October 30th, 2012
Mammoth Community Water District General Manager Greg Norby announced that he regrettably will be leaving the District, having very much enjoyed working with the MCWD Board and professional staff.
Catching the humanitarian bug from Habitat for Humanity
“Be careful if you go,” warned Marc Margulies, who recently returned from Poland. At Habitat for Humanity, they have a word for the addiction that many folks experience after their first humanitarian trip with the organization: they call it “Habititis.”
Once you’ve caught it, you will find yourself booking your next trip, and then your next, to travel to a new corner of the world and help build homes for those in need.
If there is a model for an even-tempered civil servant, it might be Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.
But near the end of last weekâ€™s Town Council meeting, the normally unflappable Wilbrecht just about came unglued over the issue of a possible closure of Whitmore Park and its centerpiece, the Whitmore Pool.
In all, the proposed reduction would total $57,416 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and $177,764 in 2013-14.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power seems to be losing supporters each day, and former general manager David Freeman is one of them.
â€śAll of a sudden, out of the blue, they come out firing their heavy artillery,â€ť Freeman said. â€śI canâ€™t even get mad, it makes me so sad.â€ť
LADWP officials filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 12 to force the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to halt what the department is calling Great Basinâ€™s â€śsystematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.â€™s customers,â€ť related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.
Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Redâ€™s Valley into the very outskirts of Mammoth, Inyo National Forest officials said it is time to reduce the fire risk in the Lakes Basin.
Beginning next summer with a series of informational give-and-take meetings with public, the Forest Service said it would begin thinning the basin woodlands in the summer of 2014.
It is a very large project, said Sue Farley, the forestâ€™s environmental planner, who will lead the ramp-up to the actual cut-and clear efforts.
The Mammoth High School volleyball teams turned in a strong performance Tuesday, both winning matches over Mojave in Desert Mountain League play.
The varsity won, 25-14, 29-27, 25-20 bringing the girlsâ€™ record to 4-5 and keeping their playoff hope alive.
Notable performances were by Becca Albright (three aces and two kills); Bailey Rowan (five kills); Jolene Senn (four aces and two kills); Sydney Knadler (three aces and five kills); and Kyra Mckee and Cassidy Morris (12 assists each).
Meanwhile, the Mammoth JV girls won 25-15, 25-11, upping their DML record to a perfect 9-0.
Mammoth High School runner Jody Meads has been selected as athlete of the week for her performance at the Mount Sac Invitational earlier this month.
Jody finished second, behind last year’s California state champion. She was the first runner to finish from the Southern Section.
Jody’s coaches say she looks impressive as she and the Mammoth High School cross country team near the end of the regular season and focus on the CIF prelims and finals.
The rain is coming down hard, heavy, horizontal and very loud.
Every October, there’s a race to see who can offer the first skiing in America for yet another winter.
The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns just in time for early holiday shopping. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Grand Sierra Lodge in the Village. Everyone is invited and admission is free.
Mammoth Mountain introduces new restaurant in The Village
The Village dining scene will change this winter with the opening of “Campo Mammoth,” the newest offering by chef Mark Estee, according to a news release issued by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Wednesday night.
It is modeled, the ski area said, on Campo Reno, named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America.
Mark it down for July 5 to 7
Building on the success of last year’s second Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation this week announced plans for the next summer’s event, promising more, more, and more.
“Planning is already under way to expand the 2013 festivities and focus on engaging even more attendees in a variety of ways,” said Evan Russell, CEO/President of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, in a press release.
We pass on a deeply heartfelt RIP to Martin Harris, former resident of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain ski school instructor, and member of Mammoth’s Celtic band Wild Mountain Tyme band. He was admitted to a hospice in England and passed away from complications of prostate cancer. He was 65 years old. …