Archive - Aug 15, 2013 - News Article
In they came, hats in hand, arguments polished and with undiminished enthusiasm.
They were the department heads of Mono County, who this past week engaged the Board of Supervisors in two days of intense jawboning over a $63.2 million 2013-14 budget that new Mono County Administrator Jim Leddy handed up.
It was the first time the board had seen the proposed final budget document. Previous to the opening of the budget hearings, which began on Tuesday, Aug. 12, the supervisors had been working under an interim budget that began on July 1.
It burned for 19 days, involved 792 firefighters and left a thick layer of smoke over Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.
But on Saturday, Aug. 10, authorities declared the irritating, pesky, 22,253-acre Aspen Fire a dead and gone.
Its damage, beyond the trees in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County, as of this week was being assessed in economic terms in Mammoth, where events organizers said the fire surely hurt the town during one of its peak tourism periods.
The Digital 395 project, promising broadband Internet speeds to Mammoth, is a done deal.
One year to the day after Praxis Associates put their first shovel in the ground, Digital 395 became a reality on Tuesday, Aug. 13, when testing on the digital links between Reno and Mammoth was completed.
“We now have the capacity to deliver broadband into Mammoth,” said an obviously elated Michael Ort, the president of the fiber-optic company.
Just days after yet another success in a string of Bluesapalooza productions at the privately-held Sam’s Woodsite, at least one member of the Mammoth Town Council said it is time for the town to stop the dilly-dallying.
“We need to figure out how to own and to preserve that site,” Michael Raimondo said at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7.