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Mono County addresses drought

– Mono County press release Water conservation is on the minds of all Californians this summer, and Mono County is doing its part to save this precious resource. County staff is addressing drought-related issues on many fronts, from implementing water use reductions to providing information to our visitors. The county public works department’s facilities staff […]

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Tougher standards for ponds in West Bishop

By Deb Murphy The Bishop Creek Water Association approved tougher standards for new and existing ponds at its Tuesday meeting. Faced with an historically low 4 percent snow pack in the Eastern Sierra and 36 percent run-off, assuming precipitation in the next six months is normal, the association approved the recommendations to help deliver what […]

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MCWD urges increased conservation awareness

– Press release from the Mammoth Community Water District Mammoth Lakes, CA –Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) announced the need for increased conservation awareness in 2015 as California’s drought persists into its fourth year. MCWD depends on the region’s snowpack to feed the District’s surface water supply and replenish groundwater aquifers. Unfortunately, the current snowpack […]

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“Uncharted territory” for bears and people

With a third drought in a row, Mammoth Wildlife Officer Steve Searles describes the current conditions as more like August than June, in terms of dryness and lack of natural food for the bears. Searles called it “uncharted territory.” He’s concerned for the bears and the community. Earlier, Searles had made it clear that he […]

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Climatologist talks dry spells

With the exception of some precipitation in the mountains Thursday, the near non-stop sunny and warm weather has dominated January. We checked in with a climatologist, who has long studied the Eastern Sierra, for a view on what’s happening in our atmosphere. Dan Cayan, Climate Researcher at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, says there is no […]

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Rusty Gregory explains MMSA layoffs

21 years ago, Mammoth Mountain went through what was called Black Monday – the layoff of 150 employees after a series of droughts.  This year, the layoff number was half that but the agony just as bad.  Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory said that the regional drought and low skier demand led to “draconian and […]

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