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October 5th, 2012

Fire protection fee bills begin to show up in mailboxes

October 5, 2012

 

If you are a property owner in many parts of Mono County, you may get a $150 bill from the state this month, a bill that is due at the end of the month. Called the “State Responsibility Area” (SRA) fees, the fees are supposed to help the state pay for fire protection for certain state lands. The fees became law last year and went into effect Oct. 1. The law will also affect mobile homes with DMV registration.

Free to work as hard or play as hard as we want to

October 5, 2012

 

Sometimes the complicated mathematics of choosing what to write about in my weekly column bogs me down, and I have trouble getting started.

Life changes even as I look out my window at Pole Pass, and watch the occasional southbound boat that cruised an extra week, or two hundred more miles north. The weather has been as close to perfect as possible for almost two months straight, and the fortunate retired people who aren’t worried about mowing the lawn in front of their condominium have really been enjoying the extra time on their boats this summer.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month

October 5, 2012

 

Why do they stay?

 

By Susi Bains

For the Mammoth Times

 

When the going gets tough, the tough can’t always leave. Thus the question: Why doesn’t she just leave?

Bauer: 'I can't do it alone', and forest finally sends letter of 'non compliance' to Mammoth Mountain

October 5, 2012

It wasn’t exactly a “best friends forever” moment Tuesday at the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting as June Lake residents tried to heal a split over how to spend some county money—but it was a start.

At the center of the storm was Supervisor Vikki Bauer. A few weeks ago she told the supervisors that she and others had experienced a “hostile takeover” at a June Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting over how to spend a portion of the $100,000 in “bridge” money the county gave June Lake to survive a winter without June Mountain Ski Area.

Thank you to local businesses and organizations

October 5, 2012

 

On behalf of the many community volunteers who donate their time and expertise each year to ensure the continuing success of the Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth Lakes, I want to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for your donation of your gifts to the silent auction in support of the Sierra Summer Festival 2012. 

The following businesses are Ben and Jerry’s and Lingerie Lounge in the Village, Aveda In Touch Spa near Schat’s and Patti Millison of Hang on Massage and Yoga in Bishop.

Team Shinsetsu Ten sends its thanks

October 5, 2012

 

Team Shinsetsu Ten would like to thank everyone with a big bow who believed and still supports us.

On Oct. 13, TS10 is traveling to Murrieta, Calif., to represent Mammoth Lakes, fighting in Grappling X’s prestigious Pankration Tournament.  Pankration is the oldest form of mixed martial arts.

Mr. Gregory

October 5, 2012

 

Editor’s note: The following is a letter that was originally sent by part time June Lake resident Michael Bogash to Rusty Gregory via snail mail several weeks ago, via certified mail, according to Bogash. On Thursday, Bogash said he sent the letter to Gregory’s office via email. This time, Bogash received an email stating that Gregory had not received the original letter and that he would contact Bogash “within the next few days.”

Mr. Gregory,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

To those in District 4

October 5, 2012

 

We all know that Mammoth is facing a steep uphill climb in order to overcome the economic recession of the last few years and the depressed property values that resulted.

And now we need to deal with a staggering debt.

Bullying awareness movie a success

October 5, 2012

 

I wanted to thank Wendilyn Grasseschi and the Mammoth Times for the article on my bullying awareness movie in last week’s issue.

I would like to make a clarification on what Peace Project is or was: it was only one small but important facet of the Caring and Courageous Kids program.

What I noticed over time was that many of the relational bullying problems occurred during recess time.

It was my way of “walking the talk” and offering pro-social activities for students.

Long overdue thank you!

October 5, 2012

 

This letter of thanks goes out to Paul and Kathleen Rudder.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rudder,

Thank you so much for honoring my daughter Danielle (Dani) Stanton with the JRR Memorial Scholarship.

Dani was flattered and surprised to be interviewed for a scholarship, then very proud and happy to have been awarded this scholarship.

Dani is attending Cerro Coso now, so this scholarship will help with her expenses.

History repeats itself

October 5, 2012

 

After the “Great Debacle,” the “Settlement That Ate Mammoth,” whatever you want to call it, both George Shirk, news editor of the Mammoth Times and Jack Lunch, editor of the Sheet News, wrote articles about that settlement.

George, a thoughtful individual and nice guy, opined that now the litigation was settled, we should put it behind us, and move on. An end to the finger pointing is a good thing, he said, the blame game and negative thinking. It’s counterproductive and won’t get us anywhere.

Cell service expected in Crowley Lake by late November

October 5, 2012

We all know the place.

Driving south on U.S. 395 heading toward Crowley Lake, talking away on the (hands free) cell phone, climbing up the little rise past the Green Church, counting the minutes you have left to talk—and sure enough.

Right after the turnoff to the little Mt. Morrison cemetery, dead spot.

If you’re lucky, you can pick up the conversation somewhere near Tom’s Place—but not before.
And forget cell service if you actually live anywhere near Crowley, McGee Creek, Aspen Springs—all of them are in the same dead zone.

But that’s about to change.

Greed, Terry Ballas, and MLLA

October 5, 2012

 

We’ve been so busy pointing fingers at the people who caused the MLLA crisis here in Mammoth that we have hardly touched a couple of central questions.

What would it feel like to put a town of 7,000 people at risk? How does a person sleep comfortably, knowing that a little, small town in the mountains would have to reduce its resources to below bare-bones levels?

Fido & Me Fidofeedback

October 5, 2012

 

“I think I’d like to try biofeedback.”

“Fido, that is SO 90s.”

“But I’d still like to try it. I am, to put it simply, a wreck!”

“Gosh Fido, I had no idea. You look OK to me and you seem to be sleeping all right, and your diet seems to be right on target.”

“Verily,” Fido said, “but I dissemble.”

Huskies on the road in L.A.

October 5, 2012

 

The Mammoth Huskies, coming off a road loss in Boron last week, take on Brentwood High School in Los Angeles tonight (Friday).

Husky fans are hoping for the best, even after last week’s 52-0 loss that dropped the team to 1-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference action.

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