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Three local frogs to be listed as federally threatened or endangered April 29

April 28, 2014

After months of examining public input, federal officials this week designated the local mountain yellow-legged frog and northern distinct population of the mountain yellow legged frog as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, and the Yosemite toad as a threatened species.

The status goes into effect at the end of June and will be posted on Monday, April 29, in the Federal Register. Critical habitat for the three amphibians, proposed on more than 1.8 million acres of Sierra lands, will not be considered for approval until early next year.

Firefighters respond to Knolls house fire

April 27, 2014

A house fire in the Knolls neighborhood gutted the entire second floor on Saturday morning, April 26, but fire officials said no one was home at the time.

Mammoth man held after separate attacks on Steve Searles and a Mammoth woman

April 25, 2014

A Mammoth man is in custody in the Mono County Jail on multiple charges in connection with an assault on a Mammoth woman, and a separate attack on Wildlife Specialist Setve Searles, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department said Friday in a news release.

Bridgeport man held on child pornography charges

April 25, 2014

Mono County Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Postal Inspectors this past week arrested a Bridgeport man on child pornography charges.

Big storm forecast for weekend

April 24, 2014

A winter storm that could bring between 12 to 18 inches of snow to the higher elevations of the Sierra is forecast to hit the Eastern Sierra this weekend, with the first storm coming in Friday and into Saturday and another, lighter storm forecast for Saturday evening and into Sunday.

The two storms will bring an abrupt and cold change to the warm spring weather that has so far characterized April, as a cold front drops down from the Gulf of Alaska and combines with a strong moisture plume coming in from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California near Paso Robles.

Searles asks town to bear down, warns fines are option

April 24, 2014

Mammoth’s bears are up and about early—too early for the grasses and greens they usually rely on for much needed calories in the spring.

The bears also bedded down late due to the late snows. Some of them did not fully bed down at all since the snow did not seal in their dens all winter.

This combination means they are unusually hungry right now and Mammoth’s wildlife specialist Steve Searles said it is time to ramp up efforts to keep the hungry bears out of dumpsters, or face fines.

'Obie,' Braun duke it out in Bridgeport | Sheriff's race takes center stage

April 24, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Mono County citizens this past week got their first look at their county wide candidates for the June 3 election, with the main focus swinging toward the race between Sheriff Ralph Obenberger and Mammoth Lakes Reserve Police Officer Ingrid Braun.

Three distinct flavors in District 5 Supes race among Corless, Eckert, Stapp

April 24, 2014


Of all the races in Mammoth and Mono County in the June 3 primary election, the one campaign that might not be settled is in the Mono County District 5 race.


Three distinct flavors in District 5 Supes race among Corless, Eckert, Stapp

April 24, 2014

Of all the races in Mammoth and Mono County in the June 3 primary election, the one campaign that might not be settled is in the Mono County District 5 race.


Who is Greg Eckert?

April 24, 2014

Greg Eckert, 57, has been a Mammoth resident “since dirt was rock, pretty much.”


Who is Stacy Corless?

April 24, 2014

Stacy Corless, 43, is the former director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and, before that, director of the Friends of the Inyo.


Who is Kirk Stapp?

April 24, 2014


A native of Huntington Beach, Stapp, 69, came to Mammoth as a teacher in 1974.


Bernadette Lovato named new Manzanar superintendent

April 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Bernadette Lovato has been selected as the new superintendent for Manzanar National Historic Site in California. Lovato is currently the district manager for the Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, overseeing 4.8 million acres in northwestern Nevada.

Lovato will begin her new position in June, replacing former superintendent Les Inafuku, who retired.

Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon; former Mammoth Track Club athlete, first American man to win since 1983

April 21, 2014

UPDATED: Meb Keflezighi, formerly a member of the Mammoth Track Club and a fixture in Mammoth distance running, won the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

Dust from China blankets the Eastern Sierra ... again

April 21, 2014

Dust from China’s Gobi Desert has once again made it to the Eastern Sierra, most notably on Sunday, April 20, when the white haze could be seen pouring over Mammoth Pass in the late afternoon and evening.

At first, local air pollution control district authorities thought the haze was smoke or agricultural dust, but then something about it didn’t seem right.

Tioga Pass Road likely to open early May

April 17, 2014

The Tioga Pass Road could open as early as the first or second week of May and officials began plowing the road this week, according to authorities.

“I heard they started plowing today (Tuesday, April 15) and that the work should go quickly, unless there is a large spring season storm,” said Mono County’s Interim Public Works Director Jeff Walters. “The water content in the snow up there is very low; I’m sure Olmsted Point is mostly exposed granite at this time.”

‘Crime of the Century’ in campaign

April 17, 2014

In the labyrinthine halls of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, they’re calling it “the crime of the century.”

OK, so maybe it was in name only.


The name is “Braun” and the case involved a curious case of a missing campaign yard sign supporting MLPD Reserve Officer Ingrid Braun for Mono County Sheriff.

Braun is locked into a (a-hem) brawny race for sheriff against the current office-holder, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger.

Council candidates play dodgeball at forum

April 17, 2014

The eight candidates for Town Council gathered in one spot at the same time this past week in the first forum of the campaign season.


Who is Larry Johnston?

April 17, 2014

Larry Johnson, 63, first came to Mammoth in 1988 and founded his own business, L.K. Johnston Associates, and has been involved in strategic planning in both the private and public sectors.


Who is Bill Sauser?

April 17, 2014

Sauser, 61, operates a locksmith service and first came to Mammoth Lakes with his parents when he was 6 years old, in 1958.


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