January 25th, 2013
Mono County now has a newly revised and updated Emergency Operations Plan—a 100-plus page plan that was developed in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies.
The document paints a detailed picture of all of the county’s potential threats, including earthquakes and other hazards, and lays out a detailed chain of command and plan of action for every agency in the county.
Mono County is facing more upheaval this week after another top county official announced she would retire Feb. 5 and an interim County Administrative Officer (CAO) candidate pulled out at the last minute.
The announcement that risk manager and facilities manager Rita Sherman would retire came through an email to the county supervisors Wednesday, Jan. 23, according to District 1 Supervisor Larry Johnstonâ€”one day after the board of supervisors held its last of three meetings for the month.
The flu is hitting Mono County finally and a Mammoth Hospital official said Thursday morning (Jan. 24) that visits to patients at the hospital will be restricted to family members only in an attempt to slow the spread of the flu.
Although flu activity is still comparatively low in California and Mono County, new information shows the flu is on the move, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, the county’s public health officer.
Search is on for new finance director
An interim county administrator is the most likely choice after Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens leaves Feb. 3, according to county supervisor Byng Hunt.
“We will probably find a skilled, experienced, retired former county administrator as an interim administrator, which will give us the time to find the right person for the job,” he said.
Projections indicate recovery in full swing
Practically everyone in Mammoth has sensed that the town is on the way back from a disastrous ski season last year, but now the actual numbers are starting to show it.
For example, the projected visitor occupancy for the upcoming King Holiday weekend (Jan. 18-20) was 77 percent of capacity as of Thursday, Jan. 17.
On the same weekend last year, occupancy was a dreary 30 percent, the result of a snow season that hardly existed at all until late in the spring season.
In the wake of what could have been a devastating blow to the small community of June Lake, creativity spurred of necessity could be an unexpected boon.
With June Mountain closed this year, the owners of Double Eagle Resort and Spa decided to groom cross country ski track on their ranch property across the street from the spa—adding one more reason to visit June Lake.
I have lived many places on the Eastside for the past several years, but this year I decided to move to June Lake, mainly for the winter recreation opportunities.
Art meets conservation in the eastern Sierra
The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep has the unique distinction of being the only endangered bighorn subspecies of three in the United States.
The population dropped to 100 individuals in the 1990s, but has since rebounded, and hit 500 individuals in 2012, spurring optimism for the continued growth and recovery of this rare and unique megafauna.
His pseudonym is Late Night Billy, he works late at night and the beneficiaries of his labor are late-night music aficionados in Mammoth.
A promoter out of South Lake Tahoe, Billy brought Mickey Avalon to town in December, and “Late Night Productions” was in town again last weekend with “The Long Beach Invasion Tour.”
The headliner for the event was Sublime LBC, a cover band that included former bassist, Q-ball, of the original group.
“King me!” Fido yowled.
“Go ahead and King me!”
“Fido, what in the world…?”
“OK, then let’s give the cat a ride around the house. He can just climb right up on my back if he wants to, and I’ll take him anywhere he wants to go. The sky’s the limit.”
“Fido, what’s going on?”
“It’s King Weekend, in case you forgot, and I’m all fired up and ready to go!”