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Successful Solar Walk in Lee Vining

October 2nd, 2015 by Janet, Volunteer Coordinator
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Local kids made the Solar Walk banner with Maureen McGlinchy. It is on display at the Lee Vining Community Center. Photo by Janet Carle.

Local kids made the Solar Walk banner with Maureen McGlinchy. It is on display at the Lee Vining Community Center. Photo by Janet Carle.

The Mono Basin Solar Walk was held last Sunday, September 27 in Lee Vining. A good crowd enjoyed interesting discussion about all aspects of solar installation, and a great reaction from our “Solar Pioneers” as their steps taken toward renewable energy were honored. The beautiful banner that Maureen McGlinchy and local children made is now on display at the Lee Vining Community Center.

Mono County Supervisors Fred Stump and Tim Alpers attended and shared the Board’s goals of … more »

Happy New Water Year 2016 from Mono Lake

October 1st, 2015 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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October 1st marks the start of a new water year. The 2016 water year runs October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016. It measures the fall-winter precipitation and the rain that falls in the following growing season all in one 12-month period.

Here is how last year stacks up for Lee Vining precipitation: 11.84 inches, or 84% of average. The remarkable thing is that the fall-winter was the lowest on record, at only 34% of average, meaning the snowpack was the lowest on record. Summer was highest on record, at 285% of average.

The remarkable thing about the 2015 water year was that it was the driest fall-winter on record and the wettest spring-summer on record.

The remarkable thing about the 2015 water year was that it was the driest fall-winter on record and the wettest spring-summer on record.

New autumn hours for the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

September 30th, 2015 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Autumn is here; the days are getting shorter, and the aspens have begun to turn … with that comes shorter hours at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. Don’t fret—we will still remain open seven days a week, but starting on Thursday, October 1 our hours will be 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please stop by if you’re passing through Lee Vining—we’d love to see you!

Starting on October 1, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Starting on October 1, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Mono Basin Solar Walk: Celebrating steps toward a renewable energy future

September 24th, 2015 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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Lee Vining students with their Solar Walk poster. Photo courtesy of Janet Carle.

On Sunday, September 27 the community of Lee Vining will host a Solar Walk to celebrate and learn from businesses and residents that have installed solar systems as a renewable energy source. We will visit several local solar installations in Lee Vining beginning at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center at 1:00pm. From there we will make stops at the Lee Vining Community Center, Channel Shell gas station, and the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore.

“Solar Pioneer” tokens of appreciation, made by local schoolchildren, will be presented in appreciation of leadership in using the renewable power of the Eastern Sierra sun. After the walk, local solar installer Sierra Solar will display solar panels and information on incentives and the process in front of the El Mono Motel & Latte Da Coffee Café. Mono Basin homeowners who have installed solar panels will share their experience and cost savings as well.

We hope you will join our community in celebrating the potential of solar as we move into a future of renewable energy.

To join the walk, simply meet at the Forest Service Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining at 1:00pm and plan on walking about 1/2 a mile. Children are encouraged to attend!

Sierra Solar staff installed 33 panels on the Committee's bookstore roof in October. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Sierra Solar staff installed 33 panels on the Committee’s bookstore roof in October 2012. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Join us for the 2016 Winter Photography field seminar

September 23rd, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Winter at Mono Lake is a very special season, complete with snowy Sierra peaks, poconip fog that coats tufa towers in rime ice, ice sculptures along creek banks, and bright bluebird days. Add a full moon to the equation and you have an unforgettable winter weekend at Mono Lake.

Poconip ice fog shrouds Mono Lake, with just a sliver of sun illuminating the base of Black Point. Photo by Joe Decker.

Poconip ice fog shrouds Mono Lake, with just a sliver of sun illuminating the base of Black Point. Photo by Joe Decker.

The Forgotten Season: Winter Photography in the Mono Basin
January 22–24, 2016
$275 per person / $250 for Mono Lake Committee members

This year the annual field seminar will coincide with January’s full moon, increasing the photographic opportunities at … more »

Results are in for the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run

September 18th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Last Sunday, September 13, 102 runners and walkers made their way up 12.4 miles of the grueling and scenic Tioga Pass, during the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run. They started in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and finished at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, gaining 3,165 feet in elevation along the way.

Patrick Parsel of South Lake Tahoe won overall with the time of 1:29:43, close to ten minutes faster than the fastest time last year. Jessica Francois, Lee Vining local and former Mono Lake Committee staff member, was the first female finisher, beating … more »

Call for submissions for the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar

September 16th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Mono Lake Committee invites you to submit photographs for the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar—we are seeking photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake and the Mono Basin.

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Find the submission guidelines and forms here. Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2015.

We are looking for: images of scenes within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake, and possible subjects include, but are not limited to: plants, geologic features, streams, mountains, … more »

My second summer in the Sierra

September 15th, 2015 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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For most of my life, I have lived in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, always dreaming of the monumental peaks and landscapes of the West. When I finally moved out West to Arizona in 2012, I was awestruck by the stunning beauty and vastness of America’s wilderness. Last year, I took a leap and volunteered in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, seeking to make my passion and love for the wild a profession. My first summer in the Sierra was unforgettable. I climbed up rugged peaks, hiked through sweeping meadows, swam in frigid alpine lakes with some of the most genuine, kind people I have ever met.

Summiting this peak in the Yosemite wilderness reminded me how much I love to be on top of mountains. Photo by Grace Aleman.

Summiting this peak in the Yosemite wilderness reminded me how much I love to be on top of mountains. Photo by Grace Aleman.

When I returned to suburban Atlanta last winter, I realized something was missing. Living far from any truly wild areas, I found it difficult to escape into nature like I so easily could in Yosemite. The hurried pace and expansive development made it difficult to feel at ease. I knew I had to return to the Sierra and was ecstatic to learn that … more »

Great Sierra River Cleanup 2015: Lee Vining Creek

September 13th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sarah Angulo, 2015 Mono Lake Intern.

On a sunny, hazy Saturday morning in the Mono Basin, myself and four other volunteers gathered in front of the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. We all had the same goal in mind: to clean up Lee Vining Creek.

Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers with the 70 pounds of trash and recycling collected from Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Sarah Angulo.

Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers with the 70 pounds of trash and recycling collected from Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Sarah Angulo.

A week prior, I had scouted the Lee Vining Creek Trail, particularly at the bottom of the hill closest to the highway. I found that this summer had not been kind to it—July’s floods had brought a mixture of natural debris and trash from town down the hill. In addition, some visitors had left remnants of a good time in the rocks near the trail and highway wall. I knew when I saw the trash there, at … more »

Inyo National Forest increases fire restrictions

September 12th, 2015 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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Starting yesterday, September 11, 2015, the Inyo National Forest has extended current fire restrictions to now include all wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest.

An as-yet-unnamed wildfire started on Saturday, September 12 near Green Creek just north of the Mono Basin. Photo by Lisa Cutting.

An as-yet-unnamed wildfire started on Saturday, September 12 near Green Creek just north of the Mono Basin. Photo by Lisa Cutting.

The Hoover, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Boundary Peak, White Mountains, Golden Trout, and South Sierra wilderness areas are no longer exempt from fire restrictions. … more »

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