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August 13th, 2012

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).

July 27th

Our View — For Whom the Bell Tolls

July 27, 2012

Mammoth has one more week of wiggle room before heading back into bankruptcy proceedings. Pardon us if we’re not on the sidelines waving our maroon and gold pom-poms. We are on a losing streak. You are not going to hear “Win one for the Gipper” from us.

Losing streaks dampen emotions and harden doubts. Mammoth is nearing the end in its bankruptcy battle with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition’s team of crack lawyers, who are riding an impressive winning streak.

The fourth quarter will look like this:

Twenty-four and still counting: jazz with altitude

July 27, 2012

When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 24th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it takes many, many hours of preparation. What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.

The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this July event.

Skip's Market

July 27, 2012

At the wonderful memorial service for Skip Harvey this past Saturday, the attendees were given a four page memorial statement with some great photos and reminiscences about the high points of Skip’s life. One of the things mentioned was how Skip was a driving force behind creating the Main Street Farmer’s Market.

Sierra Transition Education Program

July 27, 2012

The High School Senior Breakfast and the awarding of thousands of dollars in scholarships has become a tradition that students, parents and the community look forward to every year. This year was no exception.

Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra recognized and awarded five graduating seniors on June 15th at Mammoth High School. As an afterthought as she was leaving the podium, Kathy Copeland gave a shout out to the gracious community members of Mammoth Lakes in attendance, asking for some help.

July 20th

Our View: Skip Harvey

July 20, 2012

For the 52 years before he entered public life, people probably knew Skip Harvey as “that guy with the smile on his face.”

“Here comes that guy with the smile on his face again,” people would say, and we’d notice they walked with a little more bounce to their steps just for having him pass by.

Matthew Lehman got to know Skip on the night that guy with a smile on his face rode his motorcycle cross-country to a party. “What a cool guy,” Lehman says he remembered thinking.

Many thanks

July 20, 2012

For three years the June Lake Loop Women’s Club has organized prizes for the kids winners at the June
Lake Triathlon. We would like to thank the generous people and businesses of June Lake for donating these prizes.

At the onset of this most difficult time for June Lake, these donors deserve a special recognition for stepping up and showing what June Lake is made of. Thank you for making this “Toughest Race in the Most Beautiful Place” a reality:

We'll miss you, Skip

July 20, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes lost a true and genuine public servant today.

Skip Harvey was candid, concerned and cared deeply for our Village in the trees.

Stress kills but Skip stayed the course and served our town as long as humanly possible. We miss you, Skip.

Sharon R. Clark
Mammoth Lakes

The air service issues

July 20, 2012

Air service subsidies to major airlines may or may not be a reasonable and rational approach to air service. It remains, in my mind, an open book for discussion.

An open apology

July 20, 2012

On July 11, there was a special meeting held in Suite Z to discuss options for the funding of air subsidy to Alaska Airlines. I stood up and openly challenged one of Mammoth’s Supervisors, Mr. Byng Hunt, after his comments on the podium to our Town Council and the people of Mammoth.

I want to say that I am sorry to everyone in Mammoth and Mono County for not saying more!
I am continually amazed by our elected officials in Bridgeport; did Mr. Hunt not learn from other supervisors that have recently been replaced? Does Mr. Hunt not realize that the economic engine begins in Mammoth?

Judgement by Gregory

July 20, 2012

The Town should ask Rusty Gregory to pay the judgment

These days, our national institutions are out of our control. We should at least be at peace with the idea that we control our local government. But when the record available to us shows our local government is no longer under our control, we are compelled to raise questions and address those individuals who have brought us to financial crisis. So, after a review of public records available to us, I would like to know “who is in charge at city hall” and has as anyone asked Gregory and/or Long to pay the judgment?

July 13th

Plenty of thanks to go around

July 13, 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses for their generosity and kindness in supporting the Forest Service Fire Safety Fun Festival at Fire Station 2 on July 4.

Thank you Vons for your cookies and icing donations. The kids enjoyed decorating them with a fire safety theme. Thank you McDonalds for providing punch to wash down those cookies!

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