March 17th, 2015
A Texas man who led police on a wild chase through Mammoth and reports of an unrelated death of another man, most likely due to natural causes, at about the same time yesterday sent sirens wailing and cops running on the afternoon of March 16 before the foot chases subject was finally caught.
The hullabaloo started on Monday at about 3:40 p.m., when Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck, while on routine patrol, stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Boulevard entrance to the Gateway Mall.
A Paradise Estates man, Scott Sederstrom, 44, was declared dead on March 14 after he fell while climbing in the Owens Gorge area near Bishop, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday, March 17, adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the stateâ€™s remaining water supplies.
The Eastside lost power briefly Monday morning, affecting Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport, as well as Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
According to the "Outage report" page at Southern California Edison, the lights went out at 10:34 a.m. All of Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport had power back on about a half hour later.
At the ski area, the power outage lasted longer, but was restored at 11:43 a.m. to Main Lodge.
More details on the power outage will appear in the Thursday, March 19 edition of the Mammoth Times.
Round Fire benefit dinner held March 7 nets more than $50,000
More than 1,000 Eastern Sierra residents turned out this past weekend to support fundraising efforts for the victims of the Round Fire, raising more than $50,000 in the process.
The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Salvation Army and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce partnered with a group of volunteers to hold the Community Sale Saturday and Sunday while a second army of volunteers banned together to host a community dinner Saturday.
A one-acre fire in Big Pine Tuesday night, March 3, was the result of an unattended campfire just west of School Street, across from Blake Street, according to CalFire, who took on management of the fire. The unattended campfire caused a one-acre blaze that CalFire, with the assistance of the Big Pine Fire Department, was able to contain at the one-acre size.
No suspects or witnesses were reported in the area and no injuries were reported.
Inyo Sheriff and California Highway Patrol assisted in the incident.
HOW TO PREVENT ESCAPED CAMPFIRES
Mammoth lost someone many of us will know from visits to the local Rite Aid and from Mammoth High School and the Mammoth schools, 23-year-old Brandon Castellanos. Brandon died on March 1 of a brain hemorrhage. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help support his family during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to Brandon's many friends and family members. http://www.gofundme.com/nl0kv0
The public is invited to an informal open house to review Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant applications for the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office on March 12.
The agencies have submitted preliminary applications for grant funds from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to enhance and manage motorized recreation. The agencies invite comments on the preliminary grant applications.
The Mammoth Lakes Police-Community Hispanic Advisory Committee (MLPCHAC) has scheduled its ninth Town Hall meeting for Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the Emerald Room at the Grand Sierra Lodge, 1111 Forest Trail.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is seeking the communityâ€™s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in an early morning burglary at the Mammoth Lakes Wellness Marijuana Dispensary.
At about 4 a.m. on Monday March 9, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were advised of a burglary that had just occurred at the dispensary, according to a news release from the police.
Over the next couple of weeks, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department will be conducting some wildland firefighting training with its members in several neighborhoods in town.
Save the date for Thursday, March 12 for an open house to discuss the new VisitMammoth.com website.
The purpose of the open house is to introduce Miles Destination Marketing, the Agency who will be doing the redesign, to talk about the design and development process and solicit feedback from stakeholders.
March 22 WILDLIFE CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care volunteers are needed to help care for orphaned and injured wild birds and mammals or with rescues, transport, education, fundraising and more. A free New Volunteer Orientation will be held on Sunday, March 22, 1-3 PM, at ESWCâ€™s center located at Keoughâ€™s Hot Springs. If you choose to work with the animals, required training workshops will be held on April 12th and April 26th. Call Kelly at 760-872-1487 to reserve a space or for further information.
March 22 WILDLIFE CARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
You can tell it's spring. All of a sudden, there are so many places to be, so many things to do. Here's a few of them:
Eastern Sierra and Buttermilk Photography Workshop with Vern Clevenger: Saturday, Mar. 7, 1-5 pm, Cerro Coso College Cam-pus, Bishop. Join premiere photographer of the Sierra Nevada, Vern Clevenger, in this in-depth starter class: â€śIntroduction to your Camera.â€ť This free workshop class will meet at the Bishop campus of Cerro Coso and then move up into the Buttermilk and surrounding area to photograph.
Registration is now open for the Owens Lake Bird Festival April 24 and 25. Sign up now and reserve your lodging in Lone Pine for an exceptional weekend of birding and discovery at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.
The festival kicks off Friday evening, April 24, with a reception at the Lone Pine Film History Museum featuring the film, The Legacy of Owens Lake.