Archive - May 2014
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.
On Friday May 9, the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office was notified that a fetus was discovered in the Rovana housing track sewer ponds, according to the sheriff's department.
According to the medical examiner, the fetus is a male and is believed to be between 12-18 weeks of age.
The Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office is asking for the publicâ€™s assistance in obtaining any information that will assist in information regarding the fetus.
Tips will be anonymous and can be made by calling 760-878-0383.
Beware of a telephone call from subject claiming that he/she is employed with SCE using telephone number (760) 600-7023 (Magic Jack) and or using the name of Angel Martinez or any other name.
According to Mammoth Lakes Police, two business owners in town were contacted (by telephone) by a subject named Angel Martinez.
The subject told the business owners that he is with SCE and that their power will be shut off in 55 minutes unless he pays $495.55 by way of Green Dot.
Local campgrounds and roads are slowly being cleared of snow and other debris and opened for the season. Below is a summary of the conditions on the Inyo National Forest's facilities and roads. beginning in the northern part of Mono County and ending with the southern half of the county.
Forget the roses; it’s the war of the grouse.
It might be hard to understand how a small, chicken-sized bird called the Bi-State sage grouse could trigger so much local and Western states-wide controversy and angst for the past decade—until the whole thing is laid bare in a few words at the local board of supervisors meeting.
The Town Council on Wednesday night, May 7, was set to consider new timelines for replacing woodstove inserts, after the town’s Board of Realtors raised objections.
Under a new ordinance passed last year, old woodstove inserts are to be replaced with code compliant stoves, or replaced with pellet stoves, within 60 days of a real estate transaction.
In 10 years, all non-compliant woodstoves in Mammoth are to be replaced, according to the ordinance.
An Oregon native who grew up in Washington, D.C., Wentworth, 55, is a graduate of Brown University and a skilled project manager, much of it in the film industry, in which he worked with, among others, David Lynch (“Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive”) before moving to Mammoth in 2000.
Sibert, 51 and the mother of three daughters and a son, grew up in a U.S. Navy family, mostly in Pacific Grove (Monterey Peninsula) and in Connecticut.
A motor sports advocate, road cyclist and climber, Blomgren, 45, began visiting Mammoth as a young girl, staying with her uncle on ski trips.
At the latest Town Council Candidates Forum this past week, Byng Hunt sat alone, time traveling over the past 20 years.