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A warm, dry, and windy June

July 6th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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We’ve just posted Lee Vining weather data for June 2010 on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse. It was a windy June, with an average wind speed of 4.7 mph–the highest average wind speed since 2001’s 5.1 mph (2005 came close with 4.6 mph). The maximum wind speed of 47 mph was unremarkable.

It was also warm at night in June. The lowest minimum  temperature of 37.6 F was the highest since 2003’s 40.6 F (unofficial data). The average minimum temperature … more »

The one and only pay phone in Lee Vining

July 6th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The pay phone at the Tioga Gas Mart, at the corner of Hwy 120 and Hwy 395, is the only pay phone “in” Lee Vining.

When I arrived in Lee Vining 15 years ago, there were at least five pay phones in town (there were also about four restaurants that no longer exist). Cell phone reception is … more »

Ghosts of the Sagebrush Tour coming up

July 5th, 2010 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Get ready for the seventh annual Ghosts of the Sagebrush Tour on July 30-31, a two-day event that will explore the year 1940 in the Mono Basin! Enjoy dinner and dancing on Friday night, and then head out into the field on Saturday for a tour of aqueduct facilities that … more »

Artist reception for Robb Hirsch

July 5th, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2010 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

Join the Mono Lake Committee and friends on Saturday, July 10 from 2:00–5:00pm for an artist reception for photographer Robb Hirsch. Robb’s exhibit, “Mono Basin & Beyond: Sublime Moments in Nature,” is now on display in the Mono Lake Committee gallery.

Trained as a biologist, Robb HirschTufa and Earth's Shadow, Robb Hirsch developed an intimate relationship with the natural world during annual childhood visits to Yosemite. Robb’s images are known for their compelling subjects, careful compositions, and fine light.

Come meet the photographer, enjoy light refreshments, and see Robb’s work.

Fire burns a section of the Mono Lake County Park boardwalk

July 4th, 2010 by Bartshé, Education Director
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Early in the afternoon on July 3 smoke was reported coming from beneath the boardwalk below Mono Lake County Park. Local Lee Vining volunteer, Inyo National Forest, and Bureau of Land Management firefighters quickly responded. Forty five feet of boardwalk and one acre of grass and willows were destroyed before the blaze was contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the boardwalk is closed until further notice. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve staff  say the boardwalk will have to be rebuilt through the burned section. There is currently no estimate on when repairs might be completed.

If you have questions, or if you have information that may be of interest regarding this fire, call the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve at (760) 647-6331.

State parks initiative qualifies for November ballot

June 30th, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Morgan, 2010 Canoe Coordinator.

Even as the California Legislature budget conference committee is busy deciding exactly how much State Park Closure Action Alert Centermoney to strip away from California’s 278 unique state parks this year, there are hopeful signs of a long-awaited funding solution for state parks. … more »

Help identify this bird!!

June 25th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 6/23/10

We were able to capture a photo of this bird just outside the Mono Lake visitors center. Please help us identify him/her. Thank you!

The Mono Lake Effect news and events is in effect

June 24th, 2010 by Arya, Communications Director
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We’re excited to announce the launch of The Mono Lake Effect, news and information about Mono Lake, delivered directly to your inbox each month.

The name was inspired by lake effect snow which occurs when cold, humid air blows across Mono Lake’s warmer waters, triggering snowfall in the areas downwind of the lake. It is also a nod to the fact that the wild and natural beauty of Mono Lake and the inspirational story of what has and continues to happen here, have a profound effect on many people.

In that spirit, The Mono Lake Effect will … more »

What is that? Concern growing about Lee Vining Airport rehabilitation

June 23rd, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director
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We’ve been receiving calls and inquiries about a large earth construction that has been growing on the hill across from Lee Vining over the past two weeks. The questions are pretty simple: what is that, why is it happening–and is it needed? We’ve been asking questions, and here’s what we’ve found out so far.

View of airport earthworks from Highway 395

View of airport earthworks from Highway 395

Question number one is easy to answer: the project taking place is the rehabilitation of the Lee Vining airport. Yes, Lee Vining has an airport. We’re … more »

Mono Lake Committee Scholarships, 2010

June 23rd, 2010 by Arya, Communications Director
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We’re proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Mono Lake Committee Scholarship. Andrew Oliveira of the Eastern Sierra Academy and Katie Woodruff of Lee Vining High School were each awarded $1,000 scholarships to support their pursuit of higher education.

Geoff McQuilkin presented Andrew Oliveira a Mono Lake Committee Scholarship at the Eastern Sierra Academy graduation. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Geoff McQuilkin presented Andrew Oliveira with a Mono Lake Committee Scholarship at the Eastern Sierra Academy graduation. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Arya Degenhardt presented Katie Woodruff with a Mono Lake Committee Scholarship at the Lee Vining High School graduation. Photo courtesy of Sarah Taylor.

Arya Degenhardt presented Katie Woodruff with a Mono Lake Committee Scholarship at the Lee Vining High School graduation. Photo courtesy of Sarah Taylor.

Scholarship applicants must write an essay demonstrating their connection to Mono Lake by answering one of two questions: … more »

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