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September 21st, 2012
Forty years ago, a small business owner in the Eastern Sierra could make a good, middle class living.
Today, that same business ownerâ€™s 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 doesnâ€™t have to be this way.
â€śNow is the time to plan ahead,â€ť 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.
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 Sierraâ€™sâ€”and all of the state of Californiaâ€™sâ€”agriculture industry within the next decade or two, according to Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard. Hazard represents the Tri-Valley area, the heart of the countyâ€™s 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.
The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement last Friday night (Sept. 14) in Rosamond, but it wasnâ€™t enough to get them their first victory of the season.
Playing on the road for the second straight game, Mammoth lost, 35-13, dropping them to 0-4 for the season. So far, the team has been out scored 190-52, but thereâ€™s still plenty of football left.
Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammothâ€™s Gault/McClure Stadium tonight (Friday) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The JV kickoff is at 4 p.m.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash with reports that the helicopter was on fire.
Despite fervent opposition from Mono and Inyo County, a Senate billâ€”one that former Mono County aquaculturist Tim Alpers claims could almost eliminate the stateâ€™s trout stocking programâ€”is now on Governor Jerry Brownâ€™s desk.
â€śI think he is going to sign it,â€ť Alpers said Wednesday. â€śDespite opposition (from rural counties like Mono County), his administration (in this case Alpers is referring to the state Department of Fish and Game) supports it.â€ť
The Mammoth Times and Mammoth Sierra Magazine welcome the members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California to our cool little hamlet and our big, vast mountains.
All of us in Mammoth routinely read what you write. We marvel at the images and videos you make. We love your websites and multimedia and, having consumed as much as we can, we always come out the better for it.
â€”Aleksandra, George, Wendilyn, Jesse, Carolina, Tiffany, and Teresa, along with our office four-footers (Fido, Zeppelin, Kassie, Skye, Mica and Bear).
When sirens wail and police cars scatter oncoming traffic like a flock of geese, itâ€™s usually Mono Countyâ€™s paramedics that are behind the wheel of the ambulance.
Itâ€™s an unusual system in a world of private ambulance services, but it has worked well for this small, rural countyâ€”a place where population is low, hospitals are far apart, and private ambulance companies would be hard-pressed to make a profit.
Bye-bye, Kim Stravers, who will be on the X Games crew for ESPN, beginning later this month. We lose a lot up here with her departure, such as one of the few who know how to use kerrect spelling and punctuation. …
Californiaâ€™s counties howled when Sacramento told them the state would be sending over some of its low-level prisoners to reduce state prison crowding.
Mono County was no exception, citing costs and potential safety problems. The problem is county jails are not set up for long-term prisoners, with sentences that could run into decades in some cases, it argued.
The recent spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Yosemite National Park does not mean a spate of Hantavirus-caused deaths in Mono County.
It doesnâ€™t mean there wonâ€™t be any deaths, either.
Itâ€™s an issue locals know about since the Eastern Sierra is considered a â€śhotspotâ€ť for Hantavirus infections.
E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter #64, known as the Clampers, unveiled a monument dedicated to Dave and Roma McCoy and Mammoth Mountainâ€™s history at Main Lodge Saturday morning (Sept. 8).
Hundreds of Clampers from all over California attended to celebrate the McCoys and their contribution to the skiing world.
According to the Bodie Chapter #64 website (www.ecvbodie64.com/), E Clampus Vitus is a â€śfraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area.
What to do about June and September, anyway?
These are the dreaded months of the so-called shoulder seasons around Mammoth, but a few impresarios this week made two bold moves to allay the impact of the awkward, seasonal downturns.
The first scheme begins on June 22, when Mammoth will host a Sunday half-marathon from Horseshoe Lake to Old Mammoth Road. It would star members of the Mammoth Track Club and top runners of the vaunted San Diego Half Marathon organization.
Mammoth can be intense in the summer, but the question for some retailers is how much of that should be in tents.
That would be tent sales, specifically, which came before the townâ€™s planning commission Wednesday and drew an intense discussion, spearheaded by the Tent Sale King, Outdoor Sports owner Philip Hertzog.
â€śWithout these sales in the summertime,â€ť he said, â€śweâ€™d be out of business. Weâ€™re in a shopping mall (the Sierra Center Mall on Old Mammoth Road) that just went from 80 percent vacant to 90 percent vacant.