June 2014 - Sierra Scoop Column

Wow can you believe that June has already arrived? It just seemed like 2014 had started and here we are almost half way through the year.

A special thanks to the road crew from the Yosemite Park for their efforts to get Tioga Pass opened by opening fishing day. While it did not open as expected due to a snow storm, the pass did open a few days later. Our three passes, Tioga, Sonora and Monitor, are key roadways that when open, help infuse our local tourist economy with the needed boost we all look forward to after a long winter. A special thanks also to CalTrans for their efforts on Sonora and Monitor passes.

Tourist season is under way and looks to be a good one this summer. Please take a moment when out and about to just say “Hello” to an unfamiliar face along your day to day journeys. Making our tourist guest feel that something special that Mono County has to offer, can make a huge difference in their stay with us.

The Board of Supervisors along with key management staff, held Town Hall style Budget Workshops In many of the communities. This was the second year these meetings were held to strengthen the public participation in the Mono County budget development process. These meetings are in addition to the required Public Hearings. These were for the public to learn about the budget issues and constraints and to provide input in shaping Mono County’s priorities. A big THANK YOU to all of you that took the time to come listen and more importantly to participate in YOUR county government.

As you read this column, the Antelope Valley Community Center expansion in Walker should be getting closer to completion. The amount of volunteers to come out and dedicate their time to this worthy cause is quite impressive. Thanks again to Mono County and the Antelope Valley Lions Club and community members for working so well together!

As reported last month, the Bridgeport Memorial Hall has several improvements planned for this year. Construction should start soon on the downstairs bathrooms. Please pardon our dust during construction and while there may be some interruptions along the way, they are only temporary and the end results should serve the Bridgeport Valley for many years to come.

The Eastern Sierra ATV & UTV Jamboree will be held on June 10-14. This great event is still looking for daily volunteers so if you would like to help out (help is needed in many different areas such as registration, food prep, information, etc.) then please call Pam at 530-208-6078. Please be aware of additional traffic on the County Roads during this time. Thank you for your cooperation in advance.