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Reopening: Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Claire, Office Manager

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be reopening for in-store shopping and in-person travel advice beginning Friday, October 2. We are so excited to finally welcome members, friends, and travelers back into the store.

Our plans are evolving in real time—as they have been all year!—and initially we will be open for weekends only: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Any updates or changes will be posted here on the Mono-logue as well as social media and other websites that display our hours, like Google and Yelp.

Please stop in if you’re in the Eastern Sierra! We have lots of (more…)

South Tufa & Navy Beach will remain closed through Labor Day weekend

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 by Claire, Office Manager

South Tufa and Navy Beach will remain closed through the Labor Day holiday weekend in the wake of the Beach Fire, which burned nearly 3,800 acres in mid-August.

South Tufa and Navy Beach are closed after the Beach Fire burned nearly 4,000 acres along the southeast shore of Mono Lake in mid-August. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The fire is now completely out, but California State Parks staff is still assessing resource damage and preparing signs and barriers to keep visitors on established roads and pathways. They report that some tufa was scorched, but there’s been no serious damage to (more…)

Mono Lake information station open in Lee Vining

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 by Claire, Office Manager

A very quiet spring in the Mono Basin has given way to quite a busy summer, and there was a marked uptick in travelers in town leading up to the Fourth of July holiday weekend. With US Forest Service visitor centers closed, Yosemite National Park operating under restricted access procedures, and so many businesses working alternative operations, there have been many more questions from travelers than available answers.

Visitors can get answers to their questions at the Mono Lake Committee’s “pop-up” information station, Thursdays through Saturdays and some Sundays and Mondays. Photo by Claire Landowski.

So, although our bookstore space remains closed, the Mono Lake Committee has begun staffing a “pop-up” information station on our front patio to help address the myriad questions posed by the influx of visitors to the Eastern Sierra.

We’re calling it a “pop-up” station because we don’t have regular, set hours—we’re making the schedule week by week and adjusting as needed. We do plan to open the station on the weekends, likely Thursday through Saturday plus perhaps the occasional Sunday and Monday.

Rose opened the station for the first (more…)

No Mono Lake Committee seasonal staff for 2020; summer programs evaluated week by week

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 by Claire, Office Manager

The Mono Lake Committee has made the difficult decision to not bring any of the summer seasonal staff we had hired to Lee Vining for 2020. Our whole team is disappointed to not be able to share the summer with what promised to be an incredible group of interns, but we all agree that it is the right decision for everyone involved.

The 2019 seasonal staff learning about Mono Lake’s ecology on the south shore last summer. Photo by Alison Kaplan.

Cancellation of the summer hiring does not mean that all summer programs are cancelled, but the uncertainty about when we might be able to offer tours and reopen the bookstore was a major reason for the decision.

Normally our intern training takes two full weeks at the beginning of June, and some of the summer staff arrive much earlier (more…)

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