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August 24th, 2012

Mammoth Margarita Festival not a solo venture

August 24, 2012

Thank you for the recent write up and post event coverage of the Mammoth Margarita Festival. 

As an event producer, I could not be happier with the recognition and press coverage of the first annual Mammoth Margarita Festival.

To see an idea created by three like-minded people take flight and soar is certainly up there in goal-attainment. 

However,  I feel especially compelled to reiterate that this was not by any stretch a “solo” venture.

The festival was and remains a truly equal partnership.

The Settlement

August 24, 2012

Mammoth finally settled its lawsuit with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition this week. Our immediate response was a sense of relief, and we weren’t alone.

All over town, our citizens talked it up, not knowing, really, what the terms of the settlement actually are. We don’t know either, but we know enough to sense that it is not a victory.

Rather, the settlement is wrapped in the clothing of defeat. Our battle flags in this matter now are furled, never again to be unfurled. The settlement and its complicated aftermath represent a sorry chapter in our little town’s short, little history.

A thank you from Mammoth Unified School District

August 24, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District would like to give a warm thank you to the community for their support of the temporary closing of Minaret Street for the Bluesapalooza Event the first weekend in August.
We thank the Town Council for their continued foresight to support community safety with their action with the temporary closure of the road.

We thank Sean and Joyce Turner who allowed our high school students the opportunity to solicit voluntary donations for folks that wanted to park their cars on Minaret for the event.

A wonderful documentary

August 24, 2012

Members of The Campaign For A Healthy California would like express their deep appreciation to the all those from Mammoth and other Eastern Sierra communities, including representatives from Mammoth Hospital and the Department of Health, who joined us Tuesday evening for the showing of the wonderful documentary, The Healthcare Movie.  

August 17th

Stacey Powell's "Just Life" — Who wants to be a millionaire?

August 17, 2012

Everyone dreams of winning the lotto and becoming a millionaire.

Don't let the bears die

August 17, 2012

To let the bears die this horrible death is cruel and unnecessary.

We live in a time of extremely radical transformation

August 17, 2012

It may be a good idea to take that leap of faith and leave our little provincial stories behind and grab the new experience as it comes along and interpret it.

Golf Tournament raised over $125K

August 17, 2012

The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team (SAR) held its 5th annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 12 at the Snowcreek Golf Course and a good time was had by all!  

The comparison is utter nonsense

August 17, 2012

Beginning Aug. 1, a new rule went into effect that as part of the Affordable Health Care Act passed over two years ago by Congress that requires organizations/employers who provide health insurance to their employees to include access to family planning services.

Thanks for a successful tennis tournament

August 17, 2012

On behalf of the Snowcreek Athletic Club and the 2012 Mammoth Open Tennis Tournament, I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who contributed to its success.

The gorilla in the room

August 17, 2012

When the Mammoth do-gooders last spring adopted the phrase “Best Summer Ever” for this year’s promotion, it had the scent of wishful thinking to it.

August 13th

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

Let the bears die

August 13, 2012

This is going to hurt.

It hurts to write it; it hurts even worse to witness the impending bear die-off this summer, and do nothing.

Yet the best way to deal with Mammoth’s starving bears is to let nature take its amoral, cruel course. As painful as it might be, the very best thing for the bears is to let them die in their own way.

Starvation is nasty business, but it’s better than putting bullets in their brains. Certainly it is better than to keep them on the razor’s edge of life by handing them freebies, only to watch them become problem bears later.

August 10th

Beer "tips" at Bluesapalooza go a long way

August 10, 2012

This past weekend, organizers of Bluesapalooza, HarvestMoon Presents and Mammoth Brewing Company allowed local charitable organizations to promote their cause by collecting “tips” during beer sales at the ever-popular Bluesapalooza event.

For the first time, the Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes participated, raising money for local eligible women who cannot afford life-saving annual mammography screenings.

Here is my letter of thanks:

Dear friends (new and old), hospital employees, volunteers extraordinaire, and partners of the aforementioned who came along for a delightful ride:

August 3rd

Our View — The Olympics

August 3, 2012

Let’s just cut to the chase and say it:

Our pals at NBC always fail at Olympics coverage. Every single time.

NBC announcers are terrible. Their point of view is mawkish and cloying. Their time delays are annoying.

The whole thing seems to be set up for people who know nothing about sport and don’t want to know.

The sponsorships are beyond the pale. Here in the U.S., McDonald’s is the official restaurant of the Olympic Team.

We wonder how many Olympians eat at McDonald’s when they’re training for the gold.
In the Twitterverse, the yammering is almost overwhelming (#nbcfail).

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