Tim Alpers will run for Mono County supervisor

TIM ALPERS

Tim Alpers, retired from trout, says he wants to serve the public.

Long famous for his unique brand of trout, Tim Alpers has now turned back to an earlier pursuit – public service. Alpers has announced that he will run for Mono County Supervisor in District 3 in the June election. Here is his statement released Thursday:

“I am announcing my candidacy for the Mono County District Three Supervisorial seat in the upcoming June election. I retired from my 42 year career in Aquaculture to pursue my passion for public service. Alpers Trout will continue to be stocked in the waters of Inyo and Mono Counties as I have transferred my ownership interest to my former partners, John Frederickson and Steve Brown. I spent years training our hatchery team best management practices and husbandry techniques that helped draw anglers of all ages from all over the country to fish the pristine waters of our area. As a former Mono County District Three Supervisor, I decided to return to public life because I am once again concerned about the future of our country as well as Mono County. Federal and State government is experiencing alarming governance problems. Our best hope for a return to the honest representation of the people which built this great nation rests in local jurisdictions. Those of us who believe in the basic tenets of American civilization cannot afford to sit on the sidelines any longer. I have always believed that county government is best suited to conscientiously deliver basic services to our citizenry. My vision for Mono County is that it can become a sparkling, positive example for the nation of how our government can partner with its constituencies to dispense realistic, efficient, and cost effective services. This can only be accomplished through transparent leadership from the top down through all County employees. To maintain our eastern Sierra quality of life, it is essential that we have a thriving tourism and recreation based economy. If elected, I intend to leverage all of my experience and influence to stimulate economic recovery and responsible development. The keys to economic health are small business success and a competent, motivated workforce in both the public and private sectors. I have demonstrated my commitment to act as a steward of our exceptional landscape, which serves as the County’s primary economic calling card. Such stewardship by the Mono County Board of Supervisors will assure our financial health. I look forward to meeting and discussing issues of common concern with the people of District Three regarding the future of our beautiful County.”

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19 Responses to Tim Alpers will run for Mono County supervisor

  1. Ken Warner January 19, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Note to Tim Alpers — the worst paying jobs in America are all in the tourism and recreation industry. The best paying jobs are in health care.

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/04/america-best-paying-leadership-careers-jobs.html

    And many of the best jobs are in the information technology industry. Now why would that be important to Mono County? Here’s why and it’s a little obtuse.

    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-jobs/

    Information technology uses a lot of electricity to power it’s computers and computers generate a lot of heat. A cool dry climate like we have here in Mono County means less cost for cooling large server farms. Big infotech companies like Google and Facebook are moving to cooler climates.

    Now one thing that Mono County also has is geothermal energy. Basically free energy after an initial investment. Can you do the math so to speak? Tap geothermal energy along with solar and wind energy for cheap, sustainable power and use that to attract infotech companies which also want to take advantage of the cooler climate.

    What I’ve just said is only the briefest hint of the kind of industries that can make Mono County a place where people move to not only for it’s recreation but for good jobs that pay well.

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    • Big Rick O'Brien January 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

      Where in Mono County could you build a facility that could sustain Google/ Facebook, or ANY other large conglomerate? Mono County is for streams, lakes, trees and mountain scenery…NOT factories.

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      • Ken Warner January 20, 2012 at 11:19 am #

        Well, just off the top of my head — the airport — the borrow pit — Casa Diablo — the moto cross park area — the mud flats — Whitmore area — that’s 20 seconds of thinking. Maybe a couple minutes more could produce more reasonable locations.

        If all you can say is no — then nothing happens….

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        • Rob January 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

          I’d be careful what you wish for. I see no good coming out of an increased population in the area. I am sure it would be detrimental to the wildlife and scenic beauty of the area.

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          • Ken Warner January 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

            What do you think all the condos are for in Mammoth? They want to build for 50,000 people. And we get millions of tourists coming to Inyo and Mono Counties already.

            It’s a little late to worry about too many people…..

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      • Ken Warner January 20, 2012 at 11:39 am #

        Ok, I’ve had a couple of minutes more to think.

        But let me clarify — I’m not suggesting that Google move it’s whole campus up here — just some portion of their server farms — for a specific purpose perhaps. The side benefit would be a fat pipe for all the residents around here.

        Ok here’s some more locations: the tank farm, by MCWD, our industrial park, next to the court house, on the forest service land at Main St. and Old Mammoth road that the big developers want to turn into more condominium hotels, the big, pink, open wound that was La Sierra, on Demetriadies property that he wants to turn into “The Village II”, the parking lot and industrial park next to the Village.

        Just suggestions — you can probably figure out more…

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  2. Nancy Tucker Baker January 19, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Excellent news! I heartily endorse Tim Alpers for Mono County Supervisor. He has the experience and vision to make a difference.

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  3. Home girl January 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    HOORAY, maybe the reign of Kings/Queen (BOS) will finally be disbanded. WONDERFUL NEWS

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  4. johndoeml January 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    You have my support!

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  5. P&B January 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Anyone but Vicki Baurer would be an improvement for everyone in this district – Vicki only pursues the interests specific to keeping her position and is no-one to be trusted.

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    • Roy January 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Agreed! Bauer stated (in the Sheet) “It seems like I’ve finally found my way around in the thing called government, It would be a shame to waste all that I have learned.” If I took that long to learn a job, I would have been fired and rightly so. Look at her track record, she has not completed one project for the district however, she does excel at taking vacations!

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  6. Big Rick O'Brien January 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Tim would have been a great Director of the DFG and he’ll make a great County Supervisor with only the best interests for the people of Mono County. Best of luck,Mr. Alpers

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  7. Eamon January 20, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I wonder if his use of State funds for his Trout farm at Conway Ranch and his destruction of the prime wetlands in Mono Basin will be brought to light?

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  8. Roy January 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Hey Eamon: Get your facts straight. Inland Aquaculture Group, Alpers Trout or Alpers himself did not use State Funds for the hatchery or anything else! “Destruction of wetlands” really? Where are you getting your facts, from the less than ethical Mono Lake Committee?

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    • Eamon January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Actually he did, if you read the “poor me” article in the San Diego and LA Times from a few months back about how Caltrans and Fish and Game are hurting the poor local kids because of the numerous grants that the Conway Ranch received from the State for a fish rearing operation and how the wetlands are being impacted….

      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/may/06/caltrans-claims-alpers-trout-hatchery-ruining-view/

      http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/16/sports/sp-outdoors16

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      • Roy January 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

        Eamon, you are a nucklehead! Mono County received State funds to purchase the property. . . NOT Alpers. Get your facts straight befor you shoot your mouth.

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        • Eamon January 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

          …..and those funds were specific for “wetland enhancement,” read the Mono County resolution regarding it- not wetland destruction.

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        • Eamon January 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

          Maybe you should re-read the article, it’s very clear Mono County and IAG (owned by Alpers and two SoCal boys) received the funds NOT for an fish rearing operation but for “Conway Ranch’s” preservation of a historic Eastern Sierra feature and viewshed protection. I think you’re the un-read KNUCKLEhead here.

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          • Roy January 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

            Again, Alpers and/or IAG did not receive any funds! Mono County did receive funds. If you want to talk about range destruction look at the Mono Lake Committee who is responsible for dewatering every ranch from Conway Summit to Rush Creek. This area was lush and green, now it’s dry and full of sage brush. What IAG is doing is preserving what’s left of a neglected property at the request and direction of the County and making every effort to enhance the economy of Mono and Inyo Counties. What have you done?

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