Welcome to Mono County, California. District 4 of Mono County is the counties’ longest district at over 100 miles in length. It stretches from the Nevada State Line in the north, to the northeast section of Mammoth to the south. It includes the communities of Topaz, Coleville, Walker, Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes and a portion of the Town of Mammoth Lakes. District 4 also includes places like Topaz Lake, Monitor Pass, the East and West Walker Rivers, Sonora Pass, Bodie Ghost Town State Park, and Virginia Lakes.
The rural portion of District 4 is a blend of recreational tourism and agriculture. Some popular activities include: Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, off-road trails, skiing, wildlife viewing, bicycling, horseback riding, snow shoeing and skiing. On our farms and ranches one will find cattle and sheep, hay, alfalfa and other crops and of course trout rearing.
District 4 has a rich history dating back hundreds of years, the earliest being the Piute Tribe. Captain John C Fremont mapped the area in the 1840’s including the famous Sierra crossing where he left cannon in the area south of the Antelope Valley during a snow storm. In 1857 at Dogtown (south of Bridgeport), gold was discovered and “Gold Rush Fever” arrived in the Eastern Sierra. Our beloved Bodie grew exponentially when gold was discovered in “them there hills” in 1859.
Bridgeport, Mono County’s current seat, was the second county seat after it was discovered that Aurora (to the east of Bridgeport) was actually in Nevada. Bridgeport’s Courthouse, the second oldest courthouse in California, was built in 1880. In fact, the Courthouse is still used as a courthouse even today.
My wife, Mary, and I have had the honor to live in Mono County since 1997 when we purchased the Meadowcliff Lodge and Restaurant in Coleville. In fact, we moved in on June 27, one day before Highway 395 reopened after having been severely damaged in the flood that previous January.
My working background includes Architecture, Computer Software and Hardware, Mechanical Drafting and Design, Printed Circuit Design, General Contracting and Hospitality (Hotel, RV Resort & Restaurant). I have been heavily involved in my local community from day one including the Antelope Valley RPAC, Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce and Solid Waste Task Force. I have first-hand knowledge of the County workings as I have used County services such as Planning, Building, Public works, etc dating back over 16 years.
Utilizing my varied and vast background, I hope to bring common sense, accountability and fairness to not just the constituents of District 4, but to all of Mono County. I believe that it is not enough to just listen to people, but to hear what they are saying. I look forward to serving Mono County and making it a place that residents are proud of and visitors want to return to for many years.
Timothy E. Fesko
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