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October 26th, 2012

Women’s Club Holiday Dazzle returns for annual fundraiser

October 26, 2012

 

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.

Vote Yes on Prop. 34

October 26, 2012

 

According to the impartial analysis of Prop. 34 and potential costs to taxpayers prepared by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor in the Official Voter information Guide, “since the death penalty law was enacted in California in 1978, around 900 individuals have received a death sentence.

“Of these, 14 have been executed, 83 have died prior to being executed and about 75 have had their sentences reduced by the courts. As of July 2012, California had 725 offenders in state prison who were sentenced to death.”

A response to Mr. Harris about Mammoth Police Department

October 26, 2012

 

I would like to respond to some of the comments made by Jean Harris in his letter that was published in the Oct. 19 issue of the Mammoth Times.

Mr. Harris believes that the Police Department is “bloated” and that crime will not increase if the department loses 46 percent of its officers.

Hyde is dead, long live Campo Mammoth

October 26, 2012

 

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.

Food & Wine Experience dates set

October 26, 2012

 

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.

A bend in the road

October 26, 2012

 

We haven’t had a lot of rah-rah moments around here lately, so two of them, within a week’s span, were particularly noteworthy.

The first one was a rah-rah for the snow. We couldn’t help feeling a little extra bounce in our feet on Monday morning, right through the whatever-it-was snow shower on Wednesday. It looks like winter is here to stay.

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 26-Nov. 2, starring Superman, Sally Miller, Powder Dan, Steve Krcmar and the Usual Suspects

October 26, 2012

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. …

Connie Lizza Moyer gets Wyoming Hall of Fame nod

October 26, 2012

 

Won U.S. title in 1985

Long-time Mammoth resident, Connie Lizza Moyer, was recently inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletic Hall of Fame in Laramie.

In only the second year of combined scoring, the UW men’s and women’s ski teams she competed on won the 1985 NCAA national title. The members of that team were honored for the accomplishment at the 20th annual Induction Ceremony in September.

Karen Ferrell-Ingram receives ‘Last Best Place’ Award

October 26, 2012

 

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director Karen Ferrell-Ingram received the Frank Wells Last Best Place Award by the Sierra Nevada Alliance at its annual conference in South Lake Tahoe.

The Frank Wells Last Best Place Award goes to a leader who has exhibited outstanding leadership in protecting the Sierra’s best places.

Trail System gets a red ribbon

October 26, 2012

 

Big party at Welcome Center

Everybody who was anybody was at the Welcome Center last Saturday, Oct. 20, to open the new, enhanced Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

The Girl Scouts did color-guard ceremonies; Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta offered remarks; Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman was coerced off the trails to commemorate the trails; and John Wentworth, executive director of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) Foundation took time off from trail work.

Prop. 30 support loses steam; $2.4 million on line for Eastside schools

October 26, 2012

Public support for Proposition 30, which would funnel $494,734 into Mammoth’s schools and $2.4 million into Eastside schools, appears to be running out of gas.

In new findings released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, with support from The James Irvine Foundation, likely voters in California are sharply divided over Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure to fund education, with just under half now supporting it.

When the ballot for Prop. 30 was first introduced, 48 percent said they would vote yes, 44 percent would vote no, and 8 percent were undecided.

Geothermal plant expansion appealed, goes to county supervisors in November

October 26, 2012

A group of (apparently) non-local labor union organizations appealed an Oct. 11 decision by the Mono County planning commission to allow an expansion of Ormat Pacific’s Casa Diablo geothermal plant’s energy-generating capacity.

The appeal sends the project to the county supervisors for a final decision in November.

The project has been on the county’s plate for years. It has already passed through the planning commission and through the environmental review process, and was expected to have been implemented by now, according to county officials.

Wilbrecht defends Marysheva-Martinez

October 26, 2012

Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said he’s had it up to here in trying to convince skeptical Mammoth residents that Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is worth her weight in gold.

“We don’t really talk about this very much,” Wilbrecht said near the end of last week’s four-hour marathon Town Council meeting. “Maybe we should.”

Marysheva-Martinez, the assistant town manager, became the town’s budget analyst in the first round of budget crises that affected Mammoth’s crazy-quilt finances in February 2011.

LADWP sues another Eastern Sierra agency

October 26, 2012

By Mike Gervais

Inyo Register staff writer

Special to the Times

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 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 Basin’s “systematic and unlawful issuance of water-wasting orders to L.A.’s customers,” related to dust mitigation on Owens Lake.

Storm gives snowmaking an early boost

October 26, 2012

The second snowstorm of the season—and the first significant one—dumped almost two feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain ski area this week and gave a much needed boost to local spirits, even as warmer temperatures backed slowly into the area by Friday.

The storm was a true, old-fashioned winter storm—a three-day spree of icy temperatures that dropped the thermometer into the 20s, sprinklers that froze in mid-summer action, and biting, gusty winds that slammed snow across slick and icy roads and shut down every pass in the region.

Eastside residents couldn’t be happier.

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