Citizens and officials of June Lake continue to work on ideas to keep the economy afloat in the face of June Mountain Ski Area’s closure.
A new group called June Lake Revitalization Committee has expanded the effort from a way to keep the Mountain open to many ways to expand recreation and the economy in June Lake without the Mountain.
Supervisor-Elect for the June Lake area, Tim Alpers, said a $100,000 grant from Mono County will go to the Mono Tourism Commission and on to the community of June Lake to help with a number of economic development efforts.
Alpers said that the Revitalization Committee met Sunday and broke into four sub-committees. One, he said, will deal with research into a new operator or buyer for June Mountain. Another committee will look into development of new activities in June Lake. A third committee will focus on work to make the new recreation opportunities function. The fourth committee will concentrate on improving the appearance of the town. All of the sub-committees will report to Patty Heinrich, the main committee co-chair.
Alpers said some of the new recreation possibilities are a groomed cross-country ski trail connecting to Forest Service trails, new snow play areas and a snowmobile concession.
Meanwhile, the Mono Supervisors were expected to consider a letter to Rusty Gregory confirming his willingness to help June Lake by possibly providing a number of things including shuttle bus service from June to Mammoth Lakes, lift ticket packages for June Lake lodging, use of the Chair 5 area for snow play and sledding, a snow cat to groom cross-country ski trails, and use of the June Mountain parking lot for events.
The Mono Supervisors will ask Gregory to meet with them for a more detailed discussion.