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September 24th, 2014
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.
A Lone Pine man who swung a machete at several people and tried to choke a woman at a birthday party has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Inyo County Sheriff's officials.
The incident occurred on Sept. 14 at about 1:30, a.m. when Inyo County dispatch was notified of a fight in progress at Statham Hall in Lone Pine.
Joe Sample, whose lifelong love affair with cutting-edge jazz funk and fusion music was matched by his love for Mammoth and skiing, died Saturday in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
The Inyo National Forest just released a good summary on road and trail conditions, along with tips on fall colors. Take a look!
Mono Lake Ranger District
All roads are open: Bodie (Highway 270), Lundy Canyon, June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Monitor Pass, Panum Crater, Parker Lake, Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Saddlebag Rd., South Tufa, Hwy 120 E, Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W).
The Conway Fire is now mapped at 50 acres as of Saturday morning, Sept. 13 and is burning in sagebrush with some scattered pinyon pine and juniper trees, according to Inyo National Forest officials. Fire crews were able to walk the fire perimeter of the fire last night to accurately map it; this reflects the reduced acreage. The fire is 25 percent contained.
Night crews made excellent progress last night. There is initial fireline around the Conway Fire at this time. Fire crews will continue to strengthen and improve these lines today and are mopping up to cool the fireâ€™s edge.
A motorcylist traveling on S.R. 108 died on Thursday, Sept. 11, from injuries he suffered when his three-wheeled vehicle veered off the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 27-year old Mammoth man died in a swimming accident at Grant Lake on Thursday, Sept. 11, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.