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Mammoth Lakes offering temporary overnight parking again this weekend

News release The Town of Mammoth Lakes is extending designated temporary overnight parking sites this weekend for lodging guests and visitors in need of parking. Due to the record snowfall this month and the limited availability of hotel and condominium parking, the Town has identified four locations throughout the community for temporary parking. Visitors are […]

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ESCOG gets details on JPA – it’s complicated

By Deb Murphy The Eastern Sierra Council of Governments started down the path toward a Joint Powers Authority last October. At ESCOG’s early February meeting, the four entities’ representatives got a reality check. Here’s the background: ESCOG, made up of elected officials from Mono and Inyo counties as well as the cities of Bishop and […]

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Mt. Whitney Trail meadow & sunrise at trail camp

Mt. Whitney Lottery to open Feb. 22

News release The Mt. Whitney Lottery, the process which awards both day and overnight hiking permits of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, has been rescheduled to start on February 22, 2019. Typically, the lottery begins February 1 through, but was delayed this year. The lottery will open February 22 at 7:00 […]

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Warming Center to open in Mammoth tonight, Saturday

The Town of Mammoth Lakes in coordination with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and CERT have reopened a warming center available for those in need for a short stay or all night. The warming center is located in the Council Chambers (Suite Z) located above Starbucks in the Minaret Village Mall (Vons). The warming center […]

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Officials offer life-safety tips with excessive snow

News release The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District would like to remind residents of several life safety issues. These include the accumulation of large amounts of snow/ice on roofs, the blockage of vents for heating and hot water appliances, and the maintenance needed to safely use propane. Additionally, we request […]

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Mt. Whitney through Mobius arch in Alabama Hills.  Photo by Andrew Kirk

Alabama Hills, Death Valley benefit from bill in Congress

News release from Rep. Paul Cook’s office WASHINGTON- Tuesday, the US Senate passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly. The National Resources Management Act was a package of bipartisan public lands-related bills that passed the House or Senate in the previous Congress. […]

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Numbers are in for county-run town water systems

By Deb Murphy Residents of Lone Pine, Independence and Laws will get a chance to weigh in on a restructured water rates with increases phased in over the next five years as Inyo County launches its community outreach in the next four months. The County opted to take back operation of three town systems as […]

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Philip DeSenze joins Inyo National Forest

News release The Inyo National Forest is pleased to welcome Philip DeSenze as the new White Mountain District Ranger. Philip reported to Bishop on January 22, 2019. “I am excited to be here and get to know my staff, the community, and the forest,” said DeSenze. “This position comes with great responsibility and I am […]

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Inyo Supervisors discuss Adventure Trails, again

By Deb Murphy The Adventure Trails program allows off-road vehicles, not legal on surface streets, to use those streets to gain access to community services. It’s that simple but the hours of discussion before the Inyo Board of Supervisors probably exceeds the number of hours off-road enthusiasts have spent on the seven designated surface streets […]

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Bishop Council approves Silver Peaks land purchase

By Deb Murphy Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting started with Mayor Jim Ellis’ emotional announcement that former City Manager Jim Tatum had passed away over the weekend. He called for a moment of silence, but it will take more than a moment to fully understand that one of the really good guys is gone. Tatum […]

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