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Archive - Jul 2013

UPDATE AUG. 6: Mammoth police seek help finding man missing since July 16; no new leads

July 31, 2013

The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes and missing since July 16 has turned up no new information, after an investigation by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and an informal search by some members of the Mono County Search and Rescue team along with other searchers, according to local law enforcement officials.

County takes home awards

July 31, 2013

Exhibit features three popular attractions

Mono County’s exhibit at the California State Fair County Exhibit competition was honored with a Gold Award as well as the award for Best for Use of Products, Produce or Artifacts on July 12.

Getting to Yes

July 31, 2013

The notion of “Getting To Yes” is not just a business mantra.

In Mammoth, it applies all over the place, most recently in a renewed effort by the town (see story, P. 10) in getting our recreation leaders on the same page.

Fat chance, we say.

Heaven knows we’ve tried this kind of thing before, most recently with the long forgotten Sports Council, which aimed to unite recreation groups toward the practical idea of figuring out which groups should get which piece of the economic pie.

Jazz with altitude: 25 and still alive

July 31, 2013

When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 25th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it really does take a town.

What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.

The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this annual July event.

Chose civility

July 31, 2013

There is an arrogant dominance of incivility passing for dialogue today.

We are beginning to hear more and more disagreements of the heated variety, most of them are underlying political and/or ideological in nature that any reasonable person might deem as uncivil. 

We are witnessing angry talking heads on television, talk-radio designed to infuriate and demean, email blogging that promotes insulting exchanges, and even our local media is sometimes prone to childish sniping of its own. 

Painting with silver and light

July 31, 2013

Alchemist photographer Ian Ruhter brings his time machine to Mammoth

There is a saying: “Jump, and the net will appear.”

When one is compelled by a vision and takes a leap of faith toward that vision, great things happen.

Such is the story behind Ian Ruhter’s Silver and Light project.

July 30th

No serious injuries for visitors leaving Mammoth airport, despite crash landing near Lone Pine

July 30, 2013

A group of Southern Californians flying from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport toward Southern California escaped serious injury Sunday, July 28, when the engine on their single engine Bonanza airplane failed about 500 feet in the air near Lone Pine and the pilot had to make a crash landing.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, "on Sunday, July 28, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a Southern California pilot, Sohail Simjee, departed from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in a Bonanza single engine airplane heading southbound to Orange County.

FIRE UPDATE, JULY 31: Aspen Fire grows to 14,332 acres, is 35 percent contained

July 30, 2013

The Aspen Fire burning on the west side of the Sierra crest about 40 miles west of Bishop and slightly south of Mammoth only grew a few hundred acres yesterday and is now is at 14,332 acres, according to a Wednesday morning (July 31) update from the Sierra National Forest.

The fire is now 35 percent contained (there is a fire line around 35 percent of the fire).

July 29th

RAW: Health advisory posted for Mammoth due to Aspen Fire smoke

July 29, 2013

Mono County's public health officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, along with the local air pollution control district, say the smoke in Mammoth reached air pollution levels as bad as in the days before wood-burning stoves were phased out in the early 1990's.

That's bad, as Johnson writes in a news release.

RAW: Bishop jogger accosted at gun point, perpetrator leads cops on high-speed car chase to Crowley Lake

July 29, 2013

A woman jogging on Ed Powers Road north of Bishop Monday morning (July 29) was accosted at gun point by a masked, Los Angeles man, who then fled the scene (without the jogger) in a red Mini-Cooper, leading police to Crowley Lake, where the man was finally arrested.

Off The Trail: Piute Pass gives hikers a fast, gorgeous way to get to the far side of the Sierra

July 29, 2013

Piute Pass is one of the fastest, easiest (well, easy is a relative term in the Eastern Sierra) ways into the high alpine country that dominates the Sierra backcountry.

Along the five-mile hike to the top of a 11,400-foot pass, hikers will pass two beautiful teal and indigo high-country lakes and numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, along with sweet, alpine meadows and wildflowers.

Recreation: Old wine, new bottle

July 29, 2013

Mammoth bigwigs make stride toward new entity

Eastern Sierra recreation leaders made their first tentative steps toward establishing a new recreation governmental entity—Mammoth Lakes Recreation—this past week.

A 32-member recreation “steering committee” gathered for the first of three meetings on Monday, July 22, with an aim toward getting a grip on the “state of Mammoth Lakes Recreation.”

Aspen Fire grows to 11,019 acres, smoke continues to pour into Eastern Sierra

July 29, 2013

The Aspen Fire burning near Huntington Lake and pouring smoke into the Eastern Sierra for the past few days has grown to 11,019 acres according to the latest forest service update issued on Monday, July 29, at 7 a.m.

Although the fire continues to grow, firefighters are making headway on "containing" the fire—or surrounding it with a fire line. As of Monday morning, the fire was 20 percent contained and there were about 1,400 firefighters fighting the fire.

The fire started on Monday, July 22 and was caused by a lightening strike.

July 25th

Fido & Me — Stormy Weather

July 25, 2013

 

“I have thunder phobia,” Fido said. “Don’t like-don’t like-don’t like thunder.”

 

RAW: LA man arrested after attempted murder, stabbing at Pearsonville, Kennedy Meadows area

July 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery at the Pearsonville Shell gas station located on U.S. 395 between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, and, a few days later, a stabbing at the popular Kennedy Meadows recreation area.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's department, on Sunday, July 21, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted regarding an armed robbery and stabbing that occurred at the Pearsonville Shell gas station.

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