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Caltrans lane closures for week of 9-9-19

Inyo, Mono & Eastern Kern Counties — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to alert the traveling public to be careful of workers on the highway, to Be Work Zone Alert and Move Over where possible. The scheduled lane closures for the week of September 9 through September 13 are:   Mono County […]

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Taboose Fire from 9-8-19/Photo USFS

Sunday night update: Taboose Fire 10,500 acres, 10 percent containment

USFS news releases The Taboose Fire was mapped 10,500 acres with 10% containment. Aircraft was able to fly and accurately map the fire today. Today, the fire showed significant growth, predominately to the west and north. Crews focused their efforts to protect nearby communities, constructing containment line on the north, east, and southern flanks. They […]

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Friday updates on Taboose, Spring, Cow fires

USFS news releases The Taboose Fire, located southwest of Big Pine and northwest of the community of Aberdeen, remains at 380 acres and 30% containment. Last night, the fire was quiet and showed no growth. Today, crews will continue strengthening containment lines and mopping up hot spots. A slight chance for thunderstorms remains in the […]

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Traffic advisory for Mammoth Gran Fondo

Press releases Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Mammoth Gran Fondo road bike ride hosted by the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF) will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Approximately 2000 cyclists are expected for this ride, and as a result of this large scale event, traffic and normal public transit operations will be impacted […]

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The Crag's Campground Cooper's Hawk soon after arrival at Wildcare's hospital.

Wildcare Eastern Sierra – always caring for birds

Press release from Wildcare Eastern Sierra Wildcare Eastern Sierra has admitted several young Cooper’s Hawks these past few weeks. Cooper’s Hawks are birds of prey, members of the Accipter family; they primarily hunt other birds. Usually the last raptor species to breed each season, this year parents were exceptionally late in hatching out their young. […]

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LADWP to close part of Owens River Gorge Sept. 9-17

LADWP news release The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will release substantially higher-than-normal flows down the Owens River Gorge for a channel maintenance peak flow starting on September 9 through September 17, 2019. During this time there will be no public access allowed within the Owens River Gorge from Long Valley Dam […]

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Help ESLT care for Bi-State Sage Grouse

Eastern Sierra Land Trust press release  Bi-State Sage-Grouse Volunteer Days! Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at Bodie State Park Help Eastern Sierra Land Trust care for the land this amazing bird calls home. Please join us for one or two of our upcoming Join us and the […]

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Birthday Celebration for Mary Austin at Eastern California Museum

Press release Eastern California Museum Hosts Mary Austin Birthday Celebration on Sept. 7 “Seldom have I met and known anyone of such intellectual and spiritual power and discipline,” said Ansel Adams about Mary Hunter Austin, after they collaborated on “Taos Pueblo,” 1930.  Mary Hunter Austin wrote her most famous book “The Land of Little Rain” […]

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Cartago near Owens Lake.File photo courtesy of Scott Palamar

Letter to the Editor: Impact ‘devastating’ for Cartago, Olancha

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Submitted by Andre Long Regarding Deb Murphy’s recent article on Olancha (, here is the stone cold truth about the subject: Caltrans has completely disregarded the wishes of the Olancha community from the very beginning of this project.  Why else would they construct a 50-acre open pit material mine and asphalt plant […]

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