June 6th, 2012
Mono County voted in two new supervisors Tuesday night, with a third race that will also eventually bring another new supervisor to the table stuck in runoff mode.
Fred Stump, running for elected office for the first time, will replace two-term District 2 incumbent Duane âHapâ Hazard. Tim Alpers, a two-time former Mono County supervisor, will replace two-term District 3 incumbent Vikki Bauer.
Two weeks ago, many of us in the Western United States got the opportunity to see a full or partial annular eclipse of the sun. To those a little further north of the Owens Valley, seeing the ring of fire as the moon went in front of the sun was a marvelâ but the partial eclipse seen from our own homes was spectacular as well.
Did this leave you wonderingâ"What's the next special event in the cosmic dance of our solar system?" Well, wonder no more, for that event is upon us.
Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Postâs High School Challenge Index for the first time this year, according to the school's principal, Roger Yost. The small rural school was ranked 707th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools, placing it in the top 3% of all high schools. It also was placed 90th of the over 1,800 high schools in California.
The Challenge index, created in 1998 by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews, is the simple calculation of Advanced Placement tests given at a school last year divided by the number of graduates.
âHey Fido, why the long face?â
Fido lay sprawled at my feet under my desk in the office.
âWhat in the world are you talking about?â I said.
âEvery time I fall in love, Iâm in it, then Iâm out of it.â
âDog breath, maybe?â
âWell, yeah, I guess I can tell that. Let me riff through these press releases first, then weâll have a chat.â
âI donât want to chat.â
âSomethingâs got you way down in the hole, Fido. Lemme finish these up.â
Thereâs something funny about a mule that nobody tries to explain. Mules are not outlandish, hide-slapping, hee-haw hilariousâalthough that kind of humor attends Mule Days more often than would be expected in dire economic times.
Mules provide the kind of mild amusement that curls one side of the mouth, an absorbing sort of sparkle that has demanded 43 annual repetitions of Mule Days, and expanded the celebration to an entire week of demonstrations (Mule ShoeingâŠ), competitions (Log SkiddingâŠ), and that old western standby, a Saturday night dance.
Olympic hopeful Josh Cox has a music library of about 55,00 tunes, says he, but before a big race, there is only one: âIâve listened to U2âs âWhere Streets Have No Nameâ before every race since 1989, the first line is my mantra.â For the curious, âI wanna run, I want to hide/I wanna tear down the walls/That hold me inside/I wanna reach out/And touch the flame/Where the streets have no name.â âŠ
Among the items in the Town councilâs Budget Reduction plan is a proposal to slice its $65,000 annual commitment to the Whitmore Animal Shelter.
It is so tucked away that the people whom it would impact, not to mention the sheltered hounds and potential pet pusses, donât really know anything about it.
âI have not heard anything about that,â said Supervisor Vikki Bauer. âWe havenât made that leap. Thereâs no decision yet.â
For the seven candidates in the three Mono County Board of Supervisors races, this week is ground zero âand it all comes down to who has the most âkick.â
Voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 5. By midnight Tuesday, Mono County citizens should know who will occupy the three open county supervisor seats, barring a run-off election in the hot District 4 race.
It will be the end of a long marathon that began in the winter. Now it is up to the runners to provide that last big kick before the finish line.
And now for something completely different.
Having made a career out of newspaper reporting, forest stewardship, pet products, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area marketing, magazine writer, magazine editor and then (whew!) even more forest stewardship, Stacy Corless is going back to where she started.
That would be education.
Corless, 41, is a bona fide lover of Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. She is moving from the Friends of the Inyo in July to become executive director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF).
Joe Walker, a Mammoth man arrested in January for various sex crimes against a juvenile Santa Barbara girl, was sentenced to state prison for five years this morning in Santa Barbara Superior Court, according to Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Barron.
"He was remanded to jail today and they will transport him to state prison" sometime in the next week, Barron said.
Wrangling between Mammoth and LADWP continues, judge chosen
Mammoth and Mono Lake have a new Inyo National Forest deputy district ranger and her name is Sarah Tomsky.
Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Serviceâs Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo.
When heâs not building bridges to Mammothâs Hispanic community, Police Chief Dan Watson is helping build houses for Mexicoâs impoverished.
Two weekends ago, Watson and about 40 members of the Mammoth Rotary Club were in Sierra Azul, a small Mexican village near Tecate, building a house in one day.
âThe homes built by Corazon volunteers are humble by U.S. standards,â Watson said. âThey have no plumbing or electricity, but they are a big step-up for the recipients and very much appreciated.â