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RAW: Scammer asks local businesses for $495 or will shut off power

May 9, 2014

Beware of a telephone call from subject claiming that he/she is employed with SCE using telephone number (760) 600-7023 (Magic Jack) and or using the name of Angel Martinez or any other name.

According to Mammoth Lakes Police, two business owners in town were contacted (by telephone) by a subject named Angel Martinez.

The subject told the business owners that he is with SCE and that their power will be shut off in 55 minutes unless he pays $495.55 by way of Green Dot.

What's open, what's not; latest on local roads, campgrounds

May 9, 2014

Local campgrounds and roads are slowly being cleared of snow and other debris and opened for the season. Below is a summary of the conditions on the Inyo National Forest's facilities and roads. beginning in the northern part of Mono County and ending with the southern half of the county.

Grousing about the grouse

May 8, 2014

Forget the roses; it’s the war of the grouse.

It might be hard to understand how a small, chicken-sized bird called the Bi-State sage grouse could trigger so much local and Western states-wide controversy and angst for the past decade—until the whole thing is laid bare in a few words at the local board of supervisors meeting.

Town Council considers woodstove inserts

May 8, 2014

The Town Council on Wednesday night, May 7, was set to consider new timelines for replacing woodstove inserts, after the town’s Board of Realtors raised objections.

Under a new ordinance passed last year, old woodstove inserts are to  be replaced with code compliant stoves, or replaced with pellet stoves, within 60 days of a real estate transaction.

In 10 years, all non-compliant woodstoves in Mammoth are to be replaced, according to the ordinance.

Blomgren, Sibert, Wentworth bring different focus points to Town Council campaign

May 7, 2014

As the Town Council campaign for three open seats evolves, the eight candidates have tried hard to hone their core platform planks in advance of the June 3 primary election.

 

Traveling in time with Byng Hunt | Recalls the volatile 1994 Town Council race

May 7, 2014

At the latest Town Council Candidates Forum this past week, Byng Hunt sat alone, time traveling over the past 20 years.

 

Who is Elena Blomgren?

May 7, 2014

A motor sports advocate, road cyclist and climber, Blomgren, 45, began visiting Mammoth as a young girl, staying with her uncle on ski trips.

Who is Karen Sibert?

May 7, 2014

Sibert, 51 and the mother of three daughters and a son, grew up in a U.S. Navy family, mostly in Pacific Grove (Monterey Peninsula) and in Connecticut.

Who is John Wentworth?

May 7, 2014

An Oregon native who grew up in Washington, D.C., Wentworth, 55, is a graduate of Brown University and a skilled project manager, much of it in the film industry, in which he worked with, among others, David Lynch (“Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive”) before moving to Mammoth in 2000.

RAW: Two accidents within hour due to deer/vehicle collision

May 6, 2014

On the morning May 5, 2014, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area investigated two injury traffic collisions involving deer within an hour.

What's behind 'Don't feed our bears'

May 5, 2014

In the wake of the third drought spring in a row, Mammoth’s wildlife specialist and “Bear Whisperer” Steve Searles recently made it clear that the party for people who repeatedly leave dumpsters unlocked or otherwise feed Mammoth’s bears and wildlife is over.

“It’s always been voluntary but this year, if you live here, you’ve been warned. I am going to write you a ticket,” he said at a recent Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting.

Yosemite National Park bans use of drones; officials cite 'negative impacts'

May 5, 2014

Video photographers who have turned to drone technology are no longer welcome to use their tetherless, flying rigs in Yosemite National Park.

Tioga Road to open Friday, May 2

May 1, 2014

According to Yosemite National Park, Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season at noon tomorrow, Friday, May 2. All facilities along the road, such as rest rooms, are still closed.

Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.

The May 2 date is the earliest Tioga Road opening since records were kept, beginning in 1980, according to park data.

Mammoth's Bank of America office to close Friday, May 2

May 1, 2014

The Bank of America branch in Mammoth closes its doors tomorrow, Friday, May 2. There are two ATM machines located in the "Vons mall" (the Minaret Village Shopping Center) between Another T-Shirt Shop and the Booky Joint.

Politics, bears and crime in this week's Mammoth Times

May 1, 2014

It's May! And that means politics, crime and bears.

Sheriff's race takes center stage in elections | Obenberger vs. Braun

April 30, 2014

Of all the election races in Mono County, none has generated more debate than the contest for sheriff.

 

Who is Ingrid Braun?

April 30, 2014

Braun was a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department, where she met her husband Mike, an LAPD veteran who is an avid ski racer and outdoorsman.

 

Who is Ralph Obenberger?

April 30, 2014

A native Southern Californian, Obenberger, who turns 54 this month, said he could never imagine moving back to the bright lights of the big city.

 

Man offers ride to Mammoth girl; police seeking more info

April 30, 2014

An eleven-year-old Mammoth girl was offered a ride by an unknown male suspect on Tuesday, April 29 while she was walking home from the public library on Meridian Boulevard. She declined the ride and the man drove away without getting out of the car or touching the girl. Police are looking for any information about the incident.

RAW: Couple survives 1,000-foot fall on Split Mountain

April 29, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, at about 3:40 p.m., California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch received a cellular 911 call from a female subject stating she was on a mountain and had a broken leg. CHP dispatch informed Inyo County Sheriff's dispatch of the call. Due to the poor reception of the female subject’s cellular telephone, Inyo County dispatch was able to communicate through text messages. The female subject said she and her friend were above Red Lake on Split Mountain; she provided coordinates and an elevation of 12,435 feet.

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