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February 5th, 2015

Local smoke possible from prescribed burns

February 5, 2015

The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest are planning to continue several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction. Fire crews are taking advantage of recent precipitation that has provided safe and favorable burning conditions.

The Aqueduct Prescribed Fire is planned to begin either Thursday, Feb. 5 or Friday, Feb. 6; conditions permitting.

It should take two days to complete.

This 120-acre project in the Jeffrey pine forest is east of U.S. 395 near Bald Mountain (northeast of Deadman Summit).

Police-Community Hispanic meeting, March 19

February 5, 2015

Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee

TOWN HALL MEETING, Thursday March 19 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Lodge

The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee (MLPCHAC) has scheduled its ninth Town Hall meeting for Thursday, March 19 at 5 pm in the Emerald Room at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail.
Refreshments, childcare, and interpreters will be provided.

Speakers at the Town Hall will include representatives from the following:
• Members of the Mexican Consulate
• Immigration Attorney Lazaro Salazar

February 2nd

No surprise; Yosemite hikes entrance, camping fees

February 2, 2015

As expected, Yosemite National Park announced last week that entrance fees and campground fees will increase beginning March 1.

The new fee structure includes modifications to the October 2014 draft proposal based on public input.

During the civic engagement period, the park received 2,430 e-mails in response to the proposal, 1,222 comments on the park’s Facebook page, and 16 mailed letters, park officials said.

January 27th

Moriarty takes oath as Mono undersheriff

January 27, 2015

Michael Moriarty was sworn-in as the new Mono County undersheriff after taking an official oath of office performed by Sheriff Ingrid Braun. 

January 26th

Mammoth's Chloe Kim, Kelly Clark crush X Games

January 26, 2015

Mammoth Mountain women snowboarders STOMPED the X Games last weekend in Aspen.

Fundraiser for Linda and Sam Nicolosi

January 26, 2015

As many of you know our dear friend the “Lovely Linda” has spent most of the past year in the hospital including 20-plus operations and battling a multitude of other health problems.

January 22nd

Have you heard about the Mammoth Lakes Beard Growing Contest?

January 22, 2015

January 16th

Braun names new undersheriff; veteran LAPD officer awaits Supes approval

January 16, 2015

In her first major move as Mono County Sheriff, Ingrid Braun has tapped a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer as her undersheriff.

He is Michael Moriarty, who will join Braun from his current position as Chief of Investigators at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Previously, he logged 31 years as a member of the LAPD.

He, Braun and County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy agreed to a three-year deal, starting Feb. 1.

January 14th

Mammoth endures 'unprecedented' broadband demand'

January 15, 2015

Demand on Internet broadband service during the 2014-15 Christmas-New Year holiday period jumped an astonishing 1,700 percent from the same period in 2013-14, according to the town’s Information Technology director. 

That is not a misprint. 

Nate Greenberg, who oversees IT for both the town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, told the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week that the increased demand took just about everybody by surprise.

January 12th

Child sex abuser located in Mexico after 11 years on the run, extradited Jan. 6

January 12, 2015

On January 6, 2014, an Investigator from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, assisted by the Sacramento branch of the FBI traveled to Mexico City to transport a fugitive back to Mono County to face charges for repeatedly and forcibly raping a child while she was between the ages of five and twelve, according to the Mono County District Attorney's office.

New recreation group gears up for 2015; meets Wednesday, Jan. 14

January 12, 2015

The Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative (ESRC) is pleased to remind everybody that we will be picking up where we left off in 2014 with a special ESRC meeting next week to finalize work on the draft Recreation Strategy.
What: ESRC Meeting: "Finalizing a Recreation Strategy"

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Special Orientation Session 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
Meeting starts at 5:30 PM and will wrap up by 8:30 PM

Where: Cerro Coso Community College, Bishop.


January 9th

Bridgeport woman dies in single car accident Jan. 8

January 9, 2015

A Bridgeport woman, Stephanie Migliore, 51, died on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 8, after the vehicle she was driving westbound on Twin Lakes Road drifted off the roadway (for unknown reasons) and overturned, fatally injuring her. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 5:27 p.m. It is still being investigated.

Here are more details from the CHP:

January 8th

Sonora Pass truck limits lands on Supes' desk

January 8, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Trucks get stuck on Sonora Pass. 

Cars crash there, too, as drivers attempt to negotiate the asphalt switchbacks that make the pass a thrilling—sometimes chilling— drop into the Eastern Sierra near Bridgeport.

That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to troopers of the California Highway Patrol, who spend a disproportionate amount of time helping trucks and cars out of gnarly jams on the twisty-turny curves high above Pickel Meadow.

Mono County shifts to new ground

January 8, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—It was more crowded than a gangster’s funeral.

At 9 a.m. sharp on Tuesday, newly elected and re-elected officials took the oath of office in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

It was a good idea to be on time.

And the Darwin Awards this week go to ...

January 8, 2015

It was a weird, wild end to one year and just as weird and wild a beginning to another when it came to homegrown crimes this week.

A manager of a local business mailed a packaged filled with a sock filled with pinto beans filled with tar heroin to his business address—except the business owners opened the package. Oops.

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