Letter to the editor: Corless announcement

Stacy Corless

Stacy Corless

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I am happy to announce my bid for the Mono County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat, representing the Old Mammoth area of Mono County. I hope to continue the strong community and environmental focus exhibited by our current Supervisor, Byng Hunt, and past District 5 Supervisors, most notably Andrea Lawrence. My nonprofit leadership experience and background in communications, earned during 15 years in the Eastern Sierra as a teacher, entrepreneur, writer, publisher, and nonprofit executive combine to give me a unique perspective and qualification for this position.

Working together across agency lines and municipal boundaries, we can realize a vision of Mono County as a wonderful, wild, business friendly, and economically sustainable place to live and visit.

I invite you to join me at a reception on Tuesday, March 25, 5-6:30 PM at Roberto’s Café in Mammoth; the reception is an opportunity to learn more about my campaign, to offer your support, to register to vote, and to get involved in local government.
Stacy Corless




30 Responses to Letter to the editor: Corless announcement

  1. Charles James March 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Well good!

    A woman running for a local legislative office is great considering that almost half of Mono County are women and it would be nice if their concerns which often encompass what is best for children, the elderly, and families are represented. It might also have a calming effect on the male board members should she be elected, curbing some of the excess testosterone-fueled ‘debates’ (?-if that’s what you call them) in the room and allow for some thoughtful decision-making. If nothing else, it should make the campaign more interesting.

    Based on her resume, she sounds like a well-educated and articulate choice.

    • Time for change. March 21, 2014 at 5:21 am #

      Charles James –
      Agreed. For some reason or another, today’s men who are leading the way have egos that are clearly out of control. And this amounts to little boys quarrelling over their toys.
      Time for our women to get more assertive and pull society out of the quagmire.

      • Tinner March 21, 2014 at 9:53 am #

        Here’s an assertive woman for you. Pay special attention to her sport, her competition and her accomplishments.


      • Tom O March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am #

        We had a 2 term super that was a woman…. Vikki Bauer. She got out and Tim Alpers. was elected to the position.

  2. posthumus March 21, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    it’ll be interesting to see how she reconciles her environmental views, was director of friends of the inyo, with her husband’s (mmsa’s ron cohen) agenda.

    • Reality Check March 21, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      No Way! Friends Of the Inyo uses Green Sticker fees meant to enhance OHV use, to close roads that have been around for decades. This is a totally dishonest use of Green Sticker fees and we need honest people on the Board of Supervisors.

  3. Casper March 21, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    No thanks!
    Sorry but we just cant afford Stacy’s well known “hardline enviro” stance. What we really need is less closed roads and more access for all (not just the select few).

    • Desert Tortoise March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      You won’t be happy until you have torn up every wilderness region in the state, all in the name of “more access”. Sorry, but some places should only be hiked. I am an off road rider btw, and due to age and physical disabilities not able to do much in the way of hiking any more, but that does not alter my view. I don’t think my disabilities and/or the possession of an off road motorcycle give me the right to tear up a wilderness on my dual sport bike or ruin the experience for hikers with my bike on the same trail.

      • Reality Check March 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

        DT, sorry to confuse you with the actual facts.

        OHV people are not asking to open the wilderness to them, just not close the roads and trails that they have been using for over 50 years. Also, Green Sticker fees were sold to OHV people as a fee that would enhance and maintain these existing roads and trails. The US Forest Service and Friends Of the Inyo use these fees to close existing roads and trails, not maintan them as was promised. They are all part of the big lie and Stacy was at the top of that organization. No one needs a supervisor with that lack of honesty.

        • Desert Tortoise March 24, 2014 at 8:36 am #

          So keep all existing trails open regardless of the damage done to the wild lands by erosion from dirt trails, sediment in streams and lakes, effects on wild life and fish, etc? Is that it? Where is the balance? Is riding off road more important than other considerations? Those lands belong to all Americans and many see more value in keeping them wild and keeping motorized vehicles out of them.

          There ought to be a well regulated and well patrolled system of off road ridable trails, but not every existing trail or road should qualify. If keeping a road in service does damage to nature, it should be considered for closing. We emphatically do not have to ride our bikes everywhere. When is enough enough? And what is your consideration for other wild land users?

          • Reality Check March 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

            DT, you need to get outdoors more often. Again, I am sorry to confuse you with the actual facts that you chose to ignore.

            I have seen the roads they closed. Most are old mining roads that have been there since the first part of the last century. A perfect example of one road they closed is an old mining loop road carved out of mostly solid rock with blasting and a bulldozer. You can drive to the road closure from either start place of the loop! So they “protected” 3 feet of road on either side of the road closure? They closed it because they want to show who is in charge and they have a radical green agenda. Friends Of the Inyo do this to deny access to anyone but “their kind”. They have the might of Fedreal law endorcement to back them up.

