Archive - News Article
October 2nd, 2014
During the June Fire, several residents and visitors were contacted by the Mono County Sheriff's Office reverse-911 system, also known as the CodeRed Emergency Alert System a country-wide alert system that triggers a phone call to subscribers when a critical incident or emergency situation takes place within the county.
However, if residents do not sign up for the free service, they will not be contacted, sheriffâ€™s department authorities said, since the system requires the user to subscribe to the alerts.
The enterovirus that has sickened hundreds of people in the countryâ€”mostly childrenâ€”this summer and that has now occurred in California may turn out to be potentially more dangerous in some cases than previously thought, according to local health authorities.
A swarm of small earthquakes, including a 3.9 temblor and a 3.8 shaker, shook an area six miles east of Mammoth Thursday, Sept. 25, and continued into Friday at lesser magnitudes and frequency, according to authorities.
The quakes were triggered by gas and water moving deep within the earthâ€™s crust and are not considered to be a sign of danger at this time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The strongest quake occurred Thursday evening at about 8:30 p.m. and registered at 3.9 on the Richter scale.
An 81-year-old deer hunter, exausted and alone in a wilderness area near Poison Creek, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, was rescued by a a combination of law enforcemnnt officers and Search and Rescue specialists, the Mono County Sheriff's Department said in a news relese.
The man, who was not identified in the news release, began his adventure Monday evening, when he left the side of a companion, then disappeared.
He told his friend that he wanted to do some scouting and would be away for about 20 minutes to return to camp by nightfall.
Gene Wayne Harris, 42, resident of Mammoth Lakes, was sentenced today, Sept. 25, by United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. to 15 years, 8 months in prison, to be followed by a life time period of supervised release, for attempted enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. Â§ 2422(b), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
When the smoke from last week’s June Fire died down earlier this week and the immediate crisis was over, it was clear that the community of June Lake came close—very close—to a much worse disaster.
Putting an end to more than a year of speculation by Southern California skiers and snowboarders, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area this past week announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of Southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts, which together draw nearly 800,000 winter visits annually.
On Sept. 17, at about 6:20 a.m., Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies were dispatched to the Coso Junction Chevron Station for a dispute between the store clerk and a male subject (later identified as Erik Nelson, a 38-year-old man from Lake Havasu, AZ). Nelson left the store prior to Deputies' arrival.
The responding Deputies located Nelson in a tan Ford Ranger parked on the southbound shoulder of Highway 395 approximately a half mile north of the Coso Junction Rest Area. A record check of the license plate indicated that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Bullhead City AZ.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council repeatedly violated the state’s law providing for public transparency, the Mono County Grand Jury alleged in its 2013-14 Final Report.
The chief administrators of Mammoth and Mono County schools were left scratching their heads this past week after state Attorney General Kamala Harris ranked Mono County the worst in elementary school truancy.
There is a new fire on June Mountain within the ski area and it very active and growing, according to the Inyo National Forest.
"A new fire has been discovered on June Mountain," according to a Sept. 16 5:20 p.m. news release from the forest. "The June Fire is estimated to be five acres and is showing torching and running behavior.
"The fire is on the June Mountain Ski Resort and structures are threatened. The Reversed Creek Campground is being evacuated.
"The cause of the fire is under investigation."
The Times will update asap. â€”WG
The Conway Fire started when a vehicle blew a tire, according to Inyo National Forest officials. The fire is 50 acres and will be fully contained Tuesday, Sept. 16. Two other vehicle-related fires also started the same day, on the Sherwin Grade.
According to a news release, the Conway Fire started south of Conway Summit on the west side of U.S. 395.
In addition, there were two small fires south of the Sherwin Grade along U.S. 395 on Sunday, Sept. 14. These fires, which were quickly contained, were also determined to be vehicle-related.
A Bridgeport man riding a motorcycle on Sept. 10 near the Sonora/U.S. 395 junction was injured when a deer leaped into his path, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred at 6:48 a.m. when Moises Cornejo, 43 was traveling northbound U.S. 395 north of S.R.108 when a deer leaped into his path colliding into his motorcycle. The deer collision caused Cornejo to lose control of his orange 2009, Kawasaki, Vulcan 900, which overturned, ejecting Cornejo was ejected from his motorcycle.
An unusually robust respiratory illness stalking parts of the Midwest and the West Coast has not yet shown up in California, but Mono County's public health officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, wants parents and caretakers of young children, especially, to be aware of the symptoms and risks.
Called the EV-D68 virus, from mid-August to September 12, a total of 97 people in six states have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by this virus, he said in a news release.