And on top of all this now the town is in a battle with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the rights to Mammoth Creek. I guess they think they haven't taken enough of the water rights in the eastern sierra already.
And the actuality of the situation really doesn't lend itself to be solved by skier / tourist visits. $43 million dollars wasn't going to get paid off by visitors spending money in town, at least anytime in the near or foreseeable future. It was the town's fault for not looking into the FAA regulations before signing the contract with the developer, they then tried to basically weasel their way out of paying. It sucks, but the town ultimately got what it had coming.