Defensible space is the law

On Aug. 5, the Mono County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that keeps us in line with the California law about having defensible space on your property. This space was designed to prevent the spreading of wildfires, especially to nearby homes. It also will apply to owners of vacant properties, so that their neighbors' properties are protected.

Please don't take this lightly, as it can and will be enforced by our county. Some of the forbidden items are dead or dying trees hanging over a roof, dead tree branches to the ground or over flammable items (such as wood piles), burnable growth on your property, etc. Please make it your business to learn all the ramifications of this law and comply with them immediately. It could be costly to you if you don't comply. After the high winds we have had lately, it is even more important to eliminate things that could cause another big fire in our area.

Wine and art evening

Walker River Real Estate and the Walker Country Store held a great evening of wine tasting, beautiful art by local artists, and good company, through the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce. The list of people to be thanked for the delicious appetizers, donation of raffle items and their help serving the guests is too long to list, but rest assured, they were appreciated. Due to the success of that evening, an arts scholarship has been provided for a graduate of our school next June. If you missed the first of these evenings, don't miss it next year.

Friends of the library

The Antelope Valley Friends of the Library will have their meeting Sept. 10, 4 p.m., at the Coleville library. The next day, they will hold their book club meeting at 2 p.m. The book for next month is "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver and the Coleville library has copies of the book available for anyone who would like to join this group. For more information, call Margo at (530) 495-2904

Health clinic Tuesday

The Mono County health nurse will be at the Walker Senior Center Tuesday, Sept. 9 from noon to 1 p.m., for any immunizations needed, blood pressure checks and other possible needs. She will also be there on Tuesday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m., so plan for her visits and your needs.

Women's club first meeting Sept. 18

The Antelope Valley Women's Club held a potluck picnic Aug. 27 to end their summer break and now are starting their new year of meetings and activities to support their scholarship efforts. Their first meeting of the fall will be Sept. 18, 1 p.m. at the Walker Community Center. If you are interested in joining their club, call Diane at (530) 495-0069.

This and that

Coleville Middle School's flag football team is raring to get on with their season. There will be four games at Coleville on Sept. 13, starting at 8 a.m. The Coleville team will play Bridgeport at 8 a.m. and Benton at 11 a.m. It sounds like a lot of fun, so get out and support these kids.

Friday, Aug. 29, I got to watch the planting of Alpers trout on the West Walker River. It was really interesting to see it done, and also great timing before the long weekend. I hope all the fisherman out there did well and had fun.

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


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