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December 14th

Un-scrooged for the holidays!

December 14, 2012

 

I love the holidays, or at least many things about it. I love the festivities, the decorations, the music, and most of all the gathering of family and friends. However, as time has gone on I have found myself sporting a very “scroogish” attitude toward gift giving.

Home rentals

December 14, 2012

 

The Mammoth town government has wasted a lot of time over the years, approving projects that don’t get built, adopting town plans that still reside on dusty bookshelves, and so on.

We’re not alone in this. Actually, we figure that instead of counting sheep as a sleeping strategy, we could starting counting inconsequential reports and proposals in, say, Sacramento, for the rest of our lives, but then we’d never wake up again.

It's COLD! Ice rink opens today, at last

December 14, 2012

 

The Mammoth Ice Rink is scheduled to open today (Friday) at 11:30 a.m., the town’s recreation department announced.

An outdoor facility located at 416 Sierra Park Road adjacent to the Mammoth Lakes Library, the rink once again will offer public skating sessions, hockey clinics, pick-up hockey, Friday night lessons, and is available for rental. 

A “Skate with Santa” goes off on Thursday, Dec. 20, between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 14-20

December 14, 2012

 

Yes, Virginia Lakes, there is a Santa Claus. That would be Greg Newbry. Not that you’d know it, but that was Newbry out there in the beard and the red suit in the cold night at the Town Christmas Tree Lightinglast week, for the 37th straight year. …

Off the trail: Soaked

December 14, 2012

The sleet poured down in great, slanting sheets as I walked the narrow, unplowed road. I bent my (hatless) head into the wind and picked up my drenched and booted feet and kept walking. Cars passed me, casting off heavy chunks of rain-soaked snow from their spinning tires, soaking me even more.

It didn’t really matter at that point—it was impossible to get much wetter.

“What a @# $@ idiot,” I mumbled to myself, rain dripping off my face, not one word in three fit to print.

What a Dickens!

December 14, 2012

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage.

Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!

A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.

Planners sidestep home rental issue

December 14, 2012

Faced with few hot-button issues more searing than single-family home rentals, the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday took a giant leap … sideways.

Splitting their votes in a rare display of discord, the commission voted, 3-2, to push the issue directly to the Town Council, but only after the overburdened town staff can complete more research into the ages-old issue.

In addition, the five-member commission decided that any work on the issue should not begin until after the current winter ski and snowboard season.

New medical marijuana dispensary for Mammoth

December 14, 2012

A new medical marijuana dispensary is in the pipeline for Mammoth.

It is called “The Eastern Sierra Life Cooperative,” owned by Mammoth resident Don Wright.

It is to open in the space formerly occupied by “Green Mammoth Medical Marijuana Dispensary” in the KMMT building on Laurel Mountain Road.

The Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously passed the application, giving Mammoth its second medical marijuana operation.

Ralph Obenberger sworn in as county sheriff Tuesday

December 14, 2012

Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger was unanimously appointed as Mono County Sheriff by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and sworn in on the same day by Superior Court Judge Stan Eller.

Obenberger’s term will end in two years, at which point the seat will be up for an election.

He will begin serving on the evening of Dec. 20, after Sheriff Richard “Rick” Scholl officially retires.

The Mammoth Times interviewed Obenberger prior to his swearing in.

MT: What do you think are the top three law enforcement challenges facing Mono County in the next two years?

COLOSSAL Village Championships begin at Mammoth Mountain

December 14, 2012

In one of the more enduring traditions that Mammoth has to offer, the Village Championships rank among the top.

For 37 years, the locals in Mammoth have raced each other on the racecourses at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and it’s no time to stop now.

With good snow cover expected throughout the season, the VCs open Jan. 8 and continue through the Finals on April 9.

The old hands will be at it again, with new faces once more popping into view.

The theme this season is “COLOSSAL,” said Drew Krempel of the ski area’s race department.

Garbage fees to go up in January

December 14, 2012

Garbage dumping fees are about to go up next year after the county’s supervisors voted Tuesday to raise rates a few dollars, or eight percent, a month per ton of garbage—from $68.50 a ton to $74 a ton for municipal waste—beginning in January. Rates for construction debris will also go up—from $50 a ton to $74 a ton—a 48 percent increase. Dumping fees for organic waste, such as tree branches, lawn clippings, etc., will no longer be free and will now cost $5 per load.

Heated 'Voodoo Chute' gets lukewarm start

December 14, 2012

Mammoth’s foray into heating its streets got its first test late last month.

A thermal sheet under Lakeview Boulevard at Lake Mary Road—the notorious “Voodoo Chute”—clicked into action, with mixed results.

The snowfall, from a wet storm that began on Thursday, Nov. 29, and stretched into the following Sunday, dropped several inches of glop onto the steep, one-block incline.

Mammoth Nordic hosts film festival, gets ready for cross country ski season

December 14, 2012

’Tis the season to get psyched.

Mammoth Nordic got the energy and anticipation flowing last weekend as the hosts of the “Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcoutry Film Festival: Celebrating the human powered experience.”

There was the requisite eye-candy: the big names hucking big-on-big lines in interesting places you and I may never go (or for many locals: already have!)—but you sit, nonetheless, on the edge of your seat, eyes big and jaw slightly agape, thinking of your own big lines for this year.

Gorham leaves MLPD after 15 years

December 14, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department lost longtime officer Jesse Gorham this week, and the town won’t be quite the same.

Gorham, who received his 15-year service award at the last Town Council Meeting, is retiring to Clendenin, W. Va., with his wife, Valerie, and three children, leaving Mammoth with a big gap on the force.

Really big.

“With his departure, and Marty Thompson’s departure earlier, that now makes me the largest member of the Police Department,” quipped Chief Dan Watson. “I’m not sure that’s a good thing.”

December 13th

Another foot plus of perfect powder for Mammoth Mountain

December 13, 2012

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area received 16 inches of powder since Wednesday, giving the ski area about 126 inches (or about 10.5 feet) of snow since the season began on Oct. 1. The base depth of the mountain is now at 68 inches, or about 5.5 feet. The measurements were taken by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Ski Patrol at Main Lodge, at about 9,000 feet of elevation.

The totals for Wednesday’s storm were something of a surprise; most forecasts had put the total snowfall for the area lower than what actually occurred.

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