Author Archive | Benett Kessler

Luman case back in court

Dick Luman had worked for 15 years as a mechanic in the Mono County Road Department. After an on-the-job dispute more than two years ago, the County fired him. In recent days, Luman’s attorney, Katie Bellomo, filed a motion for Luman to be reinstated pending an appeal by Mono County. The Judge took that rrequest […]

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Geothermal differences continue

The sharp differences of opinion continue in Mammoth Lakes over Ormat Geothermal’s plans to expand its operations. Mammoth Community Water District officials are not reassured by a recently released monitoring plan by Ormat. In response to that plan, water officials issued a press release to say that Ormat geothermal has just presented a “grossly inadequate […]

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LE contract resurrected by politics?

Although it was a closed issue last spring, now published reports talk about what the City of Bishop might have saved contracting for law enforcement with the Inyo Sheriff. A final amount of savings, the Sheriff said, was never determined because the study was never completed. At the beginning of the year, the Bishop City […]

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MMSA acquisition and home-town impact

While Eastern Sierra residents consider the news this week that Mammoth Mountain has agreed to buy Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, some wondered what it would all mean to the local communities. We posed that question to Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory. He said, “Mammoth will have a deeper and broader position in the Southern […]

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Bishop TBID in the works

The Bishop City Council has approved a resolution that declares the City’s intent to set up the Bishop Tourism Improvement District. A public meeting and hearing will follow. Only lodging businesses would be assessed, and the money would be used to pay for marketing and sales promotion efforts for the assessed businesses. The Bishop Chamber […]

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MMSA acquires Bear Mountain and Snow Summit

A press release from Mammoth Mountain confirmed today that the company, Mammoth Resorts LLC, has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts which includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. According to the Los Angeles Times, this is a $38 million deal. The release says Mammoth Resorts, LLC, is “affiliated with Mammoth […]

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Mono issues layoff notices

Faced with a recommendation of 9 employee layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, the Mono Supervisors did vote to balance the County budget and proceed with recommendations. County Administrator Jim Leddy and Finance Director Leslie Chapman had written a letter to the Board that laid out cuts that would lead to a balanced budget, including layoffs. […]

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Colonel David Buckingham

Buckingham donates $4,000 to Bishop groups

Bishop Mayor Jim Ellis confirmed what a letter lines out – Colonel David Buckingham, former candidate for Bishop City Administrator, has donated $4,000 to two Bishop groups. The City of Bishop and Colonel Buckingham had signed an agreement to pay him $38,000 for his losses that resulted from first his acceptance as city administrator and […]

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Grand Jury says Mammoth Town Council went beyond Brown Act

Last year’s Mono Grand Jury received two citizen complaints that laid out accusations that the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the Town Council and staff “pursued a secret plan with Waste Connections Inc” to use money collected in trash bills to buy real property to expand the Solid Waste Transfer Station in the Industrial Park, including […]

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Mono Board faces recommended layoffs

Last week, the Inyo Supervisors approved their new budget of some $88 million with no layoffs. They did accept early retirements and cut positions unfilled. The Inyo CAO fully admits big problems will go on in the future. The Mono Supervisors face approval of their budget Tuesday with the potential for nine layoffs from the Sheriff’s […]

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Mammoth job fair

Polish Your Resume for the Annual Mammoth Lakes Job Fair Annual Fair brings potential employees and employers together in one spot Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (September 15, 2014) — Winter is approaching and the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) wants to match potential employees with local Mammoth Lakes’ employers at the annual Mammoth Lakes Job […]

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June Lake resident has died

A favorite citizen of June Lake has died following a construction accident. Authorities have not provided many details about what local residents say was the death of BZ Miller in recent days. The Mono Sheriff’s Office did say, “BZ Miller had an accident in June Lake. He was taken to Mammoth Hospital and then flown […]

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