October 23rd, 2013
Mono County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its most popular team members this past week.
Abby, the Mustang Police Horse, died Saturday, Oct. 19.
“Abby was an ambassador for and a true testament to the mentality of the wild horses,” said Lt. West. “She was a family companion, and a show and competition horse, in addition to her law enforcement duties.
Abby had a 17-year career span as a mounted patrol horse with partner Lt. Phil West and retired in 2010, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
The Mammoth High School Girls’ Volleyball teams continued their winning ways this past week with home wins over Boron, Vasquez, and Lone Pine, improving their league records to 7-1 in the Desert Mountain League.
On Oct. 10, the JV Huskies defeated the Boron Ladycats 25-21, 25-20. They followed up that victory with a close match against the Mustangs of Vasquez, losing the first game 20-25, but rebounding to take the next two games 25-20 and 15-11.
“Tell me about cats.”
“Gosh, Fido, there’s not a lot to say. And anyway, you live with Chief, and he’s a cat. Why don’t you ask him?”
“I don’t think Chief knows anything.”
“Sure he does. He has a brain.”
“It is the size of a walnut!”
“Fido, your own brain isn’t what I would call overwhelming.”
“But it’s bigger than a walnut.”
There’s nothing like fish to get emotions flowing in Mono County.
Just ask the Mono County Supervisors, now embroiled in a contentious lawsuit filed against the county by a private aquaculture group after an effort to make the county self sufficient in terms of fish stocking went sour recently.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Department has the largest budget in Mono County and as such, the Mono County Board of Supervisors requested a look at the overtime costs associated with the program at its Oct. 15 board meeting.
After examining his budget, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger found that it would cost the county more to hire new staff than it does to pay current officers overtime.
Mono County’s behavioral health department has made a radical change in how it conducts business over the past year or so.
The department has focused on treating every individual who walks through its doors for both physical health and mental health issues.
Once linked to specific services, the department made sure those individuals seeking help did not fall through the cracks, even if it meant escorting them to doctor and/or counseling appointments.
According to a news release from Yosemite National Park late Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, the park "reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013.
"Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.
"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemiteâ€™s colorful grandeur."