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October 12th, 2012

Single-family home rentals rears its head ... again

October 12, 2012

 An old, disagreeable friend of Mammoth showed up at the door last week in the form of a familiar issue that suddenly has been made new again.

The issue is whether the town should legalize renting single-family homes.

What we really need is less town government

October 12, 2012

 

As a business owner and resident of Mammoth Lakes, I am angry—angry that once again the Town of Mammoth Lakes appears to be taking out its shortcomings on its residents and police.  

All we heard about last time there was a budget shortfall was what would be “fair.” Apparently fair was cutting 10 percent from every department.

Forget for a moment that fair should never have been a consideration.  You know what would be fair? Making the over-staffed entity responsible for the current financial mess take the cuts.

Dear Mayor Lehman and Members of the Council,

October 12, 2012

 

I am writing in regard to the proposed use of voter-approved funds in conjunction with the current fiscal difficulties of the town and the settlement of the MLLA judgment.

Following the intent of the voters in passing the various measures has been a core principle of the council since 1986. This appears no longer to be true based upon the adoption of the FY 2012-13 budget and the Baseline Before Settlement Expenditures distributed as a part of the package presented to the public on Sept. 27.

Open letter to the citizens of Mammoth Lakes

October 12, 2012

 

When I was a child in San Diego, my parents would always take me shopping. Whether it was to the grocery store or one of the two new shopping malls, I would have to tag along and most of the time, I was bored out of my mind.

When my eye would catch a glimpse of an item of merchandise that interested me, invariably I would reach out to grasp the object. I remember my mom or dad telling me not to touch it; that if I broke it they would have to pay for it.

A letter from the Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association

October 12, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association (MLPOA) would like to thank the residents, business owners, visitors, and part-time residents of Mammoth Lakes who have been supportive of us for the past 26 years.

We would also like to express our sincere thank you for your support over the past couple of weeks during these trying times.

Jaymin goes to dog college

October 12, 2012

 

Jaymin, the ubiquitous and adorable yellow lab who has been at Mammoth resident Leigh Gaasch’s side for more than a year, is leaving for college.

A “Puppy in Training,” Jaymin was recalled to the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael to begin her formal guide work training.

Athlete of the week

October 12, 2012

 

This week, Mammoth High School named sophomore Sierra Gilfoy as its Athlete of the Week.

A setter on the JV volleyball team, Gilfoy’s setting skills, as well as her exceptional swerving, helped lead the team to three straight road victories at Silver Valley, Boron, and Mojave.

“At practice she gives 110 percent and even stays afterwards to improve her skills,” said Athletic Director Chris Powell. “Sierra is a great asset to the team.”

Something will have to give

October 12, 2012

 

Two millions dollars a year for 23 years in a town of barely 8,000 people is going to cause inevitable heartache.

Don’t expect to be happy—regardless of the outcome.

The first round of potential cuts drafted by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and presented at the Sept. 27 Town Council meeting caused an explosion of emotions across town.

The most drastic of the proposed cuts is the elimination of seven sworn officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

October 5th

Council debates police pay, benefits

October 5, 2012

Pressed on all sides by a $2 million-a-year squeeze, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday questioned if it pays its cops too much.

Meet the MUSD school board candidates

October 5, 2012

Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the Mammoth Unified School District.

John Stavlo, a retired aerospace executive and electrical engineer, comes in as an incumbent, appointed to the school board early this past winter to fill the seat vacated by the late Dr. Andrew Bourne.

Incumbent Greg Newbry is not seeking reelection, vacating a second seat.

Shana Stapp, a special education teacher with Mono County, and Luis Villanueva, the general manager of the Village Lodge, are the other candidates for the two open seats.

Two found dead in Bishop residence, no foul play evidence

October 5, 2012

 

Two people were found dead at a Bishop residence Sept. 23 and investigators are trying to find out why. At about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s investigators received notification of two deceased bodies in a home on Pa-Ha Lane, according to a press release.

Inyo County Coroner Leon Brune released the following names: Helena Spratt, 18, Bishop and Chase Tague, 27, Bishop.

Sports swap meet at Mammoth Middle School

October 5, 2012

 

The annual Mammoth Middle School Organization Ski & Sports Swap comes to Mammoth Oct. 13. Here are the details.

When: Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mammoth Middle School. 

What: Come and shop for deals on skis, snowboards, skates, soccer gear and sports equipment of all kinds. Admission is $5 per family. Proceeds go to MMSO.

If you have a pile of gear clogging up your closets and garage, then rent a table at the Swap and sell your stuff. Tables are $25 or $50 for businesses.

Bill cuts $1 million for hatchery infrastructure

October 5, 2012

 

A bill that might have put more money into the state’s fish hatchery program passed late last month and Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a provision allowing $1 million to go toward the hatchery program infrastructure.

“I hope and pray this bill turns out to be the panacea that (CalTrout) would like us to believe, but I sincerely doubt it,” said local aquaculturist Tim Alpers.

Eastern Sierra Unified School District candidates forum Oct. 16

October 5, 2012

 

There will be an Eastern Sierra Unified School Board candidate forum Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lee Vining Elementary School

Candidates Arya Degenhardt, Jimmy Little, Pamela Haas-Durhart and John Peters are vying for two seats, and will be given three questions with a Q&A session following. The event will be moderated.

For more information, call Anna Strathman at Lee Vining Elementary at 760-647-6460.

Broadband regs under review by county supervisors

October 5, 2012

 

Mono County is homing in on rules to protect both broadband users and broadband providers as Digital 395 heads toward completion 10 months from now. The county has been hammering out a series of regulations and guidelines to guide the county in deciding when to allow providers to put cables above ground (providers will be guided to do above ground work only when an underground option is not possible), and other issues.

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