January 8th, 2011
It was as bad as communications can get.
In the complicated Hot Creek predicament that turned into the $30 million loss for the town, the California Third Appellate District Court consistently hammered the Town and the Federal Aviation Administration for poor communications.
The three-member panel cited one instance for special consideration.
Early on in the process, after the Mammoth Lakes Town Council agreed on the development project, the FAA sent (by fax) a number of concerns to Bill Manning, the airport manager.
Manningâ€™s response was to simply not respond.
The bomb dropped on Mammoth Lakesâ€™ incoming Town Attorney as soon as he set foot in the door.
Andrew Morris, who was invited to town last week for a meet-and-greet with the town staff and others, was supposed to have a relaxed couple of days.
Instead, on the day he arrived, the Hot Creek decision came crashing down on the town from the California Appellate Court, sending Morris and everyone else scrambling.
â€śI took office the day the bomb fell, yeah,â€ť Morris said.
The much-debated, proposed subdivision in Lower Rock Creek Canyon was approved by the Mono County Board of Supervisors Dec. 21, but only after some extensive changes to the plan.
The subdivision, proposed by longtime Eastern Sierra developer John Hooper, is located at the old Paradise Restaurant and Resort site.
The 29-acre project, with proposed market-rate homes that will mostly replace the old rental cabins there, has been relatively controversial.
When things get all gnarly, youâ€™d think the cops would get all grumpy.
Not so, according to Police Chief Dan Watson, a former officer with Los Angeles Police Department.
Instead, they have a ball.
â€śIâ€™ve worked some really busy nights in L.A.,â€ť Watson said.
â€śOn a really busy night, with all kinds of crime, with officers going from one call to another. Thatâ€™s a fun night. Itâ€™s what weâ€™re here for.
â€śWe donâ€™t have that kind of activity here in Mammoth. But what I sensed on the radio, everybody was out there.
It had a little bit of the feeling of a come to Jesus meeting, when people of like mind come together to praise their gods.
In this case, it was the gods of rock climbing. And one of the disciples, Peter Croft, gave a slide show and riveting sermon on various rock routes in the Eastern Sierra.
Croft inaugurated the new and already popular Adventure Slide Show Series started by Jim Barnes, Tuesday night, Jan. 4, at the Snowcreek Athletic Club.
After reading the book, Too Many Tamales, the third grade students in Mammoth Elementary Schoolâ€™s Dual Immersion classes had their annual Tamale Fest on Dec. 9.
Fifty-eight hardworking chefs almost doubled last yearâ€™s number by making a whopping 392 chicken, pork and chile-cheese tamales!
As usual, none of this would have been possible without the support of our dedicated parents.
Bullying in school can make some childrenâ€™s lives so miserable, they donâ€™t want to even get up in morning, let alone go to school to learn.
It can lead to depression and other serious mental health problems, and even, as a recent string of high-profile suicides across the country, show, the death of young people.
Mammoth Unified School District is hoping to once again step up its anti-bullying efforts, beginning next week with a series of films shown at all the districtâ€™s campuses.
The films will be shown:
â€˘ Jan. 10 from 6-7 p.m. at Mammoth Elementary School
St. Johann, Austria (Jan. 7) American Ski Cross athlete John Teller, of Mammoth Lakes, CA won the first Ski Cross World Cup of 2011 and the first World Cup Ski Cross ever for an American. Teller, who was third place in the second World Cup of the season in December, won every heat on his way to victory under the lights in St. Johann, Austria. â€śI canâ€™t believe it,â€ť said Teller, â€śI owned every heat.â€ť
The Mono Narcotic Enforcement Team (MONET) concluded several investigations over the past week resulting in six search warrants in the town of Mammoth Lakes. These search warrant investigations lead to seven arrests.
William Crosby, 63, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for the sales of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana. Mr. Crosby was the co-owner/operator of Mammoth420.com and is alleged to have been operating outside the Stateâ€™s Medical Marijuana laws.
Mono County has a new state Senator, Republican Ted Gaines.
Gaines not only won the 1st Senate District election overall, he also won in Mono County, with 54.7 percent of the vote as compared to Democrat Ken Cooley's 45.3 percent.
District-wide, the vote was 81,945 votes (63.2 percent) for Gaines, with Cooley receiving 47,743 votes (36.8 percent).
December 31st, 2010
In Mammoth, we run. And run. Then we run some more.
Whether itâ€™s the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Las Vegas Marathon or wherever distance runners gather, the Mammoth Track Club came up big in 2010.
One of the questions among us this past year is whether we are a ski town or a runnersâ€™ town.
Weâ€™re both, of course, and the runners are catching up fast.
Ryan Hall, who left the track club late in the season, nevertheless represented us well, finishing fourth in the Boston Marathon in April, just ahead of fifth-place finisher Meb Keflezighi.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes will appeal to the state Supreme Court for another chance to tell its airport lawsuit story, after losing its appeal of the Hot Creek Aviation lawsuit last week, according to Town Councilmember Rick Wood.
"We believe the decision (the appeals court made) will have state-wide impacts as to how municipalities conduct development agreements," he said, noting that all the state's cities and counties supported the Town of Mammoth Lake's position in court, as "friends of the court."
The most powerful document to come out of Mammoth in 2010 came with a curious name.
It is RecStrats, a shortening of â€śRecreation Vision & Strategies In Mammoth Lakes.â€ť
Created by Carl Ribaudo of the Strategic Marketing Group of South Lake Tahoe and facilitated by former Tourism and Recreation Manager Danna Stroud, the document ultimately may turn out to be as important as the Townâ€™s General Plan.
Not a policy document, it was created to provide all town and area leaders with a way to think in common terms about where the Town is headed in terms of what we do best â€“ having fun.