            FOI, BLM, and the USFS use green sticker fees that OHV people gladly pay to maintain these roads. What FOI, the USFS and Stacy have done is simply wrong. A county supervisor needs to represent all the people in their district, not just the few they chose.

            No one has any problem with them closing an old road across a meadow or other sensitive area. These types of of damaging roads have been closed for decades and everyone abides by closures. It is plain to see why they are closed.

        • Wayne Deja March 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

          Reality Check….Think again…..You,and others that think the ORV people don’t want just about everything open to their “hobby” should check out the Panamint Valley.com website,and see some of the rants some of them go on about how not only all wilderness areas should be opened to off-road travel,but how “unfair” it is by closing the National Parks to their “travels and enjoyment”…I can remember one in particular,when the missing German family’s remains was found a few years back in between Sugarloaf Peak and Needle Peak in Death Valley National Park…literally in the middle of nowhere….and one poster wanting to check out the area and findings, saying even though it’s closed to motorized traffic, trying to arrange for a group of “guys” to go there anyway….on dirtbikes….taking the “catch me if you can” stance if they were spotted and pursued….they had to be reminded,and I think by the searcher that found the remains, that this is closed Federal land,and something the Feds would play hardball with if they were to go out there trying to turn a National Park area into a MX track.

          • Reality Check March 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

            Wayne, you are totally missing the point. The point is dishonesty. I hike and some time ride my horse. I don’t own a dirt bike.

          • Reality Check March 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

            Wayne, I was in Panamit Valley over the Thanksgiving holiday. What the OHV people are complaining about is the fact that the the BLM has imposed a “Wilderness Area” designation for much of the Argus Range (west side of Panamit Valley) Many dirt roads that people have driven on for well over 50 years and camping areas are now closed off to them. The roads are still there in such good shape, that for much of the way you don’t even need 4 wheel drive.

            That is the core issue. Roads closed to the public that they have enjoyed for with their families decades.

            It is also the “Coreless Issue”. Get it now?

      • Casper March 26, 2014 at 9:38 am #

        See? This is exactly the type of attitude that I’m referring too. Thinking that every motorized user is out to ruin the world. Calm down chicken little. HAHA!

        Desert Tortoise = Stacy Corless? I wouldn’t be surprised.

        • Wayne Deja March 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

          Casper….not saying EVERY one of them is a filthy litterbug with very little concern for the land that they tear up and abuse….I’d guess it’s closer to about 65 % of them….maybe a little bit more than that,depending how many of the “guys” are together at the time,trying to impress the other “guys”…and if they have a video camera with them or not.

  4. Wayne Deja March 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Desert Tortoise….That is a GREAT post and story…Same thing here with the age thing and some restrictions about taking those long uphill hikes nowdays….sad thing about it is,like you say,is some won’t be happy untill every inch of wilderness area here in Inyo and Mono County is open to all ORV riders….which ain’t NEVER going to happen…and then try to spin it and saying how it will bring in tourist revenue…millions of dollars of it…..every weekend of every month of every year….which it wouldn’t..and then,when they don’t get what they want,they usually start with the “It’s my rights,my land,and should be able to do what I want,where I go and how I get there” thing……and now,with this planned “trail system ” thing,not only do they want every inch of land opened up to ORV’s,they want the city streets and the quiet neighborhood roads included in it too….like I’ve said MANY times before…..give em’ 5 miles….they want, AND TAKE 50…

    • Ken Warner March 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      It’s so rare to see reason and thoughtfulness here on this blog. Your post is quite refreshing.

      Good job!

