Local businessmen ask the city to allow them to reopen ahead of schedule

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Mountain Home City Council met on the evening of April 27th, during the meeting two local businessmen came in asking that they be allowed to reopen their businesses immediately in defiance of Governor Little's phased reopening of the state.

While discussions inside focused on the shutdown of the state and the economical effects of it a protest was being held outside as a small group gathered to show their anger towards Mountain Home Mayor Rich Sykes. Most held signs calling for his removal from office through either a recall effort or by him resigning from office.

The protesters were there because they feel that the things that the mayor has been saying on social media have been inappropriate referencing a recent Facebook Live video in which Sykes said he would"shutdown" the city if people continued to ignore the Stay-at-Home Order.

Mary Velasco called on the citizens to recall the mayor saying she did not have time for the mayor to "spitball" on social media threatening the citizens of Mountain Home. She was the only protestor who chose to go inside and address the mayor directly. She listed things she is opposed to including him being appointed to the library board and asked for him to resign, calling him a "tyrant."

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