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Walker Fire now 35% contained

Crews reach 35% containment of Walker Fire

Lee Vining, CA: Burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining the Walker Fire remains at 3,715 acres. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.
Crews continue to improve containment lines and begin mop up in certain areas of the fire. Mop up efforts also continue on the 65-acre spot fire.
Tioga Pass (Highway120) is open without an escort. However, there will be no stopping along the eastern six miles of the road. This will be strictly enforced. The fire remains active to the south of the road and this is essential for firefighter and public safety.
The fire is burning in mixed conifer, mahogany, and brush. Critical sage grouse habitat is also threatened. Visitors and residents should expect to see smoke from the June Lake and Lee Vining areas and along Highway 395.

Closures and Evacuations:
⦁    Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated.
⦁    A CodeRed Emergency Alert notice has been issued for Lee Vining and everything north of Double Eagle in June Lake (including Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas) for potential evacuations.
⦁    Campgrounds in the Lower Lee Vining Canyon have been evacuated and are closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.
⦁    Law Enforcement will be escorting campers into the Lower Lee Vining Canyon campgrounds to collect any gear left behind during evacuations. Escorts will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today. Affected campers will be allowed in with escort only. Campers are asked to meet Law Enforcement on Hwy 120 at Vista Point Drive. If an officer is not there, please wait patiently at the three cones.
⦁    The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.
Approximately 484 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.  For more information on the Walker Fire you can go to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/

Date Started: 8/14/2015
Cause: Human Total Personnel: 484
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 0
Size: 3,715 acres Structures Threatened: 235
Percent Contained: 35%
Resources: 4 helicopters, 0 seats, 2 Air tankers Engines 34, Crews 10, Water Tenders 6, Dozers 4 Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/23/2015

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Liliana Romero claims powerball prize

Mono County Woman Claims Million Dollar Powerball® Prize

SACRAMENTO – A Mono County woman has claimed the million dollar prize won on a Powerball ticket sold in Lee Vining last week. Liliana Romero claimed at the California Lottery’s Sacramento District Office yesterday morning. Hers was one of three lucky tickets sold in California that matched five numbers, missing only the Powerball number in the draw last Wednesday. While these tickets were just one number shy of hitting the $564 million jackpot that night, each, including Romero’s, still won an impressive $1,428,692 apiece before federal taxes!

This win could not have come at a more opportune time. Romero is just 21 years old and currently does prep work in a restaurant. She told us the excitement has even been causing her to lose sleep. It started when she checked her ticket at Mono Market, which is located at 51303 Highway 395 in Lee Vining (Mono County). That’s the same place she bought it. “I was screaming and in shock,” said Romero about the screen message that popped up announcing her win.

We’ve posted a copy of her ticket below. The top line matched the numbers 11-13-25-39-54, missing only the Powerball number 19. That last number kept her from hitting the jackpot, but Romero doesn’t mind. After all, the money she did win opens up so many options, and this prize winner is determined to get it right. “I’m just gonna put the money away…keep it frozen for a little while,” Romero said. (She doesn’t want to say much more about her win and respectfully declines additional media interviews.)

Mono Market will receive a $7,000 bonus just for selling the lucky ticket. This retailer bonus is separate and is NOT pulled from the winner’s prize amount. Mono Market also earns a spot on the California Lottery’s list of Lucky Retailers. The same goes for the stores where the other two 2nd place California Lottery tickets were sold. There’s one in San Leandro (Alameda County). The other is in Cypress (Orange County).

You’ll remember three lucky tickets did hit the jackpot that night. They were sold in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico. These winners will split, what is now, the 5th largest jackpot won in U.S. history.

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Carl Dondero

Carl Dondero

Carl Dondero was born on October 10th, 1932 in Lee Vining/Mono Lake, CA and passed away February 13th, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was raised in Yosemite, CA Indian Village. Throughout his childhood growing up in Yosemite, Carl enjoyed the outdoors while also learning his Paiute culture. As a teen he attended Stewart Indian School in Carson City, NV. During his time at Stewart he met his wife, Loretta Burns. Together they raised 8 children. Carl enjoyed being with his family and spent every deer season around Mono Lake with his children, brothers, nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
He is survived by his brother; John Dondero. His children; Judy, Terry, Mike, Larry and Waylon Dondero, Gary and Nancy Dondero, John and Rosenda Dondero, Tammy and Tab Andrade, Rosella and Ross Stone, 20 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife; Loretta Dondero, parents; John Dondero and Lena Tom, brothers; Harvey Brown, Roy and Richard Dondero, sister; Della Hern, son; Melvin Dondero, and grandson; Daniel Charley.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at Lee Vining High School Gymnasium in Lee Vining, CA. Burial to follow at Mono Lake Cemetery. A potluck will be held at Lee Vining High School Gymnasium following the services.


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Jessie Durant

Jessie Cluette Durant

Jessie Cluette Durant was born on March 22, 1913 at Rush Creek in Mono County. She spent her childhood residing near one of the oldest lakes in North America, Mono Lake. As a survivor of a proud and ancient civilization attuned to the West, Jessie’s roots extend to the early twentieth century. Born prior to World War I, she lived through the worldwide influenza epidemic and resided for a time in thatched homes that enabled her people to move seasonally. Early on, she attended school on horseback and traveled to and from rural communities in a horse-drawn buggy. Jessie attended Carson School in Carson City, NV before finishing 8th grade at Lee Vining in 1929. She attended high school in Bakersfield CA. After high school Jessie attended St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Santa Fe, NM. It was during her time in New Mexico that she met her husband Reyes “Ta Nu” Durant. Jessie did private nursing in Santa Fe and also worked on the Navajo Reservation at a hospital for Native Americans. She also worked at a veterans’ hospital in Los Angeles, CA before moving to Bishop, CA in 1942 and working at a community hospital. Jessie was an empathetic person with a caring nature who enjoyed her career as a nurse. For several decades, Jessie Durant has shared her vast fund of information on her culture. She has bridged two cultures, the Mono Lake Natives of California and our modern technologically orientated world of environmental resource extraction. Her contributions to our current state of knowledge about the past of the West have been used by museums, researchers, book writers and film makers. Jessie is preceded in death by her husband Reyes Durant, son Delbert Durant and grandson Christopher Charlie. She is survived by her granddaughter and numerous family members including many nieces and nephews. A private burial will be held at the Cemetery on Line Street.


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