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The fate of Dog Sled Adventures is still in limbo after an emotional exchange between the county supervisors Tuesday that ended—once again and after years of waffling—in no action.
At issue was whether or not the old cinderblock Mono County Sheriff’s substation building off of Casa Diablo Road should—or could—be rehabilitated to allow Dog Sled Adventures owner Jim Ouimet access to the building for his business. Ouimet and his dogs have been on a temporary lease for years, waiting for some kind of resolution that would allow Ouimet to continue operating his business on the site.
On Tuesday, faced with an agenda item lacking specifics about the cost of rehabilitation, Supervisor Larry Johnston, who has been an advocate for Ouimet in previous meetings, took aim at a few of his fellow supervisors.
“Mr. Ouimet is a Marine vet,” he said. “We have a sign at the entrance to the county saying ‘We honor Veterans.’ Here’s a way we can help one.”
Supervisor Duane “Hap” Hazard, who was instrumental in getting the sign up but who has opposed rehabilitating the old building due to cost issues and other issues, took offense and sharp words ensued.
In the end, Ouimet will have to wait again—the issue was punted to the new board of supervisors, who take their seats in early January.