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October 12th, 2012

Fido and Me – Ciao Fido

October 12, 2012

“I had a great Columbus Day,” Fido said.

“Gosh, Fido, I had no idea. It seemed like a regular day of work for me, except for no snail mail and the banks were closed. Oh yeah, and there were a bunch of Columbus Day sales events online.”

County finance director takes job in Shasta County

October 12, 2012

Mono County’s finance officer Brian Muir will leave Mono County to become Shasta County’s auditor-controller sometime near the end of this year, Mono County officials confirmed Thursday.

Muir has been with Mono County through boom and bust and is credited by many for helping keep Mono County in good financial order.

His experience and professionalism will be deeply missed, said Supervisor Vikki Bauer.

Recreation Commission fights for Whitmore Pool

October 12, 2012

A feisty and sometimes cranky Recreation Commission got to its regular meeting on Tuesday and immediately cut to the chase. To close, or not to close, the Whitmore Pool.

Northern Inyo Hospital to open its doors Monday

October 12, 2012

 

Northern Inyo Hospital, having passed an inspection earlier this week, is set to open on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. for surgery check-in.

At 7 a.m., the Bishop facility will open its Blood Draw Lab, and at 8 a.m., patients will begin moving to the new facility. Visiting hours will begin at 10 a.m.

The hospital is a small, 25-bed critical access, not-for-profit facility. The Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District has been providing healthcare in the Eastern Sierra since 1946.

Town invites community to take online survey

October 12, 2012

 

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is seeking input from residents and business owners through an online resident survey.

The survey seeks comments on the proposed restructuring plan, which calls for significant reductions in expenditures to help pay the $2 million a year for the next 23 years in the settlement reached with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and divert over $111,000 annually to the Ballas entities.

Community members are asked to complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than the evening of Sunday, Oct. 21.

The horriffic battle on a small island called Iwo Jima

October 12, 2012

 

Just like every other man in America during the time, I too registered for the draft on my 18th birthday in 1942.

I immediately enlisted in the Naval Officer’s Training Program and was in school when the Normandy invasion took place.

I had just received my commission a month before the horrific battle on a small island in the Pacific, called Iwo Jima. During that battle, near the end of March and into April of 1945, I was in my final training for duty aboard a 110-foot wooden-hulled sub-chaser.

Single-family home rentals rears its head ... again

October 12, 2012

 An old, disagreeable friend of Mammoth showed up at the door last week in the form of a familiar issue that suddenly has been made new again.

The issue is whether the town should legalize renting single-family homes.

What we really need is less town government

October 12, 2012

 

As a business owner and resident of Mammoth Lakes, I am angry—angry that once again the Town of Mammoth Lakes appears to be taking out its shortcomings on its residents and police.  

All we heard about last time there was a budget shortfall was what would be “fair.” Apparently fair was cutting 10 percent from every department.

Forget for a moment that fair should never have been a consideration.  You know what would be fair? Making the over-staffed entity responsible for the current financial mess take the cuts.

Dear Mayor Lehman and Members of the Council,

October 12, 2012

 

I am writing in regard to the proposed use of voter-approved funds in conjunction with the current fiscal difficulties of the town and the settlement of the MLLA judgment.

Following the intent of the voters in passing the various measures has been a core principle of the council since 1986. This appears no longer to be true based upon the adoption of the FY 2012-13 budget and the Baseline Before Settlement Expenditures distributed as a part of the package presented to the public on Sept. 27.

Open letter to the citizens of Mammoth Lakes

October 12, 2012

 

When I was a child in San Diego, my parents would always take me shopping. Whether it was to the grocery store or one of the two new shopping malls, I would have to tag along and most of the time, I was bored out of my mind.

When my eye would catch a glimpse of an item of merchandise that interested me, invariably I would reach out to grasp the object. I remember my mom or dad telling me not to touch it; that if I broke it they would have to pay for it.

A letter from the Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association

October 12, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association (MLPOA) would like to thank the residents, business owners, visitors, and part-time residents of Mammoth Lakes who have been supportive of us for the past 26 years.

We would also like to express our sincere thank you for your support over the past couple of weeks during these trying times.

Jaymin goes to dog college

October 12, 2012

 

Jaymin, the ubiquitous and adorable yellow lab who has been at Mammoth resident Leigh Gaasch’s side for more than a year, is leaving for college.

A “Puppy in Training,” Jaymin was recalled to the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael to begin her formal guide work training.

Athlete of the week

October 12, 2012

 

This week, Mammoth High School named sophomore Sierra Gilfoy as its Athlete of the Week.

A setter on the JV volleyball team, Gilfoy’s setting skills, as well as her exceptional swerving, helped lead the team to three straight road victories at Silver Valley, Boron, and Mojave.

“At practice she gives 110 percent and even stays afterwards to improve her skills,” said Athletic Director Chris Powell. “Sierra is a great asset to the team.”

Something will have to give

October 12, 2012

 

Two millions dollars a year for 23 years in a town of barely 8,000 people is going to cause inevitable heartache.

Don’t expect to be happy—regardless of the outcome.

The first round of potential cuts drafted by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and presented at the Sept. 27 Town Council meeting caused an explosion of emotions across town.

The most drastic of the proposed cuts is the elimination of seven sworn officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

October 5th

Council debates police pay, benefits

October 5, 2012

Pressed on all sides by a $2 million-a-year squeeze, the Mammoth Town Council Wednesday questioned if it pays its cops too much.

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