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Mammoth Nordic bows out

January 29, 2011

Brian Knox, chieftain of Mammoth Nordic.

Mammoth Nordic, which since 2002 has groomed its way into the winter experience here, has now announced it is grooming its way back out.

Its leader, Brian Knox, released the news last Friday, writing in an e-mail,

“Regrettably, our club’s passion, funding, equipment and manpower over the last three years has not created a compelling enough case for community Nordic recreation in the eyes of town government.”

Knox’s announcement immediately sent the town’s recreation department into a scramble.

Recreation Department director Stuart Brown said representatives from his own department, the tourism bureau (Visit Mammoth) and the forest service are trying to figure out a way to keep the trails system going.

The non-profit foundation was viewed as very much a loser when the Town Council approved its Measure R funding distribution. It had been working with the forest service and volunteers in grooming about nine miles of cross-country ski trails for the public.

“It just became apparent to me,” Knox said in an interview on Monday, “that the quality of the program we’re interested in running, which was the quality of program that we offered last year, takes a significant investment of time and money.

“Until we get to the point we feel like the town is genuinely interested in getting a serious partner in that, it’s something that, I, unfortunately and with great reluctance, regrettably determined it was something we couldn’t sustain.”

Recreation Commission chairman Bill Sauser disagrees with Knox’s assertion that the town isn’t interested in the program.

“I really want that program,” Sauser said, “but we need to scale it and work together, not just hand it over to one individual to cover the costs of an organization.

“Also, I question the timing (in the middle of winter).”

One famously active Nordic athlete, Phyllis Benham, is disappointed.

“I want a resolution of this thing,” she said. “I want people to cooperate so that there will be a Mammoth Nordic program for the rest of the season.”

In its slapdown of Mammoth Nordic’s enormous $355,444 Measure R application request, commissioners whittled it down to $5,440.

The Recreation Commission urged Mammoth Nordic to form a committee to see if Knox’s Nordic crew can integrate with John Wentworth’s Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA), which received $200,520 in Measure R funds.

Comments

UN Agenda 21 in Mammoth lakes

May 21, 2012 by davosmrt (not verified), 2 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 300

Question the MLTPA
The MLTPA is nothing but an extension of the UN Agenda 21 hidden under the green mask of fake environmentalism. They are heavily funded by big agenda 21 NGO's. One of the end games of agenda 21 is to ABOLISH PRIVATE PROPERTY and tax you to the grave.
The specific plan is called United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, which has its basis in Communitarianism. By now, most Americans have heard of sustainable development but are largely unaware of Agenda 21.
MLTPA have become powerful and will continue to do so if you let them. These groups start out small and will end up running the show. It you don t do anything and you want your lives run by a bunch of UN Green police in the not too distant future. This does not have to happen if you don' t let groups like the MLTPA infiltrate our town council.
Educate your selves and become active in your community now! This can only be fought at a local level.
Please see the following links:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Marquardt/kathleen105.htm
http://www.postsustainabilityinstitute.org/what-is-un-agenda-21.html
END AGENDA 21 IN MAMMOTH LAKES NOW>

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