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The Candidates

April 17, 2014

It’s great that the voters of Mammoth have eight candidates for Town Council.

It’s not so great that hardly any of them know what they’re talking about.

In their first public forum of the campaign season this past week, many of the candidates offered solid vision-type of answers to tough questions that were offered by the Chamber of Commerce and the moderator, Brent Truax.

Mostly, though, the candidates came up short on detailed explanations as to how these visions are to be put in place.

It is not entirely their fault.

Priorities Revisited

April 10, 2014

In our editorial published in the June 27, 2013, issue, we highlighted our list of priorities for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Customer Service

April 3, 2014

We’re betting Mammoth Mountain Ski Area employees learned a lot this week.

It’s the same lesson a lot of people in Washington D.C. learned this year with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

That is, when you’re going to throw a good deal someone’s way, and it’s with an online transaction, you’d better add plenty of muscle to the back end if you want to avoid a Noah Moment.

Floods, whether in fact or in technology, aren’t any fun, even if everything turns out well in the end.

The Campaign

March 20, 2014

The campaign season is officially underway, with 17 candidates lining up for contested seats, both at the town and county levels.

 

Main Street

February 20, 2014

Main Street in Mammoth is a mess and it always has been.

Radical Ideas

February 13, 2014

The political season is wide open now, in both Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes, but we’re not sensing much excitement about it.

County attractions

October 17, 2013

It is common knowledge Mono County has a tourism-based economy.

Although Mammoth Lakes contributes the most money to the county’s coffers, the rest of Mono County also houses unique tourism gems it needs to keep as shiny as possible to attract visitors.

While the county itself has strong recreation-based economic elements, there are nuanced differences that currently help to define each region—each region offering slightly different appeals.

In Bridgeport, we have Bodie and the Twin Lakes area.

A call to action

October 14, 2013

It's been over a week now, and The Shutdown has had a widespread negative effect across the country.

The first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years closed major landmarks and halted some services, throwing as many as 800,000 federal employees out of work.

To make matters worse, a potential default looms on the horizon, yet both Democrats and Republicans continue to talk past each other.

Dan Holler

October 3, 2013

Town managers are a little bit like baseball managers.

When they’re good, everybody heaps praise all over them, saying there is no way in the world the team would have won without them.

More times than not, though, the awesomely great baseball manager becomes a bum in two or three years. The manager, universally despised at that point, then rotates to a different team and the process repeats itself

So it is with town managers, who on average last just over seven years before moving on to the next town.

Transparency

September 25, 2013

In light of Marianna Marysheva-Martinez’s resignation this past week and the rumors leading up to her decision, we’ve witnessed the reactions of our passionate Mammoth citizens, not just to the fact of her resignation, but also to how the whole thing happened.

To put it bluntly, the reactions tell us, not very well.

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