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With the Aspen Fire largely contained, wildfire experts this past week began to analyze why this particular fire was so nasty.
First, by Central Sierra wildfire standards, it was in fact a big fire for the type of terrain, firefighters said.
As for its impact, particularly in populated areas such as Mammoth Lakes, people cannot recall anything quite like it—not, anyway, since the Rainbow Fire threatened to burn down the town in August 1992.
Two Mammoth-based nonprofit organizations have created a new scholarship program for student-snowboarders in Mammoth.
Olympic Gold Medalist and Mammoth resident Kelly Clark this past week announced she is throwing her Kelly Clark Foundation energy into the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team programs, and to the Mammoth Unified School District.
Young skateboarders and beginning riders won a victory this past week when the town approved the construction of “Little Brothers” Skate Park, to be situated alongside the larger Volcom Brothers Skate Park at the Trails End recreation complex.
The addition of the new skate park will help younger riders, said JLA Foundation president Jane Baer, who led the effort.
Construction on the project, which is funded entirely by JLA and in-kind donor contractors, is to begin this month and would be completed before the snow season.
Suddenlink is still on track to deliver higher broadband speeds to its Mammoth Lakes customers by mid-August, according to Suddenlink spokesman Pete Abel on Wednesday.
The company expects to test the Digital 395 system this week and into next week, with a delivery date sometime soon after, he said.
He did not provide an exact date.
The Inyo National Forest said in a news release that travelers should plan for delays of up to 20 minutes on the road between Minaret Vista and Agnew Meadows, beginning on August 7.
Delays should only affect this portion of the Reds Meadow Road.
Inyo National Forest is completing clean-up efforts in Agnew Meadows Campground and Agnew Group Campground resulting from the November 2011 wind event that caused wide-spread tree blow-downs. There may be traffic delays while logs are being removed from the valley.
Mono County Sheriff's Office Press Release:
On the afternoon of August, 6, 2013, at approximately 1:40pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a possible suicidal male, age, 33, walking on SR 108.
The Aspen Fire was at about 20,797 acres as of Tuesday morning, Aug. 6.
The fire was at 75 percent contained, meaning the fire has a fire line around about 65 percent of it, according to fire officials.
Fire crews have been using the cooler night air to create a stronger fire line by lighting of several hundred feet of brush and other fuels close to the fire line in order to create a thicker line of unburnable fuel to slow the fire's advance, forest service officials said. That process works, but it also puts more smoke into the air.
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 a preliminary search this week by the Mono County Search and Rescue team members (as well as other searchers), according to law enforcement officials.
Greene, 39, an experienced climber and hiker and a teacher from Pennsylvania, was last heard from after he dropped off his car at a repair shop in Mammoth on July 16 and made a few phone calls from his cell phone.
That was a regular parade of principal wannabesover at the MUSDoffices this past week, as the search narrowed for the team seeking to replace the departed Gabe Solorioat the high school. Lots of shuffling among familiar names are expected, say those in the know. …
Those big, bad Ditch Witchmachines around town are laying in fiber optic lines on behalf of Digital 395, with the first lines going to the emergency sites such as the hospital and the cop shop. …
Two separate thunderstorm events that occurred the evening of July 21 and the afternoon of July 28 have caused damage to several roads, trails, and other infrastructure on the Mt. Whitney Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest.
Localized storm cells dropped several inches of water on to mountain slopes causing landslides, debris flows, and major rock fall. As a result, some roads are impassable to passenger vehicles and some roads are impassable to all vehicles and have been temporarily closed.
Mammoth and some other Eastern Sierra customers can still expect to see higher broadband speeds by mid-August, but the completion date for the full Digital 395 project has now been moved to the end of October, according to the project’s CEO.
“We, along with about half of the rest of the NTIA (National Transportation and Information Administration) project proponents, asked for and received an extension,” said Michael Ort, the CEO for Praxis Associates.
“We are shooting for Halloween at the latest.”
Note: A previous version of this story stated that law enforcement was searching for a vehicle that might have been associated with the robbery of the Union Bank in Mammoth on Aug. 2. As of Monday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., Mammoth police said "the vehicle and its owner have been located and identified. The MLPD is no longer seeking assistance in locating this vehicle."
See below for the story about this robbery, which occurred Friday afternoon, Aug. 2:
Mammoth police on Friday evening, Aug. 2, scrambled to find a man who robbed Union Bank earlier in the day.
Rusty Gregory says buyer is ‘a high quality individual with a great deal of integrity and the resources to develop if he chooses to'
One of the largest remainind undeveloped parcels of private property in the June Lake and Mammoth Lakes area, the 87-acre undeveloped “Rodeo Ground” parcel across the street from June Mountain Ski Area, has now been purchased by the family of Edward P.Roski Jr., the president and chair of the board of Majestic Realty Co.
Cattle, crops decline; experts say another dry winter will be devastating
The hot, dry summer of 2013 is not over.
But for some farmers, it might as well be.
Last week, when the National Weather Service posted a notice that all Eastern Sierra counties are in a state of severe drought, it was no surprise to the ranchers and farmers in the region.
Agriculture is a major revenue source for Mono and Inyo counties, (following recreation and tourism,) contributing about $77 million in 2012.
Officials say full containment estimated for Aug. 10
Mammoth’s battle with some of the worst air quality in recent history appears to be slowly coming to an end.
By Thursday morning afternoon, the Aspen Fire had grown to about 16,205 acres, and had a fire line around about 40 percent of it— a far cry from the earlier part of the week when the fire was under 10 percent contained.
There were about 1,940 firefighters assigned to the fire, and it has so far cost about $12.9 million.