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August 7th, 2014
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.
If you've bought California nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots lately, even the organic kind, check the label carefully. The Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, California, announced late last week it's expanding a voluntary recall of its products.The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis. This serious infection can give you temporary problems such as a high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea.
The French Fire burning about 40 miles west of Bishop over the Sierra crest was caused by a escaped campfire that has now spread to a fire which has burned about 13,000 acres since it started July 27, authorities said.
A 59-year-old Nevada man on Sunday died of injuries he suffered when the motorcycle he was driving ran head-on into a car near Picnic Grounds Road near Lee Vining..
James McGifford, of Dayton, Nevada, was riding northbound on U.S. 395 on Sunday, when a car driven by Shirley Liang, of Cupertino, crossed into his path while attempting a left turn onto the road.
Her vehicle, according to a spokesperson from the California Highway Patrol, "moved her vehicle directly into the path of the motorcycle."
Although not yet as bad as last year, residents and visitors to the Eastern Sierra are experiencing smoke coming through the passes primarily from the French Fire, according to the public health officer for Mono and Inyo counties.
A Mono County rescuer team last weekend helped a father and son off Mt. Ritter after the climbers were blocked by a rain-fueled waterfall, authorities said
The rescue was at about 3 p.m.
According to a report from the Mono County Search and Rescue team, the pair had attempted to summit Mt. Ritter, a popular peak located 13 miles northwest of Mammoth.
The Mammoth Community Water District said Friday, Aug.1, that it plans to sue the local air pollution controlled district for certifying an environmental document that is a necessary part of a proposed geothermal project that the district believes could harm Mammoth's water supply.
Ormat Technologies, the project proponent, will also be mentioned in the lawsuit as a "real party of interest," the news release from the the water district said.
Mammoth Community Water District made its announcement this morning, following a closed session meeting at the district office.
Mammoth Lakes Tourism is doing its level best to fight smoke from the French Fire.
The smoke, according to MLT, just probably isn't really there, and really shouldn't be discussed in social media.
"Please refrain from posting to social media immediately," MLT exhorted its subscribers in a newsletter Wednesday evening, on the eve of Mammoth's premier summer event, Bluesapalooza.
"While we want to be factual and helpful to potential visitors, we also do not want to spook them unnecessarily.
A Bishop man has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and other charges after he threatened a Southern California Edison employee with a firearm this morning, Inyo Sheriff's Department officials said.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 29 at about 11:42 a.m. when the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department, with the assistance from Bishop Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Tribal Police, responded to the area of Pa Me Lane regarding a male subject threatening a Southern California Edison Employee with a firearm.
Missing hiker Austin Shedd, a 13-year-old boy from Carlsbad and Mammoth Lakes was found late in the evening of July 28 at 9:30 p.m. by a trail crew in Kings Canyon National Park, according to the National Park Service.
A park spokesperson said Shedd was found by a park trail crew and spent the night in the wilderness with the trail crew until a rescue flight can take place on Tuesday, July 29.
Additional details will follow when available.
Another fire is taking off right now, this time very close to where the Aspen Fire started a year ago last week, near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir on the west side of the Sierra crest (in the Shaver/Huntington Lake area), according to Inyo National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Deb Schweizer.
This puts the fire, called the French Fire, west of Bishop about 40 miles and over the Sierra range crest as the crow flies from the Owens Valley.
The fire is about 1,000 acres, burning in heavy fuel, with limited access, as of late Monday evening, July 28.
A chemical spill that temporarily closed U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport and forced the evacuation of some nearby residents on Saturday, July 26, was likely caused by a driver of a semi truck swerving to avoid a deer, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The road is now open with no travel restrictions.
The incident occurred on the morning of July 26 as a driver of a semi truck was traveling northbound on U.S. 395 near Point Ranch when the driver braked for deer crossing the roadway and the cargo inside the box trailer shifted and began to leak, according to the CHP.
The El Portal Fire that started yesterday, July 26, near the community of El Portal near the S.R. 140 entrance of Yosemite National Park is now at 2,600 acres and is still threatening the communities of El Portal on S.R. 140, and the community of Foresta. The fire is five percent contained as of Monday, July 28 noon, according to fire officials. There is no estimate of full containment at this time.
Here is the latest from Yosemite National Park about park facilities and roads: