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March 6th, 2015

Spring fever? Here's the antidote

March 6, 2015

You can tell it's spring. All of a sudden, there are so many places to be, so many things to do. Here's a few of them:

Eastern Sierra and Buttermilk Photography Workshop with Vern Clevenger: Saturday, Mar. 7, 1-5 pm, Cerro Coso College Cam-pus, Bishop. Join premiere photographer of the Sierra Nevada, Vern Clevenger, in this in-depth starter class: “Introduction to your Camera.” This free workshop class will meet at the Bishop campus of Cerro Coso and then move up into the Buttermilk and surrounding area to photograph.

Owens Lake Bird Festival, April 24 and 25

March 6, 2015

Registration is now open for the Owens Lake Bird Festival April 24 and 25. Sign up now and reserve your lodging in Lone Pine for an exceptional weekend of birding and discovery at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.

The festival kicks off Friday evening, April 24, with a reception at the Lone Pine Film History Museum featuring the film, The Legacy of Owens Lake.

March 2nd

Round Fire meeting with county supervisors Tuesday, March 3

March 2, 2015

With the disastrous Round Fire receding in the rear-view mirror, the Mono County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening, March 3, will run head-on into issues still facing victims of the Swall Meadows catastrophe.

In a special meeting at the Crowley Lake Community Center at 6 p.m., the supervisors will open the special session, which will follow a regular Board meeting in Bridgeport earlier in the day.
It promises to be well attended.

CHP seeking candidates, applications accepted until March 5

March 2, 2015

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications until March 5 from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer, according to a news release from the CHP. The CHP is looking to hire cadets from a pool of applicants to fill vacant officer positions throughout the state.

February 28th

In case you missed it…

February 28, 2015

Mono Supervisors to hold Round Fire meeting in Crowley March 3
With the Round Fire almost a month in the past, much of the real work is still to be done. The Mono County Supervisors will meet in Crowley Lake this coming Tuesday, March 3, to go over Round Fire issues; everyone is invited.

Backward and upsidedown: The ‘Ezakimak’ Full Moon Challenge
The schemers and dreamers at Mammoth Mountain are at it again.

February 27th

Snowpack 70 percent below normal, new water restrictions go into effect March 9

February 27, 2015

Brown declares Mono a ‘Disaster Area.’ Opens state funds for Round Fire cleanup, other services

February 27, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday formally declared Mono County a disaster area, opening state emergency funding for victims of the Round Fire in Swall Meadows.

“This will give us access every bit of resources the state can give,” said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.

“Primarily it will give us help in debris cleanup and other expenses.”

Sierra in peril due to drought, fire; watershed meeting March 4

February 27, 2015

The Sierra Nevada Region is the source of more than 60 percent of the state’s water supply. It provides drinking water for 23 million people and irrigation water to the nation’s most fertile agricultural land. Climate change, catastrophic forest fires, and ongoing drought are placing this important region at risk. The impacts to our forests, habitat, agriculture, public health, energy, and safety are far reaching.

February 26th

Local Inyo forest asks for OHV grant applications, March 12

February 26, 2015

The public is invited to an informal open house on March 12 to review Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant applications for the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office.

The agencies have submitted preliminary applications for grant funds from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to enhance and manage motorized recreation. The agencies invite comments on the preliminary grant applications.

February 25th

Drink beer, help Round Fire survivors

February 25, 2015

Mammoth Brewing Company and The Eatery want to help in the Round Fire relief efforts, and will be hosting an event on Wednesday, February 25.

Mammoth Brewing Company will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be giving a $1 from every pint sale to the relief efforts. While they do this, The Eatery will also be involved by hosting a raffle from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Their donation will be given to the Bishop Chamber of Commerce who is dealing with some of the donations.

February 24th

Red Cross offers locals training for emergencies

February 24, 2015

With all of the recent fires and wind events that have recently affected our area the American Red Cross would like to provide training opportunities to assure we are all prepared for any potential future emergencies. They will be coming to Mono County to provide the following courses:

Name of Event: PREPARE U
What: During this 1-hour presentation, a trained Red Cross volunteer will let you know how you can be better prepared for disasters in 3 simple steps: Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed
Where: Antelope Valley Senior Center, 399 Mule Deer Road, Walker, Ca 96107

February 23rd

Just in time for March, new snow at Mammoth and June mountains

February 23, 2015

It’s not quite time for a Miracle March, but in drought-stricken California, it's close enough.

Mono Basin Historical Society hosts potluck, meeting March 2

February 23, 2015

The Mono Basin Historical Society will host its next meeting on Monday, March 2, at the Lee Vining Community Center. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the business meeting. Call 760-647-6644 for more information.

February 21st

In case you missed it…

February 21, 2015

Local volunteer firefighters heed the call

Local volunteer firefighters were the first on the scene of both the Round Fire and the Van Dyke Fire and it is likely without their immediate and professional response and training, as well as their site-specific knowledge of the terrain, the loss from both fires would have been much worse, local fire chiefs said this week.

Mammoth child sex abuse sentenced to 30 years to life

Fire distribution center at fairgrounds needs volunteers to sort, organize, ASAP

February 21, 2015

The Salvation Army is needing to move all of the items they have in the Patio building to a larger building starting Monday February 23rd. They also have an additional semi truck full of donations that needs to be sorted and stocked for distribution.

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