Briefly March 16

Support Mammoth Lakes eighth graders

The community is invited to support Mammoth Middle School’s eighth-grade class to go to its annual Museum of Tolerance trip.

Help send them on their way by dining out at Roberto’s on Tuesday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


County backs building fee waiver for vets

Mono County supervisors want to waive building fees for veterans who are applying to put in modifications to their homes to accommodate service-related injuries. Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard carried a letter of support for a bill authorizing such waivers, AB 1592, to Sacramento this week with the hopes that the county’s support for the bill will help pass the bill.


Andrea Lawrence mountain-naming bill held up in Congress

Although the Mt. Andrea Lawrence bill that would have named a local mountain after the skiing icon passed Congress’ House of Representatives last year, the Senate failed to pass it and it expired. This year, according to Mono County Supervisor Vikki Bauer, Senator Barbara Boxer got it passed in the Senate. Now, Boxer is waiting for Rep. Buck McKeon to get it on the agenda for full house approval. Bauer, who was in Washington, D. C. earlier this month, said McKeon’s office recently told her: “There should be no reason why this isn’t passed already.”

“I hope we see it on the president’s desk soon,” Bauer said. 


Supervisors to take up salary freeze again

Mono County supervisors have had a salary freeze in place since 2008 and this week, they agreed to take up the issue again at a future meeting. The move was sparked by information that the Mendocino County Supervisors recently took a 10 percent cut in their salaries and the supervisors said it was time to revisit the issue, given the sacrifices that county employees are making in employee negotiations.


Lone Pine man on $500,000 bail after stabbing incident

A Lone Pine man who stabbed another man is being held on $500,000 bail after a March 10 assault. On March 10 at about 7:30 a.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call for a stabbing at a residence in Lone Pine. Deputies located the victim and the victim was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital. 

Bretton Austin Begaye, 19, Lone Pine, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and is currently being held at the Inyo County Jail on charges of attempted murder, felony battery, and felony assault.