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January 26th, 2014

We can’t use Measure U & R for overhead costs

January 26, 2014

Most Town voters are unaware of the proposal to use Measure U and Measure R funds to fund a new recreation organization known as MLR (“Mammoth Lakes Recreation”).
At the MLR Steering Committee’s Jan. 6 meeting, SMG consultants presented a draft report proposing to use up to 25 percent of those dedicated tax funds for “overhead” for the new organization.
The report offered vague “strategies” for MLR to adopt Measures U, R, Trails, Special Events and other responsibilities currently managed by our current Recreation Department.

October 17th, 2013

County attractions

October 17, 2013

It is common knowledge Mono County has a tourism-based economy.

Although Mammoth Lakes contributes the most money to the county’s coffers, the rest of Mono County also houses unique tourism gems it needs to keep as shiny as possible to attract visitors.

While the county itself has strong recreation-based economic elements, there are nuanced differences that currently help to define each region—each region offering slightly different appeals.

In Bridgeport, we have Bodie and the Twin Lakes area.

October 14th

Congratulations from Del Norte

October 14, 2013

I’d like to offer my congratulations to Mono County for being honored with a special award from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), which annually recognizes innovative, cost-effective county programs that improve service.

Mono County, specifically the behavioral health department, was honored at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting for an innovative program that started with taking the blood pressure of every behavioral health consumer who walked into the office.

Thank you Mammoth Disposal drivers!

October 14, 2013

In the spirit of the recently launched Choose Civility campaign, I would li ke to publicly acknowledge people who have “just been nice” all summer long. 

I am referring to the Mammoth Disposal drivers who make the daily trek (multiple times) on the Green Church road (Benton Crossing). 

As a new road cyclist, I was nervous about riding along this stretch of road with big trucks. 

Take your TVs to the dump, people!

October 14, 2013

I was just at the Cast-Off dropping off some donations and I was dismayed by the dozen or so TVs that people had thoughtlessly dumped behind the store.

What an act of cowardice!  

If you have a vehicle big enough to transport these TVs, you should go just a few miles south down U.S. 395, turn left at Benton Crossing, and dispose of these unwanted TVs in a responsible way.

It only costs a few dollars.  

Mammoth is full of kind, caring people

October 14, 2013

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, my husband and I were visiting Minaret Vista.  

I fell and hit my head on the ledge of the flagstone step.  

I thought I was fine but after a second I realized I had a very bad gash on my scalp.  

There was a very nice lady there with her parents who went to her car and got a first aid kit.  

She packed my wound with gauze and put tape on it to hold it in place, and then she helped my husband get me to our car.  

Yard sale thanks

October 14, 2013

Thank you to all the parents, staff, players, and shoppers who helped make our yard sale a success. 

The Mammoth High School Girls’ Soccer Team is working hard to reach our fundraising goals for the upcoming season.  

The community of Mammoth always seems to come through. 

We can’t do it without you, so thanks!

Mammoth High School Girls’ Soccer Team

Mammoth bears are better behaved than our town council

October 14, 2013

One bear got out of line and went to Vons for some apples, but at least we have a Wildlife Specialist to teach them it is out of bounds.

Why don’t we have someone to step in when the town council gets out of control?

Our black bears know they can’t violate the Brown Act, but council members don’t know better than to conduct “serial meetings” individually with someone they want to launch into the town manager’s position. 

We need a Council Wildlife Specialist to jump in here. 

A call to action

October 14, 2013

It's been over a week now, and The Shutdown has had a widespread negative effect across the country.

The first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years closed major landmarks and halted some services, throwing as many as 800,000 federal employees out of work.

To make matters worse, a potential default looms on the horizon, yet both Democrats and Republicans continue to talk past each other.

October 3rd

Dan Holler

October 3, 2013

Town managers are a little bit like baseball managers.

When they’re good, everybody heaps praise all over them, saying there is no way in the world the team would have won without them.

More times than not, though, the awesomely great baseball manager becomes a bum in two or three years. The manager, universally despised at that point, then rotates to a different team and the process repeats itself

So it is with town managers, who on average last just over seven years before moving on to the next town.

Holler good for Mammoth

October 3, 2013

Congratulations to Mammoth for stepping up and hiring a true professional manager. Now, it is time to work together, adopt your policies and step aside and allow professional management to achieve the goals the Council sets. 

If the Council can resist the temptations to micro manage and stick with establishing policies of excellent governance, Mammoth will be back on top in no time.

Occupy Yosemite

October 3, 2013

I am outraged at what the federal government is doing. Closing our National Parks is absurd and is hurting all of us here in the Eastern Sierra.

Our businesses are hurting. The Eastern Sierra is a tourist based economy, and by the feds closing the parks, the livlihood of our friends, neighbors and families are in jeopardy.

We need the funds that come into our communities through these parks:

Yosemite National Park, Devils’ Postpile National Monument, Death Valley National Monument, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park.

September 25th

Transparency

September 25, 2013

In light of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez’s resignation this past week and the rumors leading up to her decision, we’ve witnessed the reactions of our passionate Mammoth citizens, not just to the fact of her resignation, but also to how the whole thing happened.

To put it bluntly, the reactions tell us, not very well.

Momentum

September 25, 2013

Momentum is not something for which anyone can plan. It’s either there, or running backward.

Right now, Mammoth has lost its “Big Mo,” and is settling into an uncomfortable ennui.

We hope it doesn’t last long, but the signs are not good.

This was supposed to be the summer that was going to build on last year’s “Best Summer Ever,” but it did not happen quite the way anyone could have predicted.

September 16th

Summer of '13

September 16, 2013

The summer events schedule is over for this year, and we’re not the only ones trying to make sense of it.

The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission finds itself at the center of the dissection.

In a sparsely attended meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the commission moved forward in the hopes of forming a policy as to the use of Measure U tax.

It is a critically important discussion, since the town now leans so heavily on generating sales, TBID revenue and Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) as its summer economic platform.

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