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June 22nd, 2012

Biggest Budget Loser 3: Employees

June 22, 2012

The Town of Mammoth Lakes will cut abut $1 million in salaries in the coming fiscal year, the result of a 10 percent pay cut across the board for civilian staffers and a 24 percent cut in concessions from the police department.

Those cuts put the town in a precarious position, compared to similar-sized communities in California, according to the Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.

The town’s dependance on personnel accounts for less than a third of its budget. Since 2008, town employees have cut their salaries by 17 percent.

Biggest Budget Loser 2: Police

June 22, 2012

Among the biggest losers in the 2012-13 budget are the men and women in blue—the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

The MLPD will lose its School Resource officer. In a memo to the Town Council, Police Chief Dan Watson said that the effect would be the elimination of the DARE Program, the Every 15 Minutes Presentation, supervision at special events and an increase in juvenile crime and at-risk behavior by youth.

At the same time, Watson sent out a plea for volunteer “reserve” officers to help make up the shortfall.

Biggest Budget Loser 1: Tourism

June 22, 2012

John Urdi has his fingers crossed.

The director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism draws almost his entire budget from Transient Occupancy Taxes. To increase the tax revenue, it is his task to draw visitors to Mammoth.

But when the Town Council approved its balanced budget Wednesday evening, Urdi was left with $215,562 less with which to draw the very tourists who supply the revenue.

“We’re hoping this is a one-time phenomenon,” he said in the corridor outside Suite Z, the town council chambers above the Minaret Cinema. “Obviously we can’t have another year like last year.”

Town Council OKs blowdown budget; town is (painfully) balanced

June 22, 2012

In the end, there was nothing left to cut; there wasn’t much to discuss.

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council passed an extraordinary “bare bones” 2012-13 budget Wednesday evening, leaving anger, heartache and uncertainty in its wake.

It also left Mammoth with a clean start, said councilmember Rick Wood.

“Fundamentally we have changed the approach, and the approach changed after essentially turning over every stone and finding out things that no prior council in the history of Mammoth Lakes had known—about how municipal finance works, how our government works.

June Mountain shuts down; 2012-13 ski season gone

June 22, 2012

June Mountain Ski Area on Thursday suspended its operations for the foreseeable future, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced on Thursday.

The resort will shut down immediately. Its summer season, set to open yesterday (Thursday), was cut down.

The 2012-13 winter season will not happen at all, leaving the lifts idle and employees scrambling to find work.

The news came as a “complete surprise” to June Lake’s incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.

Thanks to the local community

June 22, 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to thank several members of our community for their generosity in donating time and products to our Curbside a Meal fundraiser benefitting Mammoth High School Football.
Times are tough for businesses and individuals and despite the challenges, our community came together with donations and time commitments to make it happen.
The following businesses helped to make the tri-tip dinner a success: Rafters, CJ’s Grill, Grumpy’s, Mammoth Mountain, Roberto’s, Good Life Café, Toomey’s, and John’s Pizza.

Fire and hubris

June 22, 2012

There is no natural reason for people to live in Mammoth Lakes. None. But we live here anyway because we like to have seasons loaded with fun.

We ski. We hike. We climb. We ride bikes, drive off road, pull fish from the water and then do it all again.
We pay a price to live here, though, and the price tag varies depending on the bill Mother Nature whips up in her ledger book.

This summer the price tag has to do with fire—indiscriminant, deadly and entirely natural. Wendilyn Grasseschi’s story, beginning on Page 1., captures the situation.

State fire crews, Lee Vining residents work together to make community garden flourish

June 22, 2012

State fire crews and Lee Vining community members created an unusual coalition earlier this month and the result is both historical—and edible.

A community garden and a much needed update to the community Lee Vining museum are now complete after much hard work by members of the Cal Fire Owens Valley Conservation Camp, and kids and adults from Lee Vining.

Risky business; the 2012 fire season is off to a bad start

June 22, 2012

It is the first week of summer and the Eastern Sierra is almost 50 percent drier than average for this time of year.

A bark beetle infestation on June Mountain and in the Sherwin Range above Mammoth stands red and dry as an old bone. It won’t take much to start a fire there.

June 20th

RAW: Lone Pine man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

June 20, 2012

A Lone Pine man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Inyo County officials. On June 17, at midnight, deputies from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in Lone Pine for a report of a family disturbance which involved the use of a firearm.

Sheriff’s Deputies were advised that the subject, Allen Robert Weston, a 30-year-old man from Lone Pine, had left the residence and was in possession of the firearm.

Deputies located and arrested Weston for attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and criminal threats.

June 19th

RAW: Tenaya Lake to get summer makeover

June 19, 2012

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake, once called “Lake of the Shining Rocks,” will
sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer
to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided
by Yosemite Conservancy.

“Tenaya Lake has a captivating natural beauty that charms park visitors
young and old alike. Those coming to the east beach area will have an even
better high country lake experience as a result of the restoration efforts
made possible by our donors,” said Mike Tollefson, president, Yosemite

June 17th

Deena Kastor injures back; withdraws from Olympics: 'I have run out of options,' she says

June 17, 2012

Deena Kastor’s bid for her fourth Olympic Games took a tumble this week when she withdrew because of back spasms.

"Of course I’m extremely disappointed, but I have run out of options," she said in an interview with the Mammoth Times. "I am still in pain, unable to run or cross train, and so I’m left with no option but to be a spectator at the Olympic Trials."

If there is a single person who put Mammoth on the running map, it is Kastor, who as Deena Drossin was the first elite runner to actually move here, train here and evangelize the town.

June 15th

RAW: Prescribed burn set for Tuesday near Yosemite's Big Oak Flat

June 15, 2012

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the
northwestern portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on
Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 220 acres and be split into two units. The prescribed
area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the
project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2012 fire season.

RAW: Father, son, guided out of backcountry by search and rescue Thursday

June 15, 2012

On June 14, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call for help of two hikers who had lost their trail.

A father and his 17 year-old son from Ohio went on a day hike over Mammoth Pass to the Devils Postpile National Monument. While returning to their vehicle at Horseshoe Lake, they lost the trail and were not able to find their way back.

Manning out as Airport Manager; Beck gone from Public Works; Jarvis in charge

June 15, 2012

When the axe fell on Bill Manning, it was quiet. When it fell on Dave Beck, it was even more so.

Both longtime Mammoth managers lost their positions this week as part of a town reorganization that eliminated the Airport Manager/Transit Coordinator job (Manning) and the Maintenance Superintendent job (Beck).

Rather than to wait until the July 1 budget took effect, both left immediately, with severance packages in hand.

“It wasn’t about politics,” said Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht. “It happened because our resources are so tight.”

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