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Fire and hubris

June 22, 2012

There is no natural reason for people to live in Mammoth Lakes. None. But we live here anyway because we like to have seasons loaded with fun.

We ski. We hike. We climb. We ride bikes, drive off road, pull fish from the water and then do it all again.
We pay a price to live here, though, and the price tag varies depending on the bill Mother Nature whips up in her ledger book.

This summer the price tag has to do with fire—indiscriminant, deadly and entirely natural. Wendilyn Grasseschi’s story, beginning on Page 1., captures the situation.

The bleeding stops

June 15, 2012

By this time next week—Wednesday, to be precise—Mammoth Lakes will have a balanced budget.

It will be a document that drips with the blood of dep cutsw. lost positions and dashed dreams.

But it will be done. Finished. Over.

The residual pain of it, along with the unresolved plan of how to deal with the $42 million MLLA judgment, will hurt for this year and for many years.

But for now, Mammoth can get back to doing what it does best. You can call it whistling past the graveyard, but all of us are weary of the graveyard.

Re-jiggering

June 8, 2012


And just like that (snap fingers), the political landscape of Mammoth and Mono County changed.

Rare treats

June 1, 2012

A remarkable intersection of events in the Big Wide World happens this week in Mammoth, spanning backyard politics, athletic prowess and instellar space.

All of them are worth our attention. We live in such a unique place that it is easy to take it for granted. Here are just some of the reasons why we should not:

• The Drop-In. Jeremy McGhee is a superior athlete. At one time, he was a superior surfer, until an accident took away the use of his legs. He is to try an ascent of Bloody Couloir this weekend, via wheelchair, and a descent on skis.

Lest we forget

May 25, 2012

We're hoping everybodyhas a great Memorial Day Weekend, here and throughout the country.

Blowing in the Wind

May 18, 2012

 

Something new is afoot here in Mammoth.

The time for whining is over.

The time for blaming is over.

Government's role

May 11, 2012

 

Amid the many voices at last Tuesday’s special (and fascinating) Town Council meeting, there was a proposal to initiate a kind of philosophical, ongoing debate around here. 

Government's role

May 11, 2012

Amid the many voices at last Tuesday’s special (and fascinating) Town Council meeting, there was a proposal to initiate a kind of philosophical, ongoing debate around here.

Councilman Rick Wood raised the question, and as esoteric as it was, it nevertheless struck us as being somehow important in the long run.

Wood, an attorney who is no stranger to the dais, acknowledged the many people who showed up to emphasize their support of tourism.

Yet when it came his turn to speak directly to the issue, Wood veered.

Losing weight, getting lean

May 4, 2012

Small government is good in a small town.

Big government in a small town is bad.

Isolation

April 27, 2012

Last Monday’s telephone outage should have been a disaster, but it wasn’t.

Not up here, not in Mammoth.

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