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September 15th

Lakes Basin bear shot and killed

September 15, 2010

Mammoth Lakes police shot and killed the infamous marauding Lakes Basin bear on Tuesday afternoon, ending a saga that put Falls Tract residents under siege.

The bear was responsible for at least 19 cabin break-ins, the MLPD said in a news release.

The bear, a "light colored, three-year-old female," was busted while she was actively breaking into cabins, the police said.

September 14th

Freebies at Millpond Fest after 4 p.m. Sunday

September 14, 2010

Next weekend's Millpond Music Festival in Bishop is offering free admission after 4 p.m. Sunday, an event official said today.

Lynn Cooper, Executive Director of the Inyo Council for the Arts, said the free admission is funded WESTAF and the California Arts Council/DOJ fund.

"We understand that these are tough economic times for many people, and we're very happy to be able to offer a few hours of high-quality, free entertainment for area families," Cooper said.

Police Chief Dan Watson

September 14, 2010

He's a self-described "people person" kind of guy, a 59-year fan of big-game hunting and little bit of golf. He's a collector of police helmets and has has two English bobby hats in his office, alongside a fur-lined Russian police hat.

Meet Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson in this week's Mammoth Times. – GS

Bicyclist sustains major injuries after accident on 203

September 14, 2010

A 68-year-old bike racer was seriously injured Sunday morning at about 8:40 after he hit a piece of wood on the road, sending his bike into a “high speed wobble” for about 130 feet. The rider was ejected over the handlebars of his bike and landed in the number two eastbound lane, sustaining major injuries, according to the Bridgeport California Highway Patrol. The rider was headed east on the right side of the road, traveling with another rider, when the accident occurred. He was traveling at a rate of about 30 m.p.h, according to the CHP.

September 13th

Where there's fire, there's smoke

September 13, 2010

Smoky days likely
to continue; all
burning canceled
for rest of season

Eastern Sierra residents have been hit hard in the past few weeks by smoke from a big fire on the Westside, and it’s not over yet.

Although cooler days accompanied the latest storm system that moved into the Sierra beginning Wednesday, the same storm system came with strong winds blowing west from the San Joaquin Valley.

September 10th

Seven-year search for missing hiker may be over

September 10, 2010

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.

Geothermal plant to double power generation by 2013

September 10, 2010

Anyone wondering what the noise back behind Shady Rest Park was this past week will be glad to know it’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 plant’s power generating capacity in the next few years.

Tempers flare after bear bites man at arts fest

September 10, 2010

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 Mammoth’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 vendor’s booth.

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