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December 16th

Chief Watson: "This was their 9/11."

December 16, 2012

It felt just like any other morning to Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson.

Chief Watson, Supt. Boccia: Joint Statement on the Newtown massacre

December 16, 2012

 

Like all of you, we are shocked and saddened by the horrific school shootings that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday and the tragic loss of life. 

One cannot begin to wonder what goes through a person’s mind that pushes them to the edge to take such violent action on innocent people and in this case, teachers and kindergarten students.  We share in the grief that all our community has for the victims, their families, and the people of Newton.

December 14th

Times promotes Shirk, Tyree, Hoxie, Garcia

December 14, 2012

 

Four changes to the Mammoth Times staff were announced this week by publisher and editor-in-chief Aleksandra Gajewski.

George Shirk, currently news editor of the Times and Managing Editor of Mammoth Sierra Magazine, was named Managing Editor across the suite of the newspaper company’s publications.

Concurrently, Tiffany Tyree was named business manager, while Lesley-Anne Hoxie was named business assistant/classified sales representative. Finally, Alex Garcia assumes the duties of editorial assistant.

Fido & Me Yule Fido

December 14, 2012

 

“Hey who turned out the lights?” Fido demanded.

“Fido, the lights are on. Nobody has turned them off.”

“No, I mean outside. I get up in the morning and it’s dark on our morning walk. When we get home, it’s dark again.”

“It’s just the season, Fido.”

“I don’t like it.”

What A Dickens!

December 14, 2012

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage. 

Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!

A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.

‘No shooting’ ordinance for Conway Ranch removed

December 14, 2012

 

A “no shooting” ordinance covering the Conway Ranch property has been amended and shooting, camping, snowmobiling and night time use will soon be allowed on the property after raising little resistance at a Tuesday Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mono County owns the Conway Ranch, a scenic swathe of open space at the base of Conway Summit, and had put in place rules prohibiting these activities when it bought the property more than a decade ago.

Dog Sled Adventures fate again in limbo

December 14, 2012

 

The fate of Dog Sled Adventures is still in limbo after an emotional exchange between the county supervisors Tuesday that ended—once again and after years of waffling—in no action.

Aussie Stuart Brown leaves AYSO, passes ball to Kiwi Stuart Reed

December 14, 2012

 

Stuart Brown, the affable Aussie who for four years has served as the regional commissioner of AYSO youth soccer, announced this week he is leaving his post.

“Hopefully, you’re leaving something in better shape than when you started,” he said.

Brown, 46, served two terms and earned respect and kudos from the players as well as the AYSO Board of Directors.

Fish rearing group claims millions in damages against county

December 14, 2012

 

 

A private aquaculture group that had hoped to create a commercial fish hatchery on Mono County property on the Conway Ranch has filed a claim for more than $4 million in past and future damages against the county, according to the county.

Inland Aquaculture Group, headed by John Frederickson, has been trying to make a viable fishery at the site, with the county’s blessing, for the past several years.

But in the past few years, the relationship between the county and IAG has soured.

New Italian restaurant opens in Village

December 14, 2012

 

‘Campo Mammoth’ replaces Hyde

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area has done it again: opened up a new restaurant and upped the ante for a pleasant dining experience.

This time we welcome Campo Mammoth at the Village in the space formerly occupied by Hyde. It opens today (Friday), just in time for the holiday rush.

Reflections as the winter season packs a punch

December 14, 2012

 

It’s been a month since Opening Day and so far, the season has certainly packed a punch.

If you were in town the few weeks prior to Opening Day, you witnessed how the pace changes to a very excited, almost frantic behavior from all the local workers and business owners. 

There is nothing in a ski town quite like Opening Day, and this one had lots of expectations behind it (especially after last winter). Allow me to recap.

Main Lodge opener

June Lake to light its tree

December 14, 2012

 

Holidays, Santa arrive Saturday

June Lake joins the holiday festivities tomorrow (Saturday) with its annual “Tree & Village Lighting Celebration.”

The tree lighting is at 5 p.m in the Village, but holiday partyers can come early for appetizers at Sierra Crest Realty, beginning at 3 p.m., and stay late for music and dancing at the Sierra Inn, along with a bit of Christmas caroling, too.

Coulters reveive Rotary recognition

December 14, 2012

 

Ken and Flossie ‘surprised and very honored

The Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club this week named Ken and Flossie Coulter as the first-ever recipients of the  “Service Above Self” award.

The award is presented to an individual or couple who model the motto through their actions in providing outstanding service to our community, said Rick Phelps, president of the noon Rotary.

Think local first!

December 14, 2012

 

Before you hit that “send” key on your computer this holiday season, please consider shopping locally. 

Your dollars spent locally benefit the entire community, not just the individual business. Statistics show that for every dollar spent in a local business, 70 cents is re-circulated within that community. 

Businesses in Mammoth need the support of tourists and residents alike. 

I urge you to get behind this idea; shop locally this holiday season and encourage your friends to do the same.

Proposed TBID is taxation without representation

December 14, 2012

 

According to recent news reports, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and an “Exploratory Committee” have been investigating the implementation of a TBID (Tourism Business Improvement District). 

As I understand it, this TBID would establish a “self assessment” on Mammoth businesses.

The proceeds of the assessment would provide funding to Mammoth Lakes Tourism for their marketing efforts. 

This “self assessment” would be a percentage of purchases, just like a sales tax. 

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