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October 1st, 2012

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for 'sticking it' to Mammoth

October 1, 2012

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

Lehman: Settlement 'a bitter pill to swallow'

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman took off into the backcountry this past weekend, dropping by Rock Creek Resort for a slice of “Pie in the Sky.”

RAW: Got MLLA questions? Town tries to answer them

October 1, 2012

Anticipating a number of questions regarding the MLLA settlement, the town published the following expected questions.

Town to cut 13 jobs, slice $1.9 million a year to pay for MLLA settlement; Police could lose nearly half its force, Watson takes big pay cut

October 1, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Thursday put the town’s police department on the chopping block, proposing deep cuts as a result of the $29.5 million settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, Inc.

Raimondo rips settlement agreement, points finger at Wood, Eastman, past councils

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Town Councilman Michael Raimondo, the newest voice on the embattled five-member council, didn’t let his empty chair go silent Thursday night.

Writing from Mexico, where he is vacationing, the owner of Old New York Deli & Bagel Co. in the Village ripped into the $29.5 million settlement agreement the town made with MLLA.

“This settlement and the path taken to get to the settlement were executed and implemented in a fashion that did not and will not serve the community’s best interests.

Wood tells his side of the MLLA story; blasts back at Raimondo

October 1, 2012

Mammoth councilmember Rick Wood said he wants to set the record straight on the events leading up to the town’s $29.5 million, 23-year settlement  in the MLLA case.

September 30th

Boron trounces Mammoth, 52-0

September 30, 2012

Boron's Bobcats had a homecoming Friday night, and the most welcome guests turned out to be the Mammoth Huskies.

Boron beat up on the undermanned Huskies, 52-0, behind a stellar performance by quarterback Austyn Fink. The senior went 13-for-20, with five touchdowns. The only blemish on his record was because of Mammoth's Tyler Wormhoudt, who intercepted Fink in the lost cause.

September 29th

Full text of Rick Wood's Sept. 27 speech in the MLLA case

September 29, 2012

 

Here is the full text of Mammoth councilmember’s Rick Wood on the MLLA settlement, delivered Thursday, Sept. 27 at a special meeting of the Town Council:

You can only imagine the frustration of a lawyer and a politician being muzzled for a year on this.

I thought that I would not actually have any prepared remarks, but that I would see how things flowed.

September 28th

Mammoth's legal "burn rate" was $1 million a month

September 28, 2012

For Mammoth to have continued its legal fight with lawyers representing both Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and Terry Ballas, the town was subject to a "burn rate" of $1 million a month in legal costs, Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said.

Speaking to a crowd at the Council Chambers on Thursday night, Welbrecht asserted that the legal costs in terms of attorneys fees and the costs of paperwork were so daunting that the town had little choice but to settle.

"We've talked about the cost for legal services," Wilbrecht said. "We talked about how expensive it is.

Western mountain resorts uncertain about 2012-13

September 28, 2012

 

With the memory of a horrible ski season still fresh in their minds, skiers and snowboarders headed to western resorts are looking forward to the new season with a fair amount of apprehension.

“The summer season was impressive for participating western resorts but pretty much everyone is now watching the Weather Channel, checking the Farmer’s Almanac, and getting their snow dance ensembles cleaned and pressed,” said Joan Christianson of the Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) data collection agency.

Mammoth agrees to $2 million a year for 23 years in MLLA case

September 28, 2012

 

Town leaders of Mammoth Lakes last night issued a clarion call for action by the town’s citizens in the wake of its $29.5 million, 23-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).

The call came from town councilmembers and Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht, who together face the prospect of paying off a $2 million annual payment over the next 23 years to end the breach of trust judgment against the town.

What Up, Up Here?

September 28, 2012

 

Welcome Robin Roberts, the new department director for the county’s revamped Mental Health Department, now to be called the Department of Behavioral Health. Roberts has been with the county for some time now, but was just promoted to the new title, taking over former Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel’sposition….

A tribute to my old ski buddy, Ward Baker

September 28, 2012

During the winters of 1947-48, I lived with Ward Baker in the Sun Valley parking lot, in a 4x8 foot trailer. Someone asked me last night, “Who is Ward Baker?”

Ward grew up in Manhattan Beach. I first met him while I was surfing, in January, in the freezing cold waters of the South Bay near his house. I was riding my homemade, 11-foot long, 95-pound redwood surfboard, and he was riding his homemade redwood surfboard that was about 7 feet long. It weighed nearly as much as mine did. We met in 1941, long before the invention of 8-pound foam and fiberglass boards.

Mammoth runners impressive in L.A. meet

September 28, 2012

Mammoth High School cross-country runners don’t have a big team, but they’ve got a big name.

The Huskies took seven runners to the 39th Annual Bellarmine Jefferson Invitational at Griffith Park in Los Angeles last weekend and came away with impressive performances.

The first race of the day featured four freshmen from Mammoth in the Fosh/Soph race. Up-and-comer Jeremy Laguna ran the 2.95-mile course in 18:52, placing ninth, and received a medal for his performance.

Felici Trio and star violinist open winter concert series

September 28, 2012

Chamber Music Unbound opens its 2012-13 winter season this weekend with “Fantasia,” performed by the resident Felici Piano Trio and renowned violinist, Corey Cerovsek.

The program begins tonight (Friday) at Bishop Union High School, and then repeats at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adult, $17/senior and $7/student and can be purchased at the door after 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are online at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org, at the Booky Joint and at The Inyo Council for the Arts.

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