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Archive - 2014

May 5th

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.

May 1st

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.

April 30th

Who is Ralph Obenberger?

May 1, 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.


Who is Ingrid Braun?

May 1, 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.


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

May 1, 2014

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


How Not To Vote

May 1, 2014

We’ve heard a lot of chatter recently over the upcoming June 3 election.


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.

April 29th

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.

April 28th

Missing man found after leaving family near Mammoth, hitchhiking to Lone Pine

April 28, 2014

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.

RAW: Feds says three frogs need protection to avoid extinction

April 28, 2014

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.

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.

April 27th

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.

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