Stories

Mono Lake from an outside to an inside perspective

Time and time again you hear people talking about Mono Lake and the surrounding basin as a weird and otherworldly environment, but how is it seen from a true outside perspective? My name is Amelia, I am a seasonal intern…

Mono Lake is a story

It’s a straight shot south on Highway 395 from Carson City to Mono Lake, and it’s a drive I remember well from the back seat. Driving it myself feels like that moment when you can’t remember if something happened in…

2022 Mono Lake Committee Scholarship recipients

Last week, Mono County high school seniors celebrated graduation throughout the Eastern Sierra. The Mono Lake Committee awarded $1,000 scholarships to two very deserving seniors: Kylee Lange from Coleville High School and Sergio Santillan-Leal from Lee Vining High School. Along…

Mono Lake Committee Scholarship applications open

Each year the Mono Lake Committee supports local students with plans to attend college or other vocational training within a year of graduation who display a personal connection with Mono Lake and the Mono Lake story. We award two Mono…

Traditional burn in the works at Parker Creek

The Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe is currently working on a number of projects aimed at reviving the uses of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of the Indigenous peoples of the Mono Basin. These efforts confront the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from…
Snowy mountain peaks dotted with conifers under a clear blue sky.

Remembering Andrea Lawrence

Today, April 19th, is the late Andrea Mead Lawrence’s birthday. Andrea was a force of nature—an Olympic double gold medalist in skiing, mother of five, visionary environmental leader, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and a steadfast advocate for Mono Lake’s protection.…
Tufa on the shore of Mono Lake with clouds in the distance.

Ringing in 2022: Enduring collaborations

This essay, written by Karen A. Hegtvedt, appears in the 2022 Mono Lake Calendar. Twenty-two (nonconsecutive) years of Mono Lake calendars sit on a shelf in the hallway closet. Over 264 visual reminders of the unique landscape of the Mono…
Clear water flowing in a small creek with willows on the shore.

Finding hope in a changed world

After driving all day, I arrived at the Pumice Palace in Lee Vining just after sunset, and no one was home … in June 1995 … and in September 2021. In 1995, I was starting my summer internship with the…
Ryan Garrett looking down toward Mono Lake through a spotting scope scanning for phalaropes.

Persistence, patience, and phalaropes

Relationships can be complicated. Sometimes, you fall for someone who is simply not into you. Sometimes it’s the other way around. We’ve all been there, and know that these complicated relationships are often formative and have enduring impacts. Before interning for the Mono Lake Committee, I presumed…