communities of Inyo and Mono counties for your generosity and support.

Whether you’ve been a long-time supporter, or you’re relatively new to the Wild Iris family, your monetary gifts, as well as those of time and talent, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of those we serve.

NRA only interested in profit

February 8, 2013

 

As a boy scout in the early 60s, I learned gun safety and how operate a single shot .22 rifle—promoted by the National Rifle Association. 

At that time, the NRA was owned and operated by law abiding gun owners who understood what was appropriate for ownership and use.

Today there are only 12 million of those members so it is important to ask how the NRA has $200 million to lobby against laws that might influence the availability of guns. 

That money comes from the manufacturers. 

An idea for June Lake

February 8, 2013

 

June Lake’s Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon event was a great example of a community coming together and being proactive in response to the loss of its biggest business booster.

When Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced (unexpectedly) its decision to close June Mountain Ski Area for the 2012-13 season, we imagined every June Lake citizen’s hearts dropped to the bottom of his or her stomach. Ours did.

February 1st

School Safety

February 1, 2013

We’re so busy being relaxed around here that we sometimes we forget that the so-called “real world” exists.

January 25th

Putting the cart before the horse

January 25, 2013

 

Regarding short-term single-family rentals, Sandy Hogan writes, “A detailed inventory of what we have would therefore be the first step...”

I gently suggest that this is putting the cart before the horse.

Misrepresentation

January 25, 2013

 

I have been very naive in believing that the National Rifle Association represented gun owners of America in protection of the Second Amendment.

But the leadership, in response to the slaughter of innocent children with an assault rifle, while proposing more armed guards in schools, has revealed their true loyalty.

The NRA represents the manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction, not only in the United States, but also in the world.

Dog (sled) days

January 25, 2013

 

We are pleased to hear that Mammoth Dog Teams owner Jim Ouimet finally got word this week that he will soon be able to move his dog sleds and gear into a covered indoor space instead of storing the irreplaceable and historical items in sheds and outdoors in the snows of winter and heat of summer.

It’s about time.

January 18th

The California way

January 18, 2013

 

They said it could not be done—that California’s fiscal problems were so immense, so mind-boggling, that no one in his right mind dare even take it on.

Then again, few people have ever said that Gov. Jerry Brown was ever in his right mind, and that goes for his supporters as well as his critics.

MHS Boosters Club sends its thanks

January 18, 2013

 

I am writing on behalf of the MHS Boosters Club to thank some of our sponsors for their help with new electronic message board on the corner of Sierra Park Road and Meridian Blvd.

This project has been a huge undertaking requiring quite a bit of collaboration. We would like to thank: Mammoth Lakes Welding, Mammoth Unified School District, Mr. Rich Boccia, Mr. Robin Davis, VP Construction, Digital 395 and Praxis.

Without the continued support of our sponsors, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you.

A compromise on gun control

January 18, 2013

 

As a grandfather still grieving over the devastating loss of 80 peoples’ grandkids, I have spent a lot of time in the recent weeks, processing what can really be done to stop these catastrophes. As with all the major problems facing our country, to really be effective, we need an “all of the above” approach.

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