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April 15th, 2011

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, April 15, 2011

April 16, 2011

MAMMOTH ER ROCKS
Recently, I needed immediate medical attention. My visit to Mammoth Hospital’s emergency room, created by an abscessed tooth infection, and a touch of pneumonia, was mandatory.

After careful scrutiny, some retracted comments from myself, and an accurate diagnosis, I came to a conclusion.

The staff at Mammoth’s facility won my gratitude, and my heart. To see the emergency room’s pageant of “needy,” busted up folks I love, helped, in an organized fashion, rendered me quite appreciative. You employees “rock!”
Michael K. Mahoney
Mammoth Lakes

TENNIS SERVES

April 8th

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, April 8, 2011

April 9, 2011

TIME FOR MAMMOTH TO PAY UP
This lawsuit has been going on now for around 14 years. I understand that the city does not want to pay and should do what it can to not pay. I would bet that if Mr. Terry Ballas owed the city of Mammoth $30 Mil they sure would not let it go this long. This is a good example of how big government can mess with someone.

The court system has more than once told the city to pay up, but still after 14 years they have not paid the man what is due him. If the city can hold out for more years, Mr. Ballas will be broke and may not be around to get what is due him.

April 1st

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011

TO THE BIATHLON VOLUNTEERS
This week proved once again how our unique geography is reflected by the amazing people that live here. Your character, flexibility and willingness to mobilize quickly created a world class event when all odds were stacked against us.
Thank you again to all who helped with the 4th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon.
Mike Karch, MD
Founder, Mammoth Winter Biathlon

BODIE HILLS: BLM PROPOSING MANIPULATION ON 16,000 ACRES

March 29th

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, March 25, 2011

March 29, 2011

TENNEY: ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FOR GATEWAY COMMUNITY PROJECT
Contrary to Mammoth Times report (March 18, 2011), “Tenney receives lukewarm response to Gateway Monument” and “[she] got a tepid – at best – response,” I’ve found the response overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic since December 15 when I volunteered to organize the Mammoth Gateway Community Project and complete it by November.

March 22nd

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, March 18, 2011

March 22, 2011

BODIE SHOULD BE A NATIONAL PARK
Supporting a mine or Wilderness Study Area is chump change compared to what really needs to be done with Bodie.

The supervisors should go for broke and propose national park status for the historic mining town.

Bodie is the only bona fide ghost town left in the West. It is the only place a visitor can go to experience what it was like to live in the West in the 1860s.

Based on that fact alone, Bodie is worthy of national park status. It deserves to be linked with Death Valley, Manzanar, and Yosemite.

March 11th

AIR SERVICE FROM BOTH SIDES

March 12, 2011

MAMMOTH TIMES EDITORIAL, MARCH 11, 2011
Mono County is wise right now not to commit to more than the $45,000 in subsidies they already are contributing toward year-round air service.

The Town of Mammoth and the Mountain are asking to divide a $650,000 to $900,000 gap in air service costs equally between all three entities and the county is balking.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, March 11, 2011

March 12, 2011

March 12, 2011
editor@mammothtimes.com

PACKING FOR MAMMOTH TROOPS
Mammoth Troops has scheduled a packing date for Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Mammoth Community Center. Homebaked cookies, beef jerky, pepperoni, sundries, chapstick and sunscreen are just a few ideas of needed items. If you can’t make the packing but would like to donate any items, they can be dropped off at the Mammoth Reservations office, next to Schat’s Bakery, before that evening.

Letters to the Editor, March 4, 2011

March 12, 2011

VALUE THE ARTS

February 25th

How Mammoth Lakes saved the world

February 26, 2011

Feb. 11, 2111

World leaders today gathered in the tiny mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, California, in homage to the people who a century ago solved the problems of the world.

They assembled at the monument to John Wentworth, a common citizen and folk hero. It was he who commissioned the document that today is known throughout the world as Revolution Strategies, or RevStrats, but then was simply known as Recreation Strategies, or RecStrats.

RecStrats helped guide the people of Mammoth Lakes into a coherent way to think about themselves and their warring factions.

February 4th

Gee, let’s have another committee

February 5, 2011

This is how government and bureaucracies work:

At Wednesday’s town council meeting, the members considered a proposal that they create a new committee, this one called “The Town Council and Planning Commission Liaison Committee.”

Planning Commission Chair Tony Barrett and Vice Chair Jay Deinken put it before the council.

They argued that the creation of such a committee “can ensure the effective and efficient completion of the Fiscal Year 2010-11 Budget Work Program.”

Town Manager: Worst Job?

February 4, 2011

We know a guy who keeps a list of the worst jobs in the world, or, if not the worst jobs, jobs he would never do, for whatever reason.

They’re the ones you might expect: summer highway construction in South Dakota; working the blood pit in your neighborhood slaughterhouse; working timber on the Sierra’s (hot) west side.

We’ve got another one: Town Manager.

There’s a reason why town managers last only four or five years on average.

January 28th

Groundhog Day was serious stuff back home in the Midwest

January 28, 2011

In the little town where I come from, we took Groundhog Day seriously.

It was entirely frivolous and silly, and mostly it was a Shirk thing, but it eventually grew into a town thing.
The town is Oelwein, Iowa. It is a burg of about 7,000 souls, situated in the northern part of the state.

There is nothing to stop the brutal arctic wind that howls down from Canada. By Feb. 2, we all needed a break and at least a good laugh, if not a trip to the Caribbean.

January 17th

What we do best

January 17, 2011

Mammoth Times Editorial

There’s an old coaching expression that goes something along the lines of “Hide your weaknesses; exploit your strengths.”

In the wake of the loss of the $30 million Hot Creek lawsuit appeal, Mammoth would be wise to follow that advice.

We’re really good at recreation.

We’ve known that all along, but during the late 90s and early 2000s, we let other things (development, primarily) crowd into the discussion, and we weren’t very good at it.

But now we have our focus back.

January 14th

Martin Luther King

January 14, 2011

Monday Jan. 17 marks the 25th observation of the Martin Luther King holiday, as signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and first celebrated in 1986. King is honored due to his leadership in the Civil Rights movement, during which he promoted nonviolent resistance to racist laws and policies in the United States.

January 8th

Out of our league

January 8, 2011

MAMMOTH TIMES EDITORIAL

"We were out of our league."

So said former Mammoth Lakes Town council member Kathy Cage, after learning the Town lost its appeal of the airport/Hot Creek decision last week.

“We didn’t have the expertise we needed to negotiate such high level agreements,” she said.

Cage’s assessment could all too easily be applied to far more than just the most recent airport embroilment.

The appeals court’s Dec. 30 decision that found the Town on the wrong side of a $30 million lawsuit is only the latest in a series of high-profile legal snafus.

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