- Tioga Pass: Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on Tioga Road on April 16th. (Weather pending) A projected opening date has not been set.
- Bodie Road/SR 270: Is currently scheduled to open on April 15th (Weather pending)
- Monitor Pass: Currently open
- Sonora Pass: Caltrans is projecting to open Hwy 108 before April 20th. (Weather pending)
- June Lake Loop: Currently Open
- Lundy Lake Road, Virginia Lakes Road and Rock Creek Road: Projected to be open before fishing opener on April 26th. (Weather Pending)
- 120 East: Currently open
Tioga Pass – Summer Road Construction
Yosemite National Park has plans to reconstruct Tioga Road starting this summer from Crane Flat to White Wolf. The project has two schedules. Schedule “A” begins at the intersection of Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road, and proceeds east for 12.8 miles. Schedule “B” begins at the intersection of Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road and proceeds east for 15.0 miles. The project is scheduled to take place over two seasons with a tentative completion in October/November 2015. The details of the project can be found here: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6e5b009864a942d41d6fa2203e5c1f29&tab=core&_cview=1
Here are the planned delays once construction commences. The Park Service stated their goal is to begin construction as soon as possible in May of 2014:
U.S Department of Agriculture Designates Drought Relief
Mono and Inyo Counties are Eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties
On March 5th, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted disaster designation for certain counties in the State of Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Counties in the State of California. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistant in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels. Assistance may include emergency farm loans for actual losses as a direct result of the drought, up to $500,000 for farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations. U.S. Small Business Administration will be providing Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small, non-farm businesses, some private non-profit organizations and small agricultural cooperatives. The deadline for these loans will be November 5th, 2014.
Please visit the USDA website for additional information at www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA.
Or contact U.S. Small Business Administration at 1-800-659-2955, or visit SBA’s website at: www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Mono County Board Waives Permit Fees
Mono County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to waive permit fees for energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. Projects that qualify for these permit fees being waived are commercial and residential solar, ground space and water conditioning systems with a maximum project valuation of $75,000 each. The program will help create private sector jobs around energy efficiency throughout Mono County for individuals and businesses alike.
For more information on the fees waiver programs, please contact Building Official Tom Perry at 760-932-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org