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September 8th, 2014
The wildfire that exploded Sunday afternoon Sept. 7 in Yosemite National Park that cast a thick pall of smoke over northern Mono County and forced the rapid evacuation of hundreds of hikers and Half Dome climbers by helicopter by Sunday evening has increased to 2,582 acres and is continuing to burn toward the upper elevations of the park, park officials said Monday morning, Sept. 8.
The fire is burning in the wilderness of the park near and/or in the Clouds Rest outcropping and Little Yosemite Valley, on both sides of the Merced River.
The 81-year-old comedy icon has died.
On the verge of making good on its first major environmental policy priority, the Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday found itself unexpectedly stopped in its tracks.
About the only voice in the Ormat Technologies/Mammoth Community Water District dispute that is almost never heard from these days might be the most important player—the Bishop field office of the federal Bureau of Land Management.
The body that was found behind a Mammoth home early Monday morning, Sept. 1, has been identified as 29-year-old Robert Scott Barsan of Reno, according to the Mammoth Lakes Police.
The identification of the body, found by a Mammoth resident behind a home on Pinecrest Avenue, was released at about noon on Tuesday, Sept. 2, after Barsanâ€™s next of kin were notified, said Police Chief Dan Watson.
The 2014 Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo cycling event expects approximately 1,200 cyclists in Mammoth Lakes Saturday, Sept. 6, and as a result, traffic patterns on a number of roads will change to accommodate the riders.
Cyclists will ride on highways S.R. 203, U.S. 395, S.R. 120, and Benton Crossing Road throughout the day.
A Japanese climber who fell 125 feet when he slipped while trying to climb Sawtooth Ridge area above Bridgeport was flow out of the backcountry with serious injuries on Aug. 15.
According to the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the incident occurred on Friday, Aug. 15 at approximately 12:55 p.m. when sheriffâ€™s dispatch received a call regarding an injured climber on a ridge in the Sawtooth Ridge area.
Two climbers were attempting to climb the ridge and during their ascent, they were climbing up a 45-degree ice field with ice axes, according to a sheriffâ€™s department news release.
The news of Robin Williamsâ€™ death this week serves as a stark reminder that deep despair and hopelessness have no boundaries. When depression takes hold, it can feel impossible to face another day for those with depression.
In response to this news, Mono County Behavioral Health is available for anyone in need.
If someone you know is struggling, please reach out and let Mono County Behavioral Health connect you with needed services. Mono County Behavioral Health - 760.924.1740 or via web at http://www.suicideispreventable.org/
A 32-year-old swimmer at Arrowhead Lake found out the hard way that rope swings can be dangerous.
A bear that went on a breaking and entering spree on Saturday, Aug. 9 and was mentioned in a Mammoth Times print edition story on Aug. 14 (p. 4) is not a local Mammoth bear, according to Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed. This special report aired on KTLA 5 News on Aug. 11, 2014.
An Quartz Hill man who stole a car, nearly hit a law enforcement officer with it, and led cops on a high speed chase on U.S. 395 on Aug. 10 was finally arrested at gun point near Lone Pine after spike strips on the road disabled the vehicle he was driving.
The man, Evan Robert Furubotten, 25, Quartz Hill, California, is now in the Inyo County Jail.
The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 when Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha on the report of a "suspicious subject" refusing to leave.
Getting an early start and checking the weather in advance might have saved two runners from a backcountry rescue earlier this week.
According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, on the evening of Wednesday, August 6, at approximately 6 p.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s dispatch received notification that a SPOT device had been activated on the Pacific Crest Trail near Upper Piute Meadows.
Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. during routine patrol in the town of Bishop, an Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy and Tribal Police Officer spotted Ray Bencoma, 39, from Bishop, who is wanted in two prior domestic violence incidents.
Once Bencoma realized he had been seen, he darted into a residence in the 400 block of Pa Ha Lane. The Inyo County SED team, which consists of members of the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Bishop Police Department, and Inyo County District Attorneyâ€™s Office arrived; however Bencoma refused to come out.