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Mammoth bears are better behaved than our town council

October 14, 2013

One bear got out of line and went to Vons for some apples, but at least we have a Wildlife Specialist to teach them it is out of bounds.

Why don’t we have someone to step in when the town council gets out of control?

Our black bears know they can’t violate the Brown Act, but council members don’t know better than to conduct “serial meetings” individually with someone they want to launch into the town manager’s position. 

We need a Council Wildlife Specialist to jump in here. 

Holler good for Mammoth

October 3, 2013

Congratulations to Mammoth for stepping up and hiring a true professional manager. Now, it is time to work together, adopt your policies and step aside and allow professional management to achieve the goals the Council sets. 

If the Council can resist the temptations to micro manage and stick with establishing policies of excellent governance, Mammoth will be back on top in no time.

Occupy Yosemite

October 3, 2013

I am outraged at what the federal government is doing. Closing our National Parks is absurd and is hurting all of us here in the Eastern Sierra.

Our businesses are hurting. The Eastern Sierra is a tourist based economy, and by the feds closing the parks, the livlihood of our friends, neighbors and families are in jeopardy.

We need the funds that come into our communities through these parks:

Yosemite National Park, Devils’ Postpile National Monument, Death Valley National Monument, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park.

Hello Mammoth!

September 16, 2013

I just spent Saturday with you, as I was riding in the Kamikaze Bike Games.  I wanted to share with you my experience of spending the day in my “happiest place on Earth.”

First off, I want to send a huge thank you to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Bill Cockroft, and Caroline and Amanda for hosting/promoting such an excellent event. 

It’s been far too long for such an event at Mammoth, and though it may not be as big as the heydays of the 90s, I can see it growing to such a level in the not-too-distant future. 

Hooked on jazz

August 5, 2013

Having been a patron and a volunteer for the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee for the better part of 20 years, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ken and Flossie Coulter for the dedication and supreme effort it took to keep this wonderful event going.

Years ago, I was hooked the very first time I listened to the astounding variety of jazz, blues, swing and zydeco bands in the many venues they organized.

So much so, and even though I live on the Western side of the Sierras, I became a volunteer at the Big Top for five of those Jazz Jubilees.

Jazz with altitude: 25 and still alive

July 31, 2013

When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 25th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it really does take a town.

What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.

The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this annual July event.

Chose civility

July 31, 2013

There is an arrogant dominance of incivility passing for dialogue today.

We are beginning to hear more and more disagreements of the heated variety, most of them are underlying political and/or ideological in nature that any reasonable person might deem as uncivil. 

We are witnessing angry talking heads on television, talk-radio designed to infuriate and demean, email blogging that promotes insulting exchanges, and even our local media is sometimes prone to childish sniping of its own. 

It’s all about certainty

June 26, 2013

Councilmember Michael Raimondo has repeatedly expressed his opinion that the town of Mammoth Lakes needs to be ready for developers when the economy turns around.

However, his comments on the single-family home debate undermine his own aspiration.

Real estate investors look at a number of complex issues like supply and demand, construction and borrowing costs, projected revenue, etc., before committing to a project.

Suggestions for next year’s philanthropy guide

June 5, 2013

The recent Eastern Sierra Philanthropy Guide is an impressive, high quality publication. 

It is good to see many nonprofit, volunteer organizations serving our area.  I couldn’t help being surprised, however, by the omission of many other great groups that do wonderful work and also need support. 

Just two of the ones I am personally familiar with are Laws Museum and The Salvation Army. 

Dear Roxanne, Robbie, and Alvin Tani,

June 5, 2013

The 2013 Senior Class of Mammoth High School wishes to express our gratitude for the involvement of Shogun Restaurant, and company, in our Spring Senior Dinner.

With Roxanne and Robbie Tani and Alvin Tani’s support our class has been able to augment our savings, which will be used for our annual spring trip and also for our commencement ceremony.

Without the gracious assistance from staff members, and impeccable organization, our class would be far behind in attempting to fund our trip to the Los Angeles area.

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