Archive - May 20, 2011
When Marianna Marysheva-Martinez throws a fastball, she doesnâ€™t mess around.
The townâ€™s interim town manager fired one at the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Wednesday night. It was high heat, straight down the middle.
The only thing the council could do was stand at the plate and watch it go by, to the tune of about $2 million.
Marysheva-Martinez said thatâ€™s the best scenario â€“ a $2 million shortfall in the coming budget, and that doesnâ€™t even include funds to pay off the $30-plus million judgment as a result of the Hot Creek litigation.
Itâ€™s been a long winter up here in the northern Eastern Sierra; eight months of snow, a cold, cold April, flowers frozen on the bud in May.
Even the most ski-crazy winter fanatic is beginning to feel cheated, as May gives way to June with more snow predicted for next week.
But there is hope.
Itâ€™s called a car. Yes, cars are gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing monsters that we should feel guilty for driving. But they are also the essence of freedom and adventure and in this case, escape.
Mono Lakeâ€™s Tufa State Natural Reserve is on the chopping block for possibly closure next year, state and local sources confirmed this week.
Bodie State Park is not on the list and Mono Lake and the reserve are open now and will remain open this year.
But if the closure goes into effect next year, it will spell more bad news for Mono County, which is already struggling with economic hits due to the recession.
â€śThe reserve gets a quarter of a million visits every year,â€ť said Geoff McQuilkin, director of the Mono Lake Committee.
Just for the heck of it: According to the U.S. Travel Assn., more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pets to be part of the family, and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. Mammoth would be a good pick, sez us. ...
Some big news about bears in the magazine Science recently. Seems itâ€™s not the mama bears with cubs you really have to watch out for, but the single males if you come between them and their food. Like a morning at the Stove, now that we think about it. ...