Archive - May 13, 2014
The mother of a 12-to-18-week-old fetus found last week near the Rovana sewer ponds has been identified and a report has been sent to the Inyo County District Attorney's office, according to the Inyo County Sheriffs department.
"There has been a huge community effort to assist the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s office in information regarding the fetus that was discovered in the Rovana housing track sewer ponds and as of Tuesday, May 13, the Sheriffâ€™s office was notified by the Inyo County Coroner that the fetus was the result of a miscarriage," according to a May 13 news release.
Itâ€™s been a bloody few weeks for wildlife in the Eastern Sierra.
On May 2, someone hit and killed a small black bear on U.S. 395 near the Caltrans station and McGee Creek exit south of Mammoth Lakes, leaving the dead bear lying on the side of the road.
According to Mammothâ€™s wildlife specialist, Steve Searles, the bear was likely one of several bears last seen in the Crowley Lake area.
During the past few weeks, the big red splotches that define a roadway deer hit started littering the highway.
Several more â€śTown Hallâ€ť-style Mono County budget community meetings in advance of adopting the countyâ€™s 2014-2015 budget are scheduled for the coming several weeks following a similar format to last yearâ€™s community meetings.
Bridgeport, Crowley Lake, Benton and Walker are still on the calendar this week, beginning Monday, May 12 and continuing through the week. On May 27, the last meeting of all will be held in Benton.
Three meetings have already been completed; one in Mammoth Lakes on May 5, one in Lee Vining on May 7, and one in Walker on May 12.
Elevated levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic have been detected during preliminary sampling of soils and historic mill tailings at the Mill City Stamp Mill, according to the Inyo National Forest.
In 2012, CalTrout received a grant from the Lahontan Regional Quality Control Board to monitor water quality in Mammoth Creek, according to a news release from the forest.
Major reconstruction on the Rock Creek Road has started and is planned for the duration of the 2014 and 2015 seasons resulting in some traffic delays during the summer and fall months, according to Mono County authorities.
Survey work, fencing, and erosion work have been completed thus far with minimal delays, according to a news release. Ground breaking activities that will reduce traffic flow to one-lane are expected to start the week of May 12 and will begin the longer (up to 30 minute) delays.
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approximately 6:08 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a 911 call of a possible drunk driver at the Crowley Lake General Store.
A Bridgeport Area CHP officer and sergeant responded and were able to locate the vehicle, a dark colored Toyota Tundra, stopped in the middle of the roadway on the 300 block of Willow Brook Road in Crowley Lake.