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Homicide "person of interest" living in Mammoth arrested on outstanding warrant

October 30, 2014

A Mammoth man was arrested on Oct. 29 on an outstanding warrant as a "person of interest" in an Orange County homicide case, according to Mammoth Lake Police. According to the police, the man, Jose Cardenas Zuniga, 38, was living in Mammoth under an alias, and was arrested at his place of employment in Mammoth at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Inyo prepares for weekend snowfall

October 28, 2014

The Inyo National Forest this past week began preparations for road closures in the wake of a possible weekend storm.

Specifically, the forest may implement winter closures for roads that access the Reds Meadow Valley and Mammoth Lakes Basin areas of the Inyo National Forest.

For the Reds Meadow Valley Road, the forest will close the gates to Reds Meadow Valley at the end of the day on, Thursday, Oct. 30.  

If snow falls and accumulates on the road on Friday, the road will remain closed for the winter. 

Yosemite proposes fee increases for 2015

October 20, 2014

It’s not the “hike” that most visitors have in mind when they pay a visit to Yosemite National Park.

In this case, it’s a “fee hike” that could go into effect early next year, park officials announced Monday in a news release.

Mammoth names Chip White as alpine ski coach

October 20, 2014

Chip White is back, not that he ever really left, exactly.

The former U.S. Olympic Team ski coach, who has lived in Mammoth for 36 years, this past week signed on as the head Alpine coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Team (MMST).

Mammoth Fire Dept.: It's that time to check wood burning appliances

October 17, 2014

With the change in the seasons, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District this week reminded all users of wood burning appliances to make sure their heating system is ready for the upcoming winter.

There are numerous activities that one needs to perform on the system to give you heat and a winter free of problems. The National Fire Protection Association reports that a third of the people using wood type heating have never cleaned or inspected their chimneys or stovepipes, or knew that they needed to.

Hazmat team at big-rig crash scene on U.S. 395 near Bodie Road

October 10, 2014

The hazardous chemicals and diesel fuel that leaked into Virginia Creek late last week after the driver of a big rig fell asleep and allowed the truck to drift off the road into the creek have been cleaned up, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Wood stove replacement program opens again in Mono County

October 9, 2014

In response to popular demand, Mono County and Mammoth Lakes officials announced this past week the return of the Woodstove Replacement Program for property owners who want to upgrade from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces to cleaner and more efficient heating systems. 

MLR set for Oct. 27 liftoff

October 9, 2014

By the end of the month, the nascent Mammoth Lakes Recreation will have funding, a budget, and a board of directors.

 

Police Blotter: Oct. 2-9

October 9, 2014

Mammoth man hurts woman, child, woman arrested on child endangerment

Happy 100th, Auggie Hess

October 9, 2014

Lee Vining residents and others gathered together Monday, Oct. 6, to celebrate the 100th birthday of, and a book signing by longtime Mono Basin resident August (Auggie) Hess.

Mammoth man arrested for 'vehicular manslaughter' in Meridian Blvd. motorcycle crash

October 6, 2014

A 31-year-old Mammoth resident was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter after the passenger on his motorcycle died in a crash on Meridian Blvd. Sunday evening.

Emergency responders airlifted Edgar Lee Weaver, Jr., to Renown Medical Center in Reno, where he was admitted in critical condition.

More than 1,000 earthquakes in recent "swarm"; USGS says Mammoth not in danger

October 2, 2014

A swarm of more than 1,000 small earthquakes, including a 3.9 temblor and a 3.8 shaker, shook an area six miles east of Mammoth beginning Thursday, Sept. 25, and has continued at lesser magnitudes and frequency through this week, according to authorities.

As of Thursday afternoon, the quakes numbered at about 1,200. They were triggered by gas and water moving deep within the earth’s crust and are not considered to be a sign of danger at this time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

CodeRed alert system activated during June Fire

October 2, 2014

During the June Fire, several residents and visitors were contacted by the Mono County Sheriff's Office reverse-911 system, also known as the CodeRed Emergency Alert System a country-wide alert system that triggers a phone call to subscribers when a critical incident or emergency situation takes place within the county.

However, if residents do not sign up for the free service, they will not be contacted, sheriff’s department authorities said, since the system requires the user to subscribe to the alerts.

Enterovirus may be more dangerous than previously thought

October 2, 2014

The enterovirus that has sickened hundreds of people in the country—mostly children—this summer and that has now occurred in California may turn out to be potentially more dangerous in some cases than previously thought, according to local health authorities.

USGS: Swarm of small earthquakes shake area near Mammoth, no danger at this time

September 25, 2014

A swarm of small earthquakes, including a 3.9 temblor and a 3.8 shaker, shook an area six miles east of Mammoth Thursday, Sept. 25, and continued into Friday at lesser magnitudes and frequency, according to authorities.

The quakes were triggered by gas and water moving deep within the earth’s crust and are not considered to be a sign of danger at this time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The strongest quake occurred Thursday evening at about 8:30 p.m. and registered at 3.9 on the Richter scale.

Rescue team pulls weary octogenarian deer hunter from wilderness after night alone

September 25, 2014

An 81-year-old deer hunter, exausted and alone in a wilderness area near Poison Creek, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, was rescued by a a combination of law enforcemnnt officers and Search and Rescue specialists, the Mono County Sheriff's Department said in a news relese.

The man, who was not identified in the news release, began his adventure Monday evening, when he left the side of a companion, then disappeared.

He told his friend that he wanted to do some scouting and would be away for about 20 minutes to return to camp by nightfall.

RAW: Gene Harris, Mammoth man, sentenced to 15 years for "enticing a minor"

September 25, 2014

Gene Wayne Harris, 42, resident of Mammoth Lakes, was sentenced today, Sept. 25, by United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. to 15 years, 8 months in prison, to be followed by a life time period of supervised release, for attempted enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

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