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Motorcyclist leads cops on 130 mph chase

July 10, 2014

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.

Reds shuttle inspections surprise riders

July 10, 2014

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.

More ‘fireworks’ at Crowley Lake

July 10, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Fred Stump might have thought it was going to be a routine Fourth of July at Crowley Lake.

It wasn’t.

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 on the up-and-up in Mammoth area

July 8, 2014

Home sales have increased over the past year in almost all segments in Mammoth and the surrounding areas.

 

Floating on the Fourth of July with Karen and Larry Johnston

July 7, 2014

On a lovely, late June morning under cloudless skies, Larry and Karen Johnston both showed growing signs of alarm.

 

Florida hiker flown out of backcountry

July 3, 2014

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.

Drought brings ‘double whammy’ heat, fire danger

July 3, 2014

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.

Walker’s word is Mammoth’s world

July 3, 2014

There isn’t much that is Mammoth that entrepreneur, business owner and resident Sam Walker hasn’t had his fingerprints on in the past 50 years.

Whiskey Creek Restaurant—“the place to be” in Mammoth for decades—complete with Joe Sample singing Christmas songs every holiday season? Check.

Angels Restaurant? Check.

Sam’s Woodsite (yes, he’s that Sam)? Check.

The Mammoth Brewery? Check.

Bluesapalooza? Check.

Rafters, which he opened with Jerry Buss in 1967? Check.

Police Chief Dan Watson retires, effective Dec. 29

June 26, 2014

After four years of serving in what originally was designed to be a one-year tour, Dan Watson this past week announced his retirement as Chief of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

 

RAW: Cars vandalized at local "Park and Ride" lot at 203/395 junction

June 26, 2014

For those carpoolers and others who park in the dirt lot on southbound Hwy 203, across from the chain-up area, please beware that several vehicles have been vandalized, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

On Tuesday, June 24 at approximately 7:15 a.m, a local resident parked a vehicle in the dirt lot for the duration of the day. When they returned to their vehicle around 5 p.m., the driver noticed the front passenger side window had been smashed.

There was a large rock next to the vehicle which is believed to have been used to smash the window.

Mammoth adds Denver to flight schedule; Las Vegas also in mix

June 26, 2014

Mammoth-Yosemite Airport will get air service to and from Denver next winter.

 

Eastern Sierra busy with rescues

June 26, 2014

Man bucked off mule, has to be airlifted out of backcountry

A Bakersfield man who was bucked off a mule and injured had to be airlifted out of the Mt. Whitney area backcountry June 24 after his injuries left him unable to walk.

At about 9:20 a.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch received notification that a SPOT device had been activated with the approximate coordinates of Little Whitney Meadow, west of Lone Pine, on the west side of the Sierra crest south and west of Mt. Whitney. 

Supervisor calls for violence summit

June 19, 2014

In the wake of what he called “a shooting a week” in the United States, Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston has begun pushing for a “summit” meeting among Eastside agencies and schools.

'Fix-It' Council leaves on high note

June 19, 2014

After four years of extraordinary municipal crises and a topsy-turvy electoral campaign, three members of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week stepped down.

 

Missing Mt Whitney hiker found dead after five-day search

June 16, 2014

The body of a Mt. Whitney hiker missing since June 14 was found Thursday in a steep chute above Mirror Lake, only about a mile from where the man was supposed to meet his friends on June 14 after he and two friends had climbed Whitney for the fifth time.

Early in the evening of June 19, during an aerial reconnaissance mission above Mirror Lake west of Outpost Camp, search crews located what is believed to be the remains of missing hiker John Likely, 60, Dumont, New Jersey, in an extremely steep chute.

Urban smog from Central Valley plagues Mammoth

June 12, 2014

Urban smog isn’t one of those things most people associate with Mammoth, but that is the likely source of the persistent silver-gray hazy air residents have been breathing almost every afternoon and evening since the day after Memorial Day.

Proposed broadband speeds in South County may leave Mammoth behind

June 12, 2014

Cursing slow internet speeds is almost a local pastime in Mono County, especially in the communities outside of Mammoth where upload speeds of less than one megabit per second are common.

That might be about to change if a new provider, Burlingame, California-based Race Telecommunications, Inc., gets the approval of the state Public Utilities Commission to build the “final mile” fiber-optic broadband cable to the communities of Aspen Springs, Chalfant, Crowley Lake and Sunny Slopes.

Mammoth, Mono voters create a ‘do-over’

June 12, 2014

Thirty years after Mammoth broke away from Bridgeport and incorporated, the town has reached a do-over point.

As the dust settles over the 2014 elections in Mammoth and Mono County, residents and visitors are looking at what is essentially a blank canvas.

There have been great advances and there have been serious setbacks. The town’s short history is heavy on family division, boom-and-bust cycles, great snow years and bad snow years.

French man dies in Death Valley after leaving tour bus in 115 degree heat

June 9, 2014

A 54-year-old French national died in Death Valley National Park this weekend after he spent about an hour exposed to 115-degree temperatures, although the exact cause of his death has not been identified.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, Guy Brossart was found dead on June 6 at about 3:30 p.m. after failing to return to a tour bus, following a brief stop at the Mesquite Dunes. 

The 2014 Election: It’s a wrap

June 5, 2014

The 2014 Election closed this past week, with a landslide decision in the race for Mono County Sheriff, a surprise victory in Supervisors District 5 and three new members of the Mammoth Town Council.

Ingrid Braun, 46, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who last year was dismissed from her deputy’s position by Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, won election against Obenberger Tuesday night, June 3.

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