October 5th, 2012
If you are a property owner in many parts of Mono County, you may get a $150 bill from the state this month, a bill that is due at the end of the month. Called the “State Responsibility Area” (SRA) fees, the fees are supposed to help the state pay for fire protection for certain state lands. The fees became law last year and went into effect Oct. 1. The law will also affect mobile homes with DMV registration.
Sometimes the complicated mathematics of choosing what to write about in my weekly column bogs me down, and I have trouble getting started.
Life changes even as I look out my window at Pole Pass, and watch the occasional southbound boat that cruised an extra week, or two hundred more miles north. The weather has been as close to perfect as possible for almost two months straight, and the fortunate retired people who aren’t worried about mowing the lawn in front of their condominium have really been enjoying the extra time on their boats this summer.
It wasnâ€™t exactly a â€śbest friends foreverâ€ť moment Tuesday at the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting as June Lake residents tried to heal a split over how to spend some county moneyâ€”but it was a start.
At the center of the storm was Supervisor Vikki Bauer. A few weeks ago she told the supervisors that she and others had experienced a â€śhostile takeoverâ€ť at a June Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting over how to spend a portion of the $100,000 in â€śbridgeâ€ť money the county gave June Lake to survive a winter without June Mountain Ski Area.
We all know the place.
Driving south on U.S. 395 heading toward Crowley Lake, talking away on the (hands free) cell phone, climbing up the little rise past the Green Church, counting the minutes you have left to talkâ€”and sure enough.
Right after the turnoff to the little Mt. Morrison cemetery, dead spot.
If youâ€™re lucky, you can pick up the conversation somewhere near Tomâ€™s Placeâ€”but not before.
And forget cell service if you actually live anywhere near Crowley, McGee Creek, Aspen Springsâ€”all of them are in the same dead zone.
But thatâ€™s about to change.
“I think I’d like to try biofeedback.”
“Fido, that is SO 90s.”
“But I’d still like to try it. I am, to put it simply, a wreck!”
“Gosh Fido, I had no idea. You look OK to me and you seem to be sleeping all right, and your diet seems to be right on target.”
“Verily,” Fido said, “but I dissemble.”
The Mammoth Huskies, coming off a road loss in Boron last week, take on Brentwood High School in Los Angeles tonight (Friday).
Husky fans are hoping for the best, even after last week’s 52-0 loss that dropped the team to 1-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference action.