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Alabama Hills Scenic Area Designation a presidential signature away from reality

By Deb Murphy A group of Owens Valley residents may be heading to Washington, D.C. within the next 10 days to witness the, at one time, unbelievable: the Presidential signature on legislation that includes the official designation of Alabama Hills as a National Scenic Area. That bi-partisan effort, the Natural Resources Management Act, passed the […]

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Mammoth takes a leap of faith on Mammoth Mall

By Deb Murphy The Mammoth Town Council approved a grant application that would result in the conversion of a portion of Mammoth Mall into 13 affordable housing units. But, as they say, the devil’s in the details. According to the presentation at last Wednesday’s Council meeting by Sandra Moberly, the $3,000,000 Community Development Block Grant […]

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Inyo National Forest

State of the Inyo National Forest

The State of the Inyo, current as of 2/26/19 Mono Lake Ranger District Roads open: Hwy 158 from south junction @ Hwy 395 to 3.5 miles north of June Lake Village. Roads Closed: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Bodie (Hwy 270), Lundy Lake Rd. (1.5 miles up from Hwy 395), Tioga Pass […]

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Mono County

Press releases National Weather Service Reno has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4:00 pm Monday, February 25 to 4:00am Thursday, February 28, 2019. Three-day total snow accumulations of up to 12 inches, except 2 to 4 feet above 7,000 feet is forecast. Winds gusting as high as 70 mph with gusts over […]

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Ice (rink) and snow at Mammoth Town Council meeting

By Deb Murphy Mammoth’s Town Council crept a little closer to the go-ahead on a $13,000,000 ice rink at Mammoth Creek Park West at Wednesday’s meeting. Public Works Director Grady Dutton presented a grim picture of the existing facility located on land leased from the Mammoth Unified School District. Nearly everything necessary to be an […]

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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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