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August 12th, 2014

VIDEO: Robin Williams dies at 63 of apparent suicide

August 12, 2014

Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed. This special report aired on KTLA 5 News on Aug. 11, 2014.

Man steals car, leads cops on high speed chase, arrested at gun point

August 12, 2014

An Quartz Hill man who stole a car, nearly hit a law enforcement officer with it, and led cops on a high speed chase on U.S. 395 on Aug. 10 was finally arrested at gun point near Lone Pine after spike strips on the road disabled the vehicle he was driving.

The man, Evan Robert Furubotten, 25, Quartz Hill, California, is now in the Inyo County Jail.

The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 when Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha on the report of a "suspicious subject" refusing to leave.

August 7th

Ultra runners outrun by weather, floods, have to be rescued

August 7, 2014

Getting an early start and checking the weather in advance might have saved two runners from a backcountry rescue earlier this week.

According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, on the evening of Wednesday, August 6, at approximately 6 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s dispatch received notification that a SPOT device had been activated on the Pacific Crest Trail near Upper Piute Meadows.

Bishop man arrested on two domestic violence charges

August 7, 2014

Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. during routine patrol in the town of Bishop, an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy and Tribal Police Officer spotted Ray Bencoma, 39, from Bishop, who is wanted in two prior domestic violence incidents.

Once Bencoma realized he had been seen, he darted into a residence in the 400 block of Pa Ha Lane. The Inyo County SED team, which consists of members of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, and Inyo County District Attorney’s Office arrived; however Bencoma refused to come out.

August 6th

Our New Look

August 7, 2014

As is quite obvious by now, the Mammoth Times has a new suit of clothes.

It’s going to take a little bit of time to get comfortable with our new look, both from our end and yours. But we are confident that we’ll adjust quickly, and that our readers will, too.

August 5th

RAW: Sweet2Eat, Mrs. Smittcamps fruit contaminated, recall in effect

August 5, 2014

If you've bought California nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots lately, even the organic kind, check the label carefully. The Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, California, announced late last week it's expanding a voluntary recall of its products.The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis. This serious infection can give you temporary problems such as a high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea.

August 4th

Escaped campfire started French Fire; authorities search for culprit

August 4, 2014

The French Fire burning about 40 miles west of Bishop over the Sierra crest was caused by a escaped campfire that has now spread to a fire which has burned about 13,000 acres since it started July 27, authorities said.

Nevada man dies in Lee Vining motorcycle crash

August 4, 2014

A 59-year-old Nevada man on Sunday died of injuries he suffered when the motorcycle he was driving ran head-on into  a car near Picnic Grounds Road near Lee Vining..

James McGifford, of Dayton, Nevada, was riding northbound on U.S. 395 on Sunday, when a car driven by Shirley Liang, of Cupertino, crossed into his path while attempting a left turn onto the road.

Her vehicle, according to a spokesperson from the California Highway Patrol, "moved her vehicle directly into the path of the motorcycle."

Doctor weighs in on smoke hazards

August 4, 2014

Although not yet as bad as last year, residents and visitors to the Eastern Sierra are experiencing smoke coming through the passes primarily from the French Fire, according to the public health officer for Mono and Inyo counties.

Search-and-Rescue helps Mt. Ritter climbers

August 4, 2014


A Mono County rescuer team last weekend helped a father and son off Mt. Ritter after the climbers were blocked by a rain-fueled waterfall, authorities said

The rescue was at about 3 p.m.

According to a report from the Mono County Search and Rescue team, the pair had attempted to summit Mt. Ritter, a popular peak located 13 miles northwest of Mammoth.

August 1st

Mammoth Water District to sue local air pollution agency over geothermal decision

August 1, 2014

The Mammoth Community Water District said Friday, Aug.1, that it plans to sue the local air pollution controlled district for certifying an environmental document that is a necessary part of a proposed geothermal project that the district believes could harm Mammoth's water supply.

Ormat Technologies, the project proponent, will also be mentioned in the lawsuit as a "real party of interest," the news release from the the water district said.

Mammoth Community Water District made its announcement this morning, following a closed session meeting at the district office.

Mammoth Tourism pleads with locals: 'Don't spook the visitors on social media'

August 1, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Tourism is doing its level best to fight smoke from the French Fire.

The smoke, according to MLT, just probably isn't really there, and really shouldn't be discussed in social media.

"Please refrain from posting to social media immediately," MLT exhorted its subscribers in a newsletter Wednesday evening, on the eve of Mammoth's premier summer event, Bluesapalooza.

"While we want to be factual and helpful to potential visitors, we also do not want to spook them unnecessarily.

July 31st

VIDEO: Viewer reaction: Sharknado 2

July 31, 2014

The eagerly-awaited sequel to "Sharnado" premiered last night on the SyFy Channel. Reviews have been … mixed. But part of the fun came from seeing which celebrity would pop up next. In fact, there were more celebrity cameos in "Sharknado 2" than a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Which was your favorite?

July 30th

Turning 30

July 31, 2014

There is a world of difference between 29 years old and 30.

We bring this up because on Aug. 15, The Town of Mammoth Lakes will vault from its impetuous 20s over the magic timeline to 30.

July 29th

Bishop man charged with deadly weapon assault, terrorist threats

July 29, 2014

A Bishop man has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and other charges after he threatened a Southern California Edison employee with a firearm this morning, Inyo Sheriff's Department officials said.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 29 at about 11:42 a.m. when the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance from Bishop Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Tribal Police, responded to the area of Pa Me Lane regarding a male subject threatening a Southern California Edison Employee with a firearm.

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