Archive - 2014
Of all the election races in Mono County, none has generated more debate than the contest for sheriff.
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.
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 subjectâ€™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.
A man who walked into the forest just north and west of the S.R. 203 and U.S. 395 junction and left his family behind was found Thursday, April 24, after a brief search and after he called family members to tell them he had hitchhiked to Lone Pine.
The age and residence city of the missing man, who had a "medical condition" according to the sheriff's department, was not disclosed by the Mono County Sheriff's office or the Mono County Search and Rescue Team.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced last last week in a news release that three amphibians native to the Sierra Nevada will be given protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), after many months and years of local and Sierra-wide debate.
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.
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.
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.
Mono County Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Postal Inspectors this past week arrested a Bridgeport man on child pornography charges.
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.
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.
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.
Greg Eckert, 57, has been a Mammoth resident “since dirt was rock, pretty much.”
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.
A native of Huntington Beach, Stapp, 69, came to Mammoth as a teacher in 1974.