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August 26th, 2013
A Yorba Linda woman has died after falling 150 feet near the Baxter Pass area of the Sierra backcountry west of Independence, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's office.
On Aug. 23, Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s dispatch was notified of a deceased victim near the Diamond Peak area near Baxter Pass, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff's office.
Patricia Hadley, 54, Yorba Linda, had been hiking with a group and had gone on ahead, the news release states.
UPDATED 5:19 p.m. MONDAY—A 30-year-old man who is suspected of robbing the Mammoth Lakes Bank of America branch Monday morning, Aug. 26, was identified by police as Ryan Ward of Mammoth Lakes.
Ward was taken into custody after Mammoth Lakes police officers followed a tip.
They found Ward at the Motel 6 in Mammoth, according to Police Chief Dan Watson.
The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes July 16 continued Monday, Aug. 26 after a pair of glasses found by a Mammoth Lakes hiker Friday, Aug. 23, near the Inyo Craters trailhead north of Mammoth, could not be positively identified as Matthew Greene's glasses.
Greene, 39, an experienced hiker and climber and a teacher from Pennsylvania, was last seen in Mammoth after dropping off his car for repairs at a repair shop and left no note or indication of where he had gone.
A massive marijuana seizure occurred earlier this week in a steep drainage above Lone Pine called Hogsback Creek, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department.
According to a news release from the agency, on Aug. 21,"a massive multiagency eradication operation was successfully accomplished above Hogback Creek west of Lone Pine.
"Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and agents from the United States Forest Service have been investigating this particular grow-site and gathering evidence since May, 2013.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, the missing local man, Matthew Mooney, last known to have contacted family on Tuesday, was found dead in a mountain rock chute above Tamarack Lake yesterday, Aug. 22.
Search and rescue (SAR) teams discovered his body; he is believed to have fallen approximately 30 feet.
SAR teams have been searching for Mooney since about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 after Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker, according to the sheriff's department.
Mammoth is inching closer to faster broadband service, with some customers expected to have the service this week, according to Pete Abel, the vice president of corporate communications for Suddenlink.
“Digital 395 completed its work on Aug. 13 and we connected to their circuit the same day,” Abel said.
“Our engineering team tested that circuit, and per the positive results of those tests, we are in the process (Tuesday, Aug. 20) of moving local customers to the Digital 395 circuit.
Search and rescue officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a Swall Meadows man, Matthew Mooney, who is overdue from a day hike that he started on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Mooney, 47, is an experienced backcountry hiker and former member of the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s department.
Mammoth Lakes would create a government entity to help manage its myriad recreation components under a proposal that a special, 32-member super-committee sent to the Town Council this past week.
The committee, known as the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Steering Committee, made the recommendation Monday evening, Aug. 19, after nine hours of discussion over three separate meetings.
After two decades of rigorous attention to air quality in Mammoth, town officials have quietly gone lax in the last seven years, leaving the town seriously out of compliance with state air quality standards.
By abandoning the enforcement of woodstove change-out regulations adopted a quarter of a century ago, the town suffered 19 days last winter during which air quality standards were above state regulations, said Ted Schade, the air pollution control officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.
Mammoth Lakes police said Tuesday they have cleared two suspects in the Aug. 2 heist at Union Bank.
According to an MLPD news release, the first individual was identified by a local resident who, after viewing the surveillance photo, believed it was a local resident.
That person was located a few days later and cleared as a possible suspect.
The second suspect was identified by multiple local residents as a former Mammoth Lakes resident.
A flurry of lightning strikes right above the town of Mammoth Lakes Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, left at least three trees on fire in three different areas of town and firefighters from both the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest scrambling to put them out.
Although the fires, which started at about 3 p.m. Monday, are now out, there is still the potential for more lightning strikes Tuesday and Wednesday, said Thom Heller, a fire fighter with the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.
A lightning fire that started in Nevada and crossed the state line has moved closer to Bodie State Park in the past two days, according to federal fire officials.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Spring Peak Fire was about 14,300 acres and about 39 percent contained, according to a news release.
According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, two search and rescue operations involving a helicopter rescue occurred over the weekend.
"On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, at approximately 10 a.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s dispatch received a call regarding a fallen climber with potential arm and leg injuries in the Minarets." according to a news release from the sheriff's department.
Dr. Rick Johnson, Public Health Officer for Inyo County, said that a local resident of Inyo County has been hospitalized with a clinical picture that is highly suspect of being caused by hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS). Particularly during these summer months, hantavirus needs to be considered in anyone with a serious â€śinfluenza-like illnessâ€ť, which includes fever, body and muscle aches, headache, cough, or respiratory difficulty.
Sacramento County authorities confirmed Monday the death of a 43-year-old Mammoth Lakes man, whose body was found in the Sacramento River on Saturday.
Details as to the cause of death of Lloyd Cearley were withheld as of Monday morning, pending notification of his father, according to a Sacramento County coronor's office spokeswoman.
Cearley, who was suffering from thyroid cancer at the time of his death, was in Sacramento County to see a doctor, according to a Facebook post from his sister, Nicole Cearley Van Alstine.