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Making a difference, one vote at a time

December 21, 2012

 

Three of the five Mono County supervisors leave at the end of the year, but not without making changes to the region that will likely be felt for generations 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 18 was the last day at the dais for three of Mono County’s five county supervisors—Vikki Magee Bauer, Duane “Hap” Hazard and Tim Hansen—but it was not the end of their influence on the local region.

Far from it.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 21-27

December 21, 2012

 

That was some commotionthis week when none other than Sealhimself got off the plane at the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, giving us some early-season celebrity cred. …

Loved the terrific holiday bash by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, which rightly honored Sharon Clarkas Volunteer of the Year and Judy Bornfeldas its Founder of the Year. …

Win a trip to Sun Valley Nordic Festival

December 21, 2012

 

Local nonprofit Mammoth Nordic is selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser and the grand prize is a weeklong trip to Sun Valley, Idaho for its Sun Valley Nordic Festival.

The grand prize includes: accommodations for two for seven nights in a two bedroom suite in a private residence minutes north of Ketchum-Sun Valley, Idaho. The home is located close to the Nordic Trails as well as world famous Sun Valley Ski Resort.

E-readers now available at Booky Joint

December 21, 2012

 

Mammoth’s only locally-owned bookstore, the Booky Joint, now carries an electronic reader designed for independent bookstores, according to owner Dave Leonard.

Called the Kobo, the readers range in price from $80 to $121, with a $49.99 sale on the Kobo Mini scheduled for this weekend, Dec. 21-23.

Rumors about Sen. Feinstein visit not confirmed

December 21, 2012

 

Rumors that a representative from Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office would visit the Eastern Sierra next month to put pressure on Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to keep June Mountain Ski Area open (by withholding support for a bill for a land trade MMSA wants) could not be confirmed as of Thursday, Dec. 20.

L.A. water district loses another court battle

December 21, 2012

 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to pay $1M in fees

On Dec. 17, in another setback for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Kern County Superior Court ruled that LADWP must pay more than $1 million in fees that it deliberately withheld related to air pollution control measures for the dried Owens Lake bed, according to local officials.

Council takes on single-family home rentals

December 21, 2012

 

Disconnect between audience and policy makers

The Mammoth Town Council Wednesday took on the issue of single-family home rentals, but ended up in a circular debate with audience members who did not seem quite clear about the issue at hand.

The issue before the council was whether or not to order the town staff to gather additional research to help move the debate forward.

Paramedic union to vote on cost-cutting agreement

December 21, 2012

 

Mono County’s paramedics have probably saved hundreds of lives since the program came into existence—but like all good things, there has been a cost.

“This program is costing the county about $500,000 a year more every year,” said Mono County Supervisor Vikki Bauer earlier this year. “We have to put the brakes on this growth in cost.”

To that end, the county has been working with the paramedic union, trying to find a way to keep the program without the constant growth in costs.

Boccia on Mammoth schools: ‘I’m not going to build prisons’

December 21, 2012

 

Schools superintendent, police chief, review school safety plans

Mammoth schools superintendent Rich Boccia said this week that he and Police Chief Dan Watson are reviewing safety procedures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre that took the lives of 20 kids and six adults.

Boccia, addressing the Town Council Wednesday evening, said neither he nor Watson will over-react.

‘Mt. Andrea Lawrence’ one signature away

December 21, 2012

 

Congress passes bill, goes to Obama next

The peak in the Eastern Sierra that is to be named after the late Andrea Mead Lawrence is almost a designated peak.

The only thing it lacks is a sign-off by President Obama.

The Senate passed the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011 last year, and the House of Representatives signed off on it Thursday.

A letter from Gary Boyd

December 21, 2012

 

My wife and I would like to thank the community for the outpouring of well wishes, hugs and prayers—they have certainly helped over the past weeks. 

My doctors have determined that my event was caused by a low-grade brain tumor. 

A plan of treatment from my doctors at University of California San Francisco is in place and I will be starting radiation and chemotherapy in Carson City soon. 

I’m feeling good and I’m working to regain my strength. 

Council should reconsider

December 21, 2012

 

We have owned a condo in Mammoth for many years, and recently contacted the Mammoth Police Department for assistance. The police officers have been responsive. No one knows when the services of the police will be required, and I would strongly urge the Mammoth Lakes Town Council to maintain the level of service and safety net now in place.

Elaine Berg

Mammoth Lakes

Why not Mammoth?

December 21, 2012

 

There has been so much handwringing about our failures around here this past year that it’s been easy to overlook Mammoth’s successes.

Yet we’ve had them, and not just little ones, either.

Last month, the new running track opened south of town at the Whitmore sports complex. It is hard to overstate what a remarkable achievement that is. It took five years of work in the form of grant writing, fund drives, and political maneuvering to get it done.

Fido & Me A Christmas Mystery

December 21, 2012

 

“Reorge?!?” Fido called, obviously in a state of high consternation.

“Here I am!” I said, padding in from the hallway. “What the heck is going on?”

“There is something here that you should see, and I don’t think it is a good thing at all.”

I looked about, here and there, up and down, side to side.

“Fido, I don’t really see much out of the ordinary here, really.”

“Then what is that THING?” Fido wanted to know.

Town credit rating improves; MLLA loan could be affected

December 21, 2012

Mammoth is back in the pink.

A major national credit ratings service on Wednesday declared Mammoth “stable,” lifting the town from the dregs of a “highly vulnerable” credit rating in the wake of settling its legal battle against Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).

Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez delivered the news to the Town Council at its meeting Wednesday evening, just hours after Standard & Poor’s Rating Services raised Mammoth from a “C” rating to “BB+.”

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