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We’re thankful for those who love Mono Lake

November 24th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Long live Mono Lake! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Long live Mono Lake! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

This Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for your generous donations, faithful support, visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, emails asking about our work, views of our website, comments on our Mono-logue posts, Instagram photos, Facebook and Twitter comments, phone calls from far away, and above all, for your love for this place. Together we are standing strong for Mono Lake. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

Going solar for students at Mono Lake

November 23rd, 2016 by Bartshé, Education Director
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In October the very busy folks at Sierra Solar installed new solar panels on the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (OEC) roof. The photovoltaic system is the first step in the energy and water efficiency development of the OEC site, demonstrating the connection of energy and water and the increasing value and need to minimize our carbon and water footprint.

XX new solar panels successfully installed at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Sixteen new solar panels were successfully installed at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center in October. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Thanks to a bequest by the Ward Family, the new solar panels will offset approximately 80–100% of all electrical use at the site. Because the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center is on a long-term lease … more »

Visit Mono Lake’s State Park for free on #GreenFriday

November 20th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Turn this year’s Black Friday into #GreenFriday with free admission to more than 100 State Parks around California, including the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve!

Come visit Mono Lake's State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Come visit Mono Lake’s State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Here’s how: Go to the #GreenFriday website and select a park you want to visit. Enter your email address and then print out a pass (based on availability) to display on your dashboard. The offer is limited to one pass per email, and it’s good for Friday, November 25, 2016 only.

Of course, we think you should visit Mono Lake’s State Park, but there are 280 State Park units located all over this beautiful state—this Find a Park feature can help you find the closest one to you.

This offer is thanks to a partnership between Save the Redwoods League, the California State Parks Foundation, and California State Parks. Snag your free pass now—last year they went fast. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy #GreenFriday!

Holiday shopping: Gifts the kids will love!

November 19th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Season’s greetings! The holidays are just around the corner and our fall catalog features gifts the kids will love. From familiar local animals to books that the whole family will enjoy, you are sure to find the perfect gift for any budding naturalist.

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Finger puppets: Bring your wild friends from the Mono Basin home with you to play! These plush, lovable, and high-quality Folkmanis finger puppets make for great interactive play. Choose from three Mono Basin species: bobcat, fawn, and Western Tanager. … more »

Resource damage below Tioga Lodge: Observations and photographs

November 18th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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In early November I ventured down to the shoreline of Mono Lake below the Tioga Lodge to use my former-biologist eyes to assess the damage done to State Park land and Post Office Creek.

In late October a heavy excavator tore up State Park land along the shore of Mono Lake below Tioga Lodge and Highway 395. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

In late October a heavy excavator tore up State Park land along the shore of Mono Lake below Tioga Lodge and Highway 395. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

It was interesting to contrast the damage caused by the Marina Fire with the damage caused by heavy machinery; I’m sure the combination of the two events is even more detrimental. While I made observations and took photographs, I was especially concerned by two things—the bird habitat adjacent to the excavation and the wide swath of flood water rushing down from what used to be a creek channel that now spreads the water across the landscape haphazardly on it’s way to Mono Lake. … more »

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season: It’s closed again

November 16th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed for a second time this fall due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.

The Tioga Pass road (Highway 120 east) on November 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of @lookatthatwesty on Instagram.

The Tioga Pass road (Highway 120 east) on November 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of @lookatthatwesty on Instagram.

Always check current road conditions and weather before making a trip to the Eastern Sierra, and give us a call for the most current Tioga Pass information: (760) 647-6595.

Tioga Inn project at the Mobil Station moves forward after 23 years

November 14th, 2016 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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A significant development project at the junction of Highways 120 and 395 is moving forward—the Tioga Inn project.

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After a 23-year hiatus, Mobil Station owners Dennis & Jane Domaille have recently begun to work with Mono County to secure the necessary approvals to add components to an already-existing specific plan, which was approved in 1993. The specific plan already allows a two-story 120-room hotel and a 100-seat restaurant. The Domailles are proposing to change the plan to allow a three-story 120-room hotel, two large restaurants, and other details. The existing Whoa Nellie Deli would remain in operation. … more »

Mono Lake Committee bookstore holiday hours

November 13th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Although there are fewer people traveling through Lee Vining during this time of year, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will remain open 9:00am–5:00pm seven days a week. However, we will have several temporary closures during the holiday season.

We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and Christmas Day, December 25. On November 30 we’ll be closed for the Mono Lake Committee’s annual staff working retreat. We will reopen with normal hours (9:00am–5:00pm) on Thursday, December 1.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope we get a chance to see you during your visit to the Mono Basin!

Shop for Mono Lake this holiday season

November 11th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start making your lists—and checking them twice. There are many great gifts to choose from in the Mono Lake Committee’s online bookstore, and as with all purchases made from the Committee, 100% of profits go towards protection, restoration, and education programs here at Mono Lake!

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We invite you to peruse our online store and 2016 Fall Catalog to help you start checking gifts off your list. Purchases can be made directly online, or if you would like to call with your order you can phone (760) 647-6595 Monday through Friday 9:00am–5:00pm to be assisted by one of our staff “elves.”

Don’t see that perfect gift in our online store or catalog? Don’t fret, even items purchased through the Amazon Associates program can help support our work here at Mono Lake. Just make sure to follow this link to have 5% of your purchase donated to the Mono Lake Committee.

Make sure to check back here, on the Mono-logue, to see our favorite products featured throughout the holiday season.

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season … it’s open again

November 8th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Highway 120, Tioga Pass, is the only road that enters Yosemite National Park from the east. It closes each winter due to snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Highway 120, Tioga Pass, is the only road that enters Yosemite National Park from the east. It closes each winter due to snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and ice. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Overnight parking is currently not permitted anywhere between Tioga Pass and Crane Flat in Yosemite. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1 and the road can close at any time. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.

If you’re coming over Tioga Pass, be sure to stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining to say hello and learn more about what’s happening at Mono Lake and start your holiday shopping—we have a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list. We hope to see you soon!

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