Important meetings in Antelope Valley

The Regional Planning Advisory Committee's meeting was Thursday, Sept. 6, featuring presentations by the U.S. Forest Service and Caltrans, in addition to the regular agenda items.

The forest service gave information about their plans for fuels reductions in Mill Canyon and the Mountain Warfare Training Center area. Because of our area's previous experiences with disastrous fires caused by various sources, there were many residents present to hear the plans being formulated.

The methods of fuels clearing were discussed and our local fears and concerns given to Cheryl Probert, Bridgeport ranger. I spoke with Cheryl on Friday, and she is planning a field trip for residents to attend in the subject areas, so they can see and hear first-hand what is planned. When she has a date for this tour, I will be sure to let anyone interested know of it.

If you want to be notified, please contact me at or (530) 495-2552.

Caltrans gave another presentation regarding the proposed changes to Highway 395 at High Point. Again, there were several questions from the audience and their input given regarding the two construction alternatives being considered.

Fire commission

The Antelope Valley Fire District commissioners have their monthly meeting tonight, 6 p.m. at the Walker Fire Station. As always, it is open to the public. One item to be discussed will be a contract with Lincoln Property Management for fire service to the base housing complex.

Friends of the library

The Antelope Valley Friends of the Library are currently having a membership drive to enlist new people to benefit our local library. If you are interested, you can sign up at the Coleville Library. The group will also be having a booth at the Fall Festival, Oct. 13-14, selling great books at ridiculously low prices, with all proceeds to help with library needs.

Fall festival

As mentioned above, the annual fall festival will take place Oct. 13-14 along the highway in Walker. If you are an artisan/craftsperson or a vendor, you can get a booth through the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce at (888) 486-8170. The cost is only $20 for a 10 foot by 10 foot booth for the whole weekend. A good deal! There will also be a barbecue, raffles, a bounce house and face painting. If you haven't already, you will be able to purchase your ducks for the annual duck race, which takes place at noon on Sunday.

This and that

-- Coleville High School football and volleyball keep being the hottest games around. Their next home games are football 1 p.m. Sept. 15, volleyball 4 and 5 p.m. Sept. 14, with another match the following day at 11 a.m.

-- Good news for baseball players and fans in the Valley. The county has approved $140,000 for repair and improvement to the baseball field in the community park area. This will now make the field truly proper for baseball and allow tournaments to take place, as well as regular high school games.

-- I've been told that Mono County Public Health Nurse Carolyn will probably be able to do shingles vaccines on Sept. 27, when she makes her regular visit to the Walker Senior Center. I'll let you know anything I hear about the visit time. You will need to make a request for the vaccination at (760) 924-1830, so that they can have it on hand for you.

-- Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.


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