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July 20th, 2012

The air service issues

July 20, 2012

Air service subsidies to major airlines may or may not be a reasonable and rational approach to air service. It remains, in my mind, an open book for discussion.

An open apology

July 20, 2012

On July 11, there was a special meeting held in Suite Z to discuss options for the funding of air subsidy to Alaska Airlines. I stood up and openly challenged one of Mammoth’s Supervisors, Mr. Byng Hunt, after his comments on the podium to our Town Council and the people of Mammoth.

I want to say that I am sorry to everyone in Mammoth and Mono County for not saying more!
I am continually amazed by our elected officials in Bridgeport; did Mr. Hunt not learn from other supervisors that have recently been replaced? Does Mr. Hunt not realize that the economic engine begins in Mammoth?

Judgement by Gregory

July 20, 2012

The Town should ask Rusty Gregory to pay the judgment

These days, our national institutions are out of our control. We should at least be at peace with the idea that we control our local government. But when the record available to us shows our local government is no longer under our control, we are compelled to raise questions and address those individuals who have brought us to financial crisis. So, after a review of public records available to us, I would like to know “who is in charge at city hall” and has as anyone asked Gregory and/or Long to pay the judgment?

July 13th

Plenty of thanks to go around

July 13, 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses for their generosity and kindness in supporting the Forest Service Fire Safety Fun Festival at Fire Station 2 on July 4.

Thank you Vons for your cookies and icing donations. The kids enjoyed decorating them with a fire safety theme. Thank you McDonalds for providing punch to wash down those cookies!

Food & Wine Experience a success!

July 13, 2012

The Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, that just concluded this past weekend, could not be accomplished without the assistance of a huge roster of volunteers. Most were local, some were visitors, some were students, some second-home owners and their families, but they all came together to make the event a success.

Thank you Fourth of July participants and volunteers

July 13, 2012

I want to thank all the people who participated in this year’s Fourth of July parade and all the folks who helped put it on.

It takes a lot of people working together, communicating and cooperating to pull off this kind of event: the police, Cal Trans, CERT, the Fire Department.

So many people make this parade a success. In particular I’d like to thank Stuart Brown from the Town of Mammoth Lakes for all of his help with permitting and interagency coordination. Stu did a great job and made the process painless for everyone.

Chew on this

July 13, 2012

Was there ever a better week than this one? What a stew of stuff! If you could clip-and-save a week, this might be the one.

We’re not really sure how to digest this multi-course meal. Set upon a mise en place of Mammoth’s municipal bankruptcy, airport subsidies and the closure of June Mountain Ski Area, we might have thought this could have been a poisonous week.

But it wasn’t. We had a fine time at our French, Eastside, multi-course feast.

July 6th

Our View: The Temple of Folly

July 6, 2012

We were outdoors Tuesday morning and found ourselves at the Hayden Cabin off Sherwin Creek Road.

It’s a lovely spot early in the morning, with the brook babbling, the songbirds singing and trees sighing in a light breeze.

It was the day after the Town of Mammoth Lakes declared its intent to enter into bankruptcy to take care of the $43 million in legal debt it incurred during the expansion of the airport.

We wandered up to the flat where E Clampus Vitus had built a memorial to the first thriving business in old Mammoth City—a bar-grocery-hardware store called “The Temple of Folly.”

June 29th

That's the ticket

June 29, 2012

From time to time, we use our idle moments around here for a little daydreaming. This week, it was all about business plans. Don’t even ask how it started.

It’s rough to make business plans in a town headed for bankruptcy, in a state that has no money, and a country with an economy as stable as an aspen log over a creek in May, but we soldiered on with a couple of nifty ideas:

June 22nd

Thanks to the local community

June 22, 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to thank several members of our community for their generosity in donating time and products to our Curbside a Meal fundraiser benefitting Mammoth High School Football.
Times are tough for businesses and individuals and despite the challenges, our community came together with donations and time commitments to make it happen.
The following businesses helped to make the tri-tip dinner a success: Rafters, CJ’s Grill, Grumpy’s, Mammoth Mountain, Roberto’s, Good Life Café, Toomey’s, and John’s Pizza.

Fire and hubris

June 22, 2012

There is no natural reason for people to live in Mammoth Lakes. None. But we live here anyway because we like to have seasons loaded with fun.

We ski. We hike. We climb. We ride bikes, drive off road, pull fish from the water and then do it all again.
We pay a price to live here, though, and the price tag varies depending on the bill Mother Nature whips up in her ledger book.

This summer the price tag has to do with fire—indiscriminant, deadly and entirely natural. Wendilyn Grasseschi’s story, beginning on Page 1., captures the situation.

June 15th

Just Life: Who's your daddy?

June 15, 2012

Fathers come in all shapes and sizes and I've known several of them during my life. Of course the first father I came into contact with was my own, sweet dad. The other day I was askinhg my mom about by father and I was surprised that there was once a soft, romantic dreamy-eyed young man under the tough and stern exterior I new to be my father.

The bleeding stops

June 15, 2012

By this time next week—Wednesday, to be precise—Mammoth Lakes will have a balanced budget.

It will be a document that drips with the blood of dep cutsw. lost positions and dashed dreams.

But it will be done. Finished. Over.

The residual pain of it, along with the unresolved plan of how to deal with the $42 million MLLA judgment, will hurt for this year and for many years.

But for now, Mammoth can get back to doing what it does best. You can call it whistling past the graveyard, but all of us are weary of the graveyard.

June 8th

Re-jiggering

June 8, 2012


And just like that (snap fingers), the political landscape of Mammoth and Mono County changed.

June 1st

Letters to the editor, June 1-7, 2012

June 1, 2012

Letter of support for Tim Alpers
Mono County’s District 3 cannot go wrong by electing Tim Alpers to represent them as their supervisor. Tim is decisive, fair and determined to do his best at serving the public interest.

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