As the days move close to winter, the community of June Lake faces the fearful fate of no ski area. Citizens continue to work on plans to make their town attractive to tourists, and the issues were scheduled to come up at the Mono Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday.
The Board has proposed to send a letter to Inyo Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta regarding Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Special Use Permit for June Mountain. The letter that the Mono Board has proposed to approve and send to Armenta thanks him for showing interest in the June Mountain issue and asks for an update on the Mountain’s use permit.
The proposed letter says that Forest Service personnel had “indicated that they viewed the closure (of June Mountain) as a form of noncompliance with the special use permit.” The letter says that the Supervisors “understood that the Forest Service was consulting with its legal counsel but that its intention was to eventually send the permit holder, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, a formal notice of noncompliance.”
The Board’s letter said the sending of the notice would set in motion the process to either “cure the noncompliance or revoke the permit.” The Board says they are unaware of whether such a notice was ever sent. They’re asking for a copy of it if it were sent and a written update regarding the status of the June Mountain use permit.
Community members and county officials have expressed interest in finding a buyer for June Mountain if Mammoth will not re-open it. Meanwhile, a group called the June Lake Revitalization Committee and the Mono County Tourism Commission were scheduled to talk to the Supervisors about their proposed plans and budget for winter marketing and product development initiatives in June Lake.
The Mono Board had already approved $100,000 of county funds for marketing June Lake. The Revitalization Committee has talked about plans for special events, new recreation opportunities and a shuttle service between June Lake and Mammoth Lakes.