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February 27th, 2015

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

Nordic skiers end season with great wins

February 21, 2015

Mammoth High School and Middle School Nordic teams completed their regular seasons at the North Tahoe Pursuit held at Auburn Ski Club (ASC) on February 13.

Up next for the teams will be CNSSIF State Championships to be held Feb 28 at ASC.

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.

A little bit of snow on the way, and colder

February 21, 2015

Expect much colder temperatures as a system drops south into
Nevada and the Eastern Sierra this evening. 

There will be a period of light snow Sunday into Monday in the Sierra south of Highway 50, with a chance of showers elsewhere. Temperatures will rebound to around average by the middle of next week with no precipitation Tuesday through Thursday. 

Short term... 

February 20th

Inyo 'Adventure Trails' heads to court

February 20, 2015

In response to Inyo County’s adopting a new road system that for the first time allows off-road vehicles on its public roads, the Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Friday, Feb. 20  challenged the so-called Adventure Trails System in state court.

February 13th

'What happened?': Meterologist explains windstorm that fueled fires, county-wide damage

February 13, 2015

By Wendilyn Grasseschi
Times Staff Writer

What the heck happened?

That was the question even longtime locals used to extreme weather are asking in the aftermath of a Feb. 6 storm that left communities without power or cell for days, burned almost a quarter of one community to the ground, and came close to burning another.

The simple answer is wind; wind that damaged power and communication lines and possibly pushed live cables together, sparking the fires; wind that toppled trees and closed roads and overturned trucks.

Mountain folk

February 13, 2015

There is a lot to take in this week.
Everywhere we go, the look is the same: grief and resolve and, dare we say it, acceptance.
That isn’t necessarily what you might expect from a community cut into pieces by the Round Fire’s ravaging run, a community that lost almost a quarter of its residences to fire.
Especially the acceptance part.
Many people that lose their homes to a fire never get there, blaming firefighters, their neighbors, the state and federal agencies that manage the land.

Round Fire resources

February 13, 2015

Here is a list of Round Fire related-resources as of Feb.12. We will try to keep this as updated as possible over the next few weeks and months. The county website, below, will also be updated continuously.

MAIN ROUND FIRE RECOVERY WEBSITE: For constant updates on Round Fire recovery resources, go to https://gis.mono.ca.gov/roundfire

Donations, volunteer opportunities, help with all fire-related needs:

February 12th

Inyo National Forest plans for rehabilitation of Round Fire

February 12, 2015

Burned Area Emergency Response Team Assembled for Round Fire

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team for the Round Fire has been formed. The team is working to complete its assessment and recommendations to lessen immediate hazards to public resources and downstream private land from effects of the fire.

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