Mono County is still in relatively good financial shape compared to most counties in California, but its emergency reserve fund is down sharply since 2008.
On top of that, current anemic property tax revenues mean tight times ahead.
â€śWe are in pretty good shape, but since the housing crisis hit in 2008, we have cut the reserve from $5.8 million to its current number of $1.6 million and I believe itâ€™s time to begin rebuilding,â€ť said Brian Muir, the countyâ€™s finance director.
â€śItâ€™s all right that we have done this; thatâ€™s what the reserve is for. But it is time to rebuild.â€ť
Travelers and visitors headed into the Sierra Nevada for the Labor Day weekend are invited to enjoy free downloads of a new mobile phone app for the National Geographic Sierra MapGuide by searching for the â€śSierra MapGuideâ€ť on your iPhone or Android mobile device.
Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smartphone thanks to these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.
Fire danger in the Eastern Sierra has eased somewhat following an unusually wet August, but that doesnâ€™t mean it is time to relax.
According to fire officials, September can be one of the warmest and driest months. If that pattern holds, it could erase much of the gains made in August, when almost three weeks of heavy rain took the sharp edge off the drought.
The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening tomorrow, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.
The grand opening celebration is sure to be an enjoyable event for visitors and locals alike who have donated to and supported the reconstruction effort, and for those who have been waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new facility.
The celebration will include guest speakers, music, an art exhibit, and a ribbon cutting for the new visitor center.
The following locations have been stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch in time for the Labor Day weekend, beginning with the areas near Bishop and moving north toward Bridgeport.
â€˘ Intake II
â€˘ South Lake
â€˘ Bishop Creek
â€˘ Tinnemaha Creek
â€˘ Taboose Creek
â€˘ Independence Creek
â€˘ Lower Twin Bridgeport
â€˘ Upper Twin Bridgeport
â€˘ Bridgeport Reservoir
â€˘ Convict Lake
â€˘ Grant Lake
â€˘ Gull Lake
â€˘ June Lake
â€˘ Silver Lake
â€˘ Lundy Lake
â€˘ Mammoth Lakes Basinâ€”Mary, Mamie, Georg and Twin
â€˘ Rock Creek
â€˘ Rock Creek Lake
â€˘ Little Virginia
One way to cut county expenses is to cut fuel use by the county by 10 percent, says Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston. He pushed the idea during this weekâ€™s county budget hearings, hoping to gain some traction.
Although the supervisors did not immediately endorse Johnstonâ€™s idea, they said the idea merited further discussion.
Mammoth Unified School District is soliciting letters of interest from interested community members and staff to service on the districtâ€™s Measure S Citizensâ€™ Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to inform the community concerning the expenditure of the Measure S parcel tax revenue. Anyone interested should direct a letter of interest to the district office by the close of business today (Friday).
â€śWhat a cute boy!â€ť said the stranger.
â€śWho, me?!?!?â€ť Fido asked, blushing.
The stranger walked over to Fido, who was blissfully sitting under a table at last weekendâ€™s â€śMammoth Rocks/A Taste of the Sierraâ€ť festival in the Village. He was manning the booth for the paper.
â€śAre you the dog in the paper all the time?â€ť she said.
â€śThatâ€™s me!â€ť Fido said, and he wagged his stump.
â€śWant to hear a story?â€ť Fido said to the woman.
â€śWhy, yes, Fido,â€ť she responded. â€śI love stories.â€ť
Fido wormed his way from beneath the tableâ€”not an easy thing to do for a big, red, 80-pound chow mix.
Mammothâ€™s softball teams finish their seasons this week with dizzying rounds of multiple playoffs.
Monday, Aug. 27, was the start of the single-elimination playoffs, with Greyhawk, Originales, Grumpyâ€™s Holy Rollers, Austria Hof-Thunderstruck, Guerreros and Los Mayas in the hunt.
As a reward for finishing first in the regular season, XRC won a first-round bye.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the two Co-ed Divisions (14 teams total) began tournament play, and to try to name a favorite would be futile.
The shovel goes into the ground on Tuesday for the long awaited, much anticipated Gateway Monument signs on S.R. 203 coming in and out of town. Elizabeth Tenney, Jim Tenney, Bruce Woodward and et al showed up at the Town Council meeting Wednesday to make sure it was really going to happen. Critics of the thing stayed home in droves, save one. …
For the first time in 12 years, high school football has disappeared from the airwaves.
KSRW (Sierra Wave) sports director Bob Todd said the station dropped the broadcasts â€śfor a number of reasons,â€ť but declined to go into specifics.
The decision is a blow to high school sports fans, as well as to the teams themselves, said Huskies Head Coach Marty Thompson.
â€śItâ€™s a huge deal to those people who watch the games, and it was a great tool for us.â€ť
It also was a public service that not many communities have ever had a chance to experience.
The calendar doesnâ€™t lie.
If it is Labor Day Weekend in Mammoth, that means it is Gaye Muellerâ€™s turn to take over Samâ€™s Woodsite with another Labor Day Arts Festival.
It is the 43rd festival, making it new wine in an old bottle, but just a short walk away, the first-ever Mammoth Bluegrass Festival takes over the Village.
No one knows how that will work, given this is the first-ever dual event for the weekend, but Mueller said sheâ€™s fired up and ready to go.
The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center celebrates its grand opening on Sept. 1, following a fire that completely destroyed the popular visitor center several years ago.
The following locations will be stocked with Alpers Trophy Trout from Conway Ranch courtesy of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce:
• Intake II