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July 18th, 2014
A graffiti artist known as “ZURG” is on the loose in Mammoth, but law enforcement artists known as “COPS” are in hot pursuit.
Police Chief Dan Watson said officers had not made any arrests in the case as of Wednesday, July 16, but the investigation “is continuing.”
Meanwhile, Town Manager Dan Holler said cleaup crews worked this week to erase the graffiti in advance of Jazz Jubilee, a popular event drawing tourists from throughout the United States.
The Mountain Boys are back in town. That would be Rusty Gregory and MMSA Vice-Prez Ron Cohen, who joined Tim Alpers in the sweltering capital for a little more arm-twisting on the Land Exchange bill, still awaiting the Senate’s blessing. The legislation already has been through the House twice. “I don’t want to find out if three times is a charm,” quipped an optimistic Cohen upon his return to the (relatively) cool mountains. …
There might not be enough electricity to go around, and Internet connections are pretty much out of the question, but Bodie next month will serve as a venue for a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.
Details are not etched in stone, Leddy cautioned this past week, but he said plans are afoot for Bodie to host the Aug. 12 regular meeting.
For a brief moment this week, the five-member Mono County Board of Supervisors suddenly became a six-member panel.
Although seated in the gallery and without voting privileges, Supervisor-elect Stacy Corless of Mammoth on Tuesday, July 15, joined a debate regarding extra salary compensation for the supervisor occupying the chairmanship.
Her testimony, at the behest of South County Supervisor Fred Stump, caught Corless by surprise, but not in a negative way.
Biathlon enthusiast Clayton Mendel and incumbent Elizabeth Truax won appointments to the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission on Wednesday night, July 16.
Two men, one from Bridgeport and another from Big Sur, are facing charges in connection to an alleged marijuana operation in Mono County, according to a spokesperson for the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
The sound of rain on windows and roofs this weekend ushered in what could be a wetter than normal July, according to the National Weather Service.
As much as 200 percent of normal precipitation could occur, according to the National Center for Environmental Prediction.
In a major new report on earthquake scenarios in the Mammoth area, geologists say they have identified five faults in Long Valley capable of producing temblors of 6.7 or greater—roughly as strong as the 1994 Northridge quake.
Along with scientific data, the scientists say planners in the area should include the data in preparing future scenarios that would impact everything from property destruction to emergency health care.
A San Diego motorcyclist who led police on a 130-mph chase on U.S. 395 south between the Mammoth Yosemite Airport and Bishop was arrested on July 6 near the Pine Creek Road turnoff on suspicion of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
The chase started at about 8:03 p.m. when California Highway Patrol officers saw a red sport motorcycle traveling southbound on the highway near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
Pulling over a couple of Reds Meadow shuttle buses for unannounced vehicle inspections on the busiest day on the busiest road of the entire summer season wasn’t exactly guaranteed to make the California Highway Patrol the most popular player in town.
It happened on Saturday, July 5, and the lines to get on the shuttle buses that take visitors and hikers to Devils Postpile National Monument from Mammoth Mountain’s Adventure Center were dozens deep and yards long.
BRIDGEPORT—Fred Stump might have thought it was going to be a routine Fourth of July at Crowley Lake.
Stump, the supervisor representing South County and Crowley Lake, instead found himself in charge of a makeshift emergency command post after Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, citing budget concerns over overtime pay, held back the county’s mobile command post.
Home sales have increased over the past year in almost all segments in Mammoth and the surrounding areas.
On a lovely, late June morning under cloudless skies, Larry and Karen Johnston both showed growing signs of alarm.
A solo hiker from Florida who became lost near the Silver Peak area southwest of Mammoth had to be flown out of the backcountry early last week after she was located by Mono County Search and Rescue team members.
The female hiker became lost during a solo, multi-day backpack trip sometime during the day on June 23 while traversing the Cascade Valley area, around Silver Peak.
According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, for a 24-hour period, the hiker attempted to relocate the trail, but she then became ill and she stayed in place overnight.
The next two weeks are shaping up to be the two hottest weeks of the high country summer and there is little relief in sight, forecasters say.
Although Mammoth is unlikely to break any records, it will be close, according to Chris Smallcomb, a meteorologist with the national weather service in Reno.
“You will get within a degree or two of breaking records, likely,” Smallcomb said.
The hottest days will likely be the first three days of July and then the first three days of the second week of July, he said.