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June 8th, 2012

Down and Out in Mammoth Lakes—Council gets blistering economic report

June 8, 2012

Already feeling the slings and arrows of its restive citizens, the Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday received an unsparing, stinging report on the town’s economic future.

Council blasts Forest Service over closures

June 8, 2012


Many of the restrooms are locked. Many of the trash bins are locked. Many of the campgrounds are closed and the reservation system for the Lakes Basin is in its annual state of confusion.

Dubrovner thinks about the future of Mammoth theater

June 8, 2012

The Mammoth theater scene is on the up-and-up, says artistic director Shira Dubrovner.

All it needs is a vision, a business model and some way to capture and hold young people.

Easy to say, hard to do.

Dubrovner got a heavy taste of the challenges facing the theater last month at Directors Lab West in Pasadena, where she and other participants jammed a load of insight into eight days between May 19-26.
They also jammed nine plays in there, ranging from classical theater to highly experimental works by new artists and directors.

Harvey leaves council in bittersweet goodbye

June 8, 2012

When Skip Harvey joined the Town council eight years ago, Mammoth Lakes was in good shape, the snow came in bucket loads and the future was as bright as the sun.

But on Wednesday evening, when Harvey stepped down, everything was upside down, including the $40 million MLLA judgment against the town at the same time that Mammoth endured its worst snow year in decades. 

Bring a saw—Hiking in the backcountry is daunting this year

June 8, 2012


"If you never want to go hiking with me again, I completely understand."

Wherefore the new Transportation Commission?

June 8, 2012


It was supposed to be easy.

Pot applications will cost (a lot) more

June 8, 2012


With one spot open for another medical marijuana dispensary, the cost of a mere application took a leap on Wednesday.

Sierra Summer Festival opens poster competition

June 8, 2012


It’s always a big deal when the Sierra Summer Festival, in cooperation with Mammoth Gallery, opens its annual poster competition, and it’s open now.

Whitmore Track moves ahead

June 8, 2012


The Town Council Wednesday evening gave the go-ahead to the Whitmore Track project, five years after Elaine Smith and her High Sierra Striders floated the idea.

CARMA open house this Saturday

June 8, 2012


CARMA, the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy facility east of Big Pine, will be holding its annual and much-anticipated Open House on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Re-jiggering

June 8, 2012


And just like that (snap fingers), the political landscape of Mammoth and Mono County changed.

Fido & Me — Mechanicsville

June 8, 2012


“Golly, Fido, I thought you were going to come unglued there for a while.”

Rudder buys back Sierra Center mall

June 8, 2012


Mammoth developer and businessman Paul Rudder, along with real estate investor Drew Hild, pulled a rabbit out of their hats this week.

What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth News and gossip for June 8-14

June 8, 2012

June 6th

Stump, Alpers win, Fesko and Peters face runoff election in November

June 6, 2012

Mono County voted in two new supervisors Tuesday night, with a third race that will also eventually bring another new supervisor to the table stuck in runoff mode.

Fred Stump, running for elected office for the first time, will replace two-term District 2 incumbent Duane “Hap” Hazard. Tim Alpers, a two-time former Mono County supervisor, will replace two-term District 3 incumbent Vikki Bauer.

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