Looking back at 2010, we can see that our problems are as big as ever.
We have diverse seasons, major issues, inundations of visitors, yet one mantra has been ringing out for much of the year: preparation for renewal.
Our attitude toward solving those problems may have undergone a kind of tectonic shift.
The Planning Commission, the Town Council, the Recreation Commission, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and individual businesses have all endorsed the notion of being ready when reinvestment comes to town.
We have high hopes for the Mammoth Ambassadors Program.
Our service personnel are critical to our image and to our collective well being, but sometimes enough is enough.
Case in point. At a recent meal in a local restaurant, the waiters were overly friendly and solicitous to the point of intrusiveness on the customers’ conversation. One diner made a specific request, but when the meal came, that request was unfulfilled, ignored.
Science of apparently astronomical proportions happened last week, with the announcement that Mono Lake harbors arsenic-munching critters in its waters hit the news.
Maybe. Maybe not.
â€śNASAâ€™s Mono Lake Arsenic Microbes Not Quite as Advertised,â€ť headlined the Tucson Citizen on Dec. 9.
â€śSerious concerns have been raised about the conclusions,â€ť said Discover Magazine, linking to Guardian.co.uk, an ocean away.
Town Council is considering how to manage the spending of Measure R and Measure U funds, appointing committee members to help with the issue and considering some very high-end, and worthwhile, projects. All in the name of addressing the needs of ALL recreation opportunities in Mammoth for residents and visitors, and to create a sustainable economy year round. The projects under consideration all require enormous capital outlay, and one recreational opportunity missing from the discussions is to open up the existing Motocross track for public recreational riding.
It was short, this summer â€“ a tease. Skiing in shirtsleeves through June and early July, we sunned ourselves on ridges, looking wistfully at the meadows and mountains beyond and wondering how long it would be before theyâ€™d grow wildflowers instead of rotten corn. It was August before the high country melted out enough for most of us to explore it in hiking boots and running shoes, and the aspens went gold within a few short weeks. Then, by November: winter.
Mammoth Times Editorial
A place for Mammoth High School students to gather during lunch time is a gift worthy of recognition by the entire community. Some students hang out at Vons during their break; others clamber like goats on the rocks in the High School parking lot. Joanne and Byng Hunt just made the goat option more attractive.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this midterm election has been the swarm of negative Nevada TV ads from Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle and incumbent U.S. Democratic Senator Harry Reid.
To state the obvious, we do not live in Nevada. This is not our election. It seems absolutely obscene that we must be subjected to these repetitious, superfluous ads. They turn to gray, vision blurs and mute buttons are pushed.
Which is not to say that we wouldnâ€™t equally be inundated by ads for California governor, among others.
Mammoth plays at Bishop tonight in football. Thatâ€™s about as big as it gets around here. Weâ€™re fired up.
The Mammoth/Bishop rivalry has been going on for more than 50 years. Bea Beyer tells us that when she moved from the Bishop schools to Mammoth, she and some students would sleep in the gym to protect their turf from the vandalism that had been going on for years.
There have been effigies hung from freeway overpasses, Clorox poured on a field, toilet papering, etc. Itâ€™s been your basic cross-town rivalry, up and down U.S. 395 and we think itâ€™s actually pretty great.
We were extremely disappointed to learn that we do not have an Animal Control Officer in Mammoth Lakes due to budget cuts. It was suggested that we call the Police Department if there is a problem as if this department does not have enough on their plates.
The relinquishing of the Beekley Collection by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation strips a vital layer away from Mammoth. The collection has enhanced the ski reputation of the town and ski area. It added considerable cachet to the International Ski History association annual meeting two years ago.
But it’s losing its home in Edison Hall on the campus of Cerro Coso Community College.
On our calendar, we see the Millpond Music Festival is coming up this weekend, signaling either the end of summer or the beginning of fall.
Whatever. One thing is for certain: the fall shoulder season is here, and all around us, everyone is fattening up.
The bears are getting more plump, for sure, and as they lumber through the town, they no doubt notice with disheartening alarm that the sloppy visitors are gone and the dumpsters are secure again. Bummer for them, we suppose.
Bike shops are turning into ski shops. Around here, thatâ€™s like aspens turning. Time is getting short.
At last Tuesdayâ€™s Wildlife Committee meeting, police chief Dan Watson commented that there was a bit of a communications breakdown over Labor Day weekend when it came to bear complaint response.
Watson, who was out of town over the long weekend, said he is going to call for a conference with members of the U.S. Forest Service (who were not present at the wildlife committee meeting), Department of Fish and Game, as well as Mono County and Mammoth Lakes Police Department, to talk about these jurisdictional issues in the Mammoth area.