The Year in Review: Mammoth Lakes 2012- A Tale of Two Cities

Back from the abyss

If ever there was a year more topsy-turvy, nobody in Mammoth can remember it.

From the blackness of the first six months (bankruptcy, record-bad snow season, mass layoffs at the ski area, etc.), Mammoth emerged at the end on a very bright note.

It was almost like falling in love all over again.

There was no discernible hinge to it; it just happened, sometime around when the solid fishing season started. At that point, from the start of the festival summer season and a lovely golden-burnished autumn, to the snow-infused holidays, still ongoing, Mammoth somehow regained its luster.

Life in Mammoth, never boring, had just about everything to satisfy a palate, even those of the disenchanted.

The Year in Review

The 2012 bankruptcy

The 2012 Ski Season stunk

Mono County schools escape cuts- twice- in 2012

2012 Crime: One case dominated

The fishing season hooked us in 2012

The Devil in 2012

Sports took center stage in 2012

Mammoth loses Skip Harvey in 2012

The 2012 election that wasn't

The 2012 Festival Season was 'The Best'

New stuff was built in 2012

The 2012 turnaround of Rusty Gregory

Performing Arts in 2012 was diverse

The big tech story of 2012

June Mountain in 2012