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RAW:Arizona man gets into fight with Coso Junction clerk, arrested driving stolen car

September 18, 2014

On Sept. 17, at about 6:20 a.m., Inyo County Sheriff’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.

Grand Jury says council violated Brown Act

September 18, 2014

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.

Local Schools challenge state truancy findings

September 18, 2014

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.

New fire on June Mountain, Sept. 16, Reversed Creek Campground being evacuated

September 16, 2014

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. —WG

Conway Fire caused by vehicle, two other vehicle fires started same day

September 16, 2014

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.

Bridgeport man injured when motorcycle collides with deer

September 16, 2014

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.

RAW: Unusual children's respiratory illness stalks some West Coast areas, California still untouched

September 16, 2014

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.

Lone Pine man interrupts birthday party to slash patrons with machete, choke woman

September 15, 2014

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, a Mammoth friend and renowned jazz keyboardist, is dead at 75

September 15, 2014

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.

Local road, campground conditions, fall color update

September 13, 2014

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).

Conway Fire at 50 ares, 25 percent contained, U.S. 395 open

September 12, 2014

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 fire’s edge.

Man dies in S.R. 108 motorcycle accident

September 12, 2014

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.

Mammoth man drowns in Grant Lake

September 12, 2014

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.

Obamas, Americans Remember Victims of 9/11 Attacks

September 11, 2014

Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg News takes you to the south lawn of the White House and Lower Manhattan as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama join Americans in observance of a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks 13 years ago today.

Happy hounds, contented kitties

September 11, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Angelle Nolan doesn’t like a budget crisis any more than anybody else, but Mono County’s director of Animal Control says she knows a good workaround, at least in her own sphere.

 

Dr. Karch to leave Mammoth; will continue work with Mammoth Medical Missions

September 11, 2014

Mammoth Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Karch has made a big impact in Mammoth since he moved to the Eastern Sierra more than a decade ago.

 

VIDEO: Apple Announces iPhone 6

September 10, 2014

In the highly anticipated announcement, Apple unveils a bigger, better, thinner, and expensive iPhone. Jen Markham has all the details.

Yosemite wildfire grows to 2, 582 acres, carpets North County in afternoon smoke

September 8, 2014

The wildfire that exploded Sunday afternoon Sept. 7 in Yosemite National Park that cast a thick pall of smoke over northern Mono County and forced the rapid evacuation of hundreds of hikers and Half Dome climbers by helicopter by Sunday evening has increased to 2,582 acres and is continuing to burn toward the upper elevations of the park, park officials said Monday morning, Sept. 8.

The fire is burning in the wilderness of the park near and/or in the Clouds Rest outcropping and Little Yosemite Valley, on both sides of the Merced River.

VIDEO: Joan Rivers Has Passed Away

September 4, 2014

The 81-year-old comedy icon has died.

Plastic bag ban hits weird snag

September 4, 2014

On the verge of making good on its first major environmental policy priority, the Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday found itself unexpectedly stopped in its tracks.

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