  5. A big chunk of Revenue March 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    Hey Wayne,I see your on another rant regarding who can use the area and who can’t.Let me remind you a plated dual sport bike can use any road they want even on 395 at any time of the day or night. Nothing you can do to stop us.We pay registeration fees like you do for your horse and buggy or old V8. Most of the Rhinos,RZR and quads are built with muffled exhaust systems and balloon tires to keep the impact down on the dirt.This is year 2000 not 60/70’s when Off roader’s were marked as radicals and environment destroyers. You should step back from your computer sometime and get outside in your horse and buggy or old V8 and travel to the Millpond area and watch the families with children having fun on there off road toys.Go rant to Dave McCoy how much he is destroying the existing dirt roads that every kind of vehicle travels on to get to the Tunstin mines. I’d much rather travel with a 2 wheel vehicle that ways 300 lbs than 4 that weighs over 1500 lbs. Less impact and less dust compared to a 4 wheel horse and Buggy or old V8 with tires at a min. 60 to 70 wide.Stop and watch the families & kids recreating being athletes not motorcycle gangsters like in the past. Look at there protective riding gear It’s not cut off leather vest with a devil face on the back and bandana’s around there heads. Stay a while and look at the happy smiling faces the kids have when they get done riding laps on a built MX track. Families with motorized toys love to spend money and support small towns economy.This is why the next time they visit our area in the Eastern Sierras A riding area is there for them to enjoy again and again.FYI a family of 5 with motorized toys spends average $300-$500 a day in small towns.Around the same amount a family spends during the winter season ski/boarding Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Our Winter snow seasons are getting shorter.
    Motorized also help with the gas tax refunds from our state.All small towns benefit $$$. You act like the residential streets are going to be a crowded freeway full of off roaders. Only a few will be using this system as it is set up to be controlled with marked vehicles and mature licensed/insured motorist who are responseable citizens who can afford there entire family to have expensive toys. Remeber All of our small towns in California need $$$$$ to survive!!

    • Wayne Deja March 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      Chunk of Revenue…..Your post,mentioning the $$$ these ORV riders and their families spend kind of reminds me of that post a few months back that I found kind of creepy and hilarious at the same time….I think it was some guy up in Mammoth selling something pertaining to motorcycles in the Von’s parking lot…stated he saw a family of 4 or 5 going shopping and somehow finding out how much they spent at the grocery store….then said they bought 2 or 3 motorcycles a guy was selling in the parking lot. ….and found out how much he paid for them….then he stated he somehow found out where they were staying,and how much they spent on a week-end condo…then found out where they all went out to eat that night,found out how much they spent on their meal,where they went for breakfast the next morning and how much that costed..I think then saying their lunch later that day came to $88.98..and coming to the final money spent and brought into Mammoth Lakes for those two days.. by that one family… to be something like $19,576.79……..

    • Wayne Deja March 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Big Chunk…..Just out of curiosity,when these mature licensed/insured adults who are responsible citizens who can afford their entire families to have expensive toys are riding through the residential streets,where are their 8-13 years olds going to be with their expensive toys ?….back at the expensive brand new 50 foot motorhome sleeping….or right along side them riding their 70’s and 90’s….on the residential streets ?…..just wondering….

  6. able body March 25, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    I was raised in the eastern sierra and have lived here for over 35 years. I love the environment but things have changed here. The hard line environmentalist are taking over and Stacy’s association with “Friends of the Inyo” is a major concern for me. They have a separatist attitude and it their way or the highway. They only subscribe to their logic and do not listen to opposition. Mono county residents beware, “Friends of the Inyos” is a hard line environmentalist group that do not support OHV usage, snowmobiles, etc.

    • SB March 25, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Corless is an extremist and extremist of any type shouldn’t be on the council.

      • Benett Kessler March 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

        She is running for the Board of Supervisors.

        • SB March 27, 2014 at 8:53 am #

          What a joke that will be

  7. Mammoth Motorcycle Club March 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    I love all the comments here…

    Not sure what’s worse though… the anti-Stacy rants, or the anti-OHV rants. LOL!

    I’ts too bad she’s forever connected to both of these crowds, It’s actually a nice letter that she wrote.

    • Reality Check March 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Soooo,MMC, what’s your point?

      • Mammoth Motorcycle Club March 28, 2014 at 10:18 am #

        So Sorry if my post was over your head, let me try to dumb it down a little for ya!

        When you insert your will into the affairs of others, you are forever connected to these affairs (good or bad).
        In this case, Stacy will always have a slighted reputation. As you know, FOI used tax payer monies to build/erect barricades to impose their “anti-access” views upon another user group (motorized) – some consider these actions to be “controversial,” especially since they created a quasi-business to do so (I can define any of these word for you if that would help explain further).

        Notice the comments here? Lots of finger pointing from both sides, etc.

        But, as the old saying goes, “you’ve made your bed….”

        Hope this helps!

  8. LivefromDistrict5 March 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I live in District 5 and she will be receiving my vote! I hope her first hidden agenda has to do with closing old mammoth road, so people can hike across the street to Roberto’s. Than maybe we can add some signs all over and possibly get the cross walk fixed. I can’t ever remember the crosswalk working. Looks like it has a button to push but there is some kind of trash covering it so I can’t tell what its for.

    • Reality Check March 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

      We live in District 5 as well. The folks on the east side of District 5 are very aware of what Stacy and FOI has done. I think that their votes will more than cancel out yours!


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