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October 5th, 2012

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for ‘sticking it’ to Mammoth

October 5, 2012

 

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

With Terry Ballas and MLLA having successfully moved the original breach-of-contract civil case from Mammoth to Bridgeport, North County jurors “stuck it” to Mammoth, then celebrated afterward, Wood said.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge: ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’

October 5, 2012

 

Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.

But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.

“I always tell people when I start a mediation, don’t expect to be happy at the end of the mediation,” said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris.

School day could be five days shorter

October 5, 2012

CORRECTION: The print version of this story stated that the contract was approved by the teachers. That is incorrect. The vote is still being tallied. The Mammoth Times regrets the error.

Mammoth Unified School District teachers and administrators are hoping a contract to take five furlough days at the end of the school year averts a potential strike, according to union members.

Voting on the tentative contract ended Friday, Sept. 28 but the final vote has not yet been tallied, according to Mammoth Education Association (MEA) union president Michelle Quirsfeld.

October 2nd

Judge to Mammoth: Unhappiness with MLLA settlement is OK

October 2, 2012

Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.

But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.

October 1st

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for 'sticking it' to Mammoth

October 1, 2012

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

Lehman: Settlement 'a bitter pill to swallow'

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman took off into the backcountry this past weekend, dropping by Rock Creek Resort for a slice of “Pie in the Sky.”

RAW: Got MLLA questions? Town tries to answer them

October 1, 2012

Anticipating a number of questions regarding the MLLA settlement, the town published the following expected questions.

Town to cut 13 jobs, slice $1.9 million a year to pay for MLLA settlement; Police could lose nearly half its force, Watson takes big pay cut

October 1, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Thursday put the town’s police department on the chopping block, proposing deep cuts as a result of the $29.5 million settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, Inc.

Raimondo rips settlement agreement, points finger at Wood, Eastman, past councils

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Town Councilman Michael Raimondo, the newest voice on the embattled five-member council, didn’t let his empty chair go silent Thursday night.

Writing from Mexico, where he is vacationing, the owner of Old New York Deli & Bagel Co. in the Village ripped into the $29.5 million settlement agreement the town made with MLLA.

“This settlement and the path taken to get to the settlement were executed and implemented in a fashion that did not and will not serve the community’s best interests.

Wood tells his side of the MLLA story; blasts back at Raimondo

October 1, 2012

Mammoth councilmember Rick Wood said he wants to set the record straight on the events leading up to the town’s $29.5 million, 23-year settlement  in the MLLA case.

September 30th

Boron trounces Mammoth, 52-0

September 30, 2012

Boron's Bobcats had a homecoming Friday night, and the most welcome guests turned out to be the Mammoth Huskies.

Boron beat up on the undermanned Huskies, 52-0, behind a stellar performance by quarterback Austyn Fink. The senior went 13-for-20, with five touchdowns. The only blemish on his record was because of Mammoth's Tyler Wormhoudt, who intercepted Fink in the lost cause.

September 29th

Full text of Rick Wood's Sept. 27 speech in the MLLA case

September 29, 2012

 

Here is the full text of Mammoth councilmember’s Rick Wood on the MLLA settlement, delivered Thursday, Sept. 27 at a special meeting of the Town Council:

You can only imagine the frustration of a lawyer and a politician being muzzled for a year on this.

I thought that I would not actually have any prepared remarks, but that I would see how things flowed.

September 28th

Mammoth's legal "burn rate" was $1 million a month

September 28, 2012

For Mammoth to have continued its legal fight with lawyers representing both Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and Terry Ballas, the town was subject to a "burn rate" of $1 million a month in legal costs, Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said.

Speaking to a crowd at the Council Chambers on Thursday night, Welbrecht asserted that the legal costs in terms of attorneys fees and the costs of paperwork were so daunting that the town had little choice but to settle.

"We've talked about the cost for legal services," Wilbrecht said. "We talked about how expensive it is.

Western mountain resorts uncertain about 2012-13

September 28, 2012

 

With the memory of a horrible ski season still fresh in their minds, skiers and snowboarders headed to western resorts are looking forward to the new season with a fair amount of apprehension.

“The summer season was impressive for participating western resorts but pretty much everyone is now watching the Weather Channel, checking the Farmer’s Almanac, and getting their snow dance ensembles cleaned and pressed,” said Joan Christianson of the Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) data collection agency.

Mammoth agrees to $2 million a year for 23 years in MLLA case

September 28, 2012

 

Town leaders of Mammoth Lakes last night issued a clarion call for action by the town’s citizens in the wake of its $29.5 million, 23-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).

The call came from town councilmembers and Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht, who together face the prospect of paying off a $2 million annual payment over the next 23 years to end the breach of trust judgment against the town.

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