Comments on: Agencies respond quickly to illegal work along Mono Lake’s shore
A refreshing collection of all things Mono Lake brought to you by the Mono Lake Committee staffSun, 20 May 2018 21:12:37 +0000hourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6By: Richard Beebe
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:39:32 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4387Knowing where the “line in the sand” is and choosing to willingly cross it with bulldozers and back hoes, even after being well-notified of the presence of that line, and what consequences might become them, is the action they chose for themselves. Hanging on by a financial thread is no excuse. Perched there, with a wonderful overlook of the lake and the basin, they KNEW what this place means and represents to the area. Both “big picture” and smaller-scale intimate views of the lake’s meaning, would have been in their minds. Had they wanted to be “good neighbor” they would have know the appropriate steps to take.
If they carry so little a concern for the landscape they overlook, maybe dealing with the financial and criminal consequences should be dealt with, and the Tioga Lodge sold to a party that actually does appreciate the nature of the place.
Had the current owners ever possessed an appreciation, they have obviously lost it.
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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:46:28 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4366I, like most rational people, don’t want to see any local business go under. However the facts appear clear. The work was done without any permits and the work was continued after the workmen were advised they were on State land. Having visited Mono Lake often since 1985, I know that everyone is well aware of the precarious situation that exists with the Lake and the entire surrounding area. Why have laws in place if they are not going to be followed? If we just respond to every infraction with what is offered above what do we do when something major happens? Little things add up.
Is there another group on the member sheet I have missed? Does it cost extra to become a committee “minion”? I must not be donating enough…I was never offered that option.
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Sat, 05 Nov 2016 17:04:22 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4363Looking at the photos and having seen the burned area in August, this strikes me as a very trivial matter whose real importance seems to be the symbolism involved. This diversion from the real to the abstract is extremism of the sort often seen in history.
Seems the Tioga Lodge folks were just trying to clean up the mess left by the fire and stabilize their little fiefdom.
So, the question this leads to is this:
Given that an establishment like Tioga Lodge whose economic viability as a seasonal resort hangs by a thread, is the pursuit of “justice” really worth putting Tioga Lodge out of business? Because, if “penalties” deemed appropriate are actually applied, Tioga Lodge will be no more. Is that what the committee and its minions really want to do? Or is it better to be happy with a stop work order,restore the creek flow with a few passes of a loader, issue a rebuke to the owners and move on?
The “damage” in the greater scheme of things is minuscule and pales by comparison with that done by the antecedent fire.
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Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:26:27 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4362It now appears that this was not an innocent mistake. Once again…a BIG thank you to the Committee for jumping on this quickly. If the facts, as presented above, continue to pan out as true, the solution is clear. Civil and criminal actions should be pursued against everyone involved in this selfish, blatant act. Also, since the Wheels of Justice move slowly, anyone who took part in this illegal operation should suffer the economic consequences. In other words…don’t patronize any entity involved…and spread the word. The ONLY way these people understand is when it hits them in the wallet. Long live the committee and LONG LIVE MONO LAKE!!!!!!!
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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:27:41 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4361Thank you for keeping us updated.
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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:25:30 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4360I’m just curious as to why? What was the intent here? I’m imagining that someone must know the owner and what is his/her disposition is for such a blatant act and knowing that there are people out there that will protect the sanctuaries of nature? I’m at odds of these actions! Ive been coming up to the area camping for over 50 years now. One of the most beautiful highways I’ve ever been on
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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 22:18:55 +0000http://www.monolake.org/today/?p=22219#comment-4359Awful to hear that this damage was done, but encouraging to know that MLC and other Mono fans are keeping a close eye it and making sure that all necessary agencies are involved. Long live Mono Lake! Thank you Mono Lake Committee!