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Reflections as the winter season packs a punch

December 14, 2012

 

It’s been a month since Opening Day and so far, the season has certainly packed a punch.

If you were in town the few weeks prior to Opening Day, you witnessed how the pace changes to a very excited, almost frantic behavior from all the local workers and business owners. 

There is nothing in a ski town quite like Opening Day, and this one had lots of expectations behind it (especially after last winter). Allow me to recap.

Main Lodge opener

June Lake to light its tree

December 14, 2012

 

Holidays, Santa arrive Saturday

June Lake joins the holiday festivities tomorrow (Saturday) with its annual “Tree & Village Lighting Celebration.”

The tree lighting is at 5 p.m in the Village, but holiday partyers can come early for appetizers at Sierra Crest Realty, beginning at 3 p.m., and stay late for music and dancing at the Sierra Inn, along with a bit of Christmas caroling, too.

Coulters reveive Rotary recognition

December 14, 2012

 

Ken and Flossie ‘surprised and very honored

The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this week named Ken and Flossie Coulter as the first-ever recipients of the  “Service Above Self” award.

The award is presented to an individual or couple who model the motto through their actions in providing outstanding service to our community, said Rick Phelps, president of the noon Rotary.

Think local first!

December 14, 2012

 

Before you hit that “send” key on your computer this holiday season, please consider shopping locally. 

Your dollars spent locally benefit the entire community, not just the individual business. Statistics show that for every dollar spent in a local business, 70 cents is re-circulated within that community. 

Businesses in Mammoth need the support of tourists and residents alike. 

I urge you to get behind this idea; shop locally this holiday season and encourage your friends to do the same.

Proposed TBID is taxation without representation

December 14, 2012

 

According to recent news reports, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and an “Exploratory Committee” have been investigating the implementation of a TBID (Tourism Business Improvement District). 

As I understand it, this TBID would establish a “self assessment” on Mammoth businesses.

The proceeds of the assessment would provide funding to Mammoth Lakes Tourism for their marketing efforts. 

This “self assessment” would be a percentage of purchases, just like a sales tax. 

A mistake in the Dec. 7 editorial

December 14, 2012

 

I’d like to respond to the Dec. 7 Times Editorial regarding the Town Council’s approval of the Restructuring Plan at its Dec. 5 meeting. 

I’d like to correct a statement in the piece that indicates I’m putting out the word that if calls aren’t answered promptly, don’t blame me or the other members of the Police Department.  

I have no intention of that and at this point, there is no point in placing blame on anyone.  

Un-scrooged for the holidays!

December 14, 2012

 

I love the holidays, or at least many things about it. I love the festivities, the decorations, the music, and most of all the gathering of family and friends. However, as time has gone on I have found myself sporting a very “scroogish” attitude toward gift giving.

Home rentals

December 14, 2012

 

The Mammoth town government has wasted a lot of time over the years, approving projects that don’t get built, adopting town plans that still reside on dusty bookshelves, and so on.

We’re not alone in this. Actually, we figure that instead of counting sheep as a sleeping strategy, we could starting counting inconsequential reports and proposals in, say, Sacramento, for the rest of our lives, but then we’d never wake up again.

It's COLD! Ice rink opens today, at last

December 14, 2012

 

The Mammoth Ice Rink is scheduled to open today (Friday) at 11:30 a.m., the town’s recreation department announced.

An outdoor facility located at 416 Sierra Park Road adjacent to the Mammoth Lakes Library, the rink once again will offer public skating sessions, hockey clinics, pick-up hockey, Friday night lessons, and is available for rental. 

A “Skate with Santa” goes off on Thursday, Dec. 20, between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 14-20

December 14, 2012

 

Yes, Virginia Lakes, there is a Santa Claus. That would be Greg Newbry. Not that you’d know it, but that was Newbry out there in the beard and the red suit in the cold night at the Town Christmas Tree Lightinglast week, for the 37th straight year. …

Off the trail: Soaked

December 14, 2012

The sleet poured down in great, slanting sheets as I walked the narrow, unplowed road. I bent my (hatless) head into the wind and picked up my drenched and booted feet and kept walking. Cars passed me, casting off heavy chunks of rain-soaked snow from their spinning tires, soaking me even more.

It didn’t really matter at that point—it was impossible to get much wetter.

“What a @# $@ idiot,” I mumbled to myself, rain dripping off my face, not one word in three fit to print.

What a Dickens!

December 14, 2012

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage.

Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!

A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.

Planners sidestep home rental issue

December 14, 2012

Faced with few hot-button issues more searing than single-family home rentals, the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday took a giant leap … sideways.

Splitting their votes in a rare display of discord, the commission voted, 3-2, to push the issue directly to the Town Council, but only after the overburdened town staff can complete more research into the ages-old issue.

In addition, the five-member commission decided that any work on the issue should not begin until after the current winter ski and snowboard season.

New medical marijuana dispensary for Mammoth

December 14, 2012

A new medical marijuana dispensary is in the pipeline for Mammoth.

It is called “The Eastern Sierra Life Cooperative,” owned by Mammoth resident Don Wright.

It is to open in the space formerly occupied by “Green Mammoth Medical Marijuana Dispensary” in the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.

The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously passed the application, giving Mammoth its second medical marijuana operation.

Ralph Obenberger sworn in as county sheriff Tuesday

December 14, 2012

Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger was unanimously appointed as Mono County Sheriff by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and sworn in on the same day by Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Obenberger’s term will end in two years, at which point the seat will be up for an election.

He will begin serving on the evening of Dec. 20, after Sheriff Richard “Rick” Scholl officially retires.

The Mammoth Times interviewed Obenberger prior to his swearing in.

MT: What do you think are the top three law enforcement challenges facing Mono County in the next two years?

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