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Update: Tioga Pass “lower gate” not opening Friday at noon

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Earlier this week, Caltrans had reported that it planned to open the lower gate on Tioga Pass Road tomorrow for fishing season opener, allowing easier access to the high country and freshwater lakes near Yosemite National Park’s eastern entrance. However, due to inclement weather predicted for the area, Caltrans will not be opening the lower gate tomorrow.

According to the press release, “Caltrans will reassess the weather and road conditions next week to determine if the highway is safe for the traveling public.” Keep checking back here on the Mono-logue for updates—we will report all Tioga Pass news that we get.

Mono Lake Committee Scholarship deadline extended

Monday, April 25th, 2016 by Ellen, Membership Coordinator
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The deadline for submitting applications for the Mono Lake Committee scholarship has been extended to Friday, May 13 at 5:00pm. Completed applications can be mailed to PO Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541 or hand delivered to our Information Center & Bookstore, open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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

Last year the scholarship selection team of Robbie, Ellen, Arya, and Elin fueled their deliberations with Mono Cone. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Each year the scholarship selection team gets out of the office to talk through the essays with a fresh change of scenery. Last year that also included fresh Mono Cone! Photo by Elin Ljung.

April 1 Mono Lake level close to critically low threshold

Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Geoff, Executive Director
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This morning Mono Lake Committee staff met with Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) personnel to conduct the official annual April 1 reading of the lake level together. The consensus: Mono Lake stands at 6378.11 feet above sea level.

Mono Lake is now just 13 inches above the ecologically precipitous 6377-foot elevation at which the nesting islands become landbridged, lake salinity hits new highs, air quality problems worsen, and stream delta habitat conditions degrade.

Measuring Mono Lake's April 1 elevation

DWP’s Steve Rich and Robbie Di Paolo from the Mono Lake Committee read the lake level gauge together this morning. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

With those concerns in mind, the State Water Board rules are more nuanced this year for determining whether or not DWP can export water to Los Angeles. Not only does the lake have to be above 6377 feet for today’s measurement, it also has to be forecast to stay above 6377 every day of the coming year. (more…)

New gallery show: Luminous Landscapes by Ann Piersall

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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"Tufa" by Ann Piersall

“Tufa” by Ann Piersall.

We are thrilled to announce that paintings by local artist and scientist, Ann Piersall, will be featured in the Mono Lake Committee’s gallery from now through mid-August.

Ann hails from the mountains of western Montana, and now resides in Bishop, California, on the eastside of the beautiful Sierra Nevada. She worked seasonally as a ranger, ski patroller, cartographer, mountain guide, and science technician in Montana, Alaska, Colorado, and Kyrgyzstan before transitioning to working full-time in air pollution control and meteorology. Ann’s art is inspired by the colors, geometry and adventures of the places that she loves.

Ann’s style is bold, geometric, and beautiful—and this show highlighting the Eastern Sierra and Mono Lake is not to be missed!

Join us for an evening artist’s reception to open the new show, titled “Luminous Landscapes,” on Sunday, April 3 from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Come enjoy wine and cheese, meet Ann, and delight in her beautiful work in the Mono Lake Theater & Gallery.

"Virginia Lakes" by Ann Piersall

“Virginia Lakes” by Ann Piersall.

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