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Deadline to send comments about the Tioga Inn extended

Friday, June 26th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

The deadline to email comments to Mono County about the Tioga Inn project has been extended from 5:00pm tonight to 9:00am on Monday morning, which is when the hearing begins.

Please email your comment to cddcomments at mono dot ca dot gov and also to Bartshe Miller, the Committee’s Policy Director.

Helpful resources for writing your comment:

In addition to emailing your comments, you can attend the hearing online via Zoom and speak as well. Thank you for making your voice heard!

An example of one of the project’s significant adverse visual impacts: This reflection from a small piece of glass at the Tioga Inn project site is clearly visible at South Tufa, marring the dawn view. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Mono County Board of Supervisors will consider Tioga Inn project on June 29

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

At their regular meeting this morning, the Mono County Board of Supervisors confirmed that they will consider the Tioga Inn project on Monday, June 29.

The view over Mono Lake from the site of the proposed Tioga Inn project. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The meeting will take place in the Lee Vining High School gym, which can accommodate up to 100 people with proper social distancing protocols. It will also be available virtually on Zoom. The combined in-person and virtual meeting format will allow (more…)

Tioga Pass will open on Monday, June 15

Monday, June 8th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

As part of its phased reopening plan, Yosemite National Park has announced that the Tioga Road will open for the season on Monday, June 15.

Tioga Pass on June 3, 2019. This year it’s scheduled to open on Monday, June 15. Photo by Arya Harp.

Anyone planning to enter the park through the eastern entrance at Tioga Pass will need a day-use reservation—both people planning to recreate in the park and those who are just traveling through. The only exception (more…)

2020 Mono Basin Field Seminars are canceled

Monday, May 25th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Last week we made the difficult decision to cancel all Mono Basin Field Seminars through the end of the year. After much consideration, we couldn’t envision offering them with the uncertainties that lie ahead, in a way that minimizes risk well enough, and yet doesn’t compromise the experience that participants expect.

The 2020 Mono Basin Field Seminars have been canceled due to the uncertainties and risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo from 2018.

We are deeply disappointed about this—the Field Seminars have been a tradition at Mono Lake for more than 25 years, and we will miss seeing all the great instructors and enthusiastic participants in the Mono Basin this year. But as hard as the decision was to make, it was also clear—we don’t want to risk anyone’s health during a year when gathering together will be tricky at best.

While this program has been canceled, there are (more…)

Roads opening in the Mono Lake region

Friday, May 15th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

As of today, several roads in the Mono Lake region have opened for the season:

The lower gate on the Tioga Road opened today; the gate at the Yosemite National Park boundary remains closed. Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

  • Highway 120 West is open from the junction with Highway 395 to the gate at the Yosemite National Park boundary
  • Highway 270 is open to Bodie State Historic Park
  • Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) is open

Despite these roads opening, Yosemite National Park remains closed, Bodie State Historic Park remains closed, and non-essential travel is still prohibited under California’s “stay at home” order.

Tioga Inn likely to go before Mono County Board of Supervisors in June

Friday, May 1st, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

No date has yet been set for the Mono County Board of Supervisors to take up the Tioga Inn project, but it is likely to happen in June.

The Mono County Board of Supervisors is likely to address the Tioga Inn project in June. In September last year, the Planning Commissioners and members of the public visited the project site. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Following the disappointing Mono County Planning Commission meeting of April 16, at which the commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the project despite hundreds of public comments in opposition, the Supervisors discussed options for a Tioga Inn meeting at their April 21 regularly scheduled meeting. They expressed interest in (more…)

This year’s Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner is canceled

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

It is with heavy hearts that we must confirm that this year’s Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner has been canceled due to COVID-19.

While we had thought this cancellation might happen as the crisis evolved quickly in California, Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order and the closure of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area confirmed it.

We will miss celebrating Andrea’s legacy with everyone in May, but we will absolutely reschedule the event when it is safe to do so. We had lined up a truly deserving award recipient and were planning a delightful menu for you, and we will pick those plans back up for the future.

Wherever you are, we hope you stay home, stay healthy, and continue to feel inspired by Andrea’s strong community spirit during this challenging time. Our thoughts are with you from Mono Lake.

LA Times reports on Mono County’s plea for visitors to stay home

Monday, March 30th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

The Los Angeles Times has reported on Mono County’s request that people not visit this area right now due to COVID-19, including tourists and second-homeowners.

The small, rural town of Lee Vining sits near the shore of Mono Lake. With a volunteer fire department and no medical facilities in town, patients are taken to Mammoth Hospital, 30 miles south with just 17 beds. This region cannot handle visitors right now; please stay home. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The article quotes Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun saying “don’t come here,” due to the stress more people put on rural emergency services and Mammoth Hospital’s limited capacity to deal with COVID-19 patients. Since the article ran last weekend, Mono County now has 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Mono Lake, the Sierra Nevada, the high desert, and all your favorite Eastern Sierra spots will be here when this crisis has passed. We need to make sure that as many of us will be here too, able to come back and enjoy it again. Please do your part—stay home.

Click here for Mono County COVID-19 updates.

Please do not visit Mono Lake right now

Friday, March 20th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

We’re asking anyone who is not a primary resident of Eastern Sierra communities NOT to visit this region for the time being.⁠

We are joining with Mono County Tourism, Mammoth Lakes Tourism, and Inyo County in this effort to temporarily discourage visitation, and the reason is simple.⁠

Our local healthcare facilities are small and will be severely strained handling the widespread outbreak of COVID-19. They will be overwhelmed providing the level of care that residents alone will need. The wide open spaces of the Mono Basin and the Eastern Sierra might seem like the perfect places to practice social distancing, but traveling here right now risks lives.⁠

We know how many of you treasure the Mono Basin and the Eastern Sierra, and so we ask you to respect our communities and this request to stay home for now. We will be working to bring you glimpses of and stories from Mono Lake that you can enjoy from your home until it’s possible for all of us to recreate safely in the Eastern Sierra again.⁠

Click here for Mono County COVID-19 updates.

Thank you,⁠

Mono Lake Committee staff⁠

Limited phone answering at the Mono Lake Committee office

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Like most of the world has done, we have changed our operations in response to COVID-19.

In happier, healthier times, Joslyn and Nora counted postcards on our inventory day in early February. Photo by Elin Ljung.

In addition to closing the bookstore and canceling public programs, most of our staff are now working from home. That means that we are not answering the phones in the office, but we do want to hear from you!

You can call our main line at (760) 647-6595 and leave a general message. I am checking that voicemail box daily, so (more…)

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