September 21st, 2012
This Nov. 6, Mono County will hold three local electionsâa runoff election for North Countyâs District 4 County Supervisor seat, and school board elections for both Mammoth Unified School District and for the Eastern Sierra Unified School District.
Here is a brief look at who is running in the local races.
Candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko will be facing off for the Mono County Board Of Supervisors District 4 runoff election.
Candidates Shana Stapp, John Stavlo, and Luis Villanueva are running for Mammoth Unified School District, where two seats are available.
North County residents Bob Peters and Tim Fesko have been fighting since almost the beginning of the year for the open District 4 Mono County Supervisor seat, after the June election resulted in neither of them getting 50 percent plus one of the vote.
The campaigns are headed into their final six weeks, and both men are pounding the pavement again, trying to keep the race fresh and memorable some nine months after it started.
One of these days, the Digital 395 project will be completed.
It might take a year to get the big, fat Internet broadband pipe working at top efficiencyâmaybe even a little bit longer than that.
But when more high-speed access becomes available to Eastern Sierra residents and businesses, the question is if people will be ready to take advantage of it.
Forty years ago, a small business owner in the Eastern Sierra could make a good, middle class living.
Today, that same business ownerâs 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 doesnât have to be this way.
âNow is the time to plan ahead,â 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.
âIâd like to make a paragraph but I donât know how to do it,â Fido said.
âItâs not too hard, Fido. Just press the âreturnâ key and then hit the âtabâ key and youâre hunky dory. Do you mind if I ask what youâre doing?â
Fido was quite a sight. He had managed to pull on a green copy-editor visor and was now scrunched over the keyboard.
âI am going to be the first dog member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California!â he cried.
He had all the necessary stuff. Where and how he learned to pack a notebook, a digital camera, and a GoPro, I have no idea.
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 Sierraâsâand all of the state of Californiaâsâagriculture industry within the next decade or two, according to Mono County Supervisor Hap Hazard. Hazard represents the Tri-Valley area, the heart of the countyâs 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 wasnât 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 thereâs still plenty of football left.
Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammothâs 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 Sheriffâs Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash with reports that the helicopter was on fire.
The noise increased rapidly from the south until I could make out a fire-engine-red Hughes 500 helicopter that flared out and settled on the tarmac at our small local airport.
The Mammoth Huskies showed plenty of improvement Friday night in Rosamond, but it wasn'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 outscored 190-52, but there's still plenty of football left.
Next up is Riverside Prep from Oro Grande, which comes to Mammoth's Gault/McClure Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
After undergoing three blowout losses in three weeks, any casual observer of the Mammoth Huskies football team might wonder why in the world would anyone show up to watch these guys play.
The answer is in two words:
Mammothâs senior running back and defensive backfield defender is racking up prodigious numbers on the field, in spite of the Huskiesâ humbling losses. Coach Marty Thompson, along with everybody else, is impressed, and says one of the main reasons for Wormhoudtâs football prowess is in his ski racing.