(News release from Jeff Simpson, Mono County Tourism)
TIOGA PASS TEMPORARILY CLOSING TODAY – Per Mike Gauthier from the National Park System: There is a winter weather advisory for the Sierra Mountains above 6,000 feet. Forecasters predict snow accumulations between 2-5 inches and wind gusts up to 50 MPH between late tonight and Thursday morning. The bulk of the precipitation will occur Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening in Yosemite National Park. In anticipation of compact snow and ice on the road, which will create treacherous driving conditions, Crane Flat to Tioga Pass will be closed today at 6. PM. NPS work crews will reassess the road conditions after the storm and reopen as soon as possible when conditions are safe for drivers. Warmer and drier conditions are predicted for Friday and Saturday.
ALL USFS CAMPGROUNDS ARE CLOSED – Due to the government shutdown all USFS campgrounds are closed including those operated by concessionaires. We are recommending visitors contact privately owned campgrounds and RV Parks or Lundy Canyon campground (which is county operated; however offers no potable water). Here is a link to a list of all campgrounds in Mono County including contact numbers: http://www.monocounty.org/
RIM FIRE ASSISTANCE – There is assistance available from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA is offering low interest loans to businesses that have been economically affected by the Rim Fire. Contact the SBA to see if your business qualifies and submit and application before the June 26, 2014 Deadline. Please see the attached PDF. for details.