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June 26, 2013

We agree with Supervisor Tim Alpers and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory that the time has come to begin thinking of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the June Lake area as a unified whole.

Alpers envisions it as an “all-inclusive, premier, year-around recreation corridor” which is marketed and branded as an integrated whole.

It’s kind of a drumbeat around most successful resorts these days, this idea of regionalization.

The Litigious State

June 10, 2013

It saddened us to see the agenda item during Wednesday’s Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting about banning skateboarding from all town streets.

The thought of banning anything recreational doesn’t make sense to us, really, regardless of where you live.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world that values common sense anymore, and on top of that, we live in California.

Instead of the Golden State, we should really be called the Litigious State.

No more lawns

June 5, 2013

Every spring, we continually scratch our heads when we see residents tend to their lawns after the snow melts away.

Can someone remind us why lawns exist?

We’d be lying if we said we don’t give the stink eye to those we see standing with a hose in hand, watering that pathetic patch of grass.

You can’t eat the stuff. Taking fertile soil and putting grass over it is giving the earth a hysterectomy.

Single-family home rentals

May 29, 2013

Once again, the issue of single-family home rentals landed in the lap of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council last week.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory popped in out of the blue and, during an otherwise innocuous workshop discussion about the 2013-14 budget, gave a forceful presentation on why Mammoth ought to have such rentals.

Practically no one saw this coming, except for the proponents of the scheme, who were in the Council Chambers (what a surprise) while the opponents, blissfully unaware that the topic was even under discussion, stayed away.

Urdi’s World

May 15, 2013

We can hardly remember what it was like around here before John Urdi arrived almost three years ago. Now, it’s hard for us to imagine what Mammoth would be if he were to somehow disappear.


Two major pieces of progress happened this week under the wand of the Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director.

First, Mammoth took its first steps toward establishing a Tourism Business Incentive District, a TBID, joining about 75 other California cities in such a revenue-generating scheme.

Trail Talk

April 23, 2013

 

We have a soft spot in our hearts for the ineptly named, but highly effective, committee that has been put in charge of the Mammoth Lakes Trails System.

Against long odds, the so-called Mammoth Lakes Trails System Coordinating Committee (MLTSCC) has taken one central idea—all of us want great trails around here—and created a vision on behalf of at least 21 separate user groups.

Earth Day

April 16, 2013

 


Earth Day is coming up, on April 22. Forgive us if we’re less than enthused.

Forty years after the great, green, grass-roots environmental movement of the 1970s began, it already has begun to lose its luster.

Hoop dreams

April 3, 2013

 

There is a timeworn basketball strategy that is as simple to understand as it is hard to execute:

Play to your strengths, cover your weaknesses.

Reduced to that formula, basketball is easy to grasp, except when it’s not.

We’ve been thinking about that during the past few weeks, and not just because of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Rather, we’ve been thinking about it in terms of Mammoth, and Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez’s push for economic development.

The digital future

March 19, 2013

 

We can’t wait to meet Mammoth’s new director of community development, whoever that is.

Judging by the job description, he or she will, ideally, possess superhuman powers, with an ability to juggle a minimum of 19 specific job duties and about a dozen peripheral duties.

He or she also must leap tall buildings in a single bound, and demonstrate superhuman strength, speed, stamina, invulnerability, freezing breath, super hearing, multiple extrasensory and vision powers, longevity, flight, intelligence, and regeneration.

Rich Boccia

March 13, 2013

We’re sorry to see Rich Boccia go.

No we’re not.

Yes we are.

Boccia’s sudden resignation as superintendent of the Mammoth Unified School District, effective March 1, elicited similar responses all around town and, presumably, in the cloistered halls of the high school, middle school, and elementary school.

He was a smart, brash, in-your-face Italian American, and Mammoth has never seen anyone quite like him.

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