Possessions belonging to missing hiker Fred Claassen, along with some human bones, were recovered from a remote area in Yosemite National Park over the Labor Day weekend.
Claassen, a Livermore resident, was last seen seven years ago on Aug. 1, 2003, as he headed into the Hoover Wilderness behind the Twin Lakes area west of Bridgeport on a solo backpack trip. He was 46 years old at the time, and an experienced backcountry traveler, according to Mono County Search and Rescue records.
Anyone wondering what the noise back behind Shady Rest Park was this past week will be glad to know itâ€™s all for a good cause.
In this case, that cause is a greener planet, as the owners of the geothermal plant move toward doubling the plantâ€™s power generating capacity in the next few years.
Gaye Mueller has a bee in her bonnet over bears in her booths.
The president of the Mono Council for the Arts and producer of Mammothâ€™s Labor Day Festival of the Arts, has had it up to here with the critters. One of them, a small, 150-pounder, last Friday night chomped a vendor on the arm. According to the victim, potter Donald Jower, 64, of El Cerrito (Contra Costa County) the bear and he ran into each other at an adjacent food vendorâ€™s booth.