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The importance of April 1st at Mono Lake

April 23rd, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

April 1st is an important day in the Mono Basin—it marks the start of the runoff year.* As Greg explained in his post a few weeks ago, “A runoff year runs from April 1 to March 31, and enables tracking of stream runoff from the time of peak snowpack from one year to the next.”

Mono Lake Committee and DWP staff met to discuss Mono Lake's level on April 1, 2014. Photo by Elin Ljung.

April 1st is particularly important because Mono Lake’s level, as measured on that day, dictates how much water the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) can export for the runoff year. The California State Water Resources Control Board’s Decision 1631 set the rules for DWP’s export amounts in a way that protects Mono Lake from drought conditions such as those we’re experiencing in the West right now.

Stormy, windy weather made it impossible to read the lake level gauge accurately on April 1st, but DWP employees read it on March 31st and Committee employees read it on April 2nd, combining the data for a lake level of … more »

New gallery show: Ane Carla Rovetta’s pastel & soil paintings

April 23rd, 2014 by Terry, Interim Bookstore Manager

You don’t want to miss the Mono Lake Committee’s new gallery show, A Distant Sparkle: The Mono Basin & Beyond, a colorful interpretation of the vast Eastern Sierra, captured by artist Ane Carla Rovetta’s brilliant pastel and soil paintings.

"The Lake from Lee Vining Canyon. Pastel over iron oxide in milkpaint by Ane Carla Rovetta.

Ane Carla not only paints her landscapes on location, she paints WITH the location!  Ane Carla uses stone, soot, soils and even pollen to create unique pastels and vivid artwork. A Distant Sparkle will be on display through July 31, 2014.

"Mono Lake from Conway Summit." Soils, whiting, azurite, and ultramarine over Italian soil in milkpaint by Ane Carla Rovetta.

Mark Saturday, May 24 on your calendar—this is your chance to meet the artist and watch her create her fabulous pastels from Mono Basin soils. There will be a pastel-making demonstration starting at 3:30pm, followed by an artist’s reception with refreshments starting at 5:30pm.

"Late light from Lundy Canyon." Pastel by Ane Carla Rovetta.

Last chance: Reserve your seat at the 2014 Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner today

April 22nd, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

Join us for a delicious dinner in a spectacular setting in honor of Andrea Lawrence, Olympic double gold medalist and champion of the Eastern Sierra’s landscape and economy. We have just a few spots left for the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner so contact us right away! The dinner will be held this Saturday, April 26 at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant at 5:30pm. Contact me by email or at (760) 647-6595 to reserve your seat with a $65 donation.

This will be your view at the dinner: Mt. Andrea Lawrence! (The mountain in the center of the photo.) Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

Hwy 108 over Sonora Pass to open Friday, April 18

April 17th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

That’s the official word, folks. Be sure to check the road conditions before you go, and drive safely!

A screen capture from the Mono County Tourism Facebook page from Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Tioga Pass watch update: They’ve plowed to Porcupine Flat

April 17th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

According to the official Yosemite National Park website (and their Facebook page), the road crews that started plowing the Tioga Road on the west side of the park on Wednesday, April 16th made it to Porcupine Flat. Porcupine Flat is approximately halfway between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass. Additionally, on the eastside, Tioga Road is open to the high gate. There is still no project opening date, but we’ll keep you posted here on the Mono-logue!

A screen capture of the most recent Yosemite National Park post on Facebook.

New resources added to Mono Basin Clearinghouse

April 17th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The Mono Basin Clearinghouse has had some major upgrades and updates recently! The most important one is that it and our other sites—,,—are all back online as of 9:00am this morning after almost 24 hours of downtime due to network problems at the data center where our server is hosted. … more »

2014 Mono Lake Committee higher education scholarship application is now open for local students

April 15th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

Each year the Mono Lake Committee supports local students pursuing higher education who display a personal connection with Mono Lake and the Mono Lake story with two $1,000 scholarships. Mono County resident high school seniors who have firm plans to attend a two- or four-year college within a year of graduation qualify.

If you are interested in applying, you can find the application here. The application deadline is: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:00pm. … more »

Help the Mono Lake Committee with the 2014 Free Drawing

April 15th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

If you’ve been a longtime supporter of the Mono Lake Committee, you are probably quite familiar with our annual Free Drawing. The Free Drawing is our largest and most successful annual fundraiser and we love giving out prizes to our lucky winners each December.

Emma reads a winning ticket in the 2013 Free Drawing as Elina and Ellen wait to record the winner. Photo by Elin Ljung.

This fundraiser would not be possible without the continued support of the organizations, businesses, and people who generously donate prizes to us. And the formula is simple: The more enticing prizes we offer, the more people donate to enter themselves in the drawing, and the more funds we raise to help protect and restore Mono Lake!

This past year, the Mono Lake Committee was able to offer over 30 prizes, including vacation weekends in Mammoth Lakes and San Francisco, as well as a GoPro camera, a snowboard, and a shopping spree at our Information Center & Bookstore. This year, we want to continue offering great prizes that you will love—in order to do that, we’ll need your help! … more »

Current Eastern Sierra road conditions

April 14th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

As Arya mentioned in her recent Mono-logue post, it’s now the time of year when everyone waits with bated breath and hopeful road trip plans to hear about road openings. Here is the most current information we have:

  • Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 west): Currently closed. Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on April 16. However, a projected opening date has not been set.
  • Bodie Road (SR 270): Currently scheduled to open April 15 (weather-dependent)
  • Sonora Pass (Hwy 108): Projected opening date is April 20 (weather-dependent) … more »

Plowing of Tioga Pass set to begin April 15, 2014

April 10th, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

It’s officially the I-wonder-when-Tioga-Pass-is-going-to-open time of year.

Rocks on the Tioga Pass road on March 30, 2014. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Here at the Mono Lake Committee we’re keeping our eyes and ears out for any information on Tioga Pass too, so bookmark our Tioga Pass Watch and we’ll keep it updated with the best, real information we’ve got. We also post it all on Facebook and Twitter with #tiogapass. So … here’s what we know right now:

Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on the Tioga Pass Road on April 15. … more »

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