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Greg Norby

November 2, 2012

 

We’re going to miss Greg Norby around here.

As the manager of the Mammoth Community Water District for four years, he ran the utility with aplomb, efficiency, and a sense of humor that hardly anyone ever got to see.

We were reminded of a Planning Commission meeting more than a year ago, when Norby gave the commissioners the bad news about the then-upcoming litigation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

It was a sobering presentation, at a time when Mammoth really did not seem ready for another load of lawsuits.

Greg Norby

November 2, 2012

 

We’re going to miss Greg Norby around here.

As the manager of the Mammoth Community Water District for four years, he ran the utility with aplomb, efficiency, and a sense of humor that hardly anyone ever got to see.

We were reminded of a Planning Commission meeting more than a year ago, when Norby gave the commissioners the bad news about the then-upcoming litigation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

It was a sobering presentation, at a time when Mammoth really did not seem ready for another load of lawsuits.

A bend in the road

October 26, 2012

 

We haven’t had a lot of rah-rah moments around here lately, so two of them, within a week’s span, were particularly noteworthy.

The first one was a rah-rah for the snow. We couldn’t help feeling a little extra bounce in our feet on Monday morning, right through the whatever-it-was snow shower on Wednesday. It looks like winter is here to stay.

The Snow Dance

October 19, 2012

 

Not long ago, we got a phone call from a radio station in Los Angeles, asking if the town’s fiscal situation will help, hamper, or change the skier experience in Mammoth this season.

We said no—nothing will change as long as people do a proper snow dance right about now.

One of them goes off tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. at The Village. The people at the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation are throwing a bonfire party and ski burn as a sacrifice to Ullr. If you have to ask who the heck Ullr is, you’re in the wrong town.

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.

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?

Paying the devil his due

September 28, 2012

With the settlement of the MLLA lawsuit all but done, Mammoth enters into a new phase.

Now we all get to see who walks the walk.

Since 1997, the year Terry Ballas proposed his idiotic airport condo project, our people have talked and talked. Then they talked some more. Along with all that talk-the-talk there were extended periods of finger pointing and blame gaming.

All that comes to an end right now, and over the course of the next three months.

Mark Wardlaw and Community Development

September 14, 2012

Mark Wardlaw is leaving town for San Diego County, and that’s a bad deal for Mammoth Lakes.

This Summer

September 7, 2012

It is hard to say how Mammoth did this summer, but practically all the indicators suggest it was exactly what we needed.

Fishbowl politics

August 31, 2012

We’d like to think we live in a fishbowl here—that everyone in California (and beyond) is paying attention to us.

They’re not.

We are a small town in one of the most remote, inaccessible areas this side of the Pakistan/Afghan border.

We all signed up for that, for a variety of reasons. But for those who may wish for thoughtful attention from Sacramento or L.A., not to mention Washington, D.C., it is best to get used to how small our fishbowl really is.

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