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August 26th

RAW: Yorba Linda woman dies near Baxter Pass after falling 150 feet

August 26, 2013

A Yorba Linda woman has died after falling 150 feet near the Baxter Pass area of the Sierra backcountry west of Independence, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's office.

On Aug. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch was notified of a deceased victim near the Diamond Peak area near Baxter Pass, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff's office.

Patricia Hadley, 54, Yorba Linda, had been hiking with a group and had gone on ahead, the news release states.

RAW: Mountain biker crashes, loses pulse, consciousness on 'Shock Treatment'

August 26, 2013

A 42-year-old Sonora man on Monday, Aug. 26, was in Renown Hospital in Reno following an accident at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park the previous Saturday afternoon.

BREAKING: Cops nab Bank of America robbery suspect

August 26, 2013


UPDATED 5:19 p.m. MONDAY—A 30-year-old man who is suspected of robbing the Mammoth Lakes Bank of America branch Monday morning, Aug. 26, was identified by police as Ryan Ward of Mammoth Lakes.

Ward was taken into custody after Mammoth Lakes police officers followed a tip.

They found Ward at the Motel 6 in Mammoth, according to Police Chief Dan Watson. 

UPDATE AUG. 26: Search for missing man continues

August 26, 2013

The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes July 16 continued Monday, Aug. 26 after a pair of glasses found by a Mammoth Lakes hiker Friday, Aug. 23, near the Inyo Craters trailhead north of Mammoth, could not be positively identified as Matthew Greene's glasses.

Greene, 39, an experienced hiker and climber and a teacher from Pennsylvania,  was last seen in Mammoth after dropping off his car for repairs at a repair shop and left no note or indication of where he had gone.

The Common Core

August 26, 2013

(Editor's Note: This version reflects changes from the version that appeared in the printed newspaper on Aug. 22, 2013.)

August 23rd

RAW: Four thousand marijuana plants, 350 pounds of processed marijuana seized from Lone Pine area backcountry

August 23, 2013

A massive marijuana seizure occurred earlier this week in a steep drainage above Lone Pine called Hogsback Creek, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department.

According to a news release from the agency, on Aug. 21,"a massive multiagency eradication operation was successfully accomplished above Hogback Creek west of Lone Pine.

"Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and agents from the United States Forest Service have been investigating this particular grow-site and gathering evidence since May, 2013.

RAW: Missing local man, Matthew Mooney, found dead late Thursday afternoon after falling 30 feet

August 23, 2013

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, the missing local man, Matthew Mooney, last known to have contacted family on Tuesday, was found dead in a mountain rock chute above Tamarack Lake yesterday, Aug. 22.

Search and rescue (SAR) teams discovered his body; he is believed to have fallen approximately 30 feet.

SAR teams have been searching for Mooney since about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 after Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker, according to the sheriff's department.

August 22nd

Some Suddenlink customers to have faster service this week

August 22, 2013

Mammoth is inching closer to faster broadband service, with some customers expected to have the service this week, according to Pete Abel, the vice president of corporate communications for Suddenlink.

“Digital 395 completed its work on Aug. 13 and we connected to their circuit the same day,” Abel said.

“Our engineering team tested that circuit, and per the positive results of those tests, we are in the process (Tuesday, Aug. 20) of moving local customers to the Digital 395 circuit.

Swall Meadows man missing after Tuesday day hike near Round Valley Peak

August 22, 2013

Search and rescue officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a Swall Meadows man, Matthew Mooney, who is overdue from a day hike that he started on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Mooney, 47, is an experienced backcountry hiker and former member of the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s department.

Outsourcing plan moves forward

August 22, 2013

Mammoth Lakes would create a government entity to help manage its myriad recreation components under a proposal that a special, 32-member super-committee sent to the Town Council this past week.

The committee, known as the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Steering Committee, made the recommendation Monday evening, Aug. 19, after nine hours of discussion over three separate meetings.

The choke’s on us

August 22, 2013

After two decades of rigorous attention to air quality in Mammoth, town officials have quietly gone lax in the last seven years, leaving the town seriously out of compliance with state air quality standards.

By abandoning the enforcement of woodstove change-out regulations adopted a quarter of a century ago, the town suffered 19 days last winter during which air quality standards were above state regulations, said Ted Schade, the air pollution control officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.

August 20th

Close, but no cigar in Mammoth bank robbery case

August 21, 2013

Mammoth Lakes police said Tuesday they have cleared two suspects in the Aug. 2 heist at Union Bank.

According to an MLPD news release, the first individual was identified by a local resident who, after viewing the surveillance photo, believed it was a local resident.

That person was located a few days later and cleared as a possible suspect.

The second suspect was identified by multiple local residents as a former Mammoth Lakes resident.

Lightning causes at least three fires Monday, more lightning predicted Tuesday and Wednesday

August 20, 2013

A flurry of lightning strikes right above the town of Mammoth Lakes Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, left at least three trees on fire in three different areas of town and firefighters from both the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest scrambling to put them out.

Although the fires, which started at about 3 p.m. Monday, are now out, there is still the potential for more lightning strikes Tuesday and Wednesday, said Thom Heller, a fire fighter with the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.

UPDATE: Fire three miles from Bodie closes road to state park temporarily

August 20, 2013

A lightning fire that started in Nevada and crossed the state line has moved closer to Bodie State Park in the past two days, according to federal fire officials.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Spring Peak Fire was about 14,300 acres and about 39 percent contained, according to a news release.

August 19th

RAW: Search and Rescue teams help two hikers aided by Blackhawk helicopter

August 19, 2013

According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, two search and rescue operations involving a helicopter rescue occurred over the weekend.

"On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, at approximately 10 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a fallen climber with potential arm and leg injuries in the Minarets." according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

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