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USFS campgrounds wind down after shutdown

Since the government recently re-opened, the Forest Service also re-opened some campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra. However, since it is so late in the season, some concessionaires have chosen not to do the same and there is no water or trash service. In the White Mountain and Mount Whitney Ranger Districts, Ranger Margaret Wood said […]

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Mammoth’s water vs geothermal expansion

Would expansion of the Casa Diablo Geothermal operation damage the water supply of Mammoth Lakes? Opinions on that vary, and the Air Pollution Control Board has asked Mammoth Community Water District and geothermal company, Ormat, to work it out. APCD is the lead agency for the environmental review of Ormat’s proposed geothermal expansion. When the […]

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Questions on critical habitat

Questions still remain in the minds of some about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ plan for critical habitat designations to protect some frogs and toads in the High Sierra. Will the plan eliminate trout-planting in high country lakes like South Lake and Rock Creek Lake? How would the loss of the amphibians impact other creatures? […]

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Rim Fire cause and Hwy 120 status

UPDATE: 9-6, 4PM State Route 120 from Groveland to Yosemite will reopen today at noon.  However, Tioga Road remains closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf and visitors traveling from Mono County will not be able to continue into Yosemite Valley. The YARTS September weekend service from Mono County into Yosemite Valley will be suspended […]

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Trash left in grow area.

Multiagency operation uncovers 4,000 marijuana plants

 (PRESS RELEASE – Carma Roper, Inyo Sheriff PIO) On August 22nd a massive multiagency eradication operation was successfully accomplished above Hogback Creek west of Lone Pine, CA.  Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and agents from the United States Forest Service have been investigating this particular grow-site and gathering evidence since May, 2013. Approximately 4,000 marijuana plants […]

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Freilich leads Bike-to-Work Week challenge

- Press release from Caltrans Bishop – Bike to Work Week was a successful challenge due to five local agencies joining forces and encouraging their employees to participate. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Inyo County and Northern Inyo Hospital struck up a friendly competition challenging each […]

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Another public lands issue

One local man, following our stories on Bureau of Land Management policing of old bottle collection, called Sierra Wave Media to say a bigger problem is current trash left out on public lands. Roger Rilling of Mammoth Lakes pointed to the informal shooting range behind the Geothermal Plant. He called it a real problem because […]

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June Lake people get tough with Mammoth Mountain

Citizens of June Lake, devastated by the closure of June Mountain last summer, have grabbed for what might seem like their only piece of leverage – Mammoth Mountain’s land trade at the Main Lodge, in the works for a number of years. Residents have sent strong letters to the Forest Service that essentially call for […]

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Forest PIO responds to concerns about closed roads

With more Forest Service meetings on roads lately, members of the public have reported concerns about more road closures. Marty Hornick, Acting Public Affairs Officer for the Forest Service, assured that the recent two meetings on roads were not about more closures but about restoring already closed roads to a natural state. Sierra Wave Media […]

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Routes go back to nature

The Forest Service says they will start three separate projects designed to return old roads that are not part of a designated system back into natural forest land. The meetings will take place Tuesday, February 12th in Bishop and Wednesday, February 20th in Mammoth Lakes. According to a Forest Service press release, the proposed projects […]

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