April 2014 - Sierra Scoop Column

I would like to start out this month's column with a special thanks to Dan Anthony, Bob Dunn and the rest of the Mono County Fisheries Commission for their persistence and hard work in getting the West Walker River opened for year round fishing. Between the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce, Mono County and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, the West Walker was stock with many very large sized Rainbows and German Browns. The word during the last month is that fly fishing (catch and release only during the winter season) has produced some healthy catches. For more information on year-round fishing, please visit www.northernmonochamber.com.

The Board of Supervisors recently held mid-year budget discussions. At my request, this discussion was attended by many of our Mono County employees from both north and south. The discussions revolved around a $4+ million dollar structural deficit that has been brewing for some time and now must be dealt with. This Board is working hard to balance the budget looking at all areas of the county. At mid-year, we were able to cut this year’s budget overall ~2.6% for a savings of over $700,000. This savings was rolled over into our reserves which not long ago was over $6 million. After having less than $1 million and by making some tough choices by everyone, we now have ~$2.4 million in reserves. While we still have a ways to go in making our finances secure, I am optimistic that when we all pull together, we will solve this problem in the best way possible.

As a resident of Mono County, are you aware of a great thrift store that is available to both residents and non-residents? Yes northern Mono County has a great thrift store located in Walker adjacent to the Antelope Valley Senior Center. While the Senior Center and the Thrift Store are adjacent, they are two distinct entities. The Thrift Store is a non-profit and relies on donations and sales in order to operate. Next time you are in need for some clothes, dishes, books, or a number of other items, please stop by and take a look. Rest assured that they are less expensive than even WalMart and much closer! Here's a bit more info on the Thrift Store and Recycling...

“DID YOU KNOW” the Antelope Valley Senior Citizen Workshop (Thrift Store and Recycling Center) (a non-profit business) in Walker is open Tuesday through Saturday to serve our community and support our seniors.  Our hours are 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and the Thrift Store will begin Spring hours opening Mondays starting April 1st. Come visit us and take advantage of our discount days. The first Saturday of the month all active Military and spouses receive 50% off an entire purchase. The last Tuesday of the month Mono County seniors will receive a 50% discount as well. Stop by and see our great center. Your donations are also needed and welcome! Hope to see you soon!