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October 26th, 2012

Wilbrecht: Keeping Whitmore open would be 'pocket change'

October 26, 2012

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 week’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.

Former LADWP manager responds to recent lawsuit

October 26, 2012

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.

“All of a sudden, out of the blue, they come out firing their heavy artillery,” Freeman said. “I can’t even get mad, it makes me so sad.”

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

Officials announce big tree thinning for Lakes Basin; project to begin in 2014

October 26, 2012

Twenty years after the Rainbow Fire blew hot embers from Red’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 forest’s environmental planner, who will lead the ramp-up to the actual cut-and clear efforts.

Mammoth volleyballers swat Mojave

October 26, 2012

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 girls’ 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.

Meads is Athlete of the Week

October 26, 2012

 

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.

October rain means October snow in higher elevations

October 26, 2012

 

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.

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.

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