Archive - Jul 8, 2011
On the very first day of the very first week of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, 24-year-old Tim Smalley signed up.
It was 1986. Mammoth had just incorporated. It was a brand new job in a brand new town. He‚Äôs still here. ‚ÄúThe first five days were good,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe just drove around town to get the lay of the land. We just checked it out.‚ÄĚ
There‚Äôs nothing quite like an afternoon of Chihuahua races at the Village.
The crowd begins to pulse about an hour before the heats begin. Big men, such as Alpine Garage‚Äôs Mike Fiebigger, hold their tiny dogs close. His wife, Karen, was alongside. In the Fiebigers‚Äô case, this was an unusual hairless Chihuahua, named Klein.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs like a Billy Idol,‚ÄĚ said Fiebiger. (There are three more Chihuahuas in the Fiebiger clan, named Juicy, Dolce and Lelo, but that‚Äôs beside the point.)
Tom Shepard, holding the appropriately named Smidgen, strolled by, showing off.
The cop shop won‚Äôt ever be the same.
Sergeant Karen Smart, on the Mammoth Lakes Police Department force for 25 years, said earlier this week she will retire so that the department can save a job for one of the younger officers.
‚ÄúMy time is done,‚ÄĚ she said in a poignant interview early this week. ‚ÄúThe younger guys are the future of the department and the future of the town.‚ÄĚ
Now that the Fourth of July is over, at least one town councilman is already looking at the next Fourth of July.
Time is short. Matthew Lehman has only a year to figure out what the holiday should look like.
At Wednesday‚Äôs Town Council meeting, Lehman floated the idea of moving the center of attention to the Village rather than Crowley Lake.
He said he knows he‚Äôll hear gasps all over town.
‚ÄúMy primary goal is to help the business community,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúInstead of being one of the worst nights of the year in Mammoth, I‚Äôd like it to be one of the best.‚ÄĚ
Several long-time Eastside residents were the first to respond to the news that a Mexican sport fishing boat, the Erik, with 26 American citizens on board, had capsized off the eastern coast of Baja Mexico on July 3, dumping all 43 passengers into the sea in the midst of a raging storm.
Doug and Peggy Magee have owned a home in Baja for 25 years and have lived there permanently for the past ten. Gloria and Ed Vasquez own a home close to the Magee‚Äôs.
Mammoth Mountain picked up a nice mention on NBC Nightly News a week ago. The bit was about our late ski season, narrated by anchor Kate Snow. ‚Ä¶
It‚Äôs true! Tony and Cindy Avena, stalwarts in Mammoth for 30 years, have put the venrable Slocum‚Äôs up for sale. ‚Ä¶
We‚Äôre sure going to miss Jon Eisert, the estimable Ski Surgeon, who folded up shop Tuesday at 12:59:59 p.m. and is on his way to Paso Robles. For good. ‚ÄúSome decisions are made for you,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs time.‚ÄĚ Memories? ‚ÄúBack in the day, our dirtbags were better than the current dirtbags.‚ÄĚ ‚Ä¶