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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.

Yosemite

March 6, 2013

 

Amid the debate over the proposed Tuolumne River and Merced River Plans in Yosemite National Park, two questions remain unanswered.

In years of development and tourism in Yosemite Valley, what have we lost? And what have we gained?

Yosemite Valley has a long history of one set of people evicting others in an ongoing exercise in how best to utilize the spectacular, one-of-a-kind glacial valley.

Pushovers

February 22, 2013

 

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council talks a good game when it comes to making good on transient occupancy taxes.

But when push comes to shove, the majority of the council showed this past week that it can roll over like so many submissive puppies.

Faced with its first high-profile, public TOT case, council members Rick Wood, Jo Bacon, and John Eastman voted to let property owners Kevin and Carolynn Cozen get away with no penalties or fines for illegally renting their single-family home on Hillside Drive.

Go Fish

February 15, 2013

 

The kiss of death for any resort community is doing the same thing all the competitors are doing.

The kiss of success is finding the one thing that people want, or the two or the three things, that no other resort, anywhere, can do.

In Mono County’s case, that one thing is not Mammoth Mountain Ski Area—other resorts have big mountains, too.

It’s not our great scenery—others have that, too.

It’s Alpers trout.

Great, big, fat Alpers trout.

An idea for June Lake

February 8, 2013

 

June Lake’s Winter Festival and Triple Threat Winter Triathlon event was a great example of a community coming together and being proactive in response to the loss of its biggest business booster.

When Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced (unexpectedly) its decision to close June Mountain Ski Area for the 2012-13 season, we imagined every June Lake citizen’s hearts dropped to the bottom of his or her stomach. Ours did.

School Safety

February 1, 2013

We’re so busy being relaxed around here that we sometimes we forget that the so-called “real world” exists.

Dog (sled) days

January 25, 2013

 

We are pleased to hear that Mammoth Dog Teams owner Jim Ouimet finally got word this week that he will soon be able to move his dog sleds and gear into a covered indoor space instead of storing the irreplaceable and historical items in sheds and outdoors in the snows of winter and heat of summer.

It’s about time.

The California way

January 18, 2013

 

They said it could not be done—that California’s fiscal problems were so immense, so mind-boggling, that no one in his right mind dare even take it on.

Then again, few people have ever said that Gov. Jerry Brown was ever in his right mind, and that goes for his supporters as well as his critics.

Mono County

January 11, 2013

 

We went looking for the face of Mono County this week, but we didn’t find it.

We tried straining our ears for the voice of Mono County, but it was so quiet in Bridgeport that all we heard was the breeze fanning the fog over the Mono Basin and the occasional—and distant—roar of a snowmobile.

The curious vacuum in the county’s halls of politics has taken nearly everyone by surprise.

The Visitors

January 4, 2013

 

Now that the first round of High Holidays are on the ebb, we’re left on the edge of speechlessness.

In a word, “Wow” might do it. Given two words, we’d say “Holy Smokes!”

No one around here can remember Mammoth being so packed in a two-week period. Matthew Lehman, a lifelong Mammothite who just happens to be the mayor of our little burg, said the other day he can’t remember one like it.

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