September 21st, 2012
As I have grown older, I always thought I would live in a house somewhere in Sun City, Arizona, or Palm Springs, California, playing bridge and shuffleboard with a bunch of old blue and grey-haired people, many of whom would be on walkers.
The long, hot, seemingly endless summer of 2012 comes to an end Saturday, the day of the Autumnal Equinox when night and day are equally long.
Beginning Saturday, the nights are longer than the days for the first time since the Vernal Equinox in March. From now on, the cold bite of winter will likely be felt in the cold, darkening mornings, as shirts and shorts give way to coats and pants.
The Mammoth Lakes Trail System, a long-term project that finally is near completion, gets a ribbon cutting next month at the Visitors Center off Main St./S.R. 203.
It is a ceremony that many trail advocates, working on it since the 1980s, thought might never happen.
Yet a combination of funding sources from various levels of government, then brokered by local public agencies, somehow put together a plan, then found the money.
Not everyone in June Lake is happy about how the community will spend all of the $100,000 in âbridgeâ money Mono County gave it to survive a winter without June Mountain Ski Area.
âWe are in agreement as a community about how to spend about $75,000 to $85,000 of the money,â said Ralph Lockhart, current president of the June Lake Revitalization Committee and the June Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The money will go toward marketing the community and all the events planned for the winter, and the county tourism department will administer it.
But the rest of the money is another story.
A helicopter crash Southeast of Mammoth injured two and started a small brush fire Wednesday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.
The crash occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at about 12:30 p.m., when Mono County Sheriffâs Department dispatchers received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash. The reports also indicated the helicopter was on fire.
The helicopter crashed on Pole Line Road, southeast of Mammoth Lakes, near Deer Springs Road, according to a sheriffâs department press release.
This Nov. 6, Mono County will hold three local electionsâa runoff election for North Countyâs District 4 County Supervisor seat, and school board elections for both Mammoth Unified School District and for the Eastern Sierra Unified School District.
Here is a brief look at who is running in the local races.
Candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko will be facing off for the Mono County Board Of Supervisors District 4 runoff election.
Candidates Shana Stapp, John Stavlo, and Luis Villanueva are running for Mammoth Unified School District, where two seats are available.
North County residents Bob Peters and Tim Fesko have been fighting since almost the beginning of the year for the open District 4 Mono County Supervisor seat, after the June election resulted in neither of them getting 50 percent plus one of the vote.
The campaigns are headed into their final six weeks, and both men are pounding the pavement again, trying to keep the race fresh and memorable some nine months after it started.
One of these days, the Digital 395 project will be completed.
It might take a year to get the big, fat Internet broadband pipe working at top efficiencyâmaybe even a little bit longer than that.
But when more high-speed access becomes available to Eastern Sierra residents and businesses, the question is if people will be ready to take advantage of it.
Forty years ago, a small business owner in the Eastern Sierra could make a good, middle class living.
Today, that same business ownerâs income has been decreased by 50 percent (adjusted for inflation), according to a recent study, meaning most small-business owners struggle to make ends meet every year.
It doesnât have to be this way.
âNow is the time to plan ahead,â said Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council Tuesday, as he gave the Mono County Board of Supervisors a briefing on a Mono/Inyo County economic report.
âIâd like to make a paragraph but I donât know how to do it,â Fido said.
âItâs not too hard, Fido. Just press the âreturnâ key and then hit the âtabâ key and youâre hunky dory. Do you mind if I ask what youâre doing?â
Fido was quite a sight. He had managed to pull on a green copy-editor visor and was now scrunched over the keyboard.
âI am going to be the first dog member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California!â he cried.
He had all the necessary stuff. Where and how he learned to pack a notebook, a digital camera, and a GoPro, I have no idea.
The demand for rentals in Mono County has dropped somewhat since the recession hit the Mammoth Lakes area in 2009 but it is still high, even as the economy slowly recovers, according to county officials.
According to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt, who sits on a housing advisory board, the reasons might include such factors as having to move out of a foreclosed home, tight credit, unsteady finances, and still-high employment.
New regulations forcing farmers and ranchers to cut back on their use of diesel fuel in their farm equipment could decimate the Eastern Sierraâsâand all of the state of Californiaâsâagriculture industry within the next decade or two, according to Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard. Hazard represents the Tri-Valley area, the heart of the countyâs farms.
Due to insufficient Measure U funds available for award in December, the Town Council Wednesday evening asked the staff to draft a new timeline for a spring award and determine an award amount (cap) for appropriation.
This item will be added to the Oct. 16 meeting of the Measure U Application Committee, and be returned to Town Council on Nov. 7.