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Tioga Inn project hearing continues into day two

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 by Arya, Communications Director

After nine hours of presentations and public comment yesterday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors decided to hold deliberations and their vote to approve, modify, or deny the Tioga Inn project on the planned second day of this special meeting.

Highlights and surprising moments from the meeting thus far include 51 in-person and by-Zoom two-minute-limited public comments, with 3 in support and 48 againstthe introduction of wholly new potential elements to the project from the developer, and wide-ranging questions from the Board.

In an effort to assess the effects of reflective surfaces at the proposed Tioga Inn project site, Mono Lake Committee staff brought a 2×3-foot mirror to the site and photographed the reflection from South Tufa. This photograph was presented to the Board. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Mono Lake Committee staff comments focused on the unmitigated significant negative impacts in the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report—scenic impacts to South Tufa, the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and throughout the viewshed, impacts to the dark night sky, and issues in direct conflict with the Mono Basin Community Plan, including pedestrian safety, impacts to schools, feasibility of a trail to town, fire safety, and more.

By far, the most impressive part of the day was the wide array of thoughtful and heartfelt comments from the public.

You can follow the proceedings starting today, Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00am online by Zoom, telephone, or live stream (click here for instructions for each).

See you there.

Looking west towards Tioga Pass from South Tufa. Photo courtesy of Jeff Sullivan.

Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #10

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

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Caltrans has released the tenth road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #10

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Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #9

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

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Caltrans has released the ninth road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #9

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Caltrans quickly shifts gears from Rockfall Project to addressing Marina Fire impacts

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Lisa, Associate Policy Director

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Phase 2 of the Lee Vining Rockfall Project was originally scheduled to begin this past Monday but now Caltrans must stabilize the areas affected by the Marina Fire before the Rockfall Project can begin. Emergency funds, work plan, and a contractor have been secured and work is scheduled to begin within days as soon as materials arrive.

Caltrans crews are working to make motorists on Highway 395 safe from falling rocks and debris after the Marina Fire. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Caltrans crews are working to make motorists on Highway 395 safe from falling rocks and debris after the Marina Fire. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Key components of the emergency plan include: (more…)

Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #8

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

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Caltrans has released the eighth road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #8

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Marina Fire update: 95% contained

Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

As of this morning, the Marina Fire is 654 acres and 95% contained.

This map of the Marina Fire from June 28 shows the extent of the burn along Highway 395. Map courtesy of SoCal Fire Team 1.

This map of the Marina Fire from June 28 shows the location and extent of the burn area. Map courtesy of SoCal Fire Team 1.

Since the fire burned on the steep slopes above Highway 395 along Mono Lake’s west shore, a team has been mapping the burn severity in order to estimate potential damage from erosion and debris flows in future storms. The next step is to propose solutions to minimize or prevent damage to Highway 395, the power line road, and structures near the highway.

The fire was determined to be human-caused, but the exact cause and origin are still under investigation. As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, please be extra fire-safe, and follow the Inyo National Forest fire restrictions that are in place.

Marina Fire update: Monday

Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director

The Marina Fire continues to smolder on the slopes above the west shore of Mono Lake, but residents are breathing a cautious sigh of relief as firefighters now have the 654-acre fire 46% contained. (The change in acreage is due to more precise GPS mapping.) Fire crews continue to work on the ground and with air operations, improving containment around the fire perimeter and mopping up along Highway 395. The weather forecast is for high temperatures and low humidity and local afternoon winds, so fire crews remain on high alert for the potential for the fire to spread.

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A view of the Marina Fire area from Highway 395 taken this morning. Some people may recognize this area because of the aspen grove known for its beautiful colors in fall, or as the property involved in a Forest Service land trade to avoid development and subdivision around 2007. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

As of 8am this morning Highway 395 is open in both directions. Caltrans, Southern California Edison, and fire crews are active along Highway 395—please keep your eye out and drive safely along the section of Highway 395 along Mono Lake adjacent to the fire. (more…)

Marina Fire update: Sunday 11:00am

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

This morning the Marina Fire continues to smolder on the slopes above the west shore of Mono Lake. An updated mapping effort put the acres burned at 758, with 30% containment.

Smoke from the Marina Fire was visible at South Tufa yesterday morning. There is much less smoke today. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Smoke from the Marina Fire was visible at South Tufa yesterday morning. There is much less smoke today. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Highway 395 is open to one-way escorted traffic between the town of Lee Vining and Highway 167; the wait time is approximately 20 minutes. Caltrans reports that the highway is estimated to reopen fully at noon today. (more…)

Marina Fire update: Saturday 4:30pm, escorted traffic along Highway 395

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

As of 4:30pm this afternoon cars are being escorted 50 at a time through the fire closure on Highway 395. If conditions become unsafe the highway will close completely once again.

A DC-10 bomber drops fire retardant along the north flank of the Marina Fire on Saturday, June 25. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

A very large air tanker drops fire retardant along the north flank of the Marina Fire on Saturday, June 25. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The fire’s statistics have not been updated on Inciweb since this morning—819 acres burned, with 5% containment, and 300 personnel responding. However, it now says on Inciweb that containment of the fire is expected to take at least five more days, with full containment estimated for Thursday, June 30. (more…)

Marina Fire update: Saturday 10:30am

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

As of 10:30am this morning the Marina Fire is still burning just north of Lee Vining along Highway 395. According to Inciweb, the fire spread has been mapped at 819 acres and is 5% contained.

A view of the Marina Fire last night from Mono City. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

A view of the Marina Fire last night from Mono City. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

Highway 395 is closed in Lee Vining on the south, and closed at Highway 167 on the north. There is no estimated opening time right now; the highway is reported to be closed due to rockfall on the road. (more…)

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