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July 13th, 2012

Thank you Fourth of July participants and volunteers

July 13, 2012

I want to thank all the people who participated in this year’s Fourth of July parade and all the folks who helped put it on.

It takes a lot of people working together, communicating and cooperating to pull off this kind of event: the police, Cal Trans, CERT, the Fire Department.

So many people make this parade a success. In particular I’d like to thank Stuart Brown from the Town of Mammoth Lakes for all of his help with permitting and interagency coordination. Stu did a great job and made the process painless for everyone.

Violin Auction Wednesday at Music Festival

July 13, 2012

The Sierra Music Festival opens this week at Cerro Coso College, with plenty of strings attached.

Actually, there are just four strings, but they are attached to a violin painted by Lady Jill Mueller and signed by Dave and Roma McCoy.

The instrument will be an item in Chamber Music Unbound’s Fifth Annual Auction after the opening Mammoth Lakes Music Festival concert at the college, with opening bids beginning at $1,000.

Why lemons will help June Mountain

July 13, 2012

I was so disappointed when I found out about June Mountain closing, I refused to believe it. I mean, in my position, it just seemed impossible that all of those people would lose their jobs. I just couldn’t bear it. But when the problem finally sunk in, my sister Ellery, best friend Jordyn, and I began to brainstorm all sorts of ideas left and right.

Tim Kendall sworn in as Mono County's new district attorney

July 13, 2012

Mono County has a new district attorney, after former Mono County Assistant District Attorney Tim Kendall was sworn into office Tuesday in Bridgeport by Mono County Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Kendall replaces former Mono County District Attorney George Booth, who retired at the end of last month despite a year and a half left of his four-year term. Kendall was appointed by the county supervisors to fill the remainder of Booth’s term, which ends in January 2014. Kendall will be up for election for the next term.

Chew on this

July 13, 2012

Was there ever a better week than this one? What a stew of stuff! If you could clip-and-save a week, this might be the one.

We’re not really sure how to digest this multi-course meal. Set upon a mise en place of Mammoth’s municipal bankruptcy, airport subsidies and the closure of June Mountain Ski Area, we might have thought this could have been a poisonous week.

But it wasn’t. We had a fine time at our French, Eastside, multi-course feast.

ESUSD seeks mediation solution for sex crimes

July 13, 2012

A former Marine and Coleville High School assistant football coach who was jailed after sexually molesting at least two Coleville High School girls in December 2009 is out of jail.

According to court case documents, plaintiffs alleged on Dec. 22, 2009, Cody Carlisle, then 25 years old, “sexually molested both minor girls” while he was the assistant football coach at Coleville High School.

Fido & Me — Guardian Angel

July 13, 2012

“Fido, what’s wrong?”

“I have never been so worn out in all my life!”

“But it was just an overnight!” I said. “Piece of cake, old man.”

“Yeah, well, so you say.”

Fido walked to his dog bed and more or less dived into it, like a locomotive that has jumped the tracks. Nose first, cloud of dust, then silence. In no time, he was snoring.

As for me, I was a little tired after our first overnight in the mountains, but nothing out of the ordinary.
For Fido, though, his first overnight backpacking adventure was more of a strain than I’d figured.

Tug o' war over Mammoth Creek water continues

July 13, 2012

The legal struggle triggered when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claimed it owned all of the water rights to Mammoth Creek continues with both Los Angeles and Mammoth arguing their case in courts and through media.

In the past few weeks, letters between Los Angeles and the Mammoth Community Water District have outlined sharp differences between the two agencies—and no solutions.

High Altitude Training facility gets a face

July 13, 2012

This probably is not going to happen, but it might.

A San Francisco architect, who is loosely affiliated with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, has submitted drawings as to what its High Altitude Training Facility might look like.

It is no more than a glimmer in his eye—a dream based on the outskirts of possibility.

Mark Horton, whose firm produced the winning drawings for San Francisco’s indoor trampoline center, House of Air, characterized his work as “an idea for discussion,” and nothing more.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 13-19, this week starring Mark Davis, Jerry Buss, Rusty Gregory, et. al.

July 13, 2012

Local historian extraordinaire Mark Davis is doing wonders with the Hayden Cabin, moving ahead with new additions, installations and so on, to the delight of Mammoth history buffs everywhere. …

July 10th

Tom Cruise, Tim Alpers and Talking Fish in June Lake, Mammoth

July 10, 2012

Tim Alpers has heard his share of fish stories, but there’s nothing like a hit of reality to knock him sideways.

Rather than serving up fish to the anglers among us, the former owner of the Alpers Owens River Ranch this week is serving up fish to Tom Cruise, the high-profile actor who is filming a new sci-fi film, “Oblivion,” in June Lake.

It’s not what you think.

Mammoth woman dies following Saturday car accident in Independence

July 10, 2012

A Mammoth woman, Irene Molloy, 84, died Saturday after sustaining injuries in a car accident in Independence.

Molloy was a familiar face at The Cast Off, the non-profit thrift store run by the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked. She was also a member of the Sunshine Committee.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on July 7 at about 1:20 p.m., after Molloy apparently pulled in front of a southbound motorist on U.S. 395 and Miller Street in Independence, where she had been waiting to cross the highway in her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

July 6th

Blindsided! Council meets on holiday in air subsidy crisis

July 6, 2012

While the rest of Mammoth was enjoying the Fourth of July holiday at parades, arts exhibitions, and music in the park, the Town Council had a very different kind of holiday.

Meeting in a hurry-up special session on the afternoon of the Fourth, the council began deliberations on diverting up to $400,000 from the town’s Measure U revenue to the airport to secure fall flights to and from Los Angeles.

But it’s more than just fall flights, said Mayor Matthew Lehman.

Mammoth goes to bankruptcy court; showdown begins in Sacto next week

July 6, 2012

Mammoth’s legal team kicked into high gear this past week, preparing for a make-or-break appeal to a Sacramento bankruptcy court.

The process will begin next week, said Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.

If the legal team, led by town attorney Andrew Ross, wins its case, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for a town carrying a $43 million legal debt that it says it cannot pay.

Our View: The Temple of Folly

July 6, 2012

We were outdoors Tuesday morning and found ourselves at the Hayden Cabin off Sherwin Creek Road.

It’s a lovely spot early in the morning, with the brook babbling, the songbirds singing and trees sighing in a light breeze.

It was the day after the Town of Mammoth Lakes declared its intent to enter into bankruptcy to take care of the $43 million in legal debt it incurred during the expansion of the airport.

We wandered up to the flat where E Clampus Vitus had built a memorial to the first thriving business in old Mammoth City—a bar-grocery-hardware store called “The Temple of Folly.”

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