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UPDATE AUG. 6: Mammoth police seek help finding man missing since July 16; no new leads

July 31, 2013

The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes and missing since July 16 has turned up no new information, after an investigation by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and an informal search by some members of the Mono County Search and Rescue team along with other searchers, according to local law enforcement officials.

County takes home awards

July 31, 2013

Exhibit features three popular attractions

Mono County’s exhibit at the California State Fair County Exhibit competition was honored with a Gold Award as well as the award for Best for Use of Products, Produce or Artifacts on July 12.

July 30th

No serious injuries for visitors leaving Mammoth airport, despite crash landing near Lone Pine

July 30, 2013

A group of Southern Californians flying from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport toward Southern California escaped serious injury Sunday, July 28, when the engine on their single engine Bonanza airplane failed about 500 feet in the air near Lone Pine and the pilot had to make a crash landing.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, "on Sunday, July 28, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a Southern California pilot, Sohail Simjee, departed from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in a Bonanza single engine airplane heading southbound to Orange County.

FIRE UPDATE, JULY 31: Aspen Fire grows to 14,332 acres, is 35 percent contained

July 30, 2013

The Aspen Fire burning on the west side of the Sierra crest about 40 miles west of Bishop and slightly south of Mammoth only grew a few hundred acres yesterday and is now is at 14,332 acres, according to a Wednesday morning (July 31) update from the Sierra National Forest.

The fire is now 35 percent contained (there is a fire line around 35 percent of the fire).

July 29th

RAW: Health advisory posted for Mammoth due to Aspen Fire smoke

July 29, 2013

Mono County's public health officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, along with the local air pollution control district, say the smoke in Mammoth reached air pollution levels as bad as in the days before wood-burning stoves were phased out in the early 1990's.

That's bad, as Johnson writes in a news release.

RAW: Bishop jogger accosted at gun point, perpetrator leads cops on high-speed car chase to Crowley Lake

July 29, 2013

A woman jogging on Ed Powers Road north of Bishop Monday morning (July 29) was accosted at gun point by a masked, Los Angeles man, who then fled the scene (without the jogger) in a red Mini-Cooper, leading police to Crowley Lake, where the man was finally arrested.

Recreation: Old wine, new bottle

July 29, 2013

Mammoth bigwigs make stride toward new entity

Eastern Sierra recreation leaders made their first tentative steps toward establishing a new recreation governmental entity—Mammoth Lakes Recreation—this past week.

A 32-member recreation “steering committee” gathered for the first of three meetings on Monday, July 22, with an aim toward getting a grip on the “state of Mammoth Lakes Recreation.”

Aspen Fire grows to 11,019 acres, smoke continues to pour into Eastern Sierra

July 29, 2013

The Aspen Fire burning near Huntington Lake and pouring smoke into the Eastern Sierra for the past few days has grown to 11,019 acres according to the latest forest service update issued on Monday, July 29, at 7 a.m.

Although the fire continues to grow, firefighters are making headway on "containing" the fire—or surrounding it with a fire line. As of Monday morning, the fire was 20 percent contained and there were about 1,400 firefighters fighting the fire.

The fire started on Monday, July 22 and was caused by a lightening strike.

July 25th

RAW: LA man arrested after attempted murder, stabbing at Pearsonville, Kennedy Meadows area

July 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery at the Pearsonville Shell gas station located on U.S. 395 between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, and, a few days later, a stabbing at the popular Kennedy Meadows recreation area.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's department, on Sunday, July 21, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted regarding an armed robbery and stabbing that occurred at the Pearsonville Shell gas station.

Town Council approves TBID

July 25, 2013

Wood, Bacon vote ‘no’ in split vote

With a potential infusion of $4.7 million a year into the town’s tourism quiver for the next five years, the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week approved the creation of a Tourism Business Improvement District.

The vote, taken at the end of a long council meeting on Wednesday, July 24, was 3-2, with both Mayor Rick Wood and council member Jo Bacon voting against.

Voting in favor of the TBID were council members John Eastman, Matthew Lehman, and Michael Raimondo.

Fire fills Mammoth with smoke

July 25, 2013

Officials predict blaze to grow to 6,000 acres

The smoke above Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra that began on Tuesday, July 23, is not going to dissipate for at least a few days, according to the local air pollution control district.

The smoke is due to a 2,000-3,000-acre fire (at press time on Wednesday night, July 24) on the west side of the Sierra crest, north and west of Huntington Lake, near a reservoir called Mammoth Pool Reservoir.

Bears in Crowley Lake head for bad ending

July 25, 2013

Two generations of bears learn bad habits

Bears are relatively rare in Crowley Lake compared to Mammoth Lakes, but in the past few weeks, local residents have said at least one bear—and perhaps two—seem to be getting bolder.

“I get a lot of calls, a lot of concerns,” said Steve Searles, the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ wildlife specialist and known throughout the country as the “Bear Whisperer.” Most calls are about seeing a bear or about the bear getting into trash.

July 24th

UPDATE JULY 24: Smoky skies in Mammoth due to 2,000-plus-acre Aspen Fire on west side of Sierra crest

July 24, 2013

The smoky sky above Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra that became noticeable on the evening of Tuesday, July 23, and into the morning of July 24 is due to a 2,000-plus-acre fire on the west side of the Sierra crest, north and west of Huntington Lake, near a SCE reservoir called Mammoth Pool Reservoir.

The nearest town is Huntington Lake.

The fire is almost directly 40 miles west of Aspendell, a small community west of Bishop (located on S.R. 168, the road to Sabrina Lake, South Lake and North Lake).

July 23rd

RAW: Last few Valentine Reserve talks/walks still have some space available

July 23, 2013

The last day for all Valentine Reserve talks is Aug. 2, and there is still some room left on the last two talks of the year:

The Geology of Valentine Reserve
July 31,9:30-12 p.m.; moderately strenuous hike
Carole Lester

RAW: Local says closed session item Wednesday on proposed recycle facility should get more public input

July 23, 2013

Editor's note: This letter was sent to the MT on Monday, July 22, by local recycling expert and Mono County Solid Waste Task Force member Lisa Isaacs. Since we go to press after the meeting tomorrow night where the Town council may vote on a private property item related to this letter (votes on "property negotiations" are allowed in closed session, according to Town officials), Isaac's letter is printed here in full.

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