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Missing boy found late Monday night, July 28

July 28, 2014

Missing hiker Austin Shedd, a 13-year-old boy from Carlsbad and Mammoth Lakes was found late in the evening of July 28 at 9:30 p.m. by a trail crew in Kings Canyon National Park, according to the National Park Service.

A park spokesperson said Shedd was found by a park trail crew and spent the night in the wilderness with the trail crew until a rescue flight can take place on Tuesday, July 29.

Additional details will follow when available.

UPDATE JULY 29: New fire starts near old Aspen Fire site, 1,000 acres and growing

July 28, 2014

Another fire is taking off right now, this time very close to where the Aspen Fire started a year ago last week, near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir on the west side of the Sierra crest (in the Shaver/Huntington Lake area), according to Inyo National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Deb Schweizer.

This puts the fire, called the French Fire, west of Bishop about 40 miles and over the Sierra range crest as the crow flies from the Owens Valley.

The fire is about 1,000 acres, burning in heavy fuel, with limited access, as of late Monday evening, July 28.

Chemical spill near Bridgeport likely caused by driver swerving to avoid deer

July 28, 2014

A chemical spill that temporarily closed U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport and forced the evacuation of some nearby residents on Saturday, July 26, was likely caused by a driver of a semi truck swerving to avoid a deer, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The road is now open with no travel restrictions.

The incident occurred on the morning of July 26 as a driver of a semi truck was traveling northbound on U.S. 395 near Point Ranch when the driver braked for deer crossing the roadway and the cargo inside the box trailer shifted and began to leak, according to the CHP.

Fire near El Portal grows to 2,600 acres

July 28, 2014

The El Portal Fire that started yesterday, July 26, near the community of El Portal near the S.R. 140 entrance of Yosemite National Park is now at 2,600 acres and is still threatening the communities of El Portal on S.R. 140, and the community of Foresta. The fire is five percent contained as of Monday, July 28 noon, according to fire officials. There is no estimate of full containment at this time.

Here is the latest from Yosemite National Park about park facilities and roads:

Roads closed:

Reno men avoid injury after vehicle collides with rock

July 25, 2014

On July 22, 2014, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Andrew Hickey, 26, Reno, was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango northbound on U.S. 395 south of Swauger Canyon Road at 55 miles per hour. A shoe box size rock began to roll from the southbound dirt/rock embankment and across the highway, then rolled into the northbound lane causing Hickey to take evasive action and steer the vehicle to the left.

Storms damage roads in White, Inyo Mountains

July 22, 2014

The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains, where road washouts have occurred.

Roads in the Crooked Creek drainage, including the Crooked Creek Road (Forest Road 05S01), the Cottonwood Road (Forest Road 35E315) and the Wyman Canyon Road, require the ability to deal with difficult road conditions due to the damage done by the washouts.

The Forest Service is completing repairs on forest service roads.

Bad weather triggers multiple backcountry rescues

July 22, 2014

A backpacker who got lost in the Cora Lake area near Sonora Pass spent the night of July 18 in the backcountry during the monsoon-driven rainstorms last weekend, before he was rescued the following day.

The rescue efforts began on the evening of Friday, July 18 at approximately 9 p.m., when Mono County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a lost backpacker in the area of Cora Lake, approximately 12 trail miles south of S.R. 108, the Sonora Pass Road.

CHP in Conway Summit 'cat-wrestling match'

July 22, 2014

Highway patrolmen have it tough. On some days they also have it weird.

There are the usual feats of derring-do: uncooperative drunk drivers, the occasional OMG moments when weapons are involved, and … the ever-so-rare, 3 o’clock in the morning cat-wrestling match.

It happened on U.S. 395 near Conway Summit on Tuesday, July 22, according to a CHP spokesman in a news release.

June Lake (finally) gets road rehab

July 18, 2014

Six years after the idea of improving June Lake’s streets, the long-awaited $3.6 million rehab project will begin in September, the Mono County Board of Supervisors learned this past week.


In all, eight miles of pavement are to undergo resurfacing, beginning with the main drag through June Lake Village.

A 'National Wounded Warriors Center' for Mammoth

July 18, 2014

Having built Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra into a thriving entity, Kathy Copeland says she has set her sights on something bigger.

Town crews clear graffiti; cops hunt for tagger

July 18, 2014

A graffiti artist known as “ZURG” is on the loose in Mammoth, but law enforcement artists known as “COPS” are in hot pursuit.


Police Chief Dan Watson said officers had not made any arrests in the case as of Wednesday, July 16, but the investigation “is continuing.”

Meanwhile, Town Manager Dan Holler said cleaup crews worked this week to erase the graffiti in advance of Jazz Jubilee, a popular event drawing tourists from throughout the United States.

'What's up, up here?' for July 17-23; starring Tim Alpers, and MMSA's Rusty Gregory and Ron Cohen

July 18, 2014

The Mountain Boys are back in town. That would be Rusty Gregory and MMSA Vice-Prez Ron Cohen, who joined Tim Alpers in the sweltering capital for a little more arm-twisting on the Land Exchange bill, still awaiting the Senate’s blessing. The legislation already has been through the House twice. “I don’t want to find out if three times is a charm,” quipped an optimistic Cohen upon his return to the (relatively) cool mountains. …

Bodie to host Supervisors' meeting Aug. 12

July 18, 2014

There might not be enough electricity to go around, and Internet connections are pretty much out of the question, but Bodie next month will serve as a venue for a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.


Details are not etched in stone, Leddy cautioned this past week, but he said plans are afoot for Bodie to host the Aug. 12 regular meeting.

Supe-elect Corless joins Board debate on chairmanship pay

July 18, 2014

For a brief moment this week, the five-member Mono County Board of Supervisors suddenly became a six-member panel.


Although seated in the gallery and without voting privileges, Supervisor-elect Stacy Corless of Mammoth on Tuesday, July 15, joined a debate regarding extra salary compensation for the supervisor occupying the chairmanship.


Her testimony, at the behest of South County Supervisor Fred Stump, caught Corless by surprise, but not in a negative way.

Mendel, Grahek, Vanderhurst named to commissions; Agnitch voted off Recreation

July 17, 2014

Biathlon enthusiast Clayton Mendel and incumbent Elizabeth Truax won appointments to the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission on Wednesday night, July 16.

Two charged in Bridgeport pot, weapons bust

July 14, 2014

Two men, one from Bridgeport and another from Big Sur, are facing charges in connection to an alleged marijuana operation in Mono County, according to a spokesperson for the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

Storms could usher in wetter than normal July

July 10, 2014

The sound of rain on windows and roofs this weekend ushered in what could be a wetter than normal July, according to the National Weather Service.

As much as 200 percent of normal precipitation could occur, according to the National Center for Environmental Prediction.

Geologists warn of quakes in new report

July 10, 2014

In a major new report on earthquake scenarios in the Mammoth area, geologists say they have identified five faults in Long Valley capable of producing temblors of 6.7 or greater—roughly as strong as the 1994 Northridge quake.

Along with scientific data, the scientists say planners in the area should include the data in preparing future scenarios that would impact everything from property destruction to emergency health care.

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.